INDEPENDENT coffee distributor Cooper’s Coffee has secured a contract with award-winning tourist attraction Cannon Hall Farm at Cawthorne.

The deal will see Bradley-based Cooper’s supply the working farm with £20,000 worth of espresso machine equipment from premium Italian brand Dalla Corte as well as more than £15,000 of its own award winning coffee for the farm’s 250-seater restaurant.

Cannon Hall Farm welcomes more than 250,000 paying visitors each year and is also used by neighbouring local authorities for educational coach trips as part of the curriculum for primary schools.

Attractions includes a children's play area, picnic area, shops, butchery, ice cream parlour, delicatessen and farm shop which is widely acknowledged as one of the biggest and best in the region serving the finest home produced beef, pork and lamb.

As part of the contract, Cooper’s has delivered intensive barista training to staff at the farm.

The new equipment was installed in time for the Easter weekend – one of the busiest times of the year for Cannon Hall Farm, which welcomed more than 40,000 visitors.

Cooper’s won the contract after Cannon Hall Farm owner Robert Nicholson met the coffee firm’s managing director, David Cooper ,at a “Dragon’s Den” event at Silcoates School in Wakefield.

The event saw students presenting an array of innovative products to a panel of dragons which included Mr Cooper. Mr Nicholson’s daughter – a pupil at the school – was among the students pitching their ideas.