EASTINGTON Farm Shop has won a GOLD in the Taste of the West Awards 2022.

A spokesman for the shop said it was awarded just before the businesses third birthday, and they couldn’t be more thrilled.

Taste of the West is judged via a secret shopper that judges the shop against a set criteria.

Some of the comments were: “Eastington Farm Shop shows an exceptional level of local sourcing, and this is what makes this place very special.

“They continue to evolve.’”

And “It had a lovely laid back, country feel.”

“It’s a place you’d want to visit for coffee as well as buying supplies.”

’ We have had an interesting time in business so far, launching just 9 months before the pandemic hit.

“We had to adapt to the change quickly and became a lifeline for some members of the local community.

“As the judge said we have continued to evolve and provide a unique shopping experience for our customers in this little corner of Stroud.

“Our amazing team works exceptionally hard to keep food chains short, working with local producers to bring you the best the area and beyond has to offer.

“One of our key values is to shorten food chains and bring our customers the best and freshest food.

“We have plenty planned for the future and can’t wait to welcome you through our doors.”

Eastington Farm Shop is owned and run by Hannah Clarke and Ed Spencer.

The Spencer’s have been dairy farming the land for generations but saw a new emerging opportunity to help solve some of the challenges they experienced in the 21st Century by taking things back to grass roots and using their connections within the local area to help locals access good quality food without reliance on big supermarket chains that put profits first.

They took the plunge to make their dream a reality and opened their doors to the public August 2019.

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