Sunday morning and the sun is streaming through the window. What a perfect day to go out and enjoy the sunshine and have breakfast made for us!
We decided to head for Craigie Farm, just on the outskirts of Edinburgh on the road to Kirkliston.
Craigie Farm is a wonderful place for adults and children alike. The farm shop, restaurant and surrounding activities have grown and developed over the last few years and the farm is now a major attraction and employer in the area. I have very happy memories of browsing in the old farm shop (which really was just a farm shop) way back at the start of the journey. You are right on the edge of the city but it feels like a million miles away. Admire the views from the garden area, and keep your eye out for passing planes heading to the airport.
If you have children, this place is ideal with lots of outdoor space for them to run around, plenty of animals to visit and there’s often lots of events happening….the next one is Halloween. You can keep up to date on their facebook page, twitter or website www.craigies.co.uk
After admiring the lovely fresh vegetable displays at the door and deciding to come back and buy some dirty carrots after breakfast, we wandered past the Puddledub Butcher shop and deli and into the cafe. We experienced no queuing delays as we were early and the cafe was relatively quiet. The layout of the cafe has caused great debate in the past, but the guys are working hard to make it as simple and quick as possible to be served.
The breakfast menu is easy to follow and if you are having a cooked breakfast, you can choose from The Lairds Breakfast (8 items £8.99) The Herds Choice (6 Items £6.99) or Tatty Howkers snack (4 items £4.99). If you don’t fancy a full cooked breakfast the menu offers alternatives such as French toast £3.99, hot breakfast rolls from £2.99, porridge from £1.99 or homemade pancakes from £3.99. Fresh orange juice and toast is included with the Lairds breakfast, but not with the others.
We decided to go for a Herds choice and a Tatty Howkers snack, but with Orange Juice and Toast for one. (it’s not that we are meanies it’s just it’s only me that likes OJ) Probably not the most cost effective combination choice, but it suited our appetites best.
The breakfast was very well cooked and lovely and hot. It certainly was very yummy! You can taste the quality of the ingredients, many of which can be found for sale in the shop. As it was such a beautiful morning, we decided to sit outside and enjoy the wonderful view towards the Forth. The sun shone and the wasps were in full flight and were trying to get in my OJ!
I won….this time…
Craigie Farm also offers an extensive lunch menu 7 days a week with lots of homemade soups, hot dishes, rolls, panini and a selection from the cold counter. My absolute favourite for lunch is their Ploughman’s, which comes with Meat, Cheese, Pate, Green Salad, a choice of 2 other salad items from the cold counter and is served with Oatcakes and Homemade Chutney. It’s a feast for £7.49.
Craigie Farm really is a venue for all seasons. With Pick your own soft fruits throughout the summer months through to Halloween and Christmas – it’s worth a visit at anytime of the year. You will find that you will just keep popping back time and time again and there will always be something happening there.
PS. They stock Stewart Tower Ice Cream
– it’s naughty and you will often find a cone in your hand as you leave – We never really know how it happens – it just does – you will be drawn to the ice cream counter – be warned!
The wonderful views from the garden.
Lots of car parking available.
Craigie Farm, South Queensferry, City of Edinburgh EH30 9AR
0131 319 1048