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Articles by Matt Wright

The Tickell Arms

Expect high-quality food in smart, comfortable surroundings at The Tickell Arms in Whittlesford near Cambridge…

Discoveries of the Weekend – January 15, 2019

A trip to Dickies ‘Butchery & Farm Dining’ in Plungar, Vale of Belvoir, on the Leicestershire/Nottinghamshire border, was a good way to start the weekend. This on-farm butchery/cafe/restaurant (bring your own) with its open kitchen is enjoyably rustic and homespun – the sort of ambience that chains try to create artificially but never quite manage. We […]

Bobby’s

A Leicester institution, Bobby’s serves authentic Gujarati vegetarian cuisine, plus amazing Indian sweets…

Stapleford Park

There aren’t many grander or more memorable settings for eating out than Stapleford Park near Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire…

The Queen’s Head at Bulwick

The Queen’s Head in Bulwick is most definitely a pub, but serves food several notches above standard pub grub…

The Five Horseshoes at Barholm

There’s no kitchen at The Five Horseshoes in Barholm, Lincs, so we’re not featuring it for its fine dining…

Discoveries of the Weekend – January 8, 2019

“Discoveries of the Weekend”. It’s a simple feature idea I’ve nicked from one of my favourite blogs – Boak & Bailey. The idea is to share some of the good things we’ve enjoyed over the weekend. Friday saw us venture to Apteekki for a late lunch. Melton Mowbray’s new vegan restaurant has been very professionally and neatly put together by […]

The Green Man

The Green Man in Ashbourne has been transformed into a fantastic town centre pub serving carefully prepared, locally sourced seasonal food…

Apteekki

Apteekki is a beautifully designed vegan restaurant in the middle of Melton Mowbray that has been lovingly created by a team with a real eye for detail. The food and drink are nourishing and delicious…

The Dog & Doublet Inn

The Dog & Doublet in Sandon, Staffordshire, offers consistently good food and top-notch customer service in a nicely restored Arts & Crafts building…

The Open House

The Open House is a big, warm and inviting pub full of Brighton charm, where the food always seems to deliver…

Juni Restaurant, Bar & Gin Lab

Juni in Nottingham was launched by the founders of Juni 93 gin and serves intriguing, tasty Balkan-inspired small plates…

The Bridge Inn

The Bridge Inn at Calver is a great pub in the heart of the Derbyshire Peak District, and best of all, the menu and the food are fabulous…

The Ivy at North Littleton

If you enjoy country pubs, great food and a relaxed ambience then The Ivy in North Littleton, Worcestershire, is for you…

Rothley Wine

Shortlisted in the Great Food Club Awards 2018/19, Leicestershire’s Rothley Wine produces elegant sparkling rosés and mineral-dry whites…

The Bakehouse

The Bakehouse in Sherwood, Nottingham, is a thriving cafe and bakery that has deservedly bagged many prestigious awards…

Round Corner Brewing

Located in the heart of Melton Mowbray’s agricultural market, Round Corner Brewing comprises a state-of-the-art 2,000-litre brew-kit, plus a superb taproom…

Introducing Round Corner Brewing, Melton Mowbray’s new state-of-the-art brewery

Located in the heart of Melton Mowbray’s iconic agricultural market, Round Corner Brewing is the newest addition to the East Midlands’ food and drink scene that you’ve got to see for yourself. It’s the culmination of a 15-year vision shared by two life-long friends, internationally acclaimed brewer Colin Paige and City director Combie Cryan. They’ve always dreamed […]

Baked in Brick

Baked in Brick in Birmingham offer delicious skewers, pizzas and more – named ‘Best of the Best’ at the European Street Food Awards 2017…

The Three Crowns

The Three Crowns at Wymeswold is as relaxing and laid-back a pub as you’ll find, and the food is hearty, well-cooked and tasty…

The Loft Restaurant

The Loft in Belper offers high-quality bistro dining in a stylish, intimate setting. Locally sourced produce is integral to the menu…

Dyls Cafe & Bar

If you love seeking out hidden gems when visiting new places, Dyls Café & Bar should be at the top of your list in York…

Mr & Mrs Fitz

Mr & Mrs Fitz are street-food caterers from Bucks who travel all over the country. If you’re looking for help at a party, give them a call…

The Great Food Club Awards 2018/19: Final Results

Judging the finalists in the Great Food Club Awards 2018/19 has been as rewarding as it has been fascinating and enjoyable. Our judges have eaten – anonymously – at every pub, cafe and restaurant on the shortlist. We’ve also chatted to each of the producers and shop owners, trying our hardest to get under the […]

A new chapter at The Olive Branch in Clipsham

The Olive Branch has appointed Nick Evans executive head chef. Nick arrives from Michelin-starred Northcote near Blackburn in Lancashire, where he was head chef working closely with executive chef Lisa Goodwin-Allen and chef patron Nigel Howarth. Ben Jones, co-owner of The Olive Branch, said: “Nick will create his own ‘Olive Branch’ dishes and menus, while […]

Why “no shows” are so damaging to independent pubs and restaurants

“No shows” is a hot topic at the moment. The number of people booking restaurant tables and not turning up without cancelling is rising. I was chatting to Ben Jones, owner of The Olive Branch in Clipsham recently, who told me: “Sadly, we are seeing an increasing number of no shows. Pubs and restaurant like […]

La Parisienne

La Parisienne is a delightful, quirky French/European restaurant and patisserie in the heart of historic Southwell, Nottinghamshire…

Tabure

Tabure in St Albans is a smart, modern Turkish restaurant serving authentic cuisine and displaying great skill (and flavours) in the process…

Nibble, bite, eat, chew: Taste the Difference at Tamworth Food Gusto Food & Drink Festival 2018

If you are a foodie and love great food and drink, the Tamworth Food Gusto Festival on September 8 and 9 is the place to be! Food Gusto have lined up over 70 of the region’s best food & drink producers, all hand picked to set your taste buds on fire. All producers are passionate […]

Fen Farm Venison

At Fen Farm near Sleaford, the deer are free range, well cared for and fed on Fenland grass. The result is outstanding venison…