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“I had to step back from the stoves to focus on my wellbeing and mental health”

Sean Hope, co-founder and former Michelin-starred head chef at The Olive Branch in Rutland, writes about his tough decision to step away from the stoves and his exciting new product range, Add Hopes… In April 2018, I decided to step away from the stoves at The Olive Branch after nearly 20 years. The reason was simple. […]

The female head distiller making waves at Burleighs Gin of Leicestershire

Advertisement feature Distilling is traditionally a male pursuit. There’s no reason why it should be – except the shackles of history – but many more men make gin, vodka, rum and whisky than women. The same is true for brewing. However, things are changing. The gin boom is creating more women distillers. And one is […]

The difference between real bread and its factory rival

By Tim Hart, owner, Hambleton Bakery The age of supermarket retail has brought many benefits – convenient car parks, one-stop shopping and low prices to name three. But some products don’t fit the ideal of fully-stocked aisles, with everything available 24/7. British bread production has been industrialised to combine large, remote centres of production, plastic-wrapped […]

Where to take a gourmet minibreak in the East Midlands – five stunning options

Advertisement feature The East Midlands isn’t top of many mini-breakers’ lists. But it should be. Great Food Club’s home turf (we’re based in Melton Mowbray) contains pretty Rutland, the stunning Vale of Belvoir, the unsung beauty of Leicestershire’s Bradgate Park and the rugged Derbyshire Peak District. It’s also home to pies and Stilton, many special […]

Fosse Meadows Farm stars on BBC TV and launches awesome offers

Award-winning independent chicken and cockerel producer Fosse Meadows Farm of North Kilworth, Leicestershire, will star on BBC TV on Monday, January 6, 2020. Owners Nick and Jacob will appear on The Farmers’ Country Showdown, BBC One, 3.45pm. The show will be repeated the following morning (Tuesday 7th) at 7.15am, and is also available on BBC […]

Lunch For Even Less 2020 brings top-quality dining at jaw-dropping prices

Starting on Monday, January 6 and running until April 30, six of the East Midlands’ best pubs and restaurants are teaming up again to offer some brilliant lunch deals. Get booking those tables! Hambleton Hall, near Oakham, Rutland Two courses for £28 (third course for £7)Offer valid Monday, January 6 to Friday, January 17 and […]

Everards MD Stephen Gould is officially one of the UK’s kindest business leaders!

Everards of Leicestershire‘s managing director Stephen Gould is officially one of the kindest leaders in the UK! He was recognised in a list of ’50 Kind Leaders’ announced on World Kindness Day (November 13).  The list was created by the Women of the Future Programme to recognise the contribution kind leaders give to business, the […]

Leicester’s NORTH42 Gin lands exclusive partnership with Selfridges

A new brand of craft gin, created by two female entrepreneurs from Leicester, is to launch exclusively in Selfridges Birmingham. And it’s all down to a chance remark made at a women’s business event. Sally Davis, who is behind Leicester-based North42 brand, told a Birmingham audience at the launch of Back Her Business, a Treasury-led […]

What diners really, really hate (and other useful insights)

In October 2018, a survey by Feed it Back entitled ‘The Main Reasons Customers Leave Negative Reviews’ found the following: The main complaint on review websites is speed of service – 20% of negative comments relate to slow food service or long wait time 6 out of the top 10 complaints from restaurant customers about […]

Redhill Farm celebrates its 20th birthday

Redhill Farm Free Range Pork of Lincolnshire – Great Food Club Producer of the Year 2017/18 and 2018/19 – will celebrate its 20th anniversary this summer. Farmers Terry and Jane Tomlinson started from scratch selling at farmers’ markets. Redhill Farm now boasts a purpose-built farm shop, butchery and smokehouse. It also runs an online shop and a […]

Jenno’s Coffee House to open at Everards Meadows in Leicester

Jenno’s will open its second coffee shop in summer 2019… Jenno’s Coffee House is to open a café at the new Everards Meadows development. Having operated a shop in Blaby, Leicestershire since 2016, the Everards Meadows outlet will be Jenno’s second. An independent family business, Jenno’s is known for its friendly service, excellent coffee and […]

14 award-winning Midlands pubs to try out

Fourteen Midlands pubs have won Everards’ ‘Make A Difference Awards’. Check out the list below, or read on to find out more… Your local landlord or landlady doesn’t often get to be on the other side of the bar. That’s why every year Everards invites the business owners who run its 175 pub estate to […]

UK’s first consumer magazine dedicated to great cider

Full Juice is a brand-new free magazine that celebrates the world of craft cider. From four of the world’s most acclaimed cider champions comes a new publication entirely focused upon the fermented apple. Pete Brown, Susanna Forbes, Bill Bradshaw and Gabe Cook have spent the last decade travelling to the world’s greatest cider making regions […]

Food & drink stroll: Melton Mowbray to Great Dalby in Leicestershire

Walking from Melton Mowbray to Great Dalby in Leicestershire is a beautiful foodie affair. The three-mile stroll (one way) takes in three independents that we recommend. First, just before reaching the village of Great Dalby, you hit March House Farm Shop & Cafe. This is an exceptional family-run shop and its adjoining café serves teas, […]

