Thistledown Farm in Nympsfield, Gloucestershire classifies to me as one of those special places food tourists would love to accidently find – that place only the locals know about and to get away from the tourist traps. Thistledown Farm is a very rare find and is situated at the top of Nailsworth, along a single lane farm track in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Emphasis on the outstanding!
Thistledown Farm is quite the entrepreneurial business! First and foremost it’s an organically managed family farm that spans 70 acres and includes an elderflower orchard, pasture and woodland. They also the run the cafe and local produce store, offer award-winning camping facilities, host regular craft courses and events, pizza evenings and BBQ’s. Find out what’s coming up »
The cafe, geniosly named Fieldfare Cafe, makes my mouth water with thoughts of wholesome, natural and as fresh as you can find and that’s exactly what you get, but with a bit of an exotic twist. You’ll find words such as dukkah, tzatziki, mezze, za’atar on the menu, which is heavily influenced by the Mediterranean and Middle East, but with British classics at it’s heart.
We stopped by for lunch on a foggy day and you couldn’t see more than a couple of meters from the window. The usual view from the cafe has potential to keep you there all day! The farm is situated on the top of the hill and quite exposed to the elements. On a clear day you should be able to see some stunning views across the Cotswold landscape and the entire wall of the right wing is pure glass, to make the most of this selling point! The abundance of natural light makes for excellent photo photography on a bright day!
For a light lunch we ordered Dips and Dukkah with flatbread (£11) and Smoked Mackerel Pate (£6). What arrived was the most beautiful plate of dips and crudites I’ve ever seen…
Onto the Mackerel Pate, although please bare in mind the angle of this photo doesn’t really show off the amount of Pate on the plate, but trust me it was a large enough portion. This is a light-bite though and not a standard lunch dish. The taste was wonderful, not too fishy and really nicely seasoned. We did find two bones though. The pate was served with sourdough toast. Yes please!
The meals you’ll find on the menu range from homemade granola, pancakes, bacon sandwich or eggs for breakfast, and on the lunch menu you’ll find the likes of veggie or beefs burgers, kebabs, sharing plates, lamb, chicken skewers and soup. Evening meals are a little different (see serving hours below). Choose from pizza toppings such as Butternut & Homemade Pesto, Courgette & Ricotta, Bacon, Black Olive & Mushroom and the usual Margherita or Pepperoni. You’ll get a sourdough base to accompany these amazing topping combinations and the pizza itself is cooked in a clay oven. Simply the best way to treat a pizza.
You must check out the menu here »
You can simply stop by and order a coffee and a cake from their large selection of fabulous cakes!
Opening hours do vary so check before you visit:
Brunch is available Friday to Sunday 9:30 – 11:30
Lunch service is Wednesday to Friday from 12:30 – 14:30 and Saturday and Sunday 12:00 – 15:00
Dinner (Pizza night and bar snacks) starts again at Easter, Friday and Saturday 17:00 – 20:00
There’s plenty of car parking, but the terrain is a little rural and wellies on a wet day are recommended.
You’ve just got to eat here!
Tinkley Ln, Nympsfield, Stonehouse GL10 3UH