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Articles by Abby Brennan

Transported to Italy at The School of Artisan Food

What better way to spend a sunny Sunday in July than cooking up some wonderful Italian dishes at the fabulous School of Artisan Food in north Nottinghamshire? Can’t think of many. The School of Artisan Food is a favourite of Great Food Club, located in the former fire stables of the Welbeck Estate in the […]

Thinking of starting a small food business? Then head to The School of Artisan Food

I recently had the pleasure of visiting one of my favourite places in Nottinghamshire, The School of Artisan Food on the glorious Welbeck Estate near Sherwood Forest in the north of the county. The School opened in 2006 and has developed an outstanding reputation for its training and courses, from bread-making, cheesemaking, brewing and butchery […]

Yeung Sing Cantonese Restaurant

The Yeung Sing in Bingham, Nottinghamshire, is a hidden gem – don’t be fooled by the unassuming red-brick exterior: once inside you are transported to another world…

The Thatch

The Thatch in Bottesford, Leicestershire, is a Grade I-listed restaurant and wine bar with rooms serving contemporary and traditional dishes with innovative flavour combinations…

Butler’s Coffee House

Butler’s Coffee House is a delightful little place located just off the square in Bingham, Nottinghamshire, inhabiting a Grade II-listed former butcher’s shop…

Spring Lane Farm Shop

Spring Lane Farm Shop is a traditional, family-run enterprise in Nottinghamshire, selling homemade bread, locally reared meat, plus a huge variety of vegetables, cheeses and much more…

“The worms were a challenge”

GFC Nottinghamshire editor Abby Brennan has been eating insects “Thai street-food style” as part of a BBC news programme… It was a Sunday like any other, except it wasn’t, as I was on my way to London on behalf of Great Food Club as a guest of BBC East Midlands’ Inside Out programme to experience […]


Pastability is a lovely delicatessen, café, pastificio (pasta maker) and gelateria in the heart of Newark…

The Crimson Tree Café, Bar & Kitchen

The Crimson Tree is a relaxed and charming café, bar and kitchen on Nottingham’s Mansfield Road. Expect a varied menu from brunch through to dinner…

Johnny Pusztai’s Nottingham “restaurant within a butcher’s shop” comes a step closer

Guardian food writer Mathew Fort once described Johnny Pusztai as a “a ham-curing, bacon-smoking, sausage-making force of nature”. As a past holder of The Observer Food Monthly’s prestigious Producer of the Year award, and with a host of other awards and recommendations to his name, Johnny is something of a celebrity in the world of […]

“Sourcing from the best farms is only justified if followed by the best abattoir”

Q&A with Oliver Stubbins, manager of Welbeck Farm Shop in Nottinghamshire, which was shortlisted in the Great Food Club Awards 2017/18… Tell us about the history of the Welbeck Farm Shop? The idea of opening a farm shop here was sparked in the most wonderful fashion – over a couple of pints in the local […]

The Staunton Arms

The Staunton Arms is a fine old village pub in the Vale of Belvoir, offering fresh food daily via a distinctive and original menu…


Alchemilla in Nottingham serves superb contemporary British cuisine in a beautifully modernised 200-year-old former coaching house…

Review: Smoking Goat, Soho

Nestled between any number of musical instrument shops on Denmark Street, Soho, is the unassuming frontage of Smoking Goat. The ‘Goat describes itself as a “Thai Barbecue, Dive Bar and Dining Room” and specialises in using rare-breed British meat as well as more unusual cuts (beef bavette for example, frequently found in France but rarely […]

Review: The Oystermen, Covent Garden

If, like me, you are a bit of an ostreophile (oyster lover), then checking out one of the newer additions to Covent Garden’s restaurant scene is a must. The Oystermen is located on Henrietta St just beside Covent Garden Market. It is boutique (or small) as in maybe 20ish covers? But it is perfectly formed. […]

The Old Volunteer

The ‘Old Vol’ is a delightful rural pub in pretty Caythorpe in the Nottinghamshire countryside, offering great food and a warm welcome…

On a ‘culinary masterclass’ at Ye Old Bell in Barnby Moor

What better than a ‘culinary masterclass’? Especially when it’s held at Ye Old Bell in the village of Barnby Moor on the border of Nottinghamshire, Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. The Bell is a 59-room hotel that dates back to the 17th century. It has a fascinating history, rising to prominence as a pit stop between Edinburgh and […]

The Railway

The Railway is a family friendly village pub in the heart of Lowdham, with an emphasis on high quality food and hand-pulled ales…

Chatsworth’s Flying Childers. Possibly the best Afternoon Tea in the world

The Flying Childers Restaurant at glorious Chatsworth House in Derbyshire is the latest foodie option to open on the Estate. It is not what you might expect. Named after a prize-winning stallion acquired by the second Duke of Devonshire in 1719, the restaurant offers only Afternoon Tea and brunch. That’s it, a brunch and Afternoon Tea […]

In a pickle at the School of Artisan Food

“Fermentation is, let’s face it, a staging post on the road to rot.” So said our tutor for the day, food writer and cook Lindy Wildsmith, as we began a day of pickling and fermenting at the fabulous School of Artisan Food. If you don’t know the School, it is situated on the beautiful Welbeck […]

Sexy Mamma Love Spaghetti

Hidden away in Nottingham’s bohemian Hockley, this cosy and characterful restaurant serves some of the tastiest Italian inspired food in town…

The Specialty Coffee Shop

A superb independent Nottingham coffee shop, owned and run by a young Italian couple with a huge passion for good coffee…

White Rabbit Tea House

A welcoming little tea house in Nottingham serving speciality teas, homemade cakes, light lunches and traditional English Afternoon Teas…

The Malt Cross

A delightful and historic bar and café, located in a beautiful Victorian Musical Hall in the heart of Nottingham…

Chocolate Utopia

An independent, family-run Nottingham business producing an amazing range of delicious handmade, high quality chocolates…

Johnny Pusztai plans to open restaurant next door to his Nottingham butcher’s shop

PHOTO: “So, what have you got on today, mum?” “Well, I am going to have breakfast with a Master Butcher and then meet his pigs.” “Cool, see ya.” That was kind of how my day with the award-winning Johnny Pusztai, the Master Butcher of Nottingham’s Mansfield Road, started. You know how sometimes you come across […]

Cartwheel Café and Roastery

A delightful coffee shop and roastery tucked away on Nottingham’s Low Pavement…

Sugarberry Cake Studio

Sugarberry Cake Studio is a Nottingham-based cake company specialising in delicious cakes and sweet treats…

The Wheatsheaf Pub & Kitchen

A delightful, family-owned, Grade II-listed pub, serving excellent home-cooked food, situated at the heart of Bingham…

Why everyone should try raw milk

Just when you think there is nothing much new under the sun, you discover there is. Well, not new exactly, but you get my drift… I grew up in rural Lincolnshire but unlike just about everyone who has contacted me since I announced my conversion, I don’t think I ever drank raw (unpasteurised) milk. I […]