Welcome to Suffolk Barns (formerly the Chilli Farm). In the summer of 2001 we made a decision to turn our hobby for growing chillies into a commercial venture. That summer we setup the Chilli Ranch in Norfolk and started to create a range of sauces.
In 2005 we traveled a lot. This included trips to Mexico, Texas and New Mexico – including a visit to the Chile Pepper Institute in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
By the end of 2005 we found an old nursery over the border into Suffolk and decided that was the place to expand our offering. We were delighted to find a 400 year old barn on the nursery that was ripe for conversion.
Setting up the Chilli Farm – Channel 5 filmed our move and conversion of the thatched barn into a Mexican Restaurant as part of their “Build a New Life in the Country” series with George Clarke. We renovated the greenhouses and re-covered the polytunnels and set about growing another years huge crop of chillies. We also amassed the largest collection of chilli products in the UK and sold that from our farm shop too.
We are now a lot more casual here on the farm. The restaurant is no longer open in the evenings so our family life has benefited enormously! It is now a wonderful Coffee Shop serving homely food in our fantastic barn with great countryside views.
As for the two of us… we have gone back to our roots (pardon the pun!) of experimenting with growing. We are now developing our Aquaponics system as part of our EURFE Aquaponics project.
We look forward to welcoming you to the Farm soon!
Situated in Suffolk Barns, in our 400 year old renovated thatched barn, the Smokehouse Barbecue is run by the family. Our passion for all things delicious is at the heart of what we do. The setting is very relaxed, with large windows overlooking the weeping willow and the Suffolk countryside beyond.
There is seating inside and out and you can enjoy comfortable sofas to relax in when you visit. During the summer months, why not take a seat outside… long benches for a communal friendly atmosphere.
We welcome well behaved dogs inside and out, so no need to worry about rushing home to your four legged friend!
The licensed Smokehouse Barbecue serves delicious gourmet burgers freshly cooked by our grill chef!
We are constantly developing the Smokehouse menu – with Brisket and Pulled Pork a constant on the gourmet burger menu. We sometimes have Ribs as a special and look out for whats cookin’ this week on our Facebook page!