Mandy and Karl

Cedarbarn is run by husband and wife team Mandy and Karl Avison. Read about how the business is a real family affair here.

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Newsletter Christmas 2014


Winter Opening Hours 2014/2015

Monday to Saturday
Shop 9.30 - 4.30pm
Café 10 - 3.00pm (Pre-booked Aft.Tea from 3pm)

Shop 10 - 4.00pm
Café 10 - 3.00pm (Sunday Lunch only - from noon)
(Sunday breakfast served until 11.30am)

Deliciouslyorkshire 'award winning'
Vintage Afternoon Tea
Available Monday to Fridays,
2pm - 3.00pm
(Booking required - before 3pm the previous day)


Newsletter Christmas 2014

Dear all,
This is our latest newsletter, just to let you know what’s been happening at the Cedarbarn, events coming up, special offers & of course news from the farm, if you would like more regular updates why not follow us on twitter @cedarbarn or you can now find us on Facebook. Hope you enjoy it….

Christmas is nearly here and I just thought I would take this opportunity to give you a brief review of 2014.

Great Taste Award
At the beginning of the Summer we were pleased to be awarded a Trip Advisor Certificate of excellence for the 3rd year running and also two Great Taste awards – for our Old Fashioned Sausage, made in the butchery and our home baked Aberdeen Angus Steak Pie which is now a popular addition to our cafe menu and available in the deli .... both, well worth a try.

What a lovely summer it was…. For the most part, the weather was with us, our Strawberries, gooseberries, blackcurrants and raspberries were plentiful, delicious and the highlight on our Vintage Afternoon Tea menu. There followed a mild autumn and Farmer Karl was able to plant a further 15,000 strawberry plants...thank goodness for Wendy’s ‘Pilates for Blokes’ class (Wednesday night in the cafe) to ease off those aching muscles!!!

Cedarbarn on the BBC
There was great excitement at the end of June when a film crew arrived from the BBC to film at the Cedarbarn for James Martin’s Home Comforts, his new show due to be screened on the BBC in January. They were particularly interested in our Gooseberries, as James who used to help his grandfather grow them on his allotment when he was a child is determined to renew people’s love of them. They filmed in the Gooseberry field, all morning! Where Karl explained how to plant, grow and pick them. They then moved into the kitchen where Chef Mike demonstrated how to make his Gooseberry, Elderflower and Almond Tart which he developed for the programme. Following this they moved on to Chloe preparing the Vintage Afternoon Tea, which included the tart and interviewed the diners enjoying it. They then filmed some of our younger customers, from the local primary school, who helped farmer Karl make Gooseberry Fools, they then tried them and discussed whether they liked the Gooseberries! They were all absolute stars !!!!

This was then followed by a trip to Winchester as Karl & Chloe had been invited to film with James in his kitchen at home. They were so nervous but James put them at ease straight away, chatting about the Talbot, Malton and his garden... they were complete naturals!
He cooked the most amazing Mackerel en Croute with Gooseberry Chutney and we all got the chance to try it. Delicious it was too & what an experience!!!

Miniature Railway
In July, we received planning consent from Ryedale District Council for Karl’s dream of a miniature railway at the Cedarbarn. The extension to the car park, which was required in the planning, has now been done, Rogers Nurseries, have prepared a plan for the new orchard and in the spring, weather permitting, the groundwork will begin. We are hoping to be up and running by summer at the latest and judging by the interest we have received, a popular addition.
Here is what the press said;

Take a ride around the farmyard ... by train
By Karen Darley, Pickering Gazette and Herald.

Visitors to a farm shop could soon be viewing the surrounding fields from a train rather than a tractor. Cedarbarn Farm Shop, near Pickering, have submitted plans for a miniature railway track to take people around the farm.
Karl Avison, who runs the business with his wife Mandy, said the aim was to show visitors the food produce available “from food to fork” The 600 metres of track will take people from the farm shop across to the growing area where they can see the different fruit and vegetables we produce” he said “our aim is to enable visitors to get out into the fields and see firsthand the growing element of the farm shop”
Karl is a member of the 7 1/4 inch Gauge Society, the international organisation for people interested in miniature railways. “The plan is to invite members to bring their own steam engines to run them on the track, as well as our own engine” he added “it is also fitting that this site is where the Traction Engine Rally used to be held”
Karl said there are also plans to create a pond area, fruit orchard and memorial garden.

