A POPULAR farm shop and café is set to mark its 10th anniversary this week. 

On Friday, August 11, the Waitrose-owned Longstock Park Farm Shop and Café will celebrate 10 years since opening. 

Situated on the 2800-acre Leckford Estate, the shop and café has 26 partners (employees) and sees approximately 2,800 transactions from customers each week. 

Customers can shop a selection of own-label Leckford Estate products, including Leckford Estate Brut, Leckford Estate rapeseed oil and flours. The shop is also home to a Leckford Wash cheese, which is pasteurised by expert British cheesemakers, Nettlebed Creamery. 

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The farm shop has a group of longstanding local suppliers which have been working with Longstock since the shop opened. Since then, the team has increased the number of local and regional products available, offering customers a wide variety of options. Today, these make up more than half of the range available and include food, drink gifts and homeware. 

Head of Leckford Estate, Andrew Hoad, said: “All the team at Leckford are really excited to be celebrating the shop’s tenth anniversary. Whether our customers are popping in to pick up some of their favourite Leckford-grown products, indulging in some of our delicious homemade cakes in the café, or enjoying our beautiful Nursery and Water Gardens, it’s great to see our visitors loving our Leckford Estate just as much as we do.”

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The shop and café are part of the wider Leckford Estate which has been the Waitrose Farm for over 90 years. Leckford Estate is farmed regeneratively, with visitors also able to visit the Water Gardens, the nursery and enjoy golf and fishing on the famous River Test.

MP Caroline Nokes said: "Happy 10th Birthday to the Leckford Farm shop and café. I was delighted when it opened in my constituency in 2013 as an addition to the fantastic facilities offered at the estate, such as the water gardens and nursery.

"It has become a real community hub where people can buy great local produce and also enjoy getting together over a coffee or bite to eat. The Leckford team also gives a lot back to the community, I especially commend them for everything they did for the local people during Covid."