Situated near Kettering, award-winning Dovecote Farm offers a range of services including a farm shop, a restaurant, a tea room and fabulous function rooms for business & private hire.
Dovecote stock mainly speciality food & drink products, but they also offer home essentials – freshly baked bread, handmade cakes, eggs, jams and preserves, all of which are locally sourced.
Within the gift shop there's a great range of gift items for all occasions, including candles, pictures, confectionery, smellies, clocks and china all at very affordable prices.
Dovecote grow seasonal soft fruit and retail through their farm shop selling fresh local produce and speciality food products. However, if you don't have the time to PYO, you will find all Dovecotes freshly picked soft fruits on offer in the farm shop.
“The Dovecote Buttery” is a family friendly restaurant offering traditional, wholesome, home-cooked food, freshly made to order. This fantastic barn conversion has a relaxed atmosphere and during the summer months, the restaurant opens its doors onto a outdoor eating area & a beautiful lawned garden.
There's also a children's play area and baby changing facilities.
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We've heard a lot of good things about this company recently, so decided we should investigate further as to why The Spice Kitchen are a highly regarded, family run, artisan producer, who specialise in freshly ground, authentic spice blends and offer the most wonderful range of high quality, loose teas.
If you tend to churn out the same old, boring meals (guilty!), then The Spice Kitchen have the answer to your (my) lack of inspiration & dull dishes. Say hello to over 50 different spices all available online and all delivered in resealable foil lined bags, helping keep them super-fresh for years of creative cooking moments!
I decided to try out this beautifully presented spice tin, wrapped in authentic sari fabric and filled with every spice you need to make the most delicious of curries. Known in India as 'Masala Dabba's', these tins contain 7 separate containers for the myriad of premium quality & essential indian spices that you need to create perfectly blended dishes. I thoroughly enjoyed experimenting, even attempting a few of Spice Kitchen's great recipes and loved that every spice has its very own little compartment keeping things organised.
The aroma from these spices is immense....It's no wonder it's been crowned 'Gift of the Year 2018!'
Spice Kitchen also offer some unusual gift ideas too, such as cookery lessons, wedding favours, cookbooks and traditional cookware. By partnering with best selling author Maunika Gowardhan, Spice Kitchen have created a fabulous gift package of Maunika's book 'Indian Kitchen' along with their best selling Spice Tin...this will make someone's Christmas, I'm sure!
Spice Kitchen claim they blend with love and I'm inclined to believe them.
My kitchen/life is complete.
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After being diagnosed with Coeliac Disease back in 2012, the one thing Rana couldn't find ANYWHERE was delicious gluten-free, crusty bread!
So, she set out on a mission to solve this problem....and thank goodness she did!
Today, Rana's Bakery provides a wide selection of gluten-free, artisan sourdough products. By employing traditional fermentation techniques, using the finest ancient grains, Rana's breads are packed with nutrients which is far easier to digest.
You can order freshly baked, gluten free breads, bagels, burger buns, rolls & sourdough direct from Rana's Bakery. The choice is AMAZING and as well as everyday breads and loaves, there's some fantastic and unusual limited editions such as Winter Spiced Sourdough.
All bread is hand made to order and is baked AND posted the same day for next day delivery...How brilliant is THAT?
If that's not enough, you can always make your own gluten-free bread at home with one of Rana's ingenious, Bake at Home kits.
These easy to use bread kits make delicious breads in minutes.
Each kit includes the sourdough mix, a baking bag and parchment sheet...you just add the water! (Lordy, even I can do that!)
This super-duper Sourdough bread mix is simple, REAL bread & not only does it taste great, but it's also kinder on our tummies. It's really no surprise it's won awards.
Thanks to Rana's Bakery, we don't have to go without great tasting, gluten-free breads, ever again!
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Hayhead Farm Shop is a family-run business situated in Walsall and offers locally-grown 100% fresh produce to a wide variety of customers throughout the West Midlands. Hayhead prides themselves on their personal, friendly service.
With ample parking, this is a farm shop GEM and offers a wide variety of high quality, locally grown, fresh produce at competitive prices, ranging from a butchers counter, pet foods, frozen foods, fruit & vegetables right through to cheeses, eggs, breads, wild bird seed and pickles. Hayhead also offer a fabulous and ingenious, 'recipe of the week', with all ingredients to be found within the farm shop.
