Breakfast

All of our breakfast dishes are made using only the best local, homemade, seasonal and British produce. We have won many Awards for our food, including cooking for Gary Rhodes and Michael Caines on the UK TV Food Local Food Hero programme.  See below our extensive and unique Breakfast Menu.
 
Enjoy our delicious Award Winning breakfasts in our guests' dining room (which is solely for the use of guests), so relax, take your time and enjoy your breakfast.  Using only the freshest ingredients, you can be sure that your breakfast has only travelled the minimum amount of food miles. The bread, sausages, bacon, tomatoes, potatoes, eggs,  jams/marmalades, home made chocolate cookies, home made granola, home made date and banana yogurt, home made potato and chive griddle cake and also the soft fruit have travelled less than 5 miles to get to your plate!  

Fern Cottage Breakfast Menu

  • Apple or orange juice 
  • Cereal:  Sue's homemade Granola made with honey, dried berries and nuts
  • Homemade Fresh Fruit Salad 
  • Homemade Date, Banana and Walnut Yogurt with Greek Yogurt

OUR TRADITIONAL WEST COUNTRY BREAKFAST

  • Fresh free range eggs which can be poached or fried or scrambled (fried in cold pressed rapeseed oil)
  • Locally made “Old English” pork sausage
  • PJs Farm maple cured bacon
  • *(v) Sue's Homemade Potato and Chive Griddle Cake 
  • Sautéed fresh mushrooms, 
  • Baked beans
  • Fresh grilled tomatoes 
  • Baked beans

OUR SPECIALS

  • Fern Cottage "Summer Sunshine" Baked egg* 
  • Vegetarian Option:  Baked egg
  • Fern Cottage “Fish Special*”. Locally poached smoked (undyed) haddock with poached egg, grilled tomatoes and 2 potato cakes
  • Fern Cottage "Sunrise" Country Herb Omelette*(v). Omelette made with fresh chives, 2 bacon, sauteed mushrooms and a grilled tomato

 

 

TOAST AND PRESERVES

  • (v) Lovely farmhouse bread from Pucklechurch Bakery
  • Seasonal homemade jams and marmalades 
  • Miles West Country Tea/coffee/hot chocolate/Earl Grey/decaf
  • A large selection of herbal/fruit teas (Pukka Herbs)
We are happy to cater for any particular dietary requirements if we are given advance notice.  Please inform us of any allergies at the time of booking.
 
(v) = suitable for vegetarians  * = suitable for coeliacs

Local Produce

We are passionate about using only the best local/regional/seasonal British food that we can buy or grow/make ourselves.  

We are proud to say that all of our cooked breakfast ingredients have travelled less than 5 miles from Fern Cottage which not only means they're fresh and support our local community, but has travelled with a minimum amount of miles. 

We try to keep imported food to an absolute minimum.  We also grow all our own fruit and vegetables without the use of pesticides or chemicals. 

Local Suppliers

Bread

Pucklechurch Bakery  (Food Miles 1 - Local Produce) 
25 Westerleigh Road, Pucklechurch, Bristol, BS16 9RB

Traditionally made farmhouse granary and farmhouse white bread and is suitable for vegetarians.  They’re great, if we’re late collecting our order, they phone to make sure we haven’t forgotten. 

Locally made pork sausages, Jamie’s Maple Cured Bacon

PJ's Farm (Food Miles 4 ½ - Local Produce)
c/o Copperfield Farm, Marshfield Lane, Beach, Bristol, BS30 6NP
http://www.pjs-farm.co.uk/

Jamie supplies us with delicious maple cured bacon.

We have known Jamie and his parents (Mike and Shelley) for approximately 20 years) and were delighted to find that he was starting this venture in 2004 which helped us with our search for excellent local produce. 

