The team at Chalkstream grow the finest English trout on the world-famous Test & Itchen Rivers in Hampshire. Each fish is slow grown for 2 years in the fast-flowing pure chalk stream waters that have been described as ‘Heaven on Earth for rearing Trout’. Their artisan-led approach ensures the fish are nurtured from hatchling to harvest using the best quality diet and highest standards of husbandry. The result is the most lean, clean tasting trout you’ll ever taste… our favourite is the Hot Smoked which is dry cured in salt and demerara sugar and kiln smoked over sustainably sourced oak.
In the 1970s, France had a vibrant latticework of Cornichon farms, all growing pickles for large cooperatives. However, in the early 2000s, in the face of globalisation, the large industrials relocated production to Asia and French farms began to disappear. Today, father and son Florent and Henri are the last remaining Cornichon producers in France. The pickles grown on their 20-hectare pesticide & herbicide free farm are hand picked and hand sorted before being jarred without any artificial preservatives. These crunchy, aromatic gherkins are a showstopper for any artisan picnic or the ultimate foodie gift.
Bungay Raw Butter is made by Jonny Crickmore of Fen Farm Dairy, where they make the infamous Baron Bigod brie. The UK’s only raw cultured butter, it is made on the farm in the traditional way, by souring the cream using a cocktail of lactic bacteria before churning and hand-paddling. Jonny handpicks Montbeliarde cattle from Jura, France and grazes them on the wildlife rich Fenn. They produce a small amount of milk but its rich and high in protein, producing beautifully creamy and complex flavours.
The beer brewed by Harbour Brewing Co. epitomises the Cornish lifestyle, from the dark, warming stout after a wintery November surf to the summer-BBQ citrus-burst of an Ellensberg IPA. Each beer Harbour brew is a product of their environment, inspired by BBQ competitions, foreign surf trips or a newly discovered pint drunk the night before. If this year has taught us anything, it’s to enjoy the simple things in life, and sometimes there’s nothing better that to share great beer with friends.
Come and join us and pick our Sunflowers for Charity!
The Exeter Chief Boys relax with a BBQ before the season begins!