Whether cooking in, catering, or dining out, the quality of local food is truly exceptional.
Swap supermarket aisles for local shops. Some suppliers will deliver to Hartpiece, including nearby Blakewell Farm Shop.
Barnstaple Pannier Market: Farmers sell their own produce at the Pannier Market on Tuesday, Friday and Saturdays (9 – 4) www.barnstaplepanniermarket.co.uk.
Butcher’s Row: Wild and Natural and Gratton’s Butchers for game, sausages and well-hung steaks. Maxwell’s sells fruit and veg and clotted cream and East West Bakery wins prizes for their pasties, cakes and bread.
Orchard Farm Shop, St John’s Garden Centre, EX31 4EX. A one-stop organic shop open 9-5. Credit cards accepted www.orchardfarmshop.co.uk.
Blakewell Farm Shop: Open 9-5 including Sundays www.blakewell.co.uk/site/farm-shop/ Ring ahead for deliveries. 01271 344533 Free delivery for £30 minimum order.
Higher Hacknell Farm – Choose from slow-cooked meals or organic cut meats (as served at River Cottage). Delivery by pre-arrangement. Credit cards. www.higherhacknell.co.uk.
Plaistow Mills: trout reared and cold smoked a mile from Hartpiece. By appointment only, min order £50 (no credit cards). Dieter Wirtz, 01271 850387, EX31 4EX, email@example.com.
Cottage Kitchens – Professional cater Elizabeth Hart has a fine reputation. Sample menus on the website www.cottage-kitchens.com.
H&A Catering – Aimee and Helen’s offerings include a mobile wood-fired pizza oven. www.hacatering.biz.
Calaca Loca – Honest Mexican street food, served from his van by a local aficionado www.calacaloca.co.uk.