Fresh from the Farm
A family heritage stretching back over centuries forms the long-standing background to this week's favourite virtual tour.
Kilnford Farm Shop & Cafe has evolved from a 300 year agricultural history, opening in 2011 after the renovation of derelict barns standing on the farmland.
The Rome family have been supplying milk, eggs, meat and vegetables produced from their land and animals at Kilnford Farm to the local community for centuries.
However, in recent years owner Jock Rome has fulfilled a long-held vision to build on this heritage, creating - as described on the Kilnford Farm website - a 'food hub' to serve the local area.
Careful and tasteful renovations have transformed once unused barns into a modern, light and spacious destination offering a fantastic variety of fresh, locally-produced food to take home or to eat on the farm.
A cluster of buildings enclosing a large stone courtyard make up Kilnford Farm Shop & Cafe.
Wander around the roomy shopping areas and you'll discover an extensive array of home-reared beef, pork and lamb, along with freshly caught fish, and a host of delicatessen delights like cheeses, chutneys, biscuits, pates, pies, olives, cordials and wines. There's also a colourful selection of fruit and vegetables, many grown on Kilnford farm itself. And there's a range of gorgeous non-foody items like flowers, cards, candles, jewellery and gifts, wherever possible from local suppliers.
The original agricultural feel is beautifully preserved and enhanced throughout the buildings. There are natural, rustic finishes to many of the surfaces with stunning ceiling beams, wooden doors and floors, tapestries and stable wall decorations.
Across the courtyard from the shop is the cafe/restaurant, where there's plenty of space for over 60 diners. The fresh, home-produced feel continues with delicious cakes, salads and hot meals on display.
Generous windows, skylights, and stylishly simple decor make this a clean, sunny and comfortable space in which to enjoy the mouth-watering menu of tempting fare.
With the fine quality meats and other food for sale in the shop, it's not difficult to work out that much of the food served here has not had to travel very far.
It's is a popular destination for anyone who appreciates good quality food. Kilnford Farm Shop & Cafe is a place where the passion for produce that's fresh and local is abundantly clear to see.
Find Kilnford Farm Shop & Cafe at Kilnford Barns, The Glen, Dumfries DG2 8PT. Tel: 01387 253087. They're on the web at www.kilnford.co.uk
where you can shop online, and you can follow them on Facebook
Date: 01 April 2016
Author: The 360 Company