Celebrate Christmas with Essington Farm!
Christmas is just around the corner and we are turning our attention to the festive season. Take a look at what we have planned at the farm during Christmas.
Make sure you pop into the farm shop to collect our 2020 Christmas brochure which is packed with food inspiration, recipes, and gift ideas. Why not view our brochure online? Click the link to view our brochure:
Shopping Safely this Christmas
It goes without saying that Christmas shopping can be a stressful event. Following the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is now more important than ever to keep everyone safe and comfortable – especially during the festive period when shops will be busier than usual.
We have been doing our best to keep the shop safe for our staff and customers so we can remain open and supply the local community with fresh produce. As lockdown restrictions in the UK have eased, we want to reassure you that we are continuing to provide a safe environment so you can have complete peace of mind while shopping for Christmas and New Year.
Guidelines for shopping at the farm
- Hand sanitiser will be available at the entrance for customers to use. We are also sanitising hand baskets and trolleys.
- If you can wear a face mask, please do.
- We have moved part of our shop into the restaurant to create more space for social distancing. We are asking all of our customers to keep to the recommended 2 metres apart whilst shopping.
- We are operating a one-way system so please follow the direction arrows around the shop.
- Please stand behind the marked lines at the deli and butchery counters, and at the till points. This marks a safe, 2 metre distance.
- There will be limited capacity inside the shop due to social distancing, so there may be a queue if we’re busy. If possible, we would also request that only 1 family member comes to the shop or till point at a time.
If you, a member of your household or someone you have come into contact with has experienced symptoms of COVID-19 in the last 14 days we ask that you do not visit the farm shop.
If you are unable to visit the shop, we are offering a contactless click and collect service. This enables customers to order produce from the comfort of their home, pay over the phone and then collect from our car park.
The Perfect Christmas Tree
The festive season really begins once the Christmas tree is up!
Spending time outdoors choosing a fresh Christmas tree to suit your home is a memorable experience and makes a great day out with the family. We stock a number of classic Christmas tree varieties here at Essington Farm, so you’ll certainly be able to find your perfect tree for your family to enjoy this Christmas.
Pre-order your Christmas poultry before Friday 27th November and get 10% off any Essington Farm Christmas tree
Get the Party Started!
Having a Christmas gathering with your family bubble? Make hosting a breeze with our fresh, homemade party food. We know Christmas planning can be hard work, so avoid rushing around a crowded supermarket and buy your festive party food from Essington Farm.
We’ve got your celebrations covered with our great range of party foods including pork pies, scotch eggs, sausage rolls, quiches, mince pies and much more. Our cooks work hard during the winter months to make sure we can provide you with everything you need for the perfect, stress-free family party!
Christmas Pork Pies
A pork pie is a tasty treat that just happens to be a no-fuss main too. One of our home-made pork pies is a must for when you’re fed up from all the Christmas day cooking but still need a something delicious to tuck in to.
Our award-wining pies are all hand raised and made using our own pork from our free-range pigs. They are available in a wide variety of flavours and sizes to suit your requirements.
To order your speciality pork pies for Christmas from our deli, please call 01902 735 724 and ask for the deli counter. Orders must be placed by 21st December.
A traditional centrepiece
Opting for a cooked ham as your Christmas centrepiece? Our hams are freshly cooked to order using the best home-cured free-range leg of pork – this is sure to create the wow factor amongst your guests.
You can choose whether you would like your baked ham with honey & mustard, or something different such as cracked black pepper or pineapple – it’s completely up to you!
Delight your friends and family with our delicious range of desserts. With Christmas and New Year being a wonderful time to indulge, nothing beats home-made, baked Christmas goods after your Christmas dinner or as part of a party buffet spread.
Christmas wouldn’t be complete without a homemade Christmas pudding. Our kitchen staff lovingly prepare Christmas puddings, Dundee cakes, Christmas cakes and thousands of home-made mince pies – perfect for your home-made Christmas!
A cheeseboard worth celebrating!
If your guests would favour a savoury sweet after dinner, look no further than one of our speciality cheeseboards which are made from a selection of British cheeses. Our cheeseboards come gift wrapped so they make a great gift idea too.
Small Cheeseboard – £13.95 – 5 cheese of your choice, gift wrapped
Large cheeseboard – £17.50 – 6 cheeses of your choice, specialty crackers and farmhouse pickle, gift wrapped
Don’t miss out – all cheeseboard orders must be placed by 21st December.
Dishes to start the day!
Christmas morning is a time to spend with family and friends, and with all the excitement of the upcoming day breakfast can sometimes be overlooked. Why not start the holiday with a stress-free, special Essington Farm breakfast?
You can never go wrong with a classic full English breakfast. From delicious free-range eggs to locally-sourced black pudding, and our very own award-winning sausages and bacon, we have something to suit everyone’s taste.
For lighter options, why not try one of our local porridges? We sell Shropshire Granola, which is perfect with a local fresh yoghurt, or Oat Pantry’s range of flavoured oats which taste fantastic with Butterbelle nut butters – both produced locally in Shropshire!
Don’t forget we have our own bakery onsite where our skilled bakers produce fresh bread, pastries and buns for you to take home and enjoy. Our freshly baked bread is a fantastic way to start your day.
