A farm in Derbyshire is to be transformed into a new hotel, bar and restaurant, with the aim of bringing to life the ‘field to plate’ concept for non-rural families.
Councillors approved plans to transform a Grade-II listed building at Wakebridge Farm into a hospitality site open to the public, as well as create a sheep dairy and creamery looking after 700 breeding ewes and 2,000 lambs.
The business, run by John Bailey and Heather Benbow, would aim to offer opportunities to the public, particularly children and people from non-rural backgrounds, to get involved with the field to plate concept.
Plans were first submitted in July, and detailed how the surrounding derelict farm buildings and former pig sties could be turned into a new hotel and eatery.
Speaking to the Derby Telegraph, Mr Bailey said that a lot of work was required to convert one of the former buildings on the site.
He plans to ‘sort out the mess’ to make it sustainable for use, and set up a restaurant and meeting room in some of the other buildings.