WAITROSE- LECKFORD ESTATE
Last week I had the pleasure of spending the day down at the Leckford Estate, the working farm owned by Waitrose. The sprawling farmland which produces some of Waitrose’s most renowned products from apples and pears, sparkling wine, cox apple cider, chestnut mushrooms, flours, rapeseed oils, milks, apple juices and much more is a place that you’ll never want to leave. Lush greenery and water gardens are all beautifully kept and make up just a fraction of this quintessentially British landscape.
This is the second time I’ve visited the estate and had the chance to explore the grounds. Just beyond the stunning water garden is where we venture for lunch. Our chance to sample some of the many products grown within the vast grounds.
We ate a lunch of courgette, spelt and cumin fritter, a parsley and cashew salad with nasturtium emulsion and Leckford mushroom tuile. For main course; Leckford trout with tartare dressing, scraps, confit egg yolk and lemon thyme fondant and for dessert the most incredible fresh cherry pavlova. All accompanied by local Leckford wines and ciders.
The visit was a great opportunity to sample Waitrose’s own take on farm to table cooking served with the very best locally sourced produce. Dishes really do taste the better for being seasonal with fewer ‘miles on the clock!’