A Cheshire family farm has been named the best in the UK for its cafe which offers delicious cakes, burgers and breakfasts.
The Lambing Shed farm shop and cafe is based in Knutsford and the Mitchell family opened it six years ago.
They set out to champion Cheshire and Manchester produce, while showcasing home-raised beef and lamb from their farm.
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The cafe and shop are located in what was once a lambing shed at Moseley Hall Farm.
Located just off Chelford Road on the outskirts of Knutsford, it is now a busy hub for the local community and visitors from across the region, reports MEN.
The farm is run by Sue and Michael Mitchell, with son Rob now helping on the farming side, while daughter Kathryn is manager of the farm shop and cafe.
They decided six years ago to turn the shed into a store to diversify and showcase what farmers were doing in the area.
Now they are celebrating being crowned the UK’s Best Farm Cafe/Restaurant in the prestigious Farm Retail Association Awards, the only awards judged by other farm retailers and which celebrate the best farm shops, cafes, markets and commercial suppliers. Across the country.
The cafe was praised by the judges for the high quality of food and service, and was hailed as “a superb example of a business that understands the profile of its clientele and then offers a range of dishes and services to suit to the needs of its customers”.
The venue’s most popular dishes include the appetizing cooked breakfast – with a farmer’s breakfast and a vegetarian version – while lunch options include hand-raised beef and lamb burgers and shin pie. homemade beef.
Kathryn Mitchell, 32, who lives in the old farmhouse on the site while her parents live in the new farmhouse, said: “It’s really amazing, it was amazing to be nominated, but it’s good that coffee is recognized as that.
“When we first opened the cafe and shop, it was tough as a new business because we had never done anything like this before, and it’s very different from farming, it’s was just us!
“But now we have a great team here and the store complements the farm so well. We get all the beef and lamb from the farm, and everything we feed the animals, we grow it ourselves here.
“We are also passionate about everything we serve in the cafe and in the shop, I am a real foodie so we have no corners, the ingredients are all local, fresh and of very high quality.”
Kathryn has lived on the farm since she was three years old, when her parents joined her grandparents in managing the farm site. She remembers playing in the lambing shed as a child with her brother and sister, and growing up helping their grandfather do the lambing himself.
The lambing shed is now on the other side of the farm site, and every year they hold lambing weekends allowing the public to book tickets to come and meet the baby lambs for themselves – with this year’s dates confirmed as the weekends of April 9 and 10. and April 16 and 17.
The cafe is open daily and offers breakfast and lunch, but does not take reservations. But it has a large indoor cafe as well as a veranda section where families with dogs can also sit, as well as an outdoor seating area with picnic tables next to the playground. games for children.
As well as all the home-cooked food in the cafe, there’s a well-stocked farm shop next door, offering everything from local jams and chutneys to cakes baked by local farmers, Mobberly ice cream and Cheshire gins , and a full butcher section and homemade pre-prepared meals like shepherd’s pie and stir-fry.
Kathryn said the award was especially special after the difficult two years everyone faced during successive shutdowns.
She said: “It has been a very difficult two years for everyone in the hospitality industry and the team are so passionate and work so hard to make The Lambing Shed a success. From the chef to the kitchen porter, everyone world plays a crucial role, and we couldn’t do it without each one of them.
“To be recognized nationally as Farm Shop Cafe of the Year is amazing and we have received such beautiful messages of congratulations from our customers, we are so grateful for their support.”
The shop itself offers products from more than 75 local suppliers, as well as a butcher counter and a deli counter with a range of cheeses.
They are also busy finalizing an extension to the store to further expand the offering, with plans for flavored milkshake machines.
Kathryn said: “In Greater Manchester and Cheshire we are so lucky to have so many brilliant local producers. The extension will include a large new cellar section, a refill machine to help reduce packaging as well as milkshake machines with milk from the dairy farm next door.
“It’s handy being farmers already because you know a lot of people and growers in the area and it absolutely helps the farm, they work hand in hand.
“The store wouldn’t be here without the farm, that’s really what we do, it’s made the farming business stronger, the farmers have had to look for other ways to diversify.”
The cafe also offers a range of afternoon teas and cream teas with freshly baked scones as well as takeaway afternoon teas.
On warmer, busier days they also use a food van in the courtyard outside so they can offer take-out cakes, paninis, loaded fries and cafes with the area particularly busy with groups of cyclists and dog walkers.