Double Cream

Ivy Farm (Food Miles 25 ½ - Local Produce)
Beckington, Frome, Somerset

Tomatoes

Siston Nursery (Food Miles 0 Local)
attached to 16th Century Siston Court - 2 fields away

We’ve known Jeff for 20 years when he used to come to Fern Cottage to take away our free horse manure.  He works completely on his own, in his walled nursery and lives in the North Wing of Siston Court.  He grows tomatoes, cucumbers, runner beans, beetroot, leeks, squash, marrows, courgettes, lettuce, cabbages, herbs, bedding plants and more besides.  We buy his tomatoes when they are in season

Potatoes

St Aldams Farm, Pucklechurch 1.5 miles away

The potatoes used in my homemade potato and chive griddle scones come from St Aldams Fruit Farm in the village of Pucklechurch.  I have been picking soft fruit (when we haven't got enough) from St Aldams since our children were very young.

Jams/Marmalades

Local / Home Grown Produce
All the jams and marmalades are homemade by us:  Seville Orange Marmalade, Strawberry and Rhubarb Jam, Strawberry and Gooseberry Jam, Damson Jam and Plum Jam.  We grow the following fruit at Fern Cottage to make into jams/marmalades:  rhubarb, redcurrants, whitecurrants, blackcurrants, damsons, plums, blackberries and apples.  The strawberries are hand picked by Sue at St Aldams Farm or Frome Valley Farm Pick Your Own Farms. 

Biscuits in rooms

Homemade Produce
I make home made biscuits to go in the guests' rooms.  Baked freshly chocolate chip cookies every day. They don't get fresher than this!  My only problem is that I have to test the quality of them each time I make them!!  

Naturally Smoked Haddock

David Felce Smokery (Food miles 30 - Local Produce)
Water Lane Farm, Randwick, Nr Stroud, Glos GL6 6EW
www.davidfelce.co.uk/ 

The smoked haddock was delicious, so we have now added them to our list of suppliers.  Since David has now retired, we are really pleased to say that Nick has now bought the Smokery and continues to make us the naturally kiln smoked haddock.

Sue's Home Made Granola

I didn't realise that home made granola would taste so good - so easy to make and the best thing is that it's packed full of delicious nuts, oats, honey, maple syrup, berries, coconut and raisins.  What a fantastic start to your day!

Herbal Teas

Pukka Herbs (Food Miles 15 ½ - Local Produce)
The Old Sawmill, Home Farm, Barrow Court Lane, Barrow Gurney, Bristol, BS48 3RW www.pukkaherbs.com/

What a wonderful selection of herbal teas from this local company including:  “Revitalise, Refresh, Relax, Clarity, Love, Detox, Pleasure, Cleanse, Harmonise, Protect” – something for everyone! This is the first time that I’ve found herbal teas that actually taste even better than they smell and they smell wonderful – you can really taste every separate ingredient in each sachet!

Soft Fruit

St Aldams Farm (Food Miles 1 ½ - Local Produce)
Westerleigh Road, Pucklechurch, Bristol, BS16 9PY
www.staldamsfarm.supanet.com/

We go to the pick your own at St Aldams Farm for raspberries, blackcurrants, redcurrants, strawberries for making my homemade jams when ours aren't ready or if we haven't got enough!

Water

In line with our environmental policy, we have decided that we can no longer supply bottled water in the rooms due to the impact of plastic bottles on the environment (which we have recycled until now).  Instead we supply each room with a glass bottle of filtered water which we replace daily.  We have a water filtration system fitted to our cold water system.

Tea

Miles West Country Tea (Food Miles 77 ½ - Regional Produce)
The Vale Yard, High Street, Porlock, Somerset, TA24 8PU
www.djmiles.co.uk/ 

As well as providing Miles Tea and Coffee at breakfast for guests, we also use their tea/coffee/hot chocolate/decaffeinated tea and coffee/dhargeeling tea/earl grey tea in sealed envelopes on our guests hospitality tray.  Their hot chocolate is to die for – wonderful at bedtime, mid-morning or any excuse!!  Miles West Country Tea is part of the Ethical Tea Partnership

Naturally Pressed Rapeseed Oil

Items for Sale

We hope you enjoy the food during your stay and knowing where it’s come from and how fresh it is.

Visit England Rose Award 2016 Visit England award for excellence 2013 Enjoy England award for excellence 2008 4 star farmhouse accommodation Enjoy England Gold award