Posts tagged #Local

A BRIDGE TO FARM . . .

In our quest to keep it as local as we are able, despite our Italian origins, and our desire to play our part in reducing carbon footprints, and actually, just because some things local really are the very best you can get; we have worked with John and Jill Vickers of Bridge 67 for some years now,  initially with a view to being involved in the cookery school but more recently Lino has enjoyed learning more about the origins of the cattle, the care extended to the livestock at Binley Bridge Farm, and the fantastic quality of the meat we are subsequently able to serve at both The Lighthouse and Boboli.

 The Vickers family have been farming in Kibworth since the 1930s and their enthusiasm for rearing their cattle and lambs in the best possible environment has had a massive impact on the local environs, not only tending to the fields for pasture but also tending to true conservation. 

Planting trees and hedgerows and enhancing watercourses all impacts on the flourishing wildlife and general beauty of our canal paths and the many beautiful public walks in our local countryside . . .  watch out for John’s rant on wildlife, conservation, limitations and bureaucracy . . . he has a point and makes it so passionately you cannot help but admire the family’s commitment.

It is a joy to work with them, supporting their endeavours and serving some of the best beef and lamb for miles around.

 A presto,

 Sarah x

Posted on May 17, 2019 .

DREAMY CREAMY DAIRY!

In our quest to keep it local . . . and these days I feel more and more impassioned when it comes to all things eco, pure and good . . . good for us and good for generations to come if we can reduce our carbon footprint.

So, how happy are we to be using the fabulous milk from Kingarth Dairy, just around the corner in Burton Overy. The Barbour family have farmed and milked cows in Burton Overy for over 100 years.

They say, “from grass to glass in three hours”, and it certainly seems that way, non-homogenised, super creamy and from beautiful, happy, pedigree Holstein cows, grazing in the fields just around the corner from our front doorstep. Happy cows mean happy milk and rather amazing cream too. Our Cappuccinos have never been so good . . . and our Floater Coffees have taken on a whole new level of delicious indulgence . . . sorry to the skinny lovers, but this is really too good to miss. The pasteurisation process is extended and at lower temperatures the good bacteria in the milk is retained and therefore is a more healthy option, even if it’s not semi-skimmed!

The benefits are also apparent in the cooking, Carbonara and Panna Cotta are a must with the improved quality of our dairy products. We love supporting our local community especially when the benefits to our food are so apparent too!

Come and see for yourself, but take a detour through the fields and say hello to the Happy Cows at Kingarth Dairy too!

A presto

Sarah x