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How to use our East Midlands alfresco dining & beer garden map

All being well, outdoor dining spaces will open on April 12. So you may want to use our alfresco and beer garden map of GFC-recommended independents in the East Midlands. Here’s how to use it… 1) Go to the Guide Page.2) Scroll down slightly to find the search form.3) Enter your location or postcode into the […]

The perfect last-minute Christmas gift for foodies

Would you like to send a last-minute gift to the foodie in your life? If so, how about a Great Food Club Gift Pack? Each contains: — Christmas card — Membership card that unlocks 175+ exclusive deals— Gift message of your choice— The new Great Food Club Handbook 2021* *Cards will arrive before Christmas. Handbook […]

Stamford’s ‘Whyte Wytch’ to open creamery in Sacrewell’s Artisan Courtyard

A cheesemaker is to open a creamery at Sacrewell Farm’s new Artisan Courtyard near Wansford in Cambridgeshire. Alison Williamson from Stamford launched Whyte Wytch in 2020 after retiring from her role in IT. The white cheese takes six-weeks to mature and there are 100 rounds per batch. A cross between camembert and brie, it can […]

The Lighthouse and Boboli in south Leicestershire launch takeaway menus

The Lighthouse in Kibworth Beauchamp and Boboli in Kibworth Harcourt have launched takeaway menus. You can view The Lighthouse’s takeout menu here and Boboli’s takeout menu here.   The restaurants, both owned by Sara and Lino Poli, are recommended by Great Food Club and also offer GFC card-holders 10% off the total bill (exclusions apply, […]

10% off Cocoa Amore’s decadent chocolate-making kits for GFC members

It might not feel like it, but Christmas is just around the corner. Cocoa Amore have got some fabulous chocolate making kits to indulge in. Whether you’re looking for stocking fillers, for lockdown gifts to send loved ones, or for a delicious family activity, these are the perfect chocolatey treats! Each kit includes all the […]

Food Shop of the Year: Great Food Club Awards 2020/21

Winner Welbeck Farm Shop, Welbeck, Nottinghamshire Finalists Gates Farm Shop, Cold Overton, RutlandCroot’s Farm Shop, Duffield, DerbyshireMaxey’s Farm Shop, Kirklington, Nottinghamshire The winner is Welbeck Farm Shop on the Welbeck Estate near Worksop. This sumptuously stocked shop would be a treat even if it didn’t showcase produce from the food and drink hub that is […]

Food Producer of the Year: Great Food Club Awards 2020/21

Winner Manor Farm Yogurt, Thrussington, Leicestershire Finalists Fruit Pig, Wisbech, CambridgeshireLincolnshire Poacher Cheese, Ulceby, LincolnshireBytham Kitchen, Bourne, Lincolnshire The winner is Manor Farm in Thrussington for its outstanding yogurt. When you taste it, you’ll understand why – Manor Farm products are exceptional. The ‘Natural Live Smooth & Creamy’ variety is velvety rich, deeply creamy, fresh […]

Farm Shop of the Year: Great Food Club Awards 2020/21

Winner Tori & Ben’s Farm Shop, Kings Newton, Derbyshire Finalists March House Farm Shop, Great Dalby, LeicestershireGrazers of Ashby Parva, LeicestershireNorthfield Farm, Cold Overton, Rutland The winner is Tori & Ben’s Farm Shop & Butchery in south Derbyshire. This shop feels special, from the moment you park your car opposite the pretty stone building. Inside […]

Fine-Dining Restaurant of the Year: Great Food Club Awards 2020/21

Winner Alchemilla, Nottingham Finalists The Jew’s House, LincolnHambleton Hall, near Oakham, RutlandJohn’s House, Mountsorrel, Leicestershire The winner is Alchemilla in Nottingham – a stylish modern venue under vaulted arches that has very quickly become one of the Midlands’, if not the UK’s, most exciting restaurants. Alchemilla offers a choice of tasting menus with matched wines. We selected […]

Casual-Dining Restaurant of the Year: Great Food Club Awards 2020/21

Winner Hitchen’s Barn, Oakham, Rutland Finalists The Brownlow Arms, Hough on the Hill, LincolnshireThe School House, South Normanton, DerbyshireFourwards at Ashfields, Earl Shilton, Leicestershire The winner is Hitchen’s Barn in Oakham, which impressed with its good-quality seasonal cooking, local sourcing, and convivial service and atmosphere. Our judges’ meal included an excellent smoked haddock scotch egg; loin of […]

