Local Christmas Cheeseboard

It’s now possible to have a seriously good cheeseboard using Hampshire and Sussex cheese makers. Not only is the quality outstanding, but the variety is also so diverse that you can have 6 or more cheeses on the board with completely different styles, tastes and textures. We have been raving … Read More

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Ashling Park Sparkling English Wine

I wanted to give a shout out to our local sparkling wine: Ashling Park which has just won Gold Medal at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2018 for their Ashling Park Cuvee NV.  With only 9 UK golds this year, they are up with the best.  The judges described Ashling Park … Read More

Try Smoked Trout this Christmas

We have some seriously delicious smoked trout available from Chalk Stream Foods this Christmas and it’s worth giving trout serious consideration instead of smoked salmon this year. The award-winning (2 gold stars) cold smoked trout is finely sliced and available in packs of 100g, 200g and whole sides (minimum 450g) … Read More

Pannage Pork 2018

This year the pannage season has been fairly short, despite huge amounts of acorns in some areas of the New Forest. Richard has had his pigs (rare breed Middle White / Landcross) out on the acorns fattening nicely. They’ve enjoyed the relatively mild weather this autumn and have been hoovering … Read More

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Gavin’s Cinnamon Apple Muffins Recipe

Cinnamon Apple Muffins Recipe Total Time 35 minutes Prep Time 5 minutes Cook Time 30 minutes Ingredients 250g plain flour + 2 teaspoons for coating apples 11⁄2 teaspoons baking powder 1⁄2 teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon + 1/2 teaspoon for coating apples 250g diced apples 125gunsalted butter, room temperature … Read More

Hampshire Goats Cheese: Beau Farm

On Wednesday Darren from Beau Farm popped into the shop to see if we know about his goats cheese and whether we were interested. I’m happy to say that their range of goats cheese is superb, with a brie, ash log and gouda that are all delicious, different are now … Read More

Silly Moo Cider

Farmer Andrew & his daughter Rachel have been busy this month as they complete the apple picking and pressing for next year’s batch of Silly Moo Cider. Based in Cowfold, Trenchmore Farm harvests traditional cider apples from its 1600 trees, which are pressed into juice. This is blended with juice … Read More

Tunworth wins Best Soft Cheese at British Cheese Awards

We were not surprised to hear that the mighty Tunworth Cheese made by Hampshire Cheese won the Best Soft Cheese at the British Cheese Awards yesterday. We have long championed Tunworth as a truly world-beating cheese, made near Basingstoke in Hampshire, and described by Raymond Blanc as “the best camembert … Read More

This Week’s Menu Highlights

Well, our breakfast bun is going to take some beating – a homemade sausage patty, Sandridge Farmhouse Streaky Bacon and Petworth Free Range Egg all nestling in a brioche bun. The soup – mixed Wayside organic squash, homemade pies and a delicious Serrano ham salad – we also have all … Read More

Wet Walnuts

Wet Walnuts are a true seasonal specialty – they describe walnuts that have just fallen off the tree – the kernel inside has not yet dried, but is soft, a bit juicy and with a milder, more delicate flavour. They are also local, unlike the dried supermarket varieties that are … Read More

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