Visiting farm shops are a great way to support local farmers. It’s win win because we get the chance to buy the freshest of local seasonal produce. In this post I will guide you through the best North Hampshire farm shops and what they have to offer you.
Leckford Estate farm shop
This is positioned in the sleepy town of Stockbridge and is the Waitrose Farm. So, it has committed to producing the very best quality food, working in harmony with the environment.
We couldn’t resist checking out the nursery as we were here. It’s placed within a walled garden. I get very romantic about walled gardens.
There are flowers everywhere, helped by a warm Autumn.
Half way down you’ll reach these arches leading to a hidden gate. It leads you to a wonderful garden.
Here, perfect fat apples grip to their thin arching branches.
Wide flower beds are chocker full of colour.
Fully relaxed we strolled to the farm shop, looking forward to discovering new delights of the noshing kind.
Much like Waitrose the kitchen/home products are tasteful and well thought out. Unlike Waitrose, they are trying to steer clear of repeating what they have in-store and have things here from the local area to excite and entice you.
I found the staff to be really friendly, helpful and welcoming.
These are the seasonal Leckford Estate Williams pears. You don’t get much fresher than that!
I picked some wonderful smelling bread from Bertinet of Bath. They also have Marshalls bread and both are delivered daily.
They have over 60 suppliers from the Hampshire area. So it’s worth a ‘butchers’.
It’s not just about food tho’. I’ve never come across these Ladybird books for adults before. They are very funny and make a great stocking filler. Cricky, did I just mention Christmas? I’m so sorry..
There’s a large bright room to sit, sup coffee and catch up with friends. It’s worth remembering that the cakes are made on site. You should check out the Leckford toffee apple cake!
For a map click here.
Leckford farm shop opening times:
Monday-Saturday: 9am to 5.30pm Cafe last orders at 5pm
Sunday: 10am to 4pm Cafe last orders at 3.45pm
Newlyns farm shop
I know I keep getting distracted, but before we head in to the farm shop, left of the entrance (sharing the same carpark) is this very wonderful Moutan shop. It’s a stylish celebration of flowers, gardens and events.
Thank you to my Mum-in-Law for first taking me here. I’m afraid your son is significantly poorer since. But our garden has never looked so good!
Sprays of flowers welcome you at your feet as you enter.
The plants are always perfect here. A little more expensive than my garden centre, but the experience and quality is better here.
Last time I walked in, bright pink, purple and white blossoms met me. This time there is an Autumn display transporting me to bonfires, pumpkin pies and crispy leaves.
Other displays had cooler colours. You need to take your time here as you will miss so much otherwise.
I love these dog beds. I just need naughty Bilbo to stop chewing all things weaved and I might come back for them.
Outside, beautiful red and green leaves look glorious.
Shabby chic or vintage pots (pick your preference) are in piles waiting for your imagination to transport them into magnificent displays.
The ladies who have helped me over my visits have been so kind and generous with their advice. So, you can feel free to ask whenever you are unsure about anything.
It’s the sort of place that fills you with inspiration and ideas.
Stepping into Newlyns the lighting sets a relaxing mood for browsing.
There’s a great big display of seasonal fruit and veg.
The reddest tomatoes beam across the farm shop floor looking ripe and umpchious.
Men with big hands chop at the meat and wrap them for the farm shop floor.
Look out for the Spelt with honey bread and rolls. They are as soft as air and toasts great straight from the freezer (I always buy spare).
Newlyns is a dairy farm and they are clearly passionate about cheeses. The deli always has samples of various tit-bits for you to try. The chorizo was fantastic according to hubby.
A well stocked wine corner completes the shopping experience.
For a map click here.
Newlyns farm shop opening times:
Monday to Friday 8.00am – 6.00pm
Saturday 8.00am – 4.00pm
Sunday 9.00am – Noon
Manydown Farm shop
I haven’t been yet. But it looks great on their website.
It is a part of a specialist group of independent farm shops located throughout England. Their pies might be a real highlight. As is their Bus cafe which I was very excited about, but it’s currently on tour (which is why I’m waiting to go), so check their website for it’s location before you head off for a double decker cake!
I’ll see you there!
(and tell you all about it on here) x