Cross Lanes Organic Farm
Cross Lanes Organic Farm is an award winning farm shop and organic restaurant. We are located just off the A66 on the outskirts of Barnard Castle, County Durham. Situated about 12 miles west of Scotch Corner and 43 miles east of Penrith. Cross Lanes is a great venue for local people and is a popular pit stop for people travelling long journeys.
We are a family run business, owned by Peter and Susan Coverdale. Their daughter Stevie is a chef and along with Emily our Head Chef they run the organic kitchen with their busy team. Stevie is married to Simon Hare who farms with his father John and Uncle at Trees House Farm and Dent House Farm, Brignall, their land joins Cross Lanes. Simon’s sister Debs Hare is the Manager of Cross Lanes, so its a great collaboration between the Coverdale and Hare families and the two businesses.
Cross Lanes is only one of six Pasture for Life members within a 150 mile radius and one of only three members within a 65 mile radius (one being Simple Farming, Appleby, Cumbria, 24 miles away and the other our home farm supplier Simon Hare). We put our money where our mouth is, working closely with both Pasture for Life and the Soil Association we can guarantee full traceability and provenance of all of our 100% home grown meat. Honest clean food, no chemicals, artificial fertilisers or hormones.
The Hare family supply organic meat to the farm shop butchers including certified Pasture for Life shorthorn beef (https://www.pastureforlife.org/profile/P102/), along with organic rarebreed pork and lamb. The aim is for food miles to be virtually zero with the animals raised on pastures next to Cross Lanes, giving a real focus on shortening supply chains with the stock born, reared and finished on the farm. In the butchers we cure our own bacon and our sausages, burgers and kebabs are all made using our own Chef's recipes.
The organic kitchens at Cross Lanes offer high quality homemade organic food at a reasonable price. Food is served throughout the day, whether you are looking for a full english breakfast, a scone or cake, a rustic lunch, sandwich, wood fired pizza or an afternoon tea, Cross Lanes is the place to eat. We were the first to achieve the Soil Association 'Organic Served Here' award at 5 stars, meaning we are sourcing over 95% organic ingredients for our menu. The restaurant is situated beneath a glazed atrium providing a real spacious relaxing environment overlooking the Teesdale countryside, with a traditional wood fired pizza oven at the heart of the building.
The farm shop stocks an extensive range of products including organic, locally produced and many healthy, dietary alternatives. We sell a lot of our own homemade produce in the shop including freshly baked bread, an extensive range of frozen nutritious ready meals, cakes, traybakes and biscuits.
Cross Lanes has been built entirely on eco principles with organic, local, recycling and green thinking at the core of everything that is done. The building itself hosts many sustainable and environmental features, along with a living roof which sheep graze during the summer months.
The site has a greenhouse used to grow lots of produce for the restaurant. We also have an Education centre where we are developing a programme to work with groups, schools, families and other individuals who are passionate about organic farming, food provenance, growing, eco living and traditional skills.