EATING LOCAL – LOCAL PRODUCERS NEAR TO PITT FARM HOLIDAY COTTAGES
Whether it’s being more conscious of our carbon footprint & food miles; the inclination to support local businesses; or just the desire for something new and yummy, eating local is a part of life for us.
We are so lucky to have fantastic growers, producers and artisans on our doorstep and we highly recommend that you check-out what’s on offer locally before finalizing your online supermarket delivery. Have a look at:
Don’t be put off by the exterior of the Bear and Blacksmith Butchery. They’re all about the meat and under a mile from us here at Pitt Farm. You can call ahead to find out what’s good – or order a selection by phone or online. The Bear and Blacksmith Butchery make our Pitt Farm sausages – and we couldn’t be happier with the results.
A Shepherds hut devoted to veg and not more than a hop and a skip from Pitt Farm (you can see their hut from our playground). Feel great about the lack of food miles but also the variety of super-fresh veg and freshly laid eggs. There is also the Box & Bridle horsebox coffee van next door where you can pick up a coffee and a bite to eat.
Quarry Farm beef is reared just a couple of miles away, the other side of East Allington village (around 2 miles away). Contact them through facebook to order excellent quality steaks, burgers and other cuts of super-local beef.
A lovely retail experience (Valley View café attached) with a fine selection of meat but also local cheeses, local wine, pasties and deli items (look out for the chorizo scotch eggs), breads and vegetables. No more than 10 mins drive from Pitt Farm, and will deliver.
Heavenly bread and pastries (we love the large sourdough and the baguettes) with locations in Kingsbridge (very close to Catch of the Day if crab baguettes are your thing), Salcombe and Dartmouth.
Established since 1955, Catch of the Day is a local smoke house stocking local fish, smoked fish, prawns, local crab and lobsters available. Home to the world famous “Salcombe Smokies”. Based in Kingsbridge alongside a fabulous array of independent shops Get there early!
Near to Torcross, Stokeley Farm Shop sells the local produce you’d expect from a farm shop but also great local beer from South Hams Brewery. The on-site café and tap room are handy if you’re feeling hungry or thirsty. The site also houses some pop-up shops featuring local artisans and craftspeople lifestyle stores Relish, Sally Wilkinson and The Shed.
We love everything about the Salcombe Gin story. A wonderful local product. As well as a bar and shop their home in Salcombe is the location for Gin School (a thoroughly great activity for anyone who is a bit of a Gin fan (read more about our visit HERE).
Ben’s Farm Shop has a number of branches nearby (the one at Staverton being handily just a couple of miles from the A38 junction at Buckfastleigh if you’re on your way to us). Home of Riverford Organic produce, Ben’s is a super-sized farm shop brimming with local organic produce and a great café (and an on-site Smokehouse which is just fabulous on a sunny day (we recommend the burgers). If you’re looking for a souvenir also checkout the chainsaw artist who is usually positioned just before the turning for Ben’s.
You’ll recognise Heron Valley juices from our little honesty shop at Pitt Farm. The orchard is only a few miles away and is home also to sister company Weaver Green’s new lifestyle shop (with bar and café). Weaver Green uses recycled products to make fantastic textiles (including the blankets on our double beds).
Not more than two miles from Pitt Farm, you will find Salcombe Brewery’s state of the art brewing facility. The brewhouse is a unique concept built on the site of a decommissioned water reservoir which utilises the natural ambient temperature of the underground facility, for storing its beers at perfect conditioning temperature. The site also has its own borehole which is capable of supplying the brewery with its own source of pure Devonian water. All of that is interesting, but most interesting is the beer, that tastes great and can be purchased (in bottles / cans – or in a bag in a box) from their little shop. On Friday’s the brewery runs “Fill up Friday” where you can fill up your own container with that day’s selection on draught or from the keg.
You may not have head of Sandridge Barton Wines, but their local vineyard and winery has four decades of history and wine making knowledge and experience. Rebranded from “Sharpham Wine”, the operation has just moved lock, stock, and barrel across the river Dart to a new state of the art winery, visitor centre and café, adjacent to their 32 acre vineyard. Fans of cheese will love Sharpham Brie which was named runner-up as the Best Soft Cheese and runner-up as the People’s Choice award at the inaugural Great British Cheese Awards.
We love Langage Farm Ice creams so much we chose them over all of the other local producers to stock in our honesty shop. Their products are made by hand in their creamery, by local people, with milk from local cows. Our favourite flavours are the Thunder and Lighting (honeycomb) and the Blackcurrant and Cream. Our guests seem to love the Chocolate and the Strawberry too.
Kingsbridge Farmers Market takes place on the first and third Saturday of every month and has been running for over 20 years. Producers vary seasonally but expect fresh local produce and some great treats too. Head to Square’s Quay, Kingsbridge TQ7 1HN from 9am. Its all over by 1pm.
Pitt Farm Shop
Our little shop sells eggs (with food miles of about 200 yards), Pitt Farm reared sausages, Heron Valley juices, Langage Farm ice cream, Teoni’s cookies and a variety of other locally produced products.