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FOOD

At Beales Hotels, we try to source our food locally where possible, as befits a company that has been present in the area for eight generations and whose family has links in Hertfordshire back to the fifteenth century.

The following are local suppliers and organisations with whom we have a connection and who assist us in our quest for good quality local produce proudly grown in Hertfordshire and neighbouring counties. As you can see from the list below, we have a large network of suppliers that work year round to bring good food to the table for our guests.

Our current intention is to increase the amount of locally sourced food from Herts and a 50 mile radius to at least 10% of the total annual purchases – but we would like it to be much more than this. For some of our suppliers listed below, we have provided the post code and distance from the hotels. This information is underneath in green.

Andrew Beale - Managing Director & Wayne Turner - Executive Chef

 

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Bridget B's

www.bridgetbs.co.uk

Beef & Pork
Bridget is the fifth generation to work at Sacombe Hill Farm, north of Hertford, with a fine herd of tenth generation pedigree Simmental cows, kept in lush pastures in summer and wintered in comfortable barns. Their bull won the Supreme Champion accolade at the Royal Show in 2006 – the highest achievement in farming. Simmental cows are a fine Swiss breed noted for their milk used in Suchard chocolate, and for the extremely tender steaks and mince that we serve in the hotels. Bridget also supplies us with delicious pork and bacon from her Gloucester Old Spot pigs.

Game and Venison
Sacombe Hill Farm is situated in classic deer country in the most rural part of Hertfordshire and as a consequence is populated by large herds of wild deer often visible in broad daylight on the edge of woodland. The venison that is shot on the farm has a slightly more gamey taste than the tamer farmed deer but as a result is far more authentic. As well as deer, Bridget Borlase supplies our hotels with pheasant, partridge, wild duck, rabbit, pigeon and hare, as and when any animal or bird has the misfortune to be targeted by her gun ! Truly local, truly organic, a true taste of Hertfordshire.

SG14 3NL - WLP - 22.1 miles BH 14.7 miles


Dingley Dell Pork

www.dingleydell.com

Dingley Dell Pork was established in 1999 by Mark and Paul Hayward on their farm near Woodbridge in the beautiful Deben valley of Suffolk. At Dingley Dell, pigs are born, reared and grown outdoors all year round. We feature Dingley Dell pork fillet, loin, cheek, sausages and belly on our menus at Beales Hotels.

WLP - 94.3 miles BH 101.5


Humphreys & Sons

01245 361214

Blixes Farm is a third generation family farm near Fairstead in Essex. It is noted for the quality of its lamb which is in short supply in Hertfordshire. Andrew Humphreys is passionate about his flock and hand mixes all their feed, also providing them with fresh bedding daily, and access to fresh straw for forage. The lambs
are not subjected to a stressful journey to a distant slaughterhouse
but are killed on the farm, which maintains meat quality. There is a delightful farm shop as well, packed with local produce.

WLP - 49.0 miles BH 56.4


The Denham Estate

www.denhamestate.co.uk

Denham Estate is located in Suffolk near Bury St Edmunds and has the largest herd of fallow deer in the country, some 3000 in number, roaming free among the 1200 acres of the estate.

The venison farm was founded by estate owners Michael and Cecilia Gliksten, who now supply all of London’s top restaurants, the House of Lords, and the Ritz Hotel.

Michael recently passed away, but Cecilia is continuing to provide first class fallow deer venison, partridge, pheasant and mallard duck to Beales Hotels.

IP29 5EQ - WLP - 70.9 miles BH 61.8 miles


The Stickleback Fish Company Ltd

www.sticklebackfish.co.uk - Ross Arnold, whose grandfather started the business in Cockfosters in 1959, believes passionately in responsibility, sustainability and, where possible line-caught fishing, sourcing the freshest possible fish for his customers.

When his grandfather started the business, fish was a plentiful, reasonably priced product but, because of over-fishing, fish is now difficult to source. They now have to go direct to the fishermen to build up a relationship with them to obtain the best fish they possibly can.