There's a great choice of fresh flowers (floral bouquets available for both Valentines & Mothers day!) along with potted gifts, compost, bedding & seasonal plants.
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7 days a week 8am-7pm
We're loving Yare Valley Oils BRAND NEW cosmetics range!
Yare are known for producing cold-pressed oils and dressings (AND a farm shop!)
and have recently launched this luxurious, albeit natural range.
Created by blending Yares famous AND award-winning rapeseed oil, local (Norfolk) honey & beeswax, not forgetting a dash of lime essence, Yares Honey and Lime lip balms, are not only protecting, they're lip smackingly soothing & sweet smelling too!
So far, in this brand new, ingenious, all natural range, you can choose from a lip balm tin, a lip balm stick and soaps, with fragrances such as Honey & Lime and Grapefruit & Mandarin...
Relieve those dry & cracked lips and pucker up with these fabulously natural lip balms by either popping into Yare Valley Farm Shop OR you can always check out the range and buy online, right HERE.
An absolute MUST HAVE to keep your lips protected & moisturised this winter!
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Having been the ONLY dairy in the U.K to be awarded 'Gold Stars' in the National Great Taste Awards for their whole milk and double cream, you know that Lacey's Guernsey cows produce milk of the HIGHEST quality. Also on offer are a range of dairy products under the Lacey's Family Farm brand, who supply directly throughout Bucks & Berks.
Primarily a dairy farm, Lacey's recently launched their new farm shop & butchers to offer a full range of meats (mostly cut to order) and deli products to include home made pies, cold meats, fresh seasonal vegetables, samosas and sausages! Together with their wonderfully creamy Guernsey milk, cream, ice cream and eggs plus a range of local produce, this farm shop & butchers is well worth a visit.
Lacey's Family Farm is set in the beautiful countryside (AONB) in South Bucks & currently enrolled on the Environmental Stewardship Programme supported by Natural England, ensuring that they look after the land and wildlife not just for today but for future generations.
Great stuff Lacey's!
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Farm Shop & Butcher's Opening Times:
Tuesday - Friday: 8:30am - 5pm
Saturday: 8:30am - 4pm
Sunday: 10am - 3pm
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Thornes Farm Shop is situated in the heart of Devon just outside the town of Crediton. Well known for their P.Y.O soft fruits of strawberries & raspberries and also their monthly family events.
Being a traditional working farm, Thornes supply the south west with homegrown veg of cauliflowers, different varieties of cabbages, beetroot, kale, potatoes, squashes and pumpkins. Working with the seasons so you can always be guaranteed fresh quality veg in the shop.
Thornes are big supporters of stocking local produce & products which range from cider, wine, honey, ice-creams, charcoal and much more.
You'll find goat meat in the farm shop which is very popular as it too, is locally sourced.
There's an amazing selection of gifts available, all made and produced by local artists and artisans within the mid Devon area.
You are always greeted with a warm welcome at Thornes and nothing is ever too much trouble.
Farm Shop Opening Hours:
Sun 10.00am-16.00pm (From June 10th until August 26th)
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Did you know…the benefits of Ghee range from building stronger bones to enhancing weight loss AND if you're lactose intolerant, have a dairy sensitivity, or just choose to limit your dairy intake, ghee is a practical alternative to butter?
Meet Happy Butter!
A small Devon based artisan company producing delicious, organic homemade Ghee the traditional way. This fabulous little company source the best organic ingredients and hand churn their Ghee to the highest standards. So high in fact, that they’re now multi award winners and recently (2018) bagged themselves a GOLD award for BOTH of their products from The Great Taste Awards!
Ghee is known in Indian cooking, but you can add Happy Butter’s grass-fed Ghee to stir fry’s, dressings, soups and even stews. You can use this rich & creamy Ghee as a substitute for coconut oil when baking. Alternatively, simply use as a spread for your toast. A little bit of fat goes a long way in boosting your energy and keeping hunger at bay.
