Castleton Farm Shop and Café reopens with new attractions on offer

As everyone looks forward to summer, Castleton Farm Shop and Café is reopening its doors with some new attractions.

Thursday, 1st April 2021, 6:00 am
Local girl Harla Masson enjoys the new playpark equipment.

With Covid restrictions beginning to ease, the popular fruit farm and cafe is looking forward to welcoming visitors over the Easter weekend to enjoy the outdoors safely.

The change to a “stay local” message lets residents make the most of a new conservatory and exciting outdoors play equipment for younger visitors.

The new additions, which will include a convenient kiosk, will make it easier for food and drinks to be enjoyed in an outdoors environment.

This is as well as it now being easier to get time to enjoy it, with the addition of some new play equipment with a distinctly rural theme of tractor frames and slides.

Castleton’s Anna Mitchell said: “We are very conscious of the need to stay safe but we also know people are desperate to get out and enjoy a little bit of freedom. So we are making the most of ‘stay local’ and ‘support local’ with what we think is something for everyone.

“You can enjoy our usual delicious meals, coffees and bakes in a spacious and airy space that lets everyone maintain a safe distance.

“And as well as our new tractor-themed play equipment – which is bound to appeal to the wee farmer in every child – we are installing the latest ice cream machine.

“This makes naturally delicious real fruit ice cream with fruit picked from the nearby fields right in front of your eyes.

“We will keep our fingers crossed for some good weather over Easter weekend but we’ll be making the most of the outdoors regardless.”

Although the café has been closed, Castleton Farm Shop has been open throughout the last year selling essential basics. Much of its retail sales activity went online, with web traffic spiking as customers desperately searched for milk, flour and eggs.

More recently, they’ve managed to adapt and innovate with their famous peppered steak baguette making an appearance as a “make it at home” dish.

And there was a phenomenal demand for afternoon teas for Mother’s Day. These were all ordered online and were then individually prepared on the premises before being sent out to be delivered to deserving mums.