This month Charlotte talks to Jenna, the Marketing Manager, at the family run The Lambing Shed.
The Mitchell family established Moseley Hall Farm on more than 400 acres of pristine Cheshire pasture lands and their goal is to bring you the freshest produce and meats with no complications.
We love their philosophy of 'fresh, local, and simple'. They also have some exciting events coming up and have their new catering van The Wool Shack. It's been a real honour to see them expand over the years and we love serving them!
Charlotte: We love the fact you are a family business just like us. The Lambing shed began with Farmer Arnold Mitchell and his son Michael who began rearing their sheep there over 60 years ago. You still have sheep and beef cattle on the farm and showcase them on your menu. What other delights can we expect from your offerings at the lambing shed?
Jenna: The Lambing Shed Café serves a delicious menu based entirely around local, high quality produce and the finest meat from our Butchery. Everything is cooked fresh, we serve a variety of delicious meals including sandwiches, salads, small plates, and larger, more hearty dishes, including our famous Lambing Shed burger. Oh yes, and don't miss our daily specials! We serve breakfast until 11:30am, along with a full lunch menu from 11:45am. After your delicious meal, why not treat yourself to one of Carole's homemade cakes or scones.
Don't forget that your furry friends are welcome in our conservatory too which is equipped with heaters to keep you warm.
Charlotte: We will have to bring our pug Benji next time! I'm sure he'd be begging for a bit of the Lambing Shed burger! As well as the cafe you also have a beautiful farm shop attached, can you tell us a bit about that?
Jenna: The Lambing Shed Farm Shop now boasts over 45 local suppliers (all of which can be seen here) housing produce that ranges from fresh fruit and veg, dairy products and ice cream, to jams, chocolates, wine and tea, and much much more. The Lambing Shed prides itself not only on its home-reared Cheshire beef and lamb, but also on the ever expanding home-made produce it sells, which now includes a range of freshly prepared ready to cook meals, for customers to take home and enjoy. Our Farm Shop has an Award-Winning Butchery as well as a Deli that is full of delicious ready-to-eat takeaway treats.
Charlotte: We love supplying the cafe and shop with tea and being surrounded by, as you say, lots of local suppliers. You also serve sit in and takeaway afternoon teas, both of which are really popular. How would someone go about booking in or ordering one?
Jenna: The types of afternoon tea we offer are:
Traditional Afternoon Tea
We offer a Traditional Afternoon tea, including a variety of sandwiches, freshly baked scones with clotted cream and jam along with a selection of sweet treats.
Or choose our NEW Countryman's Tea, for those of you who prefer a savoury treat! It includes a selection of sandwiches, a range of deli items such as our delicious pork pies, sausage rolls, and a scotch egg, and not to forget our yummy homemade scones with jam and clotted cream.
Little Farmer's Afternoon Tea
The Little Farmers Afternoon Tea is for the littluns out there! Ham / Cheese Sandwiches, crudités, a brownie, and some crisps. Choose a bottle of Apple / Orange Juice or some milk. Recommended for children under the age of 8.
To book an Afternoon Tea at The Lambing Shed, call us on 01565 631027. (served from 3pm - 24 hours notice needed)
To book a Takeaway Afternoon Tea head to www.thelambingshed.com
Charlotte: There's such a wide choice with something for everyone. We are so proud to be included as your tea merchants! Do you have a favourite Tea From The Manor and why?
Jenna: I love the Tea From The Manor Peppermint Tea, its refreshing flavour is calming and delicious. It's 'calm' in a cup!
Charlotte: 'Calm in a cup' I love that! We'll have to use that! Apart from the peppermint tea and being a family business like yourself is there any other reason you use Tea From The Manor?
Jenna: Tea From The Manor was one of the first local suppliers we had in The Lambing Shed. James was so passionate about his product we couldn't not stock Tea From The Manor. Also their tea range is fantastic!
Charlotte: Thank you so much, it's been so long that we've served you now it's like you're part of our family too! Other than your gorgeous cafe and brilliant farm shop why else should people visit The Lambing Shed?
Jenna: Take The Lambing Shed out on a picnic! Don't want to sit in? We offer Takeaway Graze boxes which are perfect for a hassle free picnic. Contains a variety of Deli items such as Pork Pies, Sausage Rolls, Scotch Egg, Quiche, Cheeses, Ham, Potato Salad, Coleslaw, Olives, Peppers, Chutney, Bread - what a feast! Ingredients may vary depending on fresh produce deliveries and availability!
We also have a new catering van, The Wool Shack, which is currently running at the weekends 10:30am-3:30pm serving takeaway drinks, paninis and loaded fries! Perfect if you're out for a stroll and want to stop by for some grub. A perfect cycle pit stop too.
Charlotte: Not only are you doing picnics and takeaway drinks and food from the Wool Shack, you are also holding lots of different events! Can you tell us about some of them?
Jenna: We hold evening events throughout the year, such as Steak Night, Cheese and Wine Night. We are excited to host our very first Summer Event, Sunset Sessions in one of our Barns on Saturday 14th August where there will be live music, our NEW catering van (The Wool Shack) and a couple of pop up bars! (Nearly Sold Out - get tickets at Sunset Sessions – The Lambing Shed (the-lambing-shed.myshopify.com).
Take a look at The Lambing Shed website here. Order your takeaway afternoon tea or graze boxes here. Or visit them in Knutsford, WA16 8RB.