Local produce features prominently in the Hamble Valley with a rich heritage from strawberries in Botley, to cherries in Chandlers Ford and oysters from the River Hamble.
It is no wonder that the area is one of the best in the UK for sampling gastronomic delights from local producers, whether you wish to sample and purchase the very best of Hampshire produce at farm shops or delicatessens or stop for afternoon tea in a tea room in one of the villages or at a country park
Children will love getting their hands dirty at Pickwell Farm where pick-your-own is available for fruit and vegetables – including strawberries! Or visit Bursledon Windmill, Hampshire’s only working windmill where traditional stone ground flour is milled from locally sourced wheat; see the mill in action before purchasing a bag of freshly-ground flour. Chalcroft Farm, in West End is a traditional family butchers selling award-winning sausages, burgers and faggots through their farm shop.
Many of the restaurants and pubs use local produce, as do many of the hotels and bed and breakfasts, whether it is from their own gardens or from using Hampshire Fare to source produce.
Sample the best of Hampshire Fare during the Hampshire Food and Drink Festival (1st – 31st July) which showcases the food that is grown, reared and produced in the region.
Join farm, brewery and vineyard tours including Wickham Vineyard, cookery workshops and demonstrations, open days, Hampshire Farmer’s Markets, festival dinners and much more. Download a festival programme fromwww.hampshirefare.co.uk