HOW WE STARTED OUT
Tatchbury Manor Farm has been farmed by the Hunt family for over 100 years and, as the fourth generation farmers, we - Sarah and Roy Hunt - are proud to continue producing good food as part of Hampshire's farming community.
Historically a mixed farm, today we produce our own pork and all things piggy from our own herd of free-range pigs. Whilst a little wonky, our pork pies are truly traditional;hand-raised hot water crust pastry crammed with our own pork and smoked bacon. Our bacon is smoked using local New Forest wood sawdust to Roy's secret recipe.
We also keep goats and geese, plus a small flock of mixed sheep used to produce our own lamb. We source free range chicken from Noah's Ark in New Milton and local beef from within five miles of the farm.
In years gone by, the farm was home to a milking herd and grew all the fodder needed. Grain would be taken to Eling Tide Mill by horse and cart for milling, a job that could take up to a day according to the tides and milling times. There are still signs of the old farm including the granary, the old barn and disused well. The old milking parlour is now the farm shop. Sadly, the old thatched farmhouse which housed a baker's over burnt to the ground. This was replaced by the bungalow where we now live.
Sarah's love of baking has complemented our business and gone down a treat with customers at our farm shop, Hampshire Farmers' Markets stall and local food business that we supply. This makes farming here sustainable and all the more rewarding for us. It's a gratifying to keep winning awards.
Our farm shop is located in Winsor, on the edge of the beautiful New Forest National Park in Hampshire, a popular destination for holidaymakers, walkers and cyclists. We're close to the M27, 20 minutes drive from Southampton only 5 minutes from children's favourite Paultons Park and around 10-15 minutes from the historic market town of Romsey