Acorn-fed and Organic Pork

P1060766This week we have some lovely Goodwood Pork that comes from a Saddleback and Gloucester Old Spot cross.  The traditional, rare breed pigs have a thicker layer of fat which provides incredible flavour and succulence to the meat that results in a completely different taste to the mass produced supermarket pork.

We also have some acorn-fed New Forest pork coming for the weekend of the 14th December.  They have been feeding on this years abundant crop of acorns, in an historical process known as pannage.  Not only do they get a fantastic flavour from the acorns, but they also protect the ponies which can die from eating the acorns.  The pigs are being finished in warm barns to give them an extra layer of fat as living on the forest floor makes them very lean.

We are trying to get the finest pork possible from local producers, while encouraging the woodland pork at Stansted.  Unfortunately we haven’t yet got a permanent supply from the estate, but we are working on it for early next year.

Acorn-fed Pannage Pork

Acorn fed pork from the New Forest

You may have noticed that this year there is a particularly heavy fall of acorns, and this is wonderful news for the acorn-fed pigs of the New Forest and for those who like outstanding pork with a rich, nutty tasty and outstanding texture. In Spain you pay serious money for some acorn-fed bellota jamon, but over here the acorn-fed pork is extremely rare and unknown.  … Read more…

Stansted Saddleback Pork Box

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We now have our very own Stansted Saddleback pigs that have been brought in to help with forest regeneration. They act out a similar role to that of wild boar, by clearing bracken and bramble which shade out other wild plants. These rare breed pigs mature slowly and because they live outdoors they need to develop the muscles and fat needed to survive outside. This … Read more…

Foraging and Butchery courses

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We have some excellent courses lined up for you, including a hedgerow foraging course and a whole hog butchery course.  These courses can now be booked online on our new Courses page, or you can contact us to reserve your place. Hedgerow Foraging Course The date for hedgerow foraging will be on Saturday 28th September and will include a walk in Stansted to gather wild … Read more…