In 2016 Farm Bistro started serving good quality, nutritionally conscious and wholesome food. The new owners took over and are just as welcoming- open Wednesday to Saturday and Sunday 10am – 5pm. It’s the new must be seen café in Harrogate.
Ali and Amal (originally from Iran) moved to Harrogate already with a wealth of knowledge in business stumbled across the gem that is Farm.
Unbeknown to many Farm is in the hub of Harrogate Town, hidden away next to The Yorkshire Meat Company; a small door leads up to an eclectically decorated staircase up to the Farm. It is easy to miss but that’s what makes it a great place to hideaway. The café does not disappoint; rustic wall hangings, simple tables and comfortable rustic seats allow you to float away whilst you watch the world pass by in the streets below. You could easily be in a Shoreditch café in London.
I had the privilege of being The Harrogate Girl’s plus one. I arrived early (largely because I was nervous) and Victoria soon followed. We were both welcomed by the friendly staff, Amal was busy with customers but still took the time to say hello and introduce himself. As we chatted we leisurely perused the menu.
The menu is pretty select, with some lovely simple choices to the more extensive full English breakfast. Ali clearly has a passion for healthy food which is balanced meticulously for flavour, nutritional benefits and appearance, this pretty much underpins their ethos which they want to create more of a fuss about. I’m vegetarian, and I must admit the choice were extensive. Many places I visit every vegetarian meal with a sloppy egg on top but it was refreshing to see a lovely poached egg option.
I ordered Daleside Tea (2.50) and the Veggie Breakfast (£9.00)- wilted spinach, grilled halloumi, sautéed mushrooms grilled tomato, baked beans, poached egg and a generous slice of Sourdough.
Victoria had their most popular dish; Chicken Aioli (8.50)- toasted Sourdough topped with a free range egg, crunchy lettuce, a crushed avocado, crispy bacon topped with a zingy kale aioli dressing. Victoria looked like she really enjoyed it too!
There was so much to devour that we couldn’t finish our portions- a truly hearty brunch for anyone!
I would really recommend that you take time out on a busy shopping day or on an evening and pop into The Farm Bistro for a leisurely bite to eat and a cuppa or coffee, you wont be disappointed.
Id like to thank Ali & Amal for their wonderful hospitality and of course The Harrogate Girl for taking me along.
All photo credits The Harrogate Girl, Victoria (with permission)