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“I Sampled Them One at a Time”
Review of The Farmers Table

The Farmers Table
Ranked #39 of 329 Restaurants in Gloucester
Certificate of Excellence
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Dursley, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
179 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 165 helpful votes
“I Sampled Them One at a Time”
Reviewed 6 July 2014

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!

  • Visited July 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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“Sunday lunch terrible service”
Reviewed 29 June 2014

When we arrived for a family Sunday lunch today, having made a reservation in person at the cafe yesterday, we were told it was double booked and they had no table. There was evident embarrassment as they realised that it was their mistake. We had no alternative as likely other places to eat locally would have been full for Sunday lunch. After a wait we did get a table, kindly given up by another diner, and were then served quickly. Food was good quality but meal was spoilt by poor service, not just of our table but of others. Tables were not cleared, one lady cleared it herself, several tables had to wait an excessively long time to eat and there was a stream of customers having to go to counter to ask for cutlery, vegetables( they already had their meat but veg had not arrived) and drinks. No one returned to table to ask if we wanted a pudding and plates remained on our table until we left. It was busy but it was not understaffed, simply very poorly organised and utterly chaotic. No one was managing it at all. A real shame but we certainly will not return. Probably the worst service we have ever experienced

  • Visited June 2014
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Thornbury, United Kingdom
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“My favourite cafe!”
Reviewed 27 June 2014

I regularly go here and as my aunt & uncle are over from Australia we took them here last week . They loved it! The cakes are fantastic, we had lemon curd cake & pistachio cake. We will all be coming back for more. Plus they loved the shop and want to return to get some cakes and pies. Well worth a visit.

  • Visited June 2014
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Lancaster, UK
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28 reviews
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“Great views, reasonable food, service slow.”
Reviewed 18 June 2014

This has absolutely fantastic views over the countryside from plate glass windows and a big terrace on a nice day.

I went for lunch. Menu was pretty limited but the food was tasty. There was a good selection of cakes for afters. Cost was pretty reasonable too (around £5-6 for a quiche and salad).

However, service at lunchtime was reasonably slow (both to take orders and deliver food).

  • Visited June 2014
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“Beautiful views good food”
Reviewed 15 June 2014 via mobile

Stayed at hotel nearby and walked over for lunch. Good food and very good coffee. Spectacular views. Pleasant staff. A wonderful find.

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