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Articles by Matt Wright

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 […]

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…

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…

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