We've opened the doors on The Sheep Shed this month, bringing back the tradition of tea and cake that Botley Hill Farmhouse was famed for in the 1950s. Step inside our cosy new nook and you'll also find a gift shop full of locally-made crafts and food and drink to take home with you.
The formerly unused building to the side of the main farmhouse has been transformed and extended to to make a delightfully comfortable rustic-style space, complete with a wood-burning stove and antique church pews. The Sheep Shed will be open between 10am and 4pm from Wednesday to Friday, and from 11am to 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
Currently dressed up for the festive season, we've already welcomed lots of local visitors for warming drinks and mince pies during the first few days of opening. Diana and Des Ogg from Selsdon told us their thoughts: "The tea room was lovely with a really pretty garden." We may be biased, but we have to say we agree.
"So many people enjoyed our roadside van during the summer that we felt sure visitors would enjoy the same kind of light bites in a warmer environment," says manager Nicole Joubert. "The Sheep Shed also gives us an opportunity to showcase local craftspeople and producers, which is something that we've wanted to do since we took over the Farmhouse in March."
Take a look at the menu, which includes simple fare like bacon or sausage baps, paninis and soup as well as a selection of home-baked cakes and pastries. We've also got lovely gifts from Romney Marsh Wool and beautiful Riedel glasses, as well as delicious Briscoes jellies, chutneys and vinegars by Bickerton's and festive handmade chocolates from Stas. Come and see The Sheep Shed for yourself - we can't wait to welcome you.