By going on to www.linecaught.org.uk, they can see the fisherman who caught that fish, together with a picture of his boat – hence showing the provenance of the catch.
We also find crayfish for our sandwiches from Ross, some of which comes from the River Lee in Hertfordshire.

WLP - 1.5 miles BH - 12.8 miles


Mersea Oysters

www.richardhawardsoysters.co.uk

Richard is the seventh generation of his family business and has been working on the water for most of his life. He took on the family tradition of oyster fishing full-time when he was eighteen. Unfortunately his father died and Richard left university to come home and carry on the family trade.

He dredges the oysters from the River Blackwater in Essex and lays them on his own oyster beds, where they are given time to fatten and strengthen. His oyster beds are tidal, thus as the tide comes in, so do rich nutrients from the marshland. The end result is a local oyster with wonderful flavour.

WLP - 70.3 miles BH - 77.5 miles

 


Direct Milk Supplies

www.directmilk.com – Direct Milk Supplies is a third generation family run business, formed in 1966. The company, based in Elstree, Herts, is headed by brother and sister Doug and Glynis Jenkins assisted by Doug’s wife Sue and son Alex. The milk is ‘farm assured’, ensuring that only top quality milk is used, produced to stringent standards governing food safety, animal welfare and protection of the environment. The local farms that provide our milk comply fully with the requirements of the Assured Dairy Farm (ADF) national dairy farm assurance scheme. The ADF scheme focuses on all aspects of dairy husbandry and milk production.

WLP - 10.3 miles BH - 11.5 miles

 


Ford Farm

www.fordfarm.com – Although the famous Wookey Hole cave aged cheddar is not as close to Beales Hotels as we would like, we could not resist serving it in our hotels. The truckles of cheddar stay deep inside Wookey Hole cave for six months using the age-old technique of maturing the finest cheddar in a damp environment to give it a sharp and tangy flavour, infinitely more complex than the normal cheddar found in supermarkets.

WLP - 154.6 miles BH - 151.4 miles


Sharpham Wine & Cheese

www.sharpham.com – The Camembert-like Sharpham Elmhirst is featured on our cheese selection. It comes from the dreamy Sharpham Estate on the banks of the River Dart in Devon, downstream from Totnes, and upstream from Dartmouth and Kingswear. The estate is known both for its wine and its cheese, and is run by Mark Sharman who took over from his uncle in 1988. The estate makes for a great day out and the restaurant is highly recommended ! Too far from Beales Hotels for our liking, but there are so few dairy farms around here now.

WLP - 239.4 miles BH - 236.2 miles


Cropwell Bishop Creamery

www.cropwellbishopstilton.co.uk – In 1949 Somerset Creameries under Frank Skailes acquired Cropwell Bishop Creamery. In 1981, David and Ian Skailes took the helm from their father, and became the joint managing directors of Somerset Creameries.

David’s son, Ben, started working for the company in 2004, followed two years later by his cousin, Robin. In 2005 Somerset Creameries became known as Cropwell Bishop Creamery. Robin and Ben now manage the running of the creamery under the watchful eye of their fathers, who remain closely involved in the business.
In June 2013 they were delighted to be crowned Midlands and East Anglia Family Business of the Year.

WLP - 115.5 miles BH - 110.5 miles


Lincolnshire Poacher

www.lincolnshirepoachercheese.com – In 1949 Somerset Creameries under Frank Skailes acquired Cropwell Bishop Creamery. In 1981, David and Ian Skailes took the helm from their father, and became the joint managing directors of Somerset Creameries.

David’s son, Ben, started working for the company in 2004, followed two years later by his cousin, Robin. In 2005 Somerset Creameries became known as Cropwell Bishop Creamery. Robin and Ben now manage the running of the creamery under the watchful eye of their fathers, who remain closely involved in the business.
In June 2013 they were delighted to be crowned Midlands and East Anglia Family Business of the Year.

