Best Farm Shops in the UK
The UK prides itself on its farm shops, often modest buildings selling the best produce from nearby farms and the wider countryside around it.
On rustic shelves are heaps of apples, pears and strawberries, as well as cabbages, leeks and potatoes covered in earth. In large, deep fridges you can find locally made cheeses and fresh milk, as well as meat, fish and ice cream.
Space permitting, farm shops will also sell the work of local artisans, such as jewelry, carpentry and ceramics.
There are over 1,500 farm shops across the UK, so chances are you can find one near you. To help you get started, we’ve put together a list of some of the best, each with the option of a ride.
Best UK farm shops to visit
Low rise barn, Kendal, Cumbria
The 17th century three storey barn is stocked with local produce and is a UK cheese prices recipient, thanks to its wide selection of cheeses. Explore the two-mile old wooded trail, then step into the cafe overlooking the milking parlor and watch the cows being milked.
Fordhall Organic Farm Shop, Market Drayton, Shropshire
England’s first community farm has one farmer and 8,000 owners worldwide. The shop sells organic beef, lamb, pork, eggs and local vegetables. Arthur’s Farm Kitchen serves tasty meals. and three trails explore the organic pastures and grasslands of the Sterne Valley.
Doddington Hall Farm Shop, Doddington, Lincolnshire
Opened in 2007, the farm shop is stocked with fruits and vegetables from their walled vegetable garden, beef from their own Lincoln Red cattle, and honey and apple juice from the estate’s orchard. Four routes, using the existing rights-of-way, explore the area. Choose from the Fishpond Walk (30 minutes), the Avenue Walk (45 minutes), the Nature Trail (45 minutes) or the Circle Walk (90 minutes).
Archerfield Walled Garden, Dirleton, East Lothian
The walled garden of the Archerfield Estate once produced over 110 varieties of apples and 57 varieties of pears. Today, you can buy his salad and vegetables at his food market, which also sells Scottish artisan products, such as salmon and cheese. Explore the propagation tunnels and the vegetable garden.
Rhug Estate Organic Farm Shop, Corwen, Denbighshire
With a royal warrant to supply organic meat to the Prince of Wales, the Rhug Estate farm shop offers over 3,000 local, Welsh and organic produce. Two farm walks (30 minutes; one hour) explore the 5,000 hectare estate, which is one of the largest organic farms in the UK.
Broughgammon Farm, Ballycastle, County Antrim
Founded in 2011 to produce cabrito goat meat, Broughgammon Farm then diversified into free-range rose calf and organic vegetables and flowers. Open from Friday to Sunday, this artisan farm shop also sells seasonal game. Book a foraging walk around the farm to learn how to harvest wild produce.
Dart Farm, Topsham, Devon
Over 50 different types of homegrown fruits and vegetables, including the wackiest, fill the farm shop alongside a selection of produce from local artisan producers. Take the farm trail alongside cultivated fields and visit the biodiversity-rich wetlands overlooking the Exe Estuary, tended by their Ruby Red cows.