December 2012 NEWSLETTER
This entry was posted on 1st December 2012.
Saturday was officially the first day of winter on the Met Office calendar and it certainly feels like it. The river burst it's banks early last week and although the flood waters have subsided there are still pools of water lying in the field which have frozen over. We've got lovely bright blue skies and sunshine though today, so our memories of torrential rain and water logged fields are fading. The weather has certainly tested us this year and we very much hope that 2013 will be kinder to us.
With regards to Beef we've had a great year with some very definite highlights (our Farm Tour, Ludlow Food Festival and orders from Europe (see below)). We had a look back through the year's newsletters last night (they are all stored up under the View our Newsletters button on the website http://www.longhornbeef.co.uk and it reminded us just how much fun we've had and how lovely the spring and summer can be!
May we take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported us over the year. Thank you for your kind words and your encouragement. It means alot to us.
We'd like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Sam and Claire
Some of you are familiar with our Mixed Boxes, but for the first time we have complied a Christmas Hamper which not only includes a Topside Roasting Joint, Rolled Brisket, Rump Steaks, Diced Casserole, Shin and Mince (approx 6kg) but also a bottle of our favourite red wine and some pots of horseraddish and bearnaise. The wine is Italian - Pillastro Puglia Primitivo 2010 and we reckon it's a fabulous match for our beef. 'Elegant, full bodied, rich, smooth and well balanced, with a smooth well rounded finish'
For £70 (plus postage) everything will be parcelled up in one of our Great Berwick Coolbags complete with some red ribbon. You can either collect or we can arrange delivery in the usual way. Go to http://www.longhornbeef.co.uk then click on our Buy our Beef for more details on this and our other Mixed Boxes.
Christmas Orders and Delivery Dates
We will continue to take Christmas and New Year Orders up to and including Wednesday 19th December.
For Christmas Orders we will be dispatching on Wednesday 19th and Thursday 20th December for delivery on Thursday 20th or Friday 21st December. We will, of course, liase directly with customers on which day their orders will be delivered.
For New Year Orders we will be dispatching on Thursday 27th December for delivery on Friday 28th December.
Please note that we have agreed a contract with a new Courier and the fixed charge per delivery will now be £9.50 ( this doesn't include the Scottish Highlands and Northern Ireland, please contact us for further details on these destinations) This figure is for any package up to a total of 20kg. We continue to offer free packaging for all orders over £40.00.
Longhorn Beef to Europe
Earlier this year we hosted a visit from two renowned Dutch Chefs, Richard van Oostenbrugge and Alain Caron, who were being entertained by EBLEX (a UK based organisation for the Beef & Sheep Industry). The aim was to impress them with the very finest Beef and for them to become the culinary ambassadors for British Beef in Holland. We are delighted to report that this mission has been accomplished and we have been asked to supply Cotes de beouf (Rib) and Fillet for a Formal Press launch taking place in Amsterdam just before Christmas. Sadly we won't be there personally but we are very much looking forward to developing this relationship further in the New Year.
Our distribution network is also about to stretch as far as Greece, with some Sirloin winging its way over to Athens in time for Christmas lunch and we've also got some steaks going to Switzerland later this week.
The winner by far though is an order from a devoted mother in New Zealand, who has arranged for us to deliver some beef to her daughter who is studying in the UK!
Great Berwick Pies
One of our Customers recently described our pies as the 'Ultimate Fast Slow Food' the other day and we think she's summed our pies up perfectly! They are individual portions and there's a choice of: Steak & Ale, Steak & Stilton and Steak & Kidney. If Chef is tiring in the kitchen over the next few weeks, or indeed at any time, they make a convenient, and delicious meal filler.
Pop them in the oven, straight from the freezer, for 35 minutes and serve with chips, boiled potatoes or rice. Oh and don't forget some peas!
£3.50 each or £30 for a box of 10.