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New Direction

Posted by Katy on Monday, 01 May 2017 at 12:27:29

Filed under: farming, deer, estate, butchery, breeding, venison

We have big news!

We have changed how we work and we now are concentrating purely on our local customers, no longer driving down to London 3 times a week. This enables us to offer an even more personal service with our head butcher, Alan, being in much more direct contact with our customers and can prepare our produce to exact requirements on a customer by customer basis. We think that this is very important and is perhaps something that has been lost with a more generic product line.

If you were a customer in London we haven’t forgotten you - you can still order Denham Estate Apple Juice as it being supplied through Maynard House Orchards who have bottled our apple juice for many years. We have also supplied some of our venison to Wild Hart Venison who will be doing venison deliveries to London.

We will miss our London and Thames Valley very much as we had dealt with some of them for many years and thought of them more as friends. We would like to wish all of you all the best in the future and to thank you for the many years we have been trading together.

Tags: big, news

Quarterly Update August 2016

Posted by Katy on Wednesday, 05 October 2016 at 13:59:54

Filed under: farming, deer, products


Once lambing is finished there is a short break to catch our breath and then we are off into fawning season. With a little more sunshine and the early summer grass the fawns soon grow.

Also in June we heard that Lee Bye of Tuddenham Mill, one of our geographically closer customers, had been awarded a highly prestigious Acorn Award from The Caterer. They are only awarded to 30 of the top people in all of hospitality under the age of 30. Huge congratulations to him and his team. You can read more about the Acorn Award awarded to Lee on The Caterer website.


July started with some more customer accolades. The Square Meal Top 100 Restaurants 2016 listed Pea Porridge and 1921, both in Bury St Edmunds, in its listing of restaurant voted for by readers, bloggers and reviewers from all over the country. You can read more about the award here.

A couple of years ago we had a trailer stolen from the farm. This month someone broke through a series of gates and locks to get to where it used to be kept. Since we had changed routine and security since the theft, the trailer was no longer there, but unwilling to go away totally empty handed, they went and stole 5 pairs of antlers instead! Some people just leave you speechless.


August is harvest time and there were vehicles all over the Estate – enormous combines, great tractors, big trailers, huge harrows, large spreaders, a small purple bike. Sometimes you just have to take the transport provided!

We have quite a few flowers around the estate offices and summer always seem to involve quite a bit of wandering around with watering cans, so this year the matter was taken in hand on a more industrial scale with a mixture of tubes, taps, plastic tank and a forklift and it worked very well too.


Tags: venison, fawns, farming, harvesting, acorn award, square meal award

Quarterly Update

Posted by Katy on Monday, 22 February 2016 at 17:59:24

Filed under: farming, deer, products, animal welfare, wild boar


The warm(ish) winter weather has given us an opportunity of continuing the general maintenance on the estate like the fencing, of which we have some miles!

We also needed to repair a water leak which was, of course, right in the middle of the car park and much further down than we thought. Matt was allowed out of the hole by Christmas, though.


But when the weather did get colder and frostier the morning view from the office window was wonderful.


We were really honoured to be asked to be involved with this year’s Zest Quest Asia ( by our friend and long-time customer Cyrus Todiwala. We supplied venison for the Shammi Kavaab at the events gala dinner (Shammi Kavaab- venison cooked with yellow split peas and spices, ground to a smooth paste, formed into patties, filled with chutney and pan-fried – now say you are not hungry!) and Cecilia, who was invited to the event, can vouch for all the superb food.

On the night Milton Keynes College pipped rivals Doncaster College, University College Birmingham, University of West London, and former champions, Farnborough College and Westminster Kingsway College following a cook-off held at Mr Todiwala’s Kitchen, the signature restaurant of the Hilton London Heathrow T5. All 6 colleges did so well to get to the final as the competition was very stiff. Congratulations to them all!

The winning entry from Milton Keynes College

We were also a happy contributor to Merlin Labron-Johnson’s residence at Patty and Bun ( to raise funds for the refugee charity 'Calais Kitchen'. This amazing group of people provide free food to thousands of starving refugees in Calais every day and any help is gratefully received.

Tags: winter

Happy Christmas

Posted by Katy on Wednesday, 17 December 2014 at 09:55:04

Filed under: farming

We are having an amazingly busy run up to Christmas this year but we have to stop and tell that we have been voted Galvin Restaurants Outstanding Supplier for November. This is a lovely thing to have won, especially knowing what our competition was like, and we would like to thank everyone involved. Here is a link to Galvin’s Restaurants -

Everyone here at Denham would like to wish you a very happy Christmas and a wonderful and prosperous New Year.


Tags: christmas, new year

Team Work

Posted by Katy on Saturday, 06 October 2012 at 14:25:03

Filed under: farming, ethos

Daytime, night-time, one combine or two, the small Denham estate team work so hard to get the harvest in each year – and when it’s all in, then on with the ploughing for the new crops.

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View all the images in our gallery.

Tags: team, combine harvester

Prices Stay the Same for the Coming Year

Posted by Katy on Monday, 20 August 2012 at 13:52:15

Filed under: farming, products


As customers know, we release our updated standard price list on 1st September and then we try our very best to keep to those prices for a full year so people know where they are with us. This control and longer term view is one of the advantages of having so much of our business on-farm from start to finish.

This year we are very pleased to say that the new 2012-2013 price list will be exactly the same as last year’s price list – there will be no changes in the prices of Venison, Denham Castle Lamb, Wild Boar, Pork, Beef and Apple Juice.

Tags: prices, venison, lamb, boar, pork, beef, apple juice

Harvest Has Started

Posted by Katy on Monday, 23 July 2012 at 13:53:45

Filed under: farming

Dry at Last!

Today, following two whole days without rain, the farm yard was full of life at a ridiculously early hour and we are delighted to finally announce HARVEST HAS STARTED! The next few days will be very, very long for Matthew and his team as they rush to get as much gathered in before the next predicted rain (Friday). Fingers crossed it all goes smoothly.

Tags: harvest, weather


Posted by Katy on Wednesday, 27 June 2012 at 10:24:03

Filed under: estate

The RSPB, under their Volunteer & Farmer Alliance, do regular field bird watches on the farm and I will admit to being impressed with the different species they can spot. I did not know we had a buzzard!

View all the birds spotted here.

Tags: rspb, birds

Olympic Summer Deliveries

Posted by Katy on Wednesday, 30 May 2012 at 10:31:34

Filed under: farming

After consultations, we would like to let you know what our delivery plans for London and the Thames Valley are over the Olympic period.

  • No Monday deliveries. Our last Monday delivery will be on 9th July and will resume on Monday 10th September
  • Normal day time deliveries on Wednesday covering Thames Valley & London outskirts but preferably not central London/Olympic route areas.
  • Evening deliveries on Fridays (from about 6pm, covering central London, other London areas and those establishments only accepting at night.
Trade delivery

We are fully aware that no-one really knows how the traffic in London will be over the summer, or how busy you will be over this period. We will try to be as accommodating as we can but please remember that we are a small company with only one van and, while we try our very best, occasionally certain requests may be impossible. However, being a small company with only one van, it also means that if the above plans do not meet the needs of most of our customers, we have flexibility.

We would also really appreciate as much notice as possible for orders to enable us to plan the best routes so we can to serve all of our customers in a timely way.

Having said all that - Here is hoping for a successful and busy Olympic summer for us all!

Tags: olympics, deliveries