If you feel that city life is sometimes running you down, then you'll be delighted to hear that at Hackney City Farm you can let your inner Old McDonald run free. Heeya-heeya-ho.
Hackney City Farm is located in the lovely borough of Hackney in north London. Its aim was to give city dwellers the opportunity to get hands on farming experience. They offer craft courses, volunteering positions and run educational projects during which you can learn useful skills such as bee keeping and straw bale building.
When we walked through the gate, rural smells (read eau de manure) welcomed us onto the courtyard. As did a friendly farm cat. The farm yard is surrounded by animal sheds housing your typical farm animals such chickens, sheep and two massive pig called Pepper and Pearl to the more domestic animals like guinea pigs, rabbits and one animal we couldn't quite recognise.
Off to the left of the court yard, there are signs pointing to a field, but when we peeped around the corner into the paddocks, no one seemed to be out grazing the luscious grass. Probably the temperatures were a bit too balmy for the farm animals.
On the opposite end of the farmyard was a herb and vegetable garden with pear and fig trees, tomato and rhubarb plants and lots of other veg, fruit and herbs shrubs.
The farm house itself has been turned into a cosy cafe called Frizzante where you can have a morning coffee with homemade cakes or a more elaborate lunch with a variety of healthy sandwiches, pastas and salads. There is also a leafy, outdoor patio where in the summer months a BBQ is fired up on Friday nights offering succulent grilled sausages and burgers. Which are, I assure you, not provided by any of the farm animals.