Strawberry Fields, Lifton, Devon, PL16 0DE

Experience a Real Working Farm Shop & Restaurant

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Our story...

THE PICK YOUR OWN STRAWBERRY FIELDS OPENED IN 1990 AND HAVE BEEN AN UNQUALIFIED SUCCESS SINCE.

It was not an uncommon sight to see customers walking out of the weigh and pay caravan weighted with buckets overflowing with ripe bright red strawberries.  This was all down to the care and pride that the Mounce family and their team have invested into all aspects of their products and customer service. Many people from the area will have sampled the delicious strawberries which have been a feature of Lifton for the past 22 years – now becoming known as ‘Lifton strawberries’. The strawberry field’s produce became a familiar site on the barrow outside the Mounce family home which became a feature in the heart of the village. To the delight of local people, as well as passersby, the barrow remained there for the next 5 years and was laden with a range of seasonal produce.

From this point, the combined success of the farm barrow and the PYO led to the inevitable next step – a farm shop…..but where do you start with what seems like a good idea over a cup of tea?  After numerous planning meetings, discussions with environmental agency, builders and not forgetting the day to day running of the farming business, on 1st June 2002, the doors of the Lifton Farm Shop opened to the public for the first time.

5 years on, the farm shop was in need of an extension due to high demand in the restaurant and a greater selection of home produced goods to display in the shop. The two wings either side of the original shop were built.

In 2009 the function suite was built to cater for private events, community meetings and primarily for more covers in the restaurant. This included building a feature bar, landscaped garden, high spec toilets and an extension of the open kitchen.

Through ensuring the quality of the food, produce and customer service the restaurant is very nearly always buzzing and full with happy customers and the farm shop is bursting with home grown and home reared produce with freshness a key factor. The 200 acre farm is devoted to the shop and the core activities continue to stock the shop and provide ingredients for the restaurant just as it did over 20 years ago.

OVER 20 YEARS IN THE MAKING, BUT IT HAS ALSO BEEN A VERY EVENTFUL TIME OVER THE PAST 10 YEARS AT LIFTON FARM SHOP…

YEAR
WHAT HAPPENED!
1982 The farming enterprise started with a couple of pigs and the 13 acres being rented.
1991 The idea for Lifton Strawberries
1992 Lifton Strawberries were born and PYO open to the public!
1993 The Lifton Farm Shop Farm was bought.
1993 The famous Mounce barrow appeared outside the family home
1997 The snack van ‘Crazy Jo’s’ was open to the public.
1997 The land the shop sits on today was bought.
2001 Shall we build a farm shop?
2002 Lifton Farm Shop was open to the public!
2002 The first Halloween Extravaganza!  All proceeds in aid to Children in Need!
2005 The first Lifton Farm Shop pasty was made!
2006 The Barn style restaurant was extended to meet customer needs
2008 Our South Devon suckler heard was bought
2009 Lifton Farm Shop function suite opened
2011 Solar panels up and running to produce our own electricity for the farm shop and restaurant.
2012 10 year anniversary!
2014 Became 100% energy self sufficient through the erection of a 500kW turbine and 250Kw solar array