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April 25, 2017 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Apley Cookery Club restarts tomorrow morning !

Just to say that Apley Cookery Club restarts TOMORROW MORNING! ie. on Wednesday 26 April in the Corn Loft Conference Room at Apley Farm Shop, 10.30am with “A Taste of the Caribbean” hosted by Sabrina Zeif. Sabrina is delightful, also known as ” The Flavour Queen.” Originally from Trinidad, she is a master chef on Simply Good Food TV & Carfest.

Click HERE to see a film of her in Apley Farm Shop on Saturday.

Victoria Rance & Lynne Andreae aim to provide interesting & delicious culinary interactive demonstrations with a cosmopolitan range of guest master chefs. They will be sharing imaginative, seasonal & healthy dishes using many of the lovely, fresh ingredients from Apley Walled Garden & Apley Farm Shop.

The Club will mostly be on Wednesdays but they hope also to do some Saturday mornings too. All future dates will be on Apley Farm Shop’s Facebook page & website.

For more details, contact Vicky Rance or 07973 98 56 33.

Have you entered a class in the Apley Bake Off yet ? Just one month to go – it’s on Sunday 28 May, 10-4pm. Click HERE to enter or just turn up with your culinary creations by 12noon on the day.

April 22, 2017 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Apley breads made by Swifts of Ludlow

Apley Ale Bread & Apley honey & spelt bread

Apley Ale Bread & Apley honey & spelt bread by Swifts of Ludlow

Very exciting bread & cheese news !

Dough news first – Swifts Bakery of Ludlow have made 3 delicious Apley breads:

  • Apley Ale Bread
  • Sundried tomato, black pepper & Apley Cheshire Cheese bread
  • Apley honey & spelt bread
    £2.50 each. All have 10% off this weekend – if you’re too late, it’ll all have gone !

Next for the cheesey news – Martin Moyden has just won gold award (in the Artisan Cheese Awards) for the Apley Cheshire Cheese he makes for us. He uses the original Apley recipe, used 1956-65 on the site of the farm shop. Try it on our Apley Delicatessen counter.

If this inspires you, click HERE to enter the bread class (there are 9 other classes) of the Apley Bake Off on Sunday 28 May. Entries must arrive by 12noon to allow judging to begin by 3 professional judges. Prizes will be awarded at 2pm & include Apley hampers, Apley meat boxes, Apley veg boxes, Apley Afternoon Tea vouchers & Apley gift vouchers.

April 20, 2017 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Sabrina Zeif at Apley Farm Shop this Saturday

Sabrina Zeif of Kitchen Thyme will be at Apley Farm Shop this Saturday 22 April 11-2pm. To enjoy a taste of the Caribbean, pop in & see her Cajun-Caribbean Culinary Experiences. If you miss her this Saturday, there’s a second chance as Sabrina has very kindly offered to host a masterclass at the Apley Bake Off on Sunday 28 May 10-4pm.

Here’s a bit about her: “Sabrina is a talented and vibrant cook whose colourful international background strongly influences her original style of cooking. Born in Trinidad, Sabrina’s Caribbean roots sparked her love for flavourful international food. Trinidadian heritage is mixed, embracing a fiery fusion of Indian, Chinese, African, Portuguese, Spanish, British, Syrian, Lebanese, South American and Creole cultures and cuisines. Her passion continued to fuel whilst living in America, particularly in New Orleans, where she became a connoisseur of the local Cajun style of cooking. Sabrina has also lived in San Francisco, Texas, Switzerland and the UK, and is passionate about bringing the best of global cuisine together. Sabrina has just finished filming her first series with Simply Good Food TV. After many years in the corporate world, Sabrina decided to change course and follow her passion. She has since founded Kitchen Thyme, a culinary experiences company which takes influence from Cajun-Caribbean cuisines and cultures. The business draws on her culinary roots and heritage and bringing together the eclectic flavours of the many countries she has experienced. The experiences focus on creating delicious, authentic food infused with herbs, spices and unique flavour, using only the freshest local ingredients. Sabrina adopts the Caribbean spirit of fun, laughter and never taking things too seriously at her events. All the experiences are interactive, dynamic and full of delicious food. Offerings include Supper Clubs, Cookery Courses, Creative & Collaborative experiences for businesses and now the launch of Kitchen Thyme Spice range.”

