12 Dec 2013

Latest News from Duchy Home Farm



Christmas Vegetable Boxes

We will be supplying seasonal organic vegetable boxes available to pick up from the farm or the Tetbury & Cirencester Markets.
The box will contain all the basics for a perfect Christmas dinner and it’s all local & organic!
Just  email, phone or visit us before Monday 16th Dec to order yours.

Ready made Christmas Vegetable Boxes will be made up in two sizes. A £10 box will serve 4-6 people, and a £15 box will cater for 6-8 people.

The boxes will contain our own parsnips, roasting potatoes, swede, leeks, kale, savoy cabbage & onions. For Christmas we will be buying in some locally sourced organic red cabbage, red onions & top quality carrots to include in these boxes.

Pickup dates are:
Tuesday 24th Dec from the Waggon
Thursday 19th Dec from the Tetbury Market place 10-3pm
Saturday 21st Dec from the Cirencester Farmers Market 8-1pm

Please make your order by email, phone or by filling in a form at the Waggon, before Monday Dec 16th to guarantee your box.

If this box is not for you, our weekly ordering system is still in place and forms can be found at the Waggon or the Tetbury Market. Please note red cabbage, carrots & red onions will only be available after 19th Dec.

The Organic Waggon will be closed from Christmas day to New Years day. Sorry for any inconvenience.
We will be open again on Thursday 2nd January 2014! And we will be attending the Tetbury Market on this day as per usual.

We hope you all have a very tasty Christmas!

28 Nov 2013

Latest news from one of our favourite Chefs - Koj

Thank you for your feedback on my first newsletter and welcome to all of those who have been added to the mail list. I am excited to announce that I have been appointed as Head of Food at Humble by Nature.
At the beginning of September, I cooked a dinner for 40 people to celebrate the Ruby Wedding Anniversary of Chris and Rosie Adams. They had hired the barn at Humble by Nature, near their home in Monmouth. Later that month, I met Kate Humble to discuss a new role at her farm. Kate and her husband Ludo Graham have redeveloped one of the barns into a first class venue for cookery courses and pop up events, complete with a beautiful theatre kitchen. I am hugely excited by further projects which include completing the Courtyard Garden and an Aquaponics Solar Greenhouse. I have been cooking for their autumn courses (such as Foraging, Pig and Sheep keeping, Charcuterie and Hedge laying) and we have been busy creating new courses for 2014 which will appeal to anyone who takes an interest in where their food comes from. As well as cooking for the courses, we have plans for a cafe and will kick off the 2014 pop up season with a Burns Supper on Saturday 25th January 2014. See www.humblebynature.com for more details.
A couple of weeks ago, I was at the BBC Good Food Show with travel company Cox & Kings to launch MasterChef Travel. I will be taking guests to a Chiang Mai night market, to the local food market and giving cookery lessons. For more details, please visit www.mastercheftravel.com
Earlier this month, I cooked a pre-shoot dinner for a local family who were hosting 14 guests in their beautiful home on the border of Gloucestershire and Wiltshire. I cooked savoury macarons as nibbles with champagne, prawn raviolo to start, a main course of roast venison, an autumnal dessert of apples and nuts, followed by milk chocolate cardamom truffles with coffee to finish. Three course menus start from £65 per head. See their testimonial on my website: kojcooks.co.uk
Prawn raviolo, bisque sauce, sea buckthorn and lime jam, samphire, wild mushrooms
Roast venison, smoked chestnut, pear, cavolo nero and beetroot sauce
Apples, sea salt caramel with fennel pollen, acorn cream, apple crisp and apple tuile
Koj cooks at Westonbirt
On Saturday 12th October, I cooked for 150 guests attending a gala dinner to raise funds for the Holfords of Westonbirt Trust. I don't normally cook for such numbers, but was supported by Chartwells who operate the kitchen at Westonbirt School. Executive Chef Andrew Walker drafted in a crack team of chefs from around the country to support me and Ben Harvey, the Head Chef.
December availability
If you would like to arrange a canapé event, lunch or dinner for family, friends, clients or colleagues, I have some dates available in the week commencing 9th December.
Prices from £65 per head
(15% discount for Monday-Wednesday)
Cooking together
I design menus for interactive cooking events. We can make the event competitive for colleagues or you can invite friends to taste your creations.
Prices from £65 per head
Japanese cooking
I have run several Japanese cooking lessons for corporate and private groups. The syllabus is based around a few typical Japanese dishes, including chicken yakitori, grilled mackerel and pork tonkatsu, as well as some of the basics such as cooking rice, making dashi stock, miso soup, teriyaki sauce and, of course, some raw fish. At the end of the session, we sit down to eat together. Prices from £65 per head.
I will also be doing a special offer for in the New Year, for those of you who want to start the year healthily. Japanese dinner from £50 per head (minimum 8 people, Monday to Thursday).
NEW DATE! Friday 21st March 2014, Japanese cooking at Dancing Trousers cookery school near Lechlade. Visit dancingtrousers.co.uk
Buna shumeji mushroom salad with ponzu sauce
Grilled miso mackerel, rice and miso soup
Pork tonkatsu with shredded white cabbage
I have recently added a number of new dates to my demo diary, starting with the BBC Good Food Show at Birmingham NEC this week, Selfridges Manchester on Tuesday 3rd December and Harrods on Saturday 7th December. Please visit kojcooks.co.uk for more dates.
Burns Night pop ups
I will be cooking Burns NIght supper with a Japanese twist (think cockaleekie soup with umeboshi plums, haggis gyoza and tempura Mars bar) at Humble by Nature on Saturday 25th January. Visit humblebynature.com
This Christmas...
I shall mostly be cooking:
  • Chestnuts, walnuts and acorns harvested this autumn
  • Turkey cooked sous vide with butter and sage
  • Springbok and Kudu in South Africa over New Year
  • Cauliflower with dried cranberries and hazelnuts

