New faces and plans at Thornham’s Drove Orchards for season ahead

Changes at Drove Orchards, Thornham'LtoR, Natasha Allen, Stephen Harrison, Karen Rigby outside the Farm Shop. ANL-150220-162940009
Changes at Drove Orchards, Thornham'LtoR, Natasha Allen, Stephen Harrison, Karen Rigby outside the Farm Shop. ANL-150220-162940009
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A new management team is taking over the running of the farm shop, cafe and restaurant in the yurt at Thornham’s Drove Orchards.

Stephen Harrison, who already runs the Creake Abbey Cafe and Food Hall, will be joining the Thornham operation from Sunday, March 1. He will continue to head up the Creake Abbey cafe as well.

Other changes at Drove Orchards include the relocation on site of two shops, Nelle, which sells men’s and women’s clothing run by Jeanett Pugh, and Joyful Living, an interiors business run by Jo Griffiths, who previously traded under the name Vintage Home and Garden. They both opened the doors to their new shops earlier this month.

In the late spring, Eric Snaith, whose parents own Titchwell Manor, will be opening Eric’s Fish and Chips and, after visiting the site last year, Hunstanton Pavilion Italian ice cream will be back at Drove Orchards throughout the season this year.

Drove owner Andrew Jamieson said: “Drove Orchards is becoming a real destination. There’s something for everyone, and it doesn’t stop there. We are doubling the size of the kitchen garden for seasonal vegetables and the Apple Ladies of Kolomna will be working on product development for our own Drove Orchards jams, chutney and pastila. Our range of juices is being expanded and our own cider will be introduced this year.”

Pastila is a traditional Russian confection, an oven-dried dessert made from whipped berry or apple purée.

Drove Orchards will also be holding four food and craft markets this year, including one on its annual Apple Day on Sunday, September 27. The others take place on bank holiday Monday, May 25, Sunday, July 26, and the Christmas market on Sunday, December 13.