Nottinghamshire farm shop cafe named one of the best in the UK

A farm cafe in Nottinghamshire has been hailed as one of the best in the UK after reaching the final of the 2022 farm gate retail prices. The creme de la creme included the Harley Cafe in Welbeck, which was ranked in the bottom three after a public vote.

He was capped at the post by the Lambing Shed in Cheshire. Newton Farm Foods in Bath was the other finalist. Harley Cafe is a stone’s throw from Welbeck Farm Shop and is a big proponent of using the best produce possible, including meat, bread and beer from the estate that was once home to the Duke of Portland.

Homemade breakfasts are popular, and visitors know they’ll always find something new and seasonal for lunch – currently venison tagine, deviled egg and miso-braised onion sandwiches, a vegan dish. Cafe manager Darren Phillips said: “To be in the top three when you look at the two we were up against is really good. We’re very proud.”

“Fair play to Lambing Shed. If we had won, I would have been amazed just because of the size difference – the others are pretty big commercial projects.” The only awards given by other agricultural retailers celebrate the best agricultural stores, agricultural cafes and restaurants, farmers markets and commercial suppliers in the country.

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