Intwood Farm, just south of the city, is run by livestock enthusiast Nigel Darling who is one determined man. He is passionate about native British breeds and reckons their survival is based on creating a viable market for them.
He bought 450-acre Intwood Farm around 10 years ago and this year turned his full attention to creating a state of the art butchery from which to offer his own meat, bred and butchered at Intwood, and thus offering customers the ultimate farm to fork journey.
The £400,000 building, created out of an old dairy shed, includes an operations room, a chilled meat storage room, a large freezer area, an office and a large reception space. It’s much appreciated by Andy Platten, the master butcher who, at present, processes one beef animal per week, as well as pork and lamb. Demand is growing daily as loyal customers become repeat buyers, and Intwood is ready to increase what is on offer.
Mr Darling, who studied agriculture and actually worked in a butcher’s shop in his younger days, is in his element. His knowledge of his cattle is impressive and you sense each beast has a personalised care plan!
With stock manager Paul Monaghan, he keeps around 300 head of cattle, including Welsh Black, Highland and Hereford. The sheep are Poll Dorset (which lamb all year round) and the pigs include British Lop and Saddleback, both rare breeds.
- The breeds selected offered a finer taste
- Their feed is a mainly grass-fed diet which enhances taste
- Their age – they are kept until they are 30 months old
- Their end of life care prevents stress which can impact on flavour
- They are hung for a minimum of 21 days
- Andy’s butchery skills create select cuts
With his daughter, Camilla, they are working hard to offer a wide selection of burgers, sausages and a comprehensive range of meat cuts – with roast joints on the menu for the autumn.
He says: ‘We offer Sutton Hoo free range chickens and will have Great Grove Norfolk Bronze turkeys from near Attleborough, for Christmas.’ The meats are available through a free delivery service, with deliveries available across the region and nationwide. And shoppers can also use the farm’s click and collect service, too.
Camilla, who used to work in corporate travel and started to help the family business as the lockdown began, adds that more and more local products are being offered such as chutneys, oils, sauces, eggs and more.
‘We are starting to offer a shop on wheels concept,’ she says, explaining that they are looking to increase the number of local artisan producers they work with. ‘There are so many great products available locally, and we know our customers enjoy them.’
The farm has just won its first restaurant contract so you can enjoy Intwood burgers at Harry’s in Chapelfield Garden in the city. And Camilla also points out: ‘We are stocked at Cringleford Stores which is very near us, and P&K Harrod Newsagents in Oulton Broad.’
- A full range of beef, lamb, pork and poultry including:
- Mince beef
- Sausages – nine flavours including gluten free ones
- Steaks – rump, fillet etc
- Braising steak
- Oils, condiments and sauces
Look out for the popular Feed The Family Box at £29.95 – check out their website for more.
‘The tomahawk steak has reset the bar against which all steak will be measured.’
‘Barbecued some sausages yesterday, they are amazing. Highly recommended.’
‘I cooked some pulled pork with my usual recipe with one of your shoulder joints – the best I’ve ever had.’