Wonderful farm cafe with three generations of family behind it


Tucked away off the beaten track is a cozy farm shop and cafe, run by three generations of family offering home-cooked local food and drink.

Little Town Farm Shop and Cafe, tucked away on a quiet country lane in Longridge, began its journey as a family farm owned and run by family grandparents Matt and Eileen Forshaw.

Years later, as the family grew, so did the business, and in the early 1990s, the family farm diversified to keep pace with the changing agriculture that.

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Starting with the only store on the farm, the family, now with the help of Forshaw’s daughter Julie Hallett and their granddaughter Nicola Berrington, have been able to include the cafe/tea room.

Mother-daughter duo Nicola Berrington and Julie Hallett

Little Town Farm Shop and Cafe offers local produce, meats, dairy, and treats, plus a dedicated cafe all under one roof.

The building’s rustic yet modern interior is a warm welcome to locals looking for a quiet place to eat, shop while surrounded by the region’s beautiful countryside.

“20 years ago we decided to build the farm shop, there wasn’t really a tea room then,” Nicola said.

“We had vacuum-packed meats – local preserves and cakes, it was just a small store then, but it evolved and grew over time.

Small farm shop chock-full of local produce
Small farm shop chock-full of local produce

“Now we have a bit of outdoor seating with a pergola. In the front veranda we have a wood-burning stove which we light when it gets cold.”

A cozy table and tables, large enough for families or small enough for a couple, are dotted across the stone floor with a counter full of delicious treats available to order.

With almost all of the products used made from the produce of the family farm or sourced from other local farms, this unique cafe really makes it easy to support local people.

Comfortable seating in the main cafe area
Comfortable seating in the main cafe area

As well as the café itself, the adjoining farm shop is a great place to buy essentials like milk, butter, meat, pies and cold cuts to take away.

“People can come and shop and have a beer or go out and chat with friends,” Nicola said.

Delicious cakes and pastries to choose from
Delicious cakes and pastries to choose from

“We do a lot of home cooking, everything we serve is cooked to order, there’s no pre-cooking – all the meat we use in the farm shop is also for the tea room.

“The beef that’s in the steak pie on the menu is our own home-raised Aberdeen Angus beef, so a lot of it is our own produce and if it’s not ours, it’s local .”

For breakfast, lunch, and a treat on the side, this cafe has a wide variety of tasty dishes for everyone.

Infusion breakfast is served all day, for children there are smaller options available and a “Kids Lunch Pack” event. Delicious lunch options like beef burgers, jacket potatoes and soups are also on offer.

More comfortable seats in the veranda at the front of the store
More comfortable seats in the veranda at the front of the store

Sure, if it’s hot

a drink and a slice of cake is all you want, well there’s plenty too with lots of choices of coffees, teas or cold drinks and delicious cakes and pastries including sticky caramel pudding , homemade cakes and scones.

On the busiest days, staff open the new first floor lounge area which they were only able to introduce at the start of the year – while they are still waiting for a lift to accommodate all of their customers, Nicola hopes Once it’s finished, Little Town Farm Shop and Cafe will be busier than ever.

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