12.00pm – 5.00pm
12.00pm – 5.00pm
Millbank Farm has existed on the same site in Killinchy since 1889 and while a lot has changed over the decades, we have continued to produce great quality food in the fields of County Down for six generations and counting.
In the early years, the farm was a corn and sutch mill which processes flax for the local linen trade, but today we are a medium mixed farm of around 400 acres – including 80 acres of cereals, 80 acres of veg, as well as grazing for dairy heifers and 200 ewes. We also have two broiler houses for supply of Moy Park chicken, and in recent years we excitingly have opened the farm’s first customer-facing venture; Millbank Farm Shop, which is in pride of place on Saintfield’s high street.
With this most recent diversification into serving the local public, we see the importance of always evolving and moving positively with the times. Our effort was to create a customer experience that provides fresh, honest, seriously local produce – mostly grown at home on our farm or in the immediate area, and with as little plastic packaging as possible. The shop provides an ever-changing variety of fresh fruit, vegetables, dairy, and whole foods – perfect for the home cook and chefs alike. Quality, seasonality, and a love of good food is at the forefront of everything we do.
Adrian is at the helm of the business, with three daughters raised together with his wife Paddy. Eldest sister, Susie is a Graphic designer in London, the middle daughter Victoria is a primary school teacher at the local primary school and Emily has joined Adrian on the Farm in Killinchy. The family business is exactly that – with everyone adding their own skills and input to make the legacy of Millbank Farm a success.
As a business, Millbank is committed to farming sustainably. The farm works the land in a sympathetic way, and takes every opportunity to enhance the local biodiversity of the countryside. Some of theenvironmental initiatives include; tree planting, seeding wildflowers and keeping livestock to create higher organic matter in the soils.
Awards include –
McDonalds Outstanding Farmer of the Year 2019
Waitrose Future Proofing 2019
Shortlisted British Farming Awards Diversification Innovator 2021
Farming Life Farm Diversification, Farming Family 2021