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“Good concept, needs better execution”

Johnsons Farm Old Hurst
Ranked #3 of 25 things to do in Huntingdon
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: A farm shop with a tea room located in a beautiful Cambridgeshire hamlet with an outdoor play area for young children and a farm walk.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Baby buggy parking
Reviewed 25 July 2014

This is essentially a farm and farm shop that has grown into a visitor attraction. I'm reviewing it as an attraction rather than a retail outlet.

So, what do you get? A children's play area, a cafe, and the chance to walk round the farm and see the animals which supply the shop and cafe. The farm includes some more esoteric animals such as deer, llamas, buffalo, ostriches and crocodiles. Yes, crocodiles.

Conceptually, this is fine. My children enjoyed the play area, with its wooden castle and straw bales. We had lunch in the cafe, and went for a walk around the farm, which the children also enjoyed. There's no admission fee, so the only cost is whatever you spend on food and drink. And the prices are reasonable, so there's nothing to complain about there.

Unfortunately, the execution doesn't quite live up to expectations. The cafe was not hugely busy - this was a weekday visit, albeit in holiday time - and yet the queue was lengthy and the service very poor. We put up with a half hour wait for food, because the children were happy to play outside while we waited, but I can imagine this causing problems for other people. There seemed to be plenty of staff bustling around, but they gave the impression of being disorganised and the system for taking orders at the till clearly wasn't working well.

The other issue was the walk around the farm. There's plenty to see - but what are we seeing? Yes, I can recognise a crocodile when I see one, and a llama and a donkey, but I'd have appreciated some information about the less recognisable animals. Some form of information panels around the farm would make it a whole lot more rewarding.

I'd go back, but I probably wouldn't eat there again unless the staffing problems have been sorted out. Which is a pity, because the food, when it came, was good quality. And when my daughter asks "What's that?" I'd like to be a bit more helpful than responding with "Ummm.. it looks like a deer, to me. Dunno what sort, though.".

1  Thank MarkGoodge
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"fresh meat"
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"play area"
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"tea room"
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Reviewed 8 July 2014

Great supplies for sale, great cafe, and animals for the children to see. Beware the crocodiles though
Fresh meat supplied at the farm by the farm themselves (you can see htem grazing) All sorts of delicacies available as well. A good morning or afternoon out for the family

Thank BrambleCorner
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Reviewed 23 June 2016
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Reviewed 1 March 2016
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Thank Jose T
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