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Articles by Matt Wright

Redhill Farm Shop in the Bail

Redhill Farm Shop in the Bail sells free-range meat farmed by Jane and Terry Tomlinson of Redhill Farm, which is situated 20 miles away near Gainsborough…

Tom’s Pies – a pie worth seeking out

Great Food Club’s Cambridgeshire editor, Philip Seaman, went to Glastonbury Festival recently, where he discovered Tom’s Pies. He was so impressed that we had to find out more about this Devon producer… Tom Cull is the man behind Tom’s Pies. He has a background of home cooking with beautiful food sourced on his Dartmoor doorstep. After […]

Q&A with adventurous historical beer specialist Little Earth Project

Little Earth Project (LEP) is an adventurous brewery based near Sudbury, Suffolk. It specialises in farmhouse, sour and historical beers. We caught up with head brewer Tom Norton to find out more… How did Little Earth Project come about? In 2008 we (me, my Dad and a family friend, Jimmy) opened a small cask brewery mainly to supply beer to the pub next […]

The Spotted Duck

The Spotted Duck restaurant in Mountsorrel may have a humble exterior but its food is right out the top drawer…

Northamptonshire pub 185 Watling St Pub & Kitchen reaches national final of prestigious awards

185 Watling St Pub & Kitchen in Towcester – a GFC-recommended pub – has been shortlisted as a national finalist in the Great British Pub Awards 2017. The awards celebrate the achievements of the best pubs in the business, with 185 Watling St Pub & Kitchen selected as a finalist in the Best Managed Pub category. […]

The Star Inn 1744

The Star at Thrussington in Leicestershire is a professionally run village inn with rooms. Expect well-cooked classic dishes and well-kept cask beer…

‘Redhill Farm Shop in the Bail’ brings the farm to the city of Lincoln

Now we’ve all got yet another reason to visit the beautiful city of Lincoln. Redhill Farm Free Range Pork’s brand new city centre shop – ‘Redhill Farm Shop in the Bail’ – is open. Located a stone’s throw from Lincoln cathedral, its arrival adds to the fantastic range of local independents that line Steep Hill […]

How Gelato Village followed their dream of bringing a true Italian food experience to the heart of Leicester

Earlier this summer, Leicester’s Gelato Village cemented its position as one of the world’s best gelato makers by coming third for the second consecutive year in the prestigious Agrimontana Aguguliano Cup in Italy. We asked the founders a few questions… Who are you? We are Antonio De Vecchi and Daniele Taverna. We founded Gelato Village in August […]

Is this Britain’s most idyllic village shop?

Bulwick Village Shop, home to The Pickled Village preserves, is one of those magical food-and-drink places. To call it a village shop and leave it there is to do it a disservice! GFC members’ feedback on this website says it all: “A must-visit little shop”, and “We are so lucky to have this place nearby […]

Q&A with Adam Stokes of Adam’s Restaurant, Birmingham

Who are you? I’m Adam Stokes, head chef and owner of Adam’s Restaurant in Birmingham. I started as a commis chef in 2001 at Hambleton Hall. After spending seven years under Aaron Patterson’s careful tutelage, I made my way to Glenapp Castle in Ayrshire. After five years we had received a Michelin Star and 4 […]

How local sourcing helped to transform The Wheatsheaf at Dallington

A brick wall dotted with colourful wellies marks the entrance to The Wheatsheaf’s pub allotment in Dallington, Northampton. The boots look vibrant and quirkily remind customers how important local sourcing is to this village pub. “Beans, lettuces, pumpkins, squashes, rhubarb – we grow them all in our allotment!” says business owner (and now head gardener) […]

Ordoo: How tech can give you the customer-experience edge

We recently spoke with Tom Dewhurst, founder & CEO of Ordoo. His exciting mobile ordering platform enables food and drink businesses to understand and engage with their customers so they come back more often (and bring their friends, too!). Intrigued by the concept and how it can help independents, we delved a little further into the world of Ordoo… What’s the […]

Q&A with Alex Bond, chef-patron at the soon-to-open Alchemilla, Nottingham

Who are you? My name is Alex Bond I have been cooking for 19 years. I have worked in Michelin-starred kitchens since I was 19 years old, including 42 The Calls in Leeds, Restaurant Sat Bains in Nottingham, Auberge du Lac in Hertfordshire and Turners in Birmingham. How did you get the idea for Alchemilla […]

Bat & Bottle shortlisted for Wine Club of Year

Tiny Rutland wine business, Bat & Bottle, has been shortlisted for the IWC (International Wine Challenge) Wine Club of the Year. Ben and Emma Robson co-founded Bat & Bottle, which was one of the first businesses Great Food Club added to its recommended list, in 1994. Last year, Small Business Saturday named it as one […]

The Beer Garage

The Beer Garage is a one-woman beer business bringing the world of craft beers to a corner of Northamptonshire…

