As I was making some jam this year I decided to bring my daughter and my 3 yr old grandson for a nice day out picking some fruit and this being our first time here, we weren't disappointed either. However the very small porta cabin was the biggest let down, talk about chaotic ? There were people entering and exiting from both ends with full & empty baskets, and with a friendly young guy serving plus doing his best to remain calm, made this a long wait as you have to keep your £2 entry fee receipt for when you come back to have your fruit weighed and is refunded.... The good thing is they do provide you with a small handy map of the berry site showing you where the fruit is, as I was here for the juicy strawberries, raspberries, and red berries and was not disappointed either..
What I found really unique too was the strawberry plants were off the ground and at waist height, making picking so much easier and saving one's back. We soon had our baskets full in no time at all, and making our way back to the porta cabin to get them weighed I noticed the queue was outside on both sides again , with one young lady now serving politely talk about chaos ? After some time we finally got served and pushed our way out the other side, the owners should really look into this sore point which was annoying a lot of people no end and this was midweek? I'd honestly hate to see this on a weekend, it's just not organised at all. Perhaps TWO porta cabins might help one for weighing and one for entering ?
Moving on, They do have a lot of interesting farm animals to "Pet" and look at, including the unexpected "Biology " lessons with the amorous pigs which takes a bit of explaining to younger visitors.! There is also a Deli / Restaurant attached too which serves pretty good food and local produce at a price one would expect with any UK based attraction these days, which is a sure sign of greedy Governments past & present hitting the haulage & farmers with fuel prices and being part of the E.U and controlled by Brussels, as I work in the haulage business I know this only too well. Unfortunately Craigie's have no options either to survive as just a farm, hence the tourist prices. And perhaps if the same people who complain on here about the price of produce and fruit had of complained to the politicians years ago about the price of fuel, we wouldn't be paying through the nose for anything today. But, of course people just accept it and carry on complaining about the weather or something else mundane..!
Now I would definitely recommend this place for a family day out especially for berry picking and enjoying a bite to eat in the restaurant, even if they need to get the serving sorted out there, and remember it's a bit pricey too. I paid 40p for a free range egg and I bought six Ouch ! My grandson also had a brilliant time in the safe outside play area with all the chutes / swings etc, he kept talking about it all day in fact. One thing I would point out though is the owners need to get their main sign on the road replaced or painted as I drive past there most days and half of it is missing, perhaps a lick of paint might help ?
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