The Farndale Store opened in July this year to much excitement. Over 20 years ago, there was a village shop in Low Mill, and so it’s long-awaited return has been very welcome.

Low Mill is just over a 15 minutes’ drive from the Long Barn, through some absolutely beautiful scenery. There’s plenty of parking opposite, and you can walk from there along the famous “Daffy Walk” up to the Feversham Arms at Churchhouses.

Lots of Appleton villagers have been up to see it and have reported back positively. So we finally managed to get up there the other weekend to see it for ourselves. We loved it. It’s not your typical village store, and you can tell that the Farndale Estate has invested in it. Think more a mini version of Daylesford Organic full of delicious deli produce.

As well as selling the basics, they have deliberately sourced local produce including some of our favourite suppliers like Roost Coffee, Yorkshire Rapeseed Oil and Wass Farm charcuterie. Their alcohol license means they can also sell local gin, wines, cider and beer. They also sell hot drinks, snacks and ice cream to go. The estate is selling its own meat within the store which is farmed by a tenant on behalf of the Estate. There is both Berkshire pork and Aberdeen Angus beef available.

Farndale Store is small but perfectly formed, described by one of the local’s as having “Marks and Spencer in our village”. Naomi and Nicola will definitely give you a warm welcome.

Farndale Store is open 7 days a week and is definitely worth a visit. It makes a great pit stop for refreshments if you are walking up in Farndale. Or a short trip out to pick up some treats.