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December 28, 2016 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Apley Farm Shop, The Creamery & Pigg’s Playbarn are open today


It was chilly at -4 deg this morning, but look how deep the snow was on 23 March 2013

Apley Farm Shop, The Creamery & Pigg’s Playbarn are open today, normal working hours. Hoping you’ve all had a wonderful Christmas. We’re now looking forward to a wonderful 2017 & hope you’ll be able to join us for the events & delicious-ness we’ve got lined up ! Perhaps you are ready for a brisk & FREE walk on our Skylark Nature Trail ?

Wednesday 28th December 9:30-5pm
Thursday 29th December 9.30am–5pm
Friday 30th December 9:30am–5:30pm
New Years Eve 9.30am–3:30pm
News Years Day Closed
Mon 2 Jan (bank holiday) 9:30am-5pm – normal hours (bank hol)
Tuesday 3rd January 9:30am-5pm – Normal hours
  • Paint & Create [pottery & craft studio] are open Wednesday (today), Thursday & Friday 10:30-3:30pm only (not Saturday & Sunday).
  • Big Little Things are also Wednesday (today), Thursday & Friday 10:30-3:30pm.
  • Annie’s Reiki Centre Wednesday (today), Thursday, Friday & Saturday 10:30-3:30pm
  • Scotty’s Animal Park are now closed until 1 Feb.
December 23, 2016 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Reduced-price Christmas presents at Apley Farm Shop

20126-12-16-reduced-items-4 20126-12-16-reduced-items-3 20126-12-16-reduced-items-1Here’s an up to the minute update of Christmas stock still available at Apley Farm Shop.

Ann & Natasha on the shop floor just told me these items are now on sale at reduced prices (ie. as well as the 2 for 1 Christmas puddings I mentioned yesterday):

  • Large Christmas chocolate figures were £54.95 & are now £29.99
  • Chocolate baubles were £7.25 & are now £2.99
  • Nut cracker beer was £3.25 & is now £2.99
  • Chocolate rudolphs were £4.25 & are now £3
  • Chocolate coins were 75p & are now 50p

For whoever is in charge of Christmas lunch, read on. Bob the Butcher sent me this update which I realise sounds very much like the Twelve Days of Christmas (so you could always just sing or hum as you read it !): He still has a some Kelly Bronze turkeys & barn turkeys, goose, cockerels & duck. He also has some sausages on special offer, plenty of game, 2lb game pies & pork pies. Oh & we’ve still got holly for those of you who are still decorating your homes or making wreaths !

Why not make a fabulous Christmas Eve family day of it, as we now have 12-2pm available for walk-in visits to Santa’s Grotto. No booking possible. £11.95 per child, includes the grotto visit, a present & 30 mins play in Pigg’s Playbarn, which is open all day 9:30-3pm (last admission 2pm).

December 22, 2016 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Turkeys, goose & pies – all still available from Apley Farm Shop


This is our ‘Just Add Turkey hamper’, £38.85


A selection of Apley’s Cherry Ham pies

2016-12-21-bob-the-butcher-with-christmas-goose If you are still hunting for those last minute presents, or food or drink for your Christmas table, Apley Farm Shop has plenty of choice. Bob the Butcher updated me & said we have 9 whole turkeys, 1 goose & some free range cockerels (the latter from Packington in Staffordshire). He also has boneless turkey crowns. Not only does he have 11 varieties of cooking pies, including turkey & apricot pie, chicken pie, game pie, turkey & ham pie, ploughmans pie (layered cheese & chutney), but he also has Apley fidget pies (a native Shropshire pie) containing chopped bacon or gammon, pork, onion, potato & cider with apple topping. Sounds delicious & perfect for Boxing Day !

We of course also have 9 ready filled hampers to choose from or create your own. Even better, give a member of staff your budget & tell them what you’d like in your hamper & nip to the Creamery Cafe for a festive coffee & mince pie whilst they create it for you !

A customer just added some lovely feedback: “Don’t forget to have breakfast after you have visited the shop – delicious 😋”

December 22, 2016 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

See Santa on Christmas Eve at Apley Farm Shop

2016-12-10-charlotte-lydia-with-father-christmas-in-his-grottoDo you still want to visit Santa in his grotto ? He’ll be at Apley Farm Shop 12-2pm on Christmas Eve for walk-in visitors only (ie. it’s not possible to book online). £11.95 per child includes the visit to Santa in his grotto, a present & 30 mins play in Pigg’s Playbarn.

Breakfast with Santa & Afternoon Tea with Santa are completely sold out & the bookable places for Santa’s Grotto are also now sold out. Just had this lovely feedback from a happy customer via Facebook: “We had a fantastic time today! We saw Santa, painted pots and ate cake, what more could you want! It was perfect, 5* venue. (will be back for the shop and playbarn next week!).”

