For a Friday lunch-time treat we travelled the short distance out of Forfar to Murton Farm for some home cooked food in glorious surroundings.
The tea room is set at the edge of the popular nature reserve which attracts wildlife, and visitors, all year round.
With the onset of winter what my colleagues and I had in mind was a big bowl of steaming hot home-made soup - and we weren’t disappointed.
Mark and I went for the mushroom soup whilst Sarah chose the leek and potato - both varieties were full of flavour and wholesome - just what you need at this time of year. It was served with a choice of bread, oatcakes or savoury scone.
Mark chose the soup and panini deal at £6.30, opting for a bacon, brie and cranberry panini.
It was served with fresh side salad which had a small amount of dressing on it - not too powerful - and some coleslaw on the side.
Sarah and I had already eyed up the tempting selection of home made cakes, with Sarah going for the chocolate and beetroot cake (a firm favourite with customers apparently), and I chose the ginger tiffin - it was delicious.
Whilst Mark opted for a large mug of black coffee, Sarah was spoiled for choice with the full range of speciality teas on offer. I too had a pot of tea which served three cups - great value for money. All in all my lunch came to £5.60 - exceptional value for money.
The menu has been carefully put together with a special’s board. On Friday it was the very tempting macaroni and cheese with side salad and crusty bread (£6.50).
There is also the ‘Farm feast breakfast’ which is served all day. This offers two sausages, two rashers of bacon, black pudding, fried egg and a tattie scone with tea/coffee and toast - all for £6.30. There are hot filled rolls at £2.40 and look out for the soup and sandwich deal at £5.30. Afternoon teas are served from 1.30 to 3.30 p.m. which includes a sandwich, cake/scone, tea or coffee for £4.75. Children are well catered for with their own menu and there were plenty of high chairs and a small area with toys to keep the youngsters occupied. Murton Farm is always a delight to visit. It is located on the main Forfar to Arbroath Road (tea room closed Monday and Tuesdays).