Great Food Club celebrates the best food and drink independents and guides you to them. We passionately believe these businesses make our villages, towns and cities better places to live in.
However, being an independent business does not automatically make you good, and that’s why every pub, restaurant, food shop and producer we recommend has been vetted by our team before we list them on this website. None pay to appear. 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.
Great Food Club was launched in 2010 and sprang out of Great Food Magazine, which was self-published by founder Matt Wright for 14 issues between 2010 and 2012.
Here are the current members of the team:
Matt Wright Founder & Editor-in-chief & Leicestershire Editor
Matt lives in Leicestershire with his wife, two kids and dog. He is passionate about British pubs, slow food and home brewing. He founded Great Food Club (originally as Great Food Magazine) in 2010 after being inspired by local producers near his home town of Melton Mowbray - Britain's 'Rural Capital of Food'.
Anna Forgaard North Northants, Stamford & Market Harborough 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.
Alex Ryder Bristol & Bath Editor and Social Media Manager
Alex is a Midlands girl who now lives in Bristol. She writes the food blog Gingey Bites and loves nothing more than eating out and experimenting in the kitchen.
Robin Stewart Rutland 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.
Tim Burke Leicestershire 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.
Ann Fugler Yorkshire 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.
Ian Cooke Herefordshire & Worcestershire Editor
Ian is a massive fan of local, independent, artisan food and drink businesses. He and his wife Amanda have lived in Herefordshire for 30 years and have two daughters.
Philip Seaman Cambridgeshire Editor
Philip lives in west Cambridgeshire in the parish of Catworth with his wife. He loves eating out for pleasure and business. His other interests are collecting cookery books and menus, driving his tractor and working on the renovation of their old farm.
Abby Brennan Nottinghamshire Editor
Abby lives in Radcliffe on Trent with her family and several chickens. She is a former restaurant owner and now mentors food business start-ups, writes recipes, and blogs at The Fishwife's Kitchen.
Lisa Hayter South Northamptonshire Editor
Lisa loves nothing more than touring the food and drink hotspots of Northamptonshire, seeking out hidden gems. She lives in Wootton, Northants with her husband and son.
Tracy Macheta Norfolk Editor
Tracy lives in north Norfolk with her husband and rescue cocker spaniel. She is an avid foodie, co-organiser of a local cake club and also writes a food blog – www.thelittlepinkkitchen.com
Monet Brooks Derbyshire Editor
Monet (pronounced Mon-ay) lives in Derbyshire with her mum, brother and Beagle called Bob. She loves eating out and writes her own blog – Munching With Monet.
Ellen Manning Warwickshire Editor
Ellen is a journalist, foodie and travel-lover who lives in Warwickshire. She writes the food blog Eat With Ellen.
Hugh Thomas Kent Editor
Hugh is a food journalist, and has lived in the Kent countryside for most his life. He functions on a balanced diet of street food and beer – so he fits in perfectly at Great Food Club.
Penny Hopkins Hampshire & Dorset Editor
Penny lives in the New Forest where she loves to cycle, walk, bake and eat out. She writes the blog Hops' Hikes & Bites.
Sarah Tattersall London 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.
Hannah Freeman South Wales Editor
Hannah is a food and travel writer, food stylist, historian, historical food consultant, author and member of The Guild of Food Writers. She is based in the Welsh Borders. "I am extremely passionate about all aspects of food and drink and always thinking on the next meal," she says.
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.