Bramble Farm Turkeys
A finalist in the Food Producer of the Year category at the 2020 Surrey Life Food & Drink Awards, the Joy family has been farming high quality free-range Bronze turkeys since 1929. Based near West Horsley in Surrey, Bramble Farm’s birds are slow matured for a fuller flavour.
Surrey Hills Butchers
One of the best butcher's in Surrey, Surrey Hills Butchers is the perfect place to go if you’re looking for something really show-stopping. Whether it’s dry-aged steaks or rare cuts, the attention to detail of this team is second to none and their sourcing is exemplary. They now have branches in Oxshott, Frensham and Windlesham.
Hill House Farm
Order delicious ‘farm to fork’ produce direct from Dorking’s Hill House Farm. On the menu at the moment are Christmas turkeys, traditional unsmoked gammon ham, pigs in blankets, Christmas puddings from Chalk Hills Bakery and more. Local delivery is free, whilst the rest of mainland Great Britain is via overnight courier.
Add a little variety to your Christmas dinner table with Gloucestershire Old Spot pork, Dexter beef or honey from Glebe House’s six beehives. The estate’s rare breed pigs and cows live free to roam around the historic Godstone estate.
It's said that the very best tasting beef comes from exclusively pasture-fed animals, and that's why the cows at Brightleigh Farm in Outwood are free to roam and graze on Surrey grassland for most of the year.
Manor Farm's cows conservation graze in the Surrey countryside, on local pasture and herb rich chalk downland, and they produce quality beef that is sold direct from the farm to individuals, butchers, pubs and restaurants.
Rother Valley Organics
Sussex’s Rother Valley cattle are grazed on hillside clover in the winter and lush riverside pasture in the warmer months – and prepared by their own master butcher. They also have an online butcher’s shop where you can buy organic and free range products from their recommended partners.
Sharpen up your canapés this year with Sussex Gourmand’s delicious bresaola - lean, tasty cured meats created using wild venison and grass-fed Sussex beef – and their 2018 Great Taste Awards winning parmesan and nigella seed thins.
Of course, Farm Shops such as Priory Farm, Kingfisher Farm Shop, Noel's Farm Shop, Village Greens, Flower Farm, Garsons of Esher, Secretts of Milford and South Brockwells Farm have a great selection of meat as well as all the trimmings.
Driven by a desire to produce the very finest smoked trout, Charlie’s Trout’s delicious kiln smoked trout, cold smoked trout and signature smoked trout paté are perfect as star ingredients for your Christmas dinner table.
Williams and Bunkell
For a wide variety of ethically sourced fresh fish and shellfish, the award-winning Williams and Bunkell Fishmongers, based in the Surrey village of Claygate, is the place to go.
Hugely passionate about organic food and where it comes from, Surrey’s Greener Greens deliver across Surrey, south London and West Sussex. Their fruit and veg boxes are packed full of seasonal treats sourced from independent growers, and they can throw in a few carefully handpicked goodies, such as drinks as condiments, on the side.
Secretts of Milford
A powerhouse of fresh fruit and vegetables in the south east since 1937, Secretts of Milford supply many pubs and restaurants as well as its own farm shop – so why not pick up some of their delicious produce for your own Christmas dinner table?
The Dorking Food Float is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company, founded in 2009 and largely run and supported by volunteers. They encourage people to support local producers by visiting their stall in Dorking, which is operating on Fridays in the main square in St Martin's Walk during lockdown - and also do deliveries each week.
Bartie’s Sussex Faire
Having started in 2008 as a hobby-business, Bartie’s Sussex Faire, which is owned and run by John Bartlett (aka Bartie), it is now a full-time occupation. His jams, jellies, chutneys, marmalades, piccalillis and mustards offer quick and exciting ways to perk up those Christmas dishes.
Fair Dinkum Fare
Inspired by their Australian heritage, Mark and Cheryl Beale’s Fair Dinkum Fare is a Surrey-based producer of savoury and sweet chilli and non-chilli products. Add a kick to Christmas?
Jam Packed Preserves
Jam Packed Preserves is a family-run business producing an extensive range of homemade extra jams, jellies, marmalades, chutneys and curds, plus a chilli jam selection which spans the Scoville scale. All are hand-stirred in open pans using traditional methods. Their Boxing Day chutney is fantastic and they even do a limited edition range of Christmas crackers.
