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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

Hunts Hill Farm and Farm Shop

Hunts Hill Farm and Farm Shop

Normandy Common Lane, Normandy, Guildford, GU3 2AP The upside: Hand reared free-range meat on a Surrey Farm The downside: Larger joints of meat must be ordered in advance The flipside: You can buy direct from the farm shop if you miss a market There is nothing quite as British or evocative as the aroma of … Continue reading

Redber Coffee

Redber Coffee

Merrow Depot, Merrow Lane, Guildford, GU4 7BQ The upside:¬†Expertly sourced green coffee beans roasted to order in Surrey to buy direct or online The downside: The on-site cafe is very small The flipside: Buy an online coffee subscription for a gift that keeps giving (you choose how long for) I often rave about delightful journeys … Continue reading

The Plough Inn, Brewery and Village Shop

The Plough Inn, Brewery and Village Shop

The Plough Inn, Brewery and Village Shop, Coldharbour, Surrey RH5 6HD The upside: A historic pub bought back to life in a thriving community The downside: Purely selfish; but its a hike from where I live The flipside: A perfect feel good destination in the heart of Surrey A 17th century Inn with its own … 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

Grass Roots Bakery

Grass Roots Bakery

A new start up producing fantastic gluten free rolls and bread mixes from a bespoke craft bakery in Surrey The upside: Great tasting gluten and dairy free bread which is also preservative free. The downside: Limited shelf life once baked (but freezes well) The flipside: A credible textured bread for those seeking 100% gluten free … Continue reading