23 Oct 2013

All over for this year

All over for 2013 but plans already in place for 2014 - The Festival will run from the 18th to 21st September with the highlight being the fabulous foodie festival Market in the centre of Tetbury on the Sunday 21st 2014.

We already taken a number of bookings for stalls already so if you are interested in taking part in 2014 - let us know - just emailus@tetburyfooddrinkfestival.

Thank you to all those who helped make this year a success and we look forward to meeting old friends again as well as a few new ones in 2014

The Organisers of Tetburys Food and Drink Festival

18 Sep 2013

Tour a real Working Mill.

Call 01666 505050 to reserve your place on the 10.00am tour of Shipton Mill at Long Newnton just outside Tetbury this coming Saturday 21st September.

Booking essential

13 Sep 2013

Big Lottery Fund

We are proud and delighted to announce that  the Big Lottery Fund is supporting this year's festival. We're using the grant to reach out to more people than ever before and broaden the appeal of thefood festival of the South Cotswolds. We're making a special effort to get families more involved and to widen the range of Cotswolds food and drink to be savoured, especially at our main event, the Tetbury Food and Drink Festival market. It takes place on 22 September and it's an artisan food and drink market with the added special ingredients of street entertainment and family attractions. There'll be something for everyone there.

3 Sep 2013

Tetbury Food and Drink Festival 18th – 22nd September 2013

A five-day celebration of food and drink as part of the Tetbury Food and Drink Festival in the heart of the Cotswolds, when fabulous artisans will be visiting with a wide range of food and drink and hotels and restaurants will be offering the best of local, seasonal produce.  Whether you fancy a Gourmet BBQ and Barn Dance at Highgrove;  a tasty Vegetarian Treat at Café 53; want to check out the newly restored Royal Oak in Tetbury or join The Priory Inn in their newly landscaped gardens.  Perhaps raise a fork in celebration with the Glos Old Spot Sausage Appreciation Society at The Close Hotel, check out fabulous foodie destinations with local travel company or learn about wonderful wines; take a tour of a real working Mill or local Vineyard - we have it all.

Award winning Rectory Hotel and The Potting Shed at Crudwell, The Kings Arms at Didmarton and The Royal Oak at Leighterton will have special menus as will The Snooty Fox and Ormonds in Tetbury.

Indulge your appreciation of good food and drink, watch demonstrations by top local chefs including “Cotswold Chef” Rob Rees MBE at the Sunday Market and we have just learnt that he will be joined by MasterChef finalist Andrew Kojima.  With a dedicated childrens area complete with restored Victorian Carousel there is something for everyone at this year’s Tetbury Food and Drink Festival.

