We are very fortunate to be able to source the vast majority of our food from local suppliers and producers here at our Yarcombe Hotel.
It is gratifying that there are still people in business producing meat, vegetables and dairy products and the like that can do so on a relatively small scale which we can have access too.
It’s not all roses however, we have found on taking over that a major supplier of fruit and vegetables can no longer deliver to Yarcombe so we are in the process of sourcing from elsewhere…but as close as possible.
Barleymow’s – Meat
Our meat comes from Barleymow’s Farm Shop just three miles up the road. Unlike many farm shops around the country Barleymow’s sells a great deal of their own product. Born out of the need to diversify following the foot and mouth nightmare of a few years back, Barleymow’s is the retail off-shoot of Snowden Hill Farm. Martin Burrough is the farmer and raises beef cattle and lambs on the farm just between Yarcombe and Chard. Only four or five miles from the farm is the local slaughterhouse which is one of the surviving small scale operations. This means the beasts only have to travel a very short distance, in small numbers and the meat travels the same distance back to the butchery.
Rose Burrough runs Barleymow’s buying the beef and lamb from Martin and sourcing poultry, pork and the like from other local farmers. The butchery team there are experts in hanging and preparing meat and one of their number is a keen shot providing much of the local venison and other game. Barleymow’s make their own sausages, dry-cure their own bacon, have a vast number of free-range laying hens and provide us with a great service. It is a source of great comfort to us and our guests the know where the meat came from and precisely how it was reared, killed, hung and prepared.
Charles Steevenson Wines of Tavistock
As a traditional Wine Merchant, Charles Steevenson Wines import an eclectic range of wines from every corner of the globe and now boast a portfolio well in excess of 1200 different wines. The backbone of Charles Steevenson Wines is supplying to hotels, restaurants, Her Majesty’s Forces and corporate accounts alike. An ever growing range of wines, ports, spirits, real ales, gift ideas and much, much more, ensure we need look no further afield for all things wine. They exact a fastidious search for wines that meet our high standards, whilst always offering great value.
Hollies Trout Farm
Right in the boondocks of the Blackdowns Sheldon is a village that makes even little Yarcombe look big! Hollies is a delightful place set in the trees in a little valley and the beautifully clean trout ponds are stocked with some fine fish. The Downers provide us with fresh whole fish, fillets and smoked trout from their own smoker. The smoked trout is a regular favourite on our menu and we vary what we use as the fancy takes us. Hollies is also open to anglers.
The Dartmouth Smokehouse is our supplier of kippers (although due to a slight mistake on my part (S-J) I did over order somewhat and we won’t need to order kippers for quite a while…a long time actually), smoked mackeral and smoked salmon and throughout the year whatever else we fancy putting on the menu. Their products are of extremely high quality and without doubt the best we’ve tried and when they phone, they always remind me not to order any more kippers!.
Kingfisher are our fresh fish suppliers and they buy from the South West fish markets on a daily basis. From them we buy scallops, halibut, red snapper, haddock, lemon sole, organic scottish Scottish salmon and wonderful fresh sardines. As always we buy what is in season and in plentiful supply. We can get farmed fish that has all the necessary organic and environmental approvals and sustainably caught wild fish and seafood, such as mackerel and plaice from the day boats and diver-caught scallops.
The Otter Brewery
Established in October 1990 by David and Mary Ann McCaig, the brewery is located on a 16th Century farm in East Devon’s Blackdown Hills. David had brewed with Whitbreads for 17 years and Mary Ann’s family have been brewers for generations. The original objective was to develop a small micro-brewery, using it’s own spring water, yeast and locally malted barley to supply a few real ale houses with a top quality cask conditioned beer. Demand led to growth and now, over 15 years later the brewery consists of a state of the art 80 barrel brewing plant designed by David.
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