Don’t forget we offer Christmas parties in our tearoom! We are holding our Essington Christmas Supper on Saturday 15th December, bookings 6:30-8pm. You can choose from a two or three course festive menu, we are fully licensed and Christmas Bookings are available from the 1st-23rd December and for private parties we require a minimum of 20 people per booking. (Please note: party bookings are available all year round). Please phone 01902 734724 or ask in the tearoom if you would like any more information.
Essington Farm is most famous for strawberries but Christmas sees more excitement as we are open for you to come and select your own Christmas tree! We will have trees on sale from 24th November until Christmas Eve. This year they will be as follows:
There are lots of different types of tree but they break down into three main types: spruce, pine and firs. The Norway spruce is a traditional tree which is still the most popular. The blue spruce is a denser tree with silver-blue prickly needles and the Serbian spruce is a slimmer tree with softer, floppier branches. Pines have long needles which do not shed. They are more of a dense tree with a less traditional shape. Firs, like pines, do not shed and they have a good shape with no noticeable aroma. They have flat, bright green needles with silver undersides.
Make sure you bring your own tools to cut down your selected tree! (Chainsaws are not allowed) We also have special stands and buckets available to buy too. This will make sure your tree lasts and looks at its best throughout the Christmas period: trees are like flowers and keep fresher longer if they are kept in water. We can also net your tree to help you get it home safely.
We have loads to choose from when it comes to poultry at Christmas:
- We offer traditional whole Staffordshire turkeys reared locally by the Nichols Family who have a farm in Shugborough.
- We have free-range bronze turkeys from award-winning farm Robert Caldecott who farms in Worcestershire.
- As well as whole turkeys we offer our speciality boneless rolled turkey joints. This can come ready stuffed (gluten free stuffing is available) with our own natural ingredient stuffing, dressed with home-cured bacon placed in a Nalophan cooking bag ready for you to pop in the oven. We even calculate the cooking time required for your individual turkey joint and write it on the cooking bag for you!
- If turkey is not your thing we have a variety of other poultry such as Packington Free-Range cockerels, Gressingham geese and we have ducks available too!
To order phone now and talk to our butchers! They will be able to give you some great advice on what is best for you this Christmas.
Make sure you have the perfect sprouts to go with your turkey! Here at Essington we grow only varieties with a lovely, sweet and nutty taste and cut them fresh every day. Did you know sprouts are rich in vitamins A and C, folic acid and iron and are claimed to help avoid bowel and stomach cancer. A huge 40,000 tons are eaten in the UK every year!
Serving suggestion: crisply cook some Essington streaky bacon and cut into small strips. Mix into the sprouts immediately before serving.
Home Reared Beef and Pork
If you’re bored of turkey this Christmas we have the perfect solution! Our ribs of beef are all French trimmed, 28 days mature and come from our own grass-fed pedigree Hereford cattle, a perfect centre piece for your table. We also have whole fillets and beef Wellingtons, ideal for a special occasion this Christmas! Limited availability so order now to avoid disappointment. Phone 01902 735724 and speak to the butchers.
Our speciality at Christmas is our own free-range pork, sausage and bacon, reared on our farm, butchered and cured in our shop. A truly top quality traceable product. We will have plenty of stock at Christmas so no need to order in advance, we will be happy to serve you at the counter with your requirements.
Deli and Bakery
Our cooks are always hard at work in December to provide you with all the ingredients for a homemade Christmas without the bother of cooking everything yourself. You can buy frozen roast potatoes and parsnips, homemade Christmas puddings, homemade mince pies and sauces such as cranberry or apple jelly all from the farm shop.
At our delicatessen you can experience the home cooked meats, salads and desserts. All come straight from our farmhouse kitchen, this ensures all our deli produce is the freshest around. Our baked and boiled hams are freshly cooked to order using the best home cured free range leg of pork. A great centre piece for your table. Choose whether you would like your baked ham with honey & mustard, or other options such as cracked black pepper or pineapple, it’s your choice!
No matter what the big supermarkets do they cannot compete with the taste of homemade but not everyone has the time to make their own. By doing your Christmas shopping at Essington Farm you can have the genuine homemade flavour without doing the work, so treat yourself to a real homemade Christmas without the effort!
Pies, Pies and More Pies….
