Since Victorian times, it has become traditional in the United Kingdom to eat large specialist poultry such as Turkey and Goose any time from Michaelmas – at the end of September – through to Christmas and the New Year. We do not rear this poultry ourselves. Our speciality is the rearing of great grass-fed British beef and lamb. We prefer to source fantastic free-range turkeys and geese from specialist farming families who have been rearing them for generations.
The Garner Family have been rearing bronze turkeys at Godwick Hall in Norfolk for nearly 100 years. The turkeys are fully free-range, and feed only on the finest natural diet, free from any additives.
The Botterill family have been using the same methods for four generations to rear their incredible free-range flock of geese in the shadow of Belvoir Castle some 10 miles from our farm. From April to November, they are walked daily from the farmyard to the fields to graze, and then back home at night.
On the Derbyshire Staffordshire borders, the Packingtons have been rearing incredible free range corn fed cockerels for years. They are not as big as a turkey, but incredibly meaty with dense, flavoursome flesh. All of this specialist poultry is dry-plucked and game hung in the traditional manner, to achieve a superior taste.