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Clarke’s Farm

(Pop Up Afternoon Tea Room & Luxury Bed & Breakfast)

Clarke's Farm, 65 High Street, Heighington

Lincoln, Lincolnshire LN4 1JS

Phone: 07786852374

Email: [email protected]


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Tales From Clarke's Farm


LockDown Musings

June 2020


What a crazy time we're living in!


One minute business was booming ... fully booked for 3 months in advance for Afternoon Teas, and a steady flow of Bed and Breakfast bookings, life was very busy, and I was truly "living The Dream'.


The Workshops which had been so successful in collaboration with 'Flowers By Little Shed' and 'Entangles Design' were fully booked for Spring Workshops, and I had accepted numerous bookings for Baby & Wedding Showers, as well as Family Celebrations.


Work had just completed to replace the conservatory roof & upgrade the log burner ... giving us a beautiful Garden Room which will be much more comfortable to use all year round.  I also had big plans to upgrade one of the Bed and Breakfast en-suite bathrooms and had purchased some of the fittings.  


Life was all very busy and exciting... I was loving every minute.  My daughter and I were working hard developing a venue decoration service and my head was full of plans and ideas, shopping lists, things to do lists, blah blah blah!


Then Covid 19 happened!  It's quite surreal how quickly life 'turned upside down'.  I made the decision to cease trading 3 days before the government edict stipulated that I 'Had To' .... which at least gave me a couple of extra days to 'get my house in order'.  Refunding all those deposits left me out of pocket because the card payments cost 4% every time.  No government support was available for small businesses like mine, because my main source of income is my occupational pension..... the outlook was suddenly looking very grim!


My iPhone, which was normally buzzing away all day with messages and bookings, was suddenly completely silent (except for further cancellations!)  Determined not to sulk, I busied myself with lots of jobs I'd been too busy to do previously, and also took great joy and comfort from the garden .... which has not been lavished with so much attention for a long time!


My lovely customers have been my life saver .... I'd had several requests to offer a takeaway tea, but felt that it would be too difficult and stressful given the shortage of ingredients, and hellish queues at supermarkets. But as time went on, and the shopping situation eased slightly, I gave myself a bit of a talking to, and made the decision to test the water with Takeaway Afternoon Teas for V.E. Day.  I was overjoyed to be absolutely inundated with requests, and sadly, was forced to turn some people away!  


It was a Baptism of Fire, with  nail biting moments, worrying if supplies of boxes, bags, napkins & fancy plates would arrive in time, completely underestimating how long deliveries would take, and other mini disasters, but it was so lovely to be trading again, in a different way ..... but trading nonetheless.


The delivery / collection service is ticking over nicely, and will be operating until the Lockdown restrictions are eased sufficiently to enable the Tea Room to re-open......  I hope to be able to welcome Bed and Breakfast guests very soon.


Many Heartfelt Thanks to all Loyal customers who have gone out of their way to offer support - it really is enormously appreciated.


Lets hope that we all manage to stay well and safe and life gets back to some kind of normal soon xx



New Year - New Decade

January 2020


Happy New Year Everyone! 


It's so exciting to think that we are starting a new decade, after all the political trials and tribulations of 2019, it feels quite promising to be starting with a clean slate, and hopefully the lovely people of Lincolnshire find plenty of reasons to come and celebrate at Clarke's Farm.


December was a very busy month with Wreath, Needlefelting and Craft Workshops, all a great success, and plenty more guests visiting for Christmas  Afternoon Tea.  I really enjoyed decorating the barn and conservatory for the festive season - it was an absolute joy to share in your festive fun.  


I have been outlining dates with our crafty collaborators for more Workshops in 2020.  It's a great way to spend an afternoon with friends or family as a special treat, and is also a really easy way to pass an afternoon and meet new people while learning a new skill on your own - the group all eat Afternoon  Tea together, so there's no need to feel awkward or left out.


It was wonderful to meet our Bed and Breakfast guests who were visiting Lincoln from all over the country (and overseas).  It is so interesting to hear about their travels, and really heartwarming to see their delight at this old house and the quirky charm it offers.  I hope to gather more details (with the help of one of my historian guests) of the history of Clarke's Farm in 2020 which I will of course, record for anyone who is interested.  I love sharing Clarke's Farm with our visitors - it's such a warm and welcoming house and needs to be alive with people.


We are continuing with our work to improve and refurbish, with plans to replace the conservatory roof and log burner, which will provide a warmer space in winter and a cooler space in summer.  Hopefully, this year we will have the weather to host more Teas in the garden, and will be refreshing the gazebo in the Spring.  There will be other projects in the garden, I'm sure ..... I just don't know what they are yet!


