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Articles by Anna Forgaard

Happy 40th birthday, Hambleton Hall! We propose a toast!

But which of the 10,000 bottles in its wine cellar should you choose? A 40th birthday demands a celebration, but the pandemic has scuppered party plans for many of us this year, including Hambleton Hall near Oakham. Special events might be on ice but guests can still enjoy the Michelin-starred restaurant, the boutique rooms and […]

Viva Vino

Viva Vino is a fun way to buy wine, without all the pomp. But this doesn’t stop the wines or service being interesting or professional…

Learning the art of BBQ at The School of Artisan Food

‘Queen of the Coals’ has always been a title I’ve coveted in our house. And a day at The School of Artisan Food (get 10% off their courses here) discovering the tricks and tips of cooking using fire and smoke was a great place to start. The Welbeck Estate near Worksop in Nottinghamshire set up […]

The Crown Inn at Elton

The Crown at Elton is a village pub with rooms serving excellent food and seasonal dishes in a welcoming atmosphere…

Liz Moore Cooks

From her kitchen tucked away in the countryside outside Market Harborough, Liz produces the most incredible dishes for private clients…

I’m Real Ice Cream

Created by third-generation gelato makers, Northampton’s I’m Real combine the best of Italian tradition with modern flavours to create truly delicious gelato…

Two Birds Spirits

One of the original artisan distillers, producing carefully crafted gins and vodkas and offering gin masterclasses at their Market Harborough HQ…

Three Hills Brewery

This unique brewery in Woodford, Northamptonshire, breaks the rules of brewing by producing exceptional ales and lagers to ever-changing recipes…

Farrington’s Oils

A delicious range of oils, dressings and mayonnaises made from rapeseed grown on a Northamptonshire family farm…

B Is For Brownie

The most luxurious, rich, smooth and flavour-packed brownies you could hope to find – made in Rutland with single-origin chocolate…

The Cafe @ Welland Park

Good coffee and delicious food in an Art Deco building set on park lawns next to the river in Market Harborough…

Nene Valley Brewery Tap and Kitchen

An excellent restaurant and bar owned and operated by Oundle’s Nene Valley Brewery…

The Bottle Mix

The widest selection of real ales in Northamptonshire, complemented by cider, fruit wines, local spirits and traditional soft drinks…

Waterloo Cottage Farm

An award-winning 125-acre farm, shop, butchery, food school and community garden not far from Market Harborough on the Northants/Leicestershire border…

Vivia Crump’s Chutney

Small-batch chutneys made in Rutland, packed with inspiring flavours and textures – perfect partners to a whole host of dishes…

Stanley Street Food

This Northamptonshire-based caterer offers an eclectic and international menu, inspired by worldwide street food and served in a festival style…

Seed and Bean

An award-winning chocolate maker whose products are bold-flavoured, organic, Fairtrade and ethically produced…

Dovecote Farm

Dovecote Farm comprises a farm shop, restaurant, tea room and PYO area set in the heart of the Northamptonshire countryside…