two cocks farm
who we are
Les and Caroline moved to Two Cocks Farm and Brewery in January 2017 when Phil and Michael, the original Two Cocks, sold the farm, brewery and house (all of which featured in an episode of Grand Designs in 2013). For three years, Les and Caroline successfully ran both businesses, located in Church Lane Enborne near Newbury, and were an active part of the brewing industry with the Two Cocks Brewery brand. In order for them to focus on the farm, they made the difficult decision to sell the brewery in December 2019, which continues to operate on site at the farm.
Les and Caroline are thoroughly enjoying the challenge of developing the farm; Dexter cows and Wiltshire Horn sheep graze fields where once the Roundheads camped before the First Battle of Newbury, OSB (Oxford Sandy and Black) pigs and a motley collection of chickens also share the space.
A number of bee hives dotted around the farm, but mainly in the orchard, produce wonderful local honey which is sold under the Two Cocks Farm brand. As a third generation bee keeper, Les is finally able to dedicate the time needed to managing his colonies of bees.
Eggs and honey are sold at Two Cocks Farm gate. Please just leave the money in the letter/honesty box.
The cow in the middle (Lil) is Les and Caroline's first home-bred Dexter. Born on the same day that Les was brewing Diamond Lil it seemed an appropriate name. Her first-born (the black calf on the left) is Dippy (by name and nature). He was born on the 1st December, the day the brewery was sold. The third cow is not as friendly but she’s less stand-offish if offered bananas
Wiltshire Horn sheep self shed and don't need shearing, consequently in early summer the fences have more wool on them than the sheep. Lambing has been straightforward, although the first year was a steep learning curve for the new farmers
These are Oxford Sandy and Black pigs, the most charming and characterful breed who throw themselves down against our legs to have their bellies rubbed. Feed time is a race to reach their trough before them.
Most of the hives are in the orchard and in the first year on the farm there was a spectacular crop of apples, which was turned into juice. Since then late frosts have hit the blossom, and consequently there has been less fruit. Fortunately there is an abundance of forage both on the farm and further afield, and the honey supply is unaffected.