'The Old Spot,' Daylesford - Kingham
Daylesford Organic Farm, near Kingham (Gloucestershire) is no ordinary farm, it happens to be "one of the most sustainable farms in the UK." All of the food you'll find in the farm shop and "award winning" café, is oh. so. organic. Everything has been produced either on the farm or sourced locally. Their organic animals roam freely in the nearby "organic pastures," and, next door you'll find their farm kitchens, dairy and creamery. 'Farm to fork?' Well, this happens to be music to my ears! So, on a recent visit to the Cotswolds and a night at The Fish Hotel, Scott and I didn't need much deliberating over where to dine on Saturday evening.
Off to Daylesford we ventured, arriving to a relatively quiet restaurant, close to 7:30pm. We soon took our seats in the bright and spacious 'The Old Spot'.
Homemade seeded bread to share, accompanied with olive oil and butter, was presented alongside the supper menus.
Whilst Scott took charge of the drinks orders, I busily dunked a hunk of fresh bread into the rich, golden olive oil.
Our drinks soon arrived; a refreshing 'Green Garden' (£6) for me, and a 'Beef bone broth' (£6) for Scott. The broth only tasted mildly of beef stock and wasn't something I would eagerly slurp again! Scott seemed to like it, so I happily left him to it!
I much preferred my elderflower, lime, cucumber, pressed Cox apples and mint. It was sweet, light, refreshing and so delicious that I had to order another!
Skipping starters, we headed straight for the mains; I opted for 'Sustainably caught wood-roast stone bass, grilled asparagus' (£18).
Admittedly, the dish didn't blow me away. Although the stone bass was cooked beautifully, the grilled asparagus and green leaves were not particularly exciting accompaniments. In all honesty, I wouldn't choose it again from the menu.
Scott had the 'Rotisserie chicken rubbed with seasonal herbs, lemon & garlic, wood roasted rosemary new potatoes' (£16). Each component was cooked perfectly, and we have since replicated the deliciously golden rosemary new potatoes!
Alongside his main, Scott chose this frightfully healthy 'Quinoa, chorizo, butternut' (£4)! A healthy, colourful side which complimented both of our dishes.
Having been slightly underwhelmed by my main, I wanted to ensure my choice of pudding would make up for it. What could be tastier than a rich, decadent, indulgent 'Seville marmalade bread & butter pudding' (£6)? It was large enough for two spoons so I couldn't manage it all, but I certainly had a crack at it!
Scott's 'Chocolate nemesis, vanilla crème fraiche' (£7) definitely stole the show. Everything you would want from a chocolate mousse cake, and more! I think that alone would be enough to persuade me back for lunch or dinner at Daylesford!
Unfortunately, our dining experience at Daylesford wasn't quite what we were expecting. Perhaps this was because we visited in the first week of opening, but even so, I felt the standard of cooking didn't quite justify the menu prices. However, our hit and miss meal will not deter us from returning to their farm shop in the future. We spotted a delicious array of meats, preserves, baked goods, cheeses, sweet treats, and, much, much more!
If you want to check out 'The Old Spot' menu and discover everything else Daylesford has to offer, please find the website here.