Brockhampton Estate tenants win awards

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We love celebrating what’s local and we're thrilled to announce that several tenants of the Brockhampton Estate have won two very prestigious Fine Farm Produce Awards. Les and Janet Rogers won their fifth consecutive award, for their delicious strawberry jam. In addition to this, James Hawkins from Warren Farm also collected an award for his Pure Herefordshire Cold Pressed Rapeseed Oil.

The awards, supported by Freedom Food, celebrate the breadth and quality of produce grown, reared or made on places owned or managed by the National Trust. This was the first time James Hawkins from Warren Farm entered the competition and said: “We’ve farmed our 520 acre farm for the past 11 years. Last year we decided to move into rapeseed oil production adding value to a crop produced on the farm. Winning this award recognises the quality product we produce on the estate and is the springboard to push it further afield.”

Despite only going into production this year, James has already sold 1,000 litres of oil and it’s not hard to see why. It has a number of different applications; from frying and baking, to making delicious dressings. You can try it by picking-up a bottle from our Granary shop at Lower Brockhampton.

Winning traditional recipes

Les and Janet are well established tenants of the National Trust Brockhampton Estate and make all the estates jams and chutneys. In total they produce 15 products ranging from their award winning strawberry jam to delicious apple chutney. They follow traditional recipes and use fruit and vegetables from the estate, as well as sourcing other ingredients locally.

Their products are also sold in the Granary shop and used in various recipes by the Old Apple Store tea-room, situated at the top of the estate. Our Catering Manager Lottie Watts says “the apple chutney goes particularly well with the Herefordshire ploughman’s and the strawberry jam is the ideal filler for a tasty Victoria sandwich cake.”

If the thought of the above has tickled your taste buds, why not purchase some of Les and Janet’s delicious produce next time you visit us. We’ve even included ‘The Perfect Victoria Sponge’ recipe for you, courtesy of the National Trust's new Good Housekeeping Complete British Cookbook. So why not try baking your own scrummy cake with Les and Janet’s strawberry jam and judge for yourselves.