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Down on the farm: The latest from farm shops across the country

Posted: 1 July 2023

In association with Fabulous Farm Shops

The courtyard at Fordingbridge Farm Shop
The courtyard at Fordingbridge Farm Shop

Fordingbridge Farm Shop has returned under new management on the Wiltshire-Hampshire-Dorset border. The shop threw open its doors on 10th May and celebrated with a big Family Fun Day. Open Tuesday to Sunday, the large farm shop, café and bar boasts an improved courtyard area for al fresco dining and a children’s playground for the little ones.

There has been a double win for The Goat Shed, Norfolk which was recently awarded Best Large Retailer in East Anglia at the Farm Shop & Deli awards to add to its Rising Star of the Year title from the Farm Retail Association awards. Originally cheesemakers, The Goat Shed team of four has since expanded to 40 and the large farm shop has now received planning permission to expand its offering with more retail space, a bigger kitchen and an onsite butchery.

The Goat Shed winners
Rising Star of the Year: The Goat Shed

A Nottinghamshire farm shop shut its doors for a few days in May before bursting open in brand new premises with a beautiful new tea room and kitchen. The locals are already said to be embracing the new look and menu at Maxey’s Farm Shop in Kirklington.

Maxeys Farm Shop open restaurant
Maxeys Farm Shop have a new look and menu

Strawberry Fields Farm Shop in Lifton, Devon has announced that it will be opening a second site near Buckfastleigh just off the A38. It will be a slightly smaller farm shop than the award-winning Lifton site but will also include a coffee shop.

This article first appeared in the July 2023 edition of Fine Food Digest.