Why Berry Picking near London
London is a great city to visit. When it’s summer, take a day off from London to explore the cities nearby. It’s great as a family trip or fruit picking with young children.
Trevellers Tip: It is a great activity as a date for couples. Elliott and I had so much fun getting our hands dirty in the soil.
It is also an unusual activity, for all those of you who like the “path less travelled”. Rent a car for a day and drive through the countryside. Just an hour outside of London and the landscape changes drastically! You’ll be smelling the countryside, seeing farm animals and breathing fresh clean air. That’s what you don’t get in London.
Where to Berry Pick near London
There are a gazillion places for berry picking near London. Many fruits and vegetables in London are from farms in Surrey and Kent. So as you can imagine, those cities are where you can find the farms. We decided to head over to Surrey since we were at the farm in Kent a few months back. We went to Crockford Bridge Farm.
Crockford Bridge Farm Berry Picking Experience
The farm was beautiful and big. You can find a small farm shop, ice cream parlour and small café that serves tea. In the farm, it is sectioned off by the types of fruits and vegetables. They list the produce that you can pick, together with prices.
We were there just after the heat wave, so the strawberries were not growing. Thankfully, the rest were.
Trevellers Tip: Check the weather before going. Make sure that there is plenty of rain and shine the days before, to ensure that you have sweet, juicy and ripen berries!
Entry Fee & Information
There is no entrance fee to the farm. You pay based on what you pick. We picked raspberries, carrots, and corn. There more fruits and vegetables available, depending on the season. They list the available fruit and vegetables on the board at the entrance.
Fruit & Vegetable Layout
The area is neatly organised. Upon entering, you will find strawberry shrubs at the entrance. Behind the strawberry field, you have the carrot field. On the left of strawberry field, you will find cabbages, rhubarb and a handful of raspberry plants.
Then, you will enter a larger space with Christmas trees on the right and vegetables to pick on the left. You have runner beans, courgettes, beet, and a large corn field.
As you head further down, there is an entrance on the left. There, you will find your berries! I recommend picking raspberries and blackberries there, instead of the shrubs near the entrance. The berries at the back are juicier and way larger.
Picking Your Fruits and Vegetables
How to choose what to pick? It depends on the fruits and vegetables.
- For fruits, it is simple. Pick whatever looks largest and ripest. It’s usually slightly softer and dense in colour.
- For vegetables, you don’t want to pick those that are way too huge. Make sure it looks fresh, instead of looking all old and dried. Avoid those that are way too huge too. Some courgettes are really huge. That means that they are old and hence less tasty when you cook them.
What We Picked
We dug out some carrots, picked some corns, collected plenty of raspberries and some beets for salad. I don’t know how to cook rhubarb, but apparently, they’re great for rhubarb pies.
Other than fruits and vegetables, they have their homemade honey! We saw the beekeeper (near the cornfield) and his 3 hives of bees. You can’t pick the honey, obviously, but you can buy them at the little farm shop.
Trevellers Tip: Support your local farms! It is not easy to be a farmer. These people literally exist to ensure that you have food to eat. Support local businesses.
Ice Cream Parlour
You have a little ice cream parlour near the farm shop. It serves some delicious ice cream! Mix your freshly picked raspberries with dark chocolate flavour. Hmmmm, it’s just the best.
If you miss anything, you can buy them at the farm shop. They also sell homemade sausages with British pork. The sausages are REALLY GREAT. We bought a dozen of them.
I highly recommend the wild boar sausage. The venison sausage is really heavy in flavour, so choose that if you like strong flavours.
Details of Berry Picking near London
Name: Crockford Bridge Farm
Perfect for: weekend day trip, couple date activity, family & kids
Address: New Haw Road, Addlestone, Nr. Weybridge, Surrey KT15 2BU
- Take the train from Waterloo Station to Byfleet & New Haw (South Western Railway) and walk for 19min to the farm.
- Driving is recommended. Parking is free at the farm!
Opening hours: 10am – 6pm daily