Farm shop keeps tradition alive

Christine Harrison, Karen Knox-Waller and Alice Morley at the opeing of the Watson's Farm Shop
Christine Harrison, Karen Knox-Waller and Alice Morley at the opeing of the Watson's Farm Shop

A Derbyshire business has toasted 300 years of trading with the launch of a new shop.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the opening of the new Watson’s farm shop in Hope, where there has been a Watson’s butcher since the early 1700s.

Originally located near the churchyard, the family’s shop has only moved a short distance from there to Edale Road and this year saw the business move to larger premises.

It remains a family business, run by John Watson and Ann Foxley, his sister.

On the opening day of the farm shop, on Edale Road, family and friends helped serve a steady flow of customers and offer them tasty samples of local dishes.

Specialising in locally produced food, the Watsons have a small farm on the slopes of Losehill, in the Hope Valley, where they rear Aberdeen Angus, Hereford cattle and Mule, Masham and Jacob sheep.

Ann said: “All the lamb and beef we sell in the farm shop is reared on our farm and the cooked meats are prepared here by us on the premises.”