Apples, the staple of any fruit bowl, a fixture of many a lunch box and the topic of one of the most well known sayings “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”.
It’s an exciting time for these green and/or red fruity treats, well for us UK residents anyway. It’s now the English apple season and we’ve got the pleasure of enjoying the biggest ever crop, a mighty 160,000 tonnes – the highest for 20 years. From Red Discovery to Russets, Braeburns to Bramleys, call us bias but British apples really are something special. The season coming nicely after the soft fruits have finished for the year but in perfect synergy with free fruit heaven, the blackberry.
Apples are so versatile and span every possible food course. There’s condiments and chutney’s, an apple fresh as part of a starter salad or with parsnips in a soup. For mains then a tart bramley is a fab partner to mackerel or as the ultimate accompaniment to pork. But puds are where the apple is most associated and from apple sorbet to crumbles, pies, roulades, the list is endless.
At Tebay Services, in the farm shops and hotel, their strong ethos of seasonal produce of course means apples feature highly. The farm shops have seasonal pies containing them as well as English apples to buy fresh. The hotel has delicious dishes using apples on their restaurant menu such as herb baked apples with a local rare breed pork chop.
All guests staying at the Tebay Services Hotel off the M6 motorway Cumbria receive a 10% off voucher for use at the Tebay Farm Shops so not only can they have an apple packed evening meal but they can also stock up on English apples to take home.