Food tastes bet­ter from the farm

Derbyshire Life - - Food & Drink - PHO­TOS: Matthew Owen Pho­tog­ra­phy

Si­mon Burch vis­its award-win­ning Den­stone Hall Farm Shop where Rupert and Emma Evans en­sure you’ll

find ev­ery­thing you need for the fes­tive sea­son...

It may not boast the size and vis­i­tor num­bers of its nearneigh­bour Al­ton Tow­ers, but Den­stone Hall Farm Shop and Café has be­come noth­ing short of a lo­cal in­sti­tu­tion in the 11 years since it first opened its doors.

Perched on the side of the River Chur­net as it runs through the vil­lage of Den­stone, close to the JCB head­quar­ters at Ro­ces­ter, the farm shop is un­recog­nis­able from its early days, when its own­ers, Rupert and Emma first opened the doors.

Then, it was based in a for­mer dairy build­ing yards away from a big cat­tle barn on the farm be­long­ing to Emma’s fa­ther, who had agreed to sup­port the cou­ple’s dream of run­ning a farm shop af­ter they both left jobs in Lon­don to seek a new life in the coun­try.

Eleven years on, the farm shop has long out-grown the dairy.

Five years ago it re­lo­cated into a light and mod­ern space cre­ated within the barn, where they could ex­pand the num­ber of cov­ers in the café to 100 and sig­nif­i­cantly in­crease the of­fer­ing in their shop, butch­ery and deli.

Now, such is the growth in the busi­ness, that Den­stone Hall Farm Shop has had the ar­chi­tects and con­struc­tion teams in again and they have taken up even more of the barn, cre­at­ing a brand new two-storey space which dou­bles the floor space of the farm shop in one go.

Opened this au­tumn, the ex­ten­sion will al­low the farm shop to add a func­tion room and con­fer­enc­ing fa­cil­i­ties to its

Den­stone Hall Farm Shop

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