Our most frequently asked questions

Visiting The Garlic Farm

The Garlic Farm Shop & Restaurant are open every day from 9am to 5pm. 
Breakfast is served 9am to 10:45am daily 
Lunch is served 12 noon to 3.30pm daily 
Teas, coffees, cakes, garlic bread and other snacks are available at all other times. 
The restaurant is open for special events on selected evenings please see our events calendar for more information.

Reservations for the restaurant can be made here

Note for Coaches and larger vehicles: The narrow country lanes approaching the farm and our car park are not suitable for very large vehicles. If you are a coach party or larger vehicle over 6 meters long wishing to visit, please call us to make prior arrangements.

Disabled access: Our farm shop and restaurant car park has four disabled parking spaces located with flat or ramp access to our restaurant and shop. Our shop is on one level and our restaurant has level wheelchair access inside.

Please note that our car park and some pathways are gravel and our farm site has some uneven and sloping ground.

We have disabled toilet facilities on the ground floor with ramp access. Our toilets are located in a separate building to the shop and restaurant.

Our farm walks are on grass, gravel track and bumpy farm tracks across fields and woodland which wheelchair users and families with buggies may find difficult.

The Garlic Farm is a free to enter attraction. Parking, tastings, farm walks, children's play area, viewing farm animals, education & heritage room are all free of charge to customers of the shop & restaurant. There is no need to book to visit our shop. Restaurant booking is recommended.

We do accept walk-in customers but booking is recommended, especially for larger groups and during busy holiday periods. Please book using this link. Alternatively, please email thecafe@thegarlicfarm.co.uk

Well-behaved dogs are very welcome in all outdoor areas, in the conservatory area of the restaurant and in the Allium Café. Dogs must please be kept on leads at all times. This is particularly important near our livestock fields. Dogs can distress our animals and dog mess must be cleared as this can cause severe fatal illness for cattle.

There are no buses that directly pass us at The Garlic Farm. However we are just off the Red Squirrel Cycle Route which runs from Newport through to Sandown.

The Downs Breezer bus runs in the summer months and stops at the top of the downs and customers can walk down the Lime Kiln Shute to access the farm.

For more info on buses see: www.islandbuses.info

We have two charge points available in our customer car park at our Shop & Restaurant.

The charging is offered via PodPoint which you can access using the PodPoint app. Full instructions of how to charge can be found here

Charging vehicles is for customers of our shop and restaurant only during opening hours 9am to 5pm daily.

Information about our charge points including price per KWh and availability of charge points can be found here

Customers charge vehicles at their own risk and with their own charging cables.

Vouchers can be redeemed in the shop or restaurant and are valid for 12 months. They cannot be spent online or for accomodation. Vouchers come in increments of £10 and can either be purchased at the farm shop, or over the phone on 01983 865378. Vouchers are emailed to the purchaser. See our terms for more information.

Please note that old-style paper vouchers all expire by end September 2023 and will not be accepted after this date.

Yes, we host weddings and private parties at the farm. Please email weddings@thegarlicfarm.co.uk for more information.

We welcome dogs to the cottages but not to the yurts. We ask for £25 per dog per stay up to a maximum of 1 or 2 dogs depending on property. (Dogs are not allowed in the Farmhouse Cottage or Yurts)

The Garlic Farm is a fantastic venue for family get-togethers, celebrations, weddings and activity weekends. The properties can be booked together to accommodate between 10 and 65 people. Find out more.

The nearest beach is Yaverland and is only 10 minutes away by car, or 30 minutes along the cycle track.

General Information

All our farmland converted to Organic with the Soil Association in November 2022. Our first crop of certified organic garlic was harvested in summer 2023.

Learn about our organic farming practices here

Since we work with other growers and with rented land for growing, not all our garlic will be organic.

Likewise, our garlic products are not yet organic.

All products are labelled clearly to show whether or not they are organic.

Our land is managed under the Higher Level Stewardship scheme which means that we are under strict environmental programs for the best long term ecological outcomes. We encourage biodiversity, habitats of wildlife and public access.

Many of our products are suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans, however they are not yet certified by the respective associations. All nutritional information can be found for each product on our website. If you have any further questions please contact us on 01983 865378.

Most of our products are also certified as analytically free from gluten. Please see the product information for more details.

At current, we are only able to ship within the UK, but hope to reinstate this service soon.

As a third-generation family farming business, we focus on sustainability at every level. We are committed to low impact packaging and production as well as ecologically sensitive arable practice and stewardship. Our orders are packaged using some of the following; Cardboard Box - Recyclable, Loose-Fill Packing Chips - Compostable, Paper Wrap - Recyclable and Biodegradeable, Tissue Paper - Recyclable and Biodegradable.

We use DPD and Royal Mail to deliver our online orders.

We offer a standard delivery service only and aim to dispatch orders within 1-5 days of your order being placed, however during our busier periods dispatch can be between 5-7 working days from time of ordering. In both cases please up to 10 working days for delivery. Once dispatched, DPD is a next day service and Royal Mail is 48 hour tracked.

Yes we do, please contact our sales team enquiries@thegarlicfarm.co.uk for further details.

Every year we grow our own garlic here on the Isle of Wight. However as garlic is a seasonal product, we ensure that we are able to supply superior quality garlic all year round, so we work with partner garlic growers in the UK, France and Spain.

We have stockists all over the country, please contact the office enquiries@thegarlicfarm.co.uk with your postcode and we will be more than happy to advise you further.

When storing your spring garlic until planting, we advise to remove from the packaging and store in dry, room temperature conditions and out of direct sunlight.

Restaurant & Farm Shop Vouchers: We have Gift Vouchers available to purchase for use in our Farm Shop and Restaurant only. These can only be purchased over the phone on 01983 865378. The voucher is then sent via email to the purchaser. Please note, these vouchers cannot be redeemed online or at any other retailer, market or show event.

Webiste Only E-Gift Card Vouchers: E Gift Cards are available in denominations of £10, £25, £50, or £100. On completion of your order the E Gift Card email will be sent to you or your chosen recipient on a separate email from your order confirmation and can take up to 24hrs to arrive. Please keep an eye on your inbox, spam, and junk folders. Please note that these E Gift Cards can only be redeemed on our website. E Gift Cards are non-refundable and are not replaceable.

Cooking With Garlic

Turning the white cloves of garlic into the sweet flavour and black colour is a form of cooking process - or more accurately 'heat-ageing' process, rather than a variety of garlic that can be grown. For more information see our blog

The body's ability to process garlic increases with consumption. The more you eat, the less you'll smell! A 2016 study published in the Journal of Food Science concluded that raw apple, lettuce and mint leaves are empirically effective in reducing garlic smell (the phenolic compounds in the latter reduce the disulphide volatiles responsible for garlic odours). For more info see our blog

Garlic is typically added at the early stage of recipes; garlic, onions & spices are very often the first in the pan. One reason garlic has been used by so many cultures, for so many years, is its ability to enhance the flavours of other ingredients. So whilst we advocate this approach, we also encourage a secondary use of garlic, whereby freshly crushed or chopped garlic is stirred in as a garnish moments before the dish is served. Enjoy the flavour profile and health benefits of this 'raw garlic revolution'! For more info see our blog