Happy Butter’s Ghee is a deliciously natural alternative to butter (with a much longer shelf life to boot) with both Organic Ghee and Turmeric infused Ghee available to buy online, both being suitable for Keto, Paleo, Fodmap, Ayurvedic and Banting Diets.
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Churston Traditional Farm Shop has been named one of the BEST independent food retailers in Devon but it's NOT just a farm shop, oh no, you'll find a fabulous restaurant and a garden centre here too!
Open from 9-5 (Mon-Sat) 10-4 on Sundays with ample parking (there's even a car valeting service!) this child friendly farm shop offers you locally sourced meats, locally-grown fruit, vegetables, cream and dairy products and they also stock a fantastic range of speciality foods & locally-produced beers, ales and ciders.
The farm shop offers high quality, homemade meats, a deli and artisan products with on-site chefs who prepare a fabulous range of ready meals either fresh or frozen.
So if you don’t fancy cooking yourself...
The famous Churston breakfast is SO popular that you may well need to book...and the same goes for the popular Sunday lunches too!
The well stocked garden centre offers a wide selection of shrubs, climbers, roses, tools and garden sundries, along with a range of horse feeds, wild bird foods and feeders, and pet foods.
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At the foot of the Yorkshire Wolds you'll find The Mile–Farm Shop, Feed Shed & Smile Cafe, a family run business, who pride themselves on supplying quality local produce.
The farm shop specializes in Yorkshire products & showcases local artisan food, wine, gifts and artwork, to name a few!
You'll find a wide range of high quality fresh fruit & vegetables, free range eggs, chutneys, jams, cereals and cakes, as well as cheeses, hams & pizzas.
The Smile Cafe serves breakfast, brunch, lite bites & gourmet burgers and also includes an indoor soft play area for under 5's, so you can enjoy a relaxing cuppa and a slice of cake whilst your children play!
Mile-Farm Shop Camping opened in 2014 and has proved very popular, welcoming tents, motor-homes and caravans. Electrical hook ups, wifi and wet rooms are just a few of the facilities here!
The Feed Shed offers a wide range of dog, cat, bird, rabbit, horse and poultry supplies. Also available are seasoned logs, kindling and coal. You can even purchase some hardware here, should you be needing a new muck fork or hay-net?
Monday to Saturday 09:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday 9:30am - 12:30pm
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Founded in 2017, The Dorset Sea Salt Company have not only retained traditional methods and hand harvest their sea salt from Dorset's Jurassic coastline, they have also added an ethical and ecological ethos to the process.
The Dorset Sea Salt Co use an on-site wind turbine & solar pv array (Biomass, Wind & Solar) which helps ensure their carbon footprint is as low impact as they can possibly make it and a unique filtering system which helps to preserve all the goodness.
Great stuff huh?
Each batch of sea salt created takes devotion, care and love.
It's clean, pure and fresh with no anti clumping agents and NO nasty chemicals added.
This extra special sea salt, packs a punch and is rich in vital minerals which makes it a healthy alternative to table salt.
There's a great selection of gourmet salts to choose from, ranging from the 'every day' natural sea salt, to the delicious, infused garlic, the lively chilli, right down to the organic pure beetroot juice & organic pure apple juice salt.
Albion Farm Shop & Cafe is located in the stunning area of Saddleworth and their range of products includes everything from your weekly staples to a fantastic selection of locally sourced produce & tasty treats.
The farm shop itself is full of freshly made delights, from hearty homemade pies, condiments, milk, free range eggs, dressings, freshly baked breads, oils, cream, chutneys, pastries, ready made meals, snacks, seasonal fruit & veg and a fab range of artisan products.
The welcoming cafe serves homemade cakes, award winning breakfasts, milkshakes, afternoon teas, desserts & the most AMAZING ice cream made using local, full cream milk & thick double cream. Check out some of the fantastic flavours on offer, salted caramel, lemon meringue or raspberry pavlova to name a few! You can purchase a tub of your favourite in the freezer section to take home too...
The deli counter offers an INCREDIBLE choice of homemade pies, pasties, cheeses, sausage rolls, pates, olives, antipasti and freshly made sandwiches all made by themselves or sourced from local suppliers.
