Food, farming and family fun at Hinchliffe’s
Homegrown produce has been at the very heart of the Hinchliffe’s Farm philosophy since Allen Hinchliffe set up the UK’s first farm shop in 1929.
Since then, four generations of the same family have been committed to locally reared, grown and homemade food, whether it’s delicious produce sold in the farm shop, its famous home-reared beef expertly prepared at its butcher’s counter, or succulent steaks served up in its new-look Hinchliffe’s Restaurant.
Whether you want pickles and pies, jams and juice, fresh veg and fruit, tubs of Yummy Yorkshire ice-cream, or bedding and vegetable plants grown in the on-site polytunnels, the farm shop, offers the convenience of a supermarket (open 9 to 5.30pm six-days-a-week, and 10am to 4pm on Sundays) slap-bang in the middle of the countryside, and includes all the everyday essentials you can’t live without as well as dozens of treats and delicacies difficult to find elsewhere.
What’s more, the Hinchliffe family make it their business to handpick every product sold, using their own produce first and then looking to trusted local producers to provide the rest – and their passion for great food is matched by their passion for good, old-fashioned service.
But beef is what Hinchliffe’s is most famous for and the meat from its herd– reared on pasture in the local area – is hand-selected with the family involved in each stage of feeding and handling. Hinchliffe’s highly-skilled butchers bone out and cure meat, and make sausages and homemade pies and pasties on site.
High demand for its beautiful British beef has led Hinchliffe’s to offer its scrumptious steakhouse menu day and night at the restaurant. Open all week from 9am-5.30pm and Sundays from 10am-4pm, ravenous ramblers and weary walkers find Hinchliffe’s Restaurant – which sits at the heart of prime Pennine and Peak District walking country, in between The Holme Valley and The Colne Valley – the perfect pit stop before and after a hard day’s trekking, with some indulging in the farm’s delicious Champagne breakfast!
And the restaurant is also now open on Friday and Saturday evenings, 6pm till late, when diners can enjoy delicious rib eye, rump, fillet and sirloin steaks, produced from the grass-fed, 30-day matured beef, cooked on Hinchliffe’s fantastic chrome griddle and finished with garlic and herb butter and bundles of fresh farm veg.
The new evening a la carte menu also includes starters such as home-smoked BBQ ribs and beef Carpaccio and specials such as grilled spring lamb, Scotch salmon and surf & turf – complemented by a new wine and cocktail list.
And if you can’t dine in, then you can also dine out. Hinchliffe’s outside catering service offers a bespoke taste of its homegrown produce and restaurant favourites in the venue of your choosing. Whether it’s a birthday, anniversary, wedding or corporate event, when you've a crowd to feed Hinchliffe’s can cater for anything from an informal buffet to a gourmet banquet – along with second to none service – whenever and wherever you need it. Its traditional ‘pie and pea’ dinners and ‘sop suppers’ are particularly popular!
What’s more, you can now also go behind the scenes and see the working farm in action with a daily (and every increasing) Open Farm that gives families the chance to feed and interact with a whole host of creatures from the traditional chickens and ducks, to more unusual animals including pygmy goats, 5ft-high South American Rhea birds, Chinese pheasants and Australian wallabies. There’s also a wildlife pond to explore and carriage rides around the farm courtesy of its newly-introduced troupe of heavy horses.
And, although Hinchliffe’s has seen many new additions and changes over the last 80 or so years – including resurrecting itself from a devastating fire last year – the Hinchliffe name has always stood strong in the local community and beyond; an emblem of fresh food, family fun, quality and service.
Log on to www.hinchcliffes.com for more information.