I can’t remember how I first heard about The Cartshed Café but as soon as I had a nosy at its website and saw pictures of fairy light strewn beams and exposed bricks, I knew it was a place I had to check out ASAP.
Hidden in a hamlet called Preston Crowmarsh just off of the village of Benson in South Oxfordshire, this isn’t a café you could just stumble upon, which is why its popularity speaks for itself!
The café is a family run, independent venture and is set on a farm in a listed barn built in 1824. It’s relaxed and as cosy as they come.
I’m a sucker for old charismatic barns, so the interiors of this café had me from the get go.
The vaulted ceiling lined with rickety wooden beams ensured the history of the building was kept intact whilst the bohemian wicker light shades, scattered fairy lights and floor to ceiling windows bought a light and airy, more modern flare to the room.
There are plenty of tables to choose from (albeit some are quite close to one another) and there is a little kids play area to keep the little ones entertained whilst you get down to business with a good cuppa and food…
The coffee is supplied by local roastery, Horsebox Coffee who are based down the road in Wallingford and all ingredients are sourced from local suppliers.
The menu is unpretentious and focuses on the quality produce on the plate. From no-fuss soup of the day, homemade sausage rolls and cream tea to beets on toast, the Cart Shed special and the young farmer brekkie, there is a lot to choose from depending on your mood.
Don’t forget to also check out the blackboard for their daily specials!
It’s all counter service, so as soon as you’ve had enough time to peruse the menu head on up to one of the smiley members of staff to place your order.
Lizzie and I went for two of the brunch options.
Liz opted for the ‘rebel’ breakfast – toasted sourdough with avocado, bacon, fried halloumi, poached eggs, mushrooms, tomato and topped with a divine chilli jam and I went for the veggie option, which was exactly the same minus the bacon.
It was simple but delicious and the chilli jam really elevated it!
Not only is The Cartshed a fab breakfast and lunch spot, it also has a little shop, hosts pop up supper clubs, workshops and is available for private hire. You can find their upcoming events here.
Due to the success of The Cartshed, the owners have just opened a new sister café, The Ox Shed, located just down the road in Cholsey Meadows.
Another great excuse to head back to this lovely slice of Oxfordshire!!
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