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Ben’s Yard - Visit Local British Businesses At New Retail Village

Ben's Yard is the new dynamic retail village located in Ely (near Cambridge), set to open in Summer 2023. The new go-to destination is halfway between London and Norfolk, making it the perfect stop-over for Londoners heading out of the city. With universal access, Ben’s Yard plays host to retailers including local businesses and great British brands. On the estate will also be the signature Ben’s Yard Café serving modern British and international classics, with contemporary botanical interiors and dishes created using seasonal and locally produced food.

Ben’s Yard retailers include:

The team behind the Manor Gift Shop will be opening a new exclusive shop called Freda and Bert. The new store will be the ideal place to secure the perfect unique gift including scented candles, unusual gadgets, men’s grooming products, colourful children’s wooden toys, charming stationery alongside beautiful cards and gift bags.

A haven for discovering beautiful, timeless homewares. Love Lane by Abi’s philosophy is to offer an elegant, simply styled range which can transform a house into a home. Their inspiring workshops include topics such as interior styling, where the team will be encouraging, guiding and increasing their customers' knowledge and confidence in home development.

The long established brand Something about Rose will bring their unique take on women's wear and offer a different and fantastic personal shopping experience. Visit the store for everything from wardrobe updates and advice, to outfits for events and holiday pieces. Products include fashion, footwear, beachwear, accessories, jewellery and ladies gifting.

Spoke and Motor sell high quality electric bikes for people who want to enjoy the outdoors on two wheels. They give a supportive and personal service so that you end up with the right bike for you.

This gorgeous independent florist will be offering everything from retail floristry, funeral, wedding and event flowers to floristry workshops at Ben’s Yard. Their shop will also offer a selection of botanically related accessories with a focus on locally sourced and handcrafted items.

This independent salon is a British hairdressing business awards finalist which provides passion, experience and a chance to escape from daily routines. Visitors can relax and unwind in the comfortable Ben’s Yard Salon, whilst the friendly team delivers an exceptional experience. Stylists will consult, combine and create, taking clients on a journey of transformation so that they can step out feeling confident and beautiful.

Ben’s Yard Cafe offers relaxed yet sophisticated all day dining with an eclectic menu. The cafe-restaurant is open seven days a week, welcoming all ages, offering something for everyone whether in heels or wellies, pulling up a barstool or slouching into a comfy armchair. Delicious dishes on the menu include their flavoursome Roast Chicken Breast (Lemon & Thyme Roast Chicken Breast, Jumbo Cous Cous Tabbouleh, Sumac, Harissa Yoghurt) and the tasty Seared Seabass with ingredients grown at Ben’s Yard (Warm Pea, Bacon & Stuntney Estate Potato Salad, Rocket Pea & Herb Sauce).

Ben’s Yard Larder

For those looking to grab and go, Ben’s Yard Larder will be the ultimate one stop shop, selling food to go and food gifting items, as well as luxury, seasonal and novelty food favourites.

With more retailers to be revealed, Ben’s Yard will be the perfect destination for visitors to spoil themselves, find that perfect gift and explore new experiences.

Those who enjoy the outdoors will be able to take full advantage of an iconic Ely Cathedral themed playground and a multi-acre event space with marked trails through woodland, fenland and wildflower meadows, all beautifully landscaped on the idyllic 2,500 acre Stuntney Estate.

Ben’s Yard seamlessly combines their shopping experience with nature as visitors are able to take full advantage of the stunning Stuntney Estate whilst doing some serious retail therapy from sustainable and local retailers.