A little bit more about us

Local food

We are lucky to have a wealth of talented producers within easy reach of the farm shop, and prefer to source from small local suppliers wherever possible.

More than 50% of farm shop products are either produced or prepared on the Chatsworth estate.

Our animals

Animal welfare is very important to us at Chatsworth, and we breed and rear contented and healthy livestock. We know that good husbandry towards our animals, which are reared and prepared nearby, will mean that they taste better too.

Our family of suppliers

Good food begins with our suppliers. The skill and knowledge of our trusted producers shines through in their food. Great care and attention goes into the food they produce, and we know most of the producers we buy from personally - some have been supplying us for as long as 30 years.

Our family of staff

We have a team of experts on hand here, from butchers and bakers to talented chefs - all are happy to answer questions and to advise you. You can see them at work as you go through the farm shop.

Our history

Established by the Duchess of Devonshire in 1977, the shop sold beef and lamb from the estate farms, and venison from the park. Its aim was to sell Chatsworth's produce direct to the people who wanted to eat top quality, locally grown food. Since then the farm shop has developed and diversified, growing from strength to strength to become an acknowledged leader in its field.

 

History of the Farm Shop buildings

Stud Farm was built in 1910 for the 9th Duke of Devonshire and, amazingly, took only around 120 days to complete. The building was home to the shire horses that worked the land (farming and forestry) on all the Duke's Estates across the UK.

From 1954, the Shires were retired in favour of the tractor. From this period, until 1982, half the building was home to a pedigree herd of Jersey milking cows, with the milk being used at Chatsworth to produce yoghurt, butter and cream. The other half of Stud Farm fell into disrepair and became redundant.

In 1977, the 11th Duchess of Devonshire applied for planning permission for change of use from agricultural to retail. This was granted, and you know the rest!