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England’s Bread Renaissance

Tim Hart, co-founder and owner of Hambleton Bakery, describes the rebirth of our interest in great bread… The industrialisation of our bread is to some extent universal and inevitable. After all, a large mechanical mixer might mix dough as well as a strong man sweating over a trough.  But the process has gone too far and […]

Why British charcuterie was once an everyday food

By Martin Miller of Loxley’s Larder – producer of charcuterie in the heart of rural Nottinghamshire People think we have no tradition of making charcuterie in Britain, but in reality, it was once commonplace. Just about every rural household kept a pig, which represented a lot of meat when it was slaughtered. With no refrigeration or […]

Share your East Mids tips & win a £50 meal

We want your East Midlands recommendations – your favourite restaurants, most-treasured pubs, dearest delis and choicest cafes. What’s more, we’re going to bribe you for your intel! Each month, there’s a £50 meal-out up for grabs. Scroll down past the gallery to enter. After you’ve entered, please vote for your favourites below by clicking the […]

How to make Colwick cheese

Colwick is a soft, fresh cheese from Colwick in Notts. It hadn’t been made commercially for decades but was suddenly reborn in 2014 when Belvoir Ridge Creamery of Eastwell, Leics revived it. Soon after, Jamie Oliver championed it on the telly. But in 2018, when Jane and Alan from Belvoir Ridge Creamery retired, Colwick production […]

Recipe: Spiced Pear & Blue Cheese Soup by Paul Watters

As we move into the colder months, a bowl of hot soup is the perfect lunch or supper. This recipe combines the sweetness of pear with the delicious tanginess of blue cheese. Paul Watters has more than 30 years’ experience in the culinary industry and has worked in some of the most prestigious kitchens in […]

Great Food Club Awards 2021/22 – The Winners

The Champions Restaurant of the Year – full detailsThe Factory Kitchen, Ilkeston, Derbyshire Producer of the Year – full detailsMill Farm, Manthorpe, Lincolnshire Shop of the Year – full detailsThe Tiny Bakery, Leicester Café of the Year – full detailsSix Hills Café, Bakery & Pizzeria, Six Hills, Leicestershire Street Food Producer of the Year – full detailsChez Sebastien […]

Caterer of the Year: Great Food Club Awards 2021/22

Winner Chosen by our judges: Stanley Street, Barnwell, Northamptonshire We’ve chosen Stanley Street as Great Food Club’s Caterer of the Year 2021/22. There was no shortlist for this category this year, but we felt it was high time that we recognised the excellence of this Northamptonshire independent, which has been a finalist in our awards […]

Shop of the Year: Great Food Club Awards 2021/22

Winner Chosen by our judges: The Tiny Bakery, Leicester Shortlist The top public vote-winners: The Tiny Bakery, LeicesterHamilton’s Butchers & Cheeky Pig Takeaway, Farnsfield, NottinghamshireCroots Farm Shop, Duffield, DerbyshireCocoa Amore, Leicester The winner is The Tiny Bakery in Leicester – a small, independent patisserie and coffee shop in the city’s Clarendon Park area. Our judges […]

Café of the Year: Great Food Club Awards 2021/22

Winner Chosen by our judges: Six Hills Café, Bakery & Pizzeria, Six Hills, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire Shortlist The top public vote-winners: The Haybarn at Kneesall, NottinghamshireBurrough Court Coffee Shop, Burrough on the Hill, LeicestershireSix Hills Café, Bakery & Pizzeria, Six Hills, Melton Mowbray, LeicestershireCosy Cafe, Hinckley, Leicestershire The winner is Six Hills Café, Bakery & […]

Restaurant of the Year: Great Food Club Awards 2021/22

Winner Chosen by our judges: The Factory Kitchen, Ilkeston, Derbyshire Shortlist The top public vote-winners: The Factory Kitchen, Ilkeston, DerbyshireThe Red Lion, West Deeping, LincolnshireTap & Run, Upper Broughton, NottinghamshirePaddy’s Marten Inn, Leicester The winner is The Factory Kitchen – a cafe-by-day and restaurant-by-night set in an old factory in the former coal-mining town of […]

