This month I start the newsletter with a genuine and kind description of one family’s recent Hampton beef experience;
The weekend before last Caro cooked a huge piece of Hampton topside. She cooked it perfectly: well done on the outside, cherry red in the middle. It was pronounced “delicious” by the assembled company. Alas, the company numbered but few, so there was a good half of the joint left over. Since then, Caro and I have been enjoying the rump (as it were) for stir-fries and sandwiches. Particularly the sandwiches, which are SO good!
The first one I had was better than any cold beef I can remember, with the meat melting in my mouth its flavour rich and enveloping flavour. Subsequent sandwiches, whether with horseradish, homemade chutney, Dijon mustard or just the “Naked Hampton” with cornichons, have all been wonderful. Every time I’ve eaten one, I have blessed you, blessed Hampton and blessed your tasty, conker herd. Hampton beef: the joint that just keeps giving!
And I’m delighted to report that in the office we are all ready to take down your order for Hampton beef, Hampton Herbies and Beef Bangers, for Hampton wild venison, Hampton Special Beef Pies and pheasant for FRIDAY 7th DECEMBER. We open at 10.30am and we all recommend placing an order by email or phone so that you can arrive for a cup of coffee and a piece of cake knowing that your meat/game/pie/sausage is safe in your bag, ready for your collection. This is our last beef day before Christmas, so do stock up.
Why not order today? We have oven ready pheasants full of flavour, packets of sausages both Hampton Herby and Beef Bangers which go really well around a roast and of course lots of beef all available. 10 kg family beef bags holding a bit of everything are ready for ordering, as too are 4kg convenience bags with the same selection but just a bit less. If this is all too much just order exactly what you want. We can accommodate any order, from half a kilo of prime minced beef to a 4kg sirloin joint or whatever combination you would like. Have a decco in your favourite recipe book and check up quantities and requirements and pop your order in. A topside joint for 6? Stewing steak for the Boxing Day casserole? The Christmas brisket joint? Just a few suggestions. We also have supplies of offal in the form of ox tail, liver, kidney and even heart for the aficionados.
We should have supplies of Hampton wild venison for ordering as our stalkers are out and about and a venison haunch is the bee’s knees. Our venison is mouth-wateringly delicious and fillet, haunch, diced and minced can be ordered now. We will also have Hampton special beef pies both family and individual sizes (which I haven’t tried for about a year as demand has been so high) and they are a terrific standby in case of family overload.
Joining us on 7th December will be The Cold Pressed Oil Company, Nibbs Gin, Greyfriars Vineyard, and Stag Coffee Roasters all of whom produce great quality very local produce which will be on offer to taste and buy. We also welcome the Fine Feather Press and Flamingo Paperie for those special presents which elude us all. FRIDAY 7th DECEMBER will be a fantastic melange of local shopping at Hampton.
STOP PRESS; If you cannot be with us to collect your order on Friday 7th December then come to the Myrtle’s Courtyard (Hampton Estate) Christmas Fair next day, on Saturday 8th December from 10am to 2.30pm and collect it from the Hampton team there. The Christmas Fair is an annual event held at Myrtle’s Courtyard where more than thirty stalls will be selling gifts, crafts and food all in time for Christmas presents. Bridget will be spearheading the Hampton team on the cooking front and lunchtime chilli and a vegetarian option will be available during the morning. We can have your beef ready for collection from the fair if this is easier for you. Please let us know when you order.
Finally, elsewhere on the farm we are working flat out in the hop gardens in Puttenham cutting off hop bine for the plants to be ready for the winter. If anyone needs a very satisfying outdoor job in all weathers for the next month please let me know. Hours are flexible and we can teach all the necessary skills and provide tools. Any takers?
Our keen in-house photographers continue to upload images of the glorious autumnal colours on the Estate to our Instagram account @hampton_estate. Do give us a follow if you are in need of a dose of the rural picturesque.
We are very excited to announce the launch of our first ever Airbnb. Introducing the Hop Cabin, a cosy little cabin tucked away in some of our most beautiful woodland, 2 minutes off the North Downs Way and perfect for walkers, cyclists, families and those looking to wind down and enjoy a restorative break surrounded by nature. Find us on Airbnb.
We also have that one office unit still available to let. Head to our website http://www.hamptonestate.co.uk/commercial-property/ and view our Shoelands Office video featuring the best rural office space In Surrey.
We all look forward to seeing you for a pre-Christmas meet up, a chat and collection on FRIDAY 7th DECEMBER from 10.30am. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE place you order as soon as possible with Helen firstname.lastname@example.org or ring it in on 01483 810465. Do give a ring for any foodie advice/ discussion as we always love to hear from you.
Very best wishes.
Bill and Bridget