Bibury Trout Farm - Review
A review of Bibury Trout Farm by food writer and pub critic Helen Peacocke
No visit to Bibury is complete without visiting the Bibury Trout Farm and its extensive grounds, as it caters for everyone including fishermen wanting to catch their own and children seeking a playground where they can use up all that excess energy waiting to be released.
Founded in 1902 the Trout Farm is primarily a working farm that breeds and rears Rainbow and Brown trout for restocking angling waters. However it has now become a popular tourist destination too, attracting visitors looking for Cotswold souvenirs, local books and postcards, and foodies seeking glistening fresh trout to take home and cook in their own kitchens.
Those seeking somewhere to sit down and soak up the atmosphere of this picturesque town, while sipping a freshly brewed cup of coffee or tea can do that too. The little café at the Trout Farm offers a delightful selection of snacks, cakes and refreshments that can be enjoyed al fresco on a warm summer day.
The highlight of the visit however, comes in the shape of a container filled with fish food pellets which visitors are encourage to take with them as they walk through the grounds. Toss these pellets into the pools containing trout, and then stand back and watch as the fish leap into the air, often catching the pellets before they hit the water. Visiting dogs, who are allowed into the grounds providing they remain on their lead, are mesmerised by this sight and so are the children, also the many ducks that roam this watery place who often vie with the fish for this food. Adults find all this very entertaining too.
About this article
Food writer and pub critic Helen Peacocke visited Bibury in 2012 with her beloved Border collie Pythius to familiarise herself with the area to gain background for her forthcoming book Paws for the Cotswolds, which details dog friendly attractions and pubs that dogs can visit. She hopes it will be out late spring.
Her previous books Paws Under the Table, Paws for History and Paws Along the Way (Wychwood Press £9.99) are proving very popular, particularly as they include input from Pythius who sees things from a dog's point of view.
For further details go to pawsunderthetable.blogspot.com