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The Back Porch at The Barn and Stable

We Wish We Were Raised in a Barn, at Least THIS Barn.

Owned and operated by the Wales family for more than 43 years, The Barn and Stable's three stores and The Back Porch Restaurant are the epitome of family tradition. Whether you are hunting for antiques, shopping for home accessories, or looking for a great lunch spot, this place has it all. But right now, we are focusing on the dining.

The dining experience at The Back Porch Restaurant at The Barn in Lake Alfred can be described as Southern Comfort. Guests are immediately transported to the south after walking through the doors by the combination of the hand painted tables, wood and the staff’s southern hospitality.

You'll be handed a paper menu and granted the liberty to choose your own seat inside, or outside on the porch overlooking a pond.

The process of ordering and delivering is unlike most other restaurants. After looking over the menu, you'll grab a pencil from the center of the table and check off the items you fancy.

The Back Porch
The Back Porch

The Food

The Back Porch Restaurant serves soup, salad, sandwich and dessert all for one low price. The menu contains Wales family recipes, and traditional favorites that have remained unchanged since their founding in 1986.

If the kids are joining and are not interested in the traditional menu options, then the Teddy Bear Picnic (a peanut butter & jelly sandwich or a hot dog with chips and a cookie) is just the choice for them.

Once you mark your selections, you jot down your table number and name on the sticky note attached to the top corner of the menu. Then, you take your menu to the counter and check out.

Once you mark your selections, you jot down your table number and name on the sticky note attached to the top corner of the menu. Then, you take your menu to the counter and check out.

Insider Tip: The flavored teas are a definite do, in our book. And don’t be shy about sampling the dips at the front of the restaurant while you wait for your meal. They are delicious.

The Back Porch
The Back Porch

A Special Delivery

This is our favorite part of the experience. Once your food is prepared, a server delivers it to you using the information you provided via sticky note in a…drum role, please, charming wooden picnic basket! It’s the little things in life, folks.

The Stable Home Decor
The Stable Home Decor

Shop Till You Drop

You're in the perfect location to walk off your meal. Luckily, The Back Porch is found at The Barn and Stable, which includes shops such as The Barn Antiques, The Stable Home Decor, The Seasons Gift Shop and The Back Yard Garden Shop. These are the coolest shops. I especially love The Backyard Garden, which has a large tree growing right in the center of one of its rooms! Expect to spend a couple of hours on property.

Address / Location

115 Co Rd 557
Lake Alfred, FL 33850
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Hours of Operation

Tuesday - Saturday 11:00 - 3:00 p.m.


4 Star Rating

The four of us went there yesterday on a sunny and pleasant Saturday afternoon ... so did hundreds of others with the same idea. Luckily we arrived at 11 am and still had a choice of tables. It was... Read Full Review

4 Star Rating

A group of 10 high school friends stopped by the Barn to shop for antiques and nursery plants, and stayed for lunch at the Back Porch. It's a quaint tea room setting with good food. There are... Read Full Review

3 Star Rating

After reading all the positive reviews I was really looking forward to eating here. I ordered the ham and cheese sandwich and my husband and brother-in-law had the special of the day, "hot dog." My... Read Full Review

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