The Davenport family has been trading in the Cheshire area since the early 1930's initially as a reputable baker and confectioners, then greengrocer and grower of quality flowers and plants. Between 1947 and 2006 they focused on growing flowers and plants and developed the floristry business. During this period they had four flower shops (Haslehursts; Tomlinsons; Davenports Florists in Hartford and Davenports Florists at the Nursery).
By 2006 the business had been brought back to the Nursery at Bridge Farm and in Dec 2006, the farm shop opened. By April 2007 it had won its first award for Best Rural Retailer and since then it has gone on to win many other awards.
Davenports Tea Room opened Nov 2007 and is styled on a quaint old English Tea Room. They serve loose leaf tea in bone china tea services, offer artisan coffee and the home made cakes are delicious. Afternoon tea is a special occasion and must be booked in advance.
Historically, Bridge Farm was a famous cycling café and hostel prior to 1950's on the old A49 and was the first place in the UK to serve Chicken in a Basket, when Hank and Eileen Day rented the farmhouse.
Visiting the farm shop has often been likened to visiting an Ironbridge period shop as it has been sympathetically fitted out using antique and old furniture, some of which has been in the family for years.venings to name just a few. Check out the events page for more details.
Read a short history of Davenports Farm Shop here [6Mb PDF].
Latest Tea Room Availability from NOON:Posted 19th April, 2017
Dates NOT listed below - tables available. Note: we are not always able to confirm or alter bookings via telephone messages or emails with less than 24hrs notice, please call us. Best time to call is before 11am or between 4-6pm any day except Tuesdays when we are closed. Additional note: It has come to our attention that our email replies are not always getting through, especially hotmail accounts. If you haven’t heard from us within 2-3 days please contact us via telephone.
Bookings are not confirmed unless you have spoken to us or received an email reply or telephone confirmation or for bookings of 6 or more, or themed events, when the deposit of £10 per adult/ £5 per child has been paid. If the date isn’t listed it is available, except Tuesday’s as we are closed.
Sat 29 Apr - Fully booked
Sun 30 Apr - Very limited avail
Mon 1 May - Limited avail (Bank Holiday)
Thu 4 May - Fully booked
Sat 6 May - Very limited avail (subject to group confirmation)
Sun 7 May - Very limited avail
Fri 28 Apr 2017 Boat booked - Private party
Mon 1 May 2017 (Bank Holiday) Lion Salt Works Museum £10 pp 2hr trips
Mon 29 May 2017 (Bank Holiday) Lion Salt Works Museum £10 pp 2hr trips
Sat 10 June - Lion Salt Works Museum £10 pp 2hr trips
Sun 11 Jun - Lion Salt Works Museum £10 pp 2hr trips
15-18 Sep 2017 Saltscape Boat attending festival
New for 2017 - Vintage Afternoon Tea CruisesPosted 06th April, 2017
Private cruises for up to 8 persons:
Birthdays, Anniversaries, Ashes Scattering, or Just because you want to….
Cruise along the River Weaver or Trent & Mersey Canal through some of Cheshire’s most beautiful scenery on board “N.B. Duke” a traditional style narrow boat, vintage Lister JP2 engine, and enjoy an award winning afternoon teaRead more
Davenports Tea Room Awarded Prestigious Tea Guild’s UK Last Ever Top Tea PlacePosted 12th January, 2017
BBC Breakfast News aired live news of this prestigious award, considered the Oscars of the Tea World.Read more
click here to view BBC Breakfast clip