Brookfield Farm (Aston) - HertBeat

We originally found out about this farm butchery from friends from Dane End, Hertfordshire. They had raved about the excellent produce from Brookfield Farm specifically their sausages, but did say I may need the sat-nav if I was thinking about visiting the farm shop...

As it happens I did need the sat-nav then as I did recently. The farm shop is tucked away somewhat on the quite narrow Aston End Road, Aston, Stevenage. Look out for the water tower as you get nearer.  Thankfully there's still ample parking opposite the shop. 

So 75% own farm free range pork in quality natural skins containing red onion marmalade (or as the butcher informed us, they also refer to it being a chutney) and cracked black pepper.  Ooh err!   In fact this sausage was judged by Noddy Holder (of 70's pop group Slade fame) to be the East of England Legendary Banger 2011.  AND the HertBeat sausage was a finalist in the 2012 Champion of Champions!  Blimey old Riley!

Cooking up, the aroma from the pan was very good.  The skins performed well and we didn't see any nasty splits.  The sausage cut easily without the skin tearing, and revealed a good medium texture with excellent succulence.  I was expecting a bit of burnt residue in the pan perhaps from the marmalade/chutney cooking out with the juices, but nothing to get anxious about.

A good looking and tasting sausage to be sure with a little shrinkage and weight loss in cooking but the quality of the pork from Brookfield's own pigs is top notch and the seasoning very good. The red onion marmalade I'm sure helps the succulence, and the cracked black pepper gave a little buzz to the tongue. A slight sweetness, perhaps? The red onion again? Nice!

As a combination of flavours yes I'd agree this works well. 

Eaten cold later, you may think a tad sticky perhaps, but no.

I must say these HertBeat sausages will be something I'll definitely buy again.

Brookfield Farm (Aston) - HertBeat  (Mar 2024)

Here's the sample details:
115x30mm before cooking, 105x30mm after.
68g before cooking, 62g after.
That's a shrinkage of approx 8% & weight loss of approx 8%.
6 loose sausages 404g, approx 4.85 (12.00/kg).


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Brookfield Farm Butchery
Aston End Road
Aston, Stevenage
Hertfordshire SG2 7EU

01438 880 228

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