I had been wanting to go to the Milk Barn all summer and never got the chance. So a dreich and dreary October Friday seemed like a great day for Ice Cream.
Just outside Falkirk, near Hallglen the Milk Barn is not the easiest place to find, but using SatNav or a map and a bit of effort you’ll get there and it’s worth it. The café is on the grounds of a working dairy farm, well the milk has to come from somewhere! There is a nice family feel to the Milk Barn; it is definitely aimed at children, young and not so young!
There is a good sized car park and level access through the double doors with masses of room for pushchairs, prams and wheelchairs. There is an outdoor play area( unused in October!) and inside the barn there is an area fenced off for the wee ones to play with loads of toys. There is a great mixture of tables and chairs, each with a named cow so you know where you are sitting, you’ll need to remember that for later!
The menu has a good choice of sandwiches, toasties and Paninis and is very reasonably priced, there is an unsurprisingly vast milkshake selection, that I felt obliged to sample. I went for a tuna Panini and a Caramel Milkshake, our youngest team member went for a children’s ham & cheese sandwich and an apple juice. You go up to the till and get served by one of the really friendly ladies behind the counter and your food is brought over to your table when it is ready.
Our drinks arrived first; the milkshake looked great, the glass full with milk, scoops of ice cream and lashings of sauce. I’d like to say it tasted great, but my young companion also thought it looked great, better than her apple juice in fact, and so it was commandeered. I have to say the apple juice was very apple-y
The food was very good when it arrived, which didn’t take long at all, despite the barn being quite full. I don’t usually opt for a children’s option as the little person can usually plough her way through most of an adult sandwich, and besides I get to eat any leftovers! On this occasion I am glad I did. The Children’s sandwich came on a plastic plate rather than crockery and had crisps and some grapes rather than a grown up salad. A good touch aimed at the target market.
The sandwiches were both well filled and the ingredients were high quality. The ham was properly carved, none of this transparent wafer thin rubbish and a good pile of grated cheddar, the children’s menu wasn’t lower quality just because it was for children as is so often the case. The tuna Panini was well filled and nicely toasted to a crisp outside, warmed through to the middle. The plate it came on was full with a dressed salad, crisps and coleslaw. The prices were also very reasonable £3.99 for the Panini and £1.50 for the ham & cheeses sandwich, which is really good value for money. The apple juice was £1.20 and the big freshly made milkshake only £2.50, I have paid far more for much less. In total lunch for the little one and I cost just over £9 which given the quality, certainly explains why the Milk Barn is so popular.
I could leave it there, but the other reason to go to the Milk Barn is the Ice Cream, so even on a miserable autumn day we both had a cone. I chose the grown up Creamy Toffee Fudge cone and my young apprentice wanted strawberry sorbet. The ice cream is brilliantly smooth and the flavours are intense. There is a huge choice so you are bound to find one you'll love!!
Normally one would assume that sharing is a reciprocal process; however my daughter firmly believes it is a one-way thing so, as you can see, I ended up sharing my ice cream and she ended up very pleased with herself.
And that right there is the secret of the Milk Barn’s success. They have mastered the difficult act of catering well for children and adults in a friendly safe environment. Everything in the Milk Barn is geared towards parents and children being happy and they do a very good job achieving it. Well worth a visit, any time of the year!