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Articles by Matt Wright

Great Food Club Awards 2020/21 – The Winners

The Champions Fine-Dining Restaurant of the Year – full details & picturesAlchemilla, NottinghamLast year’s winner: The Hammer & Pincers, Wymeswold, Leics2018/19 winner: John’s House, Mountsorrel, Leics Casual-Dining Restaurant of the Year – full details & picturesHitchen’s Barn, Oakham, RutlandLast year’s winner: House of Feasts, Eye Green, Peterborough, Cambs Dining Pub of the Year – full details & picturesThe Stag & […]

The Bytham Kitchen

Chef Andy Heaps lovingly creates pickles, chutneys and relishes from his kitchen in Bourne and offers jars that are bursting with flavour…

Lincolnshire Poacher Cheese

Lincolnshire Poacher is a fine-quality cheese made by a family-run team using milk from their happy herd of Holstein Friesian cows…

Bread & Butterflies

West Bridgford is home to this cute little craft cafe with a classic tearoom feel. Expect homemade cakes, handmade gifts and a soundtrack of vintage vinyl…

Orton’s Brasserie

Once the Queen Victoria Arts Club, Orton’s Brasserie is located in the heart of Leicester’s cultural quarter and fuses modern decor with fine dining…

Beauvale Priory Bakehouse

The Priory Bakehouse is located at Beauvale Priory in Nottinghamshire and run by Baker Cameron Whyte who creates delicious sweet and savoury bakes including pastries and pies…

The Finch’s Arms

The Finch’s Arms is an 18th-century pub with rooms, located on the Hambleton Peninsula. Enjoy stunning views over Rutland Water and once you’ve finished your meal, why not enjoy a stroll?…

The Roundhouse

With a great line-up of local beers and traditional dishes – served with a twist – The Roundhouse is the latest venture from the team behind The Bakehouse in Sherwood…

The Remarkable Hare

The Remarkable Hare is a dog-friendly pub, popular with locals and visitors alike. The Sunday roasts are particularly popular…

The Devonshire Arms

A former coaching inn located in the quaint village of Baslow offering excellent service, fabulous food, great drinks, tasteful décor, open fires and quality accommodation…

Bottle & Thyme

Bottle & Thyme is a family-run independent restaurant in Chesterfield serving fresh and organic seasonal dishes from morning to night…

Loft Coffee Lounge & Eatery

The Loft in Newark-on-Trent incorporates a deli, bistro and gourmet-on-the-go service and offers real food with real flair…

The Cosy Cafe

You’re guaranteed a warm welcome from Kirsty and the team when you visit The Cosy Cafe in Hinckley. Sweet and savoury treats await…

Roberts of Mountsorrel

Roberts of Mountsorrel Butchers is a family butcher specialising in beef from their own herd of Old English Longhorns…

Gannets Day Café

Gannets Day Café is a popular spot with locals and visitors alike and serves up delicious dishes made with locally-produced ingredients…

Pennbury Farm

Pennbury Farm is located close to Great Glen in Leicestershire and is home to a café, shop, animal feed store and B&B accommodation..

Harrison & Griffiths

Harrison & Griffiths of Arnold, Nottingham, bakes stunning cakes inspired by the Caribbean and adapted from family recipes…

Mount St Bernard Abbey Brewery

Tynt Meadow is a rich, full-bodied, mahogany-colour beer that has a complex taste of dark chocolate, fruit and liquorice with an abv of 7.40%…

Brentingby Gin

Brentingby Gin is a premium gin, handcrafted in a specially designed copper still in the heart of the Leicestershire countryside…

Robin Maycock Butchers

Robin Maycock Butchers & Bakery in Holloway near Matlock is an exceptional traditional butcher’s shop. It also has a bakery next door…

Melton Mowbray’s Round Corner wins three golds at World Beer Awards

Round Corner Brewing of Melton Mowbray – just two years old and Great Food Club’s current Drink Producer of the Year – has bagged three gold medals at the prestigious 2020 World Beer Awards. The winning performance means it is once again one of the UK’s most accoladed breweries at the awards. Expert panellists awarded […]

Melton Mowbray’s Cidentro Cider House stars on Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch

Melton Mowbray cider-maker Cidentro appeared on live TV on August 30 on Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch. From a live video link in Devon, cider expert Gabe Cook – known as The Ciderologist – chose three ciders. He talked about each – Wild Disco by Nightingale Cider, Table Cider by Little Pomona and Rosé Cider by […]

The Bottle Top

The Bottle Top is a unique deli & bar on Ruddington High Street. It offers a superb array of craft beers and much more besides…

The Royal Oak

The Royal Oak in beautiful Duddington is a large pub with six bedrooms. On our visit, the food and service were well worth travelling for…

The Rose & Crown

The Rose & Crown at Hose, Leicestershire, is a large old village pub with outdoor seating. The food was of excellent quality on our visit…

Cidentro Cider House of Melton Mowbray receives national acclaim

New Leicestershire cider producer Cidentro Cider House of Melton Mowbray has attracted national acclaim in The Guardian newspaper. Food writer Fiona Beckett chose Cidentro’s Still Cider (7%ABV) as a must-try product in her article about a new campaign called Cider is Wine. The producers featured in Fiona’s piece – including Cidentro – all use 100% […]

Hawkens Grantham Gingerbread

Hawkens Grantham Gingerbread – which comes in five different varieties – is utterly delicious and comes with a great backstory…

The Hearty Goodfellow

The Hearty Goodfellow in Southwell, Nottinghamshire, is a traditional real ale pub serving good-quality home-cooked food…

How Orbis in Oakham came from nowhere to reach No. 1 – despite lockdown

Orbis in Oakham is a restaurant that takes its name from the Latin orbis terrarum, which means ‘circle of lands’. It lives up to its title by serving international cuisine in the form of small plates, sharing dishes and cocktails. Orbis opened on January 25, 2020. Within two months it was plunged into lockdown. But owner Jonathan […]

The Real Milk Company

The Real Milk Company is an organic farm run by the Sharman family. Their ‘milk shed’ houses a milk-vending machine and many other goodies…