Christmas 2018As a consequence of the summer drought where parts of Southern England had over three months without any rain, there are fewer English truffles to be found this year and the average size is down. For this reason, we are taking a smaller number of Christmas truffle orders than normal this year. We are sorry to say that we have already got to the point where we are now not taking any more truffle orders for Christmas. However:
In case we find more truffles than our Christmas order list requires, we welcome customers who would like to go on to our "reserves list" to receive truffles if we have a surplus. We will only take payment if we are able to supply you with truffles. The list will work on a first-come, first-served basis. To go onto this list please email us with your name, telephone number, the weight of truffles you would like (see Prices below) and delivery address (see Delivery below). If we have truffles for you, we will get in touch on the afternoon or evening of 20th December and arrange payment.
30 grams - £28.50
50 grams - £46.25
Prices exclude delivery.
We will be harvesting the truffles on Thursday 20th December and by Christmas Day they will be 5 days old. We usually harvest closer to Christmas Day but this is not possible this year due to a lack of Sunday delivery services.
Truffle orders will be dispatched on Friday 21st December. We use a Royal Mail next day before 1 PM service which will deliver on Saturday 22nd. Someone must be in to receive the package. For this year, the delivery charges are higher due to the additional cost of Saturday delivery.
Our black truffles make excellent eating whether sliced or grated raw over simple ingredients such as eggs, pasta, rice, chicken or fish, or when cooked. They are sustainably harvested from Dorset and Wiltshire woodlands using trained truffle hounds and sent quickly to you – no air-miles here! To ensure you have the freshest possible truffles, we do not hold any stock but will supply them when we next gather any – usually every week. Typically they are with you within 48 hours of harvesting for the best possible experience.
We primarily supply direct to the public. Previous customers have included Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Hairy Biker, Si King. Our truffles are included in River Cottage Head Chef, Gill Meller’s new book, Gather. We also supply a limited number of wholesalers, leading restaurants and pubs. Our trade customer have included The River Cottage Canteens and Hix restaurants. Every truffle sold is fully traceable back to the site where it came from and when it was harvested.
To ensure you have the freshest possible truffles, typically we do not hold any stock but will supply them when we next gather any – usually every week. This means in general, we do not send out truffles on the day that they are ordered. If you require them for a specific date, please order well in advance and tell us in the “Order details” at the check out.
For most dishes you will require 8 – 12 grams per person. A starter will want less than a main course.
- A 50 gram truffle is about the size of a large hens egg.
- A 100 gram truffle is about the size of a tennis ball.
Your order may be made of more than one truffle, or a piece from a larger one.
Fresh truffles have a limited shelf life so it is important that you care for them once they are with you. Learn more about caring for your truffles here.
We can also send truffle gift vouchers by email if you would like to give a truffle as a present to be used at the recipient’s convenience (subject to availability).