2 chances to win a Chilterns Exclusive Hamper – each worth over £300Published on November 5, 2020
Our annual Chilterns Christmas Hamper competition is back, and this time we are offering you 2 CHANCES TO WIN in our yearly prize draw! The competition runs till midnight on Sunday 13th December.
Once again, we have been overwhelmed by the generosity of local Chilterns food and drink producers who have donated some locally produced treats for this year’s hampers. We would like to thank them all for their support.
For your chance to win one of our luxury hampers, please click here. Each entry costs £5.00. All the proceeds will help us to continue caring for the Chilterns!
Here’s what is in the hampers – plus a bit of background on each of the businesses involved. A big thank you to them all for their generous donations.
All items displayed will be split equally between the 2 hampers. Please note the contents of each hamper will vary depending on quantity of donation.
2 bars of chocolate
A unique artisan family business with a passion for chocolate, ice cream and fudge, Anne and Ian Scott have been making chocolate in the Chilterns since 2005. Now based in Chesham and firmly established as a maker of premium luxury chocolate, the awards have come flooding in. They also run workshops, parties and corporate events.
2 Beechwood’s Country Preserves – Poachers Pickle and Boozy Berry Jam
Beechwood is a farm shop and café in Frogmore Street, Tring. One of the star products is their excellent range of chutneys and jams, homemade by the shop’s owner Sarah. Their other locally-sourced produce includes fresh bread, cakes, hand-raised pork pies, and a range of cheeses.
Lord-Lieutenants Christmas Pudding and 2 bottles of Cream Porter
Another local business that has gained an enviable nationwide reputation, Chiltern Brewery is the oldest independent brewery in the region. A family-run business located on an old working farm in the heart of the Chiltern Hills at Terrick, the emphasis has always been on producing natural, wholesome beers using the best British malt and hops. Their excellent farm shop features a selection of products made using Chiltern beer, winners of a number of Great Taste Awards.
2 gift packs of flavoured repeseed oils
The Mead family has been farming in the Chilterns since 1860. They began making Chiltern Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Rapeseed Oil in 2009 and have since extended their collection to include a range of infused oils, salad dressings, sauces and marinades. Their oils have won many national food awards and have even featured in an episode of the BBC’s Escape To The Country.
Chiltern Natural Foods (not in photo)
Bag of Gingerbread Joy and Figgy Clementine CrunchThe team at Chiltern Natural Foods get out of bed in the morning to create a family of flavours. Their collection of yummy food is lovingly made by hand in the Chiltern area. Their tasty brekkies use only natural ingredients and no added nasties, and they’re on a mission to bring delicious, better-for-you scrumptious snacks to all the family. Their mueslis, granolas and nuts are all hand-roasted and all of their flavours are created by a fabulous food-loving team.
3 bottles of apple juice, 2 dry apple ciders & an apple cider vinegar
‘Pure 100% apple juice with nothing added’ is the credo behind this Chartridge based producer. A family run business, Chiltern Ridge juice is now available in many local farm shops. In addition to producing their own juice, Chiltern Ridge will press your apples into a delicious pasteurised juice. Their farm shop also sells pork and lamb and they even have B&B accommodation on site.
Selection of 4 scented candles, 2 Chilly’s water bottles, 2 packs of notelets, 8 notebooks & 8 mugs
Inspired by the stunning Chiltern countryside, this selection of Chiltern Society gifts will compliment anyone’s kitchen, lounge, and stationery cupboard.
Daws Hill Vineyard (not in photo)
2 bottles of sparkling apple cider and 2 tour vouchers for two people
Christmas would not be Christmas without a drop of something fizzy and at Daws Hill Vineyard in Radnage they specialise in making the stuff. Founded in 2004, Daws Hill now produces a range of brut and rose sparkling wine and an excellent bottle-fermented sparkling cider. International awards have included a bronze medal, won at the prestigious Effervescents Du Monde competition in France.