You'll find award winning homemade sausages (black treacle with spring onion is their best seller) on the butchers counter, along with locally sourced free range chicken, pork, lamb and cured bacon. Much of the beef, lamb and mutton are born and reared here on the farm.
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Shop Opening Times:
Mon & Sat - 9am-5pm
Tues - Fri 9am-5.30pm
Sun - 10am-4pm
Cafe Opening Times:
Mon - Fri 9am-4pm
Sat - 9am-4.30pm
Sun - 10am-4pm
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Located in beautiful parkland near Grantham, Syston Park Farm Shop pride themselves on selling their own fresh fruits, vegetables, locally sourced meat, game and cheeses.
Within the farm shop you'll find freshly baked breads, presses, seasonal game pies, free range & organic eggs including goose, duck and quail, traditional Lincolnshire plum bread and a unique hand-picked selection of food, drink, ice-cream and confectionery.
The light and welcoming cafe serves breakfasts, lunches, morning coffee and afternoon teas along with a daily specials menu, a gluten free range and homemade cakes and treats. There's plenty of outdoor seating and a children’s outdoor play area too.
There's nothing quite like the taste of freshly picked fruits & you can pick your own strawberries, raspberries, tayberries, blackberries, gooseberries, currents, rhubarb and asparagus (when in season, of course!)
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Located near Chippenham in Wiltshire, you'll find this family run & award winning farm shop. Allington Farm Shop pride themselves in their fabulous range of quality and locally grown produce & boast an in house butcher, a deli and a fully licensed cafe!
The farm shop is well laid out and has a lovely rustic feel. There's an incredible selection of produce, ranging from local fruit & veg to honey, preserves, organic milk, chutneys, pickles, cream, pastries and freshly squeezed orange juice. There's also a fab selection of locally produced kitchen cupboard essentials, handmade hampers, beers, wines, ciders & spirits and a great gluten free range of products too!
Allington cafe serves a wide choice of freshly made, home cooked meals and snacks. You can choose from a wide range of dishes including lunches (gluten-free & vegetarian options available) hearty breakfasts or afternoon tea & cakes.
If the weather's on your side, then why not relax outside in the lovely seating area?
This fab farm shop stocks pretty much EVERYTHING you need for a weekly shop. We were lucky enough to visit on a Tuesday, where Ken's fresh fish stall is in situ from 1-4.30. Customers come for miles to buy his best selling Organic Shetlands Salmon.
Whilst visiting, we recommend you check out the gift section, the local ciders and wonderfully tasty and natural heritage carrots!
FARM SHOP OPENING HOURS
CAFE OPENING HOURS
Mon – Friday – 9.00am – 4.30pm
Saturday – 9.00am – 4.30pm
Sunday – 9.30am – 4.00pm
Bank Holiday – 10.00am – 3.45pm
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Lister’s Farm Shop was set up in order to connect Lister’s Farm and everything it produces, directly to its customers. This award winning farm shop stocks all their own home bred meat and game & they're all about local, great tasting, Yorkshire produce.
The deli is filled with a fantastic variety of pies such as steak, chicken, pork & Cornish pasties. There's home made quiches, salads, sausage rolls and a vast array of sandwich fillings, home cooked ham, chicken, beef and turkey.
Nearly all of the meat here comes from Lister's own farm and they also stock a wide selection of delicious Yorkshire cheeses, locally produced honey, jams, chutneys & cakes as well as fresh, seasonal vegetables and artisan breads, even a selection of gluten free products too!
The licensed cafe offers a selection of wonderfully tasty snacks and meals. Choose from a full English breakfast, award winning pies, a children's menu, home baked quiches, pies and sausage rolls, not to mention delicious soups, salad platters and of course bacon or sausage sandwiches...
Got myself in a right old flap this week when these fabulous looking, little bottles from the award winning Yare Valley Oils, landed at HQ. My difficulty was trying to decide which flavour to try first...
The oak smoked or perhaps the garlic & rosemary infusion or maybe the vinaigrette or honey and mustard dressing...?
You can buy on line, there's some fab gift packs & special offers available.
A pretty perfect gift for many a culinary occasion if you ask me, BUT! if you're stuck for ideas then Yare offer a brilliant recipe page to help inspire you!
