Goodwood Farm Shop
Lulu describes this farm shop, set in the beautiful Goodwood Estate, as 'fantastic'. It sell its own organic fruit and veg 'and even its own cheese - the Charlton - and organic raw milk.'
Where: Goodwood Estate, Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 0PX (01243 755000; www.goodwood.co.uk)
'This National Trust farm shop is
brimming with local produce,' says
Charlie. Look out for 'a fantastic cheese
counter, my favourite being Lord of the
Hundreds. After a stroll around the
beautiful grounds at Polesden Lacey, it's
the perfect place to pop into for a pork
pie and delicious groceries to take home.'
Where Great Bookham, near Dorking,
Surrey RH5 6BD (01372 458203;
For a family day out with a bit of shopping
thrown in, Lulu says this farm shop is
just the place. 'It sells its own fruit and
veg but also does pick your own (PYO).'
Where Pagham Road, Runcton, Nr.
Chichester, West Sussex, PO20 6LJ
'Since half of us live within five miles of an inland waterway, it shouldn't come as a surprise that you can do your shopping
on one,' says Jo. 'Pan is moored beside an organic smallholding on the River Cherwell.' On a Sunday, she adds, you can 'sink into an old sofas on board and treat yourself to a cream tea.'
Where TheOxford Canal above Pigeon
Lock in Kirtlington, Oxfordshire
Macknade Fine Foods
'This huge food hall is more than just
a farm shop,' says Lulu. 'It's more of a
fine food emporium. They are Italian
specialists with good-quality foodstuffs
from all over the world.'
Where Selling Road, Faversham,
Kent, ME13 8XF (01795 534497;
'Garsons has been in business for over 100 years and continues to provide a fantastic service to its customers,' says Danny. It has two outlets, in Surrey and Hampshire, but if you're looking for a day out, opt for the Surrey one, which also claims to be the biggest pick your own in the country.
Where Winterdown Road, Esher, Surrey, KT10 8LS (01372 460181; www.garsons.co.uk)
This shop, attached to a family-friendly
farm attraction, is 'a lot better than it
needs to be' says Lulu. It includes 'an
in-house butcher selling locally reared
meat and game in season'.
Where Coursers Road, London Colney,
St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL4 0PF (0870
129 9718; www.willowsfarmshop.com)
The big attraction here is 'fabulous fruit
and PYO' says Kath. 'The farm has an
orchard with 18 varieties of cherries as
well as apples, pears plums, damsons
and greengages. They also grow asparagus,
strawberries, raspberries, currants,
gooseberries, blackberries and tomatoes.
In the farm shop look for the farm's
own apple juices. It also breeds and
rears all its cattle and lambs'.
Where Milton Hill, Steventon, Abingdon,
Oxfordshire, OX13 6AB (01235
'This farm shop and PYO is amazing,'
says Lulu. 'It has lots of fruit and veg
from the farm, local chickens and pork,
local eggs and lots of nice cheese, herbs
and salad. They also have cakes and preserves.
In season, you can pick your own
asparagus and there is a lovely outdoor
tearoom plus amusements for the kids.'
Where Rectory Farm, Stanton St. John,
Oxfordshire, OX33 1HF (01865 351677;
An organic farm growing vegetables and
salad crops, Kath also rates it for its eggs
and rare-breed pork. 'It is run with
passion for food and commitment to
good stewardship of the land. The family
business was started in 1989, with the
farm shop building up over the past 20
years to be a very popular and high
quality source of good food.'
Where Jacobs Gutter Lane, Totton,
Southampton, SO40 9FX (023 8086
Tablehurst and Plaw Hatch
You get two farm shops for the price of
one, at this community co-operative.
'Tablehurst farm shop is primarily a
butcher's, but it also sells eggs, flour and
apple juice, some vegetables, organic
dairy produce from Plaw Hatch Farm
and other local suppliers. Plaw Hatch
farm shop offers dairy produce, meat,
fruit and vegetables, eggs and
sometimes sheep's wool,' says Kath.
