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Articles by Matt Wright

Berkswell wins Supreme Champion title at Artisan Cheese Awards

A sheep’s cheese – Berkswell – won the Supreme Champion prize at the recent Artisan Cheese Awards held in Melton Mowbray. The winning cheese, produced by the Fletcher family of Ram Hall Farm in Coventry, beat more than 500 entries from 115 producers. The award comes with a silver cup and a £1,000 cheque from sponsor, The Fine […]

Peak Feast

Peak Feast is a vegetarian and vegan-friendly family bakery hidden away in the beautiful Derbyshire village of Youlgrave…

Hart’s Hotel… Star of Nottingham!

One of Great Food Club’s most-recommended Nottingham venues is Hart’s Hotel, which features an exceptional adjoining restaurant. Hart’s recently won four Silver Stars (“highly recommended, offering a superior level of quality”) after an AA inspection. We spoke to Adam Worthington, general manager, to find out more… What does this award mean to the Hart’s team? “It means […]

Redhill Farm opens Lincoln shop

Picture: Jayne Southall Redhill Farm Free Range Pork are celebrating 25 years of farming by opening a new shop on Bailgate in Lincoln. ‘Redhill Farm Shop in the Bail’ is a small version of Redhill Farm’s existing shop, which is located on the farm 20 miles north of Lincoln. The new shop, which is now […]

David Mellor Design Museum Cafe

The David Mellor Design Museum Cafe on the outskirts of Hathersage is relaxing, spacious and fascinating, with good but simple food to match…

Tomahawk Steakhouse

Tomahawk Steakhouse serves the finest dry-aged steaks, Yorkshire Wagyu and other top-notch local meat, fish and vegetarian dishes…

The Black Horse in Aylestone shows how to be a brilliant backstreet boozer in the 21st century

Stitch & Bitch. Cheese Club. The Jam Horse jam night. One of the best pub comedy nights in the UK. Seventy-two types of gin. A very fine burger. You can enjoy all these and more at the Black Horse in Aylestone, Leicester – a pub that clearly isn’t content to push out pints of mild, […]

A Melton Mowbray recommendation with a difference

I’ve just worked my way through several chocolate Easter eggs. They were lying around and when you’re tired and hungry… well… will power evaporates, doesn’t it? I’ve also probably been enjoying one too many pies, cheeses and beers. It’s a hazard of the job. Delicious? Yes. Tight jeans? Yes, although not half as tight as they could be… This isn’t your regular […]

Q&A with Liam Watson, head chef at Fenways, Loughborough

Liam Watson is head chef at exciting new Loughborough venue, Fenways Burgers, Smokehouse & Bar. Fenways opened on April 13 after a wonderfully creative interior and exterior makeover by the chaps from Leicester-based Orange Tree Group. The bar/restaurant takes cues from some of London’s most popular street-food concepts and is inspired by much-missed pop-up restaurant, […]

Great Food Club meal at The King’s Arms at Wing

On Thursday April 27, 2017, we’re teaming up with The King’s Arms in Wing, Rutland, to put on a special evening of unique local food. We’d love you to join us! King’s Arms chef-patron James Goss loves to source locally from the fields and rivers (and reservoir!) of Rutland. He also runs Jimmy’s Rutland Smokehouse, drawing on […]

Crafty Burger

This laid-back, buzzing pop-up burger restaurant runs on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from 6-8.30pm…

Featured: Manor Farm Cookery Clubs

Manor Farm Cookery School’s latest Monday ‘Cookery Club’ series starts on Monday May 8, 2017, and runs till June 12. Attendees get to enjoy five weekly sessions either on Monday morning (10am-1pm) or Monday evening (6pm-9pm) at Manor Farm Cookery School, Branston, near Grantham. This series focuses on local seasonal produce, and recipes can be […]

The Unicorn’s Head rises from the ashes

When fire broke out at this Nottinghamshire pub in summer 2015, no one could have predicted what it would take to bring it back to life…

Steak & Honour

Sticking to their principles of no-nonsense, honest food using top quality ingredients, Steak & Honour in Cambridge serve up a honed list of exceptional burgers…

