Happy Easter Yorkshire Pudders! We hope you are all having a wonderful Bank Holiday weekend filled with family and feasting.
Speaking of which, we are excited to hear that one of our Yorkshire farm shops, the oldest in Britain, is to be celebrated in a Radio 4 programme that will broadcast Farming Today Special on Easter Monday.
Hinchcliffe’s in Netherton, Huddersfield will be the focus of the BBC show and its impressive longevity, thanks to its 85-year history. The early morning show, which starts at 5.45am, will feature interviews with octogenarian farmer Charles Hinchcliffe (pictured), son of founder Allen Hinchcliffe, and grandson Simon Hirst, who runs the farm shop with his brother Ben.
Journalist Caz Graham will talk to the farming family about the shop’s history and how it has weathered the storm of time, through recessions and even a devastating fire. The show’s team visited good old Yorkshire to see the shop, butchery and pasture of Hinchcliffe’s, and witness for themselves the ‘true Yorkshire grit’ that has been keeping the business thriving over the years.
In 2010, a blaze destroyed much of the farm and its adjoining restaurant and the family has since rebuilt the complex and continues its four-generation enterprise.
Hinchliffe’s Simon Hirst said: “It was amazing having the Radio 4 team here to talk to us about this place that meant so much to our family for such a long time. It’s been a tough few years but thanks to our new and old customers we’ve come out the other end stronger and even more committed to being the hub of delicious Yorkshire produce for local people.
“It was also lovely to meet the presenter Caz because she comes from a farming background so knows exactly what running a farm day-to-day is like – with or without a microphone about!”
Sounds interesting. Who’s tuning in?
Speaking of tuning in, don’t forget to watch our Chris working his magic with award-winning Yorkshire puds on BBC’s Countryfile on April 27th!