News from Hexton Manor Estate

Eating Game and Local Produce

At Hexton we are passionate about seeing that all the Game we harvest on our shoot days goes into the food chain. Below you will find some excellent game recipes and details of local produce to enjoy, such as Beverley Underwood’s Hexton honey and Mrs Middleton’s locally grown and cold-pressed rapeseed oil.

Hexton Hives

Honey bees have been kept on the Hexton Manor Estate for many years.

Beverley and Barry Underwood are local bee keepers who tend their hives located on the Estate.

Hexton Hives
Hexton Hives
Hexton Hives

Following a family tradition of bee keeping, Beverley’s late Father, Len Fletcher from Beadlow, kept bees all his life, as have previous generations of the family.

Hexton Hives

Pictured here: Beverley and her brother Alan selling their honey circa 1969.

Alan worked on the Hexton Estate for over 30 years, he also keeps bees.

Hexton Hives

Beverley’s Great Grandmother is pictured here. The family were publicans and ‘housed’ their bees in disused beer barrels as well as traditional skeps. circa1920

Our bee keeping legacy continues.

Honey Extraction

Honey Extraction

Using traditional methods, sealed frames are uncapped by hand using a traditional uncapping fork.

The frames are then placed in an extractor which uses centrifugal force to remove the honey from the honey comb. This is one of Beverley’s’ favourite things to do, evoking childhood memories of ‘spinning’ the honey.

Honey Extraction

The liquid honey is then passed through a set of filters (sieves) to remove any wax debris before it runs into the ‘settling’ tank, ready for ‘jarring up’ later.

Nothing added and nothing taken away.

The taste of honey changes is very much dependant on the forage available to the bees. Our honey is a natural produce, it’s not been blended, and the taste will vary in tune with the changing seasons and it’s certainly very different to the honey available in supermarkets. As our honey is it’s a natural un-treated product, it will naturally granulate in time, but it can easily be restored to the liquid state, just stand the jar in hot water (loosen lid first), gently stir the honey till it becomes liquid.

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Interesting Facts:

  • It takes 20,000 visits by bees to flowers to produce a pound of honey.
  • A full-sized colony in summer can contain more than 50,000 bees.
  • At her peak-laying rate, a queen can lay more than 1000 eggs per day, which is more than her body weight!
  • Some people find that eating local honey throughout the year reduces hay fever problems.
  • Bees are essential to the pollination of many of our crops – there are not sufficient numbers of other insects that carry out this important task.

For more information on bees and bee keeping please click on the following links:

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Hexton Bee Keeper

Where can I get some Hexton honey?

Honey from the Estate has won many Trophies and Rosettes, it’s available to purchase from Allinghams Butchers in Hitchin

Visit Allinghams Butchers website

Visit Beverley & Barry’s ‘Two Bees’ Facebook page

Visit Twobeeshoney Facebook page

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