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October 13, 2018 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

EKO Bushcraft activities during the October half term week

If you are looking for activities for your children this October half term, click HERE for some Bushcraft sessions organised by Educating Kids Outdoors (EKO) at Apley Farm Shop, Shropshire.

Held outdoors around the campfire daily, activities include Fire Lighting (10am), Creative Clay (11am) & Wonderful Willow (12noon).

Places are limited, so bag yours now. Just click HERE.

The sessions are for children & adults of all ages & will be adapted to the group’s experience & knowledge with plenty of free range exploring & discovery activities available as well. All places are bookable online or in Pigg’s Playbarn.

Playbarn Sleepover 2019

EKO are not only holding these Bushcraft activities, but they’ve already opened their bookings for the very popular Sleepover in Pigg’s Playbarn. It’ll be on Thursday 1 to Friday 2 August 2019. Just click HERE to bag your place.

Summer 2019 !! Holiday Club 

Plus, if you’re getting really organised & don’t want your child to miss this super day, the Ministry of Kids (MOK) has also opened their summer holiday bookings for Tuesday 6 Aug 2019. Click HERE to book in.

 

 

 

 

October 12, 2018 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Local WI group enjoy demo by Apley chef

Recently the [Ironbridge] Gorge Women’s Institute (WI) enjoyed a bakery demo by Apley Farm Shop’s chef Ted. Here is a local article with details.

If you’d like to book a guest speaker for your local interest group, click HERE then click on Guest Speakers.

If you’d like an Apley Experience for yourself, a friend, a family members, a group of friends or members of your Local Interest Group, click HERE. They’re all held at Apley Farm Shop on dates to suit you. Apley Experiences make great presents at any time of year & give participants the opportunity to learn & develop new skills.

 

October 11, 2018 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

SIX events coming up at Apley Farm Shop

We have SIX wonderful events coming up at Apley Farm Shop. Click on the links below to see details of each one including how to book tickets or click HERE to see them all.

Spookley Pumpkin Festival 13-14 Oct, 20-21 Oct, 26-31 Oct 

The first pumpkins have just arrived today.

This year for the first time, Spookley customers (Spookliers?!) can go to the Pumpkin Patch to choose their pumpkin or for an extra £1 & triple the fun, they can go & choose one in the Apley Maze!

EKO Bushcraft 1-4 Nov 

THREE activities every day for 4 days. Fire Lighting 10am, Creative Clay 11am & Wonderful Willow 12noon

Apley Christmas Market, 24-25 Nov

Free entry, Free tasters – come hungry & thirsty !

Santa’s Grotto

1-2 Dec, 8-9 Dec, 15-16 Dec & 22-24 Dec

This gets very booked up, so book now to bag the slot you want

Breakfast with Santa

1-2 Dec, 8-9 Dec, 15-16 Dec & 22-24 Dec

This is very popular like Santa’s Grotto, so don’t delay, book today !

Afternoon Tea with Santa

1-2 Dec, 8-9 Dec, 15-16 Dec & 22-24 Dec

Same again, super popular with all ages – makes a lovely family outing, pre-Christmas

For a sneaky preview into our 2019 dates, click HERE.

 

 

October 3, 2018 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Taste the Christmas menu at Apley Farm Shop

Just working on [what I call] Everything Christmas & I just love the look of our 2018 Christmas menu in Apley Farm Shop’s Creamery Cafe.

It’s only 3 Oct I know, but some of our customers like to book in early for their family meals at Christmas time, to be sure their ideal day & time is available.

If you like the look of it too, just call Shaun on 01952 581 002 ext 2 or email him on creamery@apleyfarmshop.co.uk to book your table. We have a super team of chefs in the kitchen creating delicious meals for you to enjoy.

 

September 25, 2018 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Paint & Create events at Apley Farm Shop

Ladies’ Nights

Read & Create – Spookley the Square Pumpkin

Potter’s Wheel Family Days – Booking essential

Book in for some of these super events at Paint & Create at Apley Farm Shop.

All enquiries to Charlotte on 01952 730 220

or click HERE to go to their Facebook page.

Friday    19/10/2018         10:30 – 12:00      £10.00

Read and Create – Room on the Broom   Hear the story then paint or do foam clay on a pottery character. £10 per child. Booking essential.

Monday               22/10/2018         10:30 – 12:00      £11.00

Read and Create – Spookley         Hear the story then paint or do foam clay on a pottery character. £11 per child. Booking essential.

Wednesday        24/10/2018         19:00 – 21:00      £7.50

Ladies’ Night      Pottery painting, wine and nibbles! Bring your friends along for a relaxed and fun evening to create your masterpiece. From complete beginners to experienced painters; all abilities welcome. Booking essential. £7.50 for wine and nibbles payable on booking + pay for what you paint on the night.

