Welcome to The Country Bumpkin
Based in Hertfordshire, our passion is for preparing sumptuous locally prepared food. We can be found serving fresh hot and cold food at The Old Dairy Tea Shop in Tewin, 4 course Wild Food Nights in selected Pubs across the county and beyond, as well as spit roasting pig, lamb and venison at fayres, markets and private functions. Our Wild Food menu (changed monthly) includes canapes, starter, main and dessert served over a 2 hour single sitting. We love the idea of a relaxed pace of dining, so you can enjoy the company as well as the food. It's great to hear from the kitchen the conversation swap from food to social as each course comes and goes, it’s how they eat in the rest of Europe so why not here!
We have served from 10 - 300 people at shoot dinners, hunt dinners, birthdays, office parties, weddings and even on-location catering for films, so if you have an event looming why not call and see what we can do for you? For up to 20 people you can hold your private dinner party at our Old Dairy Shop in Tewin.
We also offer Foraging Days at all times of the year, where you will spend the day catching crayfish or ferreting and gathering wild greens, fruits and nuts; stopping for a wild lunch then preparing and cooking up the days haul. At the end of the day you sit back and enjoy the taste of your hard earned reward, ideal for releasing the hunter gatherer within! Book on your own, or with others up to 8 people - great as an unusual gift for the person who has everything.
A little bit about The Country Bumpkin - Stuart Blackman is the founder and was born and bred in the small Hertfordshire village of Woolmer Green. As generations before him grew up close to the land, gathering, hunting and cooking from the wild, so locality and seasonality are fundamental in all our food. The business slowly grew and is now ably supported by several members of the present family generation. In 2008 we proudly crowned the Local Food Hero Champion for the East Anglia region in the Gary Rhodes / UKTV Food - Local Food Hero Competition, TV fame at last!
In April 2011 we opened The Old Dairy Tea Room / Farm Shop in Tewin and we have already cleared a new patio area providing an extension to our little haven for the many walkers, cyclists and other regular visitors to enjoy our food.
2020 will be a big year for us as this will be when we take over the Ritz, or maybe the world, not sure yet but watch this space!