This piece is brought to you in association with Taste Durham.
We’re blessed with a fantastically fertile landscape in the North East. From potatoes and locally ground flour to meat raised on the fields around us and turned into cuts for the dinner table by some of the country’s finest butchers, we’ve got everything we need right here. It’s exactly that ethos that makes Broom House Farm one of the best places in the region to experience as much of the North East’s best produce as possible.
It’s a traditional farm about 15 minutes’ drive from Durham’s historic city centre set 750 feet up on a hill with views across the Durham countryside. Their specialism is meat, and the butchery opened in 2004. They tend to Aberdeen Angus cattle, Lleyn sheep and a herd of Saddleback pigs as well as a flock of hens, and make sure that they’re kept at the highest possible welfare standards. The animals are reared outside on the grass and clover pastures in the summer, and the farm has just celebrated the fact that it’s a decade since it was first certified as fully organic. Broom House Farm is totally committed to the farm-to-fork principle, raising all of their replacement animals on the farm rather than buying them in.
Meat isn’t all they do, though. Their farm shop is stocked with a great range of products, from organic milk, bread and butter to mustards and sauces, and as well as growing oats, barley, turnips and kale, the whole farm is part of the Higher Level Countryside Stewardship Scheme to protect the landscape and its wildlife. That means hay meadows and ponds have been restored, wildlife corridors built and trees planted.
There’s even more beyond their butchery too. Broom House Farm’s Forest Adventure is a great day out for the whole family: there are nature trails, high-level walkways, balance beams, zip wire, tunnels, obstacles and challenges throughout, and a laser tag game too.
After throwing yourself into all that, you’ll probably want to recuperate in the café, which has a living sedum roof and, in the winter, a welcoming log-burning stove. The menu is built on British produce wherever possible, and includes top brunch and lunch bites like eggs Benedict, hot Saddleback sausage buns and sticky toffee pudding.
So whether you’re after a cut of meat which you can trust has been raised and butchered with the utmost care and attention, or an action-packed day out with the kids, Broom House Farm has it covered.
Broom House Farm
Witton Gilbert, Durham DH7 6TR
0191 371 9697
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Images: Peter Atkinson