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Durslade Farmhouse is a beautiful 18th-century house in Bruton, Somerset. Its farm shop is set within the same estate as the Hauser & Wirth gallery. Here, you will find a range of food grown on the estate’s 1,000-acre farm as well as produce from local suppliers. Durslade has been a working farm for over a millennium and is now home to over 250 Aberdeen Angus, Hereford and Wagyu breed cattle and a 1,000-strong flock of sheep, which supplies the farm shop with beef and lamb throughout the year. Neighbouring parkland Roundhill Grange provides seasonal fruit and veg from its walled garden, while Durslade produces its own honey, wine and cider, all of which is sold in the shop and used by the team at sister restaurant Roth Bar & Grill. Look out for the estate’s own Wild & Foraged range made by their in-house forager.
Dropping Lane, Bruton, Somerset, BA10 0NL
Ronald Dart started selling vegetables 40 years ago from a modest hut. Today, Dart Farm in Exeter is run by his three sons, and is part of a popular food village, complete with baker, deli, fishmonger and a cider maker. Located in Topsham, the store stocks produce from hundreds of artisan suppliers, with an excellent selection of West Country cheeses. Darts Farm is also one of the few UK producers to craft chocolate from bean to bar, made with cacao from small-scale growers around the world. There’s also a selection of hampers and you can choose from food subscriptions to receive hampers of cheese, charcuterie meats and cider to your door each month.
Dart Farm Village, Topsham, Clyst St George, Exeter, EX3 0QH
Cowdray is a historic estate in South Downs National Park in West Sussex, surrounded by 16,500 acres of land and landscaped gardens. Guests can stay in the country house, cottages and treehouses on the estate, and visit for various events throughout the year, including polo matches. Its award-winning farm shop is a destination in its own right, showcasing the best of Sussex produce. Visitors will find a selection of Cowdray products, including cheeses from the deli, meat from the butcher, freshly baked goods made by the in-house chefs, gourmet ready meals, plus store cupboard choices from premium brands. You can also order produce online, including BBQ boxes for the summer months. We recommend stopping for brunch or lunch at the adjoining café.
Cowdray Farm Shop & Café, Midhurst, GU29 0AJ
Thanks to the animals roaming around, Middle Farm offers a unique experience. You can buy home-reared pork, lamb and beef, as well as local cheeses. The farm’s speciality is its sausages – there are 20 different types on offer, from black pepper and apple to wild venison. There’s an adjoining cider barn where you can sample and compare drinks before choosing from a range of over 100 different draught ciders and perries, as well as a bakery with a range of bread, cakes, traybakes and scones. A great spot for an afternoon with little ones, children can head outside for pony grooming, pig feeding and small animal handling.
Firle, West Firle, Lewes, BN8 6LJ
Welbeck Farm Shop
Welbeck’s School of Artisan Food has gained acclaim for its courses, from taster sessions to year-long diplomas, but for those who want a selection of quality produce, its farm shop has everything you need to make delicious meals at home. With lamb and cheese from the Welbeck Estate and bread from its own wood fire bakery, it should come as no surprise the shop has won numerous awards. The deli is home to hot sausage rolls and pies, sweet treats and cured meats like tasty honey roast ham. Stop for sandwiches, salads and cake at the Harley Café.
Worksop, Nottinghamshire, S80 3LW
Newlyns Farm Shop
This Hampshire farm shop stocks beef, pork and lamb from its own 500-acre farm, which are also used in their own ready-made meals like their beef bourguignon and lamb moussaka. The farm has been run by the Janaways family for four generation, while a small team of cooks prepare a selection of fresh ready meals each day. One of the largest farm shops on this list, you’ll find a butcher, fish room, cheese room, deli, grocery store and café for brunch, lunch and hot drinks. There’s also a cookery school upstairs that offers day and evening classes, including ‘cooking to impress’ courses and tapas masterclasses.
Lodge Farm, North Warnborough, Hook, RG29 1HA
Blacker Hall Farm
At Blacker Hall Farm, which has been in the Garthwaite family for over a century, around 75% of the produce they sell has been made on-site, so whether you’re picking up essentials in the shop or having lunch with friends in the café, all the food is made locally. Having won numerous awards over the years, there’s a quality selection of meat and fish, dairy and eggs, fruit and veg, and ready-made dishes for at-home entertaining – think platters and celebratory cakes. Make sure to visit the wine loft for a selection of world wines.
Branch Road, Calder Grove, Wakefield, WF4 3DN
We couldn’t compile this list without including Daylesford, one of the country’s best sustainable farm shops. The estate has its own abattoir and an award-winning cheesemonger, while the farm shop has all categories covered, including sustainably-farmed fish, organic meat and poultry, fruit and veg, deli items, bakery treats and pantry items like preserves, condiments, sauces and snacks. There’s also a dedicated cheese room where you’ll find its Gloucester cheese which has a PDO (Protected Designated Origin) warrant. The estate hosts regular workshops, festivals and events, and guests can stay overnight in the Daylesford cottages.
Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire, GL56 0YG
Algy’s Farm Shop
Algy’s Farm has been run by three generations of the Garrod family over the last century. Its farm shop opened back in 2005, initially to sell Christmas trees, but now sells home-grown veg, local cheeses and Brays pork pies. You’ll also find homemade pickles and preserves – perfect for your next cheese board. The farm shop also has an outdoor picnic area surrounded by meadow flowers and trees so you can stop for lunch, too.
Billingford Road, Dereham, Norfolk, NR20 5PW