At last there is a bit of warmth to the air, the daffs are still blooming, and the grass is beginning to grow. Which means it is April and it’s time for a Hampton April beef collection day which is on FRIDAY 29th APRIL. Two magnificent carcasses have been hanging in our butchers cold store since the end of March and this grass fed, pedigree reared, flavour filled beef is available for you to order.
Our ever popular 10kilo bag holds a mixture of delicious cuts, steaks, minced beef and joints and at £118 is terrific value. If it sounds like a bit too much do not worry. Our brilliant culinary team in the office of Kate and Bridget can assemble any order no matter how big or small. A 2 kg piece of silverside with a kilo of minced beef and two kilos of skirt keeps everyone on their toes. Absolutely delicious. Feather steak needs to be tried, slow cooked brisket is to die for and short ribs braised for a morning with herbs, red wine and a clove of garlic goes down a treat. Alternatively a double rib carvery joint will be the most popular dish cooked in April and a triple rib even better if the whole team is at home. There is so much to choose from, including some of the tastiest offal in the form of liver, kidney and tongue.
But don’t forget our Hampton Herby Sausages and our Hampton Beef Bangers which are a staple part of the menu and incredibly popular. So too is the elusive Hampton Wild Venison which once tasted is never forgotten. Venison steaks are some of the best wild meat known to man, simply because our deer are roe deer, smaller than red, far more tender and live on a foraging diet kindly provided by the flora and fauna of the estate. A venison haunch on the bone feeds at least six, even eight and can be the highlight of the culinary month. We have loads of excellent recipes if needed including a cassoulet of venison shoulder which even I can make.
Please email or ring in your order and fresh coffee, tea, cake, (the chef has still to decide on this month’s speciality) and biscuits, not to mention sausage tasters and a glass or two of red will all be floating around ready for your enjoyment.
Talking of enjoyment two Hampton events come up soon. SUNDAY 22nd May sees the annual Hampton Ride in the Park. The garden is open for you to wander around and enjoy, the drives are closed to all motor traffic, and we welcome bikes, skate boards, roller blades, prams, pushchairs, zimmers, and any other kind of self-propelled transport operated by young and old to have a go in a safe environment for the afternoon. Daughter feeling a bit nervous of her first new bike? Come and have a ride and throw away the stabilisers. There is also a first class tea provided by the magnificent ladies of the WI, plus a Loseley Ice Cream Van and the event is in order to raise funds for the United Parish of Seale, Sands Puttenham and Wanborough. Entry via the Cuttmill Entrance is £3.50 per person for the whole afternoon.
Three weeks later on SATURDAY 11th JUNE the estate is hosting The Queen’s 90th Birthday Community Barn Dance Bash at Myrtles Courtyard Hampton Estate from 7.00pm. The evening kicks off with a glass of bubbly on the house, dancing is to our local Second Front Band and supper will be a right royal Hampton beef curry with all the trimmings followed by strawberries and cream. There is a cash bar, lots of music, prizes for the best dressed table, the dress code is ‘wear a hat’ and again all proceeds will go to the United Parish.
Tickets are available from Amy Rider, email;- email@example.com and cost just £20 for adults and £10 for children.
More details are on our website www.hamptonestate.co.uk and do join us if you can.
Born out in the field on the farm we have had 17 fit and healthy calves from 17 delighted cows with 30 more to calve over the next few months. As soon as the grass really starts to grow we can send them out into grazing fields around the estate, which in all likelihood will be at about the same time as the beef day. Hop plants are just starting to grow, and the hop gardens have been strung and cultivations taken place. Fences have been repaired and in the woods chestnut coppicing and tree planting has finished.
Bridget and I really look forward to seeing you on Friday 29th April for a chat and a cup of coffee but please do put your order in as soon as possible to avoid any disappointment.
Our following collection day is Friday 27th May, just before half term.
Bill and Bridget