Days Out: Shop, eat, play and stay all day at Barton’s Burwash Manor
Housed in two courtyards of converted buildings on a 400-acre organic family farm, Barton’s Burwash Manor is far more than a shopping destination. Offering unique independent shops, a cafe, a beauty salon, a children’s play area and signed walks around the farm, it’s a place to shop, eat, play and stay all day. . . Velvet takes a tour
Winner of Farm Shop/Deli of the Year in the 2023 Velvet Food & Drink Awards, The Larder stocks everything from freshest and finest local produce - fruit, veg, bread, cakes - to store-cupboard staples and sought-after specialities. The welcome, from staff who truly know their stuff, is unfailing warm. Grocery shopping never felt so good.
Freda & Bert
Looking for a gift? Stocked with perfect presents for everyone on your list - think babygros for newborns, toys for little ones, stationery for tweens, accessories for teens, gadgets for guys, pamper products for friends, and an unrivalled collection of cards and wrap - Freda & Bert is the place to go.
Known for selling clothing, accessories, homeware and gifts with both style and soul, Cuckoo’s rails and shelves are a joy to shop. Brands to look out for include Thought (the bamboo jumpsuits are brilliant), Dream (for best-selling block-printed dresses), Lofina (for the coolest, comfiest footwear) and Laboratory Perfumes (for divine and distinctive scents).
No Burwash visit is complete without a Flock stop. Made fresh every morning from in-season ingredients, the smiley staff serve everything from cakes and scones to brunches and lunches - and everything is equally delicious. Special mentions go to the coffee, carrot cake, soups, salads and sourdough pizzas (the oven fires up at weekends).
The Wee Vinoteca
With bottles starting at £10, The Wee Vinoteca’s small but ever-changing range spans classic Riojas and fine Bordeaux through to wines from lesser-known regions like Canada, Georgia and Japan, meaning there’s always an old favourite and a new discovery to find on its shelves. The informed but informal staff can also pair wines to your Larder shopping.
The Manor Florist
Along with cut flowers by the stem, ready-to-go hand-ties, bespoke bouquets and a full events service - weddings are, as you might imagine, a speciality - The Manor Florist sells an ever-growing range of houseplants, from succulents and cacti to ferns and monsteras, plus pots, vases and finishing touches, including cards and plant-themed gifts.
With more than 25 years’ experience in cabinetmaking, the team at Providence produce fitted and freestanding kitchens, cupboards, bookshelves, Shaker rails - you name it and they’ll make it, fully bespoke. They also advise on and supply paint from Mylands, Farrow & Ball and Earthborn, plus selling homeware and hardware.
Billed as “a honeypot for local crafters seeking stylish, modern dressmaking and quilt fabric, scrumptious yarn and quality haberdashery”, Backstitch is staffed by experts, all of whom are happy to share advice. The kit selection is great for gifting. Classes can also be booked, in everything from dressmaking to quilting to embroidery.
The Secret Garden
Specialising in wrought iron furniture for the garden, terrace and conservatory, The Secret Garden is also the place to find cushions, kitchen linens, ceramics, basketry, books and ornaments - anything, in short, that will make your home and garden lovelier places to be. The Christmas decorations, available from October, are also something special.
Open seven days a week, Burwash Manor is at New Road, Barton, Cambridge CB23 7BD. For a full list of retailers and attractions - plus diary dates for upcoming seasonal and special events - visit burwashmanor.com
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