Independent venue looks to become leading foodie destination

The Barn interior at Cedar Farm

Cedar Farm in Mawdesley has set its sights on becoming one of the North West’s leading foodie destinations with the launch of a dedicated market-style food hub and communal dining area following an extensive renovation of one of its barns.

The redevelopment also features a music school, and specialist retail outlets and will is home to three brand new and diverse eateries – which include pan-Asian street food and sushi from Kaizen, authentic hand-stretched pizza, sharing boards and Italian charcuterie from Da Massimo and brunch, sweet baked goods and desserts from Moreish. The venue will also offer specialist coffee and tea from Roberts & Co which have an existing coffee roastery based at the farm.

With a heritage dating back more than 30 years, Cedar Farm has a long-standing reputation as a creative, social and energetic rural hub – attracting visitors from Lancashire, Merseyside and Greater Manchester. The unveiling of the new barn marks the next step in the farm’s history as it looks to bolster its food and drink offering, putting the visitor destination on the map as a must-visit foodie hotspot.

Katie Baillie, partner at Cedar Farm said: “The opening of the new food barn is hugely significant for Cedar Farm. I truly believe that it is something that the local area is crying out for, offering exceptional food in a beautiful setting which we are hoping will attract people from miles around.

“It has taken three years in the making from the idea to gaining planning permission and renovation of the building. This has been set against a backdrop of Covid and when many hospitality and creative industries have been struggling immensely. We were determined to invest in the future of the farm to offer something brand new to the area and put ourselves on the map as a foodie destination, whilst supporting small food businesses by giving them an outlet for their creativity.

“We have long been known as a creative hub, home to a wide variety of makers and dedicated craftspeople with visitors flocking to the farm to shop, craft and feed our friendly farm animals. Our existing café and coffee shop have always been extremely popular and the addition of the new food hub means that we have even more to offer our visitors.

“The three new resident eateries are truly exceptional – serving the highest quality food with something for absolutely everyone. We are confident that visitors will be spoilt for choice and the variety that we have on offer will give them a reason to come back again and again.

“Alongside the new food offering we are delighted to be home to brand new co-working space, The Hive, Blackstone Music School, Prime Time Watch Repairs, Osgo pain relief clinic and performance bike specialists Ride Fire. We’re extremely excited to welcome customers into the barn to experience what we have created.”