Their cheeseboard celebrates the best of British, featuring Golden Cross from Whitesmith, East Sussex; Lord London by Alsop and Walker, which is made in Mayfield, East Sussex; Kentish Blue from Kingcott Dairy in Staplehurst, Kent; and Winterdale Shaw, which is made near Sevenoaks, Kent, and matured in special caves in the North Downs.
Botley Hill Farmhouse has also helped to establish a new Surrey micro-brewery, Titsey Brewing Co, so when you order a pint of Gower Wolf, Leveson Buck, Gresham Hopper or Innes Lager at the bar you can be sure that it has travelled only a matter of metres from the brewery to your glass.
When it comes to wines, sourcing directly from vineyards results in a choice which is far from run-of-the-mill. There are many rare fine wines to be found on the Botley Hill Farmhouse list and buying direct means they offer great value for money.
While it’s essential to book ahead if you’re looking to enjoy a meal in the hugely popular Farmhouse, Botley Hill also features the Sheep Shed tea room where many people enjoy a warming cuppa and a slice of cake or something more substantial. Afternoon teas are available too, if booked in advance.
On sunnier winter days, you’ll often find people wrapped up and enjoying their coffee or a meal outside on the terrace.
The Sheep Shed is also home to some great food and drink items for visitors to takeaway with them.
You can find Briscoe’ Jellies savoury fruit and herb jellies created in Merstham; enjoy chocolate from Forest Row’s Rowdy & Fancy’s; honey from Reigate Beekeepers’ Geoff Blay; and coffee, directly traded from Brazilian farmers but hand-roasted near Oxted, from Cafezinho.
As for places to stay, they also happen to own the luxuriously appointed North Downs Shepherd Huts, which are set to be moved near to the Farmhouse site before summer 2019 to coincide with the opening of their new wedding venue, The Barn at Botley Hill.