Two Syrian families have moved to Much Wenlock with children aged between 3-8. As a welcome present to them, we’ve invited them to pop in to see Santa & play in Pigg’s Playbarn – funny to think they may have never met Santa or been in an indoor playbarn before in their lives.

December 21, 2016 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Last minute Christmas presents from Annie’s Reiki Centre

bu1y4663 bu1y4672 bu1y4673 bu1y4674 bu1y4679Pick up your last minute Christmas presents & stocking fillers from Annie’s Reiki Centre at Apley Farm Shop. She has

  • Luxury Colognes 200ml (50% off at £35)
  • Pure essential oil candles (no chemicals)
  • Ellen’s fingerprint jewellery (so personal & special, in a range to suit all pockets)
  • Vouchers (available all year round)
December 20, 2016 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Orders still open for your Christmas meat orders

large-meat-box-christmas-sw-6There’s still time this evening to place your Christmas butcher & delicatessen orders from Apley Farm Shop’s online Delishop. As well as Click & Collect, we now also offer a next day Home Delivery for £8.50 & £5 chilled packaging.

Bob the Butcher at Apley Farm Shop is keeping me in close touch with stock levels. As of yesterday, he had Kelly Bronze turkeys, free range goose, duck, barn turkeys & boneless turkey crowns plus much more.  Call or text him on 07792 223 793 or email your orders to

Click HERE to see our Christmas butcher order form & HERE for Christmas meat boxes.

I took our children to the shop this evening to finish off their Christmas shopping & whilst there spotted that the delicious Christmas puddings, handmade Shropshire, are now on sale – buy 2 & get the second (lower priced of the 2) half price. Snap up a couple !

We always leave with far more than we went for & came home with armfuls of satsumas, parsnips & great stocking fillers.

On the delicatessen counter, Donna on our Delicatessen counter has created an Apley truffle infused brie – totally awesome – & of course, you can try before you buy. Great present idea & something a bit unusual on the Christmas lunch table !

December 19, 2016 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Christmas opening hours at Apley Farm Shop


Christmas puddings handmade locally in Shropshire


Christmas wooden mice, decorations, chopping boards, spoons etc, all handmade in Shropshire by Neill Mapes & Jane Moller using local wood


Free glass of mulled wine when you book a Christmas Afternoon Tea – click the photo for details

Just a reminder – here are our Christmas & New Year opening hours for Apley Farm Shop:
Thurs 22 Dec: 8am – 6.30pm
Fri 23 Dec: 8am – 6.30pm
Sat 24 Dec: 8 – 3pm
Sun 25 Dec: Closed
Mon 26 Dec: Closed
Tues 27 Dec: Closed
Wed 28 Dec: 9:30-5pm
Thurs 29 Dec: 9:30-5pm
Fri 30 Dec: 9:30-5:30pm
Sat 31 Dec: 9:30-3:30pm (NB amended closure time)
Sun 1 Jan: Closed
Mon 2 Jan: 9:30-5pm
Tues 3 Jan: 9:30-5pm

Here are also the opening hours of Paint & Create [pottery & craft studio in the centre of our shopping courtyard]

Mon 19th – Fri 23rd Dec 9:30 – 17:00
Sat 24th Dec 9:30 – 12:00
Sun 25th – Tues 27th Dec CLOSED
Wed 28th – Fri 30th Dec 10:30 – 15:30
Sat 31st Dec (bookings only – book by 23rd Dec)
Sun 1st Dec CLOSED
Mon 2nd Dec 10:00 – 16:00

December 17, 2016 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

The History of Christmas

Just found this article from 2014 which is guaranteed to shake up the way you think about Christmas forever!


December 16, 2016 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Local Shropshire turkeys at Apley Farm Shop

2e0a2200 2e0a2551 2016-10-19-cartwrights-kelly-bronze-turkeys 2016-10-19-cartwrights-logoApley Farm Shop’s butcher has sourced its turkeys as locally as possible this year from Shifnal (less than 7 miles away) & Condover, near Shrewsbury.

David Cartwright’s family rear turkeys at Home Farm, Condover. He sent me these details below:

Kelly Bronze turkeys of Condover, Shrewsbury are celebrating their 20th Anniversary. The breed was first established in the 1980s as Derek Kelly from Danbury in Essex wanted to recreate the flavour of turkey, as he felt due to mass farming practices, the flavour had been lost. He set up a breeding station in America, breeding from wild native turkeys.

