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Botterills’ is a 500-acre family-run farm in Croxton Kerrial near Grantham, on the Leics/Lincs border.

Richard Botterill and his 72-year-old father Gerald specialise in geese but also rear chickens, turkeys and ewes; in addition, 300 acres are devoted to arable crops including wheat, oil seed rape and beans.

The farm supplies some excellent local restaurants with birds including the Olive Branch and Hambleton Hall.

Botterills’ is nestled in the Vale of Belvoir, with lovely views of the villages of Branston and Easton.

So what’s the secret of their renowned poultry? “We do everything on the farm,” says Richard. “We’re in control of the birds from day one till customers get hold of them. It’s in our interests to look after them. We do things the traditional way and want to produce the maximum number of top-quality birds.”

The geese certainly look happy, healthy and have the freedom to roam. Reports suggest they are well worth tasting.

W E Botterill & Son, Lings View Farm, Croxton Kerrial, Grantham, Lincolnshire NG32 1QP Tel: 01476 870394

Gerald and Richard Botterill

Matt Wright
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Matt lives in Leicestershire with his wife, two kids and dog. He is passionate about British pubs, slow food and home brewing. He founded Great Food Club (originally as Great Food Magazine) in 2010 after being inspired by local producers near his home town of Melton Mowbray - Britain's 'Rural Capital of Food'.