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Lawns family run, farm shop & dairy in Morthen near Rotherham supplies quality home grown produce & fresh local meats. You'll also find home baked pies, fresh milk from their on-site dairy and a fine selection of locally sourced products.
This well stocked farm shop has various produce & fresh foods on offer including free range eggs, cream, butter, honey, yoghurts, ice cream and cheeses. You can even buy online HERE
On the traditional butchers counter you'll find beef, pork, lamb and poultry either raised on the farm or sourced locally.
Worth keeping an eye out for their special deal 'Meat for the Week' packs, which includes a hand selected range of meats in one varied pack at a great price.
Plumgarths pride themselves in supporting, sourcing & stocking produce from local farms and businesses & is packed FULL with the tastiest meats, dressings, preserves, ice-creams, ales, breads, baked goods, fruit and vegetables ALL supplied by local producers.
With an in-house master butcher, you'll find a fantastic selection of meats including traditional, home-made, award winning, hand tied sausages and burgers. Keep an eye out for their fantastic special offer meat packs, 'fill your freezer mega value packs' & generous loyalty cards!
This 15 year old, award winning farm shop stocks a wide range of locally produced jams, chutneys, freshly baked artisan breads, a fab selection of gins and vodkas along with local ales and beers.
Just next door to Plumgarths Farm Shop is the ever popular 2 Sisters Cafe. Here they serve hearty breakfasts, soups, home baked cakes, light lunches, salads and afternoon teas. With a wood-burner for the colder days and a beautiful decked area for those summer afternoons, this is a perfect place to kick back & relax with a nice cuppa and a freshly made panini after completing your weekly grocery shop in the farm shop next door!
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Mon-Sat 9am - 5pm
Sun - 10am - 4pm
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I stumbled across this company whilst visiting the Devon County Show and boy....what luck that was!
Dirty Old Goat Soaps are handmade in Devon using raw milk from Myrtle (head goat) who is hand milked every day the good ole' fashioned way by Tracy the general dogsbody to the herd.
You may ask yourself, why buy goats milk soap?
Well, yes, you can always buy a cheap, mass produced bar of soap BUT these contain horribles, such as synthetic additives. This acts like a detergent and strips your skins protective layer and causes dryness & irritation.
The best selling, original unscented Dirty Old Goat Soap is perfect for those with allergies and sensitive skin. Other soaps within the range have added olive, grapeseed, coconut or essential oils such as Lemongrass & Ginger, Rose Geranium, Lemon Myrtle, Orange & Patchouli to name but a few and each and every bar contains properties to help with all skin types or complaints.
Here's the thing...I don't just like this soap, I love it.
I love the sweet smelling & natural quality of the soap.
I love the fact that Myrtle and her buddies are PETS.
I love that Myrtle has her own Twitter page.
I love the branding.
I love the whole Britishness of this company.
Yep, as a consumer, I'm buying into this and I'm keeping a beady eye on dear old Myrtle, this girl is going places!
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Firstly, forget relying on Sat Nav, use Google Maps when trying to locate this farm shop BUT once you find The Organic Farm Shop, you sure are in for a treat.
This farm shop does what it says on the tin – EVERYTHING available here is organic.
Not only does the shop itself offer fresh organic produce, including over 100 (that's no typo) vegetables, lamb, beef, pork, chicken, soft cheeses, milk & honey, you can stock up on alcohol, skincare, books, silver jewellery & textiles. You’ll find lots of Fairtrade and ethical gifts. I honestly think I could have spent a whole day here!
After browsing the shop, work up an appetite by walking along the well thought out farm trail, taking in the animals and the surrounding countryside. If that sounds a little too strenuous, how about a trailer ride?
The child friendly café has an excellent choice of coffee, herb teas, healthy lunches & snacks, including vegan & vegetarian options throughout the week or you could enjoy a traditional roast available (from the farm) on Sundays.
The Sunday Times quoted this café is ‘laid back & rustic’.
The Organic Farm Shop is a MUST VISIT farm shop and although nestled in the peaceful countryside, there’s lots going on.
You can spend an eco/romantic weekend here in either the cottage, a yurt or the shepherd’s hut or you could camp in their Green Field ‘Leave No Trace’ family campsite?
