Love Local with Ten Mile Menu
Steve Sidhu is founder of the award-winning Ten Mile Menu (www.tenmilemenu.co.uk), our new online store delivering high quality local produce in The Chiltern Hills – think organic veg, rare-breed meats and more. Steve launched Ten Mile Menu in January 2013 and lives with wife Corinna in the village of Speen, they are expecting their first Ten Mile apprentice in September this year! Steve spends a good portion of his week on the road in the Ten Mile truck and has picked out a few of his favourite spots to share with us;
The Kimblewick Point to Point (www.kimblewickraces.co.uk) – a brilliant day out with something for all the family, armed with some bubbles and a picnic (locally-sourced of course!), it’s a great way to show off the Chilterns to visiting friends and family. It’s even been known to end up winning some pennies from the bookies (well, at least once in the last three years!).
Seasons Farm Shop, North Dean (www.seasons-farmshop.co.uk) – you can call me biased (as I stock their 28 day grass-fed pedigree Hereford Beef), but Alison and her team have done a great job of combining great local produce (for example the rare-breed beef is reared on the farm by Alison & husband Charlie), and artisan products from further afield – plus you get to meet the chickens, goats + friends on the yard as you wait for some coffee or lunch to be served.
The Sir Charles Napier, Chinnor (www.sircharlesnapier.co.uk) – Corinna & I first ate here on our first wedding anniversary, we enjoyed wonderful food served in their beautiful gardens – 30 degrees and sunshine in early September helped too! Since then Corinna has returned to take part in a Wednesday morning forage, cookery demo and lunch (with wine!) – all for £50. A great excuse to take the day off work!
The Hampden Arms, Great Hampden (www.thehampdenarms.co.uk) – when we moved to Speen we wandered in to the Hampden Arms, and stumbled out with a full belly, new friends, and a list of contacts to deal with anything from designing leaflets for the business, to dealing with a Glis Glis problem! Ran by Louise and Constantine, Just what a proper local should be.
Take a local cookery class – you might have picked up by now that if you can eat or drink it, I’m keen! I think taking a cookery class makes for great fun and is a sensible investment in your future diet! For authentic regional Italian eating I’d highly recommend the Cici Coco Kitchen (www.cici-coco.com), run by Giuliana Cortese in Cuddington (nr Thame) – very personal days full of learning and eating! Beverley Glock (www.beverleyglock.com, Princes Risborough) runs a variety of classes, with a particular focus on getting the kids cooking (there is a popular kids club on Saturday mornings) – sounds like a great way for the Dad’s to free-up some time for a cheeky round of golf!
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