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Articles by Matt Wright

Stoppard’s Butchers of Southwell

Stoppard’s Butchers of Southwell is a delightful family butcher’s. All produce is sourced locally via good relationships forged with local farmers…

Market Bistro King’s Lynn

King’s Lynn’s Market Bistro is a stylish, bijou restaurant that serves very good food. Sourcing locally, sustainably and seasonally is important here…

The Petersfield

The Petersfield is a lovely neighbourhood pub in the backwaters of Cambridge. It has a constantly evolving menu…

The Malt & Anchor

The Malt & Anchor in Cirencester focuses on fish & chips, sausages and pies, and does a superb job of all three. This restaurant is cool, cosy and classy…

Hare & Hog Café and Charcuterie

The founders of award-winning Rutland Charcuterie run the Hare & Hog Café on Oakham Enterprise Park. It serves their charcuterie and much more…

Noble Rot Wine Bar & Restaurant

Expect superb Franglaise-style cooking and an exceptional wine list at Noble Rot in Bloomsbury. Recommended by our London correspondent…

Pumpkins Deli

Pumpkins Deli in Brinklow near Rugby serves up breakfasts, killer sandwiches, great coffee and some epic cakes…

Ten great restaurants in the East Midlands

A meal out should be a memorable experience. Below are ten restaurants that will do the job and then some… Each of these restaurants serves excellent food, but each also provides a very different kind of experience. The George Hotel of Stamford and Falcon of Uppingham exude the pleasant feel of a classic English hotel. […]

Prashad

Walk into Prashad and you’ll be hugged by the warming smells of the herbs and spices in their own special Garam Masala mix. But that’s just the start…

The Falcon Tavern

The Falcon in Huntingdon keeps 18 real ales. Expect historic surroundings, excellent ales, and hearty pub grub such as pies and sausages…

100&Six

This relaxed but stylish neighbourhood bar and restaurant is one of most interesting openings in Leicester for some years…

1921 Angel Hill

1921 Angel Hill in Bury St Edmunds is housed in an attractive, ancient timber-framed building. On our visit, the food was outstanding…

Controversy as London ‘pub’ bans drinkers

A ‘pub’ in Shoreditch, London, has banned all drinkers of alcohol from its premises. ‘The OJ’, which offers a 100% vegan, organic menu and serves only fruit juices, uses a simple skin test to check if customers consume booze. On entering, they are asked to place a finger inside a thimble-like device connected to a […]

The Royal Oak

The Royal Oak in Great Dalby, Leicestershire, is an enticing thatched village pub that uses high-quality local suppliers and seasonal ingredients…

Beardsley’s Tea Room

Beardsley’s in Rearsby is the very definition of “quaint”. Entering is like walking into favourite gran’s house after she’s been on a baking masterclass…

Where to eat and drink in Bury St Edmunds

Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk is the perfect town for a food and drink tour. It’s pretty, compact, historic and packed with excellent independent pubs, restaurants and cafés. There’s even a brewpub – and it’s nothing to do with Greene King, the UK’s biggest brewer and pub operator, which is headquartered in the town. We […]

Editor’s Blog: Latest Discoveries & Gems

Hello from Great Food Club HQ in Melton Mowbray, Last week I delivered a guest lecture about Great Food Club to final-year students at the University of Leicester Business School. It was a surprise and an honour to be asked. I explained how GFC has developed over the past nine years and how we decide […]

The Leicestershire pub that transforms lives

The White Horse in Quorn, Leicestershire, is a pub that amazes time and again through its selfless and tireless work for charity. Since 2015 it has raised approximately £80,000 for local projects through its own charitable foundation, The White Horse Wishing Well. The brothers who run The White Horse, David and Martin Keatley-Lill, set up […]

Bottle Kicking is an ancient English custom. So is cider-making. And so is drinking…

South-east Leicestershire’s Bottle Kicking Cider Company is inspired by one of maddest local rituals in Britain, discovers Great Food Club…

The Quirky Cook

Derbyshire-based artisan producer Kay Hawkins – aka The Quirky Cook – makes sublime black garlic relishes. Winner of Ambient Product of the Year in the Great Taste Awards 2018…

Gourmet Goat

Gourmet Goat in Borough Market offers dishes such as kid-goat kofta and slow-roast rosé veal wrapped in fresh flatbreads or added to bowls of bulgur wheat…

The Tollemache Arms

The Tolly is a beautiful thatched pub in Harrington, Northamptonshire. It’s won a strong reputation over the past few years under head chef Joe Buckley…

Round Corner Brewing wins gold at the International Brewing Awards 2019

A little more than three months since the launch of its brewery-taproom in the heart of Melton Mowbray, the East Midlands’ own Round Corner Brewing has walked away with a gold medal in the 2019 International Brewing Awards for its iconic black lager, Gunmetal. It also won a silver medal for its Frisby Lager. The […]

Magical culinary tour of the East Midlands

An edited version of a feature by Matt Wright published in the September 2012 issue of Countryfile Magazine…

The Plough

The Plough at Sleapshyde is owned by the team who run Dylans at The King’s Arms in St Albans. The food is modern and exciting…

Barbakan

Barbakan on York’s Walmgate serves delicious Polish food. Eating here is like having a big warm hug….

The Packhorse at Moulton

The Packhorse is a classy food pub in Moulton – a quintessential Suffolk village near Newmarket. Expect excellent cooking and service…

Framework Brewery

Framework Brewery brew a large selection of excellent beers from their brewhouse in Leicester’s industrial heartland…

Editor’s Update: February 8, 2019

Did I feel spring in the air the other day? I’m sure I caught a fleeting aroma of roast lamb. Or maybe it was an hallucination…

This business does NOT serve great food… but we want to thank them anyway

This business does NOT serve great food. Some of their boss’s packed lunches are only fit for the swine at the local Tuesday cattle market. Happily, in this case it doesn’t matter because I’m talking about NFU Mutual Melton Mowbray, one of Great Food Club’s major long-term sponsors. GFC would not exist without supporters like […]