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“Blown Away!”

South Devon Chilli Farm
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Owner description: The South Devon Chilli Farm is set in the wonderful South Hams district of South Devon overlooking stunning views. We grow over 100 types of chilli and there is a free-to-visit display in the Summer. The site has a farm shop and cafe selling the products we produce from the chillies we grow on the farm. All the products can be tried in the shop and are served with the meals in the cafe. During the Spring and Summer, we sell a wide range of chilli plants. We also have seeds and chilli-growing equipment. We have a lot of gift ideals that are ideal to take home. Just 5 miles South of the A38.
Dover, United Kingdom
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108 reviews
47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
“Blown Away!”
Reviewed 31 August 2014

Once you have found the place...(about a mile out of Loddiswell ), it is well worth the visit.

You can try before you buy, from the delicious range of sauces, pickles, jams and chocolate!

From whimp to Exreme heat it caters for all.
The on site cafe, does a great range of good value chilli inspired dishes....and great Hot Chilli Chocolate!!!

They also provide an On Line Mail Order service

Visited August 2014
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Chichester, United Kingdom
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“Red Hot Stuff!”
Reviewed 28 August 2014

We arrived at the Chilli Farm at around 11am on a pretty cloudy and fairly cold day in September. It certainly wasn’t warm enough to sit outside for any length of time. Once we’d parked (it’s free), we wandered into the shop which serves as the entry point. We didn’t linger in the shop and carried on through towards the farm area. There are eight poly-tunnels on site but visitors are only allowed to go into one of them, which is well signposted so you’re not going to wander into anything you shouldn’t do by accident. Inside the poly-tunnel stretches a fair distance down a slight incline but there is an even and well laid out path down the centre of the tunnel so there would be no problem with taking in a pushchair or wheelchair or someone a little unsteady on their feet.

The first thing that strikes you is the amazing variety of different types of chilli plants and the fantastic variety of colours they come in. Evidently there are over 100 different varieties to see here. You have your usual red and green chillies, but here there are deep purple ones that are so dark they’re almost black. Some are a vibrant yellow and orange colour and some so pale they’re almost white. And the sizes - you have small tube shaped chillies up to massive bell shaped ones. Some look just like the mixed peppers you see in the supermarket and others suspiciously like cucumbers….but without the mildness. To be honest I had no idea there were such a massive variety of different chillies to be had and they have seem to have every species from all four corners of the globe on offer here. The plants are all well labelled so you can see where they hail from and most importantly how spicy they are.

I loved the Chilli Farm and I can wholeheartedly recommend a visit. It’s totally free of charge which is a real bonus in this day and age. Yes, they will try and part you from your pounds with their tempting array of chilli related goodies and food stuffs in the shop but I hasten to add there is NO hard sell involved at all. The staff are unobtrusive but friendly and knowledgeable if you need assistance. At no point did we feel any pressure to buy anything and no one made us feel uncomfortable for eating far too much chilli chocolate and then not buying even one single bar.

Although there isn’t much more than a couple of hour’s worth of content here it’s still well worth a visit. The poly-tunnel display of chillies is fascinating and the signage very informative and interesting. The cafeteria is clean and welcoming and has a temping array of reasonably priced dishes and snacks on offer. And the shop is bulging with all sorts of delicious delights, so much so you’d have to have a very boring palate indeed not to succumb to temptation and leave empty handed.

The South Devon Chilli Farm is definitely worth making a detour too and it comes highly recommended with a full five stars from me.

Visited September 2013
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Upton upon Severn, United Kingdom
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48 reviews
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“Interesting place”
Reviewed 20 August 2014

This place is paradise for chilli lovers! It was fantastic to see all the different types of chillies grown in the display tunnel; we were particularly fond of the stunning purple ones. Each of the plants were annotated with the strength of the chilli and the ideal growing conditions.
The onsite cafe sells chilli chocolate cake (among other things!) and the shop itself is haven selling chilli sauces (particularly recommend the Hot 6), chilli preserves (lovely chilli jam), dried chillies, fresh chillies, chilli chocolate in many different guises, and anything else to do with chillies. It was quiet when we arrived (changeover day) and this gave us the opportunity to have a lovely chat with the owner. It was wonderful to see the passion and pride this guy has in his product - and so he should! Apart from the lovely chilli products we came away with, we were also given a banana plant!!

Visited August 2014
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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74 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Go Visit”
Reviewed 19 August 2014

We found it a bit of a trek to get to - lots of narrow Devon lanes with busy traffic. Although the satnav might have taken us on a rural detour!

Anyway, what a lovely place to visit. It does what it says on the sign - Chilli Farm. Don't expect a big corporation. What you get is a wonderful sight into growing chilli plants. You can buy the plants for a fraction of the cost paid at garden centres and the variety changes all the time. There's a large display tunnel which really opens up just how many varieties there are, and can be grown in this country.

The shop is great, selling many of their own products and loads of samples to try out for yourself. I've seen these products in tourist attractions all over Devon & Cornwall but this is their home.

The staff were great - very knowledgeable, helpful and happy. I'm recommending this place to all my friends as something different to try. We probably stayed for about 1.5 hours. Go and see for yourself - especially if you're a newbie like me with chillis. I'm hooked now.

Visited August 2014
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Exeter
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33 reviews
13 attraction reviews
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“Excellent couple of hours fun.”
Reviewed 13 August 2014 via mobile

Really great place to visit if you want something less "touristy". Plenty to the kids to do and run around while we enjoyed a drink from the cafe. Really interesting. Worth a visit. We'll be going again.

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