2 packets of Nourishingly Dutty Granola
Set up seven years ago by Nicky Halloran, Dizzy Bee Kitchen produces healthy, additive-free granolas packed with nutritious ingredients such as lucuma, pumpkin, sunflower, chia, hemp, seeds, flax seeds, nuts, quinoa, oats and bran. A winner of five Great Taste awards, Nicky still makes all her batches of granola by hand. A delicious way to add essential nutrients to your Xmas diet.
3 Rub & Base spices – Vibrant Spice, Bombay Spice and Blend of Raj
Funky Elephant offers the finest blends of award-winning authentic spices and quality ingredients so that you can experience them in your own home. As well as being totally delicious, all the spice blends are vegan and gluten free and work beautifully with a wide variety of recipes. On top of that, every blend comes with a simple, easy to follow recipe suggestion.
A bottle of Griffiths Brothers Gin
A family run distillery set up by the two Griffiths brothers in Penn Street. Their aim is to blend modern distilling methods with the craft of producing small batch spirits, using only the highest quality botanicals. They plan to gradually extend the range of different gins on offer.
2 packs of ground coffee – Dark Horse and Brightstar
Horsebox Coffee Co. is an independent coffee roastery based on a quiet working farm in South Oxfordshire. They source sustainably cultivated green coffee from individual farms and cooperatives. Using the latest roasting technology, they consistently develop each coffee’s unique character. Alongside their much-loved signature blends from ethical farmers and co-operatives, they also offer an evolving range of seasonal single estate speciality coffees for those looking for a coffee adventure…
6 jars of chutney – Boxing Day Bad Boy, Special Christmas Chutney, Jamtastic Chilli Jamboree and Pear, Fig & Walnet Chutney
This husband and wife team has been making chutney since 2008. Their ‘big adventure’ began when they needed to raise money to fund their wedding and chose chutney-making because Jim’s parents had a massive apple tree on their farm! From these unusual beginnings, they now make a range of delicious chutneys and piccalilli. Their Special Christmas Chutney is a personal favourite and compliments turkey leftovers.
2 Pizza vouchers for 2
Knead Pizza is brainchild of husband and wife team, Simon and Olivia. The gift of a pizza oven is where it all started, that and their passion for all things Italian. Cue waking at 6am to make dough for pizza parties (as demanded by friends!) and experimenting with all the toppings you can think of. Then came the spark of an idea. Why not just take what they love and share it with others? They purchased a beautiful classic van, gave her a facelift, fitted her out with a wonderful wood-fired pizza oven and hit the road ready to delight the public with their delicious pizzas. They also offer events catering.
Eggs, milk and cream
Based in Lane End, this farm shop has a great range of meat, dairy products and deli items, many of which come from the family farm. Their beautiful herd of pedigree Guernsey cows produce milk of the highest quality with all the taste and health benefits of its type. They supply direct across the Chilterns to selected retail and restaurant outlets and locally by doorstep delivery.
Bottle of Marlow Gin
Marlow Gin is hand produced by a small friendly team in their little distillery in Marlow. After spending 12 months building their distillery and developing the recipe, right in the heart of Marlow, they are proud to introduce to you their quality, small batch, hand crafted gin dedicated to Marlow. Marlow Signature Gin was recently awarded a Silver Medal at the International Wine and Spirits Competition.
Nettlebed Creamery (not in photo)
Organic soft cheese
Nettlebed Creamery makes Bix and St Bartholomew cheeses using milk from Merrimoles Farm. A fully organic operation since 2001, the farm’s fortunate cows graze on grass and clover leys enhanced with herbs such as chicory, plantain and yarrow. The end product is so good that in 2016 specialist cheese website www.cheesechap.com named Bix cheese one of the best five new cheeses in the UK.
4 jars of Pound Street Pickle
No2 Pound Street is an innovative wine shop selling classic favourites, organic, biodynamic and quirky wines alongside a superb British deli counter. They also supply picnics and platters, gifts and hampers.
