A sumptuous vegan and vegetarian Garden Party blogger event at the Waitrose Leckford Estate, Hampshire, England. Waitrose is the only UK supermarket with its own farm, and the first to have its own vineyard.
Britain’s most pukka supermarket is known for many things. A long association with Prince Charles, carefully selected products for the discerning shopper, assiduously promoting British products, personable service, free (excellent) coffee, and inspiring a certain hashtag.
What is lesser known is that they actually grow some of the whole food products that they sell. In fact, Waitrose is the only British supermarket with its own farm. Imagine having that kind of control and care over staple ingredients.
Over a stunning 4000 acres of prime Hampshire countryside, the Leckford Estate grows a wide range of best-quality produce for Waitrose, including milk, mushrooms, flax, rapeseed (for their cold-pressed oil), corn, apples (for cider), pears, wheat for their range of flours and a vineyard. Yes, they have their own vineyard. The first UK retailer to do so.
I was fortunate enough to be invited to a very intimate Garden Party celebrating Waitrose’s passion for producing exceptional food. Vegan and vegetarian food, to be precise. Many of you know that I am a flexitarian (if I had to label myself), but Waitrose knows that I promote healthy plant-based eating, and kindly included me. The day, that I recount in this post, was a summer celebration of healthy, creative food, done Waitrose style. Continue reading