It is important that I give thanks to family who 'pulled out all the stops' to help during my busiest times (as there simply weren't enough hours in the day for me to do everything myself).  Also, the lovely Erin, who is my trusted assistant on busy days to help clear and wash up - she really is a 'diamond'.


Lastly, I must thank  @flowersbylittleshed @entangles and  @crinklescraft for the wonderful Workshops they have provided, I was a little anxious about working with other small businesses, (I admit that I'm a bit of a control freak) and was careful to listen to feedback to be sure that the combinations were what guests wanted.


I really cannot thank all guests enough for their support and feedback.  Every 'like, share & comment' on social media, every verbal recommendation and every time I receive a booking, warms my heart - and continues to make a long held dream come true...... 


Thank You ❤️



Autumn Arrives

September 2019



The year is flying past - and Clarke's Farm has been very busy.  I've been having a rare old time baking for all our guests.  The great British Summer has been more unpredictable this year - so Teas in the garden have been few and far between!  All the rain has meant that the garden has looked very healthy & I have been saved the daily chore of watering.  Storm Hannah ripped the gazebo roof to shreds and I really struggled to find a replacement - which resulted in some improvisation to secure a cover over the unexpected hole in the top - which was very inconvenient with all the rain we've had!


It's a real joy to have the luxury oF the barn & conservatory.  Not so much running back and forth to the Farm kitchen with food & tea pots - which hopefully reduces the likelihood of catastrophic accidents! (There have been a few near misses). 


I've had the pleasure of hosting Baby & Bridal Showers, numerous Birthday Celebrations, Retirement Parties, Funeral Wakes as well as Pop Up And private bookings for Afternoon Tea.  It's such a pleasure to meet guests old and new - I am so grateful for all the recommendations I have received which bring me guests travelling from far and wide - and I definitely have some die-hard regular customers for whom I am eternally grateful.


I hosted the first Flower Workshop & Afternoon Tea in collaboration with Willowdene Flowers and Crafts in August and it was a great success.  There are more Workshops planned, with Flower/Pumkin arrangements its Willowdene, Felting Workshops in collaboration with 'Entangles', Craft Workshops in Collaboration with Denise, & Luxury Christmas Wreath Workshops in collaboration with 'Flowers By Little Shed' - so lots more reasons for you to come and spend an afternoon with friends and family at Clarke's Farm.  Plans are afoot to continue Workshops in the New Year as long as there is sufficient interest, and I will be posting details early so that they are available to purchase as gift vouchers before Christmas - if you're struggling for gift ideas for someone special.


Clarke's Farm Bed and Breakfast has got off to a great start.  It's been a steep learning curve, and maintaining standards when I have B&B guests and large Afternoon Tea Parties has caused me a few anxious moments.  I still feel a great surge of delight whenever I get a new booking ..... and am trying not to feel too gutted when people book & then cancel 🙁  It gives me a lovely glow inside when people leave me a good review - it's such a personal thing - sharing your home with people, and gives me a great sense of relief when they say they have enjoyed their stay.

I have been absolutely shocked and delighted to discover in the last couple of days that Clarke's Farm has been nominated  in the Lincolnshire Life Magazine 'Bed & Breakfast of The Year' category!  So if you're reading this & you nominated Clarke's Farm ........ Thank You - you made this old bird feel Very Happy!!! 🙏🏻🤗

Luxury Bed and Breakfast 

May 2019

It's mid May and we've been really busy here at Clarke's Farm. Lots of Birthday celebrations, Baby Showers, Work and Club gatherings, aswell as the usual Pop Up Teas. The garden is bursting into life and I am impatient to be able to serve teas outside again this year!

Easter weekend brought us some fantastic weather and we constructed a garden deck and put up the gazebo - which was then unceremoniously ripped off it's frame when storm Hannah visited!

Hopefully the weather will soon be good enough to serve tea in the garden again, but even when the weather is not so good, the conservatory gives a fabulous view onto the garden, warmed by even the slightest ray of sunshine.

The really exciting news is that Clarkes' Farm is now offering two en-suite luxury bed and breakfast rooms which also enjoy the exclusive use of a guest lounge on the first floor and a breakfast room on the ground floor. All rooms offer the quirky charm of our 400 year old farmhouse with uneven floors, low beams, doorways and chandeliers, (definite head banging risk!) and super thick walls. The decor is warm and cozy with vintage touches and offering lots of luxury 'extras' to make your stay here 'special'.

We've been doing a lot of research over the last couple of years, staying at some wonderful B&B's all over the country, and we aim to offer our favourite aspects from all of them to Clarke's Farm Guests. Hearty locally sourced breakfast ingredients, home baked treats in the rooms, quality tea and coffee, beautiful bed linen, towels and bathrobes and Neal's Yard Organic bathroom products.

