LIKE many millennials, brunch has become something of a Sunday morning ritual for me.

While Oxford is awash with eggs and smashed avocados catering to the weekend crowd, finding a brunch spot in the countryside can be a trickier task.

Tapping into the trend is a converted listed barn just off the A4074, with peaceful views of the lush fields that surround it.

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Cartshed Cafe is situated on a working arable farm in Preston Crowmarsh, opening every day for food and doubling up as a private function space for hire.

I was dubious from the outside that it was even open, having followed the yellow signs that led us like a trail of breadcrumbs around the car park to the entrance.

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After walking past wellies in the entrance hall, we came out into a bright open space and were pleasantly surprised to see it was already busy at 10am.

Families, couples and groups of friends were already sat beneath the beamed ceiling and fairy lights, as well as walkers with their dogs still in tow.

We grabbed a couple of menus from the counter and seated ourselves at one of the mismatched tables, decorated with fresh daffodils and tulips.

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Brunch is served between 9am and 3pm and lunch options, which include soup, tagine, stew and a range of sandwiches, from midday until 3pm.

I order a ‘full Oxfordshire’ breakfast (£10) while Tom went for the ‘rebel’, which is toasted sourdough with avocado, fried halloumi, bacon, two poached eggs, baked tomato and mushrooms (£10.50).

Barely five minutes passed, spent watching two kites circling above the trees outside, before our food appeared.

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I tucked into two mouth-wateringly smoky rashers of bacon, with a gooey fried egg, buttery granary toast, baked beans and cooked fresh mushrooms.

The tomato seemed to be just warmed rather than grilled, I would have enjoyed it more if it had been charred.

The star of the plate, however, was a coarse and herby Cumberland sausage - delicious.

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Tom thought his was even better than our favourite Oxford brunch spot, the fresh avocado left to speak for itself without the addition of lime, chilli or red onion as is often the case.

If you’re looking for a relaxed, family-friendly brunch or lunch spot, where you won’t be frowned on for wearing muddy boots, definitely give this place a try.