Dining Pub of the Year: Great Food Club Awards 2020/21

Winner The Stag & Hounds, Burrough on the Hill, Leicestershire Finalists The Falcon at Fotheringhay, NorthamptonshireThe Willow & Brook, Apethorpe, NorthamptonshireThe Blue Ball, Braunston, Rutland The winner is The Stag & Hounds at Burrough on the Hill – a genuine, friendly and down-to-earth village pub that also offers accomplished, seasonal cooking. Head chef and co-owner […]

Classic Pub of the Year: Great Food Club Awards 2020/21

Winner The Marquis of Granby, Granby, Nottinghamshire Finalists The Geese & Fountain, Croxton Kerrial, LeicestershireThe Blue Cow, South Witham, LincolnshireThe Frame Breakers, Ruddington, Nottinghamshire The winner is The Marquis of Granby in the village of Granby, Nottinghamshire. This compact, cosy and welcoming pub is the brewery tap for Brewster’s Brewery of Grantham. There are no […]

World Cuisine Restaurant of the Year: Great Food Club Awards 2020/21

Winner Kushi-Ya, Nottingham Finalists Orbis, Oakham, RutlandAnoki, DerbyZada, Stamford, Lincolnshire Kushi-Ya is the winner for its authentic, inventive and mouthwatering Japanese cooking. This laid-back restaurant on the first floor of a historic building in Nottingham city centre has a cool, attic-loft feel, with wooden beams and skylights. The restaurant specialises in kushiyaki – ingredients that have been skewered and […]

Café of the Year: Great Food Club Awards 2020/21

Winner All Mine Cakes by the Lake, Maythorne, near Southwell, Nottinghamshire Finalists The Crimson Tree, Sherwood, NottinghamBread & Butterflies, West Bridgford, NottinghamApteekki, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire The winner is All Mine Cakes by the Lake – a beautiful, tranquil and extremely professionally run gluten-free café set by fishing lakes in Maythorne near Southwell. Former nurse Hayley […]

Butcher of the Year: Great Food Club Awards 2020/21

Winners Robin Maycock Butchers, Holloway, Matlock, Derbyshire – Butcher of the YearOwen Taylor & Sons, Alfreton, Derbyshire – Catering Butcher of the Year Finalists Mould’s Family Butcher, Nassington, NorthamptonshireRoberts of Mountsorrel, Leicestershire, Leicestershire Robin Maycock Butchers & Bakery in Holloway near Matlock wins our Butcher of the Year 2020/21 title. It is an exceptional traditional butcher’s shop with […]

Deli of the Year: Great Food Club Awards 2020/21

Winner Thrussington’s Village Store, Thrussington, Leicestershire Finalists The Bottle Top, Ruddington, NottinghamshireChristopher James Deli, LeicesterWigston Fields News & Deli, Wigston, Leicester Thrussington’s Village Store is the winner for being as close to a perfect little village deli and tearoom as it’s possible to get! Overlooking the village green, it’s everything you could want from a […]

Drink Producer of the Year: Great Food Club Awards 2020/21

Winner Braybrooke Beer Co, Braybrooke, near Market Harborough, Northamptonshire Finalists Brentingby Gin, Melton Mowbray, LeicestershireWhite Peak Distillery, Ambergate, DerbyshireNapton Cidery, Napton, Warwickshire The winner is Braybrooke Beer Co for its impeccable range of lagers. This specialist lager brewery on a farm near the Leicestershire/Northamptonshire border has only been brewing since 2018 but has created beers […]

Bakery of the Year: Great Food Club Awards 2020/21

Winner The Bakehouse, Sherwood, Nottingham Finalists Beauvale Priory Bakehouse, Moorgreen, NottinghamshireBisbrooke Artisans, Bisbrooke, RutlandLily & Honey, Oakham, Rutland The winner is The Bakehouse in Sherwood – not only for its impressively broad range of excellent-quality breads, cakes, pasties and sourdoughs, but also for its dynamic industriousness. Walk into The Bakehouse and you’ll find an alluring […]

Food Hero of the Year: Great Food Club Awards 2020/21

The winner of this special annual award (for which there is no shortlist) is the team behind March House Farm Shop in Great Dalby, Leicestershire for their inspirational hard work and dynamism over the tumultuous past 12 months. In the same week that lockdown began in March 2020, March House Farm launched an excellent online […]