WLP - 129.2 miles BH - 119.7 miles


Tims Dairy

www.timsdairy.co.uk – Tim’s Dairy is a second generation family dairy in Chalfont St Peter, Bucks. They supply us with delicious natural and assorted fruit organic yoghurt that you will find on the breakfast buffet at both hotels. Euripides and Michael Timotheou started the dairy in central London in the 1940’s and it is now run by brothers Chris and Peter Timotheou from modern premises in Buckinghamshire.

SL9 0QH - WLP - 28.8 miles BH 24.4 miles


Clover Free Range

www.cloverfreerange@tiscali.co.uk – We are delighted at Beales Hotels to commit to only buying Free range eggs for our guests. We are even more delighted to have found a lovely farm in Beale family country near Royston, Herts, in the hamlet of Kneesworth. The Clover free range eggs are quite delicious.

Corinne Joyce at Hill View Farm has 7500 birds on the farm, housed in small numbers at night and free to roam during daylight hours over clover rich pastures. The eggs are collected twice daily and delivered to West Lodge Park and Beales Hotel within two days to guarantee that fresh farm taste.

WLP - 37.2 miles BH 27.7 miles


Criterion Ices

www.criterion-ices.co.uk – Third generation family ice cream producers at Manor Farm Creamery near Bury St Edmunds, started by the Valenti family in 1920. A delicious range of ice creams and sorbets on the menus at both hotels including exclusive strawberry, honeycomb, gold medal vanilla, Belgian chocolate chip, stem ginger, Turkish delight, lemon meringue, peach melba and pistachio. Pictured below is Jim Valenti, grandson of the founder.

IP31 3QJ - WLP - 81.8 miles BH 73.6 miles


Town & Country Fine Foods

www.tcfinefoods.co.uk – David Lyell (1942 – 2009) started this independent and family run business, Town and Country Fine Foods over 35 years ago selling after dinner mints from his home, with a vision of providing the finest service and chocolate products to restaurants and hotels.

We use Town and Country for some of our petits fours and for particularly tasty
bedroom biscuits.

WLP - 38.9 miles BH 35.8 miles


Maldon Salt

www.maldonsalt.co.uk – Fourth generation family organic salt makers based at Maldon on the River Blackwater in Essex. 43 salt pans at Maldon were recorded in the Domesday book in 1086.

CM9 6UZ - WLP - 44.9 miles BH 51.7 miles


Wrights Flour

www.breadltd.co.uk – The Bread Factory was founded in Hendon by Gail Stephens in the 1990’s making artisan bread for the local market as well as top London restaurants. The bread is served daily at West Lodge Park and is completely delicious, including sour dough, fruit loaf, flat bread, and soda bread. Recent awards include gold medal in the Great Taste Awards 2011, and winner of the Grocer Gold Awards in 2010.

WLP - 12.7 miles BH 15.1 miles


Victoria Bakery

www.victoriabakery.co.uk – As befits a family business founded on baking with seven generations of bakers, we bake much of our bread and cakes in house, but also get help from Victoria Bakery in Barnet, the five generation local bakers headed by James Freeman with a strong local reputation. Highly recommended for exquisite wedding cakes and for wonderful cakes, pastries and the Christmas puddings we serve each festive season.

WLP - 4.8 miles BH - 8.8


Tiptree

www.tiptree.com – Fourth generation family firm. Fruit farmers for over 300 years and now with 1000 acres of farmland around Tiptree in Essex. We are proud to serve the mini pots of fine award winning marmalades and jams at breakfast.

CO5 0RF - WLP - 53.8 miles BH 60.7 miles


Tiptree

www.bealeshotels.co.uk/gallery/wlp/bees/ – In conjunction with Ron and Mary Hunter of the Enfield Beekeepers association, we now have four colonies of bees at West Lodge Park Hotel.

Last year, these colonies produced over 180 jars of honey which is available to buy at the hotel reception and is used in the dessert menus at both hotels.

The set honey comes from the rape seed that surrounds the hotel in the early spring months, while the runny honey is collected at the end of summer and is thanks to the garden and arboretum flowers in a 3 mile radius from the hotel.

