Todenham Manor Farm cleans up at the Great Taste Awards by Irayne Paikin, Owner of Todenham Manor Farm.

“As a Jewish girl from North London, I admit, I’m not the likeliest of pig farmers, but I’ve always had a passion for food and cooking, so when the opportunity arose to keep pigs, I got stuck right in. But I never dreamed it would become such a success story.

“In 2005 the husband and I bought a dilapidated farm house in the Cotswolds on the Oxfordshire borders in Moreton-In-Marsh, our very own piece of ‘little England’, which came with several acres of farmland. I read in a magazine about pigs being kept in woodland, allowed to roam free to snuffle, and following renovations of the house, I thought, well that’s a good idea – why not?