|Sunnyside farm shop|
Life in a small town is very different from life on the outskirts of London. For a start, nearly all the shops in town close at 3.30pm. Not on an early closing day - every day. Many specialist shops only open a few days a week... I'm assuming their opening hours expand during the summer. I may be wrong about that!
People know each other, and trust each other far more than you find in a big town in Greater London. We ordered a bed from Rasen bed supplies, and needed to wait a few days for the base to come from the stockist. Tom was fed up with sleeping on the floor and not feeling very well, and so I went to ask if I could buy the mattress in advance of the base. Not only did the company deliver it in about ten minutes flat, they refused to let me pay for it until the base had come.
When the base DID arrive, they not only delivered but also assembled the bed! Ali decided he wanted some weird shaped bed from an online retailer... but that arrived in pieces and was just delivered to the threshold. The service from Rasen Bed Supplies couldn't have been better. And the mattresses and beds we bought from them are very comfortable.
Yesterday John and I went to the Sunnyside Up farm, for breakfast, which is just between Market Rasen and Tealby. I can certainly recommend their bacon or sausage rolls, and the restaurant is light and airy, with comfortable sofas for lounging on if you wish. After breakfast we wondered around the shop, exclaiming at all the lovely foodie items on offer. There is a meat counter and cheese counter, vegetable shop, and shop full of local delicacies and chutneys and jams, as well as high-quality items from other areas.
We bought one of the shop's steak pies, which are home-made on the farm, and some leeks and potatoes from the vegetable shop - as well as a clutch of chutneys and marmalade for the store cupboard.
In the car park, it being Friday, there was a fish van from Grimsby - but it's recommended that you get there early in order to get the best range of fish and shellfish.
The farm restaurant is lovely and I have no hesitation in recommending it. The brick built barn buildings look as though they may be dark, from the outside, but it is actually light and airy and the staff are welcoming and friendly.
The Sunnyside Up farm shop is open for longer than shops in Market Rasen, 9-5pm Tuesday to Saturday and 10-4 on Sundays. It's closed on Mondays.
The restaurant does a wider range of breakfasts during the summer season, but is open for pots of tea and bacon and sausage rolls and a wide range of other food during the day. My son heartily recommends their soup!
You can find more on their website here, including how to get there. Head out of Market Rasen on the Tealby road is the basic instruction!
I liked the sign on the way out, which warns about free-range children and chickens... both of those *should* be free-range!