A few months ago, we decided to explore a little further afield and headed to the beautiful village of Turville (junction 5 off the M40). Turville has an impressive screen pedigree – scenes from Midsomer Murders, Lewis and Jonathan Creek have all been shot here. We parked in the village by the Bull & Butcher pub, (which has some great reviews on Trip Advisor so could be a good pit stop next time ;)) and roughly followed this round walk that was feature on A Family Day out Website.
For lunch we stopped at The Barn Cafe in Turville Heath as this was on our walking route. The Barn is a no car cafe; you can only reach it on foot, bicycle or horse. Disabled parking is available at the barn but be sure to phone ahead to guarantee availability. There is very limited public parking available on the edge of the common, off Dolesden Lane which they recommend for those of limited mobility or with pushchairs.
As the name suggests, it’s a cafe in a barn. The farm is owned by the Harman family, who have farmed in the Turville Heath area for generations. Turville Heath Farm itself has seen six generations of Harmans live on and work the land. In 2014, Robin Harman, opened the Barn at Turville Heath. The burgers, goulash and baps served in the cafe at weekends are made using Robin’s own outdoor-reared, grass-grazed meat. All other ingredients are sourced locally and sustainably wherever possible. Make sure you keep an eye out for the old Land Rover in the kitchen!
The burgers were excellent, prepared using good quality ingredients and served on small wooden board. The table next to us were having pizzas that looked equally tasty. For dessert the kids got Chiltern Ice Cream, an artisan ice cream maker based in Chilterns, made using milk and cream from Chilterns based Laceys Family Farm’s Guernsey herd. Again delicious 🙂
The café really is a fabulous place tucked away, perfect for walkers, cyclists and horseback riders wanting to explore the beautiful Chilterns. It was a safe place for kids to play, without fear of cars. We sat outside as it was a lovely day – there is limited seating inside so do come prepared for an outdoor lunch.
Great food, service and atmosphere – we will definitely head there again in the not so distant future.
OPENING HOURS: Open Saturdays & Sundays (& Bank Holidays) from 10am to 4pm (last food orders 3.30) The hours are subject to change – check their FACEBOOK for regular updates. Self service on weekdays.
ADDRESS: The Barn at Turville Heath, Turville Heath Farm, Turville Heath (near Henley on Thames), Oxon, RG9 6JY
TELEPHONE: 07734 315105
FACEBOOK: The Barn at Turville Heath
WEBSITE: The Barn at Turville Heath