November 29, 2018

More beer please!

Lots of lovely festive things happening at the Chop House.  Firstly some new drinks to tell you about … Organic beers from our local Stroud Brewery Budding Pale Ale – this pale... read

Stunning wildlife photography opportunities

We’re very excited to see the wildlife photography hides almost ready for bookings.  James Andrews has been working relentlessly to get things ship-shape and ready.  We’ve already been wowed by... read

November 28, 2018

New Product Launch!

Cosy, comforting, deliciously tasty, nourishing social food We’ve launched a brand new range of slow cooked organic pork products – the first slow cooked organic pork meals to land on supermarket... read

October 18, 2018

‘Pig: tales from an organic farm’ written by Helen Browning out now

   A magical account of the lives of pigs from one of the UK’s most influential organic farmers – Helen Browning. In a frosty field on the longest night of... read

October 17, 2018

Meet Minnie, our first arrival of the season

We’re well and truly into calving season at the farm. Our first calf, Minnie (so called because she was!), arrived at the beginning of September and 99 more have arrived... read

Gift ideas or why not treat yourself!

Gorgeous gift ideas for friends and family October is upon us and you may (or may not) be thinking about Christmas … ! If you’re looking for something a little different we... read

September 20, 2018

Helen Browning’s Chop House Oktoberfest, Good Food Guide & Vacancy

Good Food Guide Helen Browning’s Chop House has joined sister restaurant Helen Browning’s Royal Oak with an entry in the Good Food Guide! As mentioned in the Swindon Advertiser Chop... read

Pig – the book

PIG: Tales From an Organic Farm (by, er, Helen Browning!) This story of a group of Helen’s pigs from mid winter to mid summer is published by Wildfire on September... read

August 17, 2018

Organic wine and cider tasting on Eastbrook Farm

We’d love to sample some organic cider and wine they said…and Valerio and Tim came up with a wonderful idea of combining it with the farm tour.  Hosted by the... read

August 15, 2018

3* Great Taste Award! Hot Doggidy Dog

Helen Browning’s Organic Hot Dog wins 3* Great Taste Award 2018   Great Taste, the world’s most coveted food awards, which celebrates the very best in food and drink, has announced the... read

August 13, 2018

Win Tickets to Go Organic Festival!

Where the fun starts… Are you ready to be part of the biggest organic festival celebration ever staged in London? With its incredible eclectic mix of entertaining and informative talks,... read

July 9, 2018

3 Gold Awards – Taste of the West

  Chuffed team here in Bishopstone … Helen’s bacon has won 3 GOLD Taste of the West Awards! There is always a healthy debate between back and streaky bacon but... read

Hazy, lazy, garden days

Get away from it all, sink into a few luxurious hours of rest, relaxation, delicious food and cooling drinks in the shady, delightful surrounds of our blooming garden! We’re particularly proud... read

July 5, 2018

Hot desking in more ways than one!

One of the understated benefits of organic farming and growing is the amount of employment it brings to communities. A farm like this, with its diverse activities, now employs 40... read

This Extraordinary Summer Weather

Well, so far, our organic farming system is holding up remarkably well in this extraordinary run of summer weather. I was talking to Helen last night, having been wandering with... read

May 31, 2018

The Chop House at Swindon’s Old Town Festival

Swindon’s Old Town Festival returns this year from 10th June 2018 through til Saturday 16th June. On the evening of Tuesday 12th June, Helen Browning’s Chop House will be hosting a... read

May 29, 2018

Dazzling blossom and perfect weather

Exciting stuff! We had seven days of supremely 100% perfect weather in mid May, and the whole farm team mobilised for the 500 tonnes of grass we needed to harvest... read

May 21, 2018

Go! Organic Festival 8-9 September 2018

Join us for a fantastic weekend of fabulous food, music, celebrities, lifestyle, health and entertainment for the whole family. 8-9 September 2018 | Battersea Park, London With its incredible eclectic... read

May 15, 2018

Vote for us in the Muddy Stilettos Awards 2018

So chuffed to be chosen as finalists in the Muddy Stilettos Awards 2018. We’re up for Best Destination Pub in Wiltshire so if you think we’re deserving, please vote for us... read

April 5, 2018

Lambs lambs and more lambs

Sophie and Dai welcome the new generation of lambs and start planning ahead for the new dairy The ewes waited for the last of the snow to disappear and began lambing... read

Paternity Leave: A Story of Two Little Pigs

  My, don’t these things grow. Feed them a wild diet of raw organic eggs and  bananas, add some organic pig feed, and before you know it, they’re banging on... read

April 4, 2018

Smoked Bacon and Lardons on offer with Ocado

Helen’s Smoked Back and Streaky Bacon is now on sale alongside our new Smoked Dry Cured Lardons online with Ocado and Amazon Fresh. Helen Browning’s – Amazon Fresh. Even more exciting is that you... read

March 7, 2018

Field Notes – Real Life Field Labs

We’re bang in the middle of phase two of our agroforestry planting at the moment. Ben Raskin, our agroforestry manager, brings us up to speed. The trees we put in... read

February 1, 2018

Field Notes – Counting Sheep

Dai Wilson, our assistant farm manager, tells us what’s been happening on the farm. We kicked off this year with a much needed skiing holiday in the Alps – swapping... read

