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Stafford MP Jeremy Lefroy gives new farm venture the snip of approval

By Kerry.Ashdown  |  Posted: August 15, 2014

GRAND OPENING... Front, Chris Barton, Jeremy Lefroy, Brian Davies and Wendy B.arton.

GRAND OPENING... Front, Chris Barton, Jeremy Lefroy, Brian Davies and Wendy B.arton.

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A FARM near Stafford’s latest venture has been officially unveiled by MP Jeremy Lefroy.

More than 30 invited guests attended last week’s ceremony at Canalside Farm, Great Haywood, including parish councillors, local producers and tourism body Destination Staffordshire.

The farm’s new Canalside Café has created 14 new jobs and attracted more than 10,000 people in its first four weeks of trading.

Owners Chris and Wendy Barton said: “We have been amazed by how many people have visited the café, from the moment we opened the doors on July 14 and the feedback from our customers has been great.

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“Our aim has always been to use locally sourced produce and wherever possible we try to use ingredients straight from our farm shop, including fruit and vegetables grown here on the farm and meat straight from our butchery counter.

“We wanted to create a place where people could relax and unwind and so far we have been extremely lucky with the weather and people seem to love sitting outside on our decking area, watching the canal boats go by.”

Mr Lefroy said: ““I am delighted that Chris and Wendy are investing in this new café, using locally sourced produce; creating new jobs for local people and using local contractors to build what is a very attractive Canalside Café. I wish them every success in the future.”

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