I love a visit to a farm shop anyway, but when it’s coupled with a Christmas event and lots of food tastings – well, that’s just absolutely fine by me! So, having spotted on social media that Court Farm Shop were doing exactly that, we decided to stop by.
Court Farm Shop is relatively new, opening its doors back in September, but the farm itself has been in the family since 1936 – so they definitely know their stuff! The shop sells the farms own produce, including free range eggs, beef, lamb and pork as well as stocking foods from other local producers.
Being a Christmas event, they put on a hog roast, Christmas trees were being sold, Christmas meat orders were being taken, mulled wine was being supped, wood carving demos were taking place and there was a tent full of free samples. Being the true foodies we are, we bypassed everything and went straight to the free samples (What?! It was lunch time!).
First of all, I spotted my favourite cheese in the whole wide world: Godminster cheddar. This is the creamiest cheddar, and melts in your mouth. I was pleased also, to taste a really great goat’s cheese – Rosary Goat’s Cheese - which will definitely be making it onto the cheeseboard this Christmas.
The table that got the most attention from me (sorry for eating so many of the samples) was the pie corner. They had pork pies, steak and kidney pie, steak and onion and – drum roll please – steak and stilton pie. This pie was so flippin’ good; I think I ate the equivalent of a whole one just in samples. I will definitely be getting a couple of those pies for our freezer for days when I can’t be bothered to cook, but want to eat something irresistible.
After we’d tired everything in sight, we headed into the shop to have a mooch. We picked up some Stokes Cranberry Sauce to go with our Christmas dinner and I also saw Kingsley picking up a Café au Chocolat slab of Cappucino Chocolate which I really hope finds its way into my Christmas stocking!