Blacketyside Farm Shop
- Telephone 01333 423034
- Opening times Mon–Sat 9am–5pm. Closed Sun.
- Seasonal times Longer opening in berry season.
- Food served Mon–Sat 9am–4.30pm. Closed Sun.
- Average price £5.50 (set lunch)
There's plenty of seating in the large, functional café that shares the custom-built timber building with the farm shop at Blacketyside, with more outside – yet the place will still fill up with Leven locals, family outings and trippers looking for a wayside stop on the cusp of the East Neuk. The menu is mainstream rather than glamorous, but things are prepared on site and with conviction, whether it's filled rolls for breakfasts, staple soups, conventional toasties, daily specials such as stovies or chicken pie, or ever-attractive home-baking. All meat used is from Steve Mitchell's butchery counter, the farm's soft fruit is incorporated regularly – not least in the best-sellling raspberry jam – and there's a popular weekly rota including fish on Fridays and roasts on Saturdays. Compared to most farm shop cafés in Fife you'll notice the low prices: soup served with fresh wheaten bread comes in at £2.95, there's always a daily special at £3.50 and you can get tea and a tray bake for under £3. Youngsters can graze from the 'Young Farmers' menu then head out to the large – though unsupervised – adventure play area adjacent.
- High point: Wholesome (and inexpensive) home-made soup and wheaten bread
- Low point: Work-a-day cheese and sandwich fillings
The steady expansion of Blacketyside Farm Shop on the outskirts of Leven continued in late 2011 with the arrival of a butchery and fresh deli counter under the auspices of Steve Mitchell. It augments the fresh fruit and veg that's attractively laid out just outside the shop entrance, with a decent array of dried goods, gifts and frozen items including soups and ready meals made for the shop in the café kitchen. The highlight in the summer months are the luscious strawberries, raspberries and other soft fruit grown on the farm.
There's plenty of seating in the large, functional café that shares the custom-built timber building with the farm shop at Blacketyside, with more outside. The menu is mainstream rather than glamorous, but things are prepared on site and with conviction, whether it's filled rolls for breakfasts, staple soups, conventional toasties, daily specials or ever-attractive home-baking, all at decidedly inexpensive prices.
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables
- Capacity: 120
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