There’s designated walks & trails, numerous workshops are also on offer, Deliciously Vegan or Gluten Free Cooking sound good to me... AND a fantastic, environmentally friendly, eco-venue available for conferences, team building and organic weddings!
On my travels, I came across this...
Got my feathers all in a flap with excitement today when I stumbled across this risotto range from the award winning Fruity Foods!
Gary from fruity foods, is a professionally trained chef & has created some amazing recipes, not ONLY easy to cook risotto's, but jams, chutneys, marmalade's and other wonderfully tasty, edible delights.
I decided to sample the Pumpkin & Courgette Risotto and wow!
All that I was required to do was to tip the contents into a saucepan, add 600 ml of water, simmer for 20 mins, stir occasionally and hey presto! Even I can do that and being a somewhat lazy cook & to save on the washing up, I measured the 600ml of water using the tub itself (twice).
This creative food company have come up with a healthy, quick and easy meal with the added bonus of being very tasty, seriously, whats not to love?
There's more in this fabulous range including, Tomato, Basil & Roasted Garlic & Garden Vegetable & you can even buy online.
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By Jane Malyon
The English Cream Tea Company
Do you serve English Cream Tea?
I spend much of my life discussing the niceties of English Cream Tea with the public or the press.
Can you guess the question I get asked most often? Yes, it’s about the pronunciation of the word Scone (of course!)…..and the next most asked question? Cream or Jam first. Go on, have one more guess for the 3rd most popular question: well that one is all about milk or tea first!!
Since setting up The English Cream Tea Company in 2011 and gaining the Guinness World Record for the largest English Cream Tea ever that year, I must have discussed these aspects over 3000 times.
The BBC have interviewed me over and over as have TV crews from abroad, The Times, The Guardian, Woman and Home and lots more….but it was only the TV crew from Russia who surprised me. Their first question (in a thick Russian accent) was: “Jane…what is builder’s tea?”. Caught completely on the hop I said something about it being tea so strong you could stand your spoon up in it…and the interviewer said back with surprise: “You can stand your spoon up in your tea?”.
Haha. That taught me to keep it literal and not to use metaphors in such interviews!
Well I help to run @CreamTeaHour on Twitter (Thursdays at 8pm), have a mailing list of 20,000 and also have hundreds of thousands of viewers to our etiquette videos. So I’ve taken the opportunity to run a survey on what qualities people want to see in a nice tea room. The order of popularity of pleas and requests to those running tea rooms, is slightly surprising:
8th favourite answer was to do with the staff being presented nicely, preferably with old fashioned aprons!
7th highest response was about choices of gluten free, vegetarian options and so on.
6th highest answer was to have a nice range of teas from which to choose.
5th most popular viewpoint was all about the viewpoint! A nice view when possible with countryside or seaside preferred.
4th top answer emphasised about fresh fresh fresh. No dry sandwiches, no dry cakes and a freshly made selection please!
3rd highest was to do with the china - pretty cups and saucers, would you believe. People referred to loving the tinkling noise of silver spoons on the bone china!
2nd most popular answer was cleanliness. Lots of people commented on how important this was to them, including the table linen. One person also said that if she picked up the menu and it was icky-sticky to begin with, it would put her off the whole treat!
And the top number one answer? That was to receive a nice warm welcome and have lovely friendly, smiling service!
No one mentioned the words ‘must be cheap’ by the way - so that’s quite interesting in itself!
In the Autumn, my book, ‘Scone or Scon’ will be published, containing the history of tea and afternoon tea in Great Britain and top recipes too - but also with a full etiquette quiz to see if we’re all Palace ready! However, regardless of whether we hold our little pinky finger out when drinking tea or not (and by the way, the answer is ‘not’), the importance is to treasure our wonderful tea time traditions.
We supply farm shops and retailers with gift tins and jam sets pertaining to afternoon tea (eg Home Bake Scone Kits) and we must all keep the tradition going. Teatime treats are loved by Brits and visitors from abroad alike and Nelson Mandela even said that afternoon tea was Britain’s greatest export.
