Last week, my friend Colleen invited me to an Alresford Chamber of Commerce evening which was held at Long Barn. Alresford is one of my favourite places to go if ever I am in need of something that little bit different – it has a high street full of interesting little shops filled to the brim with wantable stuff. By 6pm all the shops were closed and it was safe for me to head to Long Barn, which is a beautiful barn, on the outskirts of the town.
The owners started their lavender growing and distilling business from some fields near Owslebury and then bought the land in Alresford and have developed it into a very attractive outlet for their range of lavender based products and other related items as well as plants and general garden paraphernalia.
The rain stopped, allowing Richard Norris to take us down into the lavender fields and filled us in on the history and creation of The Long Barn. Unfortunately, between laughing at Simon Evans bad jokes, and listening to Richard, I didn’t manage to get any photographs of the fields.
From the moment I walked in, I knew that it would be difficult to keep my purse firmly in my bag…..and then …. they were offering a 10% discount on everything bought during the evening…. I ended up getting the perfect Fathers day gift, some chocolate brownies and a little bud vase.
Colleen came away with some yummy Scarlet Bakes White Chocolate & Lavender Cookie Mix and a Long Barn Lavender Organic Plant Wax Candle.
Thank you to the Chamber of Commerce President, Jennifer Laing of Cresson Creative for the delicious BBQ which included Cresson watercress burgers & sausages, which are available in Co-Op stores in our area. They were very tasty, so do look out for those.
Watch this space for the results of the White Chocolate & Lavender Cookies…
Colleen Skinner: Time to Splash
Jenni Bell: Twinkleberry