By their own admission, Robins Farm in North Swindon didn’t have the best reviews when it first opened around six months ago – so I wasn’t sure what to expect when I decided to eat there with the family last Sunday.
© Kelly Jobanputra
But I can honestly say that I was pleasantly surprised and was very impressed with both the quality of food and the service from all the staff members (in particular Aaron, Sue and Tina).
The biggest appeal for my five year old daughter was the children’s play area, complete with computer games, and every parent knows that if your little ones are happy when you go out to eat – then that makes for a nice pleasant, stress free, outing!
Yes this place can get very busy, with queues sometimes nearly out the door at peak times, but the line for the carvery moved quick and the chefs were very accommodating and knowledgeable when it came to my gluten free diet requests.
Their website is also packed with information on allergen advice, which should be considered a must in this day and age: http://www.farmhouseinns.co.
Of course, they don’t just serve a delicious roast. They have an extensive general menu which is divided up into categories – starters and sharers, sides, burgers and hot dogs, from the grill, from the sea, farmhouse heroes, classics, farmhouse pies, lite bites and famous salads.
However, the real delight are the deserts which come in such epic portion sizes that I can guarantee you will be taking home a takeaway box at the end of your meal. For the smaller mouths, there are one scoop ice creams on offer.
Robins Farm also offer an appealing deal of afternoon tea every weekday between 2 and 5pm, where you can have any tea or coffee and any portion of cake from the desert cabinet for £4.95. Not bad at all and it’s nice that the atmosphere of the place means you don’t feel like you will be rushed out of there.
I would definitely go back (in fact we have already made plans to go with extended family members in a few weeks) and I think now they have made changes after their initial teething problems, the experience will only get better.
By Kelly Jobanputra