2 10cl bottle gift packs – 3 Campfire Gin samples in each
Puddingstone is the first gin distillery in Hertfordshire, situated at the base of Wilstone Reservoir, just five minutes from Tring. Pitching camp on the boundary between classic and contemporary gins, award winning Campfire Gin is produced in small batches. Why Campfire? Because Puddingstone’s founders, Ben and Kate were inspired by memories of fantastic evenings enjoying gin and tonics outdoors and around campfires. Look out for Campfire Gin in selected delicatessens, off licences, bars and restaurants, or visit their distillery shop for bottles, limited edition gins, gift vouchers and sampling.
Jar of honey – Small Batch Single Hive
At this apiary they take immense pride and dedicate time to care for their bees, not only ensuring that they can harvest the best tasting honey from happy bees, but also that the local bee population continues to thrive. All of their 100% natural honey is produced in the Chiltern Hills. Nothing is added, nothing is taken away. They don’t even mix honey from our own hives together.
2 bottles of cork & cage Royal Flush
Real Kombucha began in 2016 when founder, David Begg, had all but given up drinking. A big lover of food, David found he missed the joy of pairing great wine with great food. When a friend introduced him to an earthy, rich, oolong kombucha, he realised there might be a real alternative. Winners of the Best No & Low Wine or Wine Alternative and Sommeliers’ Choice No & Low Awards 2020.
12 bottles of Rebellion Lager
This highly successful brewery was established in 1993 to ensure the continuation of traditional brewing in Marlow after the closure of Wethereds. Since then, Rebellion has gone from strength to strength winning numerous regional awards. Their ales are widely available in many local pubs and in their own brewery shop. In 2017 they won our award for Best Craft Beer.
Milk chocolate Christmas tree
Master Chocolatier Nigel Rumsey has been making delicious artisan chocolate since 1991. He owns two delightful chocolateries/cafes in Wendover and Thame where you can choose from the wonderful selection of truffles, ganaches, pralines, creams and petit fours; each with its own distinctive flavour.
Bottle of Sky Wave Small Batch London Dry Gin
Sky Wave Gin, based in Oxfordshire, distils a collection of ultra-premium gins crafted entirely by hand, in very small batches from the finest ingredients, by husband and wife team, Andrew Parsons and Rachel Hicks. Their gins are at the pinnacle of craft distilling and have won numerous international awards. Their signature gin, Sky Wave has been named the World’s Best Contemporary Gin 2020 and includes exotic and locally foraged botanicals.
11 assorted packets of flavoured biltong – Original, Garlic and Piri Piri
The Original Biltong Company are purveyors of “the best biltong this side of South Africa” and they have just won an award from the Guild of Fine Foods for their Piri Piri Biltong. All of their beef is locally sourced, grass fed and hand reared. They believe in understanding the provenance of their meat, such as where the animal was raised, how it was treated, how it lived. They use an original family recipe that was handed down over more than 6 generations with no added MSG or sugar, and their products are gluten-free.
12 assorted bottles of ale – Side Pocket for a Toad, Ridgeway Bitter, Drop Bar Pale Ale and Colley’s Dog Ruby Ale
Winners of The Good Pub Guide’s Brewery of The Year for 2019 and our 2017 Chiltern Craft Beer of the Year award, Tring brewery has been making beer for 25 years. Well established at Dunsley Farm, they are known for their unusually named beers (including my all-time favourite tipple, Side Pocket for a Toad), which all have strong connections with events, myths and legends from the surrounding Chilterns. Their beers are available from the brewery shop and many a good local pub.
Mixed case of 24 TwelveBelow tonics
TwelveBelow is the UK’s first all-natural genuinely low sugar tonic, sweetened with a dash of organic agave, 12 calories per 100ml serving and 100% natural. Their range of great tasting natural flavours complement and enhance your spirit and are inspired by its founder’s garden in the Chiltern hills. These naturally low sugar tonics can be paired with a range of spirits or simply enjoyed as a sophisticated standalone drink. Gold winners of Free from Food Awards 2020 and Highly Commended in the Great Taste Awards 2020.
Competition Terms and Conditions
- All entrants must be over 18 years of age
- Entrants can purchase as many tickets as they like
- Entries must be purchased by midnight on Sunday 13th December 2020
- The hamper will be delivered to the winner’s address week commencing Monday 14th December 2020
- The winner will be chosen at random