Wildman takes over Yorkshire Dales farm shop

Chris Wildman, of ITV programme The Dales, has acquired the 10-year-old Town End Farm Shop & Tea Room in the Yorkshire Dales.

Wildman, a fifth-generation butcher and farmer, took over after Chris and Jane Hall, who established the business, decided to focus on their Town End farm cottages holiday letting business.

As a previous supplier to the farm shop, Wildman claimed he will be careful to keep up the traditions created by the Halls.

He said: "Town End Farm Shop & Tea Room is already an established and successful business, so I won’t be changing anything until I get the hang of things. I have lots of ideas, but am holding back until I learn more about how the business works."

Wildman will also continue sourcing local produce from local farmers. "Our supply ethos will remain fiercely local, with traceability and provenance key words throughout the meat side of the business. I am also utilising my heritage and experience as a butcher. It is fantastic that I am carrying on the tradition."

Coming from Church End Farm, Kirkby Malham, Wildman set up his first on-farm butchery and charcuterie business, Paganum Produce, five years ago. His family will continue to oversee the farming and livestock side of the business while Wildman settles into the farm shop.

Commenting on their departure from the shop, Chris and Jane Hall said: "We would like to thank all our customers for their support over the past 10 years and hope they will continue to support Chris. We wish him well."


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