Overall food winner

Turkey chicks at F. Conisbee & Son Farm

Neil Conisbee and his family produce meat from their own farm, as well as other tenanted farms in Mole Valley, Surrey. These include Polesden Lacey Estate and Chapel Farm, both looked after by the National Trust.

Slow grown and full of flavour, their Attleborough turkey is another well-deserved jewel in the Conisbee ‘crown’. The turkeys are raised in their cattle barns and given quality feed, before the meat is hung for up to two weeks. All this care comes through in the eating – the award judges commented on its ‘lovely, golden colour and sweet, juicy taste’. 
The Conisbee family focus on high welfare and slowly mature their animals in a stress-free environment. As well as selling produce from their own butcher’s shops, this year visitors to National Trust restaurants can savour Conisbee turkey over the Christmas period.
As Neil’s son Stephen explains: 'It’s all about provenance with us. All our meat is Freedom Food accredited and our philosophy has always been about working with the land, not against it, to produce the best quality meats. It’s the way it’s been done for years and years.'
And it’s a way that pays dividends for their customers. By letting their award-winning animals mature slowly in a stress-free environment the meat is maximised for flavour and tenderness
'This is the tenth year we’re been fortunate enough to win a National Trust Fine Farm Produce Award, and to win the overall food award is such an honour for our family,' says Stephen. 'It’s a fantastic recognition of all the hard work put in over so many years. Our great, great grandfather ‘Frederick C’ would be so proud.'
Where to buy
F Conisbee & Son Butcher, East Horsley, Surrey.  
Shops at Park Corner and Station Parade.
01483 282073