Great Britain's first ever farm shop
Hinchliffe's Farm, Farm Shop and Butchers
Tel: 01484 661231

Hinchliffe’s home bred and fed beef back on sale!

We are delighted to inform you that once again Hinchliffe’s reared beef is for sale from our temporary farm shop. Please come on down and show your support.

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Open for business!

Hinchliffe's free range eggs for sale

A temporary marquee has been set up at our farm allowing us to all your Hinchliffe's favourites. Please come down and show us your support!

Hinchliffe's fresh veg for sale

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Chickens and eggs still selling, despite the fire

We are happy to announce that despite the devastation of the fire, we are still selling our chickens and eggs down at the farm shop.

Please come down during normal working ours to make a purchase.
Click here to view the variety of chickens available.

For further information, please call us on 01484 661231 or email us on

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Message of support from 'Welcome To Yorkshire' Chief Executive

Welcome To YorkshireGary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire says, "We recognise that a great deal of work has gone into making the Hinchliffe Farm Shop and The Old Farmhouse Restaurant such a success with locals and visitors alike and it must be devastating to see the damage done. We are keen to offer any support we can and hope it is not longer before it is "business as usual".

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Fire destroys Farm Shop, Restaurant and Offices
Tuesday 6th July

We are devastated to announce that at around 9.30pm on Monday 5th July, a huge fire wiped out the shop, the restaurant, store room and offices.



Farm shop devastated by fire will reopen
Family wants business operational again ‘within weeks’

The Yorkshire family whose award-winning farm shop was destroyed by fire on Monday night hope to have the business up and running again within weeks.

Hinchliffe’s farm shop and the Old Farmhouse Restaurant at Sunnyside Farm, Netherton Moor Road, Huddersfield, were lost in the blaze which began some time before 10pm. The store room and offices were also gutted.


The family were alerted to the blaze by a member of staff. It started in the farm shop and, due to the dry and breezy conditions, quickly spread to other buildings.

Part of a poultry shed was also affected, although this building was saved and few chickens lost. Firefighters were also able to cool propane gas cylinders at the site to prevent them exploding.

Simon Hirst, whose grandfather Charlie Hinchliffe started the business, thanked the 100 firefighters who attended the incident.

He said: “We’ve been farming in this area since the 1960s and have suffered the occasional barn fire before, but nothing as bad as this.

“It was heartbreaking to see businesses we’ve spent years building up devastated in a matter of hours. But we are already working on a plan to have the farm shop up and running again, hopefully in a couple of weeks.”

There is no way to save the affected buildings which will have to be demolished. Then Simon hopes to reopen the farm shop and restaurant on the cleared site, most likely in temporary structures such as a modular marquee.

“Our farm shop was one of the first in Britain to open in 1974 and has enjoyed the support of local people ever since,” he said. “It now has such a good reputation for fantastic fresh produce that people travel from miles around to stock up here.



“We want to reopen the shop as soon as possible to minimise the impact on our loyal customers.”

The family have constructed temporary versions of the shop at agricultural shows and festivals in the past. “I’m sure we can do something similar on a longer-term basis at the farm, and reinstate the restaurant with a satellite kitchen.”

About 60 people worked at the Sunnyside Farm businesses. “Our staff have been brilliant,” said Simon, 38. “Everyone who heard about the fire came out on the night wanting to help, although there was nothing they could do.

“We have people still working for us who babysat me when I was little. You couldn’t ask for more devoted workers.

“We’re looking to keep everyone on, to help us get the businesses reopened as soon as possible.”

The family had submitted plans to expand the shop with large extensions to the front and rear. Now they expect to draw up plans for new buildings to see the business into a new era.

“Although we’re all stunned by what’s happened, we’re determined to create a better, stronger business out of the devastation,” Simon said.

