WHEN it comes to getting local support there is one Rasen area business that seems to be hitting all the right buttons.
The award-winning Sunnyside Up Farm Shop and Tea Rooms sits on the edge of the Wolds, between Market Rasen and Tealby, and has been well supported by locals and visitors to the area from the word go.
Owners Hazel and Julian Hammond are passionate about Lincolnshire food and are keen to encourage support for local producers.
And the business’s location on the doorstop of the Lincolnshire Wolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is ideal for promoting what the county has to offer to the many visitors to the area too.
“Lincolnshire has such wonderful food, which has largely been undiscovered,” says Hazel.
“We always look for good local produce to sell in the shop and serve in the tea room.
“We make all our own cakes and pies, as well as curing our own bacon.
“We also try to keep away from things with lots of additives, as far as possible.”
Sunnyside Up opened as a farm shop in November 2005, where the couple sold beef from their own herd of Lincoln Red cattle and rare-breed pork, and since then the business has grown. But the Hammonds are still able to say where all their meat comes from and can offer a complete service of cuts thanks to the skills of in-house butcher Nick Bradley.
The shop is currently looking to develop a delivery service if there is enough demand.
The Hammonds rely on customer feedback to tell them if they are getting things right and this is something that has been mentioned.
The tea-room was added in May 2010 and was named best tea room at the Taste of Lincolnshire Awards in 2011.
Now offering a full Sunday lunch menu, the tea room continues to go from strength to strength, attracting customers from near and far.
“One thing does stand out to us,” added Hazel. “It is said young people always go to the supermarket, but that just isn’t true.
“We have a lot of young people, especially those with young children, who use the shop and the tea room regularly.
“It is important to encourage everyone to support local businesses – if they’re not supported the community will die.
“Of course, local businesses also provide much-needed local employment, especially for young people who don’t have the means to travel.
“Our staff play an important part in our business – you don’t want to see miserable people serving you and I hope ours aren’t!”
The shop and tea time room are open six days per week – from Tuesday to Sunday.
For more information visit www.sunnyside-up.co.uk or call 01673 843840.