My previous ramblings and the feature on Great British Food Revival on BBC2 brought many of you to our Farm Shop and new Gastro Tea Room. Despite tough economic times, it seems clear that people still have an appetite for great food and especially the great value on offer in our Gastro Tea Room.
Local business, Hedgerow Spirits, maker of Melton Mowbray Sloe Gin, Whisky and Wild Damson and Vodka and Blackberry has moved to a new production unit at Northfield Farm. As well as being available in many local and national outlets, these great products are, of course, for sale in our Farm Shop. We are working on a new range of cocktails using these as a base and of course sloe picking in our hedges this autumn will take on a whole new purpose.
The Northfield Classics Menu is now available to complement our existing menu in our Gastro Tea Room. Remember that although already frequently described as doing ‘The Best Sunday Lunch Ever’ (see impending review in Great Food Magazine), we are open throughout the week in day-time for great value and great tasting meals. My current favourite is our Gammon & Chips. From mid-June our Gastro Tea Room will also open on Friday and Saturday evenings between 18-00 and 23-00hrs. We are fully licensed and hope to welcome you whether you are looking for a quiet drink or a full scale slap up meal. To launch our new evening openings we will be having two Gourmet evenings with Clarissa Dickson Wright themed on Pork & Beef on June 10th & 11th, admission by ticket only costing £50-00 per person this will include membership of our new Northfield Gourmet Club.
Sunday 14th June is Open Farm Sunday, with Pie & Sausage making demos, Guided Farm Tours and much more, so that weekend in June can be entirely spent at Northfield for Food & Countryside Lovers.
We are planning a Vintage Car Rally & Run in early July to raise money for the Help for Heroes Charity. There will be a great meal for those joining in the Rally & lots of other great food available as always.
Lastly, I am close to finalising a series of day courses for the rest of 2011 which will cover a range of Food and Farming activities. These will vary from a one day ‘General Course’ to bespoke courses concentrating on single issues such as Butchery, Bakery, Pig Keeping and Pie Making. Numbers for each session will be strictly limited and one on one sessions are available.
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