Shropshire Star

Shropshire estate extends farm shop's opening hours in face of high demand

The Oteley Estate says the rise in demand for its homegrown produce has been so encouraging that it has extended the opening times of its farm shop.

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Highland Cattle with Clare and Ian. Picture: Countryside Magazine

Ellesmere’s 2,000-acre farm is home to Beef Shorthorn and Highland cattle, a flock of sheep, and some pigs.

In response to customer demand, owners Clare and Ian Mainwaring have stretched the opening hours of their farm shop and café to include Sundays, as well as Thursdays.

The farm shop sells homegrown beef, lamb and pork and produce from the kitchen garden, plus locally sourced food, drink and gifts.

Clare said: “We’ve seen demand for our homegrown meat and produce rise, which is fantastic.

"Our customers love the quality and flavour of our products, and it means a lot to them to know it’s grown on their doorstep, rather than being shipped from hundreds or even thousands of miles away.

“Thanks to the rise in demand, we are extending to open on Thursdays and Sundays, so more people can enjoy a visit to Oteley."

The café is in a converted barn on the stable yard and the estate has invested in a new adjacent outdoor covered area.