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December 4, 2014 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Julie’s homemade & hand decorated Christmas cakes at Apley

2014-1127, Decorated Christmas cakes (16)

2014-1127, Decorated Christmas cakes (8)Julie has been getting ready & prepping for making Christmas cake orders since September ! These delicious Christmas cakes are all made by hand & baked daily in our own Stable Bakery. Enjoy a slice of delicious Christmas cake in the Creamery Café or in Pigg’s Playbarn for £2.50. Christmas cakes are available now to buy in the Farm Shop or you can order one ready for Christmas.

Homemade Christmas cake slab, iced on top – £6.99

Homemade Christmas pudding, 1lb – £4.95 or 2lb – £7.95

Homemade mince pies (box of 6) – £3.99

Homemade iced & decorated Christmas cake (8inch) – £10.99


December 3, 2014 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Christmas tasters days at Apley Farm Shop

2014-09-27, Apley Taste Off, Neil Harrison photos (15)In addition to our Christmas Food Fair on Sunday, we have some delicious Christmassy taster days coming up at Apley Farm Shop in December. It’s always a joy to wander around sampling Christmas food & drinks from our local Shropshire suppliers.

On Saturday 6 December, Previns Spices & Rowcliffe’s Cheese are in the Shop 11-2pm, offering Cheddar & Stilton taster, followed by local chocolatier Louis Barnett on Sunday 7 December, 11-2pm.

2014-10-28, Neill Mapes' spoonsOn Saturday 13 December, Neill Mapes will be demonstrating his woodwork skills 9.30-3.30pm. He’s back again (always the same times) on Sunday 14 December, Saturday 20 December & Sunday 21 December.

Also present on Saturday 13 December, will be our own in-house baker Julie will be offering samples of her Christmas cakes, Christmas puddings & minced pies from 11-1pm. Finally, Mike’s Homemade [jams] will be in the Farm Shop on Friday 19 December, 10-3pm.

December 2, 2014 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Spend a Christmassy Sunday at Apley Farm Shop

2014-12-01, Sunday Times supplement by AA Gill 32014-12-01, Sunday Times supplement by AA Gill 2This Sunday, 7 December, promises to be another fun & Christmassy Sunday at Apley Farm Shop.

It’s our monthly craft fair (10-4pm), so come & watch Lisa Jennings making her hand painted plaques & gifts. Combining it with a Sunday roast in the Creamery Café makes a perfect Sunday. It’s incredibly good value at £12.45 for a 2 course lunch, all hand prepared in our kitchens. Our chefs use (whenever possible) our very own Apley Walled Garden home grown winter root vegetables. Treat your family to a special day out with no cooking or washing up for anyone !

We’re obviously utterly delighted to have been listed last Sunday (23 Nov) in the Sunday Times colour supplement as 1 of the top 3 Farm Shop restaurants by journalist AA Gill. Congratulations to our head chef Martin McKee & his team !

PS Of course, our Sunday roasts are available every Sunday, not just this one  !

Red wooden soldiers 2To book a table in the Creamery, call 01952 730 345 or email

For more details on Lisa Jennings, call 01782 761 597 or email; or on Facebook

December 1, 2014 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Apley attend the Venuemasters Conference

Venuemasters imageGavin & Phil [Lord Hamilton & Head Gardener, Phil Allen]  attended a Cheese & Wine taster evening as part of the Venuemasters conference at the University of Wolverhampton recently on 19 Nov. We’ve just had this very positive feedback from them:

“It was a great pleasure to meet both of you last Wednesday and I’d like to say a big thank you to you both for your contribution to the night’s success.

You both demonstrated the utmost professionalism and efficiency in the running of your stand, which I have to say was presented with a great deal of flair and attention to detail. Your passion for your work really came through and the enthusiasm with which you interacted with our delegates was certainly infectious!

The tasting event was quite different to anything Venuemasters has offered as part of a networking evening before so we were somewhat unsure as to how it would be received, but the efforts of all our suppliers ensured that it was a resounding success.

And Apley said this about the venuemasters event: “At Apley Farm shop we were delighted to show & taste some delicious Shropshire produce with the Venuemasters delegates from around the country.  The attendees enjoyed a wide range of Shropshire tastes, including Apley’s home made scotch eggs, Hobson’s beer, Reg May’s pork pies and Apley’s own mini mince pies. Lord Hamilton] was delighted to attend the event & show some of what Shropshire & Apley has to offer & it was wonderful to have such a positive reception from the delegates from all over Britain’

November 30, 2014 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Great swede recipe !

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Great swede recipe – I know some people will think that’s a contradiction in terms ! Really delicious recipes for swede aren’t really very common, being one of those vegetables which is less commonly used. On Sunday at Apley Farm Shop’s Christmas Food Fair, I came home with an Apley Christmas vegetable box, which included swede.

Sometimes of course even Gavin & I have to go to supermarkets to get a few of the things Apley Farm Shop doesn’t sell – pizzas & dishwasher salt etc ! Whilst there, I always pick up the in store magazines. Now it’s not often you’re going to find me recommending Tesco’s recipes, but in their October magazine I spotted a particularly good recipe for swede which I think it worth sharing, no matter where I found it ! Pick up some Apley Walled Garden Swedes & try Harissa roasted swede with Greek yoghurt.

November 29, 2014 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Christmas wreath making workshop, Tues 9 Dec

2014-11-17, Helen Raymond Christmas wreathHave you ever wanted to make your own fabulously Christmas door wreath? On Tuesday 9th December, Helen Raymond of Ann Raymond Florists & The Workshop, Flower & Craft School will be holding a door wreath making workshop at Apley Farm Shop, 10.30-12.30pm. Spaces are limited so please book to avoid disappointment.  This Christmas creative morning is £45 which includes all your materials you will need, mulled wine & mince pies to enjoy whilst you get festive.

