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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.




October 29, 2018 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

BBC Radio Shropshire at Apley Farm Shop

BBC Shropshire’s Ian Perry interviewing Gavin (Lord Hamilton)

Sunglasses, courtesy of a willing customer!

People just don’t realise how much effort goes in nor how much heavy lifting there is!

Ian Perry of BBC Radio Shropshire dropped in on Thursday morning to talk to Gavin & me about the Spookley Pumpkin Festival (which continues until Wed 31 Oct 5pm) as well as developments on the Apley Estate since arriving nearly 13 years ago in 2006.

To listen again, click HERE. I talked about pumpkins from 1:53:18 to 1:56:07 then Gavin talked about the estate 2:42:28 to 2.48:35.

Here are some super photos by A Decent Exposure Photography of more pumpkins arriving today (we’re not growing our own this year – they’re still very local, from a farm near Shrewsbury).


October 24, 2018 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

EKO Bushcraft activities – Watch our film & book your place

EKO (Educating Kids Outdoors) are holding Bushcraft activities at Apley Farm Shop next week. They will be from 1-4 Nov at 10-11am (Fire Lighting), 11-12noon (Creative Clay) & 12-1pm (Wonderful Willow).

As these are new, we asked Steve (A Decent Exposure Photography) to make a FILM, to show you what they’re all about.

Click HERE to take a peek.

If you’d like to try it, click HERE to book your places. £24 for all 3 or £9 each. Booking is essential.

We’ve sold over half the tickets, so don’t delay !

For full details on our website, click HERE.

Click HERE to visit EKO’s website for details of their other activities throughout the year including the 2019 Pigg’s Playbarn Sleepover !

For Spookley Pumpkin tickets, click HERE. Pumpkin fun continues 26-31 Oct, then the Bushcraft fun runs 1-4 Nov. Then it’s back to school !

October 18, 2018 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

National Trust’s Dudmaston Hall team coming to Apley Farm Shop

Credit: National Trust Jean Pierre Camm

National Trust Chris Lacey

National Trust Chris Lacey

The team from the National Trust at Dudmaston are taking to the roads this summer. Touring local events and attractions in Shropshire, they’re heading to Apley Farm Shop this Sunday. As a conservation charity, the National Trust is committed to caring for special places for ever for everyone. Find out how the team are working to achieve this at Dudmaston Hall near Bridgnorth and what you can do to support them, whether it’s volunteering your time or joining up as a member.

About the Dudmaston Estate…

Stretching across 3,000 acres, Dudmaston is a working estate, with a 900 year family history at its heart. Explore parkland and woodland walks everyday, enjoy the stunning formal gardens and visit the renowned Modern art collection in the galleries, which include works by Moore, Matisse and Hepworth.

They came 13-14 Oct & will be back again on these dates:

  • This weekend – Sat 20 & Sun 21 Oct (one of our Spookley weekends)
  • Thursday 1 November (EKO Bushcraft events also on that day)
  • Friday 2 November (EKO Bushcraft events also on that day)
  • Sat 10 & Sun 11 November
  • Sat 17 & Sun 18 November
  • Sat 8 & Sun 9 December (to coincide with Santa events)
  • Sat 15 & Sun 16 December (to coincide with Santa events)