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