To book please call Helen on 07967 67 10 97 or email In the New Year, they will be holding weekly flower arranging courses teaching the design principles & techniques through a different seasonal design each week you will create in a fun & relaxed environment then be able to enjoy & show it off at home to family & friends!

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November 28, 2014 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

2 days until Apley’s Christmas Food Fair

Jesus at Apley's Pigg's Playbarn, by Hannah Insley aged 10

Jesus at Apley’s Pigg’s Playbarn, by Hannah Insley aged 10

2014-11-28, Apley Farm Shop Christmas Food Fair marquee ready for producersIt’s only 2 days now until Apley Farm Shop’s Christmas Food Fair on Sunday 30 November. From 10-4pm, over 20 producers will be offering free tasters of their delicious food & drink & ready to chat with visitors about how & why they make it. It’ll be a great way to spend Advent Sunday, which always marks the beginning of Christmas for me. Younger visitors will love Santa’s Grotto (no need to book in advance this year) with its real live donkey.

Gavin’s just emailed me this photo of the marquee all ready set up, which looks great.

Phil Allen (Head Gardener, Apley Walled Garden) has been preparing Apley Walled Garden Christmas family veg boxes for £8.95, to include: Leeks (3), Celeriac (1), Parsnips (3), Bunch of carrots, Potatoes (4), Brussel sprouts, Cabbage (1) & Cauliflower (all items are subject to availability).

In the meantime, Worfield School have submitted lots of entries to the Christmas Art Competition which I can’t wait to see. I’ll be hanging them on Saturday evening, then judging, which is going to be difficult, so I think I’m going to have to get even more prizes ready to award at 2pm in the Courtyard ! Then I’ll have to whizz off at 3pm to get to a school carol service, by which time I guess I’ll be feeling very Christmassy indeed ! I especially love this one showing that, thank goodness, Jesus has indeed arrived at Apley Farm Shop.

November 27, 2014 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Friday offers from Elizabeth Beckett Skincare & Lottie’s @ Apley Farm Shop

Elibec imageLottie's bannerElizabeth Beckett Skincare & Lottie’s [fashion] both have offers for this Friday 28 November

On her Facebook page, Elizabeth Beckett Skincare has a £15.00 shellac manicure offer with a free makeover included. Elizabeth has also recently sponsored the Bridgnorth Ladies Rugby team who might appreciate the occasional sports massage treatment she also offers !

In Lottie’s [fashion] customers are treated to 10% off everything and free gift wrapping. On Monday 1 December, apparently being ‘cyber Monday’, there’s 15% off online & free delivery (on that day only).

PS. Liz Beckett just sent me this article about the new serum (in this photo) she’s developed, which sounds like an essential item for any woman !:

“We’re now introducing a brand new product to the range. With the amazing response from our Rose & Frankincense Night & Day Cream, we’ve now introduced a serum for advanced repair to the skin. Rose and frankincense essential oils are included, accompanied by wonderful vitamin E. Rose is great to stimulate circulation and promote the growth of new cells. It is used to help dry skin, eczema and acts as an anti-ageing agent. Frankincense rejuvenates aging skin by improving skin tone and returning dry and oily skin to a normal, balanced state. It firms, promotes healing and fights inflammation. Vitamin E protects against environmental damage and helps to refresh dull skin. With a fine and silky texture, it is specially formulated for the care of skin exposed to daily stress. It softens and helps to relax, restores the complexion’s natural radiance and acts like a true effectiveness booster for your Rose & Frankincense Night & Day cream. This product is 100% natural, containing no parabens or preservatives and it’s not tested on animals. The serum is suitable for all skin types and is a great product to use before bed, applying onto cleansed dry skin. See the transformation as all major signs of ageing look significantly reduced. Wake up to more beautiful looking skin every day.”

November 26, 2014 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Apley Farm Shop Christmas hampers

2014-11-25, Hamper emailer 1We have some wonderful hampers in Apley Farm Shop this year which are always great presents for friends, family & colleagues. Ready made or tailor made, whichever you prefer. We have created a fabulous range of ready made hampers to suit every pocket: Choose from the Apley Ultimate Luxury Christmas hamper (£99.95), the Apley Luxury Christmas hamper (£49.95), Apley Local Delights hamper (£44.45), Apley Mini Treats hamper (£29.95), Apley Cheese Lovers hamper (£19.95), Apley Luxury Lady’s hamper (£34.95) or an Apley Gentlemen’s hamper (£22.45) or even the Apley Good Boys & Girls hamper (£14.95) !

If you have favourite foods, you can always fill your own hamper of course – which makes it more personal for that special person. We will gift wrap it for you, so let us do the hard work whilst you enjoy the experience of Christmas shopping around our Farm Shop.

We’re also offering hamper & present wrapping – £5 per hamper or it’s free when you spend over £30 for hamper contents.

November 25, 2014 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Lisa Holland Photography at Apley Farm Shop

Lisa Holland imageLisa Holland Photography is back at Apley Farm Shop this weekend doing photo shoots in the Conference Room. She has 3 slots free photo shoots on Saturday 29 November, 9.30am, 12.30pm & 3.30pm. On Sunday 30 November (same day as the Apley Christmas Food Fair, 10-4pm, so drop in for some free tasters !), she has just 2 free slots remaining at 11.30am & 12.30pm. The photo shoots are free, then customers can (no obligation) buy their photos which are priced from £10. This is a great opportunity to get that perfect Christmas present. Capture beautiful images of your family to treasure forever. To book, call her on 07814 80 40 19 or visit



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