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Osterley Park's Best Kept Secret

We've been going to Osterley Park since we first moved to Kew almost a year ago, it's a beautiful big mansion house, with the usual second hand book shop, cafe and stunning gardens that you would expect from any National Trust property.

It's the perfect place to go on a Sunday when we want to have a country walk with the possibility of a cheeky cream tea.

A few Sundays ago we got up early, pulled on our wellies and headed over to Osterley. Wrapped up against the bitterly cold weather, we took a trek around the perimeter of the grounds and back through the gorgeous gardens. Even though the weather wasn't on our side they still looked absolutely stunning.

Anyway, back to the main point, Osterley Park's best kept secret...

We decided to stick our heads in the farm shop. We pass it every time we visit but have never thought to pop in.

Oh my goodness I am so annoyed we didn't do it sooner!

Set to one side of the main drive, it doesn't look much from the outside and some may say its a little rough around the edges, but once we stepped thought the gates we realised its an absolute treasure trove.

The staff were fantastic, friendly and incredibly helpful. It's small and basic, but the kind of place you feel you can have a good look around without your every move being watched.

Overwhelmed by the variety available, we opted for the mixed veg bag for £3. We're so bad at making sure we eat enough veg during the week, usually opting for quick and easy meals after a long day at work.

The mixed veg bag, I feel is a great idea, with the usual suspects like onions and carrots, but also turnip (yes I have northern roots... its turnip not swede) and leek which I love but more often than not, will get over looked on my usual supermarket shop.

I'm not someone who usually preaches about having to buy locally. Lets face it, that's not always possible if you live in a city, but I do love the fact that just a quick drive away we can get all our veg for the week to come. Knowing it's fresh and grown so locally makes it taste just that little bit better!

Honestly, if you live close enough to Osterley Park to pop in, then I highly recommend it!



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