Hampton Newsletter February 2014

Sunshine and last years hops…..

Our next beef collection day will be on Friday 28th February when we hope the wind and rain will have died down and we will all have dried out. Luckily you don’t need a canoe to get down the drive at Hampton as we are very free draining, but it would be terrific if you could put in your order as soon as possible so that we can have fresh coffee, cakes, tea, sausage tasters and a drop of red all ready for you.

Have you tried our 10kg Hampton Family Bag recently with lipsmackingly fine steak, joints, mince and stewing steak all ready for the attention of the chef, or the freezer? Or how about that special roast dinner needing a Hampton rib or rolled sirloin? Even better add some Hampton Herby sausages and a couple of packs of beef burgers and you are all set for the first barbeque of 2014.Whatever your order and preference do let us know what you would like and we will reserve it for you. We are also delighted to advise on any menu planning, joint choice or cooking method if any help is needed.

I am sorry to say that there won’t be any Hampton Special Steak Pies this month because we sold out of everything in January. The cold store was squeaky clean by the end of the day so no supplies left for making pies later in the month. However, if all goes according to plan, steak pies will be back on the menu for the end of March.

In the meantime the woodlands at Hampton seem to be standing up to this winter’s winds and storms reasonably well. We have lost one ancient oak in the park and another along Totford Lane, a couple of large beech trees have come down in the plantations and quite a number of large branches or limbs have come off mature trees. We will salvage as much as we can for fire wood but the clearing up operation is being hampered by very soggy ground making it impossible not to create more mess. We will just have to wait until the ground dries out.

Maintenance work in the hop garden at Puttenham continues between the showers. We are tightening the wire work and replacing hop poles, buoyed by winning the Wigan Cup for the best sample of Fuggles Hops in the UK at last week’s hop Oscars. We only grow the variety called Fuggles which are renowned for their traditional aroma qualities and are sought after by brewers of traditional ales. We also came runner up in the ‘best hop in the country’ class; all very rewarding for a crop which takes more time than most.

Bridget and I really look forward to seeing you on the 28th, the last day of the month, for a chat and some coffee, a piece of cake and a menu swop, or a glass of red and a Hampton Herby taster. Please do put in your order as soon as you can to avoid any disappointment.

Our next day will be Friday 28th March.

Very best wishes

Bill and Bridget




























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