Fresh, locally produced food and drink are an essential part of the Cornish experience for many visitors, so it makes sense to seek out the very best ingredients from the source. You will likely be tempted by dozens of local farm shops during your travels, but which ones offer the best quality produce and where can you find a little added experience as you fill your basket?
Right on our doorstep, Padstow Farm Shop sells delicious food produced with the lowest possible carbon footprint. You’ll find locally reared, free range pork, pasture fed beef and traditionally reared lamb, as well as a range of tempting vegetables, grown without pesticides and hand-picked daily. Even the shop is powered by wind turbine!
A family run business for over a century, Trevilley Farm near Newquay has a shop that reflects their ethos of producing high quality, locally produced food and drink. As well as farm raised meat, Trevilley also stocks produce from over 100 local and artisan suppliers including jams, bread, Cornish pasties, quiches and cakes.
A little further afield, combine a trip to the dramatic St Agnes coast with a pitstop at Etherington’s. Operating from a stunning eco-building and with 60 years of experience in the butchery business, you’re guaranteed the highest quality meat along with tempting Cornish pasties, packed and crimped on the premises.
Based in St Endellion on the way to picturesque Port Isaac, Trevathan is famed for its homemade jams and preserves made with fruit from its orchards. Visit in season and there is also the option to pick your own strawberries. And while children explore the play park, you can stop to appreciate local delicacies, including cakes and clotted cream from the local dairy.
A visit to Boscastle Farm Shop is worth it for the glorious setting alone: surrounded by National Trust farmland and situated 50 yards from the coastal path where you can watch grey seals in the cove or spot peregrine falcons nesting on the cliffs. In the shop, marvel at the home grown, award winning beef, lamb and pork or raid shelves stacked with products locally sourced from specialty and artisan fine-food producers.
If you’re looking for something to wash it all down with, Healeys is the largest independent cider maker in Cornwall. Their excellent shop is just one part of an experience that includes a tractor pulled train through the orchards, a museum and distillery tours. You will of course get plenty of opportunities for tasting their award winning ciders along the way.
Sometimes you don’t need barista coffee, guided tours or a history lesson in the provenance of your steak, you just want a selection of fresh, seasonal fruit and veg. If that’s the case try the Trerair Farm Shop, 20 minutes from Padstow and near the Bedruthan Steps. It’s a simple, family run business that has been growing consistently excellent food for 20 years and selling it fresh from the field ever since.
It’s not quite a farm shop, but Phillip Warren’s reputation for local meat means we can hardly leave them off this list. They do the work of both farmers and professional butchers, raising their own livestock and then giving their meat the 5 star treatment it deserves. You’ll find them in Launceston, a historic town that was once the capital of Cornwall.