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 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.
Food is ‘fodder’ at 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.
Felt clouds hang from the Canteen’s ceiling
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.
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).
One of the private dining rooms
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.
- 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 offers fresh and modern rooms in the tranquil Somerset village of Wedmore.
Rooms from £68 a night.
Please check directly with Yeo Valley.