The Welcome Hamper for our Blakelow cottages guests … we are passionate about the Peak District, promoting the very best it has to offer, starting with food.
We have carefully sourced local suppliers who share our love of the Peak District.
But let’s start with what we do ourselves.
We have very free range hens, apols, they do ‘knock’ at cottage doors blagging food from guests but they do produce lovely fresh eggs.
Remember when eggs were this yellow … and fresh.
We keep bees who help pollinate our fruit trees etc and, weather permitting, provide us with honey.
We grow our own herbs – picked fresh for our guests when available.
We make our own Jams, Chutney and Marmalade … although we do not grow our own oranges!!
We freshly make and bake the biscuits in your hamper which we have called Blakelow Melts … because they do.
Then there’s …
Rape Seed Oil from Brock & Morten, grown and produced just a few miles away.
Bread from Bloomers Bakery in Bakewell.
Chocolates… really special chocs from Cocoadance in Hope Valley, with thanks to a very skilled and clever couple Bridget and Dave. We collect them fresh each month from their stand at the brilliant Bakewell Farmers Market.
Milk and Butter from the Peak District Dairy.
The Blakelow Bear who is yours to take home, although not made in the Peak District they are adopted from the lovely Ruth in Ashbourne.
Now… lastly, look away if squeamish… we do keep our own pigs, just 3 or 4, they are much loved, some would say pampered, outdoor reared, well fed piggies.
Guests are welcome to help feed them and they do like a bit of a fuss (that’s the pigs not the guests).
They are not injected with growth hormones, antibiotics etc, at the end of their time they are made into bacon, sausage and other pork products for our guests to buy … our bacon and sausage is very popular, sausages full our meat and Mmmm our bacon, remember bacon that smells and tastes delicious and doesn’t leak white watery stuff when you cook it … ours does.