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Articles by Matt Wright

Robin Maycock Butchers & Bakery

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…

The Hidden Bakery

The Hidden Bakery in Eastwood is an independent café & bakery. A trip here yields excellent artisan bread & cakes, breakfasts & brunches…

June’s Farm

June’s Farm in Whitwell is a micro-farm on six acres near Rutland Water. All of June’s meat boxes contain antibiotic-free, slow-grown pork, beef or lamb…

The Pickled Shop of Bulwick spreads foodie love and eyes July reopening

The Pickled Shop of Bulwick, Northamptonshire, has launched four ‘ALL4lLOVE’ hampers. Each is filled with various delicious options, including chutney/jam from The Pickled Village, a Snowdonia cheese truckle, Fine Cheese Co crackers and a Warner’s gin miniature. Shipping is available all over the UK. “Lockdown has been a lonely or difficult time for many,” said […]

‘Customers fell in love with local during lockdown. We have to keep the flame burning’

VIDEO: Great Dalby’s March House Farm Shop – a GFC Farm Shop of the Year Finalist 2020 – reveals how the Covid crisis has transformed their business… March House Farm Shop in Great Dalby near Melton Mowbray – a finalist in the Great Food Club Awards 2019/20 – has experienced its busiest ever period during lockdown. New […]

Lotts of Wine

With his Wine & Spirit Education Trust qualification and passion for viticulture, Stephen Lott has sourced a unique selection of excellent wines…

Farrington’s Northamptonshire rapeseed oil becomes world’s first food product certified as carbon and plastic neutral

Farrington’s Mellow Yellow Cold Pressed Rapeseed Oil – grown and produced in Hargrave near Wellingborough – has become the world’s first food product to be certified as both carbon and plastic neutral. The entire Farrington’s Mellow Yellow range of oils, salad dressings and mayonnaises are accredited. Farrington Oils managing director Duncan Farrington said: “This is not […]

Napton Cidery

Napton Cidery in Napton on the Hill, Warwickshire, is a beautiful, rustic cidery run by Charlotte Jolyon and her husband & cider-maker Jolyon Olivier…

Add your name to the NFU campaign to protect UK food standards

This is a call to action. With everything that’s going on in the world, the subject of UK food & farming standards is being kept off the front pages. However, now is a critical time. What happens in the next few months has the potential to decide the UK’s food & farming landscape for years […]

Braybrooke Beer Co.

Braybrooke Beer Co. near Market Harborough is a specialist lager brewer that makes outstandingly crisp, pure and flavoursome beers…

The Artisan Butcher

The Artisan Butcher in Market Harborough is a smart, modern butcher’s shop. The clean, crisp interior with its gleaming white tiles sets the tone…

Hobbs Fishmongers

Hobbs is a traditional fishmongers in Market Harborough town centre. You’ll find a magnificent display of fresh fish & seafood, and friendly service…

The Willow & Brook

The Willow & Brook in Apethorpe is a handsome village dining pub offering a deliberately short but well-chosen menu featuring many local ingredients…

Kerry’s Fresh

Kerry’s Fresh in Cotgrave, Nottinghamshire, is a family-run fruit & vegetable delivery service and a bricks-and-mortar shop…

Cottonopolis Food & Liquor

Cottonopolis is an upmarket Japanese-inspired restaurant and bar set in a former textile warehouse in Manchester’s trendy Northern Quarter…

The Blue Ball at Braunston

The Blue Ball at Braunston is a charming thatched village pub. Several Great Food Club members recommended it as their favourite…

Advertorial: The Fuel Tank at Belvoir Castle’s Engine Yard now offering takeaway

If you’re pining for a restorative trip into the beautiful Vale of Belvoir, you’ll be pleased to know that The Fuel Tank café/restaurant at Belvoir Castle’s Engine Yard is now offering a takeaway service. The best way to enjoy it is through their pre-ordering system. First, call 01476 247059 to place your order. The Fuel […]

Dancing Duck Brewery

Dancing Duck Brewery of Derby was founded by Rachel Matthews in 2011 and brews some excellent beers. Two of our favourites are Ay Up and Abduction…

The Veg Factor shifts its Michelin Star service to home deliveries

The Veg Factor in Barrow upon Soar, Leicestershire, began life in 2009, supplying fresh produce to East Midlands pubs and restaurants. Over the past decade, it’s built an enviable client list, delivering everything from Chinese artichokes to Jersey Royals to Michelin-starred restaurants such as John’s House in Mountsorrel and Hambleton Hall of Rutland, and to […]

Have award-winning Redhill Farm produce delivered to your door

Redhill Farm Free Range Pork of Lincolnshire, two-times Great Food Club Food Producer of the Year, is operating a weekly UK-wide delivery service via courier and local delivery service in person. The service was running pre-covid-19 but has taken on renewed importance during the lockdown. Its two shops – one on the farm near Gainsborough […]