Support local: Fabulous farm shops near you
Gourmet gifts, wine and prize-winning cheeses from pedigree cows on the Isle of Wight – stock up at our bumper crop of brilliant farm shops.
Wellington Farm Shop, Heckfield
Find gourmet goodies and brilliant beauty pressies at this smart farm shop on the Hampshire-Berkshire border founded by Lady Honor Montagu, granddaughter of the eighth Duke of Wellington, as well as a bumper selection of home-grown produce, meat from the estate and loads of locally-made bread and cakes, beers, ciders and wines. Make an afternoon of it and stop in at the a cosy café with wood burner (on pause in lockdown) and take in spectacular countryside views while the kids explore the play area. If you’re ready to talk turkey, order Christmas meat now, including goose and Gressingham duck.
Newlyns Farm Shop, North Warnborough
The Janaway family’s 500-acre farm rears beef cattle, pigs, sheep, free-range chickens and turkeys that are all sold at its destination farm shop. Inside, you’ll also find walls filled with gourmet ready-meals, a specialist fishmonger and – wowsers – a refrigerated cheese ROOM (above), as well as an in-house cheese guru to guide you round it (book ahead for a personal appointment). Grab a cup of Moon Roast coffee in the bright café or alfresco (takeout during lockdown) and leave time for retail therapy in the gift barn and neighbouring indie retailers: wine merchant, Caviste; interior designer Zara Christie and boutique Travelling Bazaar. Kitchen creds a bit lacking? There’s also a top-notch cookery school.
Applegarth Farm, Grayshott, Hampshire
The deli counter is laden with choice charcuterie and there’s a larder-load of cheese, cakes, sweets, artisan breads, chutneys and jams at the family-run Applegarth Farm in Greyshott, on the Hampshire-Surrey border. Housed in a converted barn, the crowd-pleasing restaurant turns local and home-grown ingredients – including organic fruit and salads grown in futuristic aeroponic growing systems – into smart veggie dishes like pumpkin tikka kebabs as well as meaty classics like steak or beef Wellington (takeaways available). Littlies in-tow? Head to the children’s pet’s corner and play area where they can roam chaotically alongside a family of renegade guinea pigs and chickens.
Durleighmarsh Farm Shop and Tea Barn, near Petersfield
Local favourite Durleighmarsh Farm is a must-visit for pick-your-own (April – October). Out of season, there’s plenty of winter produce on sale in its wooden chalet-style shop, right next to the fields of produce. Stock up on a basket load then head to the cosy Tea Barn for seriously good home-made cakes, comfort food and Christmas bakes (above, takeout during lockdown). Also in the area, check out Rother Valley Farm’s Friday and Saturday market at Sandilands Farm in Rogate, on the border with West Sussex, selling free-range meat, fruit, bread, pastries, biltong, hand-cut flowers and more, plus takeaway coffee from God Save the Bean.
Cobbs Farm Shop, Headbourne Worthy, Winchester
This village farm shop in Headbourne Worthy near Winchester started out as a watercress shed: 30 years on, it’s part of a small chain of farm shops with a deli, butchery, florist and plant centre and weekly pop-up fishmonger. Oh, and there’s a tasty drop of award-winning English sparkling wine on sale, too, from its own vineyard (over the border) – cheers to that! Hungry? Cobbs’ café serves up gourmet sourdough toasties (takeout available during lockdown), fresh coffees and loads more. Check the Sat Nav postcode before you head off – there’s another Cobbs at Manydown, near Basingstoke, and two in West Berkshire, at Hungerford and Englefield.
Stansted Park Farm Shop, Rowlands Castle
In the sprawling grounds of the Stately Home estate, Stansted Park’s farm shop sells plenty of local produce and Christmas stocking fillers in a super-smart purpose-built barn between the huge garden centre and Victorian walled garden and tearoom. Opened in 2017 by Pru Leith, inside, there’s a butchery counter stocked-up with local game and meat and a modern deli packed with gourmet goodies from 90-plus Sussex and Hampshire artisan producers plus a kitchen dishing up seasonal, local dishes like Hayling Island crab, Venison burgers and pulled pork sandwiches. Live locally? This is the place to get your Christmas cheeseboard: cheese fiends will love Isle of Wight Blue, Sussex Charmer, Tunworth and Quickes.
Westlands Farm Shop, Pricketts Hill, Wickham
On the farm and in the farm shop, sustainability is a top priority for Westlands: native British cattle is reared to high welfare standards and there’s plastic-free refills of cereals and staples like rice, pasta and lentils. Lucky locals can also get farm-fresh milk in lovely, breakfast table-worthy reusable glass bottles via its Meon Valley Milk vending machine. Look out too for delicious Mud pies (tasty ones from an artisan piemaker, not a kiddie’s outdoor kitchen) and loads of gourmet Hampshire goodies like cold-pressed rapeseed oil, duck eggs and a fantastic selection of cheese.
Danestream Farm Shop, New Milton
Meat is a serious affair at Danestream Farm Shop in the southern fringes of the New Forest, with free-range pork, lamb, beef, poultry and game picked and prepared by traditional Master Butchers. Time it right and you might catch the welcome smell of fresh, homemade bread, pies and cakes baking in the in-store bakery – handy for staycationers pitching up at its small campsite. Also in New Milton, there’s a lot of love locally for Ferndene Farm Shop, selling a good selection of plants and brilliant homemade bangers.
Briddlesford Lodge Farm, Ryde, Isle of Wight
The Island is well known for its top-notch produce and there’s plenty of it at this family-run working dairy farm shop near Ryde – including the Isle of Wight Cheese Co, Oil of Wight, The Garlic Farm, The Tomato Stall and Wild Island, plus meats from the farm’s own butchery and super-fresh milk and award-winning cheese from its pedigree Guernsey herd (the gorgeous Bluebirds, above). Signatures at the Bluebirds café include pies, halloumi burgers and Briddlesford mess (takeout during lockdown). In the holidays, children can meet baby animals on Welly Wednesdays and unusually, there’s also an art gallery and B&B.