Contact her on or read more about her on

April 19, 2017 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Hot Cross buns article featuring Apley Farm Shop

Just in case you missed it, here’s the hot cross buns article featuring Apley Farm Shop’s baker Willow & her delicious buns, handmade onsite. Click HERE to see a tiny film on how they’re made. If this inspires you to get baking, sign up HERE for a class (or even several) in the Apley Bake Off on Sunday 28 May & join in one of the mini, drop-in masterclasses.

April 16, 2017 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

New Gardeners’ Question Time prices

Click HERE to see the new prices for Gardeners’ Question Time on Friday 19 May – now just a month away.

April 14, 2017 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

New Pigg’s Playbarn website

To mark our 6th anniversary on 31 March, we launched our new Pigg’s Playbarn website. Click HERE to see it. There is still some work to be done, so we’ll be adding to it over the next few weeks.

April 14, 2017 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Apley Easter Funday tomorrow

If you’re looking for a fun Easter Saturday tomorrow, head to Apley Farm Shop 10-4pm. Activities are mostly £1. Entry is free. The Apley Butcher has a wide range of meat if you’re entertaining family & friends this weekend.



April 10, 2017 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Paper napkins & seeds for sale in Apley Farm Shop

Seeds for sale – get your gardening gloves on !

Paper napkins available for every occasion, 2 packs for £5

Choose from the Filbert’s Seeds (edible ones!) range, from £2.25

Three new ranges check out in Apley Farm Shop are our beautiful paper napkins (including some Easter ones), a seed collection for keen gardeners & an edible seed range by Filbert’s (great alternative, non-sugary snack).

We’re ready for the Easter weekend – our Easter Funday is this Saturday 15 April, 10-4pm. For £1 per activity, there’s face painting, egg painting, an Easter colouring competition, biscuit decorating, an Easter egg hunt, Easter bonnet making – as well as sweet cones & ice creams. Entry is free & the whole site is open all weekend, including pottery painting at Paint & Create, our free Skylark Nature Trail & Scotty’s Animal Park. Drop in for a fun day out for all the family.

March 29, 2017 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Spare Fruit – fruit crisps at Apley Farm Shop

How to make honey & apple crisps, The Week Junior We’re just about to stock Spare Fruit fruit crisps at Apley Farm Shop. Ben of Spare Fruit, just sent me this summary: “Spare Fruit transforms beautifully fresh rescued fruit into delicious healthy 100% fruit crisps.  We gently slice whole Kentish pears (not wasting a pip), and slowly air-dry (never fry) them into naturally sweet slices of awesome fruity goodness that are low calorie, high in fibre with absolutely nothing added.

It might be too small, misshapen, or just too plentiful, but we work with small British farms to ensure no fruit is left hanging and no food is wasted.”

Love food hate waste is an ethos both Spare Fruit & Apley Farm Shop clearly share. As for wonky fruit & veg – we’ve have it in spades !

Francis found an article this weekend in The Week Junior on how to do it at home – How to make honey & apple crisps. Take a look & have a go. If it doesn’t quite work out, just drop into Apley Farm Shop & try the real thing from Spare Fruit. I think you’ll love them !

March 28, 2017 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

See how the Apley Bakery makes its Hot Cross Buns

See how the Apley Bakery makes its Hot Cross Buns, onsite in the Apley shopping courtyard. Click HERE for our mini film. They’re £1.97 for a pack of 4 from Apley Farm Shop. Taste discover enjoy ! I can’t believe it’s nearly Easter already !