Lobbs Farm Shop is a family business that opened its doors back in 2003. The Lobbs felt they had a special product and were disappointed by the prices they were receiving from the supermarket for their premium quality beef and lamb. Motivated by a confidence in their product and a belief that there were potential customers to patronise a store that showcased the best of Cornish produce, the family took the plunge with the help of some Objective One funding and they haven’t looked back since.
Lobbs Farm Shop is positioned in the car park of the The Lost Gardens of Heligan, which is a fabulous opportunity to attract new and returning customers of the garden.
It is a very smart stone faced building that looks even more impressive on the inside. The produce is displayed effectively on rustic wooden shelving and in baskets, with warm lighting and large display cabinets for the meat and cheese products, a really lovely environment for a little retail therapy of the foodie variety! All the beef and lamb is reared on their own farm and Phil is one of 3 butchers at the shop.
They grow a good range of vegetables themselves leeks, cabbage, spinach, chard, beetroot and more, all cut dew-fresh ready for sale each day.
Cornwall is lucky to have an amazing range of food suppliers but of course there are gaps and Lobbs Farm Shop fill the shelves with Cornish produce wherever they can, but after that rely on Westcountry suppliers and then British and so on… so that there is always a full array of produce to choose from and it is as local as supply allows.
Alongside the farm shop, is the visitor information room which has given the family the opportunity to tell the story behind their concept and to explain how their beef and lamb is produced so that visitors can have confidence in what they are buying. It aims to inform people and stimulate an interest in the ethos that the Lobbs are such passionate advocates of. “We have great confidence in the quality of our own products and those that we have selected to sell in the shop – origin, quality and price are the three determining factors when it comes to choosing our suppliers. We hold taster days so that customers can try before they buy, it gives people a chance to sample new products that they perhaps wouldn’t have tried if they weren’t given the opportunity and it’s a nice way to educate our customers about all the exciting produce there is out there” said Ian Lobb.
There is a selection of two different Cornish ice creams on offer in 500ml and 1 litre tubs and in a great selection of flavours. But what does Ian have in his freezer at the moment “Callestick Farm Crunchy Toffee and Honeycomb” and who would he share a bowl of his Crunchy Toffee with? Richard Branson, though on quizzing him about the reason for his choice it seemed to come down to the fact that it would mean a visit to Richard’s island in order to do so!
A lovely local resource to have on our doorsteps. Take your time, soak up the atmosphere, read all the labels and immerse yourself in a real food experience…