Unexpected roadside farm shops with attached tea rooms are pretty much the best reason in the world for learning to drive.
So, when I saw the sight for Belhaven Fruit Farm just a stones throw away from our Holiday Cottage in Scotland, I was in my element!
Belhaven Fruit Farm was just the cutest little stop off, with a lovely café, well-stocked shop, outdoor play area, and opportunity to pick your own strawberries!
We all love fresh juicy strawberries (who doesn't?!), and as we passed the farm on the way back from many of our day trips out we tried to incorporate a strawberry-stop into our journey whenever possible!
The kids loved picking their own, with just a little adult supervision for quality control purposes ('There's thousands to choose from guys, they don't all have to come off that one plant!')
Not only where they cheaper than supermarket strawbs (and more fun to pick!), they literally couldn't be fresher. These beauties went from plucked from the vine to home and covered in cream in less than half an hour, and were absolutely gorgeous!
Despite having strawberries lined up for dessert, it wouldn't have been polite of me to not try the onsite café at least once. I was on holiday after all, so two desserts was definitely allowed!
The café itself was pretty quiet when we visited, as most of the customers were taking advantage of the nice weather and had perched themselves on one of the playground-adjacent picnic benches instead.
Our main 'north-of-the-boarder' faux pas of the week was when the Mr asked for a pot of English Breakfast tea before being informed (in friendly fashion of course) that it's Scottish Breakfast they serve, oops! I played it safe with a pot of Earl Grey!
No matter where we go for cake, no matter the interesting and unique flavours to choose from, they both always go for the most chocolatey thing available - on this occasion it was chocolate brownies for the both of them, neither of which lasted more than a minute once they got them to the table!
My Pear and Elderflower cake was light and tasty, and best of all - no one else wanted to try any!
The shop was full of awesome looking local products, from chocolates to coffee, and more gin than you could shake a stick at! I always want to buy all the jams, I have a fondness for pretty little jars, but settled on a box of Bellhaven Farm's very own IceDelight!
IcedDelight is a frozen dessert absolutely packed with fruit (this can genuinely be counted as one of your five-a-day, not in the same way I tell myself fruit scones count...), it's dairy-free, gluten-free and absolutely delicious! The lemon is sharp and zesty, and the texture is so much creamer than I'd expected from a dairy-free iced dessert. This is no ordinary sorbet!
Unfortunately we didn't get to try any of the other flavours but the stuff is available from a bunch of stockists (mainly in Scotland but a couple of others about!) and I'll be keeping my eyes peeled for it!