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February 27, 2017 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Road closure to Apley Farm Shop

2017-02-27-diversion-due-to-a442-closure-maps-from-council-jpegAt Apley Farm Shop in the past year, we’ve put up with nearly everything a rural business can face – burglary, 9 months of our phones not working properly, sometimes erratic & or weak wifi, patchy mobile reception, Storm Doris & now … road closure (for 3 weeks) … it’s becoming a joke & I wonder what else we need to prepare ourselves for !

If you want to enjoy all Apley Farm Shop has to offer but would like to check your route first, here’s the map we received from the council & on our website, we’ve posted a few maps (click HERE to see them). Fortunately, we have 2 access roads – the Rabbit Run (B4176, which is the Telford to Wolverhampton & Dudley road) is still open.

February 24, 2017 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Great Trip Advisor reports for Apley’s Creamery Cafe

2017-02-21-trip-advisor-lovely-shops-great-british-breakfast-john-bedford-2-jpegHere are some super Trip Advisor reports for Apley Farm Shop, the Creamery Cafe & Pigg’s Playbarn – all really worth sharing here. Thank you so much to all our staff who make a great team & deserve this praise so much. We’re so grateful to anyone who gives any feedback – if it’s good, please tell others & if it’s not, please tell us ! We’re always striving to achieve consistently 5 stars !


February 23, 2017 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Apley Walled Garden tours

2017-02-22-awg-leaflet-from-2015-updated-2-sides-jpeg-1 2017-02-22-awg-leaflet-from-2015-updated-2-sides-jpeg-2Book your Apley Walled Garden tour online by clicking HERE. Our guided tours are available all year round at almost anytime to suit you. On our online booking page, we have given a few dates (all at 10:30am) as examples, but almost any date & time is possible – just tell us your preferred day & time. We require groups to be 10 people or more & tours cost £10pp. The garden is strictly private at all times; tours are by appointment & must be pre-booked. You will be met by our Head Gardener at the entrance to Apley Farm Shop & escorted to the garden (car sharing may be required as parking is very limited). Lunch or Afternoon Teas in the Creamery Cafe afterwards is a popular choice.



February 22, 2017 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Teddy Bears’ Picnics this summer at Apley Farm Shop

2017-02-22-teddy-bears-picnic-booking-form-a5-final-jpeg2014-07-03-teddy-bears-picnic-photo-640x480 2015-07-22-teddy-bears-picnic-302017-01-25-teddy-bears-picnic-poster-2015-now-for-2017-jpegBag your place on one of our very popular Teddy Bears’ Picnics this summer at Apley Farm Shop. They’re every Wednesday in the school summer holidays – from Wed 26 July to Wed 30 Aug, always 11:45-1:45pm & £6.50 (same price for child & adults), which includes your picnic down in the woods on the Skylark Nature Trail & a play in Pigg’s Playbarn.

You can book online by clicking HERE or onsite in the playbarn. Then all you need to do is decide which teddy will you bring – that’s the biggest question !


February 21, 2017 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Apley Easter Funday – Sat 15 April

apley-easter-fundayThe Apley Easter Funday will be on Sat 15 April, 10-4pm at Apley Farm Shop. At last, here are full details – we’re enjoying the preparation for what is always a fun event & a great family day out. This year, we have a special all-inclusive ticket available until good Friday (14 April). It’s equally fine just to turn up on the day & pick & choose which your activities on arrival.

Egg painting, bonnet making, fancy dress, colouring, biscuit decorating, egg hunt, face painting, icecreams .. plus Scotty’s Animal Park & the lovely pottery painting studio in the centre of our shopping courtyard, Paint & Create. Once you’ve done all that, recover with a roast lamb lunch in the Creamery Cafe & an Easter cupcake !

February 20, 2017 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Apley’s Mothers’ Day menu is out !

2017-02-20-mothers-day-menu-2017-v2-jpeg2016-03-17-daffodils-22017-02-20-afs-mothers-day-2017-leaflet-jpegApley Farm Shop’s Mothers’ Day lunch menu is out & right here for you to choose from. Click HERE to book Mothers’ Day lunch or Afternoon Tea online or call us on 01952 581 002 or 07739 320 314.