Nottingham’s Alchemilla takes shape

We first told you about Alchemilla in Nottingham back in November 2016, here. If you haven’t read that article yet, we recommend you do as it gives a real flavour of the ambition and scale of this exciting project. Here’s an update… There are now just two months to go until the planned launch. Alchemilla, the brainchild of […]

Q&A with Jon Perkins, managing director of Perkins Family Restaurants of Nottinghamshire

Who are you? “I’m Jon Perkins, managing director of Perkins Family Restaurants. I work closely with David Perkins, my brother and operations director, and chef-director Sarah Newham.” Briefly, what’s the story behind the Perkins family of restaurants? “We’re a second-generation family business established in 1982 by my parents, Tony & Wendy Perkins. Perkins Bar Bistro […]

Leicester’s handsome new Knight cuts a dash

The idea for Leicester’s newest and most impressive restaurant/bar was born three years ago over a pub lunch. Sam Hagger, director of The Beautiful Pubs Collective and the man behind The Forge in Glenfield and The Rutland & Derby in Leicester, was chatting to members of the Everards Brewery team. The conversation moved on to […]

Berkswell wins Supreme Champion title at Artisan Cheese Awards

A sheep’s cheese – Berkswell – won the Supreme Champion prize at the recent Artisan Cheese Awards held in Melton Mowbray. The winning cheese, produced by the Fletcher family of Ram Hall Farm in Coventry, beat more than 500 entries from 115 producers. The award comes with a silver cup and a £1,000 cheque from sponsor, The Fine […]

Peak Feast

Peak Feast is a vegetarian and vegan-friendly family bakery hidden away in the beautiful Derbyshire village of Youlgrave…

Hart’s Hotel… Star of Nottingham!

One of Great Food Club’s most-recommended Nottingham venues is Hart’s Hotel, which features an exceptional adjoining restaurant. Hart’s recently won four Silver Stars (“highly recommended, offering a superior level of quality”) after an AA inspection. We spoke to Adam Worthington, general manager, to find out more… What does this award mean to the Hart’s team? “It means […]

Redhill Farm opens Lincoln shop

Redhill Farm Free Range Pork are celebrating 25 years of farming by opening a new shop on Bailgate in Lincoln. ‘Redhill Farm Shop in the Bail’ is a small version of Redhill Farm’s existing shop, which is located on the farm 20 miles north of Lincoln. The new shop, which is now open, is a […]

David Mellor Design Museum Cafe

The David Mellor Design Museum Cafe on the outskirts of Hathersage is relaxing, spacious and fascinating, with good but simple food to match…

Tomahawk Steakhouse

Tomahawk Steakhouse serves the finest dry-aged steaks, Yorkshire Wagyu and other top-notch local meat, fish and vegetarian dishes…

The Black Horse in Aylestone shows how to be a brilliant backstreet boozer in the 21st century

Stitch & Bitch. Cheese Club. The Jam Horse jam night. One of the best pub comedy nights in the UK. Seventy-two types of gin. A very fine burger. You can enjoy all these and more at the Black Horse in Aylestone, Leicester – a pub that clearly isn’t content to push out pints of mild, […]

A Melton Mowbray recommendation with a difference

I’ve just worked my way through several chocolate Easter eggs. They were lying around and when you’re tired and hungry… well… will power evaporates, doesn’t it? I’ve also probably been enjoying one too many pies, cheeses and beers. It’s a hazard of the job. Delicious? Yes. Tight jeans? Yes, although not half as tight as they could be… This isn’t your regular […]

Q&A with Liam Watson, head chef at Fenways, Loughborough

Liam Watson is head chef at exciting new Loughborough venue, Fenways Burgers, Smokehouse & Bar. Fenways opened on April 13 after a wonderfully creative interior and exterior makeover by the chaps from Leicester-based Orange Tree Group. The bar/restaurant takes cues from some of London’s most popular street-food concepts and is inspired by much-missed pop-up restaurant, […]

Great Food Club meal at The King’s Arms at Wing

On Thursday April 27, 2017, we’re teaming up with The King’s Arms in Wing, Rutland, to put on a special evening of unique local food. We’d love you to join us! King’s Arms chef-patron James Goss loves to source locally from the fields and rivers (and reservoir!) of Rutland. He also runs Jimmy’s Rutland Smokehouse, drawing on […]

Crafty Burger

This laid-back, buzzing pop-up burger restaurant runs on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from 6-8.30pm…

Featured: Manor Farm Cookery Clubs

Manor Farm Cookery School’s latest Monday ‘Cookery Club’ series starts on Monday May 8, 2017, and runs till June 12. Attendees get to enjoy five weekly sessions either on Monday morning (10am-1pm) or Monday evening (6pm-9pm) at Manor Farm Cookery School, Branston, near Grantham. This series focuses on local seasonal produce, and recipes can be […]

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