Yew Tree Farm is a delightful working Farm in the heart of the English Lake District. The farm is famous for being owned by Beatrix Potter and having featured in the film ‘Miss Potter’. Yew Tree Farm is thought to be one of the most photographed farms in the UK.
Beatrix Potter furnished the Tea Rooms in 1930 with important pieces of furniture and ornaments including paintings, china and many other historic chattels. The furniture remains intact so visitors have the rare chance to sit at Beatrix’s own tables and chairs whilst enjoying their farmhouse fayre.
The tea room group will enjoy exclusive (tea room) use of the property for the duration of the visit and therefore can get a chance to really soak up the atmosphere.
As visitors arrive they are likely to be greeted by a range of free range Farm animals including ducks, hens and a very charismatic Turkey called ‘William’, we aim to ensure there are always sheep and cattle to see so visitors get a sense of it being a working environment.
The Farm has featured on many UK television programmes and also is well known in Japan having starred on NHK twice in association with Beatrix Potter and English lifestyle. Our scone demonstrations were featured in Figaro and RSVP Magazine along with several other food journals. Caroline herself was invited to Tokyo to demonstrate scone making long with other traditional English recipes.
At Yew tree farm we can offer an exclusive package or a really unique experience. Hosted by Caroline and her family the visitor will get a chance to sample real home cooked food in a traditional authentic setting.
Group Bookings 2012/2013
Food and drink, Lake District group booking.
For the whole group to be seated at the same time we have a maximum group size of 40 minimum 15 people.
Earliest booking 10.30 am groups should be on the premises no later than 5pm. We also would be open to discussion on evening bookings for dinner by special arrangement.
We offer coach parking for small and medium coaches (large coaches can park if experienced or regular drivers are driving, the entrance/exit is difficult)
History of Yew Tree Farm
A talk and walk about Yew Tree Farm can be given in English if requested at the time of booking (subject to staff availability). The fee is dependant of the duration and content of the talk but is usually £5 per person. Any visitors doing a walk should wear flat shoes or trainers with good grip and have a waterproof coat or umbrella.
please note that there are 2 external visitor toilets available at the Farm, one suitable for wheelchair access.
2012/2013 PRICES - Lake District group bookings.
We can offer a selection of refreshments by arrangement.
1) Cream Teas - Scone Damson Jam and Cream and Local tea or coffee £7.50
2) Farmhouse Afternoon Tea - Selection of Sandwiches (usually Herdwick lamb, smoked salmon and dill, local cheese and Westmoreland chutney, Beltie beef and horseradish mustard) served with a selection of cakes and tea. £12.50
3) Cumbrian cold buffet – a selection of salads, home grown cold meats, homemade finger food etc celebrating fine local food including cake plate and a drink. £15*
4) Soup and a sandwich - Homemade seasonal soup, sandwich (usually Herdwick lamb, smoked salmon and dill, local cheese and Westmoreland chutney and, Beltie beef and horseradish mustard) and cake plate with a drink £15*
5) Seasonal soup with chunky bread served with a cake plate / scone jam and cream and teas/coffees. £10
6) Hot Buffet – A choice of 1 or 2 of the following options – Belted Galloway in red wine, Fish pie, Beltie Bolognaise/lasagne, Herdwick Hot pot, chicken and bacon pie, Herdwick Chilli, sausage casserole, Herdwick Moussaka or vegetarian alternative and a cake plate with a drink £15*
* Cake plate will be a selection of small cakes including scones with jam and cream.
Driver / Guide Vouchers
Drivers and group leaders get a complimentary Tea and cake.
We do not charge an entrance fee for groups having refreshments.
In the event of a cancellation (7 days or less) we ask for a payment of 30% of predicted balance.
A self guided walk/information pack can be provided for groups and everyone using this facility is asked to pay £2.
We regret that the tea room is not easily accessible to wheelchair users due to the historic nature of the property, however we will help in every possible way to enable access to all parts of the tea room and garden for anyone with limited mobility or using a wheel chair.
Yew Tree Farmhouse Cooking Experience.
Yew Tree Farm is famous for being owned by Beatrix Potter and having featured in the film ‘Miss Potter’. Yew Tree Farm is a real working farm run by Jon and Caroline Watson.
We offer a unique chance to come and learn a traditional English skill in our Farmhouse kitchen.
Caroline will personally tutor a small group (15 max at a time) in her well equipped but homely kitchen. There is plenty of room for everyone to stand around an island unit during the baking process, this event is usually very sociable and good fun.
Yew Tree Farm aprons are provided to protect all clothing.
Each person will be allocated a bowl and equipment and will be guided step by step through the scone making process. Individual scones are marked before baking and then judged after they have all come out of the oven. We wrap each scone, so their maker can take it away for later.
We use a traditional recipe with no modern additives and do all of the weighing and measuring on ‘old style’ balance scales.
We provide each attendee with a recipe, a fact sheet on Yew Tree Farm (this is available in Japanese) and a postcard of the farm .
This experience is a great way to see an old skill kept alive in a beautiful traditional environment.
Lunch and or a Walk can be provided whilst the scones are baking (see contracted prices*).
£15 per person for cooking experience. £20 if includes a cream tea.