From farm to plate is shorter than you think

Inside the ice-cream parlour.
Inside the ice-cream parlour.

With growing concern and media attention on food standards, carbon footprints and food miles, two local business people have made the food mile journey the shortest it can be, by opening a restaurant that serves food produced next door!

The brand new 140-seater restaurant is the latest attraction to come to Lancaster Leisure Park and is a dream come true for owners Alan Beecroft and Heather Cornthwaite.

Inside the restaurant.

Inside the restaurant.

In 2011 they visited the site from Clitheroe looking for a location on which to expand their existing farm shop business.

They both wanted to open a restaurant and the space Lancaster Leisure Park offered was ideal.

Alan and Heather’s dream was not only to give the customers great food to take home, but also to create an environment where it could be cooked perfectly and served to them.

Passionate about food and working to their own exacting high standards, they put plans in place and now four years later The Countrystyle Kitchen is welcoming it’s first customers through the doors.

Branded in keeping with the farm shop, The Countrystyle Kitchen serves only the highest quality meats sourced from local auctions and specially selected local farmers.

Regular visitors to the farm shop will know just how good their award winning food is.

The restaurant gives customers the chance to savour this produce cooked to perfection by specialist chefs in superb surroundings.

Open seven days a week, the restaurant offers a seasonal a la carte menu, alongside a carvery and afternoon teas.

The new ice cream parlour boasts Wallings ice cream, crepes, milkshakes, sundaes, hot waffles and barista style coffee.

Outside there is a large decked area with room for a further 100 people, with fantastic views set amongst a wonderful woodland across open fields.

It’s been a good year for the family of four who run the business.

With 30 years of greengrocery and butchery under their belt, Heather’s son Phil manages the butchery at the farmshop, while daughter Laura runs the shop floor.

Together they were recently awarded with a top three position in a national butchers competition, and this new venture cements the recognition of high standards of production and service provided.

Alan said: “It means a lot to me to produce food of this standard and now having it cooked on site, is the icing on the cake.

“I am very aware of food miles and have always tried to buy my produce from local farmers, auctions and suppliers.

“Our meat is prepared by us in our farmshop next door and I’d say you can’t get fresher than that!”