Our free-range chickens come from three sources.
Free Range Herb Fed Chickens - from the pastures at the foot of the Hambleton Hills in North Yorkshire, they are fed on a locally produced corn based diet, free from growth promoters or drugs. In addition, the birds each peck through a kilo of fresh herbs per week, which include Basil, chives, Dill, Coriander and also Rocket leaves, resulting in a happy and extremely healthy bird.
Packington free range Chickens from Blakenhall Park in Staffordshire. They are housed in small sheds, with plenty of warm bedding, heating, and good ventilation, fed on maize and omega 3 enriched diets, which adds a creamy colour to the birds and enhances the flavour. The omega 3 further increases the birds welfare and the birds are free from any growth promoters or antibiotics. The birds roam free during the day on established English pastures consisting of various grasses and clovers, in the evening they must be brought in to protect them from night time predators such as foxes.
Sutton Hoo Free Range Chickens are a traditional slow growing breed. The birds roam freely on 40 acres of pasture overlooking the River Deben. They live in small groups and shelter from the elements in mobile houses that have no artificial lighting and are naturally ventilated. Their playground is the tussocky grassland at Sutton Hoo. From about two weeks of age the chicks venture outside to enjoy exploring under Suffolk’s vast open skies. From then on all feeding takes place outside by hand with additional nutrients foraged from the surrounding vegetation.
All free range poultry farmers are currently required to keep their birds indoors as a precaution to protect against the spread of avian bird flu. This is a requirement issued by DEFRA (Department for the Environment & Rural Affairs) that has been in place since December 6th 2016 and it will remain in place till the end of April for higher risk areas. Sutton Hoo is located within what has been classified as a higher risk area, due to the location near the coast and the River Deben where there are higher concentrations of wild migratory birds (mostly wildfowl). As a consequence of this housing order we will lose our free range status from the 1st of April to the 5th June.
We also stock quality chicken cuts from other sources.
Turkey, Goose & Duck
Our Bronze-Feathered free-range turkeys are the finest available in England. They are raised on an oat-rich cereal diet free from growth promoting additives and grazed outside in glorious grassy meadow daily from 6 weeks olds. Our Goose and Ducks are traditionally reared and free-range from the English countryside. Boxed and ready for the oven, with cooking instructions and cooking thermometer.
If you’d like us to roast and deliver your bird to NW3 add £25. We can cook a maximum of 10 turkeys or hams each day so if you’d like us to take care of the cooking then please do get your orders in as soon as possible to avoid missing out.
We stock all of the traditional accompaniments for your roast meat including our own chipolatas and sausages, English free-range bacon and all of the necessary sauces & trimmings. Our famous sausages are made at our Hampstead shop and include Cumberland, Pork & Leek, Toulouse, Merguez, Beef & Lamb, Chicken, Pork and other seasonal varieties and Pork or Chicken Chipolatas.