Where Plaw Hatch, Sharpthorne,
West Sussex, RH19 4JL (01342 810201),
Tablehurst, Forest Row, East Sussex,
RH18 5BJ (01342 823173; www.table
'This award-winning enterprise offers
home-made ready meals alongside
meat, fruit and veg from its own farm
and surrounding countryside,' says Jo.
'Visitors can also explore parts of the
farm, meet the livestock and eat in its
excellent café, the Udder Room, or sit
outside on the, ahem, 'Cow Pat-io'.'
Where Main Street, Farrington Gurney,
Bristol, BS39 6UB (01761 452266;
A favourite with Kath and Lulu,
this shop grows its own potatoes,
cabbages, squashes, pumpkins, salads
and soft fruit as well as selling bread
from a local baker. 'You can eat on site
at the Farmer's Kitchen, which is open
for breakfast, lunch and tea,' says Lulu,
while Kath adds that 'the farm shop
has a great reputation for quality
and personal service.'
Where North Allington, Bridport,
Dorset, DT6 5HP (01308 459549;
According to Danny, this farm-supplied
city outlet is one to head to for 'sensational
meats'. They have won a BBC Best Food Producer award and many other regional and national awards, he adds.
Where 57 Magdalen Road, Exeter,
Devon, EX2 4TA (01392 274 504;
White Row Country Foods
'Located on a Somerset pig and arable
farm, this popular shop sells quality
local fruit, veg and meat, as well as most
other groceries you'd need for a weekly
shop,' says Jo. 'The scrumpy on tap
is a particular favourite among the
locals - bring your own flagon and
fill it up.' There's also a 'superb
restaurant and gift shop'.
Where White Row Country Foods,
Beckington, Somerset BA11 6TN
'With its butchery, bakery, kitchens,
organic vegetable box business and
organic dairy this is a diverse and thriving
business, for which the farm shop provides
a hub,' sums up Kath. 'They have a
very large range of organic produce, and
the nearby Field Kitchen restaurant has a
deserved reputation locally for its Sunday
lunches (booking essential)'.
Where Riverford Farm, Staverton,
Totnes, Devon, TQ9 6AF (01803 762523;
Making the most of the surrounding
100-acre organic farm, this family-run
shop has a strong following among local
carnivores for its homemade sausages,
and its own bacon, hams, beef and lamb.
What the farm doesn't produce itself it
sources from other local suppliers,
including vegetables, cheeses, butter,
milk, cream, cider, apple juice, ice cream and a range of ales from the appetisingly
titled Moor Beer Company.
Where Glebe Farm, Woodsbirds Hill
Lane, Pitney, Langport, Somerset,
TA10 9AP (01458 253002;
'This small, hidden farm shop near the
Helston River is run by a passionate couple
who've been at the farm for over 40
years,' says Charlie. It's stocked with
locally grown and caught meat, fish,
cheese and vegetables but it's the 'incredible
pizzas' that make it extra special, she
adds. 'They are freshly made and cooked
in a wood-fired oven, along with homemade
organic Cornish pasties.'
Where Gear Farm, St Martin, Helston,
Cornwall, TR12 6DE (01326 221364)
'Next to the Lost Gardens of Heligan,
this farm shop is run by three brothers
- Terry, Ian and Richard Lobb - who are
fifth generation farmers at nearby
Kestle Farm and produce exceptional
beef, pork and lamb,' says Kath. Expect
'a fantastic range of delicious Cornish
products and a warm welcome from
Where Heligan, St Ewe, St Austell,
Cornwall, PL26 6EN (01726 844411;
Winner of best local food retailer at last
year's Radio 4 Food & Farming Awards,
this 40-year-old farm shop has developed
into one of the country's most sophisticated
rural emporiums. Though the
emphasis in the shop remains on selling
food that is locally grown, reared, baked
or caught - with an onsite butcher, fishmonger, baker, deli, cider-maker and
restaurant - the business now encompasses
outlets for AGA, Fired Earth and
Cotswold Outdoor alongside PYO,
bicycle hire, fishing ponds and, rather
incongruously, a pilates studio.
