How many restaurants and hotels do you know that have their own farm?
Food just plain tastes better when you’ve grown it yourself and you know that no nasties have gone in to it. That’s why we set up St. Catherine’s Farm, to make sure our commitment to locally sourced food was real and driven by us.
St. Catherine’s Farm lies 4 miles from The Angel, set in the beautiful Worcestershire countryside. Our Farm provides us with all the pork, lamb, turkey, duck, chicken and eggs that we need, as well as fresh fruit and vegetables. Our farm is home to our flock of Suffolk and Dorset sheep and our little family of British Lop Pigs. It means that we can ensure our animals have the highest standards of welfare and that our produce has been grown organically.
Our farm is home to one of the few remaining clans of British Lop Pigs. A hardy breed from the nearby West Country, the British Lop is one of the rarest native pig breeds, with just a few boars remaining.
The Lop is one of the more docile breeds of pig. It has a long body, and large ears than droop over its face, hence the name. They also produce meat that has a better texture and flavour than hybrid pigs.
The Lop went into decline from the 1950s, as farmers sought to concentrate on traditional hybrids that they could grow and sell faster. Now, St Catherine’s Farm is one of the last remaining breeders.
You can find out more at the British Lop Pig Society website.
Our paddocks also play host to a small drove of rescue donkeys, who are delighted to be living in the open air and countryside of Worcestershire. They’re a close knit group, never too far from each other.
They also enjoy playing up the sheep every now and then!