ARDS
Owner and head chef, Michelle, was delighted
to receive the Award: “We’re delighted to
receive the Eggsellence Award, welfare is very
important to us and as well as enjoying our
eggs, our customers enjoy seeing the hens
ambling around on a sunny afternoon.”
The tearoom is a family business based on a
traditionally-run farm in rural North Devon. They
prefer to work in harmony with their natural
environment, and use the countryside and
gardens as inspiration for their products.
We asked Michelle what first got her
interested in
lavender
,
and her response: “My
husband had the inspiration when we were on
the Isle of Wight about 10 years ago - and we
love the colour purple!”.
The tearoom serves homemade food using locally sourced produce, with a
lavender
theme
.
All pasties, cakes, teacakes, scones, and pastries are made on the
premises. And whilst enjoying some of the temptations on offer, the rows of
lavender
with shades of purple, mauve and violet (like a mini Provence
)
can also be enjoyed. It
starts budding in May and blooms throughout June, July and August, depending on the
weather of course.
The
100
acre farm
is run in a traditional manner, using minimal inputs and encouraging
wildlife. The farm has been in the family for the past 60 years using traditional methods
to ensure a good quality of life and welfare of the animals. Wide field margins in the
arable fields are maintained to encourage wildlife by providing them with an abundance
of food in the hedgerows and verges. Their free range hens provide fresh eggs, they
have several beehives for honey, and grow fruit and vegetables for use in the tea room
too, as well as for visitors to buy on a pick your own basis.
What’s not to like?!
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Cheristow Lavender Tearooms