A rural pub in Tideswell, Derbyshire, UK has taken a step forward for the farming community by creating the “first tractor parking space” in the world.

The Anchor Inn, which is operated by Rick Ellison since 2016, focuses on fresh local produce with a farm-to-fork ethos. The new parking addition highlights this involvement for the farming community.

Taking to social media, owner, Rick Ellison said:

“When I asked the brewery for a tractor parking spot, I think the general consensus must have been that I was a few sandwiches short of a picnic.

“But over the last two years, it’s been used quite a lot, normally by modern large tractors, but sometimes with vintage ones, and on occasion a steamroller.”

The pub owner stated that he often remembers a young teenage boy who brought his girlfriend to the Anchor Inn for a meal on a “rusty old Massey Ferguson”.

Massey Ferguson parked in the tractor parking space outside the ‘Anchor Inn’ Source: Anchor Inn Facebook

He added that he felt the girl was a bit “put out” by the mode of transport but it was the thought that counts and that it was “pretty sweet”.

The tractor parking space has become a “major” talking point around the local community and many farmers have been stopping by, taking pictures of their “pride and joy” in the parking spot.


In another farm to fork story, the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) will provide chefs and those working in the foodservice with the story of British beef and its journey from field to fork.

The event will take place from 10:00a.m to 4:00p.m on Tuesday, April 16, at Deersbrook Farm, Shalford Green, Braintree, Essex.

The event will focus on how farmers are working with the environment to produce British beef sustainably as well as consumer insight and market intelligence.

The event will touch on consumer data and trends throughout the day, including analysing what have been the key market drivers over the past 12 months.