At Swillington we love it when our customers get creative with our produce and cook up something special, whether it’s an intimate supper club or a family barbecue, an event with friends deserves great food.

So when Charlie, one of our meatbox subscribers, asked if we could supply a half pig for a barbeque which was being planned to celebrate the 24th birthday of his twin brothers Gregory and Robert we were happy to arrange it.

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We now stock Northern Bloc’s amazing Ice Cream, made right here in Leeds using local milk.  Northern Bloc have created traditional flavours whilst adding a modernising twist, but always staying true to the principle of using only the best natural ingredients and nothing artificial.

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Farming at Swillington we can’t help but wonder what it would have been like eating al-fresco in the 18th century on the meticulously manicured lawns of Swillington Hall – now home to our grass fed cows!

There are still tantalising glimpses around the farm which hint at the produce guests at the country house would have enjoyed; from the shadows of the plentiful greenhouses along the Garden walls that would have helped grow peaches and melons to the spherical ice house on the edge of the pond where ice would have been collected and stored each winter to make summer ices and sorbets.

The Great British picnic has never really gone out of fashion but shop bought snacks just don’t do justice to dining in the great outdoors. Picnics don’t have to consist of wilted ham sandwiches and shop bought scotch eggs, and sometimes it’s nice to pull out all the stops and make something that little bit more special.

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