Blacketyside Farm Shop

Blacketyside Farm Shop
Blacketyside Farm, Leven, Fife, KY8 5PX
  • Telephone 01333 423034
  • Opening times Mon–Sat 9am–5pm. Closed Sun. Closed Sun
  • Seasonal times Longer opening in berry season.
  • Food served Mon–Sat 9am–4.30pm. Closed Sun.
  • Average price £6.50 (set lunch)
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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
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This traditional café serves breakfast, lunch and high tea in the grounds of Blacketyside Farm on the outskirts of Leven. Though the large wooden interior has a cafeteria feel, the combination of large windows flooding the room with natural light and the buzz of chatty staff and local accents warms the room. The menu is conventional and most visitors should find something to please them whether it’s Scottish classics like Cullen skink, mince ‘n’ tatties or a chunky baguette filled with renowned Puddledub pork. Prices are modest and the food is home-cooked and undeniably good value. To get the most out of a visit, don’t miss the chance to try the rich, sweet raspberry jam made with the farm’s own produce. If you’re curious about where your food comes from, just step outside and look as far as the polytunnels behind the café. Families can enjoy the adventure play area next to the building and don’t forget to leave time to visit the shop, which is well-stocked with meat, fruit and veg from the farm and other notable local producers.

  • Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Capacity: 120(50 outside Apr-September)
  • Open since: 2007

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