OUR CIDER RANGE IS CURATED BY THE FINE CIDER COMPANY

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We are excited to now be collaborating with The Fine Cider Company, who are now fully curating our range of cider here at the Farm Shop. Felix Nash and his team source and supply the finest cider they can find, hoping to show the wider world these undiscovered things. The role of the ‘cider merchant’ was once an accustomed thing, particularly through the heyday of cider and perry in the 17th & 18th centuries. Today The Fine Cider Company supplies some of the best restaurants in London, from the emerging to the iconic, such as Lyle’s, The Clove Club, The Marksman & Fera at Claridges. And now add to that list the Hawarden Estate Farm Shop. Head to the food hall and try some of they ciders The Fine Cider Company has selected.

Photo: Jonathan Cherry

AN ODE TO OUR FAVOURITE GLASSES; THE MIGHTY DURALEX

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We have long been members of the Duralex fan club; waving the flag, wearing the t-shirts, using Duralex glasses here in our cafe and at The Glynne Arms, and toasting its general French greatness. Duralex is a design classic and practically unbreakable –more on this later- so its tough yet refined glassware is perfect for all ages and great for both hot and cold drinks. One of our favourite facts is that Duralex's largest export market is Afghanistan, where they are used as tea glasses in even the most remote villages.

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At the Farm Shop we stock the classic Duralex Picardie glasses (16/18/22cl). One of the things we love about these glasses is their history; Duralex dates back to the 1930s and such is its reputation that the glasses have been a staple in almost every French café, school canteen or works cafeteria ever since. For decades French school children played a game where every child at the canteen table read out the serial number stamped with the Duralex logo on the bottom of their water glass (this could be anything between 1 and 48) and the child with the lowest number had to fetch the water for the rest of the table. It seems fair.

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What makes a Duralex glass so strong? It's made of tempered glass, a method where the glass is taken straight from furnace in the La Chapelle Saint-Mesmin factory and rapidly cooled. This makes it two and a half times as resistant as normal glass and almost unbreakable, which is why the original publicity for the glasses in the Fifties claimed that they could be "used as hammers". To give you an idea of it's strength, the same method is used to produce windscreens and bullet-proof glass. So it's pretty darn tough.

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These iconic glasses have been much imitated over the years, but never really bettered. Today they are found on many of the world's best tables from London to New York, Tokyo, Hawarden and beyond. Duralex glasses will offer you many years of loyal service; they are robust, elegant, heavy and hard to break. And, what's more, they are so inexpensive that you might as well fill your cupboards while you're at it. Head to the Farm Shop and stock up.

10 THINGS WE'VE LEARNT ABOUT CACTI 🌵

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If you've visited the Farm Shop recently, you may have noticed that things have got a bit prickly. In a good way. We are now stocking a really good range of cacti, succulents and a few bulbs too. You can buy them as they are, or potted up in some lovely vintage jars, some of which are over 100 years old. Pretty cool eh?

Our spiky new friends look great all over your house, from the kitchen to the bathroom, hall, sitting room, you name it. And they also make great presents, particularly, we have found.

Here are some good tips on how to look after your cactus and your succulents.

And here are 10 things we've learnt about cacti:

1. You hardly have to water them. That's an immediate win. In fact, the number 1 reason cactuses die is from over-watering.

2. They improve the air quality in your home, removing bacteria and reducing radiation. 

3. There are 1500-1800 species of cacti in the world. Fact.

4. Cacti are real water reservoirs; their inner liquid is not pure, clear water but a thick viscous stuff, but perfectly drinkable, that saved many lives in the desert.

5. Cactus spines can be used for sutures, after they have been first sterilised on hot coal. And you'd need to be fairly desperate too.

6. They wear a pair of stick-on wobbly eyes well.

7. Recent figures suggest that almost 13 per cent of plants confiscated at Heathrow airport are cacti without the required permissions. There is now a protection treaty in place that prohibits the movement of endangered species. 

8. Cacti all flower, and some of the flowers are truly spectacular. Have a look.

9.  The wood of some cactus species is used for making walls, roofs and as reinforcement wood. It's strong stuff.

10. The roots of a Mexican cactus, peyotl (Lophophora williamsii), were chewed by Aztecs for its hallucinogenic properties, allowing the shamen to enter in trance. These properties of the cacti were also used by some Native Americans during the pre-Columbian era for anesthesia during operations.

TELL US WHAT YOU THINK FOR A CHANCE TO WIN FESTIVAL TICKETS!

We want to make the Farm Shop as good as it can be, so we're after your feedback via our short questionnaire. It won't take more than 8 minutes, and there's a chance to win festival tickets! 

And then there's the prize. By way of Thank You for taking the time to help us with our questionnaire, you will be entered into a prize draw for the chance to win a pair of adult camping tickets to our festival The Good Life Experience in September (worth £278 at current Early Bird prices). Taking place in the shadow of two castles on the Hawarden Estate and co-founded by Cerys Matthews MBE, the festival is absolutely unique. Expect raucous music, axe throwing, wild swimming, fire-walking, foraging, campfire cooking sessions with world class chefs, daily feasts, wild children, expert craftspeople and lots more.

Terms & Conditions:
· Prize winner must be aged 18 years or older. Tickets cannot be resold. The winner will be chosen from the entrants at random after the survey has closed.
· Closing date for entries is 18th February 2018.
· Competition winner to be announced 28th February.   

WE SERVE THE VERY BEST ALLPRESS COFFEE!

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We pride ourselves on the quality of our coffee across our businesses, and for that reason we like to shout about it whenever possible. At the Farm Shop and our Cafe + General Store in Broughton we serve Allpress Coffee. 

Allpress is a small company that was founded in New Zealand in 1986 and is widely regarded as one of the finest small batch producers anywhere in the world. Our baristas have been highly trained by Allpress’s London team to make the perfect coffee, and our Cafe + General Store is fast earning a reputation for the best coffee around in Broughton.

At The Glynne Arms we are excited to now serve the excellent Devon Roast coffee, and similarly, our bar staff are trained to serve you the best cappuccinos and lattes - in fact whichever coffee you like.

If you haven't already done so, pick up one of our coffee reward cards; buy any nine cups of coffee (or tea) and we'll give you a stamp on your card each time, and you'll get the tenth cup for free. And the best bit is that you can use this card across all our businesses.

WORK WITH US

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We are always on the lookout for exceptional people that like what we do and from time to time we have vacancies across all of our businesses, including; The Hawarden Estate Farm Shop, The Glynne Arms, The Good Life Experience Festival Team and at our new Café + General Store at Broughton Park. We are particularly keen to find good people with skills in food preparation; cooks, chefs and grill chefs, as well as front of house staff, butchers and retailers, apprenticeships, in fact. We offer a wonderful working environment, competitive salaries and the chance to be part of a professional and highly motivated team with genuine career prospects.

Please email your cv with a cover letter to annie@hawardenestate.co.uk

PICK UP YOUR COFFEE REWARD CARD

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Have you heard about our coffee reward card? Buy any nine cups of coffee (or tea) and we'll give you a stamp on your card each time, and you'll get the tenth cup for free. And the best bit is that you can use this card across our businesses whether it be here at the Farm Shop, at the Cafe + General Store at Broughton Park or at The Glynne Arms. So stop by and pick up your card with your next tea or coffee.

At the Farm Shop and the Cafe + General Store we serve the very best coffee by roaster and espresso specialist Allpress, a small company founded in New Zealand in 1986 and widely regarded as one of the finest small batch producers anywhere in the world. Staff at the café –like those at the Farm Shop- have been highly trained by Allpress’s London team to make the perfect coffee.