Bath Soft Cheese triumphs in 2019 Artisan Cheese Awards

Bath Soft Cheese Company has been declared Supreme Champion at this year’s national Artisan Cheese Awards for its eponymous Bath Soft Cheese. Bath Soft Cheese Company also won Gold in the ‘Organic’ category for its Bath Soft Cheese and was judged against more than 400 cheeses from across the British Isles at St Mary’s Church […]

SOI Restaurant

The food at this Indian restaurant is an excellent example of authentic Gujarati regional cuisine, genuinely reflecting the food eaten in Indian homes…

The Atrium Bar & Kitchen

The Atrium Bar & Kitchen serves breakfasts, brunches, lunches, evening meals and tapas in an old village bank. You can even dine in the old vault…

All Mine Cakes (By The Lake)

A completely gluten-free zone, All Mine Cakes By The Lake is delightfully decorated and the view across the fishing lake is dreamy…

Rudy’s Pizza

Rudy’s Pizza in Ancoats, Manchester, double ferments its dough for a minimum of 20 hours and the pizzas stay in the oven for a mere 60 seconds…

Burleighs unveils new Doddie Weir gin

45 West Distillers have unveiled an exciting partnership with the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation, creating a new Burleighs Gin crafted alongside Scottish rugby legend, Doddie Weir. All profits will go directly to the foundation, helping to fund vital research into the causes and potential cures of Motor Neurone Disease. The Doddie’5 Gin recipe was developed […]

Construction work begins on Everards’ new brewery & beer hall in Leicester

Everards of Leicestershire has confirmed that construction of its new brewery, beer hall and offices starts this month (February 2019)….

January deadline fast approaching for UK’s first ever artisan food production degree

Students have until the UCAS deadline of January 15, 2019 to apply for the UK’s first artisan food production degree to learn all aspects of artisan bread-baking, cheese-making, butchery, charcuterie and patisserie creation. Nottingham Trent University and professional artisan food specialists The School of Artisan Food have teamed up to offer the new Foundation degree […]

All aboard! Burleigh’s Gin Train is back!

Burleighs Gin’s luxury steam train experience is back on December 13! The Great Burleighs Express will depart from Loughborough at 7pm and ride Leicestershire’s Great Central Railway, the UK’s only double-track heritage railway. Guests will enjoy in-carriage fine-dining, festive Burleighs Gin cocktails, live entertainment and a jazz band. These will be set against the backdrop of some of […]

Nottingham’s Cheese Shop: one of the city’s favourite food independents

Set up by brothers Rob and Webb Freckingham 16 years ago, Nottingham’s Cheese Shop, Deli and Cafe – located on Flying Horse Walk in the centre of town – has become one of the city’s favourite food independents. Today, as well as selling directly to the public from their outstanding little deli-cafe, they supply Nottinghamshire […]

The Wheel at Branston in Leicestershire – a rustic, family-run pub

Great Food Club ate at The Wheel Inn in Branston, Leicestershire, last weekend. It’s a down-to-earth, rustic, friendly and welcoming village pub. It also serves good food (including excellent pies) and well-kept local ales, although service was a little on the slow side during our visit. Landlord and head chef Matt Marsden told us that The Wheel […]

Leicester’s Gelato Village does it again!

Leicester’s Gelato Village has done it again! Their ‘Bee Happy’ gelato has won the first heat at the Gelato Festival World Masters competition in Hereford at Carpigiani‘s HQ. Bee Happy is made with Leicestershire honey produced by David ‘The Bee Farmer’ McDowell of Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire milk from Vine Farm Dairy of Great Dalby, plus lemon zest and […]

Where to stock up with food, drink and pressies this Christmas (brilliant local independents only)

Avoiding supermarkets can be tricky in the run-up to Christmas. But stocking up on festive food, drink and gifts at small local independents is well worth the effort: not only do you support the producers and entrepreneurs who make our culinary world so exciting, you also get your hands on the really good stuff – […]

Where to eat out in the Midlands this Christmas

From cosseting country pubs with roaring log fires to sophisticated urban restaurants, here’s Great Food Club’s guide to eating out this Christmas. Each pub or restaurant featured has been visited by Great Food Club and won our seal of approval. Our policy is to recommend independents only and ignore big chains… The Jackson Stops, Stretton, […]

UK winemakers celebrate “harvest of the century”

Wine producers across the UK are hailing 2018 the harvest of the century following a record-breaking summer and an unusually warm autumn, resulting in excellent quality grapes with high yields. David Parkinson, CEO of WineGB, said: “This year’s extraordinary harvest offers the UK wine industry many exciting opportunities. It comes at a time when there […]

The White Lion at Knighton in Staffordshire: Revived!

The historic White Lion at Knighton was on the verge of being redeveloped before it was bought by Julian and Helen Jackson in early 2016. Ever since they’ve been on a journey working with local food suppliers, Tanners Wines and the likes of Forrest Gin to curate a venue that celebrates the Great British Pub […]