Solar Panels
In November, work began by Think Renewables Ltd. to erect 160 x 250w ground mounted solar panels at the rear of the Cedarbarn. This is now finished and was, 2 weeks ago plugged in, followed by some very dull days - Typical! Anyway once it gets going this should supply half of the electric for the Cedarbarn. Here’s hoping for lots of sun this year!

In September, out of the blue, we were delighted to receive a letter through the post to say we had been shortlisted for a Yorkshire Life Food and Drink Award 2014 for our Vintage Afternoon Tea. We were invited to an awards Lunch at Rudding Park Hotel, Harrogate where we enjoyed a delicious lunch and although we didn’t win, we were so proud to be in the running and were really pleased that our Afternoon Tea received a ‘highly commended’ from Yorkshire Life.

Also in September, we were shortlisted for 3 awards in the
Yorkshire Post / Deliciouslyorkshire Taste Awards 2014 in the categories of; Best Independent Retailer, Best Yorkshire Afternoon Tea and Best Bakery Product for our Gooseberry, Elderflower and Almond Tart. This was followed by a gala dinner in October at the Pavillions, Harrogate Showground. 10 of us donned our best frocks and suits to attend the evening celebrations which were hosted by BBC Radio 2 Food & Wine Expert Nigel Barden. We were over the moon & very noisy! When the winner of ‘Best Yorkshire Afternoon Tea’ was named as Cedarbarn. We were up against some of Yorkshire's finest and are so proud of our fantastic Cedarbarn team, it is so lovely for them to have their hard work recognised in this way.

The cows are now tucked up and cosy in their shed for the winter, roast Nidderdale Turkey with all the trimmings & our homemade Christmas Pudding is on the Cafe ‘Specials’ board daily and there is a beautiful display and tasty array of delicious foodie gifts, Yorkshire hampers, ‘I’d rather be at Cedarbarn’ Mugs, even Pintail Candle tins scented with wonderful aromas of Christmas including mulled wine, gingerbread and mince pie…… it must be Christmas!

If you haven’t already thought about your Christmas Feast, don’t panic, you will be pleased to know our Christmas order form with a selection of delicious Christmas fayre, is still available in the shop, or if you prefer we can send it to you via email. The last order date is the 15th December, but advisable to get your order in sooner rather than later to avoid disappointment.

Christmas Hampers and Cedarbarn Gift Vouchers
Corporate Gifts, presents for colleagues, a surprise gift for the person who has everything! or a personal gift for that special someone. You can design your own Hamper or order one of our special Yorkshire hampers. New this year - we can also offer a lovely Gluten Free Hamper.

Cedarbarn Gift Vouchers are available to purchase in the shop. We can print specific and personal gift vouchers for example; Vintage Afternoon Tea for two, Sunday Lunch for two, Pensioners Lunch or monetary to use in the Farm Shop and Café. (If you would like your gift vouchers personalised please pre-order, preferably the day before you would like to collect.)

Christmas 2014- Dates for your diary

Monday 8th & Monday 15th December
Pensioners Christmas Lunch
Smaller portions for smaller appetites!
Includes 3 course Christmas Lunch & Coffee/Tea £11.95 (12-3pm)

Thursday 18th December
Christmas ‘Vintage’ Afternoon Tea
Getting together with friends and family? why not celebrate the season with our Delicious ‘award winning’ Afternoon Tea served on vintage crockery

“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the ceremony
known as Afternoon Tea” - Henry James

£14.95 per person (2.30 – 3.30pm) – Booking essential

Sunday 14th & Sunday 21st December
Christmas Sunday Lunch
Getting together with family or friends for an early Christmas….
Enjoy our delicious seasonal 3 course lunch with tea or coffee
£17.95 per person (Children’s Roast £4.95)

Friday 12th December 7pm
Christmas ’Fawlty’ Towers Experience
Fed up of the same old Christmas party…join us for an evening of fun and
hilarity, join the characters from ‘Fawlty’ towers for a 1970’s inspired
Christmas 3 course dinner with a Cedarbarn twist of course!
£29.95 per person
(One table available due to last minute cancellation)

