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Articles by Bobby Twidale

The story behind Leicestershire’s new pop-up tipi pub

Words, pictures and video by Bobby Twidale James Ball, head chef and director of Zest Catering & Events, and Emma Tilley, owner of Bridge House Barn at Kibworth Harcourt, would normally have been booked solid with weddings and events for the entire spring-summer season in 2020. The combination of James’ cuisine and a magical tipi-village […]

Leicestershire pub walk: Peatling Magna to Claybrooke Parva via The Crab & Cow at Leire – a great walk made even better!

By Bobby Twidale Late in July, with lockdown restrictions sufficiently lifted, we set off to walk from Peatling Magna to Claybrooke Parva, along the footpaths that make up this section of the Leicestershire Round footpath. Having already completed the Rutland Round in early June and now a good way through the Leicestershire Round, this particular […]

Local food heroes of coronavirus: The ‘Feeding Nottingham’ Project

By Bobby Twidale In these unsettling times, an army of health-care workers are facing unimaginable challenges, and many vulnerable people are struggling to access good nutrition. As a result, two Nottingham independents – CHEFF and The Body Project – have teamed up to launch an inspiring project. CHEFF – ‘clean, healthy, energising, fresh food’ – […]

The Berkeley Arms: A pub at the heart of its community

By Bobby Twidale Since taking over The Berkeley Arms in Wymondham just over a year ago, Dipak Raxit, or ‘Kumar’ as he prefers to be known, has quickly established himself and his traditional village pub as the beating heart of the local community. He’d be first to admit it wasn’t an easy start; losing a […]

How John Molnar and his award-winning team turned The Cod’s Scallops into Britain’s best fish & chip shop

By Bobby Twidale East Midlands chippy The Cod’s Scallops was already riding the crest of a wave following its victory in the National Fish & Chip Awards 2020. A few weeks later in March 2020, it bagged a top prize at the British Pie Awards – for its chicken, leek & ham pie (in the […]