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Waterloo Cottage Farm

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Waterloo Cottage Farm is an award-winning farm shop, butchery and café. It all began when Angus Clarke had a dream to produce meat that he knew came from healthy, well cared for and locally reared animals. After buying the farmhouse, five acres and two pigs called Fleur and Ruth in 2010, Angus and Kirsty began on the journey that has led them to the 125-acre farm, farm shop, butchery, school and community garden they now run.

After rearing Fleur and Ruth, they needed an outlet to sell surplus pork – there are only so many pork meals a family can eat. So in December 2010, they converted a barn and opened a small farm shop. They then needed more stock to fill the shelves, so they bought more pigs and sheep for the farm. Next, they employed a master butcher and a resident chef to make pies, lasagnas, sausages, pork pies, charcuterie and lots more for the shop. Angus and Kirsty then introduced beef and poultry. Final additions were a range of teas, coffees, preserves, pickles, British cheeses, local vegetables and an impressive selection of Adnams wines.

The business is a lot bigger now than in 2010 but the ethics remain unchanged – recyclable, renewable, eco-friendly, healthy, local and tasty. The pigs and lamb are pasture-fed and reared to 30 months (10 months more than the norm). Chemicals are avoided except in medical emergencies.

100% of the lamb, hogget and mutton for the shop comes from their own animals, and their pigs account for 90% of the shop pork (the remainder comes from local farms). Different breeds are used for different end products – Saddleback and Gloucestershire Old Spot make ideal bacon and charcuterie, while the leaner varieties such as Middle Whites and British Lop are used for roasts and steaks. Beef is bought in, hung and butchered at the farm shop before being prepared for the butcher’s counter or for charcuterie such as bresaola and coppa.

The farm also runs butchery courses, cookery courses, a community vegetable garden. Waterloo Cottage Farm is more than a farm shop, built on a dream and is run to a clear vision by passionate people. We recommend a visit, especially now that it has a café and offers yurt ‘glamping’.

By Anna Forgaard

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34 Harborough Road, Great Oxendon, Market Harborough, LE16 8NA
01858 467158

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  1. Avatar Carolyn Jones says:

    We are lucky enough to have WCF as our local village shop. However, it is most unlike most village stores! We can get the freshest and best quality meat for miles around knowing it has travelled the minimum distance from farm to plate and that the animal’s welfare is of the upmost importance. The variety of stock in the shop means I have been bailed out many times when needing something for impromptu meals. Fab place.

  2. Avatar Barbara Philpott says:

    What an amazing place to buy well sourced and very tasty produce, the proprietors and staff are extremely welcoming, its so nice to see the animals looking healthy and happy on the farm too. Check out the live videos on the Waterloo Cottage Facebook page.

  3. Avatar David Nance says:

    I was fortunate enough to know when Waterloo Cottage Farm was starting their business and have shopped there ever since. Great products with staff who can advise and cater for your needs

  4. Avatar Darren says:

    I stumbled across this little beauty in 2016 when looking for a supplier of hogget. When ordering from Kirsty and the team I always end up with other interesting stuff in my basket. Normally the additions are from their lovely great value wine selection.

  5. Avatar Yvonne Dean says:

    After being introduced to Waterloo Farm meat via Edible 16 (on-line shop for local producers) I’ve never tasted such wonderful meat. I often buy direct as the shop is lovely and the healthy eating regime some of us do with Kirsty is a lot of fun-losing weight on a gourmet diet is our motto. Angus has an amazing knowledge of the grasses and soil and his planting schemes have enriched the land and then the animals. We all benefit.

  6. Avatar Colin Hunter says:

    Happy animals, great meat and great service!!

  7. Avatar Lindsey says:

    Brilliant tasting meat, fantastic service, would highly recommend!

  8. Avatar Jane says:

    Great locally reared meat with very high animal welfare standards, free range and Organic methods used. Also have a good range of wine.

  9. Avatar Matt says:

    Excellent farm shop

  10. Avatar Ann Corner says:

    Feel so lucky to have Waterloo Farm and shop. Great meat, locally reared and so good. Always surprised how they can match supermarket prices but with such fantastic quality. Never been let down. And then you have Bruce on hand to advise on the best wines to go with your choices. Scott’s advice is so useful for best ways to cook meat. Friendly, helpful and best of all it’s so good for you. You can taste the difference in pasture fed meat and so does our cholesterol! Much lower thanks to better farming… big thanks to Kirsty and Angus. Thank you Waterloo Farm.

  11. Avatar Rhiannon Stafford says:

    I’ve shopped at Waterloo Cottage Farm for a long time now. The quality of the food is consistently high and the service is brilliant. I will often go in looking for tea time inspiration and always find it!

    Highly recommend


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