Brentwood Brewing Company

The next door neighbour of Calcott Hall Farm Shop, they moved in during 2013, their third brewing premises since starting out in 2006.

Not many breweries find themselves in an old potato barn, but this is a perfect site, with so much passing trade from the farm shop, where their beers are also on sale if the brewery is closed.

Their are tours and events on certain days, or you can just turn up and buy some bottles, like I did. They have a good variety of styles on offer. The friendly staff are on hand to help with any queries. You can also pick up a few non-beer related items.

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Looking forward to trying out some of my haul…

TPN 2016 #7

After the exotic Antiopdean triple pork nirvana of last month, something a little more traditional today. 

Egg and bacon sandwich for breakfast (with awesome Tiptree barbecue sauce, a peppery tomato/brown sauce cross). 

Ham and cheese rolls for lunch (with some mustard mayo). 

And then rounded off with a lovely roast leg of pork, with roast potatoes, parsnips, carrots and peas. And of course, home made bramley apple sauce. All made by me. 

  
Hurrah for pork!

Calcott Hall Farm Shop, Brentwood, Essex

People of Essex! You have an awesome farm shop on your doorstep. 

The McTurks have been farming at Calcott Hall for nearly 40 years. Their former dairy farm is 120 acres. They started out selling potatoes and sweetcorn from crates in 1974, and renovated an old Essex barn in 1983, using more and more of it as their shop needs grew. 

They sell almost all of their produce through the shop, with lots of fresh fruit and veg on display as you enter. 

As you wander around, you discover more and more treasures. A meat counter, with pre-packed meat next door. Extensive ranges of sauces, jams, chutneys and pickles follow, with freezers full of fruits, veg, potato products (chips, wedges) and even Yorkshire puddings. 

Turn the corner and there’s an excellent range of frozen ready meals, with portions from 1-4 people, and lots of cuisines on offer. 

And then there are biscuits, crisps, sweets and more. And bird food. 

Finally, we get to the wine section, nestled next to ciders (lots of Aspalls from just across the border, and beers. Lots of beers, mostly from literal neighbours Brentwood Brewing Company, and some from other Essex brewers. Definitely keeping it local. 

  
Nestled just next to the A12, this is a true gem. Perfect for all of your food and drink needs, so much under one (ever-expanding) roof.