Hill House Farm Welcomes Her Majesty The Queen’s Representative for Surrey to the Farm
Dorking, 19 May 2020. Hill House Farm welcomed Michael More-Molyneux, The Lord Lieutenant of Surrey to the Farm to meet the Hill House Team, as well as other Surrey producers, who have all been working in partnership with each other since the UK went into lockdown, helping to feed the nation and keep their businesses alive.
During his visit, Mr More-Molyneux was treated to a tour of the farm, including Hill House Farm’s Food Standard Agency approved butchery and food production unit, the farrowing pens and the lamb nursery.
While enjoying a socially distanced afternoon tea showcasing Hill House Farm and Surrey Hills produce, he spoke with several producers with whom Hill House Farm has been collaborating to provide much in-demand produce to Surrey Hills’ homes, including Chris Robinson from Chalk Hills Bakery, Paula Dale from Aldhurst Farm, Neel Singh from Dorking Brewery, as well as Ian Jones and the team at Hill House Farm.
|Mr More-Molyneux was keen to understand how each of the businesses and individuals had been impacted by the lockdown and the challenges they are currently facing. The producers explained how each of them has had to adapt their business models very quickly, switching focus from primarily a wholesale model to supplying direct to consumers via home deliveries. The key to the success of these collaborations, has been their like-mindedness and the pace and agility in which they have all switched and adapted in these unprecedented circumstances.|
When lockdown happened Hill House Farm was doing a handful of home deliveries a week, within five days it was delivering Gloucester Old Spot pork and Southdown lamb alongside fresh local milk from Aldhurst Farm, and breads and cakes from Chalk Hills Bakery to over 150 households. Two months on Hill House Farm has made over 1,500 deliveries of Surrey Hills produce, including lamb, pork, beef, bakery goods, dairy, beer and wine to 400 different households across the county.. This week Hill House Farm launched a new online ordering and delivery service, enabling it to deliver its products, all with great provenance, including its new gift hamper range, all wrapped in sustainable packaging, to homes across mainland Great Britain for orders over £25.
|Ian Jones, Farmer & food producer said, “It’s been quite the journey to get here. Adapting to this new normal has been a challenging time for all of us, both personally and professionally. We really appreciate Michael taking the time to visit us and say thank you. Huge thanks also to our customers for their support and custom, both old and new, without them we literally wouldn’t have survived. We are very proud of all that we have achieved and are looking forward to delivering Surrey Hills produce to even more homes across the country.”|