Mainsgill Farm Tea Room and Farm Shop

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About Mainsgill Farm

Located 4 miles from Scotch Corner, heading west on the A66 in North Yorkshire, Mainsgill Farmshop & Tearoom is popular with local residents and passing travellers alike!

Whether it's a quick pit-stop during your travels, a hearty home-cooked family meal, or even a weekly shop; Mainsgill is sure to have something for every member of the family to enjoy.

Straight from our working farm to our farmshop

Selling only our own traditionally home reared meats, Mainsgill is a 'real' farmshop offering a shop floor to our farm.

Andrew and Maria Henshaw opened the family-run farmshop and tearoom in 2001. Since opening, the business has grown; this year we will be expanding with 10,000 sq foot of retail space!

Our story

Andrew & Maria Henshaw moved to Mainsgill Farm in 1995 newly married from Lancashire. Mainsgill was purchased with aspirations of farming in our own right. It was a small 57 acre farm set up to fatten intensive pigs (1200) and fatten beef. At that time we also reared dairy replacements. Being a young couple setting up, we were highly mortgaged and with a downturn in all sectors of the farming industry through BSE, Blue Ear, etc., it was a difficult time. Highly mortgaged increasing debts and ever decreasing cash flow, we had to find a way to survive and repay our debts.

Situated 4.5 miles west of Scotch Corner adjacent to the main trans-pennine route we had an ideal position to set a farm shop up.  Approximately 12000 vehicles travel past daily, peak season 21000. A local butcher slaughtered and cut our own home produced meats in 1997. We would pack our own meats on the kitchen table and go door to door selling in the local villages. At this stage farmers markets were starting to establish, we grew our name and reputation as further markets opened. We still attend farmer markets to date. As sales grew steadily, we pursued permission to build a stone built farm shop with our local authority. Many hurdles had to be crossed, especially with Highway Agency as our entrance is direct on to the main A66. With successful permission in 1999. At this time we had converted the garage at the side of the house to form a small shop and preparation room. We took on a part time butcher on an evening to cut our meat due to narrow margins. We packed the meat into the early hours as we had our farm work during the day.

Diversification at that time was a new concept, and it was a direction we took to survive. After restructuring the business’ finances and new support for the farm shop, building of the shop commenced February 2001, just as foot and mouth broke out. The build was completed and opened  June 2001. Within the farm shop we sold our own meats, other local producers produce to complement our expanding range and 6 tables for the tearoom. A small bakery in house provided home baking for the shop and tearoom. With the countryside closed for business due to Foot and Mouth sales were slow but grew steadily as word spread. Publicity was good due to diversification being the new buzz word and being a young couple with a young family, local media supported our dream.

 
As the business grew, it was evident the farm shop , tearoom, and farm needed to expand. Over the years, the business has expanded with four expansions being added. In 2014, Mainsgill will see the completion of a two storey extension, creating a total of 20,000 sq ft to the building for tearoom, farm shop with butchery and gift shop; and employing up to 50 staff. The Henshaws now farm 500 acres of land. All livestock are sold in-house through the farm shop and used in the tearoom.

Testimonials

"Excellent place to visit and shop. Restaurant is excellent too and great value." D. Taylor via Google Reviews
"Thank goodness for Mainsgill Farm. Right time, right place" Anna via Trip Advisor
"For years I have been driving past on the A66 from Wetherby to Scotland and always meant to stop - we took the time out for a cup of tea en route and how annoyed am i that I've not done it before! We thoroughly enjoyed our break and the shop is simply fantastic" F. Wright; email
"We are already looking forward to our next trip to you as we have decided to buy our meat and other food from you on a regular basis as your products are fab and your service is excellent" R & J. Pegg; email
"I always call into your tea rooms on our way to Centre Parcs. We always visit the tea rooms for breakfast on the way up and lunch on our way back home. It is something we look forward to and it sets us up for our holiday, we always buy products from the shop, always spending more than we first intended but it's good quality and worth every penny. I would like to say a big thank you to all the staff; they are always helpful and friendly, and absolute shopping pleasure - you should all feel proud!" H. Dell; email
"The best on A66" C. Boyd via Trip Advisor
"Mainsgill Farm is one of my favourite roadside halts...Popular with local residents and passing traffic, this bustling shop and café is renowned for its range of sausages and dry-cured bacon - a testament to the meaty succulence of animals reared on their home farm. The best advert for their porky treats has to be their unbeatable fry-ups served in the adjoining café, all cooked with local produce and best enjoyed with a steamy mug of milky tea." Roopa, via www.independent.co.uk