Food Hero of the Year: Great Food Club Awards 2021/22

Winner Chosen by our judges: JB Kitchen, Thurcaston, Leicestershire Shortlist The top public vote-winners: Derby Pyclet Co, Derby – Nominated for reviving the Derbyshire pyclet.Radmoor Restaurant, Loughborough – Nominated for providing valuable training to hospitality students.JB Kitchen, Thurcaston, Leicestershire – Nominated for creating an excellent food business in the face of adversity.Ferneley’s Milk, Whissendine, Rutland – Nominated for launching a […]

Producer of the Year: Great Food Club Awards 2021/22

Winner Chosen by our judges: Mill Farm, Manthorpe, Lincolnshire Shortlist The top public vote-winners: Mill Farm, Manthorpe, LincolnshireRound Corner Brewing, Melton Mowbray, LeicestershireFarmer Lou, Oakham, RutlandRuddy Fine Gin, Ruddington, Nottinghamshire The winner is Mill Farm of Manthorpe – a family-run farm and butcher’s shop that started life in the 1940s. It sells its own lamb and […]

Street-Food Producer of the Year: Great Food Club Awards 2021/22

Winner Chosen by our judges: Chez Sebastien Artisan Pizza, Melton Mowbray Shortlist The top public vote-winners: The Cod’s Scallops, Nottinghamshire & LeicestershireStanley Street Food, Barnwell, NorthamptonshireAmelie, CambridgeChez Sébastien Artisan Pizza, Melton Mowbray The winner is Chez Sebastien Artisan Pizza of Melton Mowbray – a small, family-run business that produces wood-fired pizzas. Our judges were impressed by […]

Chef Q&A: Marcel Acostoaie, Private Chef

Experienced chef Marcel Acostoaie believes in a farm-to-table approach and likes to keep things simple. We caught up with him for a quick chat… What is your earliest childhood food memory?“Trying not to burn the house down cooking a seven-egg omelette when I was about five!” What is your favourite dish to cook for friends […]

Belvoir Castle’s Engine Yard launches farm shop and brasserie

A long, long time ago there was a very hungry lady. You might even say she was hangry. One day she visited her friend, the fifth Duke of Rutland at Belvoir Castle near Grantham, and complained that the gap between lunch and dinner was almost unbearable. It was the mid-1840s and the lady was Anna […]

Cambridgeshire Member Offers

Below is a list of places in Cambridgeshire where GFC members can claim special offers by showing their digital or hard-copy membership card. You get a digital and hard-copy membership card when you join Great Food Club here. The Three HillsDean Road, Bartlow, Cambridgeshire, CB21 4PWMidweek dinner, bed and breakfast for two (three courses from […]

Chef Q&A: Daniel Cain, head chef at The Palfrey in Derby

Daniel Cain is head chef at The Palfrey in Derby. We recently enjoyed a brilliant lunch and exceptional service at this city-centre restaurant tucked away in Blacksmith’s Yard, just off Sadler Gate. Daniel brings real passion and skill to his role. We put some quick-fire questions to him… What is your earliest childhood food memory?“Going […]

Stamford licks its lips as Orbis comes to town

Jonathan Spencer is a busy man – he is the owner of both the popular Hoppi Dorri Asian-fusion restaurant in Stamford, south Lincolnshire, and Orbis in Oakham, Rutland. And this month he will open a third venue because Orbis is set to replicate its winning formula in Stamford. We’d seen a buzz building on Facebook […]

Chef Q&A: Jordan Brady, head chef & founder, JB Kitchen Thurcaston

Jordan Brady is head chef and owner of JB Kitchen Thurcaston in Leicestershire. His cooking skills (not to mention his entrepreneurial get-up-and-go) have wowed many of us during lockdown. He specialises in delivering fresh, restaurant-quality food to your door. In the first in a new series of chef Q&As, we put some quick-fire questions to […]

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 […]