Food tastes better from the farm
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