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Traditional farm shop and butchery to open at Gates Garden Centre in Oakham

A new, large-scale traditional farm shop and butchery will open later this month at Gates Garden Centre in Cold Overton near Oakham.

Gates Farm Shop will open its doors on Friday, August 23, with a key focus on offering the finest locally sourced produce; complemented by the best from national producers.

Located adjacent to the Gates Garden Centre main building and benefitting from extensive free parking, Gates Farm Shop will cover over 12,000sqft of retail space. The shop will feature a large butchery by Hambleton Farms. All meat will come from only a small select group of farmers, with beef and lamb also being supplied from stock bred and raised on the Gates own farm in Cold Overton.

Gates Garden Centre in Oakham (14897759)
Gates Garden Centre in Oakham (14897759)

Since it was established, Gates Farming has developed a large beef herd consisting of three of the UKs finest native breeds, including Aberdeen Angus, Beef Shorthorn and South Devon. In addition, a flock of native Kerry Hill and Lleyn sheep has recently been established to provide lamb.

Jack Gates, the fourth generation of the family to be involved in the Gates business said: “Gates Farming is proud of the fine quality of its herd and its high animal welfare standards. With the opening of our farm shop this year, we are now very excited to be able to provide a true farm to fork experience for our customers.”

Other departments will include a delicatessen selling handmade pies, cooked meats, scotch eggs, olives and charcuterie; a cheese counter; an artisan bakery; a wide range of seasonal fresh fruit and vegetables; craft beers, wines and spirits; locally prepared and frozen, high quality ready meals; and a self-service dispensary featuring artisan oils and vinegars and a granola bar.

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