An award-winning, family-run farm shop has closed down after nearly ten years of business
Hopley House, in Wimboldsley, Cheshire, was known for sourcing most of its food and drink from within 30 miles of the shop, supporting local producers.
Trish Ryan, owner of the farm shop, decided to cease trading so she can focus on a new cake business with her sister, Joanne.
The closure has meant five people have lost their part time jobs.
Ms Ryan said, “The pressures, responsibilities and red tape of being a successful business have begun to take their toll and have overshadowed the enjoyment we take out of it. A lot of farms are starting to sell independently but supermarkets are convenient and dominate.
“It will be very sad to shut the doors and not to see our loyal customers. A lot have become friends,” she added.