Lord Newborough, the owner of The Rhug Estate, in Corwen, Denbighshire, strives towards a more sustainable future. His vision has seen the conversion of the farm to organic, the addition of a large portfolio of renewable energy projects, and continued support for local Welsh produce.
Rhug Estate covers 12,500 acres extending from Gwyddelwern in the north, Carrog to the east, Cynwyd to the south and Maerdy to the west. The 6,700 acre in-hand organic farm in Denbighshire is the geographical core of the estate along with Rûg Mansion being the main residence. The Glynllifon Estate, near Caernarfon, includes the main in-hand farming enterprise of Tŷ Mawr.
The remainder of the estate has about 170 tenancies including: let farms, in-hand and let forestry, let cottages, commercial premises and storage. Traditional sporting including shooting and fishing, modern sports such as rally car driving, gorge walking, mountain biking, canoeing and other public events.
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The history of Rhug, can be split into chapters – the first, being the largest, and spans from earliest times to coming into the hands of the Salusbury family of Bachymbyd. Rhug was then left to the Vaughan family of Nannau and finally it came into the Wynn family in the 19th century, and so to the present Lord Newborough.
The first documented record of Rhug, dates back to 1080, when Gruffydd ap Cynan, Prince of Gwynedd and Lord of Rhug, was imprisoned in Chester over a rivalry with Meirion Goch of Lleyn. Gruffydd’s daughter married Madog ap Maredudd, forming an alliance between Powys and Gwynedd. The borders of these counties, moved around with regular monotony until the creation of Merioneth in 1284 by the Statute of Rhuddlan.
You can read more about the history of the estate by visiting the History page.
Our Farm Shop stocks almost 3,000 products from local suppliers and small businesses. All of these are carefully selected by our team to ensure the best quality in everything we sell and to provide our customers with the best of Welsh produce.
Of course, this also includes the sale of our own products. Our in-store butchers counter stocks all of our organic meat and a deli counter which showcases some of the finest pastries, cheeses and other items that we have to offer.
We have a large collection of Organic wine and spirits. These are also accompanied by some of the best craft beers and ciders in the UK.
We stock a wide range of gifts in store and pride ourselves on our diverse stock.
We have been a wholesaler since 2004. We are proud to remain suppliers of some of the top hotels and restaurants in the country. From Michelin star restaurants to Tower Hamlets Schools in London. We also supply retail packs in specialist delis where we can provide for everyone's needs. You can read more about our wholesale operations over on our dedicated Wholesale page.
The Bison Grill is located just next to our farm shop and creates dishes that are made with seasonal produce using our own products where possible. We also use a number of local suppliers and even pick herbs from our very own herb garden. It isn't very often that the meat served in a restaurant is reared within a few hundred metres to the kitchen.
Our head chef, Elliot Knox, creates adventurous and inspiring dishes that are celebrated throughout the estate. The menu is updated on a seasonal basis.
Due to our position along the A5, we recognise that many people are on the move. For those who are on a much needed pit-stop, we have our On The Hoof takeaway service. This takeaway isn't your average roadside burger van, nestled next to our award-winning farm shop, we use our own organic meat and as much fresh produce as we can, to create an unforgettable experience on-the-go.
In 2016 Rhug Estate won a Footprint Award for the 'Sustainable Use of Natural Resources' through our renewable heat and power generation.
We also support the alternative fuel movement by playing host to PodPoint electric car charging facilities.
We truly believe in reducing our carbon footprint and giving back to our community. You can read all about our sustainability projects here.
At the heart of Rhug Estate is our commitment to an organic lifestyle. Our animals are reared in an environment free of any unnecessary antibiotics, growth hormones and other products typically used today. The farm benefits from rich organic pastures that our animals are free to graze on with almost no interruption. They live life as nature intended with minimal stress and the highest quality of life which is all monitored by our governing body, The Soil Association.