It has been a very busy year since the Afternoon Teas first started and the popularity has really been a delightful surprise for which we are extremely grateful..... if our bed and breakfast enjoys a fraction of that success we will be very happy - watch this space to see how we get on!

Winter Warmer Teas 

February 2019

Wow time is surely motoring on - it's mid February already! I've been serving Winter Warmer menu since the beginning of the year - lots of warming winter treats including mini meat pies, gingerbread, mini fat rascals, rhubarb cup cakes along with the usual favourites of chocolate brownie, flapjack & carrot cake. I've been serving Teas to lots of new faces as well as guests who are now becoming such regular visitors that they now feel like friends 😍 I thank you all for supporting my little venture - it is an absolute joy meeting you all and sharing in your special occasions. Work on our barn conversion is still ongoing, with the kitchen nearing completion thanks to our lovely talented chippie who has miraculously made my 'back of a fag packet sketches' actually happen! The conservatory is now b isack in use with a lovely new floor & log burner to keep it cozy even on the coldest of days - the winter sun in there is beautiful 🌞

💝 Guests who came for Valentines Special Tea were treated to a special valentine menu with giant raspberry posset with shortbread & white chocolate heart, foil wrapped chocolate hearts, candle lit tables & Rosie Posies to take home 💐

My next 'Special Tea' is the Easter Special on 20 April - remember to book early to avoid disappointment 😉

Barn Restoration 

December 2018

It has been a crazy 3 months! Work started to convert our run-down granary barn to a one bedroomed annexe. We were very fortunate to have a great family building firm who delivered exactly what they promised, on budget and on schedule.

It has been a challenge keeping the Afternoon Teas going around the building work, but luckily my lovely customers have been very understanding and the worst is definitely behind us now!

I started serving Teas in the barn last weekend, even though there is still work to be done. I really wanted to be serving Christmas Teas in the barn - so have pulled out all the stops to make things presentable for December. I'm preparing festive treats for December customers, and have now decorated the Christmas tree 🎄. The log burner and twinkling lights make for a relaxed festive environment for Christmas gatherings. I'm also doing a roaring trade in Gift Vouchers - which I hand make to order

Dates for early 2019 Pop Ups are posted to encourage people to use their vouchers 😜

If I could figure out how to change the formatting of this blog page I would post more photos - but sadly I am just a sad old dinosaur with limited capabilities & you'll just have to come and see it for yourself 

The story so far ...

Commencing March 2018

My retirement dream of having my own business was just that, until about this time last year when I committed to try and make it happen.

I kept thinking of reasons 'not to do it' - fear of failure being one of them!

I had great fun sourcing vintage china, cutlery and linens. Spent many a sleepless night obsessing over details, learned how to use social media, bought a bookings diary, and then jumped in with both feet.

I posted Pop Up dates from March 2018, got a food hygiene qualification and arranged an inspection from the council. Then crossed my fingers and hoped for the best. Initially my first guests were very loyal family and friends - they were very supportive guinee pigs, who shared my posts on Facebook and Instagram and gave very valuable feedback. From day one I have enjoyed the PopUp Afternoon Tea experience immensely!

Summer Garden Teas

2018

What a fantastic summer it was! I bought a gazebo to provide extra shade in the garden. Lots of wonderful people visited, and I developed a loyal clientele of repeat visitors. A couple of weeks mid-summer were difficult, due to a plague of wasps! Apart from that, things have been a roaring success - far better than I had dared hope for! It has been great meeting all the lovely guests, and being part of their celebrations, from 60th Birthday Parties, to Hen Do's and Baby Showers, it has been an absolute joy! Thanks to all of you for your ongoing support - it really does warm my heart 

Autumn Teas

October 2018

Summer Teas were so successful that I am keeping things going over the Autumn & Winter months too! For the moment I'm hosting guests in the front parlour of our 400 year old farmhouse. The barn and conservatory are currently being developed into more comfortable and usable accommodation. The work is moving rapidly ahead, and I am assured that it will be in a completed state by mid November. I am really excited at the prospect of hosting Christmas Teas in the barn (which I can't wait to 'Bling Up'). There will be a log burner, so it will be lovely and cozy, even if it isn't completely finished. I'm giving a great deal of thought to the Christmas menus to try and offer an 'extra special festive treat'. I will have more space, so will be better placed to host Birthday celebrations, Baby Showers and the like, which are proving very popular. I'm also offering gift vouchers if you would like to treat someone you love for their Christmas or Birthday present.

Remember that if there are 4 or more in your party - there's no need to book onto a Pop Up Date, you can make a booking on a date to suit you. Just contact me via the contacts page, or message me by email, or
via Facebook 😋🍰