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New addition to Hinchliffe's Farm - Bengal Owl

The Bengal Eagle Owl, is a species of large horned owl originating from South Asia. They have a deep resonant booming call that may be heard at dawn and dusk. They are typically large owls, and have "tufts" on their heads.

Bengal OwlThey are splashed with brown, and grey and have a white throat patch with black small stripes. Their diet consists of mice and any small rodents and mammals. Our Bengal Eagle owl was found injured and sent to a Rescue Centre who have kindly donated him to us. He is quite old and is unable to hunt for himself or fly very far.

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Hinchliffe's nominated for 5 years running!

We are delighted to announce that Hinchliffe’s has once again been nominated for The Good Food Channel's Market Kitchen Local Food Hero 2009 Awards, which means it has been nominated for the LAST 5 YEARS!

Local Food Hero - Please vote for Hinchliffe's!The competition recognises and pays tribute to Britain's independent food businesses and their passion for food. Voting has now closed, and we’re eagerly awaiting the results. Many thanks to those who cast their votes!

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Baby boom at Hinchliffe’s!

Baby alpaca: LuluHinchliffe’s is proud to announce that Antarctica, one of our resident alpacas, gave birth to baby Lulu on Father’s Day.

Partner Simon Hirst said “mother and baby seem to be doing really well, despite Lulu being three weeks overdue!”

Lulu is the new addition to a growing gang of alpacas that live at Hinchliffe’s. Owned by Sally Barber of Spectrum Alpacas, the alpacas’ wool is used to make luxurious garments.

And our tiny alpaca isn’t the only new delivery here – a swallow is also rearing four chicks in a nest in Lulu’s stable!

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Hinchliffe’s at the Huddersfield Food & Drink Festival

Baby alpaca: Lulu

Hinchliffe’s will be exhibiting quality local produce at the Huddersfield Food & Drink Festival from 13th to 16th August, 2009 on St George’s Square.

The Old Farmhouse’s head chef Richard Greenway will be joined by a Huddersfield Giants player in the opening cooking demonstration, and later on that day he will be showcasing how to cook modern British dishes.

The event is free-of-charge, and opens at 10am on 13th August 2009. For more information please call the Festival Hotline at 01484 487933 or visit

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Healthy food in a healthy kitchen

Scores on the doors

The Old Farmhouse Restaurant at Hinchliffes Farm Shop has received two of the highest awards recently from it’s local authority Kirklees Metropolitan Council.

The First was to receive the top award of 5 Stars in the Scores on The Doors scheme following its routine Food Hygiene Inspection.

This was followed by the top award of Gold from the Kirklees Healthy Choice Award, run in partnership with the Primary Care Trust as a way of awarding and promoting food outlets which practice the best standards of food hygiene and offer healthy food options on their menus.

All food in the restaurant, including the Children’s Menu is prepared to order using only the finest natural ingredients – many of which are sourced from our sister company at Hinchliffes Farm Shop.

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More fund raising at Hinchliffe's

Hinchliffes raised £60.00 by selling little packets of Reindeer Food on the farm shop counter over the Christmas period for The West Yorkshire Forget Me Not Trust - who are trying to raise money to build a dedicated Children's Hospice in the Huddersfield area, as the nearest ones are in either Manchester or Wetherby.

We have also cashed in a few of the company's old mobile phones and raised £33.00 which will be going to the Hospice shortly. This is a charity which we will now be making regular contributions to along with our usual nominated charity Kirkwood Hospice.

Forget me not trust

Kirkwood hospice

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Happy hens are the way forward

Hinchliffe’s are delighted to announce that all eggs sold in the farm shop are from our outside flock of 600 birds running free which our customers and their children can both see and feed - or from chicken – friendly barn systems, which promote natural behaviour and allow the birds to move around at their free will.

Partner Les Hirst commented: “There’s no doubt about it, our customers prefer to buy eggs sourced from non-battery systems – and rightly so.  Obviously, barn systems are much better from an animal welfare point of view, but they also carry a hidden bonus – the eggs are delicious!

