A butcher's hall and county grocer's for The Parrot Inn, Forest Green
PUBLISHED: 14:22 25 January 2011 | UPDATED: 20:32 20 February 2013
Having gained a reputation for innovation over the years, the folk down at The Parrot Inn, Forest Green, show no signs of slowing up with their latest offering: a butcher's hall and county grocer's.
Originally published in Surrey Life magazine January 2011
Having gained a reputation for innovation over the years, the folk down at The Parrot Inn, Forest Green, show no signs of slowing up with their latest offering: a butchers hall and county grocers.
We have set ourselves a target for the new shop whereby 90 per cent of products will be sourced from within 40 miles, says owner Oliver Gotto.
We seem to be forever meeting new producers doing something exciting, with the likes of Etherley Farm at Leith Hill, Norbury Blue in Mickleham and Sondes Place Farm at Dorking all current favourites.
People are becoming more and more discerning about where they spend their money, both because of increased education and the current economic climate, which requires the offer of a consistently good product.
After 20 years working in hotels and pubs, the Gottos started farming in Dorking in 1996 and have been running The Parrot Inn alongside Home Farm ever since. The new store, which is housed in an adjoining agricultural barn, will complement rather than replace the current farm shop found inside the pub, and also feature plenty of produce made on-site.
We have a dedicated farm shop chef who makes all the breads, pies, jams, chutneys, cakes, terrines/pts and charcuterie too much to mention, says Oliver. I think running a successful pub comes down to a few simple principles: good food, good beer and good atmosphere.
- Butchers Hall (next to The Parrot), Forest Green, near Dorking RH5 5RZ. Tel: 01306 621339