[Disclosure: I was invited to the soft launch of Factory at FarGo Village so my food was super cheap. I wasn’t asked to write anything, but why would you not write about this?]
You may remember a few months ago I told you that Coventry was getting its very own indoor street food venue by the name of Factory at FarGo Village. Well, it’s here, and just in time for the official launch of Coventry Moves – marking the start of Cov’s year as City of Culture.
Right in the heart of FarGo, Factory has been created using several repurposed units to create a permanent home for great street food in the city, as well as the obligatory drinks. There’s an indoor section which is home to five permanent traders, as well as a covered outdoor space and a glorious mezzanine/rooftop terrace which is the perfect place to soak up the sun while filling your face. The whole thing has an industrial feel, inspired by its history as the home to one of Coventry’s largest car radiator businesses.
Ordering is simple. Find a table – and yes, they’re bookable – then use the QR codes to check out the menus of each of the traders, order what you want and, lo and behold, it will appear. There’s a selection of drinks from Twisted Barrel Brewery, whose home is also at FarGo, as well as local craft beers from brewers like Purity. Not to mention wines, cocktails and softs for the driver.
I’d love to tell you I tried every single one of the five permanent traders who have taken up residence at Factory but even I couldn’t manage that. However, below are a few dishes I got my chops around and you should definitely go and try – plus all the others on the list that I plan to get to on my next outing.
In what is a huge coup for Coventry, award-winning burger badasses Stripclub Streetfood have taken up residence at Factory. I fell in love with their burgers though a kit we ordered during lockdown and to know they’re now right on our doorstep any time we like is probably a bit dangerous.
Their burgers range from the small but perfectly-formed ‘quickie’ to plenty of more indulgent creations, including the biscoff-laden ‘Kiss’ that you may or may not have seen all over Instagram. These burgers don’t just look the part, they taste great too.
Alongside Stripclub is vegan and vegetarian-friendly Paneer Wrap Street Food Company. It was the first time I tried them, with a ‘two become one’ wrap combining their traditional version as well as a slightly spicier one. The paneer is top quality, and there’s a great range of wraps. I reckon it even fall into the ‘healthy’ bracket.
Despite eyeing them up, I resisted one of the wonderful looking Neapolitan-style pizzas from Dough and Flow, but have it on good authority that they’re great. There’s even a sweet version that might float your boat. And if loaded fries are your thing, get yourself to the Grub Shed for trays of the good stuff from brisket to chilli cheese and more.
To finish, I was introduced to what could be a dangerous discovery. Get Us Baked – from The Brownie Box by Emily – serves up brunch, coffees, and some amazing looking cakes, as well as pancakes, French toast and more. I was introduced to a peanut butter and jelly french toast that, quite frankly, may be life-changing. Not one for the faint-hearted, I’d suggest you share, but you absolutely have to try it.
This is literally just a taster of what Factory at FarGo has to offer. Not forgetting it joins an already pretty wonderful independent food scene that includes Gourmet Food Kitchen, Leave it to Esmie as well as BIB Noodle and Dirty Kitch who I’m yet to try.
FarGo continues to go from strength to strength, and the opening of Factory is yet another sign of how Coventry really is upping its game. Add it to your list – you won’t regret it.