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December 17, 2018 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Charity Present Wrapping Service at Apley Farm Shop

Have you done your Christmas shopping, found your presents, but now have no time to wrap them ?! Try out the Charity Present Wrapping Service at Apley Farm Shop. Full details are right here:

What: We will wrap your presents bought in Apley Farm Shop or from elsewhere

Paper: Bring your own or we will use plain brown wrapping paper with ribbons

When: Wed 19, Thu 20, Fri 21, Sat 22, Sun 23 & Mon 24 Dec

What time: 12-2pm daily on the above dates or by appt

Where: Apley Farm Shop, TF11 9EF

Who: By sixth former, fundraising to build school in Malawi in July 2019

How much: Choose how long you want us to wrap for you, then select the time & day you’d like to come.

We will wrap as many of your presents as possible in your time slot:

  • £2 for 5 mins
  • £4 for 10 mins
  • £6 for 15 mins
  • £8 for 20 mins
  • £10 for 25 mins
  • £12 for 30 mins

Extras: £1 extra for real fabric ribbon

Booking needed? No need to book but if helps if you do. Just click HERE. See also form below. Just turning up is fine but we may be busy!

How to pay:

  1. Cash on arrival
  2. Card at cash till in Food Hall
  3. Pay when you book online in advance
  4. Pay with our PayPal button

How it works:

  1. We photo your presents
  2. We both sign a brief inventory
  3. We give you an estimated completion time
  4. You enjoy a coffee in the Creamery Café
  5. We text you when ready

The Charity: Joshua in Malawi,, Reg charity number: 111 47 27


Call: 01952 581 002 ext 6
Text: 07714 74 33 69

December 16, 2018 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Apley Experiences make great presents

One week to go & you still can’t find the right present ?! Apley Experiences make great presents for those who seem to have everything or for those who just prefer to do rather than to have.

Wrap up our lovely voucher in a gift box & give a present which will create lasting memories & give a new skill.

Our courses work around you. You register your interest, then we email you with a choice of dates. We then select the date which is most mutually convenient for all those wishing to attend.

Choose from Butchery, Bakery (bread or cakes), Cheese, Wine, Floristry or Pottery. In 2019, Apley Walled Garden tours will only be available on 1 & 15 May, 5 & 19 June. Please tell us if you’d like a gardening courses, so as soon as we can offer these, we can let you know.

£30 for 2hrs, led by local experts &/or our Apley Managers.

They’re available all year round & are perfect for individuals, friends or Local Interest Groups.

We suggest adding an Apley Afternoon Tea to make your day truly complete. £15.50 pp. Vouchers are available for these too.

Click HERE for the full list of Experiences (courses)

Click HERE to buy an Experience online

Click HERE to Register your Interest

Click HERE for full details in our Experiences brochure

To wrap it beautifully, we offer 2 optional extras:

  • Small gift box £2.50 with our Apley ribbon
  • Large gift box £3 with our Apley ribbon

Pick up our lovely brochure when next at Apley Farm Shop.

Any queries, please call or text 07714 74 33 69 or email

December 16, 2018 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Shop of the year finalist

Apley Farm Shop is Shop of the Year finalist. This is a very coveted award offered annually by the Guild of Fine Foods. We are unbelievably thrilled to be a finalist. Click HERE to watch again the film we submitted with our application, made for us by A Decent Exposure Photography.

Here’s our press release with more detail:

A local farm shop in Shropshire has been nominated as a finalist for a prestigious national award.

Apley Farm Shop, between Bridgnorth & Telford, entered for The Shop of the Year Award back in October & recently heard the great news that they’ve been selected as a finalist. The award is much coveted award amongst the UK’s top farm shops, offered annually by the Guild of Fine Foods.

Apley Farm Shop has entered the farmer owned farm shop category. There are five other award categories: Delicatessen & Grocer; Specialist Cheese Shop; Food Hall; Specialist food or drink shop; Newcomer. So the reach is broad across the food industry.

There are now over 300 farm shops across the UK which are now accounting for more & more grocery sales than ever before as customers seek local produce with provenance.

Judging for the award began in November and continues through to March when results will be announced.

General Manager John Wesley began “Our team of local staff are incredibly hard working and very committed to seeing the success of Apley Farm Shop. We would all be so proud to win this, but just being nominated as a finalist is wonderful in itself. We’ve now been open for nearly 8 years, so it’s super to see our hard work paying off as the business matures.“

Lord Hamilton, Apley Estate owner, added “We won the FARMA rising star award soon after opening in 2011 and have won many Greta Taste awards in the intervening years, notably for our hand-made mince pies, but this Shop of the Year award is the most prestigious as it looks at the whole business.

Lady Hamilton added “The Guild of Fine Foods was set up in 1995 to support & encourage artisan food producers & the retail outlets where their produce is sold. We fall into both groups as we sell our own produce as well as that of others.”

November 30, 2018 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Apley Tea Towels & mini hessian bags – great stocking fillers

My two favourite stocking fillers are our brand new £4 Apley Tea Towels & our mini hessian bags £2.45. The bags are perfect for presents (eg our Apley honey or Lady Hamilton jams) or carrying just your keys & mobile.

Everywhere I go, I carry with me some £5 Apley gift vouchers, so if I spot a customer carrying our large or small hessian bag, they receive one immediately ! It’s worth getting SPOTTED !

November 27, 2018 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Apley Christmas Market photos & films

Christmas turkey from Huxleys in Shifnal

Brand new – Apley Farm Shop tea towels make the perfect present, £4

Rachel Huxley offered tasters of her barn reared turkeys, near Shifnal. Know the provenance of your food & keep food miles very low !