Monday               29/10/2018         10:30 – 14:00      £5.00

Potter’s Wheel Family Day           Booking required. £5 per person deposit payable. Suitable for age 3+

Thursday             15/11/2018         19:00 – 21:00      £7.50

Ladies’ Night      Pottery painting, wine and nibbles! Bring your friends along for a relaxed and fun evening to create your masterpiece. From complete beginners to experienced painters; all abilities welcome. Booking essential. £7.50 for wine and nibbles payable on booking + pay for what you paint on the night.

Tuesday               27/11/2018         19:00 – 21:00      £7.50

Ladies’ Night      Pottery painting, wine and nibbles! Bring your friends along for a relaxed and fun evening to create your masterpiece. From complete beginners to experienced painters; all abilities welcome. Booking essential. £7.50 for wine and nibbles payable on booking + pay for what you paint on the night.

Wednesday        05/12/2018         19:00 – 21:00      £7.50

Ladies’ Night      Pottery painting, wine and nibbles! Bring your friends along for a relaxed and fun evening to create your masterpiece. From complete beginners to experienced painters; all abilities welcome. Booking essential. £7.50 for wine and nibbles payable on booking + pay for what you paint on the night.

September 17, 2018 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Eat Game Awards – please vote for Apley Estate Smoked Pheasant

The Eat Game Awards close on 30 Sept. If you’ve not already done so, please could you vote for Apley’s very own, unique & delicious Smoked Pheasant. It’s won one award so far, but we’d really like it to win this one too ! Just click HERE – it only takes 5 seconds ! We’re in the 5th category: Best Added Value Game Meat Product. Just press NEXT four times, then select Apley Farm Shop (please!). Be sure to click on the SUBMIT button !

It’s for sale in the Food Hall at Apley Farm Shop (fresh or frozen, all year round) & on ApleyOnline.com. Great as a canape, picnic food, salads, quick lunch or light supper.

The Best Added Value Game Meat Product is sponsored by The Field magazine.

We’ve just won a silver award in class 2 of the British Charcuterie awards but would really like to win this one too!

It’s smoked only one hour away from Apley, by Macneil’s Smokehouse who have won so many awards for everything they create, I’ve now lost count. We sell their products in Apley Farm Shop (TF11 9EF, open 7 days pw).

Here’s a great Apley Smoked Pheasant recipe which is part of a “Quick & Easy Game Recipes” booklet published by Taste of Game.  PS. There’s a typo – it should be Apley Estate’s Smoked Pheasant, not Apley Farms.

Here are a few benefits of eating game meat:

  • Low in fat & cholesterol, high in protein
  • It’s a very lean meat, as they wild & roam freely, so they don’t store much fat
  • Live in natural landscapes, feeding on natural diets, which give the distinctive taste (strong in some cases, but very mild & different in our Smoked Pheasant)
  • Much conservation work happens around the management of game which benefits other species too & helps to preserve woodlands
September 9, 2018 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Special offer today only – Maze tickets: buy one, get one free

The amazing Apley Maze is only open until 4pm (last admission) on Sunday 30 Sept.

Don’t let September slip away without trying out this wonderful day out.

As it was too wet to open yesterday, we have a special offer for today (Sun 9 Sept) only – for standard maze tickets: buy one, get one free !

If you’re unsure, just click HERE to watch our film made using headcams & a drone over the Apley Maze, to get a real feel of what’s it is like inside the maze, when you’re actually following the clues.

Jump in the car & have a great afternoon at Apley !

September 5, 2018 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Golden Fork award for Macneils smoked salmon

Bee & Tony Macneil run Macneils Smoke House Ltd near Droitwich in Worcestershire

Back in August they were awarded The Guild of Fine Foods Great Taste Award stars for a wide range of our products ranging from 1* to 3*s.

This included their Beechwood Smoked Salmon which received a 3* Award!

Two nights ago they attended The Guild of Fine Foods Golden Fork Awards ceremony in London where our Smoked Salmon WON the prestigious Golden Fork Award 2018 for the Midlands (they won it last year too – wow!)

Here is a little film of the moment found out: http://bit.ly/Goldenforkwinners

It’s for sale in Apley Farm Shop – £6.49 for 100g

They also smoke our Apley Smoked Pheasant which has also just won an award (hoorah) – more on that next…

Here is their full press release about it:

Macneil’s Smokehouse celebrate Great Taste Award Success and the top industry award win ….again in 2018.

