Now also with Farm Shop open Thursdays to Saturday lunchtime. Highly respected family business rearing Scotch Assured pedigree Native Aberdeen Angus in the traditional way, fed on grass and grass silage. Well hung beef from the finest Border countryside. They also make excellent haggis and are regulars at local farmers’ markets. Some of their pedigree stock graze at Scotland’s Museum of Rural Life at Wester Kittochside – very appropriate.
Aberdeen Angus is a famous name and popular on menus across the world but a diminishing number of people realise that most of the time they are eating a cross bred animal at best (they are allowed to be called Aberdeen Angus when only sired by a bull, therefore 50% Aberdeen Angus) and black cattle at worst (in USA they need only be black in colour to be called Angus!). As farmers look towards profit and mechanisation they select species for larger conformations of cuts to the detriment of flavour and texture. The development and cross breeding of the species has created a breed that is a shadow of its former self. In contrast the original Native Aberdeen Angus is 100% pure bred from heritage, grass fed and traditionally reared beasts. This is on Slow Food’s Ark of Taste.
This breed is rich in flavour, juicy and with exquisite marbling throughout. The breed, feed, flavour and hanging from these traditional methods makes for a superb product. It is versatile with all the traditional cuts – slow cooked or grilled, roasted or cured, minced or for charcuterie. Hardiesmil has full traceability on their herd and take a pride in their heritage.
Mail order online shop on their website or visit their farm shop for order & collect. Also supplying local store in the adjacent village of Gordon.
How Hardiesmill make their haggis – a fun movie for you Hardiesmill Haggis
Royal photo was out on Twitter (happy to credit/remove as requested so get in touch – such a lovely photo!)
Steak selection photo : Hardiesmill