Tucked away in the Gloucester countryside sits the Tortworth Estate and the fairly recently opened The Farmers Market shop and café (off the B4509 on the Tortworth Road east of M5 junction 14). The views from the café are stunning, looking out over the valley to the Cotswold hills beyond, what a back drop for a meal. Plenty of car parking and outside seating.
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Fortunately when we arrived at approximately 11:40 on Sunday July 6th there were not too many people there because the organisation needs to be improved. The young lady operating the till was obviously learning how to operate it, which should have been done at another time when the café was closed. There was only one till and the card machine could not always pick up an adequate signal for it to operate. Having said that, the waiter/waitress service improved a little and the staff very pleasant the whole time. With a little bit of training and better organisation, all should be well.
Now to the important bit. The Food!
My wife and I shared a starter of prawn cocktail. It would have been better if we had each been provided with a small spoon and fork rather than a large knife and fork, more suitable for the main course (training). But the food was good, no complaints at all.
For the main course there was a choice of Roast Beef and all the trimmings, Roast Pork, Poached Salmon Fillet or Vegetable Lasagne. We both chose the Roast Pork. The large plate was filled with slices of roast pork, some boiled potatoes, roast potatoes, crackling and gravy. Supplied separately were dishes of leek, cauliflower, cabbage and carrots along with a delicious apple sauce. There was plenty of food and we had to leave some, at our age (75) we are no longer able to eat large meals.
The reason for the title of this report is that I sampled each of the vegetables separately before sampling the pork, potatoes and crackling just to assess the taste of each one. I can now, with complete honesty, report that these were fresh vegetables of the highest quality and beautifully cooked. They were delicious. Before you get anxious, the meat melted deliciously in the mouth and the gravy was every man's dream of how gravy should be made. O what a meal. The fault with the service paled into insignificance compared with that main course! Although the management would be advised to train their staff to make the occasion even better.
We shared a dessert which was lemon meringue pie with ice cream and they were delicious.
My wife had a large glass of Merlot which she said was excellent, and I had a local cider which was also delicious.
Although there was no table cloth on our table, which, as it happened, we did not mind, the whole meal was a very pleasant experience indeed.
Would I go there again? Too right I would!
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