I love a nice cafe stop when I’m out and about, and this week I discovered an absolute gem: The Gourmet Goat Larder, near Marlborough in Wiltshire.
Part bijou cafe, part shopping mecca for all things goat and also part of a working farm.
Yep, that means this cafe is run by some lovely humans but it also comes with its own tribe of cheerful, cheeky goats.
The cafe is an all weather affair, with seating in the cafe itself as well as ‘Al fresco grazing’. That can mean sitting out in the field with views across the Wiltshire countryside, or joining the goats round the corner in the yard.
On the menu, a range of sweet treats, hot and cold drinks and light meals. Also, the cutest goat biscuits. And if you think the biscuit variety is cute, wait until you see the real things.
The goats are incredibly friendly, more so if you have food which can be purchased from the cafe. Be warned though; they will try a little nibble on anything that comes into range including your hair and your clothes. They are very cheeky, but endearingly so.
Cue the goat gallery.
Being a working farm, the goats aren’t just kept for their ability to be cute and charming. If you want to take the goat experience home, you can shop the larder.
Meat, milk, cheese and everything you’d need to go with it. Think spice blends to knock up a good goat curry and chutneys to go with the cheese.
If the foodie side isn’t for you, there’s also goats milk soaps, bath salts, books and even vases. How lovely are the vases? I think they’ve captured those little faces perfectly.
And even goat themed toys and rompers for the littlest goat lovers.
The Gourmet Goat Larder is just a mile north of the Avebury World Heritage site and would make a great place to begin or end a walk in the area.
I’ve now ideas of owning a pair of goats called Heidi and Peter. They’d live in a little barn designed to look like a Swiss chalet complete with a balcony, shutters and window boxes. Cue the daydreams of me drifting about in a dirdnl with two bleating friends in tow.
The Practical Stuff
Find the Gourmet Goat Farmer online here.
Visit the Larder at East Farm, Avebury. 1 mile north of Avebury on the A4361, on the right-hand side when heading toward Swindon.
The Gourmet Goat Larder is open Wednesday – Sunday, 09.00-16.00