‘Best Staffs shop’ Denstone Hall plans second phase of expansion
A Staffordshire farm shop is planning its second expansion in three years as it celebrates being named the top retail outlet in the region.
Denstone Hall farm shop & café, owned by Rupert and Emma Evans, beat 60 other businesses to win Best Retailer in the inaugural Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce Awards last week.
The couple have run the shop, on the border of Staffordshire and Derbyshire, for eight years, and expanded into new, purpose-built premises in 2013.
Other retailers were brought in to occupy the old farm shop building, helping build footfall to the site, which is located near Uttoxeter and about four miles from Alton Towers.
The farm shop has its own butchery and kitchen, and sells home-produced pies, quiches, pastries pudding and cakes alongside the farm’s own beef, local lamb and pork and regional cheeses. At last year’s Staffordshire Tourism Awards it collected four trophies: Best Food Retailer, Best Tea Shop, Best Food Producer and NFU Local Food Champion.
At last week’s Chamber of Commerce event at Staffordshire’s county showground, the Denstone Hall team were told their commitment to creating unique homemade produce, good customer service and strong growth plans had set them apart.
Rupert Evans said a second phase of development planned for 2016 would see expansion of the café and gift shop and the addition of further retail concessions.