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The fine foodie’s alternative Christmas dinner

PUBLISHED: 12:03 02 December 2014 | UPDATED: 12:03 02 December 2014

Highbury Farm lamb

Highbury Farm lamb


Sharon Struckman recommends a change from turkey this year – Hertfordshire farm lamb for the Christmas table

I was fortunate enough to be invited to a pre-Christmas luncheon at Highbury Farm in Ardeley, by Peter and Yvonne Gear. They are a first generation family farm with 144 acres plus additional grazing land and have been in business for the past 30 years.

The roast lamb Yvonne cooked with all the trimmings looked very impressive on the platter and the meat was moist and absolutely delicious. Definitely my alternative to turkey this Christmas. I can honestly say, it was the perfect Christmas lunch.

Peter then took us on a tour of his sheep farm. The farm has a flock of 450 Poll Dorsets ewes as well as a flock of 150 Easy Care sheep. All the lambs are either grass fed or on permanent pasture with clover mixtures or creep fed. Peter explained that the Poll Dorset females are kept as replacements for their fleeces, which are used for knitting wool. The Easy Care female lambs are being brought into his flock, and the remaining lambs are sold from the farm and via farmers’ markets all year round, including Little Hadham, Stevenage, Van Hage, Ware, Hertford, Hexton and Sawbridgeworth. You can order lamb directly from Peter or try one of his regular hampers or extra special Christmas hamper, offering the choice of the different cuts of meat.

In addition to meat, the Gears sell a range of other products from their sheep such as sheepskin rugs, wool and moccasins (the list goes on), all at very reasonable prices.

You can contact Peter and Yvonne via or on 01438 869666.


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