New Christmas opening hours and a festive menu for December

It may be almost December and cold and wintery outside but at least we have an excuse to revive our delicious mulled wine!  A fruity Spanish red mixed with citrus and spices before being gently heated – perfect on a cold winter’s day. It is also time to launch our Christmas menu – available throughout …

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Flavoursome, “fair trade” Vanilla pods freshly delivered from Indonesia

Not a flower from our own gardens this week but a picture of Vanilla orchids growing in Indonesia! Many of you have chatted with our horticulturist and environmental warrior, Made Setiawan.  Originally from Bali, Made spends half the year in Indonesia running his company, Conservana Spices, which aims to restore and protect the native Indonesian rain forest by encouraging …

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Perhaps our best ever Quince harvest

A super abundant harvest of Quince this year.  So many fruits that we haven’t yet harvested them all.  So many fruits that one tree has collapsed under their weight! There are so many myths about this beautiful fruit.  Some believe it to be the Forbidden Fruit from the Garden of Eden, others suggest it was a quince …

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Old English Longhorn Beef from Hampton Gay

This week we have taken delivery of another side of Old English Longhorn beef from our friends up at Hampton Gay farm. Perhaps the most delicious of all the old heritage beef varieties, Longhorns are uniquely well adapted to living outdoor lives, in family groups, eating grass and forage. At Hampton Gay, the cattle are …

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Pumpkins and Squash galore…

It’s the turn of our pumpkins and squash to take centre stage this week – not quite as abundant as earlier years and not, perhaps, big enough to carve lanterns, we do, nonetheless, have plenty of delicious specimens! Some varieties ready to eat immediately – Butternut, Gem and Uchi Kuri (Onion Squash), others best cured …

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At last the fabulous Tarte Tatin returns

Apples galore this week at the farm with one of the best harvests we have ever seen. After several weeks of picking, the apples are in and have been divided between those being stored for sale over the next 4-5 months, those that have gone to Rupert at Tiddley Pommes to be pressed for juice …

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Our newest arrivals out for a stroll…

As you can see from the picture above, our new saddleback piglets are getting stronger, more playful and more adventurous as each day goes by. Mum and babies are all doing very well and although still quite cautious will probably come and say hello to anyone who visits their paddock. We also have new arrivals …

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Crisp autumn sunshine and stunning Dahlias

Welcome back to our weekly newsletter after a long summer break. Many of you know that I have been quite ill over the last couple of months and unable to keep you up to date about developments on the farm and what fruit and vegetables are in season. I am now back at work and …

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Sultry Sun, Succulent Lemon Soles and Sumptuous Sorbets!

As the sun beats down this weekend, where better to while away an hour or two than in our beautiful gardens?  Choose one of our shady tables in the orchard or under the walnut tree and enjoy a glass of iced white or perhaps a glass of our new Pinot Noir from the Davenport Vineyard …

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Lots of Artichokes, Romanesco Cauliflowers, Marseille Figs…

Now we are past mid-summer, the homegrown harvest is growing every week. Lots of crops are coming into their prime including baby Fennel, Cauliflowers, Romanesco, French Beans, Kohlrabi, Cavaloi Nero, Kale, Gherkins, Courgettes, Cucumbers and, of course, the Artichokes shown above. Not as big as the Globes we have been sourcing from Brittany, our smaller …

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