Local food and drink is fantastic and some of the local producers include:
Ambrose Sausages, Bishopstoke, Eastleigh – Created by Gilbert Ambrose, the traditional Ambrose Sausage recipe has been a well-guarded secret since the 1920’s. The sausages are handmade using the finest Gloucester Old Spot meat, seasonal home grown vegetables and herbs, filled into natural hog casings by Gilbert’s grandson Philip and his wife Sue. www.ambrosesausages.co.uk.
Blackmoor Game, Alresford – Retail and wholesale of wild venison and game birds such as pigeon, pheasant, partridge, wild duck and grouse. All products have 100% traceability. Buy from the farm or at local farmers’ markets. www.blackmoorgame.co.uk.
Bowman Ales, Droxford – Award-winning ale. www.bowman-ales.com.
Broughton Water Buffalo, Stockbridge – Water Buffalo meat available from the far or at local farmers’ markets . www.broughtonwaterbuffalo.co.uk .
Exton Park Vineyard – Situated in the Meon Valley on the South Downs overlooking the picturesque village of Exton, produces excellent bottle fermented English sparkling wine. The vineyard’s first 12 acres of vines were planted in 2003. Since then it has increased to 55 acres (22 hectares) and grows the traditional sparkling wine varieties of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier grapes. www.extonparkwines.com
Franklyns Fish Farms Ltd, Alresford -Rainbow Trout
Hampshire Cheeses, Herriard, Basingstoke – Tunworth, a soft, white rind cheese handmade from unpasteurised cow’s milk was judged to be the Supreme Champion at the 2006 British Cheese Awards and it was awarded a Gold Medal at the World Cheese Awards 2007. www.hampshirecheeses.co.uk.
Hampshire Jam and Chutney Company, Winchester – Jams, preserves and chutneys. Produce sourced whenever possible from local suppliers including fruit and vegetable farmers, allotment holders and gardeners. www.hampshirejam.co.uk.
Hampshire Lamb, Alton – Lamb bred and reared on the rolling hills of Hampshire. The lamb is hung for a minimum of 7 days allowing the meat to develop a fantastic flavour and texture. It is then butchered into a variety of cuts by master butchers. www.hampshirelamb.co.uk.
Hildon Ltd, Broughton, Stockbridge – Natural mineral water, bottled at source in Hampshire. www.hildon.com.
Irving & Co Brewers Ltd, Portsmouth. www.irvingbrewers.co.uk.
Itchen Valley Brewery, Alresford – Award-winning premium beers such as Godfather, Hampshire Rose, Fagins, Pure Gold and Hambledon . www.itchenvalley.com.
Jenkyn Place Vineyard, Bentley – Occupying the same terroir as in Champagne, the Bentley is ideal for growing the chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier grapes used in the production of Jenkyn Place Sparkling Brut and Sparkling Rose. www.jenkynplacevineyard.co.uk.
Judes Ice Cream, Twyford, Winchester – Focus on making seasonal flavours using natural and locally sourced ingredients from farms around Hampshire. www.judes.co.uk.
Laverstoke Park Farm, Overton – Organic buffalo dairy products. www.laverstokepark.co.uk.
Leckford Estate Ltd, Stockbridge – The Waitrose farm. Produces mushrooms, apples, pears, apple juice, milk, flour, free range eggs and chickens. www.longstocknursery.co.uk.
Loosehanger Cheeses, Redlynch, New Forest -Award winning cheeses including Fresh goats curd with fresh tarragon, Loosehanger nettle & wild garlic, Nanny Williams’ Blue and Loosehanger oak smoked. www.loosehangercheeses.com.
Mr Whitehead’s Cider Company, Selbourne, Alton – Cider produced using apples and pears grown on the south-east facing Hampshire Downs. www.mr-whiteheads-cider.co.uk.
New Forest Icecream, Lymington – 38 different icecream flavours. newforesticecreamltd.co.uk.
Northney Ice Cream, Hayling Island, Portsmouth – Dairy ice cream, made using the milk from their prize winning Pedigree Ayrshire herd. www.northneyicecream.com.
Rosary Goats Cheese, Landford, New Forest -www.rosarygoatscheese.co.uk.
Somborne Valley Vineyards, Kings Somborne, Stockbridge – www.sombornevalley.com
The Chilli Jam Company, Emsworth, Havant -Award-winning, handmade, gluten-free chilli products from mild Chilli Jam through to extremely hot Naga Relish. Suitable for vegetarians and vegans. www.thechillijamcompany.co.uk.
The Hampshire Chutney Co. from Farleigh Wallop. Chutneys, sauces and hampers thehampshirechutneyco.co.uk
Vitacress Salads Ltd, St Mary Bourne, Andover – www.vitacress.com.
West Meon Smokery, Alresford – Smoked foods. Fish are sourced from Alresford and game is locally shot. www.westmeonsmokery.co.uk.
Wickham Wine Estates Ltd (formerly Wickham Vineyard), Shedfield – Discover the pleasures of English wine. www.wickhamvineyard.co.uk.