Pub adds community farm shop

By Lesley Foottit

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Tollgate: adding farm shop
Tollgate: adding farm shop
Two Wiltshire licensees are opening a community farm shop in their pub grounds for local businesses to sell their surplus produce. The Tollgate Inn,...

Two Wiltshire licensees are opening a community farm shop in their pub grounds for local businesses to sell their surplus produce.

The Tollgate Inn, in Holt, is appealing for local farmers and other businesses to supply goods for Seasons, opening in mid-April.

Pub owners Alison Ward-Baptiste and Michelin-starred chef Alex Venables are looking for products such as cheese, vegetables, herbs, meat, fresh fish, breads, pastries and cakes.

"We constantly scour the local farmers' markets, and have put a 'wanted' ad in the local press, to find the right producers with as much passion for local fine food as we have," said Ward-Baptiste.

Tollgate staff will prepare jams, jellies, terrines, potted shrimps and charcuterie for sale in the shop.

Seasons will occupy a two-acre meadow and renovated barn behind the pub, including a garden where children can grow their own vegetables.

Venables will offer customers advice on the best of the day's catch and stage cookery demonstrations and tasting sessions.

"I want Seasons to be a bridge between a professional pub and a retail shop for home cooks and show what we can do with local produce and meat suppliers," said Venables.

"I'm happy to share my 'chef's secrets', whether with recipe cards for the day's produce, advice on butchery or filleting as we do it in the kitchen, or merely how to create a balanced menu from what we have on offer."

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