For those of you offering these treats in your establishment, keep up the good work. I heartily approve and I believe Nelson would too! :D
Quatt Farm Shop, Deli and Café, home of traditional local & healthy produce at realistic prices, do their best to ensure as much of their produce is locally sourced & offer a superb range of fresh meats and organic & gluten-free products.
There's something for everyone here and within the farm shop you can find quality farm foods as well as wines, beers & green products. There's organic and fresh milk, fresh fruit and vegetables, local free-range eggs, pastas, pickles, preserves, jams & pulses
The deli counter stocks a great range of produce...coleslaw's, pesto, cold meats, pies, olives, cheeses, cakes, pasties and pastries. The range of fresh meats from the quality butchers include matured beef, chicken, lamb & pork along with home made sausages, bacon, local game, mince and traditional cuts.
Quatt Farm Shop Café offers great value, freshly prepared food including all day breakfasts, lasagna (with veggie options too!) There's also a great range of sandwiches, pies & flans and all meals are freshly hand made.
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Mon-Fri 8am – 5pm
Sat 9am – 5pm
Sun 10am – 4pm
On my travels, I came across this...
Black Bee's raw (or unprocessed) honey is not only ridiculously finger lickin' good, it’s a super food that packs a long, long list of health benefits. With its high level of antibacterial properties, raw honey contains antioxidants which can help with digestive issues, reduce the intensity of acne, soothe a sore throat and even help heal wounds! (oh & did I mention it's finger lickin' good?)
The name Black Bee comes from the original British honey bee which very nearly died out a century ago but is now having a resurgence. The Black Bee Company work closely with local beekeepers to create 3 great products, all jarred in batches straight from the hive.
This really is a taste of summer in a jar, in fact, it takes me right back to my childhood! Summer Honey is created by bees from a wonderful mix of wildflowers & this honey has a rich golden colour and a heady, floral flavour.
There's nothing added & nothing taken away from this delicious jar of loveliness...no additives, no preservatives, dairy and gluten free. This, combined with the floral aroma & flavour makes it a great addition to your morning cuppa or pouring on your porridge.
A healthy source of natural sugars and vitamins to boot!
The delicious British Heather honey is made by the bees in Exmoor National Park.
Known as the British Manuka, it's bold and pretty darn beautiful & I can taste the sweet
heather subtly coming through in the background whilst pondering, if there are any other foods that tastes THIS good that's also GOOD for you?
You'll struggle to go back to mass-produced honey after you discover this, "the nectar of the Gods".
Just the best tasting, raw British honey. Simple as that and I quite agree with Black Bee’s mantra….....when it comes to honey, the bees know best!
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Fabulous farm shops had a cheeky day off this month (sort of) and paid a visit to the Devon County Show, yes, it was a bit of a busman's holiday really...
After being directed to fields with ample parking we were guided to the entrance and told to remember where we had parked (something I always forget to do!)
Scanning our map, deciding where to venture first, we were approached by another member of staff offering their help and direction. Where else does that happen apart from Disney, I ask you?
Devon County Show is one of the biggest events in the South West of England and attracts a huge amount of visitors, luckily for us the weather was on our side and we arrived early to a very well organised event.
We decided to meander towards the Children's Farm area where children are encouraged to get involved, be it petting the farm animals or learning to make cheese and we were pleasantly sidetracked along the way. Children could easily spend hours in this area and there's a detailed itinerary of what's on throughout the day.
The Bee tent was an education, not only for us but for everyone who stepped inside this tent. The passion and enthusiasm for bee keeping and the effect on the environment was obvious and it was fascinating to watch the bee keeper & hive demonstration. We also thoroughly enjoyed meeting the goat enthusiasts with their innovative goat milk products.
Apart from the hundreds of agricultural and commercial exhibits and trade stands, not to mention the non-stop entertainment and judging in the six rings, we came across talented tradesmen namely the wood turner, sampled WAY too much honey, purchased handmade pupcakes and met some fabulous local food producers with many offering samples of their wares. Yes, this really is a huge, family-friendly event bursting with farming, food and rural delights!
The star of the show (for me) was Lifton Farm Shop's fantastic display. Their Peter Rabbit creation truly was a show stopper & it wasn't just the children that stood, opened mouthed in awe I can tell you...Lifton Farm Shop rightly won the platinum award for best overall exhibit.