“The eggs sold in our farm shop are replenished several times a day so they are never more than a day old - you can’t get much fresher than that!”

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New ranges: Definitely "Deliciously Yorkshire"

Here at Hinchliffe’s we have always been committed to providing our customers with fine Yorkshire-sourced produce.

Our buyers recently attended Deliciouslyorkshire’s ‘Meet the Producers’ day in York – and came away with some exciting new ranges for the farm shop:

Yorkshire Dales Granola from Yockenthwaite Farm Bakery

Milled and baked at the farm near Skipton, this granola was originally offered to the farm's bed & breakfast customers as a breakfast cereal, but it proved so popular that guests wanted to buy it to take home! It comes in four different types: Nutty, Not-so-sweet Nutty, Oat Spelt, Not-so-sweet-oat spelt and Nutty spelt, and three different-sized packs: 70g (snack size), 250g and 475g.

Jams, jellies, marmalades and chutney from Glenroyd Organics, Barnsley

This husband-and-wife team produces a delicious and unique range of top-quality organic produce, including flavours such as Fruity Beetroot, Spiced Pumpkin, Apple, Fig & Walnut, Orange, Clementine & Almond.

Superb smoked meats from Mackenzie’s Smoke House, Blubberhouses

An award-winning smoke house in North Yorkshire producing a wide range of smoked meats and fish, including oak-smoked duck, chicken, ostrich, venison, wild boar, goose and kippers, salmon, trout and mackerel, not to mention various fish pâtés.

Also new to the farm shop are our fresh olives and other speciality Mediterranean vegetables. Unpasteurised as nature intended and available in a range of 12 products including sun-blushed tomatoes, antipasto and sweet chilli garlic. The olives come in Kalamata, Black Pitted, Green Chilli, and Etna or Vinci mixes.

View a full list of our producers and suppliers here.

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Meet our antipodean additions to the open farm!

Come and say g’day to our exciting new animals from down under – Hinchliffe’s welcomes the arrival of a pair of wallabies and kune kune pigs.

Partner Simon Hirst commented: “We’re delighted to introduce our new additions to the open farm. Kune kune pigs have been brought back from the brink of extinction thanks to breeding programmes in their native New Zealand and the UK, and we’ll have to strengthen the fencing for the wallabies – they are the Harry Houdinis of the animal world!”.

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Blooming marvellous: Compost, hanging baskets and bedding plants on sale

Now that bedding season is upon us, there’s a good chance that you will be getting your garden ready for summer. We have a full range of composts, made-up hanging baskets and bedding plants in our nursery area, giving you ideas and inspiration for how to add instant colour to your gardens.

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Parliamentary support for Hinchliffe's sausage butties!

Labour MP for West Bromwich East Tom Watson has cast his vote: Hinchliffe’s Old Farmhouse restaurant for the best sausage butty!

On a recent trip to Yorkshire, Mr Watson and his son popped into The Old Farmhouse for a bite to eat. On his official blog, Tom raved: “Let me say that if you like sausages, you should pay a visit to Hinchliffe’s Farm in West Yorkshire’s ‘Last of the Summer Wine’ country. Junior and I tucked into the best sausage butty that I have ever eaten…”

“It’s fantastic to see Hinchliffe’s mentioned on Mr Watson’s blog” said partner Simon Hirst. “It’s always nice to hear feedback from people near and far. All sausages and many other ingredients served in The Old Farmhouse are sourced directly from our farm shop, which means we can always guarantee quality and freshness”.

Why not try our sausage butties, or any other of our mouthwatering dishes for yourself?

Find out more about The Old Farmhouse or make a reservation by clicking here.

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Parliamentary support for Hinchliffe's sausage butties!

Labour MP for West Bromwich East Tom Watson has cast his vote: Hinchliffe's Old Farmhouse restaurant for the best sausage butty!

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