The Country’s Best Farm Shops
A fantastic way to get your hands on fresh produce and support independent retailers, farm shops are often hidden gems, celebrated within their local community. Wherever you happen to be in the UK, there’s sure to be a farm shop close by that’s worth a visit. We’re shining a spotlight on the best farm shops across the country.
Knitsley farm shop near County Durham is run by husband and wife team Edward and Rachael Jewson. Benefitting from both a bakery and butchery on site, this award-winning shop is a certified favourite far and wide.
Set in the stunning surroundings of Castle Howard, the Yorkshire Farm Shop supports local suppliers and offers a range of products and services, from speciality cheeses to local wines, and a selection of gifts and hampers.
Run and championed by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, Fodder promotes local farmers and producers, and all the profits from its abundant food hall are pumped back in to the local community through the society’s charitable work.
On the site of a working farm where you can visit the animals, fish ponds and fields and even pick-your-own veg, Darts Farm has evolved from a small farm shop to a popular and well-known business with its own butcher, fishmonger, baker, deli, cider maker and restaurant.
Farrington’s, between Bath and Bristol, is also a working farm. As well as home-grown fruit and veg, the farm shop offers a fantastic selection of cheese, antipasti and charcuterie from the deli counter. Gluten-free bread company Batch #5 is also based on the site.
A London-based farm shop may sound strange, but Farm W5 is dedicated to stocking local, organic, seasonal and Fairtrade food. They even have honey made right in the heart of Ealing. The on-site café sticks to these principles, offering homemade cakes, coffees and juices.
East & Midlands
Gog Magog Farm Shop is set among the undulating hills just outside Cambridge city centre. Although it remains a family-run business, it boasts upmarket brands such as Neal’s Yard cheeses and Monmouth coffee among the produce on offer.
Aiming to offer good value for money, The Organic Farm Shop sells the fruit and veg, meat, and dairy products produced on its farm. The restaurant offers tasty vegetarian fare during the week, and then a roast of farm-produced meat on Sundays.
Ludlow is well-known as a food-lovers haven, and Deli On The Square is one of its finest offerings. Visit for the cheese selection alone: you’ll find more than 140 varieties on offer.
Wally’s Deli was started by current owner Steven Salamon’s grandfather in 1947. It began as a small delicatessen selling hard-to-find continental foodstuffs, and to this day remains a bit of an anomaly in the farm shop genre by specialising in European and international products.
You’ll find a wide selection of cakes, patisseries, cooked meats, dry goods, jams and condiments at Foxy’s Deli in Penarth, Wales. Also on offer, a great variety of local produce such as cheese, honey and ice cream.