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Hackney City Farm

Posted by on Thursday, 14 June, 2012 in Farms, Featured, Sunny day

Hackney City Farm

Pigs, goats, donkeys and sheep, just a few yards from Hackney Road? Yes, that’s right. This week we went to visit the popular Hackney City Farm. 

Donkey at Hackney City Farm

Established almost thirty years ago, Hackney City Farm is a small community farm, with the added attractions of a pottery, bike repair yard and café.  Entering the farm down a leafy, cobbled track, it’s hard to believe you are in the middle of London.  The farmyard, formerly home to a brewery and a haulage business (amongst other things), now houses chickens, ducks, geese, pigs, sheep, goats, donkeys, rabbits and guinea pigs.

Farmyard at Hackney City Farm

To one side of the farmyard you will find a paddock where the animals are turned out to roam.  There are chickens pecking about all over the place, which delighted my little boy, as did the huge saddleback pig wallowing in its muddy pen.  A woodland trail disappears into the trees at one edge of the paddock: we had to give this a miss – you have to climb over a stile to get to it, which was one hurdle too far for the pushchair. [Update: I have since been reliably informed that you can open a nearby gate to get through, but I’m afraid we didn’t realise that was possible when we visited!]

Garden at Hackney City Farm

At the opposite side of the farmyard is the farm’s garden, a surprisingly tranquil haven given its location.  The garden has beds of fruit and vegetables, an orchard, herbs and a bog garden.  The farm’s home-grown produce is either used by the on-site Café Frizzante or is sold in the shop alongside free range eggs from the farm’s chickens and ducks.  The Café has a lovely, shaded garden terrace on which to relax at the end of your visit – I can recommend the lemon polenta cake (£2), a tasty energy boost for the trip home…

Interest rating     

One of London’s oldest city farms, Hackney City Farm is small but lively.  Children will love the animals, particularly the enormous Tamworth and Saddleback pigs.

Saddleback pig at Hackney City Farm

Admission cost

Admission to the farm is free.  Donations are welcome.

Facilities

Hackney City Farm is accessible to pushchairs, open the gate by the stile to visit the woodland trail.

Café

Café Frizzante serves Italian hot and cold food, drinks and snacks.  As a rough guide, a cappuccino costs £2, sandwiches cost approximately £3.50 and main meals, £8-10.  Kids meals are available and cost approximately £3-4.  The café has a lovely, shaded garden terrace.  High chairs are available.

Free range chickens at Hackney City Farm

Picnic

If you want to bring your own picnic, you could eat it in Haggerston Park which is located next to Hackney City Farm.

Opening hours

Hackney City Farm is closed on Mondays, except for Bank Holidays. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 4.30pm.

Paddock at Hackney City Farm

Contact details

Telephone: 020 7729 6381

Website: www.hackneycityfarm.co.uk

Getting there

Address: Hackney City Farm, 1a Goldsmiths Row, London, E2 8QA

 

Hackney City Farm

By train: The nearest tube station is Bethnal Green station on the Central Line (no step free access). Alternatively, use Hoxton Station on the London Overground (former East London Line) which has step free access from the platform to the street.  Cambridge Heath Station on the National Rail network is only a short walk from Hackney City Farm.

By Bus: 55, 48, 26, 394.

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