'Poshest' farm shop The Hollies opens new store on Cheshire village high street

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New Hollies Farm shop and cafe in Tarporley village high street -Credit:MEN

Renowned as Cheshire's "poshest" farm shop, The Hollies is set to embark on a new adventure, introducing a new outlet in the county's most stylish high street.

The new opening sees The Hollies in a new location on Tarporley's High Street, gracing an attractive Georgian townhouse situated in the centre of the bustling village. This village - listed among the finest places to dwell in the UK by The Sunday Times in the previous year - now rejoices the addition of another prestigious asset.

Tarporley holds a reputation for its abundance of boutique stores, and a lively high street which the national press describes as: "both glamorous and practical", attributed to its vibrant array of shops.

Now the location can flaunt yet another iconic farm shop within its boundaries: The Hollies. The family-oriented enterprise has remodelled a former hotel and pub into a chic boutique version of its revered original farm shop in nearby Little Budworth.

This new venture becomes the third edition to the rapidly expanding empire, the second being situated in Lower Stretton close to Warrington, reports the Manchester Evening News.

The Hollies prides itself as possibly the longest established farm shop in Cheshire, initially emerging in the 1950s as a fresh fruit and vegetable road-side stall equipped with an honesty box.

Presided over by the Cowap family, it has expanded into an extensive site encompassing an assortment of barn shop buildings, complemented by a large indoor café with outdoor seating options.

The shop has gained "insta-fame" in recent years, with Love Island star Molly-Mae Hague regularly praising it on her social media. Fellow influencer Hollie Elizabeth made headlines when she attributed the "Molly-Mae effect" to the long queues around the car park just to enter the shop on weekends, comparing it to "like Alton Towers".

The new high street store incorporates many of the best features of its original site, along with a new café area with both indoor and outdoor terrace seating. It also offers hotel rooms for guests to stay above.

The shop opened this week, featuring a sit-in café as well as a charming coffee hatch for takeaway treats on the building's exterior.

Management have announced that while they're still settling in, only cakes and coffees are currently available in the café. However, they plan to expand the menu in due course.

Inside, there are two rooms filled with gifts, treats and women's fashion, as well as a large main room where a curated selection of farm shop staples is displayed. This includes fresh meats, cheeses, fruits and vegetables, as well as frozen Cook at home dishes.

The main farm shop showcases a vast range of local, artisan produce from 75 different local farm suppliers, as well as an in-house butchers, delicatessen counter and fresh cream cakes too.

The proprietors of the local farm shop have a good sense of humour about their reputation. Known affectionately as "The £50 farm shop" by locals, it's said that customers can't leave without spending at least £50 due to the array of tempting products on offer.

They even joined in with some April Fools' Day fun this year, joking that they were set to be the focus of a documentary featuring none other than their most notable patron, Molly-Mae.

The Cowap family built anticipation with a series of cryptic social media posts hinting at developments at the iconic Tarporley building. Upon revealing their plans, they shared: "Hollies Farm on the High St. will be a smaller, curated offering of your favourite products from our Farm Shop and Gifting."

Tarporley's newest addition, Hollies Farm on the High St. , welcomes customers Monday from 8am to 6pm, Wednesday to Saturday from 8am to 6pm, and Sunday from 8am to 5pm, while remaining closed on Tuesdays.

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