How did we get interested in truffles?
Following redundancy in 2008, we went on a truffle hunting course with one of our dogs. She took to it like a ‘duck to water’ and was invited to enter the first UK Truffle Hunting Championships. After much practice she won the title, a trophy and, most important to her, a lot of dog food!
The English Truffle Company
We formed in 2010. Since that time, we have found significant quantities of truffles from woodland sites across southern England. At the English Truffle Company we wish to continue harvesting truffles from our sites for many years to come and so work in a responsible, sustainable manner. These have been sold to Michelin star and leading restaurants, private individuals, including some household names, wholesalers, truffle retailers and food manufacturers. Among the top accolades for our English truffles:
- Our truffles were included in the dinner for the 2020 BAFTA awards.
- They were part of a dish prepared in the final of the Young National Chef of the Year.
- Our truffles also appeared in a Bocuse d’Or prize winning dish. This is one of the world’s most prestigious cooking competitions.
Since 2011 we have run unique truffle hunting experience days in Dorset, Wiltshire and Hampshire from October to January as well as private truffle hunts. Among the more well-known people who have truffle hunted with us are:
- Dame Mary Berry (food writer, chef, baker and television presenter).
- Angellica Bell (television and radio presenter, winner of Celebrity MasterChef 2017).
- Chris Beardshaw (garden designer, plantsman and broadcaster (BBC Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question / Gardeners’ World)).
- Dan Saladino (journalist and presenter of The Food Programme on BBC Radio 4).
Besides selling truffles, truffle trees and other truffle goods, we are regularly invited by private landowners to search for truffles in their woodlands or harvest truffles from their plantations. We also run truffle dog training workshops around the country. The company has received widespread media coverage, including a video that has been viewed over 15 million times, on The Food Programme and Gardeners’ Question Time on BBC Radio 4 and on television, as well as in leading newspapers, many magazines and in several books.
LUX Magazine said of us in 2020:
Such authentic artisanal products are distinguished by their fundamental values of patience, passion and heritage. Both maker and customer have to be patient: “People who appreciate the finer things are usually happy to wait,” says professional truffle hunter and owner of The English Truffle Company, James Feaver. His business plan manages customers’ expectations and controls truffle pre-sales so they don’t take on more orders than are achievable. “Every day of hunting depends on the vagaries of the weather. If people get in touch in advance, we do our best to deliver, but we only harvest what’s sustainable and available at that time. I’m more like a fisherman than an artisan baker. I don’t make truffles like a baker makes his bread; nature has done all the hard work and I just find them.”LUX Magazine