We visit Whitmuir every couple of months or so. It's a lovely place to visit for a couple of hours to have a bite to eat and a browse round the organic shop and the art gallery.
The coffee shop/restaurant serves excellent food in a really nice setting. Within the last few months the food has noticeably improved. On this occasion we had breakfast. I had a grilled kipper which was yummy. We've been for lunch recently and that was superb too.
We have young children so the play area in the coffee shop is a blessing. There are plenty of kids' toys and books they can amuse themselves with. The disappointing thing about the play area is that it's cramped in a corner next to a fire. They have also recently put the toys in a huge heavy wooden lidded box which is a death trap for little fingers!
The shop is full of organic food including fresh meat. There's are few other things on sale like ethically sourced toys. You can open an account with them and get food delivered if you like.
The art gallery is wonderful. The displays are frequently rotated and they have very good taste in art (in our opinion anyway!) There's always local artists on display. It's all for sale.
The owners of Whitmuir seem to spend a lot of time coming up with various schemes and initiatives you can get involved in. When you enter the building you're presented with a bewildering array of leaflets and posters encouraging you to do things like bring waste wood in, buy shares in the farm and adopt a turkey. Things seem to come and go pretty quickly. There used to be a bee hive you could visit and a teepee but they've both disappeared. To be honest I find it a bit confusing and I think they'd do well to focus on building up the core business and making the farm a real destination for the Borders.
I'd like to see them make the farm itself more accessible. There are walks advertised around the farm but these are hard to follow and the paths are poor quality and usually very muddy! They've improved this a tiny bit but there's lots more to do. You also can't get close to many animals which is a bit odd for a farm shop! On this occasion the only thing we saw was a field of chickens. In the past we've seen some pigs in the distance.
As a result, while the shop/restaurant itself is usually busy, the rest of the site is quiet.
Oh, and it's also crying out for an outdoor playground for kids!
In conclusion I would say that Whitmuir is already a good place to visit, but it's a growing business and has the potential to become great.