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Articles by Matt Wright

Local food heroes of lockdown: The Blue Bell at Desford

The door to The Blue Bell Inn & Lodge in Desford, Leicestershire, is temporarily closed but the pub remains at the heart of its community. Michael Cosgrove has run the Blue Bell since 2015 and despite the pandemic crisis, he’s busier than ever. “The pub is the heart of the village and at times like […]

GH Porter Provisions

GH Porter Provisions in Newark is a butcher’s shop, smokery & deli with impressive heritage. A home delivery service is available…

The School House Restaurant

The School House Restaurant in South Normanton serves modern British cuisine in a 19th-century school hall. Open for takeaway and delivery…

Brockleby’s Pies

Brockleby’s are farmers and pie makers from Melton Mowbray, producing a range of multi-award-winning, handmade pies. Buy online and have them delivered…

An easy-to-follow overnight no-knead bread recipe

A superbly simple visual bread recipe from the Real Bread Campaign…

Local food heroes of coronavirus: The Larder of Oakham

The Larder in Oakham has responded to the coronavirus crisis in an inspirational way. When lockdown started, Great Food Club’s Café of the Year 2020 chose to close temporarily to help struggling people in the local community. Co-owner Alyson Kyle, who runs the café with Iain Stares, explains: “We considered opening The Larder as a takeaway and […]

Bakery Cottage

Bakery Cottage of Melton Mowbray bakes brownies, blondies, cake jars, treat boxes and more. It was a finalist in the Great Food Club Awards 2019/20…

Adventure Beer

Adventure Beer of Nottingham is a beer-delivery outfit focusing on local breweries including Blue Monkey, Brewster’s, Pheasantry and Lincoln Green…

Owen Taylor & Sons Butchers

Owen Taylor & Sons is a Derbyshire butcher now offering a delivery service to the East Midlands. A family business, it has been around since 1922…

Local producer fights to stay open with wartime-style food-parcel scheme

A food producer whose grandparents supplied the frontline during World War II is pushing to create a similar food-parcel system for vulnerable people during the coronavirus crisis. William Sutherland’s grandparents sent potted beef to soldiers in the 1940s. Today, William – managing director of Chesterfield-based Pro Chef Terrines & Patés – makes potted beef to […]

Claybrooke Mill

Claybrooke Mill in Claybrooke Magna is a historic watermill that grinds flour on French Burr Millstones driven by water power. It also produces cereals…

Cidentro Cider House

Cidentro makes cider in Twyford near Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire from fruit grown on 540 English cider apple trees…

Mould’s Family Butchers

Mould’s Family Butchers of Nassington was established in 1890 by current owner Simon Mould’s great uncle, George Mould…

Bell’s Kitchen

Bell’s Kitchen in Finedon, Northamptonshire, is a village pub serving a traditional menu. It has adapted for contactless pick-up and delivery…

Keythorpe Catering

Keythorpe Event Catering of Keythorpe, Leicestershire, usually caterers for weddings & events but is selling its stock for delivery or collection…

Papworth Brewery

Papworth Brewery of Huntingdon was founded by two beer-loving scientists. Their philosophy – it’s all about the beer – feeds their ambition to brew delicious ales…

Chez Sebastien Artisan Pizza

Chez Sebastien Artisan Pizza of Melton Mowbray creates delicious artisan pizza, made using carefully sourced, free-range, local produce…

Home Farm Produce

Home Farm Produce in Grove, Nottinghamshire, raises prize-winning cattle and pigs slowly and naturally. A finalist in the Great Food Club Awards 2020…

Choux’tique

Choux’tique makes choux pastries and other French-style bakes. It won a Silver Medal in the British Pie Awards 2020 for its Frenchman’s Pie…

Grazers of Ashby Parva

Grazers of Ashby Parva is a small family farm offering home-reared beef, lamb and pork. It feeds its free-range animals on a grass-only diet…

Richard’s Quality Meats

Richard’s Quality Meats of Newark is a butcher’s shop that specialises in handmade sausages. Delivery service is available…

Cattows Farm

Cattows Farm in Heather, Leicestershire, is home to a farm shop & tea room. It’s run by the Ludlam family, who’ve been farming in the village since 1899…

Barkby Bakehouse

Barkby Bakehouse of Barkby in Leicestershire bakes bread and other products to traditional methods using high-quality ingredients…

Bread & Circus

Bread & Circus in Daventry is an artisan bakery and pizzeria. It’s a family business dedicated to three key values: fresh, exceptional and artisan…

Magpie Brewery

Magpie Brewery of Nottingham is a green-energy-powered microbrewery. It brews traditional British ales and hop-forward craft ales…

Paul’s of Melton Mowbray

Paul’s Soyfoods of Melton Mowbray has been supplying fruit, veg, bread & more for over 30 years. It makes bread, tofu and more, and is 100% organic.

Wigston Fields News & Deli

Wigston Fields News & Deli is a corner shop in Wigston Magna, Leicester. Its owners have turned it into a local food hub, showcasing local producers…

Marrfish

Marrfish of Bishop’s Stortford in Hertfordshire is a supplier of fresh fish and seafood. It offers a home delivery service to the East Midlands…

How to use our new East Midlands food delivery map

We’ve responded to the Covid-19 crisis by launching a food & drink delivery map of the East Midlands. You can browse the map to locate more than 90 independent food & drink providers in the East Midlands who are offering a delivery service. The map includes farm shops providing fresh fruit, meat and vegetables, plus […]

Davison’s Bakery

Davison’s Bakery of Newark is an independent family business, open daily and offering a delivery service. It sells fresh bread, cakes and more…