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Fes­ti­val spe­cials and farm shop plans

Vis­i­tors to the ‘Cobbs at En­gle­field’ farm shop be­tween Theale and En­gle­field will have re­alised that big things are hap­pen­ing on the site of what was Field­ers – and there’s more to come as it’s be­ing re­de­vel­oped and ex­pand­ing.

It’s all down to a ven­ture shared by the En­gle­field Es­tate and Cobbs Farm Co and will see what was a 500 sq ft shop trans­formed into 7,000 sq ft of re­tail space with a tra­di­tional butcher and del­i­catessen counter.

But per­haps the most ex­cit­ing de­vel­op­ment is that a new 80-seat restau­rant set around a court­yard will be built as part of the project, serv­ing home­made re­fresh­ments, lunches and af­ter­noon teas. It’s go­ing to be a lure for lo­cal peo­ple as well those tak­ing in the pic­turesque sights of the county, per­haps be­fore head­ing across the Thames into Oxon via Pang­bourne and Whitchurch.

All this is tak­ing place while Cobbs at En­gle­field re­mains open for busi­ness every day, with the farm shop and del­i­catessen counter still op­er­at­ing. It’s also go­ing to be a big change for the staff team there as they will grow from five to 30 by the time all is up and run­ning next year. The com­pany is hold­ing open days on Wed­nes­day, 5 and Thurs­day, 6 Septem­ber at the farm shop site to find po­ten­tial new em­ploy­ees.

Tom Newey, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive of Cobbs Farm Co., says: “This in­vest­ment will help to breathe new life into the cur­rently re­dun­dant farm build­ings, not only cre­at­ing new jobs di­rectly, but with a big­ger farm shop we can work with even more lo­cal sup­pli­ers, farm­ers and grow­ers. We have al­ways tried to source as much of our pro­duce lo­cally as we can and will con­tinue to do so.”

Cobbs Farm Co. was founded in 2007 and now in­cludes seven farm shops across Berk­shire, Hamp­shire, Shrop­shire and Wilt­shire, in­clud­ing the 55-acre flag­ship site, Cobbs Farm on the Berk­shire and Wilt­shire bor­der.

Ed­ward Crookes, Es­tates Di­rec­tor for En­gle­field Es­tate, adds: “The new farm shop and café will be a huge as­set the lo­cal com­mu­nity, bring­ing a range of fresh lo­cal pro­duce to res­i­dents and of­fer­ing space to so­cialise. We’re ex­cited to be part of this project and are look­ing for­ward to un­veil­ing the com­pleted project next year.”

Cobbs Farm Shop, packed with good­ies and lo­cal pro­duce

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