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Articles by Matt Wright

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 […]

Opinion: The barrier between guests and staff has got too big. Let’s break it down

Things are not getting any easier for pubs, cafés and restaurants. Good chefs and kitchen staff are increasingly hard to find and cook under intense pressure. Front-of-housers and bartenders work long hours for small financial rewards, while their career choices are seen as second-class options by much of the public. Meanwhile, customers’ expectations are sky […]

The Two-Tailed Lion

The Two-Tailed Lion in Leicester is a post craft-beer revolution version of a classic British pub, serving brilliant beers and sandwiches in a fabulous environment…

The Eagle in Farringdon

The Eagle is a famous, bustling Farringdon pub – widely regarded as Britain’s first gastropub (it launched in 1991)…

The Ship at Dunwich

This lovely old pub with rooms is a short stroll from the beach in Dunwich – a village in the Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)…

Briki

Briki in London’s Exmouth Market is a deli and coffee brewery offering new, alternative choices with traditional recipes and quality coffee…

Kingarth Farm Dairy

Kingarth Farm Dairy in Burton Overy, Leicestershire, sells fresh, free-range milk and cream directly from the farm gate via vending machines…

Discoveries of the Weekend – January 21, 2019: The Four Bells at Woodborough and other fantastic finds

A road trip around rural Nottinghamshire kicked off the weekend. Two highlights were within a stone’s throw of each other. The Four Bells at Woodborough is a unique and beautiful pub built in the late 1920s in a faux Tudor, faintly gothic style. Inside it’s furnished simply but stylishly, cosy and atmospheric – fire roaring […]

The Rose & Crown

The Rose & Crown in Warwick is a bustling, comfortable pub with rooms, serving good quality food and drink…

Sawyer & Gray

Sawyer & Gray is a specialist coffee house and brunch/lunch spot in Islington. Recommended by our London editor, Sarah Tattersall…

Maison d’etre

A neighbourhood independent coffee house near Highbury & Islington tube station. Recommended by our London correspondent, Sarah Tattersall…

Vine Farm Dairy

Vine Farm Dairy produces free-range milk and sells it through a vending machine in the village of Great Dalby, Leicestershire. We regularly refill our bottles here and the milk is utterly delicious…

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…