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Top-Quality Artisanal produce from the super southwest
The shelves at the Coombe Farm Organic farm shop are groaning with some of our very favourite products – from the fruitiest jams to the creamiest cheeses and the most wicked liqueurs. Many of these artisanal products enjoy organic status, all of them are made with carefully sourced ingredients and a nod to tradition. They beautifully complement our superb organic meat. Let's say hello to some of the producers...
Based in the heart of Somerset, Pilton Cider uses traditional 'keeving' to produce whole-fruit ciders without any added sugar. A six-month fermentation before bottling results in a drink that's sweet-by-nature and palate-pleasingly refreshing.
Black cow vodka
Taking dairy-farm diversification up a notch, Black Cow Vodka magically transforms milk into a smooth-as-smooth spirit. Whey – a by-product of cheesemaking – is fermented, distilled and filtered to make vodka of a distinctly superior class.
Organic beer, brewed with integrity – that's what you get from Stroud Brewery. Their speciality is cask-conditioned beer brewed with malting barley grown in the Cotswolds. This hoppy drop makes us very happy indeed.
Established in 2012, Tarquin's was the first distillery for 100 years in Cornwall. This is tiny-batch gin made in traditional copper stills with care and craftsmanship. The result is a smooth-drinking zesty gin, bursting with complex botanicals. Is it gin o'clock, yet, we wonder?
It's all very well having an awesome gin, but what to serve it with? Lixir would suggest one of their distictivem naturally flavoured tonics. Made with no artificicial sweetners, flavours of perservatives, these are imaginative tonics are the perfect complement to your favourite spirit. Or sip them straight up as a very sophisticated soft drink.
Take luxurious Jersey milk and cream, add some of the finest organic ingredients, churn with care and passion. What do you get? Ice cream that's luscious by name and by nature. Yummy enough to eat straight from the tub, it also makes a refined accompaniment to elegant puds.
Quality ingredients – many of them locally sourced from around Dartmoor, others from further afield – bubble together in Clare's kitchen, transforming into imaginatively flavoured marmalades, jams, jellies, chutneys and relishes. Awards have come thick and fast, with Clare's Seville Marmalade with Dartmoor Honey being recognized as best artisan-made traditional marmalade in the World, 2018. Not bad going, Clare.
Expert cheesemakers transform the lush milk from specially bred cows into Quicke's mega-award-winning range of cheeses. Cloth-bound cheeses have been made by the Quicke family for five generations, and you can taste the history in their smooth, creamy cheddars and buttery Devonshire cheeses.
The somerset cider brandy compANY
Boasting the UK's only licence to distil cider into brandy, the Somerset Cider Brandy Company produce a range of drinks that can truly be called unique. While their barrel-aged cider brandy is undeniably the star of the show, don't overlook their sparkling ciders, pamonas and liqueurs.
There are traybakes, then there are Exploding Bakery traybakes. Everything is handmade in small batches with carefully sourced ingredients, to mouthwatering and moreish effect. Get them quick – we can't be responsible for our actions...
HOG & TALLOW
In the old days, soap was made using animal fats. Finding they had excess fat from their homegrown pigs, the brains behind Hog & Tallow decided to put it to traditional use. Locally sourced ingredients (many of them by-products) and foraged botanicals go into this range of thrifty but luxurious soaps.
BRISCOE'S artisan jellies
Using traditional methods for soft, clear-set results, Briscoe's jellies are flavour-packed and versatile. You can spread them on your toast (well, obvs), add them to gravies and sauces or serve them with cheese and charcuterie. There's a flavour for every occasion.
Sharpham Park has a rich farming heritage stretching back 1000 years. Today it specialises in growing and milling spelt. This ancient grain is packed with nutrients and flavour, making it a good-for-you basis for flours and cereals. Both your taste buds and your tummy will thank you for choosing spelt.
Rustic, hard-wearing and redolent of Dutch craftsmanship and heritage, luxurious Witloft aprons make every cook feel like a chef. The specially coated leather is super-soft and easy to clean, so no need to worry about splashes and spills.
LITTLE JACK HORNER
Somerset-based Little Jack Horner makes sausage rolls the way they should be – packed full of meat and wrapped in thin, buttery shortcrust pastry. Ingredients are locally sourced and high welfare and every sausage roll is handmade by a team of dedicated bakers.
UNION brew lab
Union has two aims – to make outstanding speciality coffees and deal fairly and directly with the farmers who grow the beans. Meticulously hand roasted, their blends and single origins make a very fine cup indeed. Fancy something chilled? Try Union Brew Lab cold brew. It's a whole new way to enjoy coffee.
Forget insipid, powdery teas, Teapigs products are all about harnessing the flavours found in whole leaf tea, herbs, berries, spices and flowers to make their teas extra special. Each tea 'temple' (NOT teabag) has enough room for the leaves to mingle and infuse, resulting in a flavour-packed brew.
Made in Devon, ghees from Happy Butter are hand churned using organic ingredients. Ghee is used in cooking as a flavoursome alternative to veg oil and though it's most associated with Indian cuisine, this clarified butter is a delicious choice for any dish.
There's a whole world of chocolate out there, and Willie Harcourt-Cooze is here to introduce you to it. His products highlight the unique flavour profiles of different cacaos from different terroirs – making for a very serious and horizon-expanding chocolate-eating experience.