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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 […]

Suburban Green

Suburban Green in Wilmslow offers upmarket sophistication, from its Bottomless Brunch to its elegant small plates menu…

Hart’s of Nottingham to launch September tasting menu

To mark its 20th anniversary year, Hart’s of Nottingham has so far showcased two tasting menus in 2018. This September it is launching a third, coinciding with the announcement that it has just won two AA rosettes for culinary excellence. For September’s tasting menu, the team will present six courses paired with wines carefully selected […]

Four creative ways for indies to boost business this summer

How do you attract new customers and surprise and delight your loyal fans? Here are a few ideas for boosting business this summer, with some fascinating real-world examples. 1. Hold quirky events You don’t generally need to give people an excuse to get out of the house during summer, but you do need to give […]

Festival of Food & Drink at Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire, September 15-16

A new Gin School is one of the many attractions at this year’s Festival of Food & Drink at Clumber Park in north Nottinghamshire. Other crowd pullers are cookery demos from MasterChef winner Jane Devonshire, and BBC Britain’s Best Home Cook’s Dan Doherty and Chris Bavin. There will also be cookery workshops with The School of […]

The Swan Inn

The Swan Inn in Kettleshulme, Cheshire, is a stunning gastro pub serving exceptional fish that still functions as a great place just to go and have a drink…

Locally sourced last-minute Fathers’ Day gifts from independent businesses

If you haven’t got anything fixed for Fathers’ Day yet, don’t worry, there’s still time. We’ve rounded up some last-minute dad-pleasing ideas, all from independent businesses in Great Food Club’s recommended network – so you can be sure the quality will be outstanding and that your money will go to local businesses. Included are some […]

Everards to open “agile” new brewery, beer hall and distillery

Everards of Leicestershire is to build an “agile” new brewery, a 200-plus capacity beer hall, and will start distilling its own gin, vodka, rum and saké at its new £20m Everards Meadows brewery site, where building work began this May. Everards chief executive Stephen Gould told the Leicester Mercury: “Our new brewery will be more agile […]


Bundobust in Manchester specialises in Indian street food and craft beer, served up in a relaxed and welcoming hall-style restaurant…

Belvoir Castle’s new food and drink development will be an exciting addition to the East Midlands

Belvoir Castle’s new Engine Yard development is located a few hundred yards from the Castle and will be an exciting addition to the East Midlands’ food and drink scene. Scheduled to open in June 2018, The Engine Yard will be home to a café with a pop-up restaurant and upstairs events space, a wine bar, […]