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Monday, 18 April 2016

Fodder Food Hall & Cafe | A Service Station alternative near Harrogate

I have mentioned in previous posts how much I dislike services stations. The bright lights, over-priced and processed foods and general grimness just don't do it for me. After sitting in a service station surrounded by flies eating a practically inedible burger a few years ago and thinking to myself that this is no way to start a holiday, I vowed to change the way we travel.

Fodder Food Hall & Cafe | A Service Station alternative near Harrogate

We now usually stop at a National Trust or English Heritage site and I would recommend doing this if you are a member of either. They usually feature a play park and lots of space for kids to run around, decent home-cooked food and are a much nicer place to sit with a cup of tea than the side of a motorway. Brodsworth Hall is a nice place to stop near Doncaster and Bolsover Castle is also recommended as a fantastic place to stretch your legs near the M1 in Derbyshire. During our recent trip to Tattershall Lakes in Lincolnshire I was tempted to stop off at Fountains Abbey near Ripon but thought I would perhaps wish to spend longer than an hour here so decided to save it for another day. A quick google and I found Fodder Food Hall & Cafe, not far from A1 near Harrogate and thought it looked like an ideal place to break up our journey.

Fodder Food Hall & Cafe | A Service Station alternative near Harrogate | Fodder on hoof

First impressions were good, there was plentiful free parking and I loved this little coffee hut affectionately known as Fodder on the Hoof which sells seasonal hot and cold food and drinks to take away. 

We ventured inside and I loved this basket of fruit for the kids to help themselves to. There was also a book corner in the food hall - 10/10 to Fodder for distraction techniques! This meant that Steve and I could browse the magnificent hall in relative peace.

Fodder Food Hall & Cafe | A Service Station alternative near Harrogate - free fruit for kids

There were so many local and seasonal products to buy and I will admit we couldn't help blowing the budget and picked up some meat from the butcher's counter, bacon for breakfast, handmade butter, farmhouse bread, speciality sauces, artisan chocolates, seasonal fruit and veg and more....... everything was just so tempting! We spent around £50 which actually worked out very good value considering the amount we bought and the obvious quality.

Fodder Food Hall & Cafe | A Service Station alternative near Harrogate

Fodder Food Hall & Cafe | A Service Station alternative near Harrogate - butchers counter

I took the kids outside to play on the grass leaving Steve to pay! Haha!

Fodder Food Hall & Cafe | A Service Station alternative near Harrogate - outdoor play for kids

Fodder Food Hall & Cafe | A Service Station alternative near Harrogate - outdoor play for kids

It was almost 12 noon and I will be honest - we were starving so after packing the shopping away we headed to the cafe located to the rear of the food hall. Although it was busy, we were seated quickly and the children were given colouring pencils and worksheets to keep them occupied.

Fodder Food Hall & Cafe | A Service Station alternative near Harrogate - kids menu

The kids decided to order a 'kids picnic' from the children's menu. Priced at £4.50 it included a sandwich (with 'proper' ham), a handful of crisps, a piece of fruit or flapjack and juice. Everything was deliciously fresh and went down well.

Fodder Food Hall & Cafe | A Service Station alternative near Harrogate - kids picnic lunch

Look at that Flapjack! 

Steve and I were both tempted by the Pork sandwich with apple sauce, a jug of gravy and homemade chips from the specials board. Priced at £7.95 it was well worth the money and our sandwich was packed with delicious slices of pork. The chips were spot on too. 

Fodder Food Hall & Cafe | A Service Station alternative near Harrogate - pork sandwich and homemade chips

Fodder Food Hall & Cafe | A Service Station alternative near Harrogate - pork sandwich and homemade chips

Service was super quick and friendly and our total bill was less than £35 for the 5 of us including drinks so pretty en-par with what we would have spent at a service station but clearly a thousand times better! 

I'd love to hear if you have any gems you visit as a service station alternative too. 

Visit www.fodder.co.uk for further information.

Fodder Food Hall & Cafe | A Service Station alternative near Harrogate











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4 comments

  1. What an amazing place to take a break... beats the Welcome Break any day of the week!

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  2. That's lovely that they give the children fruit to occupy them, I love farm shops selling fresh produce, the fruit always looks so much brighter! The pork sandwich looks delicious too with plenty of filling.

    We've went to the Wetherby service station on our last few trips, there's a Costa and M&S there etc, I think I like it because the eating area reminds me of an airport haha.

    Ami x

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  3. OMG this looks so much better than a regular service station, you are so right they are usually so overpriced x

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  4. Looks fab - I didn't know this was here, will have to remember for the future, as well as the others you recommend. We drive to France from the North East at least twice a year, so are always on the lookout for good pitstops!

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