Jobs boost as Donna takes over busy Clitheroe cafes

farm fare: Donna Pinder (right) serving lunch to local farmer's wife Nicola Burnop. Donna has won the contract to provide catering at Clitheroe Auction Mart
farm fare: Donna Pinder (right) serving lunch to local farmer's wife Nicola Burnop. Donna has won the contract to provide catering at Clitheroe Auction Mart

as any farmer’s wife will tell you, keeping a hungry farmer happy is no easy task... but Donna Pinder has a whole army of them to cater for!

Donna (27), is taking over the running of the popular cafés at Clitheroe Auction Mart and antiques auction house, Silverwoods. She successfully won a tender issued by the mart and will operate the business alongside her husband Richard and other family members and up to nine new full and part-time staff who are currently being recruited.

Donna, who lives at Edisford Bridge Farm near Clitheroe, is a local farmer’s daughter who is expecting her first baby in April. She previously ran a café near Sawley and has been working at The Inn at Whitewell for the past 12 months.

She is planning to source all her ingredients locally where at all possible, including meat from on-site butcher Countrystyle meats. Donna’s parents, Alan and Jean Knowles, farm at Edisford Bridge and also have a haulage business and run the caravan site.

“My family and my husband Richard’s family have strong connections with the Ribble Valley farming community and I would like to think I know what sort of food goes down well with the Mart’s customers,” said Donna.

“Everything will be handmade completely from fresh ingredients and there will be lots of hearty traditional roasts and pies, as well as lighter options. We’ll be talking to Silverwoods’ clientele about what they would like to see on offer – it’s likely to be a wider range of sandwiches, snacks and cakes as well as the famous bacon butties! “We’re hoping that the word will spread and that non-auction customers will also start coming to the cafés – there is plenty of free parking, and always something interesting going on.”