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Articles by Matt Wright

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…

Southwells’ 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…

Thyme

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…

Hillers Farm Shop wins Midlands title in Countryside Alliance Awards

Hillers Farm Shop of Dunnington near Alcester in Warwickshire is Local Food Winner for the Midlands in the Countryside Alliance Awards. Nominated by the public, the awards recognise those who go the extra mile for their community. The regional finalists were announced in December 2016, and in February Hillers discovered that they had been named Joint […]

Crafty St Martin’s join forces with Everards to create a “country pub in the city centre”

The past few years have been an enjoyable journey for Andy Hall and Chris Elliman, and it’s about to get even more exciting. Not so long ago Andy was running the Original Cookware Company in Leicester’s St Martin’s Square, and Chris was living in Balham, south London, working as a chef whilst studying for a […]

Is this Leicestershire’s most charitable pub?

The White Horse at Quorn in Leicestershire continues to do outstanding – and unsung – charitable work in the local community. But it’s not just the pub’s directors, brothers David and Martin Keatley-Lill, who are helping people in need ­– customers and friends are involved, too. Each Christmas for the past four years, The White […]

“We started out roasting beans in our garage” – the rise and rise of 200 Degrees

Nottingham-based 200 Degrees Coffee Roasters & Coffee Shops need plenty of their own caffeine right now. Sleep isn’t high on their agenda. Instead they’re riding a wave of success that has seen them grow from two blokes roasting coffee beans in a Nottingham garage into a group of five buzzing coffee shops and a roast […]

Burtree Puddings

This Darlington-based producer’s delightful puds have picked up many a star in the Guild of Fine Foods’ Great Taste Awards. One taste and you’ll understand why…

The Geese & Fountain

A traditional village inn with a rustic feel in Croxton Kerrial on the A607, serving honest, locally sourced pub food and a spectacular range of beers…

The best pubs radiate a great ‘feel’, as The White Horse at Banbury proves…

What makes you walk into one pub and totally ignore another? In almost every case it’s the feel of the place – that hard-to-define sense of comfort and belonging that washes over you when you’re in a really good boozer, hotel or restaurant. A pub could serve food prepared by Tom Kerridge alongside amazing beer […]

Das ist gut! Why the new menu at Leicester’s Rutland & Derby’s is turning heads

The winter menu at The Rutland & Derby in Leicester city centre is catching eyes all over town. It’s laid-back, unpretentious and Germanic, offering tasty small plates such as German salami, spiced whitebait and pretzels alongside wurst, pizzas (try the ‘flammkuchen’) and mains like chicken schnitzel with lemon aioli and salsa verde. The list of […]

The Kensington Arms

A great example of a laid-back dining pub in Bristol. Excellent cooking, local ingredients, interesting menus…

The Good Loaf

An ethically focused bakery and café located in an old shoe factory in the heart of Northampton’s Boot & Shoe Quarter…

The Peel Wood-Fired Kitchen

A family-run business based in Newark, serving delicious Neapolitan-style pizzas from a converted van that’s home to a wood-fired oven…

185 Watling Street

An eclectic venue in the middle of Towcester, offering exciting food and great drink in a wonderful art deco style interior…

Under Fine Wraps

Beautiful wicker and leather-strapped hampers made in Rutland, containing very carefully selected food and drink…

Rutland Cookery School

Launched in Oakham by acclaimed chef Robin Stewart, this cookery school offers a full range of courses from bread-making to sushi to knife skills…

Sharky & George Fishmongers

A mobile fishmonger that supplies fresh, sustainably caught fish sourced directly from the docks. Find them at Kimbolton and Cambridge markets…

Floppy Chicken

Crowland-based producers of ‘the ultimate easy-carve chicken’ – fresh free-range local chickens totally deboned and then stuffed with delicious fillings…

The Packhorse Inn

A fantastic village pub in Little Longstone, Derbyshire, untouched by the trappings of the modern world – no frills just great ales, lovely local food, open fires and a warm welcome…

Café au Chocolat

The taste of continental France – including amazing hot chocolates and sweet and savoury crêpes – in the centre of Stamford…

Great Food Club’s first Beer Dinner at The Olive Branch in Clipsham

Last night Great Food Club teamed up with The Beer Hub and held its very first beer dinner at The Olive Branch in Clipsham, Rutland. The Beer Hub is Mark Tetlow, a qualified beer sommelier and master brewer based in Leicestershire with more than 30 years’ experience in the pub and brewing industry. He’s known […]

Ganders Goat Gelato

A Northamptonshire farm producing low-fat, naturally flavoured and delicious goats’ milk gelato…

Pastures Poultry Farm

A free-range poultry producer – fantastic chicken, duck, guinea fowl and more available from the Yardley Hastings farm shop, farmers’ markets and online…

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