Saturday, 28 August 2010

Hilltop Farm Shop, Hunningham, Near Leamington Spa

Thanks to Lucie of Cooking at Marystow, last weekend we discovered Hilltop Farm Shop, in the picturesque village of Hunningham. They grow sunflowers.

The shop itself is quite small, but it stocks a wide variety of produce. It sells a good range of fruit and veg, as well as milk, cheese, jams and chutneys, and meat. It doesn't have a butcher's counter like at Berryfields, but there is a fantastic range of different meat, both chilled and frozen, including the cuts you wouldn't find in your average supermarket, such as lambs' hearts.

We bought some oak-smoked garlic, which wafts a delightful scent of wood-burning every time I open the cupboard. There was a good variety of local cheeses (including Warwickshire Truckle, which is one of my favourites) and I decided to try Napton Water Buffalo Smoky Bello Cheese. The texture is not dissimilar to cheddar, but it is creamier and smoother and has a slightly different quality to cows' cheese. I'd definitely buy it again!

Hilltop Farm Shop has a restaurant and a café, but we didn't get a chance to try it out this time. There are great facilities for kids, including a bouncy castle and a play-park. Hilltop Farm Shop also has some of the animals on display.

My fiancé gently informed me that I am too big to ride the ponies.


  1. Aww you should be able to ride the Ponies! Sounds like a great place. I love the idea of Oak Smoked Garlic!

  2. The restaurant is brilliant too. Me and the faily have never had a bad time at Hilltop. But don't tell everyone, its already getting difficult to get a table at short notice :)