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“Fantastic breakfast with the family”
Review of Occombe Farm

Occombe Farm
Ranked #11 of 35 things to do in Paignton
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: It's free to visit this organic, working farm on the edge of Paignton. Open to the public 7 days a week, it includes a Farm Shop and Cafe serving local produce and a wonderful kitchen garden with a wartime allotment and air raid shelter. You can see farm animals including cows, sheep, goats, chickens, pigs and alpacas, and walk a lovely 2km nature trail with a bird hide. The farm is run by local charity Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust with all profits going to support its conservation and education work. The Trust run an events programme at Occombe and it's other sites, so please check the website for details of what's going on before you arrive. Free parking!
Devon, United Kingdom
1 review
“Fantastic breakfast with the family”
Reviewed 24 May 2014

Stopped here for breakfast yesterday, with my hubby sister in law and father in law. We had a fantastic breakfast. Will definitely be back. Well done!

Visited May 2014
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English first
Paignton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 293 helpful votes
“Great project but ..........”
Reviewed 17 May 2014

A visit to Occombe Farm is well worth it just to wander around the nature trail at any time of year. In Spring nature comes alive and it's lovely to see the bluebells in abundance, hear the birds singing and enjoy the peace and tranquillity. It's a popular venue for young Mums as the trail is buggy friendly. It 's a sign of the times that there has to be notices along the trail stating that wet wood can be slippy or that a children need to be supervised near water. I guess the Countryside Trust has to cover itself. No signs about avoiding the rabbit poo though!! Anyway, it's great for a casual 45 minute stroll and it's wonderful to see a bit of countryside preserved for the public to enjoy. Obviously all this costs money hence many gripes about the prices of food in the restaurant. £6.95 for a sandwich is very steep especially when the cheese is grated - to make it go further - and the local ham is barely more than wafer thin. £5.50 for a bowl of soup takes some justifying too. It does put some people off from purchasing food and hence, maybe, the restaurant does not get the volume of custom it needs to make much of a profit and hence, perhaps, is a burden on scarce Trust funds rather than an income-generator?? We decided to share a sandwich rather than pay nearly £14 just for a snack, excluding the cost of drinks. Using locally sourced produce is a great idea but there has to be a carefully defined balance between what customers are willing, or able, to pay in return for quality and perceived value and the need for the Trust to generate a profit. Increasing the volume of trade would help. The nature trail is fabulous and well worth a visit but whatever you think about the quality and value of the food you will need a fat wallet to feed a family of four. Don't be too put off though - give it a go!

Visited May 2014
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“andre 1”
Reviewed 2 May 2014 via mobile

I have visited Occombe farm in the past with my wife for breakfast before, as we both love the idea of such locally sourced produce. Breakfast was lovely but we had never been there for lunch. However one of our friends had said they had started serving fresh fish dishes and they'd had a really good value tasty monkfish dish, so we gave it a try. My wife and I arrived to find 6 scallops on the specials board in a local cider and bacon cream served with dauphinouse and purple sprouting broccoli that was picked from the farm that morning we were told. It was beautifully presented and absolutely delicious. We would thoroughly recommend it as a great lunch stop and incredible value for money at £11.95 for restaurant quality food. We will definitely be returning soon.

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Torquay, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Great for young families!”
Reviewed 27 April 2014

We live locally and can highly recommend Occombe Farm for a visit. We have two young boys 4 and 18 months, and they love going along to the farm to see all the animals, and go for a lovely walk along the nature trail, which is easily accessible with a buggy.
During the school holidays for a small fee Occombe Farm have well organised events going on around the Farm, with arts and crafts and games and puzzles to complete along the nature trail with a small prize at the end which my boys love!
At the end of our walks we always pop in or sit outside the cafe for some hot chocolate and a slice of cake. The cafe always has a variety of lovely fresh food on offer at reasonable prices, when you consider that many of the ingredients come straight from the Farm.
Occombe also have a play-park area and in the summer they convert one of the barns into a play area with farm themed ride-ons which our boys enjoy very much.
Overall Occombe Farm is a great place to visit and you get a real sense of farm life!

Visited April 2014
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Torquay
1 review
“Great place for a nature walk and outdoor fun with the kids.”
Reviewed 27 April 2014

We live locally and visit Occombe Farm a couple of times a year with our boys (age 4 and 6) and their cousins. Its ideal because its a 10 minute drive from town but you feel like you are getting away from it all in the countryside. They regularly put on themed events for the kids. At halloween there is a spooky nature trail quiz, another time it was knight and dragon themed. The staff always dress up and make an effort for this, but its completely optional whether you pay to take part or opt out and just go for a pleasant walk. There are various animals to see along the way. We always see something new each time we go. The boys also enjoy playing in the park at the end of the trail while we grab a well earned cuppa. If you are looking for a low cost day out with lovely scenery I would highly recommend it.

Visited February 2014
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