Redcliffe Farm – from Eggs to Hampers (and a bit more besides)

I’d be really surprised if there is anyone in the general area that hasn’t heard of Redcliffe Farm. They have built a really solid reputation since they first established the shop in 2007 as THE go-to farm shop for quality, locally sourced fresh ingredients.

The Cafe, is open all year round 7 days a week – open from 9am serves a perfect Eggs Benedict (not surprising given their origins – more later) but they are also renowned for a pretty scrummy Steak Pie too.

Most of the favourites found in the cafe can also be found in the shop to take away and enjoy at your own leisure. (My personal favourite is the Cornish pasty – it’s a meal in its own right!). The pastries are all made fresh each day on-site and fresh veg stalls are all absolutely mouth watering to look at.

Jean, who’s been working behind the counter at Redcliffe for over 7 years is really happy to help with any recommendations. In fact, that is the exceptional thing about shopping at Redcliffe Farm, it’s the truly personal service you receive from their loyal and passionate staff.

Chatting to their butcher Kevin Willett (who many will remember from the many years he worked at the butcher’s on Falsgrave until it, unfortunately, closed recently), he shared with me the fact that many locals make Redcliffe Farm part of their regular shop. We talked about how good the meat looks – non of the artificial colours you often see in supermarket meat. There really is no comparison when it comes to quality and taste. I’ve realised – as I’ve cut down on red meat generally, I’d much rather have less real quality meat than more of lesser quality and unknown provenance.

Everything is sourced locally at Redcliffe, either directly from the farm themselves or from local markets like Malton. Kevin – with his 30+ years of experience overseas this personally and prepares all the cuts on site. He’s on hand for that extra personal service to help prepare any cut to your recipe needs.

I absolutely love that this is still a family business. Martin, the current owner-manager enjoyed telling me about the origins of the farm. How the remnants of that age are still present in the hooks on the walls and even where the foods are laid out today. The home-baked bread is displayed where the granary used to be and the cafe where the dairy once stood.

It does get pretty busy in summer, with many of the campsites in the area quick to recognise where the best produce is. Our top tip – look out for their monthly offers and sign up to their loyalty card to save up for some extra special treats at Christmas.

By Emma - lover of history, art and adventure

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