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November 2011
As Seen on TV!

Following our appearances on BBC Breakfast and Market Kitchen's Big Adventure, not to mention Jon's journey to the quarter finals of Britain's Best Dish, the TV cameras have again been rolling at Bocaddon.

In November 2011 we featured on brand new Channel 4 lunchtime food series Drop Down Menu.  As well as a short film focussing on our veal production, Jon was invited into the studio where Michelin-starred chef Angela Hartnett cooked a delicious stew with our veal. 

August 2011
Changes at Bocaddon Farm Veal

Following the sudden and tragic death of Vicky's brother Rob, the dairy farmer at Bocaddon, in July 2010, all dairy farming activity sadly ceased at the family farm in 2011.  In order to continue with our award-winning veal business, we had to find another source of calves, and we are delighted that experienced local farmer Darrin Hooper agreed to rear calves for us, to our specifications, at his farm at nearby Tideford.

Our veal philosophy remains exactly the same as ever -
unwanted dairy bull calves reared in small groups, in the open air and with a varied diet. Cornish calves, reared and slaughtered in Cornwall, and all cut and prepared in our farm butchery at Bocaddon. With Darrin’s help we will be sure to provide the same quality product and the same personal service to new and existing customers across the UK.  To read more about the Bocaddon Farm Veal story, click here.

May 2011
Bocaddon Farm Veal - Britain's Best Dish?

Jon entered ITV cookery competition Britain's Best Dish to showcase our Real Veal, and got all the way through to the quarter finals!  The judges were full of praise for our beautiful meat as Jon made it through his heat, and he then won the regional final, being judged the best main course in the South West and Wales.


In the quarter finals, Jon made it through to the best four main courses in the UK.  He couldn't quite take the veal all the way to the final, but if the exposure convinces more of the public to give British veal a go, it will have been an even bigger victory.

September 2010
Real Veal Double Gold Award!
Bocaddon Farm Veal entered two products into the Taste of the West Awards 2010, and scooped GOLD for both of them!  Our Veal Escalopes won Gold in 2008, and followed this up with another top award this time round.  And our Calves Liver, which won not only Gold but also the accolade of best fresh meat product overall in 2009, carried off maximum points again in 2010.
All of which goes to show that our Real Veal is still the best you can get.  With consistently top quality, and more awards than any other UK veal producer, it's no wonder our veal is served at some of the UK's very top restaurants.  If you haven't tried it yet, why not give our mail order service a go, or come and visit us at one of our upcoming food events?

Valentine Warner selects Bocaddon Farm Veal for Harrods

In September our veal launched in the Food Hall of Harrods' prestigious Knightsbridge store in London.  Chef Valentine Warner was asked to help select the best artisan foods from around the UK for Harrods Festival of British Foods, and he had no hesitation recommending our Real Veal.


Valentine Warner says “teaming up with Harrods buyers to pick out some of my favourite producers and bring them to the Food Halls is a great privilege and I hope shoppers will descend on these treats like kingfishers on minnows. Each supplier we are working with has produced something truly delicious and with great love and attention, so people duly need to know about them.”
June 2010
Bocaddon Farm Veal named 'Young Food Hero 2010'

We were invited to the Good Housekeeping Food Awards last month, and were shocked and thrilled to win the Young Food Hero 2010 award!  Good Housekeeping is the UK's best-selling quality women's magazine, and we are absolutely delighted to feature in their July 2010 edition.  Our award was presented by Valentine Warner and Jane Asher at the star-studded ceremony at Forbes House, London.  You can see a little video of the award being handed over on our facebook page
May 2010
Real Food Festival round-up - rant alert!
As always, we had great fun at the Real Food Festival in London last month.  We dressed up as the Mad Hatter in our role as guest producer at the Tregothnan/Rare Tea Co.'s tea party.  We went on stage with Giorgio Locatelli at the Real Food kitchen as the Italian chef cooked up some of our lovely veal.  And best of all, we were invited to RANT at the Rude Health bandstand!  Jon's chosen subject was 'why it is cruel NOT to eat veal'.
December 2009
Best in the West - it's official!
We've always known that our Real Veal is something special, but now we can boast that we produce the very best meat in the South West!  We were thrilled to be awarded the overall prize for the best uncured meat product at the Taste of the West Awards 2009.  The ceremony was held at Heaslebury Mill in Somerset, where we enjoyed a delicious meal of award-winning produce. Our award was presented by Masterchef 2009 Matt Follas and Taste of the West Chief Executive John Sheaves.
This award caps a fabulous year for Bocaddon Farm Veal - we also won a two star gold at the Great Taste Awards and were finalists in the Waitrose and Country Living Made in Britain Food Producer of the Year Award.  With more awards than any other UK veal producer, we're confident that our veal really is the best you can get.