January 29, 2018

Helen Browning’s Organic Hot Dogs to hit the high street

First British Organic Hot Dogs to hit the high street in Morrisons South West stores Helen Browning’s Organic Hot Dogs will hit the shelves of almost 50 Morrisons stores in... read

January 10, 2018

Happy New Year from the farm

A belated happy New Year from everyone at Eastbrook (the home of Helen Browning’s Organic). We’ve had a fair few snow days on the farm over the Christmas break, some... read

January 3, 2018

Belinda Carlisle plays the Royal Oak

Belinda Carlisle is coming to Helen Browning’s Royal Oak on Saturday 19th May 2018. We know – Belinda Carlisle – in Bishopstone! Belinda will be playing a short acoustic set of... read

November 30, 2017

Field Notes – Christmas on the Farm

Christmas on the Farm Christmas is the one time in the year when I can settle into life on our Wiltshire farm for a week or two. The Soil Association... read

November 29, 2017

Christmas Offers

Christmas is coming… here’s a roundup of our offers for December. Made specially for Riverford by Helen Browning’s Organic We’ve teamed up with Riverford to bring you some new Christmas... read

Field Notes – A Nation of Animal Lovers

This fabulous late autumn day deserves celebration; it’s a joy to be out on the land. As any of you who have been following this series knows, it’s been a... read

November 9, 2017

Free yoga taster sessions Weds 15th Nov at Helen Browning’s Royal Oak

Free yoga sessions at the Royal Oak next Wednesday (15 November). The wonderful Jo from Yogis Yoga will be running two free taster yoga sessions. The sessions will take place in The Playroom... read

November 1, 2017

A Taste of the West Country

Helen Browning’s Royal Oak is featured in this year’s “A Taste of the West Country”, out now. This new book links award-winning chefs and producers, all from the Taste of... read

September 11, 2017

Gloria and Honey live on at Eastbrook

Gloria and Honey live on at Eastbrook Our organic saddleback sows have to work VERY hard!  Imagine up to 12 small children crawling and scratching all over you just to... read

August 31, 2017

Organic September – Food as it should be

Organic September is a month-long campaign designed to raise the profile of organic in the UK and shine a light on the amazing organic farmers, producers and brands who work... read

August 30, 2017

Field Notes – A Farm Thronging With Birds Of Prey

As an apex predator in the bird world, it must be a good sign when the farm is thronging with birds of prey. As I write, the screeching of the... read

August 19, 2017

9/10 from The cool hotel guide

This weekend we were rated 9/10 by The Times in The cool hotel guide.  Delighted? Of course! Marks were given for our organic farming, stylish rooms, great organic food, walking,... read

August 9, 2017

A New Era Begins

Daz stopped me as I walked through the yard during the week. ‘You haven’t posted a blog since 10th July’ he complained; ‘I keep checking, cos we need to know... read

July 29, 2017

British boltholes – Helen Browning’s Royal Oak

A few weeks ago we invited Liz Boulter from The Guardian to come and stay in our new rooms and have supper with us in the pub. We’re pleased to... read

July 10, 2017


Helen’s Notes From The Farm – Week 13 As those of you who have been following this blog series will know, Eastbrook’s not been its usual buzzy self this spring,... read

July 6, 2017

Quite a lot of things you might not know about us

Helen Browning’s Royal Oak – Newsletter July 2017 Wheat crop trampled by poppy lovers! Having made the mistake of alerting people via social media, we should not have been surprised... read

June 27, 2017

If you can’t stand the heat

Helen’s Notes From the Farm – Week 12 It’s been an all-consuming few days, in the hottest week of the year… interviewing potential new Soil Association trustees, then a couple... read

June 21, 2017

The gloriously colourful side of organic farming

Glorious Poppies Our poppies this week add a monstrous splash of red to the landscape between Bishopstone and Idstone. Slow down and look below the road, then why not call... read

June 14, 2017

Swindon Wakes Up to an Organic Breakfast!

Not known for shying away from a challenge, we opened the doors to Helen Browning’s Chop House at 8am this morning in celebration of ‘Wake Up to Organic’. Here’s what the Swindon... read

May 31, 2017

Make Silage While The Sun Shines

Helen’s Notes From the Farm The most nerve-wracking time in the farming year is hay and silage time. For most of the year, you just have to go with the... read

May 22, 2017

A Highland Fling

Helen’s Notes From The Farm What a relief to have had some rain at last. It’s been the kind of rain that farmers love, starting gentle and slow, letting the... read

May 11, 2017

Slow food and fast bikes

Helen’s Notes From The Farm Tim and I visited the School of Gastronomy in Turin, the home of Slow Food, for a career day speaking to the students. This was... read

April 25, 2017

New rooms at Helen Browning’s Royal Oak

Lord-Lieutenant of Wiltshire opens 12 new rooms at Helen Browning’s Royal Oak Today (Tuesday 25 April) Mrs Troughton, the Lord-Lieutenant of Wiltshire, will open 12 new rooms at Helen Browning’s... read

April 24, 2017

Does The Worm Forgive The Plough?

Helen’s Notes From The Farm One of the great things about having a bit more time here this summer is that I can sometimes get to learn some new things... read

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