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October 13, 2016 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Cheese boxes available from Apley Farm Shop

Apley cheese boxes

Apley cheese boxes


Apley Christmas hamper


Cheese board donated for local school charity fundraising evening

Cheese board donated for local school charity fundraising evening

As we’ve been preparing to launch our Apley Farm Shop meat box delivery (who would have thought that choosing the right packaging could be so complicated!), it quickly became apparent that our delicatessen customers were keen to see cheese boxes too. When Deli Donna (who’s just got married – many congratulations Donna!) had prepared a cheese board (see photo here) ready to donate to a local school’s fundraising evening, several customers said how lovely it looked & could they have one too! Give us a few weeks to get it all sorted – it’s a busy time of year ! First step of course was always to get these great photos taken by Steve Watts.

My new thing is onsite (TF11 9EF), online (click & collect from our online DeliShop) & on-van (box service by courier).

There’s also a photo here of our Christmas hampers which are great as corporate end-of-year presents for local companies.

October 12, 2016 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

News from Paint & Create, pottery painting studio at Apley Farm Shop

Ladies' night

Ladies’ night


Potters’ wheel


Customers’ finished items

Just got this news in from Charlotte at Paint & Create, the lovely pottery painting studio in the centre of the shopping courtyard at Apley Farm Shop:

Paint & Create have recently shared this update: “What a fantastic first 3 months in the studio! With school holiday fun, birthday parties, potter’s wheel days, special needs groups, Scouts and of course Ladies Night, Paint and Create are now gearing up for a busy Halloween and Christmas.

We have pumpkin pottery painting from £3 and are fully stocked with Spookley books, DVDs and toys. Remember to receive glazed and fired items in time for Halloween they need to be painted by Sunday 23rd October. Other Halloween crafts and the usual range of painting will be available over half term.

Christmas stock will be available from 1st November although we’ve already had some customers getting prepared and have started painting Christmas presents already! Last date for painting to guarantee it’s ready for Christmas is Friday 16th December.

Ladies’ Night is the perfect opportunity to relax with a glass of wine and good company to create your masterpiece. The next one is Wednesday 19th October 7pm and we have a few places left. Contact Charlotte on 01952 730 220 or to book your place.

We also have Rachel Frost back by popular demand for more Potter’s Wheel sessions (2 Oct was sold out!): Friday 28th October family day – suitable for all ages, no booking required and Sunday 6th November for The Full Experience – 20 minute lesson, throw 2 pots, 3 hours to paint them in the studio then professional glaze and fire £20 – booking essential.”

October 11, 2016 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Spookley menu in the Creamery Cafe

2016-10-10-halloween-childrens-menu-1Ready for our Spookley launch weekend coming up in a few days (15-16 October), our chef & Natasha have created this fab menu !

October 10, 2016 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Spookley at Apley Farm Shop – availability update


The Spookley book, DVD & soft toy are for sale in Paint & Create – the pottery painting studio in the middle of our shopping courtyard


No need to book for just the Pumpkin Carving Cavern, but there are moments when it gets super busy !

There’s still time to book your place on the Pumpkin Express at the Spookley Pumpkin Festival at Apley Farm Shop. Here’s our availability update:

  • Sat 15 Oct: some spaces available at 10am, 11am, 12noon, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm
  • Sun 16 Oct: some spaces available at 10am, 11am, 12noon & 1pm
  • Sat 22 Oct: grab the last few spaces available at 2pm & 3pm
  • Sun 23 Oct: grab the last few spaces available 10am & 3pm
  • Mon 24 Oct: grab the last few spaces available at 12noon & 1pm
  • Tues, Wed & Thurs 25, 26 & 27 Oct: lots of spaces currently available
  • Fri 28 Oct: some spaces available at 12noon, 1pm, 3pm & 4pm

There’s no need to book into the pumpkin carving cavern.

Tickets prices are:
Orange Ticket (Child)   £12.50
Family Pumpkin Express (2 adults, 2 children)   £16.50
Pumpkin Express child’s ticket   £7.50
Adult Trailer Ticket   £2.50
Pumpkin & carving only   £5.00

You can book online or by phone 01952 730 345 option 1 then 6.

October 9, 2016 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Harvest Festival in Stockton Church

Stockton Church Harvest festival

Stockton Church Harvest festival

2016-10-08-stockton-church-harvest-festival-2 2016-10-08-stockton-church-harvest-festival-5 2016-10-08-stockton-church-harvest-festivalWot no harvest festival – apparently, it’s happening. It’s a shame that that reflects how far removed some consumers now are from their food sources. We had a lovely harvest festival on this glorious Autumn day. Cycled to & fro church, leaves just beginning to change colour. Passed the Norton bowling club. Spotted a farmer sowing his winter crops. Friends & neighbours also there, also being thankful to our farmers & food producers. Our small country village church was beautifully decorated. So pure, wholesome & refreshing.

The Remembrance day service is Sunday 13 November, but the date for the Christmas carols service at Stockton Church (just opposite Apley Farm Shop & the church for the Apley Estate & estate village of Norton) is still to be confirmed.