Celebrating the very best in food and drink, Great Taste, the world’s most coveted food awards, has reached its grand finale for 2018. The Great Taste Golden Fork for the best food or drink from the Midlands was presented to Macneil’s Smokehouse from Droitwich, Worcestershire for its Macneil’s Beech Wood Smoked Salmon. Cured and then smoked in a vintage Norwegian smoker, this salmon “melts in the mouth but has a residual bite”. “Its gorgeous texture dances on the tongue in tango with the perfect smoke”, resulting in a very moreish mouthful. Sliced Scandinavian style, the Beech Wood Smoked Salmon “exudes finesse with an even cure, clean saline notes and a buttery texture”.

Macneil’s Smoked Salmon was awarded 3 stars when initially judged by over 500 of the most demanding palates, belonging to food critics, chefs, cooks, restaurateurs and producers. It then went on to be nominated, and then win the Golden Fork for the Midlands. Golden Fork Awards are given only to the top handful of products across the country each year selected from the 3* winners.

“As one of only 3 companies to achieve 3 stars this year in the Worcestershire area we couldn’t have been prouder of our stars when we found out, but to be then nominated for a Golden Fork was incredible and to win feels like such a huge achievement” says Tony Macneil, owner and head smoker at the Rushock based smokehouse.

After the initial testing with no regard for branding and packaging the judges savour, confer and re-taste to decide which products are worthy of 1 star for “simply delicious” 2 stars for “outstanding” and 3 stars for “exquisite, wow, taste that!” All 3 star products are recalled to a second tasting day where they tasted and re-judged and then the judges agree on the Golden Fork nominees. The awards were presented at an annual celebration dinner at London’s Park Lane Intercontinental Hotel.  Tony and his wife Bee are no strangers to the event as last year they were nominated for another of their products the smoked mackerel and went on to win the coveted golden fork trophy for the Midlands area 2017.

“That we’ve been nominated a second year in a row really reflects the hard work that we put in to our products and the dedication we have to consistently producing the finest smoked products we can, but to win is incredible and for the second year in a row. We are so pleased to have our products recognised by our peers and the food industry, and we are thrilled to be representing Worcestershire producers in 2018”

There were 12,634 entries into Great Taste this year and of those products, 192 have been awarded a 3-star, 1,207 received a 2-star and 3,254 were awarded a 1-star accolade. The panel of judges this year included; MasterChef 2018 champion, Kenny Tutt, chef and food writer, Elly Curshen, eco chef and food writer, Tom Hunt, author and chef, Zoe Adjonyoh, baker Tom Herbert, author and blogger, Izy Hossack, and baker and recipe writer, Martha Collison, as well as food buyers from Harrods, Selfridges and Sourced Market.

Macneil’s Smokehouse also won great taste stars for their Smoked Trout, Smoked Chicken, Herefordshire Cider and Apple Cured Salmon, Hot Kiln Roasted Smoked Salmon and Smoked Mackerel.

Macneil’s sell their products to independent retailers, food shops, farm shops, village shops, food halls across the country and online. They also feature on many menus selling to restaurants, hotels, cafes and pubs. For a full list of retailers and restaurants or to order online you can visit their website www.macneilssmokehouse.co.uk

References: https://greattasteawards.co.uk/ for more information on the Great taste award winners for the Worcestershire area.

August 18, 2018 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Want to know what’s it’s REALLY like inside the Apley Maze?

Click on this to book your tickets

Click on this to watch the latest maze film

Click on this to see our opening times

Do you want to know what’s it’s REALLY like inside the Apley Maze? Just watch this film by A Decent Exposure Photography made using headcams & a drone. Click on any photo to start watching.

This really helps know what it’s like when you’re actually IN the maze ! Don’t miss the chance to enjoy our maze as it closes Sun 30 Sept 2018, last admission 4pm. From 3-30 Sept, it’s only open at Saturdays & Sundays.

Click HERE to book your tickets online – they’re cheaper there, but can be bought in Pigg’s Playbarn. It’s great fun for all ages.

August 3, 2018 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Apley Estate Smoked Pheasant at Country File Live, Blenheim

If you’re in Oxfordshire tomorrow, drop in & watch me demo at 12noon & 2pm with our Apley Estate Smoked Pheasant at Country File Live, Blenheim. I’ll be on the BASC stand.

https://countryfilelive.com/attractions

https://basc.org.uk/events/countryfile-live-blenheim-palace/

I’m just changing the packaging. It won’t be quite as smart, but it will be less expensive, so help keep the price as low as possible.

Next season begins 1 Nov (really 1 Oct, but on the Apley Estate we start pheasant shooting on 1 Nov), so once again we will have pheasant smoked as freshly as possible. When it’s out of season, we smoked raw breasts which have been frozen until we need them.

We’ve entered 3 awards – Great Taste, Eat Game & British Charcuterie. More news on those asap.