[Knutsford, Cheshire] The Lambing Shed

The Lambing Shed is both farm shop and café. Opened in 2015, unlike many so called farm shops, this one is actually on a working farm, selling the beef and lamb raised on the 400 acres by the Mitchell family for over 60 years. And it is in the building originally used for lambing. We went for lunch. On a nice day, the terrace is a pleasant place but, with the prospect of rain of rain, it was covered over. And it’s very popular.

The beef appeared in the form of shin, in a pie along with pearl onions, mushroom and smoked bacon. And it’s a proper pie – none of this stew with a puff pastry lid lark. This is a pie with crisp pastry top, bottom and sides and filled with delicious nosh. It’s a pie of which pie dreams are made. It comes with a dollop of non-sloppy mash, baby leeks and pencil thin carrots and a nice puddle of tasty gravy.

Meanwhile, my other half is giving a burger a good seeing-to. There’s two burgers on the menu – one beef, the other lamb. This was the beef. It comes on a brioche bun, with back bacon, cheddar, tomato pickle, lettuce and a red onion “jam”. Do you want more from a lunchtime burger? Well, yes you do. That’ll be the fries and the red cabbage coleslaw.

Good lunch. And we had a nosy round the farm shop. Bought a couple of pies and a loaf.


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