August news: Plums, bamboo cups, wine gums & more

7th August 2018


What a great long summer we’re having – a challenge though for farmers with no rain and too much heat – we do like a grumble!

There’s an abundance however of British seasonal veg to make the most of – runner beans, peas, courgettes, marrows, tomatoes, cress, the first of the sweetcorn and Bramley apples as well as that delicious shapely late-summer treat, English plums.  Soft, sweet and juicy – the dusky red Opal are now in and other varieties will soon follow, such as the much-loved Victoria and sweet-sharp Marjorie.

Plums make a lovely way to finish a meal or eat as a healthy snack – even though they are sweet, they are a low-calorie fruit with a low glycaemic index score and so unlikely to cause unhealthy spikes in blood sugar levels, they also contain useful amounts of vitamin C.  Cooking really brings out their intense flavours – try poached with vanilla or star anise and serve with ice cream, in crumbles, tarts, sponge cakes, jams, sauces and jellies, they also work well in a savoury dish – try spiced with duck or chicken legs.

In the Café

Nothing quite beats an indulgent afternoon taking tea in the summer sunshine.  We offer two teas in the Café – our traditional Afternoon Tea (£15.95) served on two tiers or the three tier plated Luxury Tea (£23.95) – a delicious array of freshly baked savouries, scones, finger sandwiches, cakes and sweet treats enjoyed with a glass of prosecco and tea or coffee.  Served Mondays – Saturdays from 3.00pm, please ring to make a reservation.  01920 821246

We also offer gift vouchers for two for both teas.


In the Shop

Pleased to be selling Bamboo Cups which are eco-friendly, reusable and also dishwasher safe.  Made with naturally sterile bamboo fibres and corn flour which preserves the taste and temperature of any drink, hot or cold; they are available in a range of fun patterns.  We’re offering a free coffee of your choice from the Café when you purchase one.


Enjoy a lazy start to the weekend with Sophie Allport’s charming breakfast set – fine bone china toast plate, cereal bowl and large tea cup.

Wine gum lovers – we’ve discovered Wally and Whiz Nordic wine gums – they’re like nothing you’ve tasted before! Handmade in Denmark using the best fresh natural ingredients and delicately balanced flavour combinations – mango with passion fruit, grapefruit with ginger, apple with gooseberry, liquorice with coffee, liquorice with sea buckthorn – they have the perfect taste and perfect consistency. Also no artificial colours, flavours, also vegan and gluten free – a wine gum made for all – do pick up and box and see if you agree! Available in single boxes or a gift pack.

Out and about this holiday with the kids – you may find Sass & Belle’s cute range useful – lunch bags, lunchboxes, water bottles, as well as bamboo tableware and their popular mini milk bottles.

Special Offer for You – the hand blown etched elegant wine glasses and tumblers from Grand Illusions are perfect for every occasion – buy 5 and get one free.

In the Garden

If your garden’s now looking a little tired – colourful new plants include the pretty summer-flowering Dianthus Pink Kisses and the vibrant cheerful Impatiens Busy Lizzies that thrive in sun and brighten up shady areas.


Cheeses of the Month

Three British cheeses for this month carry the 20% discount – look out for the red star.

Westcombe Cheddar – made with rich unpasteurised Friesian cows’ milk from Lower Westcombe Farm in Somerset.  A traditional hand-crafted cloth-wrapped cheddar with deep nutty flavours especially hazelnut and citrusy grassy notes and a long lingering finish.  Has won numerous awards including Best Cheddar at the 2018 British Cheese Awards and enjoys PDO European status.

Rob from Corney & Barrow suggests the Marques de la Musa Viura-Chardonnay from Bodegas San Valero as great wine choice from sunny, sunny Spain! A lovely wine with that critical balance of refreshment and complexity – and one that should play over the nuttiness of the cheese but also compare beautifully-so with the citric-grassy element of the pairing.  


Rosary Goats with Herbs & Garlic (v) – a mild creamy and zesty fresh goat’s cheese with the savoury edge of garlic and herb.  Made by the Moody family in Landford, Wiltshire with milk from their own small herd of goats.  With mousse-like texture and natural acidity it works well on a biscuit, in a salad or for a tasty pasta dish – try in the middle of a ravioli case with tomato-based sauce.

The Pinot Noir from Recas Cramele is a great idea here, if not slightly unusual and could be best served up as a pairing ever-so-slightly chilled with the cheese (as recommended) in a ravioli casing. A perfect light luncheon awaits!


Shropshire Blue (v)– made with pasteurised cow’s milk this creamy semi-soft blue is a cross between Stilton and Cheshire.  As it matures it forms an orange-brown natural rind and smooth texture.  It has a sharp strong rounded flavour, tangy aroma and distinctive blue veining through the russet interior.

Something a touch sweeter suggests Rob – the Corney & Barrow Ruby Port is a classic match-up for this one, and just perfection for a late-night snack once the heatwave is through!

Enjoy your summer!

The Pearces