Oakes Farm Shop and Cafe, Balsall Common

I recently visited Oakes Farm in Balsall Common. (www.oakesfarmshop.co.uk) I had read in the newspaper that the family farm had recently opened a shop and cafe and, as I’m always looking for new tea rooms and cafes, I was keen to pop along.

The cafe was easily accessible off the main road between Balsall Common and Knowle and there was enough parking for about 15 cars. It is very clear that this is a new development, as it looks unfinished, but I have high hopes for where it could be in a year or two’s time.

The shop and cafe are in the same open plan building and, while the shelves of the shop looked somewhat bare, there was a good selection of produce in the farm shop. Meat, fruit and vegetables, cakes, pies, jams and preserves. A lot of this was locally made or locally sourced but, as you’d expect, prices were high.  Continue reading