‘Bere Farm courtyard reflects varied menu of rural life’

April 25, 2019

HOME BREW: This is the front of the Barn Cafe at Bere Farm, Lytchett Matravers. They serve coffee made by roasters Clifton Coffee as well as hearty breakfasts, light lunches and cream teas.


PLANTING IDEAS: The Old Piggery Garden Centre’s front. This small outfit sells shrubs, flowers, trees, flowers and different size pots, including a rare collection of terracotta plants.

BUY LOCAL: The Old Piggery Farm Deli is next to the garden centre and serves amongst other things local meat, fruit and vegetables, beers and juices and preserves. It has been in the courtyard since the end of 2017.


A FARM courtyard hosts five small businesses that form a thriving community hub which attracts many visitors from across Dorset.

The Barn Cafe, Bergére Interiors, The Piggery Garden Centre, the White Pepper Cookery School and the Old Piggery Farm Deli share the space at Bere Farm, near Lytchett Matravers,

‘Have freshly ground coffee at the cafe’

The Barn Cafe opened its doors in 2014 and enjoys visitors coming from as far away as Dorchester and it was suggested they may be more from there than Poole or Bournemouth.

They are open for seven hours daily and their lunch menu is served from noon until 3pm and they are known for their coffee which is sourced from artisan roasters Clifton Coffee and with the coffees being sampled there, they can be taken home by the customer.

Their home-made cakes are lovingly prepared by their head chef Becky along with Mel and Sally. They have a very versatile menu covering breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea and it can be viewed here.

The cafe also sells speciality teas and coffees as gifts and accessories and jams, chutneys and cider vinegar, tea timers, tea pots, mugs and infusers.

‘Garden centre sprouted out of dormant site’

The Old Piggery Garden Centre opened the same year as the Barn Cafe and it lies on a site that lay dormant for 25 years and months of transformation led it being turned into a new garden experience.

It is neatly laid out with a collection of rare antique terracotta pots and a number of plants categorized into shrubs, flowers, trees and flowers and pots. There are some incredible pots (large urns) there that are imported from Greece that are resistant to frost.

Set up nine years ago, the White Pepper Cookery School converted two horticultural buildings into a culinary education establishment that was voted Britain’s favourite small cookery school in 2015 and 35 per cent of thier students come from overseas.

White Pepper runs two recreational courses weekly and a five-day course that includes a food business start-up or intermediate cookery as part of the menu. Other courses offered include foraging, butchery, photography and foraging.

‘Cookery school transform people’s lives’

The school offers internationally recognized culinary qualifications in the form of awards, certificates and diplomas.
School founder Luke Stuart said: “We genuinely transform people’s lives and enable positive change. We’re grateful and proud that we can empower individuals and provide a real platform for them to develop quickly.”

The Old Piggery Farm Shop Deli sells a range of local produce including meat, fruit and vegetables, cheese, preserves, juices and many other products. They have not been going that long and have their sustainable reusable pags and really value their customers.

Outside the five businesses, there are wonderful views across the fields around the little hamlet and at the back of the cafe are a series of well-kept allotments with a range of good-natured folks doing the real-live version of The Good Life, minus any livestock.

  • THE Barn Cafe and their partner firms can be found off the A35 towards Dorchester or to Poole if you are coming the other way. From Poole turn right towards Lytchett Matravers and then take the immediate first right. The Barn Cafe is open seven days a week from 10am-5pm.

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