Chalk Hills Bakery
Whether you’re looking for the ultimate mince pies or the perfect sourdough loaf, you can’t go wrong with the artisan bread and cakes from Surrey’s Chalk Hills Bakery. They bake bread using traditional methods and a long fermentation process, which results in real, natural bread that looks and tastes amazing. And, there’s nothing that beats fresh bread, right?
High Weald Dairy
A family-owned business based on a farm in a beautiful part of West Sussex, High Weald Dairy specialise in creating award-winning artisan cheeses from organic cow's milk, sheep milk and goat's milk. All are made with vegetarian rennet, making these cheeses suitable for vegetarians. Their Brighton Blue, in particular, has won international cheese awards. You can buy a Sussex cheese selection in their online shop.
Based on the Surrey/Sussex border, Bookham Harrison Farms’ Sussex Charmer Cheese is produced from their milk and has won many awards over the years. You could also try their Twineham Grange, a vegetarian Italian-style hard cheese and South Downs Butter. Their Sussex Charmer comes complete with a "Wishing you a Charming Christmas" label this year. They've also produced double the amount of their Brandy Butter this year, following success at Nantwich International Cheese Awards.
The Cheese Hut
Branching out from The Cheese Man, a well-established Sussex wholesaler of fine cheeses and charcuterie products, The Cheese Hut specialises in sourcing top quality local and continental cheeses. A one-stop shop for the perfect cheese board, basically.
MILK AND BUTTER
Plurenden Manor Farm
Plurenden Manor Farm'S friendly herd, a liquorice allsorts collection of pedigree Holstein Friesian and Dutch Fleckvieh cows, produces milk that is then pasteurised but not homogenised - so the cream rises to the top. They deliver locally in Kent.
A family-owned dairy farm in South Nutfield, Nutfield Dairy runs a local milk and produce delivery service as well as supplying farm shops and other foodie shops in Surrey.
PUDDING AND TREATS
Mummy Makes Fudge
A few sweet treats on the side always does wonders to bring smiles to the faces of the family and act as a perfect pick-me-up on Christmas Day afternoon. Mummy Makes Fudge offer more than 30 different flavours, including vegan varieties. Their Christmas range includes Christmas Pie, Winter Spice, Cranberry and Orange and Chocolate Orange fudge.
Rowdy & Fancy’s
Run by Annys, her sister Hannah and mum Angela, Rowdy and Fancy’s make exquisite chocolates in the Sussex countryside. From their milk hot chocolate meltdowns (stir into a cup of warm milk for a delicious hot chocolate) to their wonderful array of chocolate bars, you’re sure to find something that appeals to most sweet teeth. This year, they have teamed up with Sussex artist Louise Mulgrew to create a new Christmas range of chocolates and cards.
The Flavoured Shortbread Bakery
Something to go with your coffee? Delicious hand-made shortbread rounds using natural ingredients and no added preservatives, The Flavoured Shortbread Bakery’s beautifully crafted treats are made using a traditional shortbread recipe and flavoured with imaginative combinations.
With a mission to 'make cake memorable', Velvet Fig's signature bakes really stand out from the crowd thanks to Emma Fuller's brilliant eye for colour. But these cakes aren't just easy on the eye – they taste delicious too. Make sure to check out Emma's Christmas cakes and gingerbread.
Chalk Hills Bakery
Famous for their festive mince pies, which are available directly from the bakery as well as farm shops across Surrey, Chalk Hills Bakery also produce Christmas puddings that are packed full of fruit and flavour.
Chimney Fire Coffee
Having worked in sustainable coffee sourcing in Africa, Chimney Fire Coffee look for distinctive flavour profiles in their single-origin coffees and source direct from producers whenever possible. They’ve been based at Ranmore Common, near Dorking, since 2017 and their coffee tour experiences are not to be missed. They've even got a Christmas Discovery Coffee this year with hints of brandy, ginger and baking spices.
Surrey Hills Coffee
Surrey Hills Coffee’s roastery was established in 2014, although Swedish husband and wife team, Chris and Monika, had already been in the coffee industry for many years. They roast a number of Espresso blends and their Scandinavian style, medium roast Cottage Filter Blend, as well as different Single Estate coffees.
