Chagford Grub Club is a Big Hit

Chagford Grub Club is a Big Hit

The inaugural Chagford Grub Club event, which took place on Saturday 4th October at the town's Jubilee Hall, saw over 100 diners enjoy three courses prepared by Josh McDonald-Johnson - a Michelin trained chef and owner of Pickle Shack, a local creative catering and events company.

All of the ingredients used, including goats' meat, seasonal squash and raw honey, were sourced from Chagfarm and Chagfood, two local community groups based within a half-mile of the venue.
 Food miles couldn't have been fewer with all ingredients sourced within
 2-3 miles of the venue.

The menu included:

Flavours of broccoli, tortellini, pickled romanesque puree and crispy leaf.

Slow cooked goat, squash, crushed potatoes, kale, dwarf beans and goat sauce. 

Raw goats milk panacotta, honeycomb straight from the hive, plum and oats

Diners included the Mayor of West Devon, Cllr Christine Marsh and her daughter Caroline Mott.  Cllr Christine Marsh said, "It has been a pleasure to see the local community come together in this way to celebrate the excellent produce of Chagford. I wish Josh and his team the best of luck in his venture to bring top-quality food to the tables of local communities."

Josh was equally pleased with the outcome of the evening saying, "I've been blown away by how well received this event has been and the support that I have had in organising it. I am optimistic that the Chagford Grub Club will become a regular event on the town's calendar!"

Davon Friend and Ed Hamer, founders of Chagfarm and Chagfood respectively, were also amongst Saturday nights' diners. 

The next Chagford Grub Club will take place on Saturday 15th November in the Jubilee Hall, Chagford. For more information and


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Photo (L-R) Jodie Sawatzki (Pickle Shack), Josh McDonald-Johnson (Pickle Shack), Cllr Christine Marsh (Mayor of West Devon), Ed Hamer (Chagfarm), Davon Friend (Chagfood)

Chagford on beautiful Dartmoor is a very special place to visit all year-round. Visitors can enjoy top quality accommodation, wonderful places to eat, and discover our artists' community and our superb independent shops.

Chagford Community Farm CIC is a new not-for-profit Community Interest Company nestled on the northeast edge of Dartmoor in Chagford, Devon.  Founded by brothers Sylvan and Davon Friend, with a passion for local and organic food, the brothers are on a mission to establish a thriving local organic food economy and change the way we think about food miles and animal welfare. Chagfarm primarily produces goats' milk dairy but also free-range pork, woodland poultry and honey. 

Chagfood is a community market garden growing a wide range of seasonal fruit & vegetables across a six acre site just outside Chagford. Their customers pledge to support the farm for the full year by signing-up at the beginning of each season. In return they receive a "share of the farm's harvest each week, during the growing season. This means that the farmers have a secure market and their customers feel more connected to where their food is coming from and how it's produced, it also builds a community of likeminded people who value fresh and affordable local food. Chagfood is also committed to farming ecologically, using working horses for cultivation and weeding and relying on traditional organic farming methods to grow high quality produce. Chagfood hosts regular open days and farm tours for prospective customers.