1 Sep 2013

Sunday Lunch Ideas

Super Sunday Lunches in Tetbury

The Priory Inn, Tetbury
Sunday lunch served 12pm-3pm

The Snooty Fox, Tetbury
Sunday lunch served 12pm-2pm

The Close Hotel, Tetbury
Sunday lunch served 12pm-6pm

The Ormond Hotel, Tetbury
Sunday lunch served 12pm-3pm

The Royal Oak, Tetbury
Sunday lunch served 12pm-2.30pm

And in the surrounding area...

The Trouble House near Tetbury
Sunday lunch served 12pm-2.30pm

The Potting Shed Pub, Crudwell
Sunday lunch served 12pm-3pm

The Kings Arms, Didmarton
Sunday lunch served 12pm-4pm

The Royal Oak, Leighterton
Sunday lunch served 12pm-2.30pm

The Horse and Groom , Charlton
Sunday lunch served 12pm-4pm

Whatley Manor, Easton Grey (The Brasserie, Le Mazot)
Sunday lunch served 12pm-2.30pm

30 Aug 2013

The Wiggly Worm


The Wiggly Worm is a charity that exists to improve health, well-being and self-esteem amongst the vulnerable, disadvantaged or seldom heard.

We love food and we love people. Our expertise is in the area of using food (the preparation and sharing of it) in practical ways to deliver physical and mental health benefits. We create life chances for those in our society who are vulnerable, disadvantaged or seldom heard.

Food is a great leveller and our approach delivers practical results to individuals, communities and organisations. Our courses and events motivate people to make choices about who they are, what they can be and who they can trust. We instill in people a reminder of their true worth in society.

Years of experience in working with people of all ages and from all parts of the world has given us a unique perspective. The Wiggly Worm team knows what works.

As a Charity we are governed by a dedicated board, which advocates sound management, quality in planning and delivery - and constant innovation.

We relish working with people whom others find difficult to engage with and can tailor make a new direction for local authorities and public sector organisations. Participants in our projects give us the feedback to constantly improve and innovate.

The Wiggly Worm is a bold and exciting charity that is achieving stunning outcomes.

We would like to thank Jenny Stewart at Raining Light Photography for all images

Charity Number: 1124647     Company Number: 6239250

16 Aug 2013

8 Aug 2013

Expert to be guest speaker at 'Old Spot' annual dinner

Local Gloucester Old Spot Breeder and "Expert" Julian Hasler of Larkhill Farm Long Newnton will be our Guest Speaker at the annual Gloucester Old Spot Sausage Appreciation Dinner on 18th September at The Close Hotel  in Tetbury

For Tickets please contact The Close Hotel directly on 01666 502272

5 Aug 2013

Duchy Home Farm Newsletter (July 2013)

The courgettes have certainly benefited, along with the outside salad, so there will be plenty for you on the Organic Waggon and at the Markets. As well as our usual, Tetbury (Thurs 10-3pm) and Cirencester (2nd & 4th Sat 8-1pm) markets, we are planning to set up under the Malmesbury Market Cross on a Tuesday morning each week, we hope this will bring our produce closer to home for some of our customers. We are just waiting for approval from the council which should go through the third week of August.

In addition, the Kohl Rabi are getting to record sizes this summer, look out for our recipe ideas sheets for some inspiration. Peppers are beautiful and are beginning to ripen, and we have just picked our first batch of green sprouting broccoli. If you haven’t yet tried a punnet of our mixed cherry tomatoes we highly recommend them, they’re sweet and very tasty, we just can’t stop snacking on them ourselves!

You may have noticed that the Organic Waggon is back to its original spot at the farm entrance now that the resurfacing has been completed. (Open 9am – 5pm Mon- Fri) Please feel free to use your visit as an opportunity to talk to us. Someone is usually close by & there is a bell on the radio, top left hand side of the stall, to get our attention if you wish. Your suggestions are always welcome.

As a response to some of your feedback, we are offering a new service, where regular customers can order their next week’s shopping, so nobody has to miss out on what we have to offer. As many of you know, some products are in higher demand. This way we will harvest especially, keep things back for you, and pack your organic vegetables, so all you have to do is pick them up! Look out for order forms at the Waggon (Mon-Fri) and the Tetbury Market on a Thursday, fill in a form and your order will be waiting for you next week on the day of your choice.

