Great Food Club is based in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire – the Rural Capital of Food. We celebrate the best food and drink independents in the East Midlands and further afield, and we guide you to them. We love the uniqueness of independents and believe they make our villages, towns and cities better places to live in.

Every pub, restaurant, food shop and producer we recommend has been vetted by our team before we list them on this website. They are all chosen on merit. When selecting venues, we ask ourselves one question: would we recommend this independent to a discerning friend? If it’s a yes, they’re in. To view and search them, click here.

Great Food Club was launched in 2010.

Here are some members of the team:

  • Matt Wright Founder & Editor

    Matt lives in Leicestershire and is passionate about pubs, local food and home brewing. He founded Great Food Club in 2010 after being inspired by local producers near his home town of Melton Mowbray - Britain's 'Rural Capital of Food'.

  • Philip Seaman Editor-At-Large

    Philip lives in west Cambridgeshire in the parish of Catworth with his wife. He is going for the 'World Eating-Out Record'. Passionate about food and drink, his other interests are collecting cookery books and menus, driving his tractor and working on the renovation of their old farm.

  • Anna Forgaard Local Editor

    Anna lives in 'the best village in England' (King's Cliffe) with her husband, two boys, four chickens and an allotment. She is passionate about high quality local food and drink businesses.

  • Tim Burke Local Editor

    Leicester-based Tim has been a journalist for 30 years, and over the last 12 years has been restaurant critic for Metro, Great Food Club and the Leicester Mercury. He is also author of 2016 publication The Leicestershire & Rutland Cookbook.

  • Alan Green Website Developer & Designer

    Alan's tech know-how and design skills have turned the Great Food Club website into a thing of beauty and function. His digital agency is called Dare To Think.

  • Ann Fugler Local Editor

    Ann lives in North Yorkshire and enjoys writing about all things food and Yorkshire. A passionate lover of loose-leaf teas, she founded and runs Tea Box Online.

  • Lauren Clark Local Editor

    Lauren lives near Southwell in Nottinghamshire and writes the food blog Notts on Toast.

  • Lynne Barnsley Local Editor

    Lynne lives in the beautiful Staffordshire Moorlands on the western edge of the Peak District. She's been cooking for over 30 years but it’s only recently that she's found the time to start photographing and writing about food. As well as writing for Great Food Club, Lynne runs the Moorlands Eater food blog.

  • Stephanie Walsh Local Editor

    Stephanie lives in Derbyshire and is a previous organiser of the Derbyshire Food & Drink Awards.

  • Ellen Manning Local Editor

    Ellen is a journalist, foodie and travel-lover who lives in Warwickshire. She writes the food blog Eat With Ellen.

  • Penny Hopkins Local Editor

    Penny lives in the New Forest where she loves to cycle, walk, bake and eat out. She writes the blog Hops' Hikes & Bites.

  • Robin Stewart Local Editor

    Robin teaches cookery at his very own Rutland Cookery School, photographs anything to do with food, cycles, goes fishing and has two grown up children. He lives in Oakham.

  • Sarah Tattersall Local Editor

    Sarah lives in London and loves nothing more than seeking out fantastic local producers and sampling their wares. Can usually be found in a pub, restaurant or somewhere between the two.

  • Emma Arling Office Boss

    Emma lives near Melton Mowbray and keeps everything in the office running smoothly. She loves an afternoon tea! Cream first, then jam.