Where Darts Farm, Topsham,
Devon, EX3 0QH (01392 878228;
Set in an old stable block, this shop is
'stocked full of rare-breed lamb, hogget
and mutton from Wimpole Home Farm,
plus produce from the estate's walled
garden and a local community farm project,'
says Charlie. 'Perhaps you'll even
find yourself a bunch of the Burpees
Golden heritage beetroot, which, alongside
the meat, has won prizes at the Fine
Farm Produce Awards.'
Where Wimpole Estate, Arrington,
Royston, Cambridgeshire, SG8 0BW
(01223 206000; www.wimpole.org)
Charlie sums up the farm shop at
Chatsworth as 'an impressive set-up.' It
has 'its own bakery, butchery, dairy and
deli, and specialises in produce from the
estate and tenant farms, including local
game.' She particularly recommends it
as a place to stock up on picnic items
before a day out in the Peaks. 'Must-buy
items include the home produced ice
cream and the Garden's tap beer'.
Where Pilsley, Bakewell, Derbyshire,
DE45 1UF (01246 583392;
For a day out Jo recommends this all-singing,
all-dancing farm. 'I visited with
my niece for a spot of mountain boarding,
trampolining and feeding the resident
donkeys, goats and pigs. We then
filled punnets with berries from the
pick–your–own fields and stocked up on
home-grown goodies from the farm
shop. This was all washed down with a
cup of Earl Grey and a couple of scones
in the tearoom.'
Where Tillington, Herefordshire,
HR4 8LG (01432 760271;
Suffolk Food Hall
'This is more of a foodie emporium than
a single farm shop,' states Jo. 'You can
browse fruit and veg stalls, enjoy the
delights of the deli, smell the fresh bread
baked on site every morning - all while
taking in magnificent views of the
sweeping Orwell Estuary from the mezzanine.
Don't miss the superb butcher's.'
Where Wherstead, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP9 2AB
(01473 786610; www.suffolkfoodhall.co.uk)
It may take its name from a 17th-century
naval battle but La Hogue is plain
sailing for would-be farm shoppers.
A family-owned operation, in business
for nearly 10 years, though it doesn't
stick resolutely to a local sourcing policy,
much of what it stocks is either from the
family's own farm or neighbouring
suppliers - from potatoes, broccoli,
organic squashes and samphire to meat
reared traditionally on free range farms
in Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Norfolk.
Where Chippenham, nr Newmarket,
Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB7 5PZ
(01638 751128; www.lahogue.co.uk)
Walsingham Farms Shop
Religious pilgrims have been heading to
the small Norfolk village of Walsingham
since the 11th century, but these days
they're followed by a steady stream of
foodies, drawn to the Walsingham Farms
Shop. Selling produce largely from the
local estate's tenant farmers, the range
includes eggs, jams, pickles, cheeses,
vegetables, bread, fish, meat, cakes, cider
and ales and homemade pies.
Where Guild Street, Walsingham,
Norfolk, NR22 6BU (01328 821877;
It may not be the biggest of farm shops but Fordhall is one of the most warm-hearted. Headed up by a brother-and-sister team, who secured one of England's earliest organic farms from alternative development by selling shares in a community trust, though the farm still needs investment it is constantly progressing. The shop sells
meat reared on the farm as well as a range of other produce from organic local suppliers such as Pimhill mill. There's also a tearoom, a hog-roast service and a lively series of events.
Where Tern Hill Road, Market Drayton, Shropshire, TF9 3PS (01630 638696; www.fordhallfarm.com)
The Organic Farm Shop
Enter via this shop's long drive and you'll pass 'happy pigs rooting about beneath trees, rows of vegetables and jolly flowers in summer' says Charlie. It's stocked with 'home-reared organic meats, cut flowers, vegetables and herbs, even their own cheese, milk and butter'. Lunch in their café is a must.
Where Abbey Home Farm, Burford Road, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 5HF (01285 640441; www.theorganicfarmshop.co.uk)
'The newly opened farm shop at Kenyon Hall Farm will reinvigorate your passion for food,' promises Charlie. 'You are greeted by shelves of locally grown vegetables and seasonal fruit from their
farm, warm artisan breads cooked on site, and a café serving cream teas. They also operate a PYO and run a successful delivery box scheme supporting many local producers from the North-west'.