October 8, 2016 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Pumpkin & ginger cupcakes – weekend baking !

2014-10-09-pumpkin-ginger-cupcakes-recipeIf you love baking with your family at the weekend, head to Apley Farm Shop for these wholesome ingredients to create these very seasonal cupcakes !


October 7, 2016 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Apley Farm Shop – Harvest Fair report in the Bridgnorth Journal

Shropshire Star, Friday 7 Oct 2016

Bridgnorth Journal, Friday 7 Oct 2016

Today’s Bridgnorth Journal has this lovely report of Apley Farm Shop’s Harvest Fair back on 24 September.

We’re so looking forward to our Christmas Food & Craft Fair which will run over 2 days – Sat 26 & Sun 27 Nov (10-4pm both days).

We’re delighted so many food producers & crafters can come. It’s always that day when I get that lovely feeling that Christmas is just round the corner & the children begin to get so excited – surprises of course, but they love seeing their cousins & just being en famille.

October 6, 2016 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Duck from Apley Farm Shop’s Butcher


Sausage of the week – beef with roasted peppers


Lord Hamilton blended tea smoked duck breasts with sage & orange, £15.95 per kg

Just received this photo from our Apley butcher of this delicious duck prepared yesterday.

We always have a Sausage of the Week (SOTW to us) & this week it’s beef & roast peppers (which I love).

We’re busy with 2 developments on the butchery counter – butchery master classes & our meat boxes. Just getting samples of the empty boxes, so we can choose the best quality, price & style for our customers. Steve Watts is photographing them for us, as before. They’ll be available on our online DeliShop – super convenient if you can’t easily get to the farm shop.

We’re preparing our special Christmas meat boxes & for the rest of the year, there is a selection of 5 types of meat boxes – from those for sausage lovers, family packs & those for gymmers & slimmers. Yesterday, I was browsing the UK’s top 10 providers of meat boxes & they’re amazing. Our meat is of course sourced from the Apley Estate & or as locally as we can, principally from Shropshire.

As our cheese counter has just been listed in the UK’s top 10, we’ll also be getting our cheese courses started inthe new year, but only once we’ve launched the meat courses. Not too much at once !

October 5, 2016 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Fab feedback for Apley Farm Shop staff

2016-06-08-trip-advisor-certificate-of-excellence-logoJust received this lovely email from a very happy customer – it’s always so encouraging for us all:

I find myself on a very rare occasion emailing a retail establishment regarding the very best of customer service.

My husband and I stumbled on Apley Farm Shop yesterday after getting completely lost and needing directions. We parked up and walked towards the entrance where we were greeted by a lady who welcomed us to the shop. We asked for directions to our location and she seemed to sense my distress after what seemed like hours trying to get to our destination but without success. She began to tell us all about Apley Farm Shop and the Estate it was on and the family who owned it, her knowledge was outstanding and we were both gripped, Walled Garden, acres, what was produced, honey, ale, fresh fruit and veg, your own bakery, the cafe and a barn for children. She also told us about the butcher and delicatessen counter you have and also events that are coming up. We were guided to the cafe and had a lovely coffee and slice of beautiful cake. After a much needed rest we had a look around the shop and made a purchase of your Apley grown vegetables and fruit and was then approached by the same lady asking if we were alright and if there was anything else she could help us with. I asked one of the assistants who the lady was and was informed it was the shop Manager Ann.

We will never forget our visit to Apley not just because of the stunning setting but the truly outstanding service we received and the passion that Ann felt for her surroundings and position. We will be returning with friends who live locally but who have never visited. Please pass on our praise to Ann. She was well worth the visit, just to hear her knowledge.”

Isn’t that amazing – our staff our truly our best Apley Ambasssadors ! Here’s a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence which we recently received too – fab !


October 4, 2016 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Ironbridge Walking Group at Apley Farm Shop

ironbridge-gorge-walking-festival-leaflet-2016-page-002 ironbridge-gorge-walking-festival-leaflet-2016-page-001Ironbridge Walking Group is coming to Apley Farm Shop twice next Sunday, 16 October & walking over parts of the Apley Estate, by special permission – as it’s strictly private at all times. I’m so how fit their members must be as their chairman, Neil Cartman, just emailed me their itinerary below.

Anyone is welcome to join in – click HERE for more details, email them on or call 01952 433 424.

During their 2016 walking festival, 600 walkers walked 6000 miles over 9 days. Here’s their 2016 programme to give you an idea of what it’s all about.

Location Time Distance
The Iron Bridge 07:30
Shakespeare Car park Coalport 08:15 2 miles
Apley Farm Shop 10:15 5.75 miles
Estate 10:45 6 miles
Apley Farm Shop 12:55
Shakespeare Car park Coalport 14:00 3.25 miles
The Iron Bridge 14:30 1.5 miles

The whole distance (for Sun 16 Oct) about 18.5 miles or Coalport to Coalport 15 miles.