Meat and greet

chris and charlotte shipley of Manor Fam Beef
chris and charlotte shipley of Manor Fam Beef

A former chemistry tutor at Oxford University has taken South Africa as the inspiration for his latest venture - a Yorkshire Beef Biltong.

Chris Shipley and his wife Charlotte returned to Manor Farm, Thornholme, to help with the family dairy farm and to set up Manor Farm Beef in 2011.

Manor Farm Biltong will be launched at a Biltong and Wold Top Brewery Beer tasting evening from 8pm at the Ship Inn at Sewerby on March 15..

Biltong is a mildly spiced and salted air dried meat whose name derives from the Dutch ‘Bil’ meaning buttock and ‘Tong’ meaning strip.

The Shipleys have imported equipment from South Africa to maintain its authenticity and produce the delicacy from cuts of topside, silverside, thick flank and fillet that is seasoned with a home produced dry spice mix and dried for three to five days in a UV cabinet that simulates South African sunshine. Manor Farm Biltong will be available in ‘original’, ‘Chilli bites’ and ‘golden chilli’ versions in 50g and 100g packs at £2.50 and £3.90 respectively.

Producing Biltong appealed to Chris on two levels; “As a producer of premium beef, I was convinced that Biltong made from home grown, grass fed beef would taste superb and, as a former rugby player, I embraced the South African custom that no sporting occasion, be it rugby, cricket or football, is complete without a few beers and a good supply of Biltong”