M4, Junction 18; 15 minutes
Vegetarian or vegan options
Parking available onsite
Birds chirrup, sheep bleat and the wind rustles the trees. Nuzzled in the hills between Bristol and Bath, Manor Farm is a working organic farm with traditional stone buildings, daisy-speckled fields and chickens roaming freely. The café is set in a stone courtyard, simply decorated with farmhouse tables, wooden chairs and chequered tablecloths. It serves unrivalled breakfasts made with meat reared entirely – they even grow the feed – on the farm, also available from the butcher next door. Lunches are filling and freshly made, perhaps a Ploughman’s, poached eggs on toast or chunky soup; the organic ice creams are scrumptious.
A farm shop sells wholesome chutney, proper butter, homemade cakes and fresh chillis – this is one of only a handful of chilli farms in the UK (you can take a tour if you’d like). Ruby the sheepdog is popular with kids and will obligingly fetch sticks all day long, while piglets, lambs and cows can often be found in a paddock or sty nearby.