A NEW farm shop offering fresh local produce, sweet treats and gifts has opened ahead of Christmas.

Wylands Farm Shop, which is in Powdermill Lane, Battle, opened last week and said it has received a great reception from customers.

The shop, which is on the grounds of the 154-acre Wylands fishery, is expecting a “bumper” Christmas.

Derek Ruby, area retail and merchandise manager for the farm shop, said: "We have come out of lockdown determined to invest and deliver a high-quality new farm shop.

"We are delighted with what we have to offer and we are confident that customers will come from far and near to see what we have to offer.

"We are open seven days a week and are expecting a bumper Christmas, so we urge people to come and see us."

Derek said: "We are focusing on the quality of what we are selling, and also sourcing as much as possible from local suppliers.

The Argus: Wylands Farm shop sells a wide range of local goodsWylands Farm shop sells a wide range of local goods

"For example, much of the meat we sell comes from our sister site, Sharnfold Farm, in Stone Cross, whose Butchery has a fantastic reputation.

"We are selling Kentish mayde pies, Biddenden’s wine and cider plus Battle, Sussex and Silly Moo cider, Harveys, Battle Brewery, Marsh Brewery and Long Man beer and a nice selection of wines supplied by Laithwaites Wine.

"We also stock Ringden Farm’s apple juices and preserves and Folkington’s Fruit Juices."

Derek added that the shop sells all sorts of produce - from freshly grown vegetables, local meat, beer, chutneys, flowers, calendars and much more.

"Our eggs are free range from a local poultry farm and Paynes Honey comes from the bees on The South Downs.

"We also have exclusive access to some local artisan craft and confectionary suppliers.

"We are ideally positioned just up the road from Battle High Street, just 10 minutes from Hastings and close to Bexhill, while places such as Rye and Eastbourne are also not far."

The Argus: The shop will not leave you short of gift ideasThe shop will not leave you short of gift ideas

There are already plans to extend the farm shop by spring 2022 and a new waterside café is being built on the site overlooking the beautiful House Lake, to open in the New Year.

Derek said: "We are convinced that the demand is there and customers will flock to us because we provide first class customer service selling the very best there is around for many miles."

The shop is open Monday to Saturday 9am until 4pm and Sunday from 9.30am until 4pm.

For more information, visit their website.

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