Win a Chilterns Christmas Hamper worth over £450Published on November 7, 2019
Our annual Chilterns Christmas Hamper competition is back, and this time we are offering you the chance to win our most extravagant hamper yet in another prize draw!
Once again, we have been overwhelmed by the generosity of local Chilterns food and drink producers who have donated some seriously delicious items for this year’s hamper. We would like to thank them for their support.
To enter the prize draw, please click here. Each entry costs £5.00. All funds raised will help our ongoing work to protect and preserve the Chilterns landscape.
The lucky winner of the hamper will undoubtedly be thrilled with the wonderful variety of goodies and decadent treats that it contains. Please see below the list of delicacies donated this year and a little background information about each of the local producers who have contributed…
Auberge Du Chocolat – 3 large 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.
Beechwood Fine Foods – A jar of chutney & a jar of marmalade
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.
Burgers Artisan Bakery – A beautiful Christmas cake
Burgers is a craft bakery and tearoom in the heart of Marlow. The Burger family have been baking their artisan breads fresh every day and creating their fabulous chocolates since 1942. They have a wide range of delicious loaves which helped them win a Chiltern Society Award for real bread in 2016.
Chess Valley Lamb – £50 voucher
Chess Valley Lamb is part of Chess Valley Livestock, which was set up by Scott Horton and Paul Jennings in 2012 and moved to Raans Farm in Amersham in 2013. They sell their fresh delicious lamb directly to the public and to many local high-end restaurant businesses. Their generous donation of a £50 gift voucher means that the lucky winner of our hamper will have the opportunity to enjoy some of the best lamb available in our region.
Chiltern Brewery – A Christmas pudding and 2 bottles of Cream Porter
Another local business that has gained an enviable nationwide reputation, Chiltern 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 many products made using Chiltern beer.
Chiltern Charcuterie – A selection of handmade cured meats
From their curing kitchen on a small farm in North Dean, Chiltern Charcuterie produces award-winning salamis and air-dried meat products. Made from free-range pork, grass-fed beef and lamb, as well as ethically sourced venison, all their meat is sourced from local independent farms. An award-winner at the 2018 Great Taste awards, their charcuterie brings a taste of the continent to the Chilterns.
Chiltern Cold Pressed – Gift Pack of 5 flavoured 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 – Premium nuts
Based in High Wycombe, Chiltern Natural Foods manufactures hand roasted, healthy flavoured, nuts and seeds and a range of whole grain, no salt, no wheat, low sugar granolas. Their mission is to make premium foods – including many gluten–free products – which are all natural but still taste great. After the excesses of Christmas Day what better than a healthy, natural, Boxing Day breakfast?
Chiltern Ridge – 2 bottles of apple juice and 2 bottles of dry apple cider
‘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 as well as Budgens supermarkets. 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.
Chiltern Society – Scented Candle
Bring nature indoors with our English Bluebell scented candle which emits a fresh floral fragrance of beautiful bluebells in bloom. Our candles are handmade locally using made using premium soy wax, 100% cotton wicks. Stylishly presented in locally sourced packaging, each candle is truly unique and will cast an atmospheric light on these dark winter evenings.
Daws Hill Vineyard – Sparkling apple cider
Christmas would not be Christmas without a drop of something fizzy, and at Daws Hill Vineyard in Radnage they specialise in making it! 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.
Dizzy Bee Kitchen – 2 packets of granola
Set up five 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 Christmas diet.
Horsebox Coffee Co. – 2 packs of ground coffee
Horsebox Coffee Company 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…
Jim and Jules Big Adventure – 3 jars of 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 chutneys and piccalilli. Their Scrummy apple chutney is a personal favourite and makes a great glaze for pork.
Knead Wood Fired Pizza – Voucher for 2 pizzas
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.
Laceys Family Farm Shop – Steak and stilton pie
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.
Malt The Brewery – 3 assorted bottles of ale
Brewing since 2012, this brewery is set in the heart of the Chilterns in Great Missenden. They pride themselves on their use of quality natural ingredients and traditional brewing.
Mama Dor’s Kitchen – A gift box of Indian spices
Mama Dor’s Kitchen offers a wide range of spice blends that enable you to make authentic Indian food at home in a simple and healthy way. As well as being totally delicious, all the spice blends are sugar & gluten free, suitable for vegans and work beautifully with a wide variety of diets. Each blend is provided in an environmentally friendly, refillable glass spice jar. On top of that, every blend comes with a simple, easy to follow, laminated recipe card. Originating from India, all spice blends are authentic, homemade and have been passed down many generations of the Dor family kitchen!
Nettlebed Creamery – 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.
Puddingstone Distillery – Bottle Campfire gin
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.
RB Honey – Jar of honey
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 their different hives together.
Rebellion Beer Co. – 6 bottles of 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. Their ales are widely available in many local pubs and in their own brewery shop. They won a Chiltern Society Award for Best Craft Beer in 2017.
Rumseys Handmade Chocolates – Dark chocolate buttons and hot chocolate flakes
Master Chocolatier Nigel Rumsey has been making delicious artisan chocolate since 1991. He owns two delightful chocolaterie/cafes in Wendover and Thame. In the Wendover café you can see the expert chocolatiers hand-creating the chocolates!
Salty Dog – Selection of crisps
Home of the tastiest crisps you could shake a tail at. They make sure all their potatoes are of the highest pedigree. They are hand-cooked in sunflower oil for extra bite and seasoned with deliciously feisty flavours.
Teacups & Tandems – A voucher for 2 persons on a biscuit decorating workshop
Founded by sisters Tarryn and Shannon, Teacups and Tandems specialise in bespoke cakes, biscuits and icing workshops. They are based in the lovely village of Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire but supply cakes and biscuits far and wide.
The Kitchen Mixer – 2 slices of Christmas cake
The Kitchen Mixer is a little company that helps make life just that little bit sweeter. Whether it is a cake for a special occasion, afternoon tea for ten or just a dessert for your dinner party then The Kitchen Mixer can bake for you. Everything is made to order.
The Marlow Cheese Company – Pickle and 2 cheeses
Reputed to be Buckinghamshire’s first ever cheese maker, Marlow Cheese was launched in Summer 2016. Cygnet, Bucks Blue and Regatta are their flagship products, all made using delicious whole milk from Lacey’s Dairy. Now on sale at many leading farm shops, including Peterley Manor and at Rebellion Brewery, Marlow Cheese has even been spotted on the menu at Michelin starred local restaurant, The Hand and Flowers.
The Original Biltong Company – 6 packets of flavoured biltong
The Original Biltong Company are purveyors of “the best biltong this side of South Africa” 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. They supply many pubs, sports clubs, delis and high–end restaurants.
Tring Brewery Co. – 6 bottles of assorted ales
The winner of our 2017 Chiltern Craft Beer of the Year award, Tring brewery has been making beer for 25 years. Now established at Dunsley Farm, they are well 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.
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 15th December 2019
- The hamper will be delivered to the winner’s address week commencing Monday 16th December 2019
- The winner will be chosen at random