Where Winwick Lane, Croft, Warrington, Cheshire, WA3 7ED (01925 763161; www.kenyonhall.co.uk)
'As you approach Beadlam Grange, a
herd of Limousin cattle chew the cud
beside you. The shop is located inside an
atmospheric barn, which houses vintage
tractors' says Jo. 'The butchery
counter is a meat-lover's paradise,' she
adds, 'with succulent beef from the
farm's own herd alongside a fine selection
of lamb and mutton joints'.
Where Beadlam Grange Farm, Pockley,
Yorkshire, YO62 7TD (01439 770303;
The Wall at Coulton
Summed up by Charlie as less a farm shop and more an impressive farm gate stall, the Wall at Coulton 'sells a wide range of seasonal vegetables from the wall outside their farm house. This incredible display includes summer squashes, romanesco cauliflowers, and pretty bunches of cottage garden flowers.'
Where Corner House Farm, Coulton, Hovingham, Yorkshire, YO62 4NH (www.thewall-coulton.co.uk)
'The Blagdon Farm Shop only sells food produced by farms that are either organic or follow traditional farming methods,' approves Danny. 'The butchery department stocks meats from Blagdon and other Northumbrian farms, so you know that its meat is locally sourced.'
Where The Milkhope Centre, Blagdon,
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE13 6DA www.theblagdonfarmshop.co.uk)
Charlie recommends this shop for
rare-breed enthusiasts - the farm
on which it's set rears a variety of
heritage breeds, including Old English
Shorthorns, Hampshire Down sheep,
and Oxford Sandy and Black pigs.
'In addition to cuts of meat, burgers
and sausages, they have recently starting
making an incredible garlic and
green peppercorn salami,' she says.
Where Lower Gazegill Farm, Cross Hill
Lane, Rimington, Clitheroe, Lancashire,
BB7 4EE (01200 445519;
'This family-run farm produces organic potatoes and eggs from speciality chicken breeds such as Welsummer and White Leghorns,' says Charlie. 'The happy free-range chickens cluck around in the fields as you approach the farm shop, which is stocked with local produce and seasonal delights like damsons from the hedgerows.'
Where Abbey Leys Farm, Peacock Lane,
High Legh, Nr.Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 6NS (www.abbeyleys.co.uk)
Make a detour here for the shop's 'renowned in-house butchery department,' advises Danny. 'It sells cuts that are reared either on their own farm or sourced locally from Yorkshire farmers'.
Where Keelham Farm Shop, Brighouse and Denholme Road, Thornton, Bradford, BD13 3SS (www.keelhamfarmshop.co.uk)
In the countryside between Uttoxeter
and Ashbourne, this former milking parlour
welcomes herds of shoppers rather
than cows. Among the shelves of delicious
produce you'll find home-reared
beef , local vegetables and cheeses.
Where Denstone Hall Farm Shop &
Café, Denstone, Nr Uttoxeter,
Staffordshire, ST14 5HF (01889 590050;
Low Sizergh Barn
'The journey from field to fork is short at Low Sizergh Barn,' says Jo. 'You can watch cows being milked from the café while you drink your tea. As well as cheese and deli goodies, they sell gifts and clothing from their 17th-century barn and it's a wonderfully atmospheric
place to shop.' Kath is also a fan.
Where Low Sizergh Farm, Sizergh, Kendal, Cumbria, LA8 8AE (01539 560426; www.lowsizerghbarn.co.uk)
True to its plain-speaking Yorkshire setting, this farm shop doesn't waste energy on fripperies. Don't be put off by its rather no-frills ambience though. The focus here is on the locally produced beef, pork and lamb rather than the interior design .
Where York Road, Green Hammerton, North Yorkshire, Y026 8EQ (01423 331897; www.ainstyfarmshop.co.uk)
A farm shop with a difference, Loch Arthur is home to the Camphill Village Trust, 'where people with learning disabilities work with farmers to produce exceptional cheese, lamb and organic vegetables,' says Kath. 'They have a thriving creamery and farm shop with a wide range of delicious food.'
