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Articles by Matt Wright

The Exeter Arms

The Exeter Arms in Derby is a proper, traditional pub serving locally brewed real ales and modern, interesting, creative food…

HIDE Burger Bar

HIDE Burger Bar in Derby is a master of its art. Its burgers are excellent – some of the best we’ve tried…

Bar Iberico

Bar Iberico is a Nottingham gem in the heart of Hockley. This award-winning all-day tapas bar offers a stellar Spanish menu and excellent service…

Restaurant Six at Trent Bridge

Restaurant Six at Trent Bridge offers a view of Nottingham like no other, with cocktails, service and fine dining to match…

The Old Fire Engine House

The Old Fire Engine House in Ely is a special restaurant (and art gallery). It’s charming, eccentric, unique and insulated from fads and trends…

Kuru Kuru Sushi

Kuru Kuru in Leicester has been producing some of the best Japanese food in the city since 2014 – especially its sushi and sashimi…

Everards’ partnership reveals opportunities for others

Ambitious independent food & drink start-ups might be interested in this. Everards of Leicestershire is continuing to invest in cafes, bakeries, microbreweries and more. Most recently it has bought an old bank in partnership with Titanic Brewery of Stoke on Trent. This former bank in Trentham, Staffs, is now called ‘Bod’ and is branded as Titanic’s own café-bar. […]

Buy local meat to help beat climate change

Great Food Club Opinion Last week’s UN report into climate change made life a bit harder for small-scale meat producers. Most media outlets picked up on the ‘eat less meat’ message but failed to distinguish between industrial farming and sustainable, small-scale producers. However, local artisan producers are not the problem – they are part of the […]

Food & drink guide to Ely, Cambridgeshire

Yesterday we scoured Ely in Cambridgeshire for independent food & drink gems. Click on the picture of Ely Cathedral in the Twitter link below to see what we found… Here’s a quick Twitter food & drink guide to Ely in Cambridgeshire based on yesterday’s tour. Thread. (pic: garden on The Almonry Restaurant & Tea Room) […]

Leicester Coffee House Co.

After four years running a home-based roastery as their side hustle, Gail Brown and Aaron Keen opened this stylish coffee house with a difference…

Tiled Hall Café

The Tiled Hall Café in Leeds is handy for art-lovers, but frankly, you’d walk halfway across the city to have a cake in surroundings like these…

Cheese at Leadenhall Market

You’ll find ‘Cheese’ in Leadenhall Market in the City of London – a fantastic restaurant, cheese shop & bar in a beautiful covered Victorian market…

Ovens Farm Vineyard

Ovens Farm Vineyard is a wonderful vineyard in the Lincolnshire Wolds. The vines grow in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on a south-facing slope…

Ognisko Restaurant at The Polish Hearth Club

Ognisko Restaurant at the Polish Hearth Club in South Kensington offers Polish food in style in the grand surroundings of a Victorian townhouse…

The Robin Hood at Clifton Reynes

A consortium of 46 members of the local community bought The Robin Hood at Clifton Reynes near Olney in 2017, and they have turned it into a gem…

The Tiny Bakery

The Tiny Bakery on Leicester’s Clarendon Park Road sells artisan pastries, bread, cakes and coffee. Simply a lovely independent shop…

Sole Bay Fish Co

Sole Bay Fish Co in Southwold is a treat. A wooden shack from the outside, once inside you’re faced with a wet-fish counter and a buzzing restaurant…

Mr & Mrs Fine Wine

Mr & Mrs Fine Wine – also known as The Wine Bank – in Southwell, Nottinghamshire, was named Independent Wine Retailer of the Year in the IWSC Awards…

The Crown Inn at Broughton

The Crown is a charming Grade II-listed pub in the attractive Cambridgeshire village of Broughton near Huntingdon…

Woburn Wine Cellar

Woburn Wine Cellar is a family-run wine retailer with bags of knowledge and experience.​ It focuses on artisan wines produced by family-owned wineries…

Hope & Anchor at South Ferriby

The Hope & Anchor at South Ferriby was recommended to us by two-time GFC Producer of the Year, Jane Tomlinson of Redhill Farm…

Melton Charcuterie

Melton Charcuterie is an artisan farm-to-fork producer in Melton Mowbray producing Coppa, Guanciale, Salami, Pastrami and Pancetta…

Bake Off & Pie Wholesale Bakery

Bake Off & Pie of Nottingham is a small wholesale craft bakery. It supplies around 30 businesses around Nottingham with freshly baked goods each day…

The King’s Head of Stamford

The King’s Head of Stamford is a small, charming, friendly pub. It’s neat and well-cared-for, offering simple but good pub food…

Northern Soul Grilled Cheese

Northern Soul Grilled Cheese provides Manchester’s ultimate comfort food. At the heart of every sandwich is its signature three-cheese blend, ‘The Soul’…

Rose Cottage Café in Castleton

Rose Cottage Cafe in Castleton is a charming tea room in a building dating back to at least the 15th century. To the rear is a beautiful hidden garden…

Petite Chouette

Petite Chouette in Hinckley brings a little bit of France to west Leicestershire, offering simple French classics prepared well…

Pea Porridge

Pea Porridge in Bury St Edmunds is a restaurant where sustainability and nose-to-tail cooking play a big role. So does the “Bertha” indoor charcoal oven…

Hay Hampers

Hay Hampers of Lincolnshire curates high-quality gourmet foods and drinks from smaller producers and packs them into beautiful, unique hampers…

Knife, Fork and Spooner

Knife, Fork and Spooner is a relaxed and stylish supper club (and caterer) in Ketton, Rutland. Expect innovative, creative food…