The Dorset Arms on the Buckhurst Estate is home from home to the very popular Buckhurst Park sausage.
Growing up on the family estate Lord De La Warr was ‘immensely fond’ of a local sausage made by an artisan butcher Frank Hill in the village of Tunbridge Wells. He was taken over by Dewhurst Butchers who then stopped making what he believes is the finest sausage in Great Britain.
Prompting Lord De La Warr to start his search for the recipe. This involved a long time spent experimenting with different combinations of herbs used from a list given to him by Frank Hill’s daughter after he had passed away. Finally once he found the perfect mix, he asked Speldhurst Quality Foods to make the sausage for him.
I was introduced to that ‘perfect English sausage’ during a leisurely breakfast at a small country Inn in the South Downs.
After which I went looking for the traditional craft butchers who came so highly recommended.
Michael Courtney family butchers can be easily found on North St in Midhurst. They offer a range of artisan gourmet sausages that will keep one busy for a long time.
I suspect my innkeeper, tells a very good story and has layed on a bit here and there. But I have not been disappointed.
There is also a well stocked deli counter. Local cheese, chutneys and biscuits. Pates, olives, Italian and German salamis, cold meats, home cooked ham, sliced to order and homemade scotch eggs.
Pies, sausage rolls and quiches.