At Becketts Farm we are always striving to reduce food miles and support local suppliers. This British Food Fortnight 21st September – 6th October, we are celebrating all that is local and British. With the exception of some speciality ingredients, fruit and vegetables our Farm Shop is packed to the rafters with fantastic British products and producers. Here are some of of our favourite British suppliers.
Sessions of Worcestershire
One of our staple suppliers at Becketts Farm is Sessions of Worcestershire who supply us with fantastic sausages. In fact, they supply us with 10,000 KG of sausages per year! These sausages can be enjoyed in our Restaurant on our famous breakfasts. Additionally, our butchers counter stock 9 different flavour varieties. Sessions of Worcestershire has been established for over 35 years and is a traditional third generation family run business specialising in the manufacture of sausage and catering butchery. Excellent quality and superior taste are their top priorities. We’ll have samples of these sausages on both 21st and 28th September so pop by and try before you buy!
Colston Bassett Dairy
Colston Bassett Dairy have been making their outstanding cheese for over 100 years! Their Colston Bassett Stilton consistently tops the charts and has won awards for ‘Best British Cheese Brands’ in the Guild of Fine Foods’ and Silver medal at the International Cheese Awards. We are proud to stock this fantastic cheese and we think you should give it a try. Delicious crumbled on top of this Celeriac and Apple Coleslaw. We’ll be offering samples of this cheese on 27th September and 4th October.
Two Birds spirits was founded in 2013, in the quaint British countryside town of Market Harborough, Leicestershire. It all started with a love for great tasting gin, experimenting at home in the ‘workshop’ for months, tinkering around trying to develop the perfect drinking gin… and thus their multi-award winning London Dry Gin was created. From the multi-award winning London Dry Gin to the super indulgent Salted Caramel Vodka and even their quintessentially English Sloe Gin; their aim is simple… To keep Britain in mighty fine spirits! Enjoy samples of these delicious spirits on Wednesday 25th September in the Farm Shop.
In short, Charanjit Sapal (aka Charlie) began making her curry sauce in batches for her son Gurjeet, who was at university. Gurjeet had huge demand for these sauces from his university friends and started selling it to them for beer money. Almost 10 years later, Gurjeet and his sister Ria now run their ever-growing business with their Mom, Charlie. Punjaban Curry Sauces fly off the shelves here at Becketts, and we think they are perfect for a speedy Saturday night tea! Don’t forget the giant Naan Breads we sell from yet another great British producer, Leicester Bakery! During British Food Fortnight, we’ll be offering Punjaban curry sauce jars on special offer at 2 for £5. Sample these delicious sauces in our Farm Shop on 28th September and 5th October.
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! Bennetts Ice Cream is just down the road from us (28 miles to be precise) and they have been manufacturing their ice cream for over 30 years now! This creamy and delicious ice cream comes in many flavours and a selection can be found in our Farm Shop.
Bearley Vineyard Wines
Bearley Vineyard lies on a gently sloping site in the village of Bearley near Stratford-Upon-Avon. It was planted between 2005 and 2007 and occupies a 3 acre site. There are about 1500 vines made up of 4 grape varieties. Interestingly the grape varieties which are used to make the wines were developed in Germany, for growing in cool weather climates such as ours.
British beef is the envy of the world. In Britain we have some of the highest welfare standards in the world and regulations about the way that our beef is produced. Buying British beef is good news for the environment too. The distance between each farm and shop is smaller than imported beef. This means fresher meat and less of a carbon footprint. The beef which Shire Meadows supply is used in our Restaurant and Butchers and is farmed within a 50 mile radius. Try this succulent beef in this fantastic, warming BBQ Beef Stew.
Fowler’s of Earlswood
Just 2 miles down the road from us in Earlswood is a family-run cheesemakers that has been in business since 1670. For over fourteen generations the Fowler family has been developing the craft of cheese-making. And it’s not just their heritage that is impressive – Fowler’s cheeses are second to none. If you’re looking for a truly fantastic locally-produced cheese that tastes divine then look no further. You’re sure to find your new favourite among their twenty different hard and soft cheeses.
Farrington’s Mellow Yellow
Farrington’s Mellow Yellow rapeseed oil is Britain’s original ‘seed to bottle’ producer of Mellow Yellow cold pressed rapeseed oil. Their simple ‘process of no process’ consists of SOW, GROW, PRESS AND BOTTLE. Try some of this healthy, tasty and brilliantly versatile rapeseed oil today.
Take a look at their website for recipe ideas and the wide range of products Farrington’s produce.
Three generations of the Caldecott family have farmed the land in Wythall, Worcestershire since 1933. A history not dissimilar to our own! Robert Caldecott and his family are compassionate and caring farmers believing that the poultry which they farm deserve kindness, dignity and respect. The farm is well renowned both locally and up and down the country, we’re just so lucky to have them right here on our doorstep. Pick up their whole chickens from our Butchers counter all year round or when Christmas comes around, choose a Caldecott’s turkey for a really local bird.
Happy Chucks Eggs based in Gloucestershire have been supplying us with eggs for eight years. We have huge confidence in this supplier to deliver us excellent quality and high welfare eggs. Founded by Moira Wells, and partner Tony Harding, free range and high quality graded eggs are key for this British business. Whether its medium, large, extra-large or double yolkers you are after, we have it all at our Greengrocers department.
Pegoty Hedge is a family owned and run business in the picturesque countryside of Upton on Severn in Worcestershire. They create delicious ready meals from scratch in their own kitchen, using fresh ingredients, mostly organic using as much as their own produce as they possibly can. Try your first Pegoty Hedge meal today from our Farm Shop!
Another of our wonderful local suppliers is Malcolm Taylor from Solihull Apiaries. Having started the business as a hobby many years ago, Malcom is now one of the area’s largest beekeepers. Find his delicious runny honey in our Farm Shop, we can definitely recommend it on a piece of warm buttery toast!
Right from the very start, Bay Tree have married traditional cooking methods with innovative flavours. The Bay Tree have a passion for tradition with a huge sense of flavour adventure. Their range of chutneys, preserves and condiments have some really unique flavours. Think Gooseberry and Coriander Chutney or Lemon Marmalade with Lime and Gin. Pop in store for a unique range or visit us on 4th October to sample some of these delicious chutneys!
Gun Dog Ales
Gun Dog Ales is an award-winning brewery situated in the Northampton village of Woodford Hales. James and Sarah Pickering, owners of Gun Dog Ales, started brewing their own craft ale as an enthusiastic hobby, which has since grown into an exciting business. Similar, to us they are passionate about supporting their local community and try to use as many local ingredients in their ales as possible. You won’t miss their eye-catching products on the shelves in our Farm Shop!
R & L Holt
We source our tomatoes from Evesham growers, R & L Holt. They are a family run tomato business which started growing tomatoes in the early 1980’s. They use some fascinating and sustainable methods, allowing them to grow and produce tomatoes all year round! Our greengrocers really trust them to deliver quality produce to the Becketts Farm, a fantastic British product.
For more information about their amazing production process, visit their website.