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Etherley Farm

Etherley Farm

Etherley Farm, Leith Hill Lane, Ockley, Surrey, RH5 5PA The upside: Ethically reared poultry and meat from a well run rural business with provenance. The downside: Don’t expect a picturesque arrival this is a working farm. The flipside: You can buy direct from the farm shop or from any of the markets they attend and … Continue reading

Guildford & Woking Food Assemblies

Guildford & Woking Food Assemblies

Food assemblies (part of an online European food movement) giving an alternative retail stream to small, local food producers is launching in Guildford and Woking. The set up is all managed via a website managed by the founders in France currently operating 900 active assemblies in Europe. I met with Jane Crisp-Daly who is initiating Guildford … Continue reading

Ockley Farmers Market

Ockley Farmers Market

Rural Food Retailing in a Modern World Surrey is a county of contrasts, which is part of its endearing appeal. Guildford where I live is full of designer shops smattered with a few independents and a small but growing fine food culture made so by the likes of Surrey Hills Coffee Shop, Partisan Deli and … Continue reading

Surrey Spice

Surrey Spice

The upside: Delicious authentic Indian curries hand made by chef and storyteller Mandira who grew up on a tea plantation in her native India The downside: No turning back after trying these dishes The flipside: Available from farm shops and independent food retailers in Surrey Mandira Sarkar is the creative force behind Surrey Spice. A … Continue reading

Carolyn’s Pies

Carolyn’s Pies

Delicious traditional meat pies made by hand for farm shops and direct to the public in true cottage industry style! The upside: Locally made using quality ingredients, these pies are the best for miles. The downside: Not available outside Milford currently, but that might change in the future. The flipside: You are supporting a new … Continue reading

Jam Packed Preserves

Jam Packed Preserves

Gorgeous thick fruit and vegetable packed jars of preserves from a true cottage industry in Surrey. The upside: A huge range of lovingly prepared jams, marmalades, jellies and chutneys made by hand the old fashioned way. The downside: Only on sale in a few outlets and charity events The flipside: With a new website and … Continue reading

Norbury Blue

Norbury Blue

Norbury Blue and Dirty Vicar Cheese. Surrey only has one artisan cheese-maker but their delicious cheese is revered throughout the county. Highly regarded by farm shops, delis and featured on local menus its a product to be proud of. Michaela Allam started making cheese from her dad’s milk in 2001. Travelling around farmers market to … Continue reading

My Christmas Food and Gift Top 20 for 2015

My Christmas Food and Gift Top 20 for 2015

I felt like a judge on a reality show choosing my top 20 without leaving anyone out. There are so many fabulous producers I have met since doing this blog and you all deserve a space here but I had to set a limit. So, in no particular order! Local free-range turkey reared on Etherley … Continue reading

Wild at Heart Foods

Wild at Heart Foods

A small artisan producer of fine quality innovative preserves harnessing nature’s wild harvest with a hint of modernity You have to put your money where your mouth is and since launching ‘Eat Surrey’ I always give local food gifts. Since getting to know Wild at Heart my dinner party offerings often feature a pot of … Continue reading