THE latest addition to Newport's Kingsway shopping centre is a farm shop that is all about championing local farmers and food producers.

Castle Farm Shop is located in the centre of the main thoroughfare, between the entrance to the old Peacocks store and the multi-storey car park.

The new shop is the latest in Castle Farm's business expansion over the past two years. Based in Bishton, owner Sian Rickard began selling essentials during the early months of the pandemic, and then opened the original Castle Farm shop last September.

Since then, Castle Farm has been selling its products on the road, with weekly appearances at the Cardiff Garden Centre in St Mellons (every Friday), as well as regular spots in markets in and around Gwent, including the Viaduct in Machen, Belle Vue Market in Newport, Caldicot Town Market, and Lydney Market.

But after being approached by the Kingsway centre, Ms Rickard seized the opportunity to bring Castle Farm to Newport city centre.

"I think it's something that Newport needs," she told the Argus.

South Wales Argus: (L-R) Castle Farm Shop owner Sian Rickard, manager Jen Bradford and Lucy Curtis at the new Kingsway store.(L-R) Castle Farm Shop owner Sian Rickard, manager Jen Bradford and Lucy Curtis at the new Kingsway store.


The new shop in the Kingsway stocks fresh eggs and a variety of meat – pork, beef and lamb – that all comes directly from her working farm in Bishton, and other farms around the Monmouthshire area are the main suppliers of the fruit and vegetables on offer.

The bread comes from a Newport bakery, there are ciders and beers by Welsh brewers, as well as gin, rum and vodka made by Newport's Spirit of Wales Distillery, which is based in the Maesglas area of the city.

"These are all products you won't necessarily find in the supermarket," shop manager Jen Bradford said.

And since opening on Tuesday, the reaction from the public has been really positive, she added.

"People said it's nice to see something like this here," Ms Bradford said. "We've been really well welcomed."