The Stamford Arms creates “gin passports” for customers

The Stamford Arms in Groby, Leicestershire, has launched its own Gin Club. Anyone interested in joining The Stamford Arms’ Gin Club receives a monthly “gin passport” – a 10-page booklet provided by the pub. When they try a new gin, they receive a stamp in their passport, allowing them to record the varieties they’ve tried […]

Fenways Burgers, Smokehouse & Bar opens in Loughborough

Fenways Burgers, Smokehouse & Bar will open on Baxter Gate, Loughborough, Leicestershire, on April 13. Fenways is the Orange Tree Group’s most recent venture. The restaurant takes cues from some of London’s most popular street-food concepts, and is inspired by the Group’s much-missed pop-up restaurant The Smokehouse in Leicester. Expect an impressive selection of handmade burgers […]

Hambleton Bakery produce first Rutland ‘Plum Shuttle’ since 1890

Rutland’s Hambleton Bakery has launched a brand new version of a very traditional Rutland product: ‘Plum Shuttle’. It is believed that this is the first time Plum Shuttles have been produced commercially since 1890. Hambleton Bakery owners Julian Carter and Tim Hart dreamt up the idea as way to contribute to the county’s 20th anniversary […]

Guide: Where to eat and drink in Stamford, Lincolnshire

Spires, old stone buildings and pubs: three things that sum up the bustling market town of Stamford, located on the borders of Lincolnshire, Rutland, Leicestershire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire. But using these words alone to describe the town is like calling Michelangelo’s Statue of David a nice bit of marble. Whether it’s the ancient limestone architecture, […]

Mum’s Back – the perfect foodie gift for new mums

Stamford-based mum of two, Sally Bunkham, came up with the concept for her foodie hamper business Mum’s Back when she realised there was a lack of gifts for new mums. She says: “There are so many presents for new baby, which is lovely, but I wanted something purely to indulge mum. After all, she’s the one who’s been […]

Comment: Everards evolve their enlightened approach yet further

Well done to Everards of Leicestershire for being named Pub Company of the Year 2017 (20-199 pubs). The independent family-run company received their award at the Publican Awards on March 14 in London. We know Everards well here at Great Food Club. They are big supporters of local food and drink businesses, including this website […]

Q&A with wine expert Phil Crozier

Gaucho wine director Phil Crozier shares his knowledge of Argentinian vino…

Mum’s Back

An indulgent food-and-drink gift hamper for new mums containing Rioja, Lincolnshire Poacher cheese, paté and chutney…

Ottar Chocolate

A team of small-batch chocolate makers and pastry chefs, producing on the Welbeck Estate in north Nottinghamshire…

Southwell’s Hearty Goodfellow: the pub with soul (and now sole, too)

When we recently called into The Hearty Goodfellow in Southwell, Nottinghamshire, business owner and landlady Lisa White was busy gutting a trout. This gives a good snapshot as to where this well-loved pub is right now, for it has recently launched a takeaway fish and chip restaurant called The Hearty Sole. The pub’s new chippy […]

The Hercules Revived in Sutton Cheney hits the spot

The Hercules Revived (20% off the a la carte menu for GFC members – more here) is an old coaching inn located a stone’s throw from Bosworth Battlefield in north-west Leicestershire. Not so long ago it was just ‘The Hercules’ but then current owner Oliver Warner rejuvenated it and decided a slight name change was in […]

Dickies Butchery

Set on a family farm in the middle of the Vale of Belvoir, Dickies can only be described as a ‘destination’ butchery…

The Plough at Shutlanger thriving after Northants Food Awards victory

The Plough at Shutlanger near Towcester, Northamptonshire, have enjoyed their best ever start to a year, and they’re putting that success down to their victory in the Carlsberg UK Northamptonshire Food and Drink Awards 2016/17. The venue at Shutlanger near Towcester not only took the prestigious title of ‘Booker Food Pub of the Year’ – […]

Crafty St Martin’s

A laid-back independent coffee shop and coffee and tea merchants in central Leicester with an enticing lunchtime menu…


An intriguing café/restaurant serving tasty Mediterranean-style food in the middle of Leicester’s Spinney Hill Park…

La Rock

An oasis of seriously impressive food hidden away down a backstreet in Sandiacre between Nottingham and Derby…

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