The Rise of the Gourmet Ready Meal

Ready meals conjure up images of tasteless, bland food; the traditional TV dinner served in foil trays and often left, congealing and discarded on the coffee table. These days however, the ready meal has come into its own. With societies increasingly hectic schedules, longer working hours and increasing commuting times, getting in from a long day at work to a home cooked meal is often not a reality for most people. Recent market research found that the UK currently spends £4.7 billion on ready to eat convenience food each year and an increase in consumer demands for good quality food means that the humble ready meal has never been better – the rise of the gourmet ready meal is happening. An emphasis on fresh, locally sourced ingredients, expertly cooked and lodge farm (2)free from the traditional additives and preservatives means that they can be as good in quality as genuine home cooked meals.

Lodge Farm Kitchen are producers of gourmet ready meals based in beautiful Ross-on-Wye. A family business established in 2009 on their own farm they used home grown vegetables and beef from their own herd of Dexter cattle. With the expansion of the business and relocation to new premises, they now rely on produce sourced from the surrounding area and are proud to support local farmers. The meals themselves are prepared by expert, creative chefs who are passionate about creating great quality meals. Once cooked the meals are blast frozen to lock in the flavour and nutrients, meaning there is no need to add the Fish pie Pie- final Hi res (1 of 1)artificial preservatives often found in ready meals. There is lots of variety to choose from so you’re not stuck for choice! Their luxury fishpie is made with poached haddock and salmon in a creamy parsley sauce and topped with mashed potato, the Thai green chicken curry is made using free range British chicken and homemade Thai sauce with chillies, lemongrass, cumin and coriander and their roasted vegetable lasagne made with slow cooked tomato concasse, courgettes, aubergines, peppers and mushrooms layered with pasta and bechamel sauce and topped with mature Cheddar cheese is absolutely delicious! None of those take your fancy? The full range is available to view here:

Ready meals are continuing to evolve with the times with many companies now1 Fish Cakes Double cottoning on to the big business of gourmet frozen meals made with locally sourced, fresh ingredients and perfectly cooked. Many companies are now reducing the amount of plastic used in the production of their frozen meals including Lodge Farm Kitchen who ensure that all of their packaging can be re-used. This evolutionary business means that there is now a tasty, viable alternative to traditional TV dinners.


Lodge Farm Kitchen Offer!

Lodge Farm Kitchen are producers of gourmet frozen meals based in Herefordshire. For a limited time we are offering 10% off of their double serving dishes including rich Beef Lasagne, creamy Fishpie and fragrant Thai Green Chicken Curry.

Fish pie Pie- final Hi res (1 of 1)Established in 2009 on the family farm, Lodge Farm Kitchen use local, fresh ingredients and expert, creative chefs to create all of their meals. These are then blast frozen to lock in the flavour and freshness ready for you to enjoy at a time that suits you. When the business began to expand it was time for a move to a purpose built, state of the art kitchen in Ross-on-Wye, the company still retain their home cooked ethos and keep ingredients as locally sourced as possible.

Enjoy 10% off of the following products:

concasse_2bBeef Lasagne 700g
Cottage Pie 700g
Beef & Mushroom Pie 900g
Meatballs in Tomato Concasse 700g
Beef & Stout Pie 900g
Chicken Pie 900g
Thai Green Chicken Curry 700g
Fishpie 700g
Haddock & Dill Gratin 700g

Take advantage of this limited time offer and try some of their delicious home cooked meals!


New Products!

It’s been a little while since we have posted on here and we have a few new products to let you know about.

Cornish Olive Stall olives have become a great seller for us, with ten popular flavours including Lemon, Basil Pesto, Red Hot Chilli and Rosemary and Garlic there is something for everyone and the practical, resealable pouches keep these olives as fresh as when they were packed.

Squash_Curry_3_(1_of_1)Lodge Farm Kitchen gourmet frozen meals are a recent addition. All homemade and hand prepared using fresh and local ingredients, these are a great tasting, fast and convenient alternative to cooking. The range includes butternut squash, coconut and coriander curry, tender beef and mushroom pie and creamy haddock and dill gratin.  All are available in both large and small sizes.

Christmas is fast approaching and we are looking forward to our Christmas SLsQlHDREYRYM3phXUxuEM-8WTH5VmF_z1lQ3n2RYKI,i-ql8IcD0gYjBhDtkAAAa87rBMNLrsuwYKrCjGkrhN0,Srji61b4541Q_7vyTv7qek9GEZJB3-NDs9lwwRoDHyI,QRufMtmGqCg1GiMq1tNu30POhR-PZ1Q_HD0GCcwkTlIbrochure arriving in the next few weeks. In the meantime we are now stocking the Chunk of Devon Christmas range which this year includes local venison and port pie with mushrooms and crushed juniper berries, turkey, ham and cranberry pasty and a pork and cranberry sausage roll.

Watch this space for more new products.