The Goat Shed Kitchen, Fielding Cottage, Honingham
Sarah Hardy and friends sample lunch at the new Goat Shed Kitchen at Fielding Cottage in Mid Norfolk
Where did you go?
I went with about nine other villagers for lunch at The Goat Shed Kitchen at Fielding Cottage, a new cafe at the farm shop at Honingham, just west of Norwich.
What’s the vibe?
The Goat Shed Kitchen is Sam Steggles’ latest venture. He has really upped his game and expanded the farm shop at Fielding Cottage. Previously just the Goat Shed, there is now an extensive food hall, self catering cottages and a cheese making business – plus skincare goodies. The Goat Shed Kitchen opened earlier this year, with both indoor and outdoor seating, and has been an instant hit!
Who’s in the team?
Sam oversees pretty much everything at Fielding Cottage but Daniel Freear is The Goat Shed Kitchen’s head chef. You might know him from both Strattons in Swaffham and Socius in Burnham Market. He’s a real champion of seasonal, local food.
What do we need to know about the menu?
As you’d expect, the cafe uses lots of local suppliers – many of whom are sold in the farm shop. There’s meat from Swannington Farm to Fork, bread from Krusty Loaf bakery in Fakenham and the farm’s own cheeses feature in many dishes. There are favourites such as all day breakfasts, sandwiches, paninis, salads, hot dishes, grazing boards, desserts and lots of cakes! There is also a separate children’s menu.
What’s the price range?
Dishes are priced from £3.50 for the breakfast dish, overnight oats with berries and yoghurt.
Served all day, there’s the Goat – a full English – (£9.95) and a veggie version (£8.95) plus pancakes, mushrooms on sourdough and so on.
Sandwiches, open sandwiches, a soup, rarebit on toasted sourdough, a burger, a vegan burger, and paninis are some of the choices available although I opted for a kiln roast salmon Nicoise salad at £12.50 which was fresh, with a lemony dressing, and just right for a warm summer’s day. One friend tried an open sandwich with smoked salmon, smashed avocado, mixed leaves and a mustard dressing (£9.50) which was well received as was a tuna cheese panini (£8.95). There are a couple of specials which we didn’t spot – they are chalked up behind the serving counter – and I liked the look of the grazing boards, especially the cheese one which features the farm’s own cheeses and various pickles, fruit, nuts and bread (£18). They are made for two so I’ll be taking my better half along next time!
There’s a wide selection of cakes, brownies and blondies on offer each day, so this is a great place for a coffee, cake and natter. But there are also some ‘proper’ desserts on offer like Eton Mess, pancakes and sundaes which were going like the proverbial hot cakes when I visited. I tucked into a raspberry and white chocolate blondie at £3.50 which was nice and gooey and went down well with an accompanying latte.
What about dietary requirements?
The menu asks you to talk to the staff about any particular requests. Vegan, vegetarian and gluten free dishes are clearly marked on the menu.
Tell us about the drinks
I enjoyed a glass of homemade lemonade and spotted Breckland Orchard cordials on offer, too. You can also have a glass of Prosecco, should you fancy it, and look out for the Goat Herder beers. All manner of coffees and teas are available, too.
Anything else we need to know?
Once you have filled your belly, you can stock up your own larder with goodies from the farm shop which sells everything from Crush cereals to Norfolk Gin – and the farm’s own goats’ cheeses which include the lovely Norfolk Mardler.
You can’t book at The Goat Shed Kitchen but there is plenty of space – I loved the cosy snug with its woodburner and sofas.
It opens from 8am to 5pm Monday to Saturday, and from 9.30am to 4pm on Sundays.
This is a family friendly, dog friendly day time treat, with the farm setting adding to the overall appeal. Be sure to say hello to the goats kept by the farm shop entrance – they love to put on a show for you!