Sophie Arlott is not an easy lady to get hold of. “Try me in the afternoons” she told me when we first met. “I normally get a few minutes after 4pm but then I’m back out again”. I rang. Twice. Over two days. No joy. Clearly Sophie is a lady on a mission.
Sophie began farming in Lincolnshire in 1999. And that mission was to rear and breed the best lamb possible. Twenty years on and her Lavinton Lamb has won more awards than you can shake a stick at and supplies many of the finest restaurants in the land - from the well-loved Jews House in the heart of Lincoln, to the three Michelin starred Waterside Inn in Bray.
Careful stockmanship and high welfare are hugely important element of that mission and Sophie ensures they have a high quality of life. But there’s another secret ingredient that ensures a fabulous flavour and that’s our grass! Well, grass, herbs and a range of wild flowers.