england part I: a trip to daylesford farm
two weeks ago we went on a long overdue trip to england, which, for us, is always a trip down memory lane. we stayed for 8 days, rediscovered old favourites and found new ones. our first stop was barford in warwickshire, where we stayed with some of the first friends we made when we moved to england years ago. we've never lost touch over the years and have made a habit of visiting each other either in england or germany whenever we can.
we arrived to crisp air and a familiar drizzle - which was highly appreciated after the heat wave we'd had in germany. so refreshing! after a quick lunch at the house we hopped into the car and drove the short stretch to daylesford farm. we had been wanting to go for years (!) and had never got around to it so when liz (our dear friend and host) suggested a little shop & lunch there, we were delighted to finally go.
daylesford farm is by certain no insider tipp anymore, it's extremely popular and in addition to the original farm in gloucestershire, they have three shops in london where you can buy their organic produce. and while you might think that with all it's popularity it might be a bit hyped and dressed up, we were genuinely impressed. there is so much to do: from buying organic food in the farm shop, having a look around their interior department, to booking cooking classes (amongst lots others!), having lunch and going for walks on their vast grounds - we couldn't decide what to do first.
the flowers alone absolutely blew us away and we could have bought them all!
when the sun came out we decided to sit down for a spot of lunch in the courtyard. they have a great menu of seasonal dishes (using fresh ingredients from the farm), freshly squeezed juices and botanical cocktails. everything really feels so fresh and wholesome.
after soaking up some sun rays we picked up a few treats from the farm shop.
highly recommend the salted caramel brownies - tasted almost as good as our own! ;)
we would have loved to do a floristry workshop or a farm tour but that will have to wait until next time. instead we headed to hidcote manor garden for a walk. hidcote is part of the national trust and a firm family favourite, we used to come there all the time for walks and picnics.
as england has had warmer weather this summer than usual as well, all the gardens we visited weren't as lush and green as they would normally be this time of year. we were still in awe of how beautifully they are designed and tended for.
of course we couldn't resist a short match of tennis before heading back home and getting dinner ready. such a great start to our trip.
xx kerstin & larissa