10 of the best farm shops in Lancashire and the Lake District
PUBLISHED: 00:00 04 October 2015 | UPDATED: 23:54 09 January 2016
Fancy something delicious and locally sourced? Take a visit to one of these charming farm shops for a selection of fresh and tasty products
The Home Farm Shop
Operated by the Ainscough family, the Home Farm Shop is located in a barn adjacent to the Eagle and Child pub in the heart of the family farm in Bispham Green. The Ainscough’s, who have been farming around Parbold for 200 years, opened the farm shop in 2008 and sell a range of locally sourced meats, vegetables, cheese, artisan breads and other delicious treats. A large wine shop has also been established on the premises. While you’re there, stop off in the Home Farm Shop kitchen and enjoy a range of soups, salads and pates or a homemade cake.
The Home Farm Shop, Bispham Green, Near Parbold, L40 3SG, 01257 462 624, www.ainscoughs.co.uk
Greenlands Farm Village
Originally a working dairy farm, in 2009 Greenlands Farm branched out. Here, you can pat and feed the animals or take a ride on the mini tractor as well as explore the artisan village where there are a variety of talented craftspeople along with a farm shop. The shop, which features a traditional butcher, regional cheese counter, gourmet pantry and baked treats table, stocks a range of locally made produce from suppliers around the county. Explore The Loft upstairs where you will find a treasure trove of interesting products from local businesses, including clothing, gifts and jewellery.
Greenlands Farm Village, Tewitfield, Carnforth, LA6 1JH, 01524 784184, www.greenlandsfarmvillage.co.uk
Taylors Farm Shop
Located near Ormskirk, Taylors prides itself on being a traditional working family-run farm, producing cereals, beef and lamb for their shop. As well as offering fresh beef, lamb and vegetables from the 300-acre farm to customers; the shop, which opened in 2009, also stocks a wide range of wholesome quality Lancashire produce, including Mrs Dowsons ice cream, Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding, Rowlands Dairies milk and Greenhalghs breads.
Taylors Farm Shop, Hall Lane, Lathom, L40 5UW, 01704 895687, www.taylorsfarmshop.co.uk
Honeywell Farm Shop
Established in 1970 by the Gornall family, Honeywell’s has grown from strength-to-strength. Outgrowing their barn space in 2003, they moved into a purpose-built farm shop which sells a huge range of locally produced meats from the butchery, over 100 styles of cheese and other goodies in the delicatessen. Honeywell’s also have their own farmland where they keep their own herd of cattle to ultimately sell in store.
Honeywell Farm Shop, Eaves Lane, Woodplumpton, Preston, PR4 0BH, 01772 690271, www.honeywellfarmshop.com
You’ll pick up much more than plants when you take a visit to Barton Grange. Housed inside the popular garden centre is their award-winning farm shop, stocking a wide variety of products from freshly baked cakes and pies, fruit and vegetables, cheeses, frozen foods, smoked fish, pickles, preserves, wines and beers. Their butcher counter is run by renowned family butcher Honeywell’s, who also feature in our list. If you have a sweet tooth, don’t miss out on a visit to Topping Treats, Barton Grange’s very own confectionery shop.
Barton Grange, Garstang Road, Brock, Preston, PR3 0BT, 01995 642900, www.bartongrange.co.uk
Light Ash Farm Shop
Given the seal of approval by the Queen on her recent commemorative visit to the county for the 750th anniversary of the creation of the Duchy of Lancaster, Light Ash Farm is a must visit. Opened by Edith Morgan and her daughter Joanne Dewhurst in 2013, a disused barn became an outlet for local food produce and a café where Edith can showcase her delicious home cooked food. The farm shop stocks everything from a selection of fresh fruit and vegetables, dairy produce from their neighbouring farm, pickles and preserves to cakes and gifts.
Light Ash Farm Shop, St Michaels Road, Bilsborrow, Preston, PR3 0RT, 01995 640068, www.lightashfarmshop.co.uk
Low Sizergh Barn
Since opening in 1991, Low Sizergh Barn farm shop has been a destination for food. All items sold here are grown and produced with passion, from cool creamy milk, fresh morning bread, delicious local meat and vegetables fresh from the ground. They also sell free range eggs fresh from the farm, complete with rich yellow yokelks. If you’re looking for cheese, then here’s your place. Low Sizergh Barn is one of only 200 shops and restaurants in the country to be highly recommended for a great selection of British cheese, receiving accolade from The British Cheese Awards.
Low Sizergh Barn, Sizergh, Kendal, LA8 8AE, Tel: 01539 560426, www.lowsizerghbarn.co.uk
The Tebay Services story began back in 1972 when local farmers, John and Barbara Dunning, set the business up in partnership with local bakers when the new M6 cut through the Tebay Gorge. It was the first and is still the only family run motorway service station on the UK road network.
Move forward to 2004 and the family’s farming roots inspired the creation of two farm shops, officially opened by HRH Prince of Wales. These are now the heart of the services and stock products from over 70 local suppliers, and as many again from neighbouring counties.
Their two butchery counters are the direct link to the family farm and with the abundance of items available, including farmhouse cheeses, pies and charcuterie, it’s by far the most interesting service station in the country. There is also the option to pre-order your shopping 24 hours in advance.
Tebay Services, Westmorland Place, Orton, Penrith, CA10 3SB, 015396 24511, www.tebayservices.com
Huntley’s Country Stores
The Food Hall, located in this popular tourist attraction, offers a veritable feast for any food lover. Speciality foods from local producers are put in the spotlight at Huntley’s, which was named Best Hospitality Venue of the Year at the Downtown in Business Lancashire Business Awards. There is also food produced ‘in house’. On site there is an artisan bakery and butchers, a fishmongers, a delicatessen and Barrica Wines. There is also a range of homemade ice cream with 40 flavours.
Huntley’s Country Stores, Huntley Gate Farm, Whalley Road, Samlesbury, PR5 0UN, 01772 872811, www.huntleys.co.uk
A fantastic farm shop stocked with more local produce than you could ever want. Tasty, healthy products combined with sustainable farming and traditional butchery are at the core of the Roaming Roosters business in Higham. The family are traditional butchers and put their skills to good use at the shop.
The Old Spot home-cured bacon was also named one of the best after being highly commended at this year’s Great British Food Farm Produce awards. The product comes from the Gloucester Old Spot rare breed pigs that are bred on the Roaming Roosters farm. If the meat doesn’t come from the farm, it comes from those around it.
There is also the Olde Spot Bistro which serves great food in the day and Hayloft Coffee Room where coffee and cake is a must.
Roaming Roosters, Barrowford Rd, Higham, BB12 9ER, 01282 612828, www.roamingroosters.co.uk
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