We are still very keen to hear from anybody who might like to offer some time as a volunteer on the farm in return for some vegetables to take home. We have weeding, harvesting and planting to do, which is always copious at this time of year. If any of you are interested in experiencing organic farm life please come and see us, or contact us:

Phone 01666 503056
Email vegbox@duchyhomefarm.org.uk
Close Farm, Shipton Moyne, Tetbury, GL8 8PH

We are looking forward to seeing you soon.

Many Thanks at the growing team at Close Farm Ami, Fred & Megan

P.S. You can also look us up on Facebook & maybe even give us a like! Search ‘Close Farm’ where we regularly post pictures and news from the farm.

24 Jul 2013

News from the Priory Inn - major supporter of the Tetbury Food Festival 2013

As a pre-cursor to the colourful Farmer's market on Sunday, the focus for Saturday 21st September is The Real Ale and Cider Day in the newly landscaped garden of The Priory Inn. Warm September temperatures may not be guaranteed, but you are sure to enjoy: an unwavering focus on food and drink sourced from within 30 miles of Tetbury; some great sets of live music; and of course, the finest selection of ales, cider, lagers and wheat beers all passionately crafted by local brewers. Anyone unsure (or unable!) to choose which tipple might be the best, can relax with a Priory Inn tasting paddle which gives 6 or 4 quarter pints – great for sharing and helping in decision making!

The Priory Inn, London Road, Tetbury, Gloucestershire, GL8 8JJ Hotel and Restaurant

Phone: 01666 502251
Email: info@theprioryinn.co.uk

17 Jul 2013

The Royal Oak presents... 'The North meets the South'

The Royal Oak

We will be hosting a weekend long celebration of outstanding real ales from both Yorkshire and the surrounding areas of the Cotswolds. Sunday will feature a fabulous hog roast for lunch, fun & games for all the family, raffles & prizes, followed by live music in the evening. We have sourced & specially selected great ales from Yorkshire, going head to head in competition with some of the wonderful ales we know & love from the South West.

Admission is free but tickets are available in advance from The Royal Oak. Tickets are only £12.50 and include 3 pints of festival ale and an exclusive festival branded glass.

For more information or to buy tickets please call us on: 01666 890 250

Visit www.royaloakleighterton.co.uk and like us on Facebook to receive Festival updates
Don’t forget you can join us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date with our latest news and offers.

The Royal Oak, 1 The Street, Leighterton, Tetbury, Gloucestershire GL8 8UN
Beer Festival

14 Jul 2013

Authentic Adventures joins the Tetbury Food Festival for first time.

“We are delighted to welcome Authentic Adventures to the Tetbury Food & Drink Festival for the first time.

They have been running specialist holidays for the past fifteen years, and in 2014 they launch Cookery holidays.

Come and meet them, and marvel at all the wonderful places they travel to from Italy to India and most places in between.

There are no other ‘arts’ holiday specialists locally, and they offer a fantastic product taking people to special places off the beaten track.”

Authentic Adventures Limited, Bonds Mill, Bristol Road, Stonehouse, GL10 3RF

Phone: 01453 823328
Skype Name: authenticadventures
Facebook: facebook.com/authenticadventuresholidays
Website & blog: www.authenticadventures.co.uk

8 Jul 2013

The Royal Oak opens in Tetbury

There are many delightful and delicious reasons to visit the annual Tetbury Food & Drink Festival and each September brings fresh and seasonal new ideas to savour. Newcomers to the festival this year The Royal Oak Tetbury reopens as a freehouse in August following an extensive restoration of this charming Cotswold Grade II listed inn. The Oak kitchen will be steaming up to launch its full menu offer as part of the festival celebrations and we will be unleashing our creative juices with some special food and drink events for all to enjoy.

With a passion for the best in real ale, craft beers, mixed drinks and lovely old and new world wines imbibing at The Royal Oak saloon bar will always be an event. Join us in the bar on Friday 20th September and test your music knowledge and taste buds at our Food of Love Quiz. With tastings, turns, comedy and make n do rounds expect a convivial night of popcorn indulgence with the prospect of some tasty prizes for the winning team and some bad taste ones for the losers.