The popular Pinckneys Gin – new into Apley Farm Shop this Autumn – local, from Worcestershire

Apley’s own handmade, award winning mince pies & full range of cakes from our own bakery

Chase vodkas from Herefordshire

Shropshire’s Bennett & Dunn rapeseed oil – our family favourite – here is Tracey Bennett

Droitwich Salt from Churchfields who also make our icecream – again from Worcestershire. The salt is now being used by some of the UK’s top chefs

Bradleys Tannery of Bridgnorth – who make this fabulous leather range in Bridgnorth & sell it all over the world

Christmas veg boxes are available from our Food Hall – which of course include Brussels Sprouts

Just thought I’d share a selection of photos from our 2018 Apley Christmas Market (24-25 Nov).

As always, a lovely atmosphere to begin the Christmas season. Lots of happy customers enjoyed show offers. Fabulous local suppliers attended. And phew, it didn’t rain !

All photos & films were taken Steve Watts of A Decent Exposure Photography.

Click HERE to watch our film of Saturday at the Apley Christmas Market 2018.

Click HERE to watch our film of Sunday at the Apley Christmas Market 2018.



November 19, 2018 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Mackie’s Crisps in Apley Farm Shop

Delicious CHRISTMAS FLAVOURED crisps from Mackie’s are now available in Apley Farm Shop. They’re so popular, we had to share this news with crisp lovers of Shropshire (like me!). Click HERE to read all about Mackie’s (sorry they’re in Perth & not Shropshire, but sometimes we have to break our own ‘local’ rules!

They’re a quick alternative to chips or potatoes, to accompany any meat. Pick up a meat joint on the Apley Butchery counter, some veg & a bag of 2 of these crisps. Evening meal sorted !

Come along to our Apley Christmas Market this weekend 24-25 Nov, 10-4pm. FREE entry & FREE tasters. It’s a mix of food & craft stalls – always a fun family day out.



November 13, 2018 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Want a local turkey ? Find it at Apley Farm Shop

If you want to know exactly where your Thanksgiving or Christmas turkey is from this year, drop into the Apley Christmas Market 24-25 Nov (10-4pm both days) & try before you buy. Chat with the producer about how they’re reared & what they’re fed. Food provenance matters, all year round, but especially at Christmas. Huxley turkeys are very local to Apley Farm Shop in Shropshire. They put on 1lb a week at this time of year. Someone told me that sounded like him when he didn’t go to the gym!

There are 5 ways to place your order:

  1. Call us on 01952 581 002
  2. Text us on 07739 320 314
  3. Email us
  4. Visit us onsite – TF11 9EF – open 7 days a week


November 12, 2018 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

New Smoked Pheasant recipe

Shropshire-based Caribbean chef Sabrina Zeif, founder of Kitchen Thyme & The Menopause Chef has just made this delicious new recipe using Apley Estate’s very own, unique Smoked Pheasant. Apart from tasting fabulous, it’s always super quick & easy to prepare. Here Sabrina has served it on a bed of lemon, quinoa & sweet pepper salad & drizzled with peppercorn sauce. I love the blend of this game product with her Trinidadian style !

There are 5 ways to order Smoked Pheasant:

  1. Call us on 01952 581 002
  2. Text us on 07739 320 314
  3. Email us
  4. Visit us onsite – TF11 9EF – open 7 days a week

Try before you buy: Come & taste the Smoked Pheasant for yourself at the Apley Christmas Market 24-25 Nov, 10-4pm both days. Free entry & free tasters – don’t miss it !

To contact Sabrina, email her on

Photos by Steve Watts of A Decent Exposure Photography who not only photos food & all going on at Apley Farm Shop, but also family photos which make great Christmas pressies.

November 7, 2018 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Huxley Turkeys at Apley Farm Shop

It’s not long now before Huxley Turkeys will be available at Apley Farm Shop. They’re very local – from only 10 miles away. Here’s a bit about the family farm where they’re reared & our Christmas order form.

There are 5 ways to place your order:

  1. Call us on 01952 581 002
  2. Text us on 07739 320 314
  3. Email us
  4. Visit us onsite – TF11 9EF – open 7 days a week

Try before you buy: We’ll be offering free tasters at the Apley Christmas Market 24-25 Nov (free entry!)

Win your Christmas turkey!

Simply order yours by 5pm on Friday 30 November & be in with a chance of winning your turkey! See our website for details.

“Huxley Turkeys is based near Shifnal, which is a traditional beef, sheep and arable farm and has a herd of pedigree South Devon suckler cows.


Phil and Rachael Huxley are now specialising in producing top quality traditional oven ready turkeys for the Christmas market.  The day to day management of the turkey enterprise is done by Rachael, who ensures the health and wellbeing of the birds is paramount. 

Only hen turkeys are bought in and are reared in barns open to the elements and bedded on straw produced on the farm.  White and bronze turkeys are available, a fabulous range of turkey breeds are selected for their wonderful broad breasted confirmation. Turkeys have now been reared by the Huxley family for three generations.”


November 5, 2018 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

After an awesome Spookley Pumpkin Festival, the Apley Christmas Market is next

Bradleys – Floral Linen Sun Hat, wired brim

Bradleys – Floral English Leather & Linen Gardening Gloves

After an awesome Spookley Pumpkin Festival where we’ve yet again seen more coming to have Pumpkin fun than ever before, our Apley Christmas Market is up next on 24-25 Nov. It’s a free event with free tasters. Great way to start the Christmas season & taste great food & drink. You get to meet the producers too & chat with them about how they’ve developed their products.

The market is a mix of food & craft, including (for the first time ever this year), Bradleys Tannery of Bridgnorth, sell stunning leathers goods all over the world, but don’t have a retail outlet in Shropshire. BUT they’ll be at the Apley Christmas Market to show off their beautiful work. Click HERE to see their collection.