Berry’s Farm Shop and Café was opened on Saturday 14th April 2012 by the UK Foreign Secretary, William Hague, and his wife Ffion.
Local tradesmen, residents and family of the Thornton-Berrys were all present for the unveiling of the plaque and speech by the MP for Richmondshire.
William Hague said of the new development:
“This is a great development and an excellent idea. The two main sources of income in this area are agriculture and visitors. This brings together the two main sources of prosperity in the Dales – and all with great quality. Local craftsmanship and timber from this estate, to sell produce, much of which is local. Everything which is made in Wensleydale is robust and long lasting; the farmers, the sheep, the Thornton-Berrys, but also a building like this and I think we can all appreciate the craftsmanship which has gone into it and the planning. I think it’s going to be a centre for people to meet to have their tea, to buy their meat, for a very long time. I want to congratulate Bridget and Adrian and everybody involved in bringing this together. It is a great pleasure to declare this farm shop and café officially open.”
The new farm shop and café was built from beech felled on the estate and is filled to the brim with local produce, including beef from a herd raised by the Thornton-Berrys. Pigs, lamas and sheep are all on display for families and children visiting the farm. A nature trail walk to Redmire Falls has also been opened up to the public for the first time.
The café is serving hot and cold two course lunches for £12 and three course lunches for £15. To visit Berrys Farm Shop & Café follow the A684 from Leyburn to Swinithwaite and look out for the sign.
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