Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Beef Encounter ; It's Renowned for Its High Quality Meat and Poultry, but ALAN FORMBY JACKSON Finds Lord Newborough's Rhug Estate's a Great Family Day out Too

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Beef Encounter ; It's Renowned for Its High Quality Meat and Poultry, but ALAN FORMBY JACKSON Finds Lord Newborough's Rhug Estate's a Great Family Day out Too

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IF YOU'VE ever pondered the thought of whether or not to buy organic food, a visit to the fabulous Rhug Estate in Wales will quickly convert you.

I'd always thought that organic food was the way to go, but in these cash-strapped times, choosing the cheapest offers on supermarket shelves often wins the day.

But after taking a tour of the estate with the owner, Lord Newborough, it's easy to see the huge benefits of organic farming.

The Rhug Estate covers 12,500 acres, stretching from Gwyddelwern in the north, Carrog to the east, Cynwyd to the south and Maerdy to the west.

It produces and sells a wide range of high-quality organic meat, supplied to some of the world's most exclusive restaurants and hotels, including many Michelin-starred establishments.

It is the only bison farm in North Wales and offers a range of farm tours and walks, a children's play area, a farm shop and an awardwinning bistro.

Rhug produces organic Aberdeen Angus beef, Welsh lamb, Salt Marsh lamb, pork, chicken, turkey, geese, game and bison, as well as gourmet pies and pates.

Lord Newborough is very passionate about organic farming and was quick to convert the farm after his father passed away in the late nineties. His enthusiasm bursts through and it's great to see that he puts his estate to such good use by giving his animals the space and freedom to roam.

This all makes for a perfect environment to produce top quality food, and it shows.

Enjoying a meal in the estate's award-winning Bison Grill restaurant is essential when you visit.

Nestled next to the farm shop it offers all-day dining. The chef has created a menu focusing on seasonal produce, reflecting local products and using the estate's own fresh organic meat where possible. In addition to breakfast, lunch and afternoon dishes, they also serve Sunday roast with seasonal veg.

The wine is hand-picked to suit the menu; all of the bottles available in the Bison Grill are also available to buy in the shop.

I can recommend the Rhug bison burger. Served with red onion marmalade, plum tomato, baby gem lettuce and triple-cooked chips, it went down very well, the meat being tender and delicious. …

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