We bake a range of delicious, traditional white and wholemeal tin loaves that are perfect for breakfast. Have a healthy start to the day with our popular multiseed bread, or why not try our sourdough loaf as a tasty alternative to your usual bread? If you fancy a breakfast bap, we also sell homemade white and brown bread baps and finger rolls. We also have cheese topped baps for something a bit different to start your day.
Our homemade stollen is a real festive treat, and can be sliced and served with butter, honey, or our Essington jam. For something a bit sweeter, why not try our new cranberry frangipane tarts or white chocolate and cranberry hot cross buns? Perfect to enjoy while relaxing with a cup of tea. Make sure you treat the kids (and the grown-ups!) to our delicious gingerbread Christmas trees and reindeer!
The Main Event
Tucking into Christmas dinner is one of the best parts of the big day! Whether you’re looking for a traditional meal or something different this year, the Essington Farm butchery counter offers a fantastic selection of high quality meat to make your festive celebrations extra special.
We have a great team of experienced butchers at the farm who work hard throughout December to ensure your Christmas meats are ready. We pride ourselves on excellent service and great tasting produce, and our dedication to high quality meant we were the winners of the Farm Shop category at Butcher’s Shop of the Year 2019 awards.
Whether you opt for turkey, beef, or pork, meat from our award-winning butchery counter will be sure to satisfy your family and friends’ taste buds.
We do have limited availability on some items so please order now to avoid disappointment. Order by 1st December and receive a voucher for 10% off a purchase over £50 in January 2021.
To order, please phone 01902 735 724 and ask to speak to the butchers. They will be more than happy to answer any queries and take any orders.
Turkey and Poultry
When it comes to choosing the centrepiece for Christmas dinner, many people will stick to a traditional choice of a whole turkey. A locally reared turkey is not only great for the environment with low food miles, but it will have also have a fantastic taste.
Our traditional whole Staffordshire turkeys are reared locally by the Nichols family on their farm in Shugborough. We also have free-range bronze turkeys from award winning Worcestershire farmer Robert Caldecott. For something a bit different, we offer other poultry such as duck, Packington free-range cockerels, and Gressingham geese as a luxurious alternative for the festive season.
Rolled Turkey Joints
If you’re catering for a smaller number of people, or would prefer something easier to cook than a whole turkey, then why not try one of our specialty boneless rolled turkey joints? These joints are available with or without stuffing. Stuffed joints are made with our own homemade, natural ingredient stuffing (gluten-free stuffing is available), dressed with home cured bacon and placed in a Nalophan cooking bag ready for you to pop in the oven.
If you want an easy meat to cook serve this Christmas, look no further than our turkey joints. They are no hassle to prepare – they leave no waste, they are easy to carve, and our butchers will even provide the cooking times needed for your particular sized joint.
Pedigree Hereford Beef
Enjoy the taste of local produce this Christmas with our own grass-fed Pedigree Hereford beef. We take great pride in raising our own free-range Hereford cattle here on the farm with an emphasis on top quality produce, sustainable farming practices and high welfare standards for our livestock.
Why beef this Christmas?
As well as having an exceptional flavour, grass-fed beef is a good source of health-giving omega 3 oils and conjugated linoleic acid. Grass-fed beef also helps the environment by promoting good soil condition, which leads to increased levels of biodiversity and allows the grassland to act as a great source of carbon storage.
For maximum flavour and texture, we aim to mature our beef for at least 28 days. This results in fine quality, tender beef. Choose between a traditional topside or silverside joint, or for a showstopping centrepiece our French Trimmed ribs are very popular.
Christmas Roast Pork is a long standing traditional festive meal. One of our specialties at Christmas is our own Essington Farm free-range pork, sausage and bacon. Just like our Hereford beef, our free-range pork is reared on our farm, butchered, and cured in our shop making it a top-quality, traceable product.
We will have plenty of stock at Christmas so there’s no need to order our pork in advance; we will be more than happy to serve you at the counter with your requirements for the Christmas period.
Christmas dinner wouldn’t be the same without the addition of pigs in blankets – a real festive favourite! Our homemade pigs in blankets and chipolatas will be available from our butchery counter, as well as gluten-free pigs in blankets if you require them.
Toast the season!
Celebrate Christmas in style with a glass of wine, a locally brewed ale or a home-made cocktail. We have a fantastic range of wines, beers, and spirits, plus zero-alcohol drinks for you to stock up your cupboards with for Christmas and New Year. Take a look at our favourite wine selection for this festive season.
Felino Malbec – A classic Argentinian Malbec. Ideal with beef or any red meat. A Christmas treat that will not disappoint!
Felicette Grenache Rouge (commonly known as Space Cats Red) – A light French red that is deal with pork or beef. If you fancy a drinkable red to enjoy with food or just by itself, then this is the one for you!
May fly Sauvignon Blanc – Probably our best selling white! A refreshing and crisp sauvignon from the Malbourgh region of New Zealand. Perfectly suited to white meat.
White and Sea Colombard-Sauvignon – A French white that is one of our firm favourites. The clue is in the name and label – ideal with grilled fish or seafood.
Casa Defra – This is a semi-sparkling prosecco so suited to most taste. A great party drink or with breakfast on Christmas day morning.
The Essington Farm Christmas Gift Shop
Not sure what to buy for Christmas presents this year? Why not visit our new Essington Farm food gift shop! The food gift shop, located in our restaurant while it is temporarily closed, is full of fantastic gifts that will please everyone’s taste buds.