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August - Good Food magazine

Market-leading food title celebrates pioneering destination farm shops

The UK’s top 10 destination farm shops have been revealed in the latest issue of BBC Good Food Magazine, Britain’s leading food title. The magazine has picked its top 10 in the August issue of the magazine, with destinations as diverse as Darts Farm in Devon to West Linton in Scotland.

According to Gillian Carter, Editor of BBC Good Food Magazine:

“Gone are the days when a farm shop was a small farmyard shed selling own-reared meat and home-grown veg. Many have now become day-out destinations, offering fantastic artisan produce, top qua restaurants and teashops, even cookery schools. They’re a great reason to head to the British countryside this summer”.

The top ten are:

  • Bodnant Welsh Food, Furnace Farm, Conwy (

BBC Good Food says: “One of the best features of Bodnant is that you can watch artisan producers crafting the foods that you then buy in the shop, or eat in the courtyard café or Hayloft restaurant.”


  • Darts Farm, Topsham ( 

BBC Good Food says:“Darts Farm has become known as one of the stars of the south-west, grouping several businesses under one roof to provide everything you need.”


  • Welbeck ( 

BBC Good Food says:“Welbeck’s School of Artisan Food has gained a deserved reputation for its courses, but there’s a whole lot more, from the Harley Gallery to a chocolaterie; garden centre; and a farm shop stocking lamb, game and cheese from the Welbeck Estate.”


  • Middle Farm, Lewes (

BBC Good Food says:“With animals all around, you really experience being on a farm. You can buy home-reared beef, pork and lamb, 20 types of homemade sausage, and local cheeses such as Sussex Slipcote and Flower Marie in the farm shop.”


  • Wrights, Llanathne (  

BBC Good Food:“Try or buy the homemade Wright’s Catsup stock (tomato soup) up in the wine room, and sample local artisan delicacies such as Cnwd’s smoked Carmarthenshire sewin (sea trout) and charcuterie from Illtud Llyr Dunsford.”


  • Apley, Shifnal ( 

BBC Good Food says:“The shop stocks home-reared meats, vegetables grown in the restored walled garden, cheeses including Mr Moydens Ironbridge Blue, and other good local produce.”


  • Cross Lanes Organic Farm, Barnard Castle (

BBC Good Food says:“Cross Lanes, a finalist in the 2012 BBC Radio 4 Food and Farming Awards, has green principles at the heart of everything it does. It even has a ‘living roof’ planted with grass grazed by Hebridean sheep and a heather-thatched composting toilet.”


  • Whitmuir, Lamancha, West Linton ( 

BBC Good Food says:“The farm produces lamb, beef, chicken and turkey, and also grows much of its own veg and soft fruit. There are marked trails to follow, too. An inspiring set-up.”


  • Newlyns Farm Shop, Hook ( 

BBC Good Food says:“Another farm that goes the extra mile. It stocks the 500-acre farm’s own beef, pork and lamb and an impressive range of homemade ready meals, such as Lasagne and Beef Bourguignon, which use up every bit of the carcasses.”


  • Pink Pig Farm, Holne, Scunthorpe ( 

BBC Good Food says:“To eat, there’s a choice between the Oink Café and the restaurant. In the farm shop, stock up on home-reared pork and lamb and homemade sausages.”                                                                                                                                 


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