The breed was established and brought back to the UK. The breed was proven a huge success in and around the London area, with Delia Smith endorsing it as the ‘Best Christmas Turkey’. Fine food halls like Harrods and Fortnum and Mason were quick to follow. The Kelly family were keen to expand the business across the country and approached the Cartwright family in Condover near Shrewsbury to rear them and market them across the West Midlands.

Now quite simply Christmas would not be Christmas without an award winning KellyBronze turkey for many people in Shropshire and the West Midlands………

David Cartwright runs the farm at Home Farm in Condover remembers starting with 100 KellyBronze poults in 1996. He remembers how difficult it was to educate people and explain what the difference between a KellyBronze and an ordinary turkey. Ultimately the proof is in the eating! As the years went by the numbers grew year on year.

Many people are now very aware of what they eat and like to buy local food, especially when it comes to the most important meal of the year… Christmas lunch !

Over the years we have had to change and adapt now 95% of our turkey orders are received online on our website, which aims to be a one stop shop for great Christmas produce.

David Cartwright of KellyBronze turkeys comments “Our aim was always to be the best Christmas turkey on the market and I think it has been widely recognised we have achieved that. After receiving numerous awards, many of the leading cooking writers recommend the KellyBronze including Delia Smith, Nigella Lawson, Henrietta Green, Anthony Worral-Thompson and Jamie Oliver.

“The secret of our success is, we believe, in the breed and also the way the turkeys are raised. We are doing nothing new – on the contrary, we have adopted traditional farming methods, enabling KellyBronze turkeys to roam freely in the fields. At night the turkeys have shelter in open barns with deep straw and plenty of fresh air. Our turkeys are grown slowly over many months, unlike many turkeys that are reared for a few weeks. Their feed is based on locally grown cereals and vegetable proteins without additives, drugs and growth promoters.

Our processing methods, too, are traditional. The birds are dry plucked by hand which then enables us to hang them in a chilled maturation chamber for fourteen days to develop an even fuller flavour – after all a turkey is a game bird and should be treated like one.

This process is totally unique to a KellyBronze, but crucial to achieving the ultimate flavour that melts in your mouth. 99.9% of all turkeys that are reared for the Christmas Market are NOT reared this way. That is why turkey gets the reputation for being dry and tasteless.

Our turkeys are wrapped and boxed to ensure their quality is protected. Our turkeys also cook very quickly (12mins per lb), simply because of the maturity of the turkey, and the hanging process makes the meat very tender, so each turkey has its own cooking instructions and meat thermometer to ensure the turkey is cooked to perfection.

If you’re in the farm shop, place your Christmas orders by 5pm tomorrow (Sunday 18 Dec) or if ordering online, please order by midnight on Tuesday 20 December. Just click HERE to order online. Next day, home delivery costs £8.50 & the insulated packaging is £5, so £13.50 to get it to your door.

December 15, 2016 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Stocking fillers from Apley Farm Shop

2016-12-15-christmas-stocking-fillers-sw-3 2016-12-15-christmas-stocking-fillers-sw-4 2016-12-15-christmas-stocking-fillers-sw-5 2016-12-15-christmas-stocking-fillers-sw-8 2016-12-15-christmas-stocking-fillers-sw-10 2016-12-15-christmas-stocking-fillers-sw-11 2016-12-15-christmas-stocking-fillers-sw-12 2016-12-15-christmas-stocking-fillers-sw-13 Apley Farm Shop is full of stocking fillers like these here. Many can also be bought in our online shop – just click HERE to go there.

Apley Farm Shop can help you get completely organised for Christmas – we’ve got everything Christmas (or very nearly!) from Christmas hampers, Christmas trees, Christmas cakes, minced pies, Christmas turkey, cheeses, Christmas lunches, Christmas Afternoon Teas, Christmas parties ..

I bumped into a neighbour & friend on Sunday afternoon. He was very complimentary about the shop & its cafe, saying he had a fruitful business meeting there over lunch in our Creamery Cafe (that’s what we have to call a meal deal!).  He said it’s a credit to the area & really likes what we’ve created there. The other [business]man loved the farm shop & likened it to Harrods Food Hall. By chance, on Sun 27 Nov, a food producer said he’d had a better day with us than at Harrods. Also by chance, I told him we’d been reconsidering the rebranding (I can’t say more yet!) issue which came up as soon as we opened on 31 March 2011. Daily, I feel we exceed the expectations created by our current name of Apley Farm Shop – which could be anything from a small barn on the side of the road to a considerably sized, dynamic, multi-facetted, 21st century rural business. Last Saturday at a party, someone who’d I’d never met asked what I did. Her initial reaction when I first mentioned Apley Farm Shop (inter alia) was totally different to when I described it in more detail. It’s still very true – we’re soooo much more than a farm shop !