If the love of food and beer is more your thing then on the evening of Saturday 21st our chefs will be serving a hearty five course Food & Ale Pairing Supper in partnership with the Tewkesbury Mustard Company and their smoking royal golden mustard balls. With guest ales served by our innkeeper, we have an expert from the Beer Academy to educate, amuse and keep you on the hop.

Are you more of a traditional Roast Dinner kind of person? Why not join us for Sunday Lunch prepared by our talented in house chefs. With a DIY Bloody Mary Bar you can enjoy a few glasses of this spirited fortifier and enter our competition to create the definitive Royal Oak Bloody Mary.

For more details of what’s on and how to book visit the website (this will be fully functional in August) or join our Facebook page for regular news, updates and events.


For more information contact Lucie at hello@theroyaloaktetbury.co.uk or call 01666 500021

3 Jul 2013

Cotswold Life Food and Drink Awards 2013

500 highly esteemed guests, finalists and sponsors joined Her Royal Highness Princess Anne and Cotswold Life to celebrate the 11th Cotswold Life Food & Drink Awards at Cheltenham Racecourse on Monday 1st July. Hosted by Adam Henson and Phil Vickery, the awards celebrated the good and the great from the regions food & drink industry.

Editor, Mike Lowe commented: “We were delighted to welcome as our special guest, HRH The Princess Royal, a Gloucestershire farmer in her own right. I see her decision to fit this event into her hectic schedule as a validation of the food and drink industry in this region, and of the importance of these awards. We are in the fortunate position in this region of exporting more food than we import. Our fantastic, high quality products are in demand all around the world and the Cotswold Life Food & Drink Awards will continue to support our local food and drink community.”
And the winners are...
Purslane Restaurant in Cheltenham

Highly Commended:
Whole Foods Market in Cheltenham,
Prego Restaurant in Broadway
Andy Creese Butchers in Newent

Highly Commended:
Country Quality Meats in Nailsworth,
Bath Road Butchers in Cheltenham
The Kitchen in Minchinhampton

Highly Commended:
Lavender Bakehouse in Chalford,
Pepper Crescent in Cheltenham
Sherborne Village Shop, Sherborne

Highly Commended:
Primrose Vale in Shurdington,
Cotswold Food Store in Longborough
Winner: Over Farm Market, Over
Highly Commended:
Stancombe Beech Farm Shop in Bisley, Butts Farm Shop in South Cerney
Winner: Chedworth Farm Shop from Cirencester Farmers’ Market
Highly Commended: Pippin Doughnuts from Stroud Farmers’ Market,
Native Breeds from Cirencester
Farmers’ Market
Winner: Centurion Stout, Corinium Ales, Cirencester
Highly Commended: Malaysian Beef Rendang from The Cotswold Traiteur in Moreton-in-Marsh,
Blue Heaven Cheese from Woefuldane Organic Dairy in Minchinhampton
Pancake Farm in Chedworth

Highly Commended:
The Artisan Baker in Stroud,
Ross & Ross Foods in Chipping Norton
The Prince Albert in Rodborough

Highly Commended:
The Old Spot Inn in Dursley,
The Keepers Arms in Quenington
The Feathered Nest in Nether Westcote

Highly Commended:
The Butchers Arms in Eldersfield,
The Five Alls in Filkins
The Golden Cross Inn in Cirencester

Highly Commended:
Star Bistro in Ullenwood,
The Priory Inn in Tetbury
Winner: David Kelman
from Ellenborough Park in Southam

Highly Commended: Gareth Fulford from Purslane in Cheltenham,
Emily Watkins from The Kingham Plough in Kingham
Lumière, Cheltenham

Highly Commended:
Le Champignon Sauvage in Cheltenham, 5 North Street in Winchcombe
Winner: Tudor Farmhouse Hotel
in Forest of Dean

Highly Commended:
Ellenborough Park in Southam,
Calcot Manor in Tetbury
Charlie Beldam from Cotswold Gold
near Broadway
Photos and a full write up of the event will be in the August issue of Cotswold Life, to order
your copy visit
www.buyamag.co.uk/cotswold or to purchase images from the event contact antony@thousandwordmedia.com ››