This hidden gem in Staffordshire is a treat for foodies

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Tucked away in the picturesque countryside just outside the pretty village of Yoxall, Woodmill Farm is home to a selection of independent businesses offering an array of tasty treats.

If you’re looking for an alternative to the supermarkets to satisfy your weekly shopping needs, or are after something a bit more special for a delicious foodie treat, a hidden gem in the Staffordshire countryside could be the answer. 

Woodmill Farm, just outside Yoxall, is home to a variety of top quality independent businesses supplying everything from your meat and veg staples to baked goodies galore – and a tipple or two to boot. 

Paul Shum opened his butchers and deli at Woodmill Farm nearly three years ago. The shop has since expanded into the neighbouring premises to keep up with demand from hungry punters seeking out the best local produce around. 

The  well-stocked meat counter features a beautiful selection of high quality, locally sourced cuts. In fact, the beef couldn’t get more local, coming directly from Woodmill Farm itself, while free-range Packington pork is also on the menu. A specially selected family pack, priced at just £20, gives customers the chance to sample a variety of meats and poultry – perfect for meal-planning for the week. 

The meat also makes it into Paul’s famous homemade pies, with hundreds of delicious pies winging their way from Paul’s kitchen each week. 

Paul is passionate about supporting other local independent producers, regularly seeking out small suppliers to feature in the deli, where you can pick up an array of cheeses and charcuterie, olives and salads, sauces and dressings – and much, much more. Add in the fresh fruit and veg, free range eggs and other shopping essentials, and that’s the weekly shop sorted – locally. 

Over at The Green Door Bakery and Patisserie, which opened at the farm last year, customers patiently queue for their chance to  explore the treats which await inside. 

From freshly baked breads and pastries to indulgent sweet treats and the prettiest and most delicate continental-style patisserie, The Green Door has it all. 

It was owner Trish McCann’s aim to offer the widest possible choice, much like the bakeries over in continental Europe and in her homeland of Ireland, and The Green Door certainly doesn’t disappoint. 

Shelves are loaded with sourdoughs and bloomers, crumpets and croissants, counters piled high with delicious traybakes and pretty tarts, macarons and muffins. But you’ll need to be quick; supplies run low as the day progresses, with happy customers snapping up goodies galore. 

In a nod to her heritage, Trish always has a selection of Irish specialities, from farls to soda breads, and pancakes which are made daily to her beloved mum Mary’s recipe.  

Local walkers heading into the surrounding countryside often stop off at The Green Door to pick up some goodies, alongside a freshly brewed coffee, tea or hot chocolate. 

A truly family-run business, Trish is joined in the shop by her two daughters Lauren and Holly, while her son also helps out on the weekends.  

Once you’ve picked up your produce and baked treats, it’s time to head to Scrummy’s at the Barn for drinks. Owner Jane Scrimshaw and the team pride themselves on sourcing excellent locally produced spirits, ciders and craft beers. 

Scrummy’s have also partnered with local wine merchant Vin X, based in Barton-under-Needwood, to supply quality local and organic wines which you definitely won’t find in the supermarkets.  

The friendly and knowledgeable team is on hand to help you choose the perfect bottle for any occasion.


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