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Festive fare at Willow Brook Farm Shop

Get the larder stocked in time for Christmas. The wholesome folk at Willow Brook Farm Shop will help you

The Christmas season is the busiest time of the year for Willow Brook Farm Shop and Granary Tea Room. That’s no surprise. Conveniently situated between Stamford and Peterborough you’re guaranteed not only excellent produce but a friendly Farm Shop welcome. Rosemary Morton explains why people come back to this thriving family business year after year: ‘Our field to fork ethic is as important at Christmas as it is at any time of the year and our customers value this. Provenance is at our heart – people want to know about what they’re buying and where it came from and our expert butchers are always pleased help. Our suppliers are local where possible, in fact our turkeys come from a relative in Suffolk. Then there’s our own home-reared, grass-fed beef, which we are incredibly proud of.’

There’s a vast selection of excellent meat available to get you through the festive season and the meat hampers are also a fantastic way to buy your meat. Of course, being a farm shop it’s not just butchery meat on offer – there’s Willow Brook’s very own hand-raised pork pies cooked on the premises, plus cheeses, cooked meats, seasonal vegetables, accompaniments, nibbles and other artisan products too. Rosemary explains: ‘We buy as local as possible for all our products in the shop – we have some fantastic cheeses from Lincolnshire which are going down really well.’ So whether you’re throwing a festive buffet, hosting a Christmas dinner, serving up a Boxing Day lunch or enjoying a New Year’s Eve knees up it’s all here! Along with the farm shop, The Granary Tea Room is a wonderful farmhouse cafe providing delicious home-cooked food.

As with every year there’ll be seasonal afternoon teas, along with a special Christmas menu and, of course, Christmas music for a sing-song! The Granary is also available for private functions and makes the perfect venue for a party! Willow Brook are outdoor catering specialists too – their hog roasts are renowned and make ideal celebration food all year round. In the run up to Christmas make the most of Willow Brook’s Christmas offers. Their website and Facebook page will keep you posted on excellent deals, along with offers like the Christmas meat packs, recipes and the all-important Christmas pick up day information.

You can also keep a look out for news on the online shop launch which will be up and running early next year. ‘If you’ve haven’t been before, come along,’ adds Rosemary. ‘Have a look at what we have to offer and stop for some tea and cake in our Granary Tea Room. You won’t be disappointed.’

Willow Brook FarmShop Scotsman Lodge, Stamford Road, Helpston Heath, Peterborough PE6 7EL. 01780 740261, www.willowbrookfarmshop.co.uk

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