Surely the star of Clarkson’s Farm needs no introduction; nestled with panoramic views in the heart of Oxfordshire, you can find “bee juice”, chilli chutneys and tea towels before sipping a pint of local brewery Hawkstone’s finest beer and cider while taking in the sunset. Just be sure to get there early (or aim for mid-week during term time) or be prepared to queue.
Beautiful independent deli in picturesque Broadway, this Aladdin’s Cave, although not strictly a farm shop, is every foodies heaven and has been selling incredible, fresh and varied produce from local suppliers and around the globe, as well as running their garden café for over 20 years. Grab a coffee before taking in the sights of this gorgeous Cotswold village.
Opened during the first lockdown, TEALS, a farm shop and café near Yeovil, in Somerset, takes pride in its local organic produce (look out for the “50 in 50”; 50 suppliers within 50 miles of the site). Here you can pick up anything from local cheese, sourdough, kombucha and craft cider – and even the tableware to serve it in. It’s the perfect pit stop between London and the South West.
This farm shop, on the Bruern – Milton junction, champions locally grown produce, biodiversity and community making it a wonderful place to while away a few hours browsing their deli, having a bite to eat in their coffee shop and taking a stroll through the glorious grounds. Look out for their quarterly farmers markets supplied by local artisan crafters and food producers
It might seem odd to encourage visits to a service station but when you arrive at Gloucester Services, you will see that this is not a place for a stale sandwich and underwhelming bouquets of flowers. You could do your entire weekly shop here (albeit for a price) and it’s easy to lose hours browsing the shelves of artisan and local products before grabbing coffee and a croissant to continue the rest of your journey.