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By Western Morning News  |  Posted: January 28, 2012

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Tim and his wife Charlotte run Moostone Meats Farm Shop at Wembury near Plymouth. They farm 750 acres on the Devon coast and have a son James, 15.

We hear Rick Stein thinks very highly of your beef burgers...

Yes, he really raved about them at the Taste of the West awards last year.

What is special about them?

They are made from our Red Ruby beef, raised here on the farm. We always make them from rib beef, which somehow seems extra tasty.

So it must have been great to win the Best of Burgers award...

Yes, when we won the award last year, I really did feel that we were getting somewhere after all our hard work over the years.

Why did you start selling your meat directly to customers?

It was just so frustrating to send lovely cattle off to the abattoir and know the meat was ending up on a supermarket shelf somewhere not tasting as good as it should, because it wasn't hung and butchered properly.

So you started selling meat from the farm gate...

Or, more accurately, the kitchen door. Then we converted a farm building to a shop, got a full-time butcher and here we are.

Much of your land is owned by the National Trust, are they pleased with your farm shop's success?

Yes, delighted, because it brings people into the countryside and on to the farm. Access to the land is very important for them.

Why did you specialise in Red Ruby cattle?

We had them when I was growing up and I have always liked their hardiness and temperament. Not to mention their beef, which tastes wonderful.

How much of your meat do you sell through the shop now?

Half our beef and all of the lamb, as we also have 300 breeding ewes.

You also supply meat boxes and local pubs...

Yes, a favourite of mine is The Treby Arms at Sparkwell. It is run buy a lovely couple and food is fantastic. Ironically, Charlotte and I often eat fish when we are out though, as it makes a change from our meat!

Who cooks your beef well, though?

I'm a big fan of The Foxhound Inn in Brixton, where they use all sorts of unusual cuts, such as ox cheeks and shin of beef. Cooked slowly, they are sensational.

And what would be your pint of choice, if you happened to find yourself at the pub?

Summerskills Ales are made just near us and are very good indeed.

Which other local food products do you rate from your area?

Mike's Smokehouse in Loddiswell is fantastic. His smoked trout (pictured below) and salmon are out of this world, as is his smoked duck. They make great starters, just served with some fresh salad.

Finally, why is your business called Moostone Meats?

It's a Wembury in-joke. Out to sea from us is a large rock called The Mewstone that we can see from our fields. So, as we raise cattle, we dreamed up Moostone Meats. Geddit?

Yes, we do now!

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