I’ve always wanted our Wild Rabbit pub in Kingham to feel like an extension of home – somewhere you can come and sit by the fire or pull up a stool at the bar, have a simple bowl of soup or plate of cheese, or enjoy a more elegant dinner or a cosy Sunday lunch.
October marked the start of harvesting season on the farm, one of the busiest times of our year. But while the seasonal chill may not have appealed to all, for our growers on the farm, it’s an exciting time – the moment they start to witness the fruits of their hard work.
It’s been a week of much celebration as we opened the doors to Bamford’s new wellness space at Brompton Cross in London on Monday. The last few days before an opening are always a slightly nervous time as you rush to add the final touches that will complete a space and realise your vision, but I am so immensely proud of the whole Bamford team.
Today I’m very happy to be sharing news of a project our teams at Bamford and Daylesford have been working on for many months.
As more and more people focus on what they put into their bodies via their food, I often wonder how many show themselves the same consideration with the choices they make about what they put on their skin?
Today is an exciting day for the Bamford Grooming Department – our Bamford collection of skin and body care for men – as we open our first stand-alone store in London. The collection is a collaboration between myself and my son George so I am especially proud and delighted to be working together again for the launch of our first retail outlet.
Since launching our first Haybarn spa in the Cotswolds, my aim has always been to focus the treatments and classes we offer around healing. From soothing massages and cleansing facials to restorative pilates and meditation classes, our spas are sanctuaries of calm – places to nourish and restore your well-being holistically.
I am incredibly proud of the fact that Daylesford is one of the most sustainable farms in the country. Since the very beginning we have set out to farm, grow, produce and sell food according to sustainable principles and every year we learn new ways to work in harmony with nature and get one step closer to our ultimate goal of being 100% self sufficient.
I am incredibly proud to announce the launch of our second US Bamford Haybarn Spa, at 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge – an oasis of calm in the heart of New York city. Bamford was founded on my passions for travel and wellbeing, so partnering with 1 Hotels was a natural choice, given we have a shared ethos and respect for the world around us.
There are few things more important in life than good health and wellbeing, and yet so often these areas are neglected. On Monday 11th September we shall be meeting at our Notting Hill farmshop to talk about different ways to achieve a healthy balance in life.
Autumn is traditionally a time to give thanks for our food and I always try and spend as much time outside as possible, reconnecting with the source of where so much of our food comes from. With an abundance of colourful, fragrant fruits and vegetables in season – such as plums, squashes, pumpkins, cobnuts, hedgerow berries, tomatoes, beetroot, not to mention wild game like venison, grouse and partridge and more – the traditional Harvest months of September and October bring a final glorious display of nature’s bounty before the first frosts of winter arrive.
There is something very special about coming together at the end of the summer to give thanks for what our gardens and pastures have produced and I am looking forward to our Harvest Festival on Saturday 23rd September. Good food and traditional family fun are at the heart of the festival and I am particularly excited about our Honey Show, held in honour of our bees who have been working hard all summer to pollinate the wildflowers and crops on the farm.