This Summer we've introduced some seasonal colour to our cake tables in the form of our new mixed berry pots. Each delicate glass jar is filled with a mixture of raspberries, blueberries and strawberries from our wonderful fruit producers.
Wye Valley Produce
In the summer months, it is likely that our sister site Gloucester Services sees a little more sun than we do up in Cumbria! That’s why we work with some of their lovely local producers to source our early season blueberries. Wye Valley Produce is grown by fourth-generation farmers, the Chinn family, in the Wye Valley, in Herefordshire. The light, sandy soil and south-facing slopes of the meandering valley capture the earliest spring sunlight, and create a microclimate that is perfect for producing some of the earliest, and the best, blueberries in the UK.
Fruit growing began at Norwood Park over one hundred years ago in 1910 when John Starkey planted a Bramley Apple orchard. This season Starkey's will grow 400 tons of strawberries in their soft fruit plantations, nestled between ancient oak trees of the former deer park. Their dedicated fruit pickers are hard at work in the Summer months to help Starkey’s deliver the delicious strawberries for our mixed berry pots.
The Bruce family has been farming in Perthshire for four generations with a connection to the land which has remained unbroken for more than a century. Situated in the heart of Scotland, the region’s lush farmland provides the perfect growing conditions for producing the finest raspberries. All of which are grown in their virgin soil which is light, free draining and fertile.
Our Summer Berry pots are available in our Kitchens now. They make a delicious accompaniment to our homemade scones or giant meringues from More? Bakery. If you're joining us early morning why not add them to a bowl of our porridge made using organic oats from Little Salkeld Mill.