Big Matt and I had just spent 3 days at the fantastic Latitude Festival. We had been the year before and remembered the farm shop in Marlesford from our last journey home. As much fun as camping, eating dubious artisinal food and dad dancing is by the time it got to Sunday morning we were ready for a proper breakfast off a real plate and a visit to a ceramic toilet! The farm Cafe & shop is about 30-40 minutes from Latitude on the A12. It has plenty of parking and the cafe is contained in a long barn with a smaller hut to the side containing the farm shop. You can chose to either sit inside the barn or on tables in the field behind. This is nice as though the relatively busy A12 is behind you you look out on a peaceful country scene.
Both times we have been the cafe has been busy full of breakfasting families, bikers, locals and fellow festival go-ers. All the food is cooked to order so it can get very busy and you may have to wait for food. However Big Matt and I were more than happy to sit on a proper chair and reading the numerous Sunday papers they had out and drinking some excellent coffee. The breakfast were excellent, all the components local. I had ordered an extra of bubble and squeak which was first class. We spent a very pleasant hour unwinding and felt fully refreshed for our long drive back to London.
We also popped into the farm shop where they sell amazing cakes as well as more of the bacon and sausages we had just eaten. The breakfast themselves were £8.30 each with coffee on top of that. This was excellent value for what we ate. The also had a huge array of jams, condiments and sauces that you could avail yourselves of (also onsale in the shop). Service was friendly and efficient. We weren't rushed despite it being busy. I'm not sure if we are going to Latitude again next year but this place is a must stop for us if we do.