Farmhouse Biscuits Factory Shop: The best biscuits in Britain?
I got a taste for these biscuits while I was at College in Lancaster. If there was a posh meeting or function a selection of them would appear with coffee.
Now I live in Burnley, I am just a couple of miles down the road from the factory that makes them. Even better is that they have a genuine factory shop with some great bargains.
As the success of the company has gathered pace, you now see their biscuits on sale at deli's all over the country. They produce biscuits under the ‘own brand’ name for several very well known outlets such as Harrods and Fortnum & Masons in London, and Zacs of New York.
In my opinion, they are simply the best biscuits money can buy - and if you buy them at the Factory Shop, you could be paying less than half price.
What to buy: We soon discovered that what is available will depend on the season. In autumn, they will be producing the Christmas range, tins of biscuits etc and there will be plenty to buy.
If a pallet of Harrods’ biscuit tins fall off the fork-lift truck, they will not risk sending them to Harrods, so they sell them off for a fraction of their marked up price in the shop. Usually there will be superficial damage to the tin, but inside the biscuits are rarely broken.
My favourites are the Priory crumble or the Chocolate Oat Flips.
What to pay: Up to half the normal retail prices on damaged tins. Bags of broken biscuits at give-away prices are some times available. Perfect products available at considerably less than what you'll pay at a deli.
Various: Mill Shops for bargains
Burnley is a bit of a magnet for those that like a Mill Shop bargain - I even see coach tours coming here now. Here are some of those available:
Brands at Home
Heasandford Industrial Est, Burnley
Tel. 01282 427008
Home furnishings including wallpaper, fabric, paint and bedding - discontinued lines or slightly imperfect.
Farrington Court, Burnley
Tel. 01282 425504
Blinds of all styles, colours and textures including vertical, roller and conservatory roof blinds.
The Factory Shop
Casterton Ave, Burnley
Tel. 01282 425280
Clothing for all the family and towels
The Fireplace Warehouse
215/233, Accrington Rd, Burnley
Tel. 01282 832550
Probably the largest selection of fireplaces in the World
Lambert Haworth & Sons Ltd.
Finsley Gate, Burnley
Tel. 01282 471283
Famous footwear manufacturers providing a variety of quality footwear for all the family (supply M&S).
Oak Mount Mill Shop
Wiseman Street, Burnley
Tel. 01282 414950
Dress and curtain fabric at mill shop prices.
Cameron Mill, Howsin St, Burnley
Tel. 01282 432301
World famous stoneware character rabbits designed and painted on site.
Sherry’s Lancashire Mill Shop
Stockbridge Rd, Padiham
Tel. 01282 778416
For bed linen, towels & soft furnishings
Barden Lane, Burnley.
Tel. 01282 420333
Situated on the banks of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal with fantastic views over the surrounding countryside towards Pendle Hill. Barden Mill has over 30,000 sq.ft. of bargains under one roof.
If you want to travel 10 mins. down the motorway to Clayton-le-Moors, you will find the Karrimor Factory Shop. Colne have the very popular Boundary Mill. My favourite is the Farmhouse Biscuits factory shop at Nelson, and this has a separate entry.
What to buy: Take your pick!
What to pay: Expect some good reductions, although mill shops are not the bargain basement places they once were about 10 years ago.
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