The Old Barn Smokery – from idea to reality
The Old barn Smokery …began life as Hanningfield Smokehouse in April 2013 in a converted cattle barn in the village of Stock in Essex. During the next three years, the smokehouse gained an impressive reputation throughout Essex and East Anglia for producing high quality smoked products. Predominantly fish products mainly salmon and trout.
The smokehouse was awarded one star Great Taste awards for both their whole smoked whole trout and smoked trout pate.
Unfortunatly, the smokehouse stopped trading due to illness of one of the owners.
That is where we come in as the current owners …we brought the smokehouse from the previous owners after deciding to turn a hobby of the past 10 years or so into full time business. Whilst the smokehouse continued to produce the same award-winning salmon and trout recipes we decided to bring our knowledge and experience of smoking a wide range of products to launch a wide range of non-fish products.
The Smokehouse re-opens for trading with a much wider range of fish, meat, dairy & pantry items. Such as ‘smoked fillet beef carpaccio’, Duckstrami and ‘smoked duck breast’.
The focus is very much on offering seasonal local ethically produced products sourced locally wherever possible. Our aim is to enhance the flavour of the products which we expertly cure or brine before slowly and subtly smoking …always ensuring the original quality ingredients remain the ‘star’
The Smokehouse is rebranded to the Old Barn Smokery along with the new logo. Since re-opening in November last year, we have extended the product range considerably to include many meat and pantry items such as smoked cheeses, smoked duck, duckstrami, smoked flour, smoked oils etc. The existing logo with three fish did not work with these new products. We think the new clean simple logo suits our approach of taking a traditional art, adding a modern twist whilst at the same time keeping the smoking simple to allow the quality of the food to shine through.
So why the name change? …the smokery is not located in Hanningfield and has no association with nearby village of Hanningfield it just caused confusion locally. However, we are in a converted Old Barn! As for Smokery vs. smokehouse? Smokery is a tradition British term and smokehouse is North American so it seemed to make sense …plus we just prefer the word smokery!
To be continued…
We gently cure & smoke to enhance the flavour of our products never to overpower their natural flavours
We only smoke the finest ethically sourced and sustainable products we can find, locally sourced wherever possible.