One of our home-made pork pies is a must for your festive table and they are available in a variety of flavours and sizes, there is the perfect pie to suite everybody. Our award winning pies are all hand raised and made using our own pork from our free-range pigs, they are available in the following sizes and flavours to suit your requirements:
1lb Pork Pies
- Black Pudding
Slicing Pies (Round – 7-11 inches ) (Gala – 3lb or 6lb)
- Turkey and Ham
- Egg Gala
- Pulled Pork
Orders are required if you would like a whole or half a pork pie or alternatively we will have slices available on the deli counter on the run up to Christmas. However if you are after a specific flavour we recommend ordering in advance! To order your pork pie please call or visit our deli.
Order your specialty cheeseboards from our great selection of quality British cheeses.
A lovely treat for the family or a great gift idea, all cheeseboards come gift wrapped. Alternatively why not try one of our cheese cakes, perfect for every occasion! Come to our Deli cheese counter for a chance to sample our great variety before selecting your cheeses!
To order for Christmas telephone 01902 735724 or call in to the farm shop and speak to the deli team!
Pre-order Your Christmas Desserts
We offer a variety of desserts available for pre-order. Why don’t you spoil yourself this Christmas and enjoy the taste of homemade without the hassle of making them yourself, saving you lots of time to enjoy the festive season rather than being stuck in the kitchen!
The homemade Essington desserts which are available for pre-order are mincemeat lattice (8 portions), whole cheesecake (10 portions), whole apple pie (8 portions) and whole apple and blackberry pie (8 portions). Please phone 01902 734724 to order.
Breakfast and Afternoon Tea with Santa
Come and enjoy a breakfast or afternoon tea with Santa this Christmas! Mr Claus has managed to fit us in to his busy schedule and will be at the farm shop on the weekends running up to Christmas in December. You can enjoy an Essington Farmer’s Breakfast or Essington Christmas Afternoon Tea with Santa visiting you at your table and receive a special gift! Give your little ones the magical experience of meeting Santa this Christmas and enjoy a festive day for the whole family, you could even choose your Christmas tree at the same time!
Times: Breakfast: 8:45am-9:00pm
Afternoon Tea: 4:00pm
*Bookings only, please phone 01902 735724*
Christmas Afternoon Tea
We have an exclusive afternoon tea just for Christmas which we will be serving in our tearoom throughout the month of December. This festive edition of our afternoon tea costs £18.95 per person and consists of a glass of mulled wine or Prosecco on arrival followed by, light bites such as Essington pork and cranberry pork pie, Thai turkey filo spring rolls, mini Yorkshire pudding with roast beef, mini mushroom and thyme quiche and open and closed finger sandwiches. The sweet treats include; cranberry scones with jam and clotted cream, classic mini Victoria sponge with cream and jam, mini almond and cherry Bakewell trifles, and homemade Essington mince pies. To enjoy this festive treat without mulled wine or Prosecco costs £14.95 per person.
This afternoon tea is perfect to get you in the Christmas spirit and enjoy a catch-up with friends. Booking is required so please call and speak to the tearoom on 01902 735724. Afternoon tea is served from 2:30pm, 3pm on Sundays.
Don’t forget you can hire the tearoom for Christmas parties. We are fully licensed and Christmas menus are available on request. (Party bookings are available all year round)
Christmas Evening Meal
Every year we hold a Christmas Evening Meal. This is always a popular evening and perfect to get you into the Christmas spirit! Visit our farm shop or tearoom to find out more information and pick up a menu (or visit our website) or call 01902 735724 to book a table (bookings required, 6:30-8:00pm).
Struggling to find the perfect gift for a loved one this Christmas? We have the ideal solution. Why not choose an Essington Farm hamper, full to the brim of lovely local foodie items to enjoy over the festive season. Or why not visit the farm shop and make your own bespoke hamper? We will have different size boxes to choose from, all you have to do is select your recipients favourite produce from the farm shop such as cakes, biscuits, chutneys, biscuits, gin, cider and beers! A bespoke hamper would make the perfect gift for a ‘foodie’ friend or relative. Prices start from £15 for readymade hampers.
We have lots of local speciality gins available to buy in the farm shop, so many different flavours to try such as sloe gin, elderflower and rhubarb! They make the perfect gifts for that gin loving friend, or why not pick up some smaller bottles as stocking fillers. If gin is not your thing don’t worry, we have other sprits available too as well as wine, prosecco, cider and beers, something for everyone!