Our Story


The Pyo Shed

Our first shop

Expanding Shop

Mark Lea outside the gently expanding shop

We sold our first pick your own (pyo) strawberries in the long hot summer of 1976. Customers weighed and paid in the back of a horse box.

Over the years, crops were added, the horse box upgraded to a polythene bubble, then a small wooden shed.

Mobile Home

The shop’s mobile winter home

In 1991 farming had entered another depression, the village had just lost it’s village shop, so we decided to open a farm shop on the pyo site.

With the field likely to get muddy in the winter we set the shop up in a mobile home close to the site entrance.

The aim to try and sell our own free range eggs, potatoes, beef and lamb direct to the public. This was complimented by a small range of local produce and Mum’s home made cakes.

Progress was slow and for a number of years we alternated between the mobile home in winter and the wooden shed in the summer.  Eventually we were established enough to remain put in the wooden shed all year and the mobile home was scrapped.

Late nineties

By the late nineties the wooden shed had expanded beyond recognition

Drive

Constructing the drive

Barn Conversion

Chris Lea with three little helpers in the background

Open Evening

The open evening 2004

Planning permission proved very elusive, we were turned down frequently and even lost an appeal, despite this we continued to gently expand the wooden shed.

Finally in 2003 we won planning permission to convert a barn at the bottom of the drive into a farm shop.

On 30th April 2004, the Mayor of Rugby officially opened the new shop. The shop was well received and a success from the moment it opened it’s doors.

Butchers Counter

Our meat on the butchers counter 2007

The coffee shop

The coffee shop 2007

By October 2007 we had added a butchers counter and coffee shop. Both of which were run as an integral part of the business.

The shop prospered and continued to expand the range of produce sold. A deli counter was added and then upgraded.  In January 2013, The Revel

Bread

Bread made on site by the Revel Bakery

Bakery moved into the farm shop.

All was going well the pick your own had expanded and was now even growing pumpkins.

Fresh fruit and veg

Art gallery

Art at the farm in the green house

Then on Sunday, June 26th 2016 somebody broke in and set fire to the shop.



From out of the ashes

The Opening

The rebuild had been a fairly traumatic experience and didn’t go entirely as anticipated. It was difficult to plan a proper opening, when, we could not be sure when the building would be ready.  So to avoid any embarrassments we had  gone with a soft opening on July 7th 2017.  Working on the principle, that once the glitches were out the way, we could plan a proper launch for the read more

Rebuild

The fire, although a catastrophe at the time, on reflection provided us with an opportunity. Once the site was cleared of all debris, ground zero was a very daunting place.  Apart from what should we rebuild? We had to re apply for planning permission, something that had caused us considerable grief in our formative years. An architect was hired but he didn’t workout. In the end, after numerous field trips read more

Fire

The fire alarm went off shortly after 11pm on Sunday 26th June 2016. The emergency service response was rapid, but by the time they arrived the fire had already taken hold.  The result was complete devastation. The scaffold tower in the photo of the fire, was used by the intruders to break in. They entered the upper floor office. Why they set fire to the building is a mystery, as read more

How to find us

We are easily accessible from Junction 2 of the M6 Motorway as well as from Coventry, Rugby and the surrounding area. We're situated just outside Stretton-under-Fosse on the B4027. For Sat Navs and Google Maps, our postcode is: CV23 0PE. A bus is available to Stretton-under-Fosse from Rugby and Coventry. The service number is 585, run by Mike De Courcey Ltd

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