Where Loch Arthur Farm Shop, Beeswing, Dumfries, DG2 8JQ (01387 760296; www.locharthur.org.uk)
'Once a shack selling oysters by the roadside, Loch Fyne has gone on to launch 46 restaurants across the country. But if you get a chance, visit their farm shop on the upper reaches of the Loch Fyne,' says Jo. '
Where Loch Fyne Farm Shop, Clachan, Cairndow, Argyll and Bute, PA26 8BL (01499 600483; www.lochfyne.com)
Lulu sums this up as 'a really lovely family-run shop, just yards from the Fife coastal path'. Usefully, its website lists which fruit and vegetables are available that week, she adds.
Where Ardross Farm Shop, Elie, Fife, KY9 1EU (01333 331400;
Pillars of Hercules
'This farm and shop have strong ethical principles,' says Kath. 'They are part of the Falkland Estate, which is getting increasingly interested in local and sustainable food, and is setting up a community
bakery. The building also houses a very good café and restaurant, with
beautiful views of nearby hills .'
Where Pillars of Hercules Farm, Falkland, Cupar, Fife, KY15 7AD (01337 857749; www.pillars.co.uk)
A fast-developing farm complex in the Scottish borders, as well as a farm shop, Whitmuir encompasses an art gallery, restaurant and farm school, the latter offering everything from cookery courses to vegetable growing workshops.
Where Whitmuir Farm, West Linton, Midlothian, EH46 7BB (01968 661908; www.whitmuirtheorganicplace.co.uk)
Tucked away in woodland near the Forth Road Bridge, this newly opened but comprehensive farm store combines a butcher's counter, deli, bakery and grocery department. If you prefer to eat than cook, it also does a range of freshly prepared ready meals.
Where Hopetoun Estate, South Queensferry, EH30 9SL (01506 830716;
A pioneer of the contemporary farm shop north of the border this Aberdeenshire store was founded over 10 years ago to sell the farm's own Aberdeen Angus beef direct to customers.
Where The Store, Foveran, Newburgh, Ellon, Aberdeenshire, AB41 6AY (01358 788083; www.thestorecompany.co.uk)
Described by Kath as 'a welcome stop on the A5', this farm shop boasts a café, butchery department (selling the farm's own Aberdeen Angus beef, saltmarsh lamb, free range chicken and traditional Duroc pork) and over 2,000 mainly local and/or organic products.
Where Rhug Estate, Corwen, Denbighshire, LL21 0EH (www.rhug.co. uk)
'This fab shop is packed with local meat, including saltmarsh lamb, and has a huge range of cheese as well as fruit and veg grown on the estate,' says Lulu.
Where Hawarden Estate Farm Shop, Chester Road, Hawarden, Flintshire, CH5 3FB (www.hawardenestate.co.uk)
Jo stumbled upon 'this gem of a farm shop' while driving back from
Pembrokeshire. 'The Welsh produce is particularly tempting. Don't leave without a handful of Welsh cakes and a basket full of Caws Cenarth cheese.
Where Cwmcerrig Farm, Gorslas,
Llanelli, Carmathenshire, SA14 7HU (www.cwmcerrigfarmshop.co.uk)
'Hidden in an old dairy this sweet little farm shop prides itself on selling around 90 per cent Welsh produce,' says Charlie. 'Their top seller is an unusual pheasant sausage, alongside Welsh Black Lamb
from the estate, black potatoes, salad leaves and cut flowers from the garden.'
Where Chirk, Wrexham, LL14 5AF (www.nationaltrust.org.uk)
Summerhill Farm Shop
Set up in 2005 to sell the farm's organic beef and lamb through farm gate sales and a box scheme business, a dedicated shop was added to the business two years later and is now firmly on the map.
Where Cwmrath Farm, Stepaside, Narberth, Pembrokeshire, SA678LU (ind.pn/pKXZOt)