Booking essential for all events in the Cafe
BOOK EARLY 01751 475614

Current Opening Hours Winter 2014/2015

Monday - Saturday
Shop 9.30am - 5.00pm
Cafe 10.00am - 3.00pm (

Shop 10.00 - 4.00pm
Café 10.00 - 3.00pm *
(*Sunday Café)
10-11.30 Breakfast
12-3pm Sunday Lunch Menu Only


Last year was a very mild winter thank goodness, but please bear in mind if we return to the ice age again as in previous years! Please telephone or check the news section on our website for any changes in opening times, cancellations of events etc. You will also find our up to date news on twitter @cedarbarn and our new Cedarbarn Facebook page.

If you have any problems getting out, just call us with your order and we will be happy to send your shopping out via Farmer Karl’s 4X4 delivery service.

Orders - Phone the office 01751 475614 Ext. 5


Job Vacancies at Cedarbarn

Cafe / Shop Assistant
(@ 30 hours per week, to include Saturday)

We are looking for someone to join the team in our busy Farm Shop and 'award winning' Cafe. If you have a passion for food and enjoy delivering great customer service, this is the job for you!

Experience not essential, but reliability, hard working, a willingness to learn and a
friendly attitude are essential.

Successful candidates will have a genuine enthusiasm for customer care, product knowledge and an ability to work in a fast paced environment with a smile at all times.

Apprentice Butcher
(@ 35 hours per week, to include one weekend day)

Do you have an interest in food? We are looking for an Apprentice Butcher to work alongside the skilled butchers in our busy and friendly Farm Shop.
You will be trained in all aspects of the meat industry learning a skill that will give you a career for life.
You need to be enthusiastic, keen to learn, polite and will be serving on the sales counter so will need good communication skills

If you are interested in either position, please email your C.V. to Alison Riley on or phone 01751 475614 (mon-fri)


and finally...... but most importantly;

We would also like to say a huge thank you for your support
& friendship this year and wish you...

Merry Christmas and a
Happy & Healthy New Year

With Best wishes from
Mandy, Karl, Chloe, Alison
& all the team at the Cedarbarn

Cedarbarn Farm Shop & Café
Thornton Road
YO18 7JX


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Cedarbarn Farm Shop and Café

Welcome to Cedarbarn, where we're passionate about growing, cooking and eating fabulous food!

Our award-winning farm shop and café is food heaven… but our produce doesn't just taste great; we're proud to say it's locally sourced as far as possible, with much of it grown on our own farm. Nearly everything we sell or serve has been produced right here in beautiful North Yorkshire, whether it's our own fresh meat, Scarborough fish, seasonal fruit and vegetables or delicious deli products.

Cedarbarn is run by husband and wife team Karl and Mandy Avison. Karl's family has farmed in the Thornton Dale area for over a century, and Mandy has years of experience in hotels and catering, so they make the perfect team! The business is a real family affair, with Karl and Mandy's daughter Chloe supervising the Café, their niece and nephew working part-time and even Karl's mum lending a hand in the kitchen.

Our aim at Cedarbarn is very simple; to bring you top-quality, healthy, fresh food with impeccable provenance and as few food miles as possible. We're inspired by our love of farming and also care deeply about our impact on the environment - so all our operations are as eco-friendly as possible.

Farm Activities

There's always something to do here on the farm, from planting to picking! Why not come along and visit us to find out more about the farming year and seasons?

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We have our own butchery, where we prepare our home-reared and locally-sourced meats to serve or sell. We oversee everything from field to fork, so you'll really taste the difference!

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The Cedarbarn shop is a feast of foodie delights, with our own fresh and cooked meats, home-made pies, sausages, burgers and ready meals, fine Yorkshire deli products and much more…

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Our popular café has spectacular views across the countryside and our 'pick-your-own' fields, serving hearty all-day Yorkshire breakfasts, tasty lunches based on seasonal produce and mouth-watering home baking.

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Please come and see us soon!

Cedarbarn Farm Shop and Café, Pickering, North Yorkshire YO18 7JX

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