As an established supplier of organic meat to some of London’s top hotels and restaurants the Rhug Estate will take part in the Welsh Government campaign #ThisisWales next week which offers a Saint David’s Day menu, full of Welsh produce from the starter to the pudding, to those dining out in the UK’s capital city.
The Welsh Government campaign aims to engage with restaurants in London who would like to feature Welsh food and drink on their menus on Saint David’s Day and possibly for a longer period.
Lord Newborough and his team at the Rhug Estate have been supplying many of the top restaurants in London, the Far and the Middle East since 2004 with organic lamb, salt marsh lamb, beef, chicken and game reared on the estate. Rhug also source organic pork, local wild deer and organic eggs for top chefs who recognise the Rhug as a strong, well-recognised, brand which offers security of provenance.
Lord Newborough said, “Our customers are many and varied, from three Michelin star restaurants to specialist delis. We deliver to London three times a week in a refrigerated van, and we also offer a UK-wide mail order service on the website. I personally visit our customers in London once a fortnight to discuss what is new, as the seasons are always changing, it could be wild game off the estate, or milk lambs or salt marsh lambs or organic eggs and the Rhug Wholesale team are always on hand to deliver what is required.”
London Restaurants who are loyal Rhug customers include: Café Spice; Tom Simmonds Restaurant; Enoteca Turi; the Duke of Cambridge restaurant in Islington; Omnino, The Marks Club and Marcus Wareing.
Speaking about the Rhug, Celebrity Chef, Cyrus Todiwala OBE said, “Working with Rhug Estate’s organic lamb is accomplishing one’s desire to use the best of British produce in that it embodies all the properties of sustainability, quality, animal welfare and moral ethics. Café Spice Namaste and Mr Todiwala’s Kitchen are proud to be associated with Lord Newborough's Rhug Estate Lamb.”
Lord Newborough said, “We always welcome Welsh Government initiatives which help promote the food and drink we produce here in Wales to a wider audience. I believe it is our job as farmers to ensure we are producing the best quality food and drink in a sustainable way. We should not always rely on others to market our produce however, as we all need to take responsibility for telling the story behind our products.”
The Rhug Estate Farm Shop and Bistro will also be celebrating Saint David’s Day on Thursday, 1 March. The Bison Grill will have a St David’s day Specials menu and the shop offers hundreds of Welsh items.
Farm Manager, Gareth Jones, is pictured with London Top Chef, Marcus Wareing, whilst giving him a tour of the farm.