Welcome to Ambleside Farm

Ambleside Farm was established by Geoffrey Luffingham in 1936 and is located in Winterton, KZN.

Ambleside Farm is now a growing family farm and a service provider to Ambleside Meats CC. where it provides services such as electricity, water, waste removal and processing via our registered composting site.

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He arrived in Durban in 1931 on a Royal Enfield Motorbike with a suitcase and a tenner in his trousers.

Geoffrey Luffingham proceeded to Cedarville.  Here he worked in a piggery for Bunny Chaplin, Charlie Chaplin’s cousin.  Five years later he bought Riverside Farm in Winterton.  He started pig farming, and dutifully walked his pigs from the farm to the local railways to be transported to Escort Bacon Factory. Geoffrey Luffingham was a respected member of the community who was instrumental in planting the avenue of London planes now lining the entrance to Winterton.

In 1968, his son, Nigel took over the running of the farm. He grew the farm from an 85 to a 680-sow piggery at its peak.  Nigel slaughtered his own pigs via a pig abattoir in Glencoe, and marketed them in KZN, OFS and as far afield as Cape Town. This was a pioneering achievement for this time.   In the 1980’s he invented Superdeck – a pig flooring system made of polypropylene for farrowing and weaners.  

Nigel and his wife Mandi went on holiday to the Lake District.  Here, they fell in love with Ambleside Village and surroundings, and returned home to name the farm Ambleside Farm.

In September 2010, Nigel planted 425 trees along the other three arteries leading into Winterton.

His son Lance took over the running of the farm in 1998. Wholly owned by a group of pig producers, Ambleside Meats was opened in April 2004, to both add value to the farmer’s pigs and have more control over the sale of their livestock. Abattoir hygiene and animal welfare experts and state officials make regular audits. This ensures an exceptional product with extended shelf life, as well as traceability from farm of origin to retail destination

Our Business Entities

Ambleside Meats CC.

Our abattoir and the mother company of all our businesses.

Loving Hams

Our proud local South African meat producer, a family owned business that supports the farm-to-fork initiative.


Griddle Quality Brands (GQB) is our distribution arm which supplies meat wholesalers, meat processors, hotels, restaurants, and retailers.

The Pig & Plough

Our restaurant and farmstall, providing you with delicious breakfasts, lunches, light meals and beverages.

Ambleside House

A private luxury self catering accommodation, located on the banks of the Little Tugela River, Ambleside Farm.

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