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Layer Marney Lamb Farm Shop

Smythes Green - Layer Marney - Colchester - Essex - CO5 9XW
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Layer Marney is a beautiful and historic village situated just over 7 miles south west of Colchester town centre.

The Coes family have farmed and produced the renowned Layer Marney lamb on their Thorington Farm for the past three generations, following the same traditional time honoured farming methods of naturally grass rearing the lamb in spacious parkland and meadows.  This natural process allows the lamb to mature at natures pace, without any unnecessary stress, resulting in flavoursome, succulent, sweet and tender meat from animals whose welfare has been respected.

The Layer Marney Farm Shop was opened in July 2007, giving the public quick and easy access to the best of local produce in one convenient location.  The shop looks deceptively small from the outside, as do many, although opens up into a large expanse of quality meat, fruits and vegetables, preserves and condiments, cakes and breads, cheeses and eggs, pies and pastries, fish and seafood, gifts and crafts, and what I would call a garden centre.

This farm shop really does take the art of growing and gardening seriously.  There is an abundance of well kept herbs and vegetable plants, interesting and unusual herbaceous perennials, climbers, shrubs, grasses, roses and even olive trees.  You can also pick up some compost and decorative garden pots whilst you are there, as well as some enthusiastic, friendly tips and advice if required.

The Farm Shop stocks a wonderful array of high quality meat, the majority of which is from their own farm, from the wonderful Layer Marney plump joints and cuts of lamb, to free range chicken, duck, seasonal game and wild venison, to their wonderful range of homemade specialist sausages – the lamb, garlic and rosemary sausages are divine. 

I was also very pleasantly surprised to see the farms own mutton, something that is becoming so difficult now to obtain, yet is so delicious - slightly gamier and fuller flavoured than young lamb, try it in a winter stew or a spicy Jamaican curry, it works well with slow cooking and retains so much flavour.

You can also purchase excellent locally reared, free range beef, pork, sausages and bacon – all at a reasonable price. 

They have a great choice of fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables from local farms in the area and everything else you would want or need to cook up a fabulous feast for yourself or the family.

Our Summary
A large and beautifully kept family run farm shop offering a good range of the best of local produce, an excellent selection of the farms own free range meat, poultry and seasonal game, as well as an extensive range of gifts and crafts and a mini garden centre.  This farming families enthusiasm and knowledge of quality produce is evident – highly recommended.

Fact File
9am to 5pm
10am to 4pm
Own Free Range Lamb and Mutton
Joints & Cuts
Own Free Range Chicken, Duck,
Seasonal Game & Wild Venison
A Variety of Homemade Specialist
Locally Reared Free Range Beef,
Pork, Sausages & Bacon
Quality Frozen Fish & Seafood
Locally Smoked Fish & Eel
Local Free Range Eggs inc Chicken,
Duck, Goose & Quail
Fresh Seasonal Fruit & Vegetables
British & European Cheeses
Freshly Baked Bread, Cakes &
High Quality Pies & Pastries
Ready Made Sauces
Chutneys, Pickles & Relishes
Honey & Preserves
Vinegars, Oils & Marinades
Variety of Pasta & Dried Produce
Hand Made Ice-Cream
Good Selection of Local Freshly
Pressed Juices
An Excellent selection of
Herbaceous Perennials, Climbers,
Shrubs, Grasses & Roses
A Wide Selection of Gifts, Home
Wares & Crafts
Major Credit Cards Accepted? Yes
Shop Online? Meat Orders Only.
Specialist Cuts:
All of the lamb is reared and butchered on the farm, so any particular cut can be supplied to suit your requirements .
Farmers Markets:
You can purchase Layer Marney home produce meats at a number of farmers markets in Essex, Suffolk & Middlesex, see their homepage for detail of market date & times.
Christmas Orders:
You can pre-order from the end of October, wonderful free range, naturally reared Bronze Turkey, Goose & Cockerel especially for Christmas.
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Product Range: 5/5     Service: 4/5     Produce: 5/5
I frequently shop at layer marney farm shop as there is such a choice of great fresh food that tastes better and is cheaper than my local supermarket. The service is friendly and there own lamb is the best i have tasted.