ABOUT THE CAFE
Where is the meat in your food from?
The meat in our sausage, lamb and beef burger patties - and the beef in our meat goulash - is all reared on the farm. Seasonally, we also use wild venison harvested from the farm. Our sheep can be seen grazing the common (season-dependent) and our cows can be found grazing on local nature reserves. Our eggs are also home-produced from our mixed flock of rescued commercial hens. The only meat on our menu that isn’t homegrown is the bacon, which we get from a local supplier.
Do you bake your own cakes?
Do you sell farm produce directly to visitors?
Unfortunately, we do not - the Barn is often so busy, that we have enough work on our hands keeping up with demand! Lacey’s farm shop at Lane End has a delightful range of farm produce for those wanting something to take home.
Why is there no parking?
The cafe’s popularity is, in part, thanks to the relaxed country feel of the cafe and the lack of motor traffic. We do not have the space for a car park, and the local area would not benefit from increased motoring traffic.
What’s with your opening hours?
The Barn at Turville Heath is part of our working family farm - our opening hours allow us to run the farm and produce the meat for the cafe, while still opening the cafe every day of the week. We open throughout the year, daily from 10am (self service Mon-Thurs and full service Fri-Sun). In Spring and Summer we are open until 4pm. In Autumn and Winter, we close at 3pm, reflecting the loss of daylight earlier in the day at these times of year.
Are you open in winter?
Yes we are - as usual, Mon-Thurs the cafe uses a self-service honesty box system - Fri-Sun we are open for full service. We have altered opening hours around Christmas and New Year - check Facebook and the website for details.
Is the Barn part of a chain?
No, we're entirely independent. There are however many other farm cafes and shops in the local area we are pleased to recommend - Blue Tin Produce in South Oxfordshire, Lacey’s Dairy at Lane End, the Herb Farm in Sonning Common, and Peterley Manor Farm Shop in Great Missenden.
Are animals welcome?
Yes, the Barn is very popular with both horse-riders and dog-owners. Well-behaved dogs and horses are welcome, at your own risk - please supervise and act accordingly.
How old is the Barn?
Some parts of the Barn date back to the 14th Century, with gradual expansion and renovation since those times. Parts of the Barn are known to be from Henry VIII’s estate, and some of the materials used to build the kitchen once belonged to Westminster Pier.
How long have you been here?
The Harman family has been here, at the farm, for five generations. The Barn Cafe was opened in the Spring of 2015 as an outlet for the produce from the farm. See our History page for more information.