Private Chef of the Year: Great Food Club Awards 2020/21

Winner Craig Floate, Nottingham Finalists Knife, Fork & Spooner, Ketton, RutlandStanley Street Food, Barnwell, NorthamptonshireThe Enterprising Chef, Melbourne, Derbyshire The winner of this new category is Craig Floate for his excellent classic cooking and impressive customer service. All Finalists have much to commend them, with each offering a very different culinary experience to the next. […]

Street Food Producer of the Year: Great Food Club Awards 2020/21

Winner Smoqued, Swadlincote, Derbyshire Finalists Feast & The Furious, Melton Mowbray, LeicestershireNoni’s Family Kitchen, LeicesterChez Sebastien Artisan Pizza, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire The winner is Smoqued for its authentic and carefully prepared South American street food. From a distinctive yellow 1973 Citroen H-Van, Smoqued, run by James Gordon, serves mouthwatering dishes such as Lamb Barbacoa Tacos […]

Toffee Apple Cake with Salted Caramel Sauce – and Cidentro Cider

A sponsored recipe from Cidentro Cider Happy autumn! It’s apple-harvest season and cider-makers are busy at work in their orchards. Inspired by all the apples being gathered in, here’s a delicious autumnal recipe for Toffee Apple Cake. Try it with Cidentro Cider, which recently won Silver and Bronze Medals at the International Cider Challenge 2020. […]

Price & Fretwell’s ‘NHS Hamper’ raises £525 for Nottinghamshire hospital

Award-winning catering butcher Price & Fretwell has donated £525 to Kings Mill Hospital in Sutton-in-Ashfield. The money was raised through sales of its ‘Supporting the NHS Hamper’. Co-founder Darren Price (pictured above with two nurses from Kings Mill Hospital) said: “We donated the money to Ward 22 of the hospital where my grandmother Elizabeth Fretwell recently passed […]

Burleighs Gin crowdfunding campaign hits £100k target in first week

But there’s still time to invest… Burleighs Gin of Leicestershire has hit its initial crowd-funding target of £100,000 in a single week. However, the distillery is still calling on food and drink lovers to invest after extending the campaign to October 7. Burleighs is currently valued at £2.3 million and has so far received more […]

Crystal Clear Compliance helps food & drink businesses get Covid-secure

Sponsored post Crystal Clear Compliance of Great Easton near Market Harborough works with pubs, restaurants and food shops to help them survive and thrive. Founder Lucy Walsh and her team help independent businesses deal with new post-Covid health & safety and environmental regulations. The government requires every business to complete a Covid risk assessment. Crystal […]

Have you tried Cocoa Amore’s stunning Noir range?

Sponsored post Since the beginning of lockdown, Leicestershire’s Cocoa Amore have been rolling out their brand new ‘Noir’ range in sleek black cardboard packaging. The range features a fantastic spectrum of chocolatey treats, from boxes of chocolates, to tins of fondant truffles, to exciting new filled bars. For the first time, Cocoa Amore have made their […]

The School of Artisan Food at Welbeck reopens to students

It’s back to school to celebrate Sourdough September! The School of Artisan Food at the heart of Nottinghamshire’s Welbeck Estate has reopened and welcomed back students for the first time since lockdown. A new programme of culinary and baking courses has been launched, as well as activities to celebrate Sourdough September. “We are delighted to […]

The Engine Yard at Belvoir is back open for breakfasts, gin, pizza, ice creams and more!

A sponsored post from The Engine Yard The Fuel Tank café/restaurant and Balloon Bar at Belvoir Castle’s Engine Yard are back open – and so are all the other independent shops that make up this rural food & shopping hub. The Fuel Tank is now serving breakfasts from Friday to Sunday, 10am-11.30am. If you’re after a […]

Sunny or grey, Burleighs’ summer specials will hit the spot!

Enjoy your picnic in style with a Burleighs Gin Hamper and take advantage of a sublime summer miniatures offer Sponsored post There is still time to enjoy the summer – and what better way to enjoy the sun than with a Great British gin picnic? Burleighs Distiller’s Cut Gin is the perfect summer tipple to enjoy with friends – […]

Discover chocolate’s terroir with Cocoa Amore’s set of eight Single Origin bars

Sponsored post Cocoa is much like wine or whiskey in that its flavour is intrinsically linked to where it is grown. Factors that alter its flavour include climate, soil and local geography. Cocoa Amore’s Single Origin range allows you to discover these fascinating flavour nuances for yourself. The set includes eight 30g chocolate bars from […]