Eating and Drinking

Traditional orchards were once common in the Trent Vale. Photograph: Helen keating

There are a number of producers in the Trent Vale selling locally produced food and drink as well as two breweries.

This page signposts you to some of the local food and drink producers in the Trent Vale, but many villages have shops selling locally produced food and drink so this list is not exhaustive. There are also many pubs in the Trent Vale, and the best way to discover them is to get out and explore.

Farm shops and local food producers

Blyton Ice Cream, Old Hall Farm, High St, Blyton, north of Gainsborough produce over 50 flavours of dairy ice cream and sorbets.

Church Farm Shop, South Scarle, sells home grown fruit and vegetables as well as local produce and baked goods.

Goachers, North Wheatley, have been fruit growers since 1850. They sell a wide variety of fruit products including seasonal pick-your-own strawberries, raspberries, cherries, plums, apples & pears, through their farm shop or at farmers markets. They sell frozen fruit as well as jams, chutneys, vinegars and juices.

Hardy's Farm Shop, Corner Farm, Hawton Lane, Newark. Farm shop and butcher.

North Leverton Windmill sells flour and animal feeds milled onsite.

Oak Tree Farm Butchers, Main Street, Sutton on Trent sells home produced and local Pork, beef, lamb and Poultry and a range of cooked meats and home-made hand raised pork pies.

Redhill Farm free range Pork, Blyton Carr, north of Gainsborough, produce and sell home-reared, free-range pork at their farm shop and online.

Sibley's Butchers, 46 Kirk Gate, Newark sells locally reared meat.

Sueander Farm, North Scarle sells home grown vegetables plus local fruit and vegetables with free local delivery. Currently no website, but email possible on

The Friendly Farmer, A46 Winthorpe Roundabout Newark, is an all round local food outlet with a butcher, restaurant and farm shop.

The Scarecrow Patch Ostrich Farm, Spalford, sells home-reared ostrich meat, poultry and eggs.


Milestone Brewery, Great North Road, Cromwell is a craft brewery producing award winning ales including Hoptimism, Lions Pride, Classic Dark Mild, Loxley Ale, Black Pearl, Crusader, Rich Ruby Olde Home Wrecker and Imperial Pale Ale. Brewery tours and tastings are available by arrangement. 

Springhead Brewery is a modern micro brewery now based in Laneham. It began life in 1990 in Sutton on Trent as the smallest brewery in England, gaining a place in the Guinness Book of Records it is now one of the largest  micro-breweries in Nottinghamshire. The brewery has now opened Meg's Bar which offers the all year round Springhead Beers and the monthly seasonal beer so is a great place for a taste test. The bar is open Thursdays and Fridays 4pm to 11pm, Saturdays 11am to 11pm and on Sundays 12pm to 8pm.


Gainsborough Farmers Market is held on the second and fourth Saturday of every month along the walkway in Marshall's Yard from 9am to 3pm. There is over 20 stalls selling a delicious array of high quality meats, vegetables, bread and cheese from the local area.

Gainsborough Country Market is held every Tuesday from 9am to 12.30pm at Friends Meeting House, 22 Market Street, Gainsborough.

Newark Farmers Market is held on the first Wednesday of every month in Newark Market Place. Here local food producers can sell direct to the public. Items for sale typically include vegetables, fruit, meat, jams, honey, ice creams, dairy products and baked goods. 

Other food and farming resources

Big Barn

Use this website to find local food outlets in the Trent Vale.

Lincolnshire Food and Farming

Experience Nottinghamshire Food and Drink

Women's Food and Farming Union

Think Food and Farming