CAFÉ AND SHOP – AND DON’T FORGET
less than three years, something quite wonderful
has been created at Orton Grange Farm, on the
outskirts of Dalston. It was in June 2004 that
brother and sister Richard Martin and Claire Scott
opened the first stage of an ambitious farm diversification,
just a mile or so from Dalston, near Carlisle
And for a growing number of regular customers,
it’s proving to be a veritable Aladdin’s
Cave of goods for presents and essentials for
the house and kitchen. But not just that –
there’s now even more to tempt people to
this quite wonderful conversion of a sandstone
Recently, Richard and Claire extended the premises
to include a café (which includes a mezzanine
floor) and which has added a new dimension at
Orton Grange. On the upper floor there’s
a fabulous grand piano on which local musicians
will serenade guests. There’s also Quiltessentials,
a haven for embroidery enthusiasts.
Orton Grange can be found 4 miles west of Carlisle
on the A595 Wigton Road and opposite the Dalston
turnoff. The ample car park and excellent disabled
access makes a visit easy and extremely pleasant.
Coming from Carlisle you just turn right at the
Orton Grange crossroads and then first right into
the car park.
It doesn’t matter whether your needs are
for beautiful greeting cards, pictures, decorative
household items, soft toys, clothing, locally
produced food or flowers, farmhouse ice-cream,
a delicious lunch or just a cup of Fairtrade coffee,
you will find something to please at Orton Grange.
The range of goods is huge and browsing is a pleasure.
Flowers and flower arranging is just one of Claire’s
many talents (another being the eye catching display
of items for sale around the 4 roomed shop). If
you are looking for a bunch of flowers on your
way home from work, then a quick visit will provide
you with just what you want. Claire is also very
busy providing flowers for weddings and funerals.
The quality of her blooms is fantastic and, if
well looked after, will last beyond the normal
life expectancy of supermarket sourced bouquets.
She will even advise reticent husbands on how
to do a presentable arrangement when they get
The range of items suitable for gifts is too large
to list, but if you are looking for something
for a special occasion, and you live close to
Orton Grange, then you are sure to find something
to suit. You might even be tempted to buy a picture
from one of the featured local artists.
Local people are now going to Orton Grange for
fruit and vegetables, which are sourced locally
whenever possible. There is also an ample opportunity
to stock up the fridge from the chiller with meat,
sausage, smoked salmon and other produce. The
food hall is just brimming with unexpected treats.
you find the walk around the beautifully appointed
barn conversion too much for your feet, you can
take a break in one of the sumptuous sofas. Or
if you’re more peckish, why not decide on
a more substantial meal in the café, overlooking
pens of cattle and calves from the Orton Grange
herd of pedigree Holsteins. No doubt children
will want to come and see the Tamworth pigs Holly
and Ivy, Joey the donkey and the calves being
fed while the parents browse the shelves or sip
their tea or coffee.
And you simply must try the Orton Grange Ice-cream.
It’s made in a wide range of flavours, using
Orton Grange milk, cream and free-range eggs.
It’s just so rich and creamy! Naughty –
but absolutely divine!
Richard and Claire have lots of plans for future
development on this roadside site. The next stage
features a swimming pool which will be available
for hire by the hour. While the present customer
base is mainly from a radius of 4 miles around
the shop, improved signage and advertising on
holiday publications will see a big increase in
visitors from further afield.
Orton Grange Farm Shop is a very good example
of farm diversification in traditional farm buildings.
Great care has been taken with the presentation
of everything. It is a great facility for Dalston
providing quality products, food and refreshment
within a few miles of the village. You can pop
in for a coffee and do your shopping at the same
time, all under one roof. Listening to Richard
and Claire’s plans for the future there
is no doubt in my mind that Orton Grange will
become a major attraction for lots of different
activities in the future.
can contact Claire Scott at Orton
Grange Farm Shop or by telephoning 01228 711410