We had been out to see the folks from Plantation Pigs a few months ago. This month, in keeping with the SRA theme ‘Celebrate local producers’ – our Development Chef, Susi Hester put together a special meal for our clients – ‘Rare breed, free range’ sandwiches with meats from Plantation Pigs.
Plantation Pigs are a family owned free-range farm based in the South East England, run by Hugh Norris and his nephew Paddy. Hugh became the first farmer, back in 1987 to use a completely free range system to raise pigs for commercial use. Animal welfare was top on his mind and he slowly began to spread, what today has become a norm with quality meats. They now rear not only pigs, but also lamb and cows – all of them free range.
We served sandwiches made with meat from this excellent farm. Choices included pork belly (Hampshire cross Duroc from the South Downs, Sussex), striploin (Angus cross breed, aged 21 days from Sussex), slow roast shoulder of lamb (Poll Dorset from Warborough Farm in Oxfordshire) served with condiments including a homemade bacon jam & breads.
One of our chefs was present at each lunch carving meats and talking to our diners about these excellent meats. It was so good to see how much this was enjoyed by all our diners.
This experience reiterates, how critical it is to work with producers and suppliers that care about their product and its effect on what we offer to our diners. Our chefs and the wider team always have this on mind in everything they do.
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