Burnt out Green house

The little Grey Fergie in the aftermath of the fire

The Shop Ablaze

Shop on fire with he scaffold tower used to break in

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.

Pick Your Own Marquee

Marquee set up immediately after the fire

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 is their identity. The police investigation concluded the cause was arson but the perpetrators are still at large.

It was a terrible time. Our business and the Revel Bakery were destroyed.  We unfortunately had to let a lot of the staff go.

For two days we remained closed, but it was June and the strawberries were ready.  If we did not to re-open the crop would go to waste.  A marquee was hastily erected outside the burnt out husk. We started a market stall selling fruit and veg. We were extremely touched and grateful for the continued support of our loyal customers. It helped us through a very difficult time.

Temporary Shop

The temporary shop in the bottom shed

Temporart shop sign

View from the top of the drive

By the end of the summer we had managed to set up a temporary shop in the remaining barn at the bottom of the car park.

Our temporary shop contained a butchers counter, a deli counter, a lot of our favourite local suppliers and a coffee machine.

Jan Kendrick, the only member of the coffee shop team, we were able to keep on, was installed in a temporary kitchen and charged with making sausage rolls and quiches to sell from the deli.

Marquee outside temporary shop

The marquee set up for Halloween

Inside the temporary shop

The temporary shop butchers counter and Revel bread

Shortly afterwards we had some good news, the Revel Bakery had managed to relocate to nearby Little Walton and were back up and baking.

By the pumpkin season we had added a marquee and a proper till system. With these measures in place we were able to start planning the rebuild.

How to find us

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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 85, run by National Express Monday-Saturday and Stagecoach on Sunday.

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