Wander round our lovely shopping courtyard (red brick, converted farm buildings, for those of you who’ve not yet discovered us!): Treat her to fine foods from our farm shop; flowers or pressies from Big Little Things; a unique pottery painting experience (make something for her on the spot!) in Paint & Create; a treatment in Annie’s Reiki Centre; take the children or grandchildren to Scotty’s Animal Park or play in Pigg’s Playbarn; walk our free, 45 mins Skylark Nature Trail (for all dog walkers: taking a plastic bag is obligatory).

Book early as it’s always a fun & busy day at Apley !

February 19, 2017 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Apley’s Spring menu is available now in the Creamery Cafe

2017-02-14-afs-st-valentines-day-afternoon-tea-12017-02-15-delicatessen-cheese-blackboard-donnas-deals-22017-02-17-spring-2017-menu-jpeg-1The spring menu in The Creamery Cafe at Apley Farm Shop began yesterday – just click HERE to take a peek at what’s new.

Spring is in the air (after all, it was 12 degrees yesterday !): Bob the Butcher has great value meats available from the Apley butchery – find there family packs of chicken breasts & a brace of Apley Park pheasant. On the delicatessen, Deli Donna has lots of new olives & nuts & some great value deals ready.

St Valentine’s Day Afternoon Tea in the Creamery Cafe at Apley Farm Shop was well received this week & understandably judging by this lovely photo which I just had to share asap.

February 18, 2017 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Big Little Things – fausses fleurs now available

abigail-ahernBig Little Things, the lovely florist & present shop Apley Farm Shop’s courtyard just told me they now have a beautiful range of false flowers (fausses fleurs) from Abigail Ahern:

Our ‘Mother’s Day bouquet making workshop’ is taking place on Saturday 25th March from 1pm-3pm in our shop. Booking is essential as spaces are limited; we currently still have availability. The workshop price is £48.00 which includes all materials and light refreshments.

It’s a great gift for Mother’s Day (the following day!) to either take you Mum on or perhaps create your own bespoke fresh flower bouquet especially to give to your Mum the following day.

We have been specially selected to become a stockist of Abigail Ahern faux flowers (fausses fleurs). Abigail Ahern is a London-based interior design boutique whose products are stocked by luxury retailers across the globe, including Selfridges, Heal’s & Terrain in the States. We have stocked artificial flowers since we launched our wedding flowers and website back in 2008. Abigail Ahern’s false flowers & ‘real to touch’ roses are second to none. Stock will be with us within the coming fortnight & certainly in time for Mother’s Day. 

February 17, 2017 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

New products at Apley Farm Shop

2017-02-19-punjab-1 2017-02-19-punjab-2 2017-02-19-punjab-3Taste a bit of India at Apley Farm Shop this spring. Just arrived are these products (better photos to follow asap, but these give the gist !): We have Punjab authentic curry bases £2.77, rice kits £2.62 & chutneys £2.32. Drop in for free tasters next weekend, Sat 25 & Sun 26th February, 12-3pm. Pick up some lamb on the Apley Butchery counter to enjoy with these curry bases.

Great news for vegetarians: new in are Filbert’s nuts ranging from £1.97 to £4.27 & falafel. For customers who enjoy exotic fruits – me included – £1.67. pineapples £2.50, mango £1.27 & passion fruit 62p (sorry, we have to sometimes relax our “local to Shropshire” ethos !).

February 12, 2017 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Searching for the perfect present for St Valentine’s Day ?


Lady Hamilton’s favourites – these are romantic, strong & practical – & handmade in Shropshire


St Valentine’s Day hampers – tailor-made or ready-filled


Great choice – St Valentine’s Day hampers – ready filled or tailor made


Apley Essentials – Oven steaks from Bob the Butcher (pick up a heart shaped cheese from Deli Donna, on the next door counter)


Bags from Big Little Things in Apley’s shopping courtyard (where you’ll find beautiful bouquets too)

Searching for the perfect present for St Valentine’s Day ? Pick up an Apley Farm Shop Valentine’s Day hamper. We also have butterfly steaks, rosé champagne (new in, just arrived), Borgo Alatto Prosecco, chocolates, bouquets of flowers, heart wooden bowls handmade in Shropshire & much more. Best of all, handmade horse shoe hooks – they’re super practical as well as romantic !