Yeo Valley Canteen, Blagdon, Somerset

The Yeo Valley Canteen, in the beautiful Somerset countryside, is a unique restaurant as it’s shared by both staff and customers alike. With its quirky interiors and scrumptious food, it’s one to put on your foodie map when visiting the West Country.

Yeo Valley Canteen in Blagdon Somerset

Yeo Valley Staff Canteen Blagdon

Inviting customers into the Yeo Valley world has gone down a treat. Go for lunch at the staff Canteen and you’ll never look at a pot of their yogurt in the supermarket in the same way again. You’ll be thinking of the beautiful view from the restaurant’s terrace, the colourful interiors, the friendly staff and the delicious glass of local wine you drank with your lunch. Creative, quirky and tongue-in-cheek, we love it. It will instantly make you want to work for them (and of course, buy more yogurt).

The Foodie Travel Guide

  • Fun & unique location
  • Programme of special events
  • Pop up suppers
  • ‘Amazing Venues’ for parties & special dinners
  • Yeo Valley Organic Garden & Tea Rooms nearby

Enter the World of Yeo Valley

In the deep Somerset countryside but just 30 minutes from either Bristol or Bath, there’s a warm welcome awaiting you at Yeo Valley’s Headquarters. The Mead family started farming in the area in the 1960s with just 30 cows and a few sheep. These days, it’s still a family business but Holt Farm, which lies between the Mendip Hills and the Chew Valley, is much bigger. The 400-strong Lakemead pedigree herd is now spread over two farms. The company supplies supermarkets with their organic milk, yogurt, butter, cream and ice cream. And they’re not resting on their hooves, they’ve recently added another foodie string to their bow by opening up their staff restaurant to the public.

bar and kitchen pass at Yeo Valley Canteen

Food is ‘fodder’ at Yeo Valley Canteen

Glitter ball inside Yeo Valley Canteen

Glitter balls hang from the ceiling

Eat in a Staff Canteen (unlike any other)

If there was an award for ‘Best Staff Canteen’, Yeo Valley would be up there on the shortlist. Be prepared to be surprised and delighted. The interiors are distinctly ‘funky in the country’.  You’ll see glitter balls, photos of rude veg, padded felt clouds on the ceiling and even fake trees extending their branches along the walls. The chef serves ‘Fodder’ through a hatch and there’s a stylish bar too. It’s all tastefully done and looks fabulous. Ladies, just make sure you pop to the loo (aka The Throne Room). Decorated in Art Deco style, it would be at home in any top hotel. Lucky, lucky Yeo Valley employees.

Interior Yeo Valley Canteen Blagdon

Felt clouds hang from the Canteen’s ceiling

Smoked trout terrine

Smoked trout terrine

Eat Delicious Fodder and Admire The View

The Canteen offers a simple menu serving seasonal dishes using local produce. The trout comes from nearby Blagdon lake (caught by Malcolm and Pete), meat from Holt Farm and vegetables from a Community Farm. Sit at a table on the terrace and you’ll have a superb view not only of the lake but, on a clear day, the Bristol Channel in the distance. There’s fish & chips on Fridays. Puddings showcase the farm’s dairy products –  apple crumble with Yeo Valley Double Cream, Yogurt Panna Cotta with Apple & Blackberry Compote and Chocolate Brownie with Madagascan Vanilla Ice Cream. You get the idea.

Restaurant terrace with view of Blagdon lake

Sit on the terrace and admire the view of Blagdon lake

Go Potty in The Yeo Valley Shop

Yogurt was first invented as a way to preserve milk. By adding special bacteria, milk would keep for much longer. Before you head home, browse the entire Yeo Valley yogurt range in the shop. The company has also published The Great British Farmhouse Cookbook which is full of tasty recipes (try baking the Somerset scrumpy and apple cake).

Private dining room with top hat lampshade

One of the private dining rooms

Freshly baked cakes on display in Yeo Valley Shop

Freshly baked cakes

Put a Date In Your Foodie Diary

Special events for foodies are popular and tend to sell out quickly. Guest speakers, such as Guy Watson, vegetable supremo and founder of Riverford Organics (another one of our favourites), are invited to give talks. There are chef demos and, in the summer, outdoor cinema nights where you bring a picnic rug and get fed. We really like the sound of ‘Moo. Chew. & Poo’, a day where you can immerse yourself in all things Yeo Valley. Its farming, food and garden combo will give you an insight into the workings of the business from the grass roots up.

Have a Party, Yeo Valley-Style

They certainly know how to have fun here and their six private rooms, each with their own unique character, reflect this. Hire one for a private party or dinner and they’ll even organise food foraging expeditions, bush-tucker trials and BBQs by the lake. If you’d prefer a bit of peace and quiet, book ‘Wills Barn’, a separate 18th century eco barn.


TIPS

  • The Canteen’s become very popular so booking is essential
  • If you’re visiting in the summer or early autumn, drive a few miles down the road to the Yeo Valley Organic Garden & Café for a stroll around the garden and a slice of cake
  • Combine with a cycle or walk along the former Strawberry Line where you can taste Cheddar Cheese and Thatchers Cider
  • The Canteen’s proximity to Bristol airport and the M5 motorway, make it a handy stopping off point on a long journey

WHERE TO STAY IN SOMERSET

The Swan at Wedmore

The Swan at Wedmore

Wedmore, Somerset

The Swan offers fresh and modern rooms in the tranquil Somerset village of Wedmore.

Rooms from £68 a night.

The Bath Arms Cheddar

The Bath Arms

Cheddar, Somerset

Offering a restaurant and a bar, The Bath Arms Hotel is located in the picturesque village of Cheddar.

Rooms from £95 a night.

The Queensbury Bath

The Queensbury

Bath, Somerset

A boutique townhouse hotel in the centre of Georgian Bath that mixes modern style with historic architecture

Rooms from £150 a night.


DOGS

Fox terrier, Mr Hendricks expert dog friendly days out Somerset

Please check directly with Yeo Valley.

Mr Hendricks


HOW TO FIND YEO VALLEY CANTEEN

 

Yeo Valley Canteen, Rhodyate, Blagdon, North Somerset, BS40 7YE

Website: www.yeovalley.co.uk