The Farm Shop
Open daily from 10am until 5pm | Telephone 01653 648615 (Shop) or 648616 (Butchery)
At the heart of the Farm Shop is an excellent butchers’ counter which features a selection of meat sourced on the estate and locally.
Our list of local suppliers includes, Mike Fargher, our tenant farmer who rears our Castle Howard Aberbeen Angus beef. Our beef is hung for 21 days before sale. We also source Howardian Hills lamb from another tenant farmer Gareth Barlow, whose tasty Hebridean sheep produce a premium meat that delivers a rich gamey flavour, with a lower fat content than traditional breeds, so it is considered to be not only tasty but healthier and easier to cook.
The pork we offer is a mixture of Gloucester Old Spot and Gloucester Old Spot crossed with Saddleback for good quality and great flavour, sourced from Carol Flint & Dave Hardy from Grange Farm Produce, Grange Farm, Sutton on the Forest. They have farmed there since 1943. (Their parents used to be Castle Howard tenant farmers.)
Some of our poultry is sourced from Loose Birds at Harome, whose traditional free range chickens are a slow growing breed, who are allowed to forage and feed on fresh grass 24/7, and Herb Fed of Pilmoor York, who feed their birds on from herbs from Herbs Unlimited of Thirsk, to provide a flavour with a difference to be enjoyed. In addition, our seasonal game is sourced from our Gamekeeper on the estate.
In the Butchery Department we believe in good old fashioned values; customer care, quality produce, value for money. We also listen to customer needs to produce top quality meat. We can also prepare speciality orders for dinner parties i.e. Guards of Honor, Rack of Lamb, French trimmed, Steaks cut to size and BBQ packs for summer.
Call our butchery team on 01653 648616 to discuss your requirements.
Our Farm Shop Sourcing Policy
We aim to source primarily from within Yorkshire – mostly within a 30 miles radius of Castle Howard, including tenant farmers - which helps us to connect with our producers and suppliers, while also reducing food miles. Where we cannot source regionally, we then source from other quality suppliers within the UK, with independent producers always favoured. Where there is a demand, we also stock speciality products not available in the UK, labelling them with the country of origin.
Enjoy freshly baked pies from Voakes of Whixley Grange, as well as pasties, quiche and
sausage rolls from Yorkshire Baker, who are based at Norton.
Take a pick of fine regional cheeses, including cheeses from Shepherd’s
Purse Cheeses to Wensleydale; as well as some from further afield
including Snowdonia’s extra mature cheddar and Quickes cheddar, plus
delicious Cropwell Bishop stilton.
Our cooked meats selection include continental varieties, plus award
winning roast hams from Arthur Haigh based at Thirsk. We also stock a
small range of patés from Patchwork Patés, who hand-make small batches
using no artificial flavours or colours.
Home-Baking & Artisan Bread
The Farm Shop has a daily supply of bakery items from Castle Howard's own kitchen including fresh scones, bakewell tarts, buttercream buns and caramel shortcake slices, plus regular deliveries from small local suppliers to ensure variety and that home made taste, including sponge cakes, raspberry shortcakes, ginger and oat biscuits and fruit pies, as well as daily supplies of freshly made breads and rolls from Norton Bakery, and artisan bread - traditionally made and slow proved, from a small bakery in Haxby. The range includes Baguettes, Sour Dough, Granary, Three Grain, Seven Seed, Olive & Lemon, Overnight Crusty White. All made using organic flour from Shipton Mill and Yorkshire Organic Millers. Artisan bread is delivered every Friday and Saturday morning.
Vegetables, Groceries, Gifts and More...
We stock a small selection of seasonal vegetables, sourced locally and
regionally, and a small harvest each year from Castle Howard's vegetable
Our grocery line is sourced with an emphasis on Yorkshire produce and
quality artisan foods, with many Guild of Fine Food award winning
products and fair trade items. You can also browse a range of wheat and
gluten free products including ready-to-eat sweet and savoury
snacks, cake and scone mixes and bread flour.
Regionally produced beers to take home include Copper Dragon, Cropton
and York Breweries (who produce the Brideshead Bitter), plus Yorkshire
Cider from Ampleforth Abbey and fruit wines from the Yorkshire Wine
Company. We also have a small range of tea and coffee.
In the chiller cabinets our diary selection includes milk, yogurt and small whole cheeses, plus smoked salmon and patés.