Our Produce and Suppliers
At 5.1%, Nastro Azzurro is the Peroni Brewery’s premium lager brand which was launched in 1963. The name means ‘blue ribbon’, in honour of the Blue Ribbon won by Italian ocean liner SS Rex in 1933 for the fastest crossing of the Atlantic Ocean. A brand linked with winning and
success from the outset.
Elektra is a 3rd generation family-owned business founded in 1947 and located in Treviso, in the Veneto region of Northern Italy. Highly visual and functional, these machines are hand built and individually tested at the factory prior to shipping.
Fuller’s London Pride is the UK’s leading premium ale. Known and loved for its distinctive, rounded flavour, London Pride is the award-winning beer for which Fuller’s is most famous. In recent years its popularity has grown to the extent that it is now Britain’s leading premium ale. Fuller’s London Pride is a rich smooth and wonderfully balanced beer, its distinctive malty base is complemented by well developed hop character, from adding Target, Challenger and Northdown varieties to the brew.
A great local bitter and a great local brewery. At 3.8%, Ringwood Best provides a good malt feel in the mouth with a dry, tangy fruit finish. To the nose, there is a tempting hop aroma with fruit notes. Best was the brewery’s first brew and is still the favourite in the area. Best Bitter was awarded a Bronze Medal at the Munich Beer Festival in 2005.
Oddly enough, Bibendum Wine Ltd started trading in a former petrol station in Primrose Hill. Nearly 30 years on and Bibendum is one of the UK’s largest wine companies supplying ‘classed growths, funky unsual stuff & rare bottlings’ to trade and direct to the public via their comprehensive website. Check out Lake Yard’s wine list to see what we currently stock.
On land that was previously lush pasture, the family of Sarah and Andrew Pharoah, with daughters Claudia and Amelia, planted the vineyard in 2007, taking inspiration from a chance meeting with a charismatic vineyard owner in the mountains of Cyprus.
Building on Sarah’s previous experience in horticulture they qualified in viticulture at Plumpton College in Sussex, before contracting the experience and expertise of winemaker Dermot Sugrue to the team. Dermot’s well equipped winery, featured on the BBC’s Oz and James TV series, has the benefit of a traditional Coquard press, a type used extensively in Champagne to optimise quality, something that is a key part of English Oak’s commitment to produce only the best. Together, Dermot’s skills experience and reputation as a winemaker and Sarah’s excellent vineyard husbandry combine to create something truly special, lovingly and painstakingly crafted from the vine to the bottle, for your pleasure.
English Sparkling Wine is gaining an enviable reputation worldwide, something to which we are committed to playing our part. We invite you to discover why and to switch your wine buying choices away from big, impersonal and high carbon miles, to a local supplier who you can get to know and trust first hand. We hope that you will take up our invitation and look forward to meeting you soon.
The Purbeck Cider Company was born in 2006 when Joe returned from farming and travelling around New Zealand, and decided that Dorset deserved its own cider and apple juice!
Nestled on the Dorset Jurassic coastline, on the family farm – Joe busily set to work planting an orchard of some traditional Dorset apple varieties including Woodbine, Tom Putt, and good old Slack Ma Girdle.
The fields he used for his orchards were formerly grazed by Fresian cows producing the milk and cream for the highly acclaimed Purbeck Ice Cream. Now Joe’s sheep meander and munch through the trees grazing upon the plushest grass, filling the orchard with the sweet and heady scent of juicy apples amongst the softly buzzing bees, leaving the neighbouring farms to fill the milk tanks.
So – using nothing but enthusiasm, fresh air and these beautiful Dorset apples, Joe bustles away in the shadow of Corfe Castle developing his very own delicious cider and apple juice.
Brothers William and Thomas Stoate started the family off down the path of flour milling in 1832 taking on the lease of a mill at Watchet in Somerset.
Their father John Stoate had been a maltster and a tanner and there was a background of farming in the family all based around this part of the West Country so milling was not too far detached. The business prospered both with local trade and also in satisfying the growing demand for flour in South Wales. Sailing ketches would transport the flour across the Severn (and return with coal!) while horse and cart took care of the local deliveries. By 1877 Thomas had left the business to become a successful grain merchant and William was joined by two sons, William and John and later a third son James.
In 1912 the business had outgrown the Watchet site and a new mill was built at Temple Back in Bristol. By this time the huge demand for white flour meant that the ‘roller milling’ system had taken over from the traditional method of grinding the corn between stones.My grandfather Leonard Stoate (son of James Stoate) was the technical director of this new mill and saw the enterprise grow through much transformation and expansion of market area.
The business amalgamated with Spillers in 1933 but the family were still actively involved in operations. Brothers David and Norman (sons of Leonard Stoate) carried the family into its fourth generation of milling. My father, Norman Stoate, started out on his own at Cann Mills (the present site) in 1947 taking on what was a country mill supplying animal feed to the many local farmers. Cann Mills was recorded in the Domesday Book and one of five mills within a mile on The Sturkel, a tributary to the River Stour.
In 1970 the business returned to its roots producing stoneground flour using French Burr millstones primarily driven by a late 19th Century iron waterwheel powered by the river Sturkel.
Over 170 years later, now in its fifth generation, Stoate & Sons is still producing quality stoneground flour supplying both the domestic and bakery trade throughout the West Country and beyond. The growth in popularity for traditionally produced artisan breads and the increased desire towards home baking has helped this authentic flour milling legacy to continue along its path.
Michael Stoate is a fifth generation miller (and also an avid sailor!)
Dorset Blue Vinny
Woodbrige Farm, Shaftersbury 28.3 miles from Lake Yard