Nestled just outside the bustling city of Wakefield lies The Barn Café at Blacker Hall Farm. Sitting in the courtyard, the cafe is found behind the award-winning farm shop, nominated for this years’ Shop of The Year at The Great Taste Awards.
Stepping out into the foggy air, Ellie and I decided it was time for a brunch break, and what better place than Blacker Hall Farm. As we walked into the café, high ceilings, warm wooden beams and a cosy but busy atmosphere welcomed us, as families and friends of all ages were tucking into their breakfasts. There is plenty of seating owing to The Barn Café’s mezzanine level as well as ground floor tables and chairs. With a spectacular open plan kitchen, you can happily build up an appetite watching the chefs work their magic.
As we sat down at a quiet table in the corner, we perused the menu gently tucked away between the sugar, salt and pepper bowls. With food served up until 6pm on weekdays and 5pm weekends, there is plenty of choice on the menu for even the pickiest of eaters, and a separate childrens’ menu.
Completely spoilt for choice, I opted for Eggs Benedict with Salmon and Baby Spinach and Hollandaise Sauce. It was delicious. The eggs were fresh, free range and cooked to perfection. The salmon was succulent and the Hollandaise sauce although slightly thick tasted great. The portion sizes at The Barn Café are not disappointing as I was nearly defeated (which never happens).
Ellie opted for Buttermilk Pancakes with Bacon and Maple Syrup. One to shy away from stodgy foods, she was slightly dubious about this choice, but tempted by the promise of crispy bacon. The dish came with two, thick Scotch pancakes, topped with the delicious bacon sourced from the farm. Any concerns were quickly chased away with Blacker Hall serving the lightest, fluffiest pancakes she’d ever tried. The maple syrup was generously served, balanced perfectly by salty, crispy bacon creating altogether one of her favourite breakfasts to date. Again, the portion size was very generous leaving us both very happy with full bellies.
With a tantalising lunch and Afternoon Tea menu, Blacker Hall Farm is the perfect place to visit – treat yourselves to some beautiful food courtesy of the café before exhausting your appetite (and maybe wallet!) perusing the amazing shop, including an extensive wine attic featuring an ample selection of locally produced spirits and craft ales, and opportunities to purchase amazing food sourced from the farm itself, and the local area.
By Georgie Dias & Ellie Howley