It has been a while since I did a farm shop review, but as I was able to visit the Friday Street Farm Shop while in the Aldeburgh/Saxmundham area, it seems a good time to post one. This is a good, middle range farm shop with fresh veg, a butchery, and a quality fishmonger.
The farm shop itself is fairly large with a good selection of fresh veg. The displays are bright and welcoming, and the shelves are full of quirky ingredients, as well as the standards.There is a tasting bar, which on the day of our visit had some very nice humous in various flavours.
The butchery features Suffolk local beef, free range pork, and free range chicken. Unlike many similar shops, there is not a separate cheese counter (that we could find). All in all this is a balance somewhere between a high end farm shop and a local grocery. we did like that there was a wide assortment of frozen items from local sources, and a great idea of frozen loose fruit as a “weigh and save” option.
The complex does have a really good quality fishmongers where we got dressed local crab, samphire, and scallops. The service was good, and we were given a bag of ice to help get our purchase home as fresh as possible.
The farm also has a pick your own berry area, and a very nice cafe. The cafe had inside and outdoor seating and the coffee was smooth and flavourful. The scones were large, and tasty, though the butter and jam were rather standard national brands rather than local.
There is also a pet centre and garden shop.
The Friday Street Farm may not be “high end” or primarily “organic” but it is a good middle range place for fresh fruit and veg, and a must see (if in the area) for seafood.