Conundrum Farm closes restaurant and farm trail

Nigel Dudgeon of Conundrum Farm

Nigel Dudgeon of Conundrum Farm

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Conundrum Farm, one of Berwick’s most popular visitor attractions, will not be open to the general public this year.

The restaurant and farm trail, England’s most northerly farm visitor centre, traditionally opens from Easter through to October.

However, owners Nigel and Lynn Dudgeon have decided to shift their focus towards operating as a year-round venue-for-hire business.

A statement on their website said: “Things are changing at Conundrum and as a result we are sorry to say that the Farm Trail and Restaurant will not be open to the general public in 2014.

“The restaurant will continue to trade as a venue-for-hire business catering for weddings, corporate entertaining, private parties, bus trips etc.

“The Dudgeon family would like to thank all of our customers who have supported us over the years and assure everyone that all of our farm trail animals will continue to live here and be looked after by us.”

Conundrum, located between Berwick and the English/Scottish border, was popular with locals and tourists for its home baking and meals, while its petting barn was loved by children.

News of its closure was greeted with dismay.

“That’s a shame,” said Findlay Valler on facebook. “Pass it every day and good to see kids enjoying agriculture etc in the better weather.”

Sheila Georges-Skelly added: “My kids loved Conundrum Farm when they visited mum and dad in Berwick. Such lovely memories there. Thanks for those good times and good luck in your new venture.”

In its new guise it has already got two wedding reception bookings.

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