For years the Farm has established itself as an artisan’s haven.
Vallum Farm is situated in the shadow of one of England’s most historic heritage sites, the mighty Hadrian’s Wall, 14 miles North West of Newcastle.
For years the Farm has established itself as an artisan’s haven – with regular workshops, a farm shop, a tea room and a museum but now it’s making a stir from something very different.
Acclaimed by its founders as the coolest pop up in the world, the Chefs Pod has been unveiled at Vallum and certainly provides a unique and quirky way to spend your mealtime in what is a truly exquisite location. The founders of the Chefs Pod are Ken and Tracey Holland of North Country Growers and Chef David Kennedy.
Based at Vallum Farm, North Country Growers have been providing many Michelin star establishments with their produce for several years and alongside Dave Kennedy, they have created a distinctive dining experience that has, even within the first few weeks of being launched, proven very popular with the public and the industry alike. So what is a Chefs Pod?
Nestled in the corner of the kitchen garden at Vallum Farm sits a wooden hut made from reclaimed timber and modelled on a traditional shepherds hut. A 12-person communal table is the centrepiece of this hut, alongside a fully kitted out kitchen. This is the Chefs Pod. Each menu is created entirely from locally sourced produce from Vallum Farm, including vegetables that are picked (at times in front of the diners) within the garden kitchen ensuring only the freshest ingredients are used.
CCS are proud to have been chosen to support the Chefs Pod, along with some of our most popular brands such as Jars Ceramics, BlueChef, MCS, Rieber, Kamado Joe and Studio William. Frances Bull, Sales and Marketing Director for Studio William explains why she chose their ‘Arolla’ range of cutlery. “We chose this pattern for ‘Chefs Pod’ due to the ‘organic’ approach David was size of plates, so we felt that the Arolla design would deliver the right dining experience.”
Antony Ward, Marketing Manager of CCS adds, “When we first learnt about the idea of the chefspod from David & Ken, I just knew we wanted to be involved as it is unique. David and the guest chefs have their work cut out with the amount of space they have available but by using the CookTek inductions and the Rieber holding oven, they will be able to use what space they have to great effect within the pod.”
Guest chefs from all over the UK will be appearing at the Chefs Pod throughout the year – you can visit http://chefspod.wordpress.com to see upcoming events and make bookings.