Our favourite gastropub, The Hurstwood, runs a local produce market in their garden a couple of times a year with various local stallholders selling their wares. We went along to browse and to have lunch in the pub, it was a lovely way to spend the afternoon, they even had a live singer on the decked area which really added to the atmosphere.
Some of my favourite local producers were there including Hurstwood Cider who recently won TWO stars for their medium cider (my favourite), our neighbours Oast Farm (we topped up on various varieties of apples and pears, freshly picked that morning), Chillies Farm (where The Hurstwood gets their cheese for their recipes, we bought some of the Willow goat's cheese, yum!) and The Crow Kitchen (whose macarons I adore but this time we opted for her salted caramel brownies as a treat, the kids also chose a different brownie each after we had lunch in the pub). There were also artists and other food producers as seen below...
Birgit Underwood Ceramics and Chillies Farm goats cheeses (we love the Willow but missed out on the Halloumi).
Oast Farm with their luscious apples and other produce.
Some beautiful local art by
Holly's Farm was there selling various meats (the kids had their sausages for dinner last night, they went down a treat!)
The Podgy Pieman was there with his pork pies and amazing looking sausages rolls with all kinds of flavours, we bought the pork with tarragon, onion and other things I've since forgotten but they were lovely!
Hanley House had some lush smelling (and magical) gin which he demonstrated changed from deep blue to pink when the tonic was added all thanks to a flower from Thailand apparently! I love his packaging too, I'm gutted I forgot to go back and buy a couple of little bottles after lunch.
There were so many stalls with such a great variation, we also saw homemade jams, local honey, plants, Rowdy & Fancy's Chocolate (it's good!), wood & glass gifts and homeware and more pottery and other homewares too from Hart Interiors and Livvy B.
For lunch we enjoyed olives (as usual, the twins are obsessed with olives!) followed by minute steak for Kalyan and I, linguine bolognese for Priya and Chicken Caesar salad for Nik. K decided he didn't want his steak though so Nik swapped it with his chicken which was K approved! They've become so fussy lately! Anyway, the steak was amazing, I thoroughly enjoyed mine and I think Nik was secretly quite pleased when he got the medium cooked steak.
Everything was delicious as always here. I loved the kick from the homemade horseradish cream on my sourdough and the chips were super crispy, just how we like them! I enjoyed a nice glass of Malbec with my steak too and Nik had a Hurstwood Cider (we also ordered some from Alex to be delivered later).
K was SUPER excited about choosing a brownie from The Crow Kitchen after lunch...
The twins also enjoyed playing in the garden and Kalyan was excitedly showing me the raspberries and pumpkins he found growing.