Bossington is an iconic sporting estate on the River Test, the birthplace of dry fly-fishing. The Estate has 5 miles of the River Test and 2 miles of The Wallop Brook, which is run as a commercial fishery. In 2013 we started the largest river restoration project ever seen on the Test and this has been part-funded by the Environment Agency.
The Bossington Herd of Red Rubies or North Devon cattle are a native breed well suited to the estate’s water meadows that nestle the River Test and The Wallop Brook. The cattle are grass-fed for the entirety of their lives. That is they are fed no grain, concentrate or feed from starchy cereals. Red Rubies are prized by many top chefs as the very finest beef available in the UK due to the outstanding tenderness and flavour that the well-marbled cuts produce. Bossington Estate also produces pasture-raised pigs using only native breeds such as Large Blacks, Tamworths and crosses of both. The estate is just now embarking on a new enterprise to raise pasture-raised chickens using the methodology created by Joel Salatin at Polyface Farms in Virginia, USA. All the meat from the livestock is used to supply Chalk Valley Farm & Kitchen, which is in the same ownership.