Friday, 19 April 2013

Packington Moor, nr Lichfield

Packington Moor is home to a cafe, farm shop and wedding venue, on a 700 acre farm between Lichfield and Tamworth.

The farm shop is a destination in its own right with an in house butcher, plenty of home made cakes and fresh fruit and vegetables on offer.  The cafe is in the same building, and focusses on fresh food, locally grown and sourced.  I have tested the hot pork sandwich with apple sauce and stuffing (£5.25) and can highly recommend it.

Packington is also one of my favourite spots to meet up for coffee and cake with a mum friend and her (very well behaved) children.  The coffee and hot chocolate are good, and the service is always friendly.

While the shop and cafe are the main attractions, they do work to make it friendly for young children, with a fleet of ride on tractors outside in good weather, and a children's menu for around £4.50.  But this isn't the place to bring your toddler to let off steam - there's no playground or bike riding space.

If you want lunch, I would recommend booking, particularly on Sunday.  This place is popular and rightly so.

Round up
Cafe Latte price: £2.30
Favourite cake: Tea cakes for £1.95  were very good (but I spotted amazing-looking coffee and walnut cake after I had ordered the tea cakes!) Try coffee and cake together for £4.95
Child friendly highlights: Outdoor tractors, colouring crayons for use at cafe tables, babyccino for £1, baby changing
Buggy friendly: Shop and cafe are, but car park isn't
Car parking: Free but all on gravel

A cafe & farm shop destination rather than a family attraction with a cafe, but a good one if your little one is still in a high chair or happy to sit and eat.  Also a nice place to do Sunday lunch with the grandparents.