Welsh Government Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths AM, will officially open Rhug Estate’s new Drive Thru, the first ever Drive Thru on a farm in the UK, next week.

Rhug Estate made retail history when its owner, Lord Newborough, broke new ground last August by opening a Drive Thru to complement the Bistro, Takeaway and Farm Shop at the entrance to Rhug farm. It is the first Drive Thru, set up on a farm, in the UK.

The official opening of the Rhug Drive Thru will take place at 12 midday on Thursday, 28 March 2019.

The farm is renowned for its quality organic meat including: beef, lamb, chickens, turkeys, geese, wild bison, and Japanese Sika deer. The new drive thru is positioned at the entrance to the farm, situated on the busy A5 road running in to north Wales, two miles west of Corwen, Denbighshire, north Wales.

Visitors to Rhug who are short of time visit the Drive Thru to purchase homemade Rhug organic chicken curry and Rhug organic beef minced Chilli Con Carne as well as hot and cold drinks, sandwiches, paninis, pastries, toasties and cakes. The opening hours are:

Monday - Saturday: 7.30am - 7pm & Sunday: 8am - 6pm. The Menu changes regularly and is available here: https://rhug.co.uk/dining/driv...

Lord Newborough, Owner of Rhug Estate, said, “We are grateful to the Minister for agreeing to officially open the Drive Thru next week. In this busy world we live in I recognise that not everyone has the time to stop and enjoy a delicious meal in our Bistro or quick burger at the take away, so the new Drive Thru complements the facilities that we already have and provides an easy, quick, solution to the hungry traveller who wants to get back on their journey without delay. Thank you to the locals and holiday makers who have visited us already and have made us a regular stop off on their journeys.”

In line with Rhug Estate’s sustainability policy all the packaging used at the Drive Thru is compostable. Everything from sandwich containers, hot drinks cups, stirrers, cutlery and the straws.

Lord Newborough was awarded the title of ‘Slow Food Cymru / Wales’ Person of the Year’ last November for creating the first drive thru on a farm in the UK. Nia Williams, Director of Slow Food Cymru / Wales, nominated Lord Newborough for the unique award. She said, “Rhug’s drive thru is as far from fast food as it can be. We salute the work Lord Newborough has done. He’s looked at the large fast food chains and thought – do you know what – I can’t join them but I can beat them. This fits in completely with the whole ethos of the Slow Food movement. Lord Newborough is Wales’ answer to Carlo Petrini, the founder of Slow Food in Italy.”