Perfect recipe for Sunday lunch in Hunworth

A perfect recipe for a Sunday lunch in the country has been cooked up by an award-winning head chef at a pub in Hunworth, near Holt.

It includes a tractor and trailer ride to see beef cattle on the Stody estate, before tucking into a traditional Sunday roast and then going for a stroll to see one of East Anglia's most spectacular displays of azaleas and rhododendrons, which are also open to visitors on Sundays in May.

Beef farmer Duncan Jeary, landowner Adel MacNicol and the Hunny Bell's Andy Snowling have joined forces to arrange three Sunday special 'Farm to Fork' events.

The 'See it, eat it' tour starts at 10.30am when pedigree beef breeder Mr Jeary, who runs 260 head of Aberdeen Angus cattle on the estate's parkland and grassland, will escort 20 people on a tractor and trailer ride.

He started his pedigree beef enterprise with just two cows and has expanded numbers rapidly over the past eight years. 'It is a great opportunity to show people that we produce great beef on the doorstep. The pub is the centre of the estate, so in whatever direction, you have to go past some of our cattle,' said Mr Jeary, who trained as a butcher.

With his full-time butcher, Brendan Haslin, who lives in nearby Briston, they supply the pub with their beef and also pork from a free-range outdoor herd near Fakenham. 'I do the pork loins for the Sunday roasts as well. Everything we have comes from Blake's slaughterhouse at Felthorpe, near Norwich,' he added.

After the 90-minute tour to see the cattle and crops, the party will return to the pub, where head chef Andy Snowling, aged 25, has prepared a traditional Sunday roast.

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'It is promoting the local area, the local butcher and quality produce that is used in the pub. People love the beef; they appreciate it because local Aberdeen Angus is the best beef breed,' said Mr Snowling.

'Our beef is really local. It does a 15-mile trip from field to the abattoir to the butcher to the pub,' he added.

Tickets for the tractor and trailer tour, roast beef lunch and garden visit cost �20 from the Hunny Bell. Telephone 01263 712300. It starts at 10.30am with coffee. There are 20 tickets each Sunday, starting on Sunday, May 8 then May 15 and 22.

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