Visited late morning on Friday 29/04/16 this bustling farm shop was already very busy. Located just 2 miles from the M5, Darts Farm provides for a quick and easy stop off heading in or out of Devon or Cornwall.
Aside from the beer there are lots of other items on offer, largely high end food produce but also a kids section and general countrified bric a brac. The beer and drinks section is located diagonally left as you enter and takes up a fair sized space. Beer is roughly laid out in 5 areas ... craft, other UK, foreign, Devon then Cornwall. On top of the beer there is a wide selection of cider and perries including a tasting counter with half a dozen barrels of cider where you can fill up growlers. Despite the crowds we were served immediately by friendly staff.
Overall a solid selection and well worth the stop ... guaranteed to be ticks on offer here !
Darts Farm is a large farm shop complex located only 15 minute’s drive south of Exeter. It is incredibly popular and quite rightly so. The alcohol selection is located deep within past a cornucopia of high-end farm produce which is impossible not to succumb to. Staff are friendly and only too happy to offer tasters of cheese and meats. The beer and cider section is pretty impressive and is the size of a small specialist shop. Focus is clearly on local and nearby counties with a whole load of breweries I had never heard of before. The selection ranges from more traditional ales to modern beers and ice ciders. Good prices and helpful service from the "cider dude". If you are driving around Exeter area this place is a must.
Large farm shop with a decent selection of local and regional beer. With a few thrown in from further afield. Staff didn’t appear to be that knowledgeable about the beer.Worth a visit, and there is plenty more to do there than just the farm shop.
Mahoosive Farm shop with a beer selection that would put some dedicated beer shops in the shade. Much concentration on the South West as you would expect but there is a smattering of other stuff. Elsewhere there are aisles and aisles of the type of things you would expect from a farm shop but with a much expanded selection. Beer prices are pretty reasonable here, the food prices not so much. We had some delicious fresh fish and chips here, it made for a nice break (and a great beer stock up) before driving on to St Ives.
Big modern purpose-built shopping venue including an outdoors store, home furnishings shop, a spa, bike hire, toys, a small farm animals section and - oddly - an RSPB shop & bird hide. In season there’s a maize maze and pick-your-own. At the heart of all of this is a huge farm shop with loads of local (and slightly over-priced) local produce. I mention all this because they are all welcome distractions for your significant others whilst you scuttle off to the beer and cider shop at the back of the farm shop. This seems to have pretty much every beer or cider produced in the south-west (includingmany rarities & one-offs), and the prices for these are pretty reasonable. There’s a few larger bottles and a smattering of beers from other parts of the UK and Belgium & the US too, although most of these are fairly standard. It’s just off the M5 and has free parking, so it’s much more accessible than Tucker’s Maltings in Newton Abbott - and frankly I felt the selection (and certianly the best before dates) were better then Tuckers. Being the south-west all the staff are pretty friendly. If you’re on your way down the M5, you should definitely take time out to visit. I certainly will next time I’m back down that way.
Big farm shop complex with lots of tempting comestibles. Lots of beers, mainly local. Seemed pretty much everything loal available in bottles was represented. Some cider too. Got a bulk discount, wehich I wasn’t expecting. Friendly people.
If you put a bike pump in your average farm shop and blew it up until it was many times its original size - like, MANY times - you’d have Darts Farm. And that’s good. They aslo have an excellent range of beer, mainly local, with a good selection from further afield in the UK. The international range is not spectacular, but it’s not bad with a few good trappists and so forth. That said, if you’re in Devon and thinking beer you should be thinking Teign Cellars in Newton Abbot. But if you’re the other side of the Exe this is a fine place for beer.
A shopping complex with an excellent selection of beers from Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Dorset plus a wide range of ciders, including their own.
Darts Farm is basically a farm outlet but a very large one with other shops incorporated into the complex. As well as lots of enticing food and drink (most of it rather special and some of it a bit pricey) they sell clothes, home and garden wares, toys, greetings cards and so on. There’s also a restaurant and a gym.
It’s well worth a stop, or even a detour, if you’re in the area.
(Last visited 30 March 2012).