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Locally sourced produce

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We try and source as many of our ingredients as possible from Exmoor & Somerset, supporting local producers in the process. We include some information below about some of our suppliers including links to their websites.  If you enjoyed their food whilst staying with us, it can often be ordered online direct from them once you have arrived safely home!

We source most of our sausages from The Sausage Shed based in Stembridge, Somerset www.thesausageshed.co.uk Ivan Thompson, the owner, handmakes all the different sausages and even though he only started up his business last year, has already won four gold and one silver Taste of the West Awards and four British Pig Executive gold awards. Extraordinary!  He will represent the region in the national Champion of Champions finals in the Butcher's Hall at Smithfield this year.

Ivan has worked as a butcher for almost a quarter of a century. He started out in Belfast in 1985 and still uses his original sausage recipe, which has only been tweaked very slightly over the years.

"A good recipe doesn't need to be mucked about with," Ivan explained.

"Good ingredients are vital and I go to Hopkins at Creech St Michael and literally pick my own pigs. All of them are reared free-range and outdoors on Somerset Farms."

Explaining a little more about the importance of animal welfare, Ivan added: "More than just tasting better, it means a lot to me to know that pigs have been ethically raised so I take animal welfare very seriously.

"It is important to look after farm animals and to treat them with respect. However, that means we have to be prepared to pay a fair price for our meat. You just can't make a quality product for a meagre price."

We use the finest cuts of meat and the sausages are made from Gloucester Old Spot and Large White pigs reared locally, where the pigs range free outdoor in the Summer with barn shelter in the Winter, ensuring that the animals are happy and healthy.

All of our fresh fish is sourced from Rob wing, a Cornish fish merchant www.wingofstmawes.co.uk  We accompanied Rob at 6am on the harbourside at Newquay as the day boats came in, watched him in action in the subsequent fish auction and travelled up to India Queen's to their processing plant.  The fish that was landed that morning was up here the same evening!

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