We are very proud of our wonderful Village Shop and Post Office in Litton!
Not only is it a shop, café and post office but it’s a focal point for the community, a valued resource for local residents, passing walkers and visitors staying in self-catering accommodation in the village.
Opened in 1998, it was the first community owned and run shop in Derbyshire. Managed by Carol and her trusty band of over 20 volunteer helpers it opens 7 days a week along with the resident Post Office which is open three half days. The range of products on sale is fantastic, from basic groceries to gifts and birthday cards. Perhaps best of all is the local produce, including fresh milk from Peak District Dairy, free range farm eggs, Bradwell’s ice cream, Bradfield Beers and meat from Castlegate Farm Shop.
Carol does a great job with seasonal displays and produce – we think it’s looking especially lovely right now with the spring flowers…..
It also serves tea, coffees and delicious home-made cakes for passing walkers and cyclists – with seating outside on the village green, it has become a popular stop off point. We can highly recommend the Apricot Flapjack, Tea Loaf and Auntie Margaret’s Coffee Cake!
Grocery orders can be placed which is great for our guests here at Littonfields Barn and we are happy to arrange for them to be delivered to the barn ready for your arrival – please ask for an order form. Newspapers can also be pre-ordered for collection during your stay.
The Derbyshire Oatcake seems to be a rather well kept secret of the culinary world! Whilst most people have heard of the Bakewell Pudding (definitely not tart, unless you are Mr Kipling!) the humble oatcake is less well known.
Derbyshire oatcakes have been around since the 17th Century. As their name suggests they are made from oats which grew well in the harsh Pennine landscape and were a cheap source of food for working people. They are best described as a cross between a crumpet and a pancake – round, soft, and thicker than their more famous Staffordshire counterparts.
One of the most popular ways to eat them is to have them fried – we like to fry them in the bacon fat when cooking a farmer’s breakfast. They also make a really tasty lunch, topped with grated cheese, grilled and then rolled. You could even say they were the original wrap!
Still made locally to a traditional recipe they are available in most butchers, bakers, and village shops throughout the Peak District. So, when you are cooking your full English breakfast whilst staying in Littonfields Barn, don’t forget to include some Derbyshire Oatcake!