CHRISTMAS OFFER Subscribe to Berkshire & Buckinghamshire Life today click here

Produce with pedigree

PUBLISHED: 10:50 12 February 2009 | UPDATED: 15:48 20 February 2013

A local food hero

A local food hero

Lady Honor Montagu, granddaughter of the eighth Duke of Wellington, runs Wellington Farm Shop near Stratfield Saye Park, her ancestral country estate.

How long have you been running the farm shop?
We opened in May 2005, with an official opening by HRH the Duchess of Cornwall in June that year. We used grant aid from DEFRA's Rural Enterprise Scheme to transform buildings which were formerly home to a Guernsey dairy herd into a shop.

What first made you open the shop?
I was trained as a chef by Marco Pierre White in London and wanted to do something with food where I grew up. (I also didn't love the hours involved in working in a restaurant). I had no retail experience, just a love of food. My father runs a farming enterprise here with a Hereford beef herd, and this seemed like the obvious link. We started the business predominantly as a butchers shop.

Tell us about the business
After stocking the Hereford beef, I went to look for good quality local farmers who used traditional farming methods. All our beef is grass fed and extensively grazed, our lambs also graze on the estate although they belong to a tenant farmer. Our pork is from Royal Berkshire pork in Chieveley, the farmer is RSPCA accredited and I have been to see him numerous times and am confident in his farming philosophy. Our poultry is free-range from Thame, and we make our own sausages and burgers and all our meat is butchered and hung on the premises.
We have a fantastic range of British cheeses with some of our best sellers being Village Maid Cheese from Riseley (not one mile from the shop) and Two Hoots Cheese in Barkham (about four miles away). We have fresh bread daily from a local baker, a full range of fruit and vegetables, local hand made chocolates, patisserie and home-made cakes. Also eggs and milk, specialist sauces, baking goods, store cupboard staples. Wellington olive oil is produced on my family's Spanish estate and honey comes from hives at Stratfield Saye.
We employ two full time butchers, two chefs and up to 20 members of staff in total.
The café serves hot and cold food to take away or to eat in and our team has been extensively trained in the art of making coffee by our Dorset-based coffee roaster.

What's the philosophy behind the business?
Good quality local food. We do get products from further afield as most of our customers are accustomed to a full range of fruit and vegetables all year round. As a foodie I will not sell anything I haven't tried or would not buy myself.

What makes Wellington different from other farm shops?
It is based around fantastic quality local food. We're a retail member of both Hampshire Fare which represents and promotes local producers of food, drink and craft based in Hampshire, and of the National Farmers Retail and Markets Association (FARMA) a co-operative of farmers and producers, representing direct sales to customers through farm shops. FARMA inspects farm retail and farmers markets to ensure that they are the real thing.

Who are your customers?
I hope and believe we have a good local following. We unfortunately are not set up to supply businesses but we do provide all the raw ingredients for our other two businesses, the Wellington Riding School and Wellington Country Park.

Give us a recipe
That would have to be Waterloo Bangers and Mustard Mash - available in the café. See
www.berkshire-life.co.uk/food&drink for the recipe.

0 comments

More from Food & Drink

Monday, November 13, 2017

Whether you’re looking for fine dining, pub food, a romantic meal for 2 or a taste of something from further afield, eating out in Berkshire really has something for everyone. Here’s our guide to the best local restaurants and pubs

Read more
Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Whether you’re looking for fine dining, pub food, a romantic meal for 2 or a taste of something from further afield, eating out in Buckinghamshire really has something for everyone. Here’s our guide to the best local restaurants and pubs

Read more
Wednesday, October 25, 2017

The Award winning Nags Head Restaurant and Hotel, Missenden will be running their renowned Christmas Party Menu.

Read more
Thursday, October 12, 2017

Taken for granted by many, but capable of bringing food experience rapture to others, writes Jan Raycroft

Read more
Thursday, October 12, 2017

The Award winning Nags Head Restaurant and Hotel, Missenden will be running their renowned Christmas Party Menu.

Read more
Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The town beside the Thames continues to step up to its title of the region’s foodie capital with this latest addition to the ‘menu’

Read more
Monday, October 9, 2017

Whether you prefer a full English or a snack on the go, breakfast really can be the tastiest meal of the day if it’s done right... and this Berkshire lot certainly do it right!

Read more
Friday, September 1, 2017

The Berkshire and Buckinghamshire Life Food and Drink Awards champion and celebrate the great and the good of our region’s food, drink and hospitality industry

Read more
Thursday, August 31, 2017

We visit Buckmoorend in the Chilterns – please support your local farm shop and enjoy delicious and fresh produce reared or grown on your doorstep

Read more
Tuesday, August 29, 2017

It can be done – local residents now own their local pub one year on from fearing it would be the latest to close

Read more
Tuesday, August 8, 2017

We round up a few brilliant places for a spot of ice cream in Berkshire

Read more
Friday, August 4, 2017

Dining with the girls? Katy Eachus isn’t one to shy away from an invitation to a menu of delicious food, the odd glass and some gossip, so offers these recommendations

Read more
Thursday, August 3, 2017

Whether it’s a catch up with a friend or discussing business with a colleague, you should always consider a trip to one of these fantastic Berkshire coffee shops...

Read more
Monday, July 24, 2017

It’s time to take your taste buds on a trip to Italy as we discover some of the best Italian cuisine in Aylesbury, Gerrards Cross and beyond. Buon appetito.

Read more
 
Great British Holidays advert link

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Subscribe or buy a mag today

subscription ad

Topics of Interest

Food and Drink Directory

Local Business Directory

Berkshire's trusted business finder

Job search in your local area



Property Search