WLP - 0.0 miles BH 10.1 miles


Fairfield Farm Crisps

www.fairfieldsfarmcrisps.co.uk – Robert and Laura Strathern farm potatoes in the Colne valley near Colchester. Delicious crisps, locally made by themselves, served in the bar at both hotels. Winners of the gold medal in the Great Taste awards, most recently in 2012.

WLP - 64.1 miles BH 70.0 miles


Paddy & Scott's

www.paddyandscotts.co.uk – Paddy Bishopp and Scott Russell are just two guys who share a passion for great coffee. Paddy used to own a wonderful café which was voted The Best Deli/Café in Suffolk and harboured a longing desire to roast his own coffee. Scott, on the other hand spent 10 years working in London, a devoted coffee aficionado, before they literally stumbled over each other during a five-a-side football match!

Based in Woodbridge, Suffolk, their coffee is currently served at West Lodge Park.

WLP - 94.9 miles BH 97.2 miles


Café du Monde

www.cafedumonde.co.uk – Mike Osborne is a fantastic guy, and has served us at Beales Hotel for many years. Delicious Arabica coffee, great support and training, meaning that the coffee served in our Outsidein Restaurant, TalkBar, conference and banqueting rooms, and bedrooms is of the
highest quality.

WLP - 36.7 miles BH - 44.0 miles


Twinings

www.twinings.co.uk – The Twinings story started in 1706. Back then, the most popular drinks in England were coffee, gin and ale - even at breakfast! Although tea had been drunk in China for thousands of years, it had only just been imported to England, and lots of people were suspicious of it. One man who was sure that it would be big was a certain Thomas Twining. Having had enough of drinking ale in the morning, he started selling tea from his coffee house on London’s Strand, promising only to sell the finest qualities and varieties. His pledge soon won him (and his tea) lots of fans - including Jane Austen and Charles II. So far, ten generations of the Twining family have been there to watch it all happen, from the creation of the famous English Breakfast blend to supplying tea to the Red Cross for food parcels during the war. In fact, Stephen Twining still works for his family’s company, helping to make sure Thomas’s promise is never broken.

WLP - 14.4 miles BH 22.3 miles


Stanlake Park

www.stanlakepark.com – The Stanlake Park wine estate is situated in Windsor Great Park, and in a good vintage, can press over 200 tons of grapes making it one of the larger local wineries. Run by Peter and Annette Dart, their wines now feature on our wine lists, where you can find their Regatta and Ruscombe wines.

WLP - 51.2 miles BH - 48.0 miles


Harrogate Spring Water

www.harrogatespringwater.co.uk – Harrogate Spring Water was awarded ‘best in class’ at the British Bottlers Institute Tasting Awards 2011 and 2012, and was voted the world’s finest sparkling bottled water at the International water tasting awards in the USA.

The water comes from the pure spring in the Harlow Hill area of Harrogate in the Pinewoods Conservation area.

We have had more local mineral waters at Beales Hotels in recent years, but this is the best quality we could find in the UK at the expense of a greater distance to travel.

WLP - 70.8 miles BH - 67.2 miles


Saffron Brewery

www.saffronbrewery.co.uk – Saffron Brewery is a microbrewery in Henham, near Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire. We are proud to stock a selection of their award winning ales at both hotels, including Saffron IPA, Ramblers Tipple, Saffron Blonde, and Tiddly Vicar (don’t ask !).

For quality control purposes only, our staff have forced themselves to visit the brewery for an in depth tasting session….

WLP - 36.1 miles BH - 30.6 miles


The Hertfordshire Agricultural Society

www.hertsshow.com – Every year the Hertfordshire Show, the main showcase for produce from this great county, excels itself. The show is run by the Hertfordshire Agricultural society and has become the focal point for local food that shows off this county at its finest. Beales Hotels are supporters and sponsors of the show and are proud to be associated with it. Mike Harman, General Secretary, runs a military-style operation relying on an army of volunteers.

WLP - 20.5 miles BH - 15.1