April 21, 2011

Procter's Sausages

Everyone loves sausages - you can buy them from just about anywhere that has a chill cabinet. The problem is the quality varies from inspirational, artisan-made products using the finest slow-grown pork, to the deviously bad, chemical-laced electric pink specimens using the worst and most watery, factory-farmed pork. Sausages range from the seriously sublime to the frankly disgraceful.
Truly great sausages are made from free range slow grown pigs, reared outdoors with space and freedom to display their natural behaviours. Fed a natural cereal based diet, there is time to develop a flavour and succulence that intensive indoor-farmed pork just cannot match.
Just sourcing correctly grown pigs, from right here on our doorstep in Suffolk, is only the beginning though. We use fatty cuts such as the shoulder and neck and mince the meat coarsely, ensuring a banger with fantastic texture and succulence. Add to this the right amount of rusk (bread with no yeast) to absorb the delicious cooking juices, encase the whole in a natural hog runner for a tender bite and you're getting close to the perfect sausage - a Procter's sausage.

The shops are located in Ipswich and Colchester open from Monday to Saturday from 9:00am to 5:30pm

Procters Sausages
Red Lion Yard
High Street, Colchester C01 1DZ
Tel: 01206 579100
Nearest parking St John St Car Park

Procters Sausages
12, The Walk
Ipswich IP1 1EE
Tel: 01473 281191
Nearest parking at Buttermarket Car Park

Mail Order
Visit their Online Shop  to have your sausages delivered to you.

Hadleys Dairy Products

Using fresh milk and cream from their 'Sixpenny' herd of Holstein Fresian cows.  This Essex base award winning dairy produces a wonderful selection of handmade ice cream.  They are RSPCA Freedom Food accredited ensuring that the small herd is well kept and happy.  All ingredients for the ice creams are local and seasonal and prepared on site.  The products can be bought in farm shops, delicatessens and farmers markets in Suffolk and Essex. 
Producer - Wholesale/retailers, Producer -Farmers Market sales 
Great Taste 2010 - Gold 3* (Guild of Fine Food)

Sponsored by: Hadleys Dairy Products
 Home Farm, Engaine  Colchester, Essex CO6 2HU 

April 20, 2011

A Day for Wine and Run Away

If you love Wine and Nature, then Carter’s Vineyards is a best place to visit for a day. They are open to the public from Easter Monday to 31st October from 11am to 5pm and welcome visitors to experience a working winery.
A visit to Carter's provides an opportunity to:
* Take a tour of the vineyard and winery - £4.00 per person which includes tasting
* Follow the nature trail through the woodland and wild flower meadows 
* Point taste several fine English red and white wines 
* Point view our Alternative Energy

During the winter months their shop is open for wine sales Monday to Friday from 11am to 4pm. 

They are set in the picturesque Essex Countryside. Carter’s is an enchanting place comprising of 40 acres of vines, wildflower meadows, lakes and woodlands.
It was started in 1990 with intension of planting new woodlands, wild flower meadows and creating lakes with other specific habitats for wildlife. However, due to geographical changes the land became suitable for vines. After three years, in 1993 the first grapes were harvested to be made into Carter’s Vineyards first vintage.
In 1995 on VE day, the first bottles of Carter’s Vineyards Colchester wine were sold. Since 1995, winemaking began at Carter’s Vineyards. Now the production is in the order of 25,000 bottles per year. They produce an extensive range of fine English wines, several of which are award winners.

Life is all about good memories, Do you have any good memories visiting a Vineyard?

Sponsored by: Carter's Vineyards
Green Lane, Boxted, Colchester, Essex CO4 5TS
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