The Godstone Brewers
Famous for their Fresh Beer Fridays at Flower Farm, where you can try beer straight from the cask and take your favourites home with you, The Godstone Brewers beers range from traditional bitters inspired by local myths and legends to green tea infused concoctions inspired by international travels. Always experimenting, it’s well worth keeping an eye out for their latest beers.
Having just released their seasonal Rye Coffee Porter, Crumbs mission to brew great beer from leftover Chalk Hills Bakery bread continues apace. You can try their brews as part of a mixed case bought from their online shop.
Whether you're a fan of the beer that started it all for Dorking Brewery, DB One best bitter, or you prefer something a little darker like Black Noise new age porter, you'll find some great options for the Christmas dinner table brewing up at Aldhurst Farm in Capel near Dorking.
Titsey Brewing Co
Found at the highest point of the North Downs Way, in the Surrey Hills, Titsey Brewing Co celebrates the history and heritage of the area where it’s based with forward-thinking beers. Based next door to Botley Hill Farmhouse, their beers are stocked in the country inn as well as available online.
Albury Organic Vineyard
From vouchers for tours and tastings to the ultimate Taste of Surrey gifty box (featuring a bottle of Albury Estate sparkling wine and other treats), Albury Organic Vineyard has Christmas covered with their online shop. They open their vineyard for tastings, sales and self-guided tours on every Saturday and Sunday, 11am - 4pm.
Greyfriars Vineyard produces award-winning English sparkling wine in a beautiful Surrey Hills location on the Hog’s Back between Farnham and Guildford. It is very much a family affair. Mike and Hilary Wagstaff took over the 25 year old vineyard in 2010 and have extended it from the original one and a half acre site to over 40 acres of sprawling vines. You can buy bottles and cases via their online shop.
The perfect way to explore the world of Kent’s Biddenden Vineyards, grab one of their Introducing Biddenden gift packs. Featuring Special Mead, Biddenden Pear Juice, Sparkling Pinot Reserve 2014, Biddenden Ortega 2016, Biddenden Red Love Apple Juice and Biddenden Strong Kentish Cider Medium, it should tick most boxes.
Ambriel are set to release their new Blanc de Noirs 2015 in November and then, just in time for Christmas, there will be a limited release of special "Cloud Ten” 2010 magnums, which have been 10 years in the making.
A fantastic alternative to sparkling wine, Gospel Green Cyder has spent the past 30 years mastering traditional production techniques to create a fine sparkling cyder. Based on the Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire border, they use only the finest apples hand selected from the Blackmoor Estate.
Distillers of Surrey
Preparing for their very first Christmas, Distillers of Surrey have enjoyed a meteoric start to life in 2018 and now boast three exceptional gins: Solstice (a fresh and intriguing London Dry Gin), Aromatic (featuring Olive groves in Sussex, rosemary and bay from Surrey and tea from the UK's first plantation in Cornwall) and Nautical (their naval strength edition). They are also selling very cute gin-filled baubles.
Silent Pool Distillers
Needing absolutely no introduction these days, Silent Pool Distillers have helped to transform the Surrey drinks business in the past few years from their Albury beauty spot home. From Christmas Crackers to winter warmers via Silent Pool Gin infused smoked salmon, it’ll be gin o’clock throughout the festive period if you spend a few minutes browsing their shop.
The Surrey Copper Distillery
An independent craft distillery in Surrey, The Surrey Copper Distillery produces a distinctive library of spirits inspired by history and reflecting the essence of England.
English Spirit Distillery
You can stock your whole bar up with goodies from Essex’s English Spirit Distillery – you name it, they probably make it! Just added to the list is a new recipe Christmas Spirit liqueur, using one of their small batch rums as a base, and using a Christmas pudding as flavour inspiration for the fresh spices. Delicious.
The ambition in creating the Folkington’s brand was to replicate the authenticity and provenance that stand behind fine wines (“terroir”) into a range of fruit juices and soft drinks. How about trying their Duchess of Sussex Cocktail? Gin (preferably a Sussex brand), Folkington's Sussex elderflower cordial, Folkington's Canadian-style ginger ale and American club soda. Enjoy!
Bubble & Twist
Drink Fatigue, we’re told, is when you have been suffering with a lack of interest for the drink options available. Twisted Syrups are made in Gomshall by artisan drinks business Bubble & Twist, led by Dean Hart. An exciting step up from elderflower cordial, these marvellous mixes are created with a large dash of out-of-the-box thinking and are truly unique.
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