Hampton Estate Naturally Reared Produce Newsletter March 2021

FRIDAY 26th MARCH is going to be our next Hampton Beef Day and Helen’s order book is now open.  Please order all that you need as soon as possible so that no one is disappointed, especially with Easter coming up very soon.  We continue in Drive Thru form and will be celebrating ONE YEAR of Drive Thrus.  Last month was a record. 105 customers all collected their orders between 10.30am and 3.30pm and we thank you enormously for all being so brilliantly efficient, and imaginative with your order numbers placed prominently in your front window.  Excellent artistic flair.

What’s available to order?  With Easter just around the corner carvery ribs should prove popular as a quintessential Sunday roast and packed full of taste and goodness.  At Hampton we all love Silverside, either pot roasted with Guinness and bacon, or simply roasted with a good covering of pepper and salt.  Just add roast potatoes, some Yorkshire puddings, thick gravy, carrots and parsnips and everyone will be on your side.  Alternatively, incredibly tasty skirt and shin will make an Easter casserole or stew that everyone will remember, and Hampton minced beef will turn its hand to lasagnes, bolognaises or traditional cottage pie.  Finally, on the beef front, a plea for offal, which is becoming increasingly popular with the cognoscenti and we always have delicious liver, oxtails, even tongue and heart.

Hampton wild venison stocks are plentiful, due to our sharp shooting culling team, and there are fillets, racks, carvery haunches, whole haunches, diced and minced venison all beautifully butchered and packed by Will.  It’s fantastic meat, totally natural and virtually fat free, and I urge everyone to try it at least once.  Even better, the red wine pairings with venison are out of this world.

There’s no need to urge anyone to try Hampton Special Steak Pies. They continue to fly off the shelves and Helen is poised for your order, either big (family size) or small (individual size).  Similarly, Hampton Herby pork sausages and Hampton Beef Bangers should be ordered as soon as you know your requirements for these monthly staples.

This month we will be increasing our prices modestly.  This is the first increase since 2019 (we don’t work on weekly beef commodity prices) and our new beef price list is available on our website, and there is a link here.  As you know we look after each beef cow for much longer than commercial herds so that they enjoy the Hampton pastures for longer, hence the goodness and taste is so much better but this all costs a bit more.

Robyn is delighted to supply you again this month with cakes, brownies and soda bread as detailed below with the addition of a special Easter simnel cake. All of Robyn’s delicious cakes are made to order so do please order early and add your requirements to your meat order.

Easter Simnel Cake 8” (2kg) £45, 7” (1.5kg) £32, 6” (1kg) £25, 4” £15
8” cakes (8 servings) Victoria sandwich, lemon drizzle or coffee £9 each, chocolate £11
Sticky ginger bread loaf £8
Fruit loaf £8
Chocolate brownies with white chocolate chunks (gf) £1 each, in batches of 4, 8 or 12
Seeded soda bread £4.50

Last year we played a part in two feature films, with both Ammonite (Kate Winslet, Saoirse Ronan) and Mothering Sunday (Odessa Young, Josh O’Connor, Olivia Coleman and Colin Firth) filmed in and around the house.  We also played host to a really impressive day of filmmaking for The Meath, a locally based, nationally known centre of excellence for Epilepsy in Godalming.  Do watch the result, which we are so delighted to have played a small part in and gives an enlightened view on the work of The Meath.  I guarantee it will surprise you and click here to watch or visit www.meath.org.uk.  Our next beef day is also on National Epilepsy Day.

Elsewhere on the estate our Airbnb Hop Cabin is being prepared for guests from 12th April onwards.  It’s very quiet and sleeps four comfortably.  Situated just off the North Downs Way it’s a great location for walkers.  Find details on Airbnb.  We also hope that all of Manor Farm Craft Centre including the Tea Rooms at Seale will be back up and running by then for that delicious cup of coffee, piece of cake and warm welcome.

We have three state of the art high specification office units to let at Shoelands Farm Offices.  The offices have unlimited fibre broadband, are heated by a biomass woodchip heating system, have loads of parking and a friendly dog policy.  It’s a great working environment in the lea of the Hogs Back surrounded by fields and trees.  Have a look at www.shoelandsfarmoffices.co.uk for photos and details.

We are also dusting down Myrtle’s Courtyard, our event, party, conference, meeting space on the estate.  It’s been very quiet for the last 12 months but now that thoughts are once again turning to weddings, get togethers, and anniversary lunches we are spring cleaning and taking bookings. Have a look at www.hamptonestate.co.uk/venuehire and do get in touch.

We look forward to seeing everyone on Friday 26th March for the Drive Thru.  Hopefully, the daffs will be out and nodding approval and everyone will be looking forward to the Easter weekend.  Please send over your order to Helen helenjackson@hamptonestate.co.uk whenever you can to ensure naturally reared Hampton produce.

Very best wishes

Bill and Bridget

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