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Saturday, 5 January 2019

REVIEW: Farmer & Friends, Wombourne

Stylish decor, huge milkshakes, hearty and traditional meals; it's safe to say that Farmer & Friends tick the boxes of what I love most in a super cosy cafe and restaurant. Based in the heart of the idyllic village Wombourne, just a stones throw away from Wolverhampton and Dudley, the cafe looks tiny from outside but it's actually quite a large venue and is always busy with locals catching up. It has a wonderful family friendly atmosphere, and should definitely be on your list to check out. 

This isn't the first time I have had the pleasure to head along to Farmer & Friends. However, last time I enjoyed a wonderful meal at their other venue, which is based right out in the countryside on the Bridgenorth Road. Last time, me and Dan enjoyed dishes off their Brunch menu, which was amazing. This time however, considering we had just come from an incredibly stressful IKEA trip (you know the type), we were in need of something a bit more substantial and filling. Before we even got round to looking at the lunch menu though, our eyes headed straight to the milkshakes section. I am a total fool for milkshakes, especially when they are fun and different flavours from just a bottle of Yazoo.

I went for the 'Holy Cow!' 'Mooshake' because A) I loved the name and B) It had a Forerro Roche on top, so SOLD! It was, of course, amazing and such a treat for a Saturday afternoon. Dan went for 'Reeces Pieces' which was a peanut butter shake with a Reeces buttercup. He went quiet for a few minutes whilst drinking it, and that usually means he is in his element.

For lunch, which is served until 4pm, I went for a classic but brilliant dish; a Jacket Potato. Now, I think Jacket's can have a terrible reputation for being a boring dish, but not in my eyes! There was a range of filling options, including chilli and chicken tikka, and I went for the Tuna Mayo. Seriously, stand up for your love of jacket potato. It is the ideal lunch dish; a step up from sandwiches but not quite a full blown meal. Mine at Farmer & Friends was super tasty, filled me right up and was lovely and warm which was hugely enjoyable on a cold day. My meal came with salad and homemade slaw, which was also delicious. Dan went for 'The F+F Club' sandwich, which is chicken, crispy streaky bacon, tomato, lettuce, melted cheese, mayo and barbeque saucce, which is one hell of a sandwich. He loved it, and it was packed full of flavours and was a generous portion. His also came with salad and slaw.

Other dishes on their lunch menu include traditional sandwiches, fish fingers, gourmet sandwiches, burgers, homemade soup, sausage rolls and egg and chips. So there really is something for everyone to enjoy, as well as a Kids menu and of course, the Brunch menu. The venue also offers a whole host of lovely cakes and pastries to enjoy.

It isn't just the food and great atmosphere which makes me love Farmer & Friends so much. I also just adore their decor, especially in their Wombourne cafe. It is super cosy, welcoming and comfy with exposed brick, industrial lighting, and a wide range of comfortable seating to choose from. It feels intimate and very homely, so it's no surprise that it is a very popular place to head to in the village.
I don't know about you, but one of my 2019 resolutions is to spend more time in independent chains across the West Midlands. Farmer & Friends is charming, and clearly a lot of hard work has gone into their venues. I know sometimes it's just too easy and convenient to head into a Costa, but when you can, I urge you to support your independent venues. 

Farmer & Friends: 10/10


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