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Articles by Matt Wright

June’s Farm

June’s Farm in Whitwell is a micro-farm on six acres near Rutland Water. All of June’s meat boxes contain antibiotic-free, slow-grown pork, beef or lamb…

The Pickled Shop of Bulwick spreads foodie love and eyes July reopening

The Pickled Shop of Bulwick, Northamptonshire, has launched four ‘ALL4lLOVE’ hampers. Each is filled with various delicious options, including chutney/jam from The Pickled Village, a Snowdonia cheese truckle, Fine Cheese Co crackers and a Warner’s gin miniature. Shipping is available all over the UK. “Lockdown has been a lonely or difficult time for many,” said […]

‘Customers fell in love with local during lockdown. We have to keep the flame burning’

VIDEO: Great Dalby’s March House Farm Shop – a GFC Farm Shop of the Year Finalist 2020 – reveals how the Covid crisis has transformed their business… March House Farm Shop in Great Dalby near Melton Mowbray – a finalist in the Great Food Club Awards 2019/20 – has experienced its busiest ever period during lockdown. New […]

Lotts of Wine

With his Wine & Spirit Education Trust qualification and passion for viticulture, Stephen Lott has sourced a unique selection of excellent wines…

Farrington’s Northamptonshire rapeseed oil becomes world’s first food product certified as carbon and plastic neutral

Farrington’s Mellow Yellow Cold Pressed Rapeseed Oil – grown and produced in Hargrave near Wellingborough – has become the world’s first food product to be certified as both carbon and plastic neutral. The entire Farrington’s Mellow Yellow range of oils, salad dressings and mayonnaises are accredited. Farrington Oils managing director Duncan Farrington said: “This is not […]

Napton Cidery

Napton Cidery in Napton on the Hill, Warwickshire, is a beautiful, rustic cidery run by Charlotte Jolyon and her husband & cider-maker Jolyon Olivier…

Add your name to the NFU campaign to protect UK food standards

This is a call to action. With everything that’s going on in the world, the subject of UK food & farming standards is being kept off the front pages. However, now is a critical time. What happens in the next few months has the potential to decide the UK’s food & farming landscape for years […]

Braybrooke Beer Co.

Braybrooke Beer Co. near Market Harborough is a specialist lager brewer that makes outstandingly crisp, pure and flavoursome beers…

The Artisan Butcher

The Artisan Butcher in Market Harborough is a smart, modern butcher’s shop. The clean, crisp interior with its gleaming white tiles sets the tone…

Hobbs Fishmongers

Hobbs is a traditional fishmongers in Market Harborough town centre. You’ll find a magnificent display of fresh fish & seafood, and friendly service…

The Willow & Brook

The Willow & Brook in Apethorpe is a handsome village dining pub offering a deliberately short but well-chosen menu featuring many local ingredients…

Kerry’s Fresh

Kerry’s Fresh in Cotgrave, Nottinghamshire, is a family-run fruit & vegetable delivery service and a bricks-and-mortar shop…

Cottonopolis Food & Liquor

Cottonopolis is an upmarket Japanese-inspired restaurant and bar set in a former textile warehouse in Manchester’s trendy Northern Quarter…

The Blue Ball at Braunston

The Blue Ball at Braunston is a charming thatched village pub. Several Great Food Club members recommended it as their favourite…

Advertorial: The Fuel Tank at Belvoir Castle’s Engine Yard now offering takeaway

If you’re pining for a restorative trip into the beautiful Vale of Belvoir, you’ll be pleased to know that The Fuel Tank café/restaurant at Belvoir Castle’s Engine Yard is now offering a takeaway service. The best way to enjoy it is through their pre-ordering system. First, call 01476 247059 to place your order. The Fuel […]

Dancing Duck Brewery

Dancing Duck Brewery of Derby was founded by Rachel Matthews in 2011 and brews some excellent beers. Two of our favourites are Ay Up and Abduction…

The Veg Factor shifts its Michelin Star service to home deliveries

The Veg Factor in Barrow upon Soar, Leicestershire, began life in 2009, supplying fresh produce to East Midlands pubs and restaurants. Over the past decade, it’s built an enviable client list, delivering everything from Chinese artichokes to Jersey Royals to Michelin-starred restaurants such as John’s House in Mountsorrel and Hambleton Hall of Rutland, and to […]

Have award-winning Redhill Farm produce delivered to your door

Redhill Farm Free Range Pork of Lincolnshire, two-times Great Food Club Food Producer of the Year, is operating a weekly UK-wide delivery service via courier and local delivery service in person. The service was running pre-covid-19 but has taken on renewed importance during the lockdown. Its two shops – one on the farm near Gainsborough […]

The Geese & Fountain morphs into a village shop, takeaway and virtual pub. But it’s not a PR stunt and all is not rosy…

Because of their heartwarming, backs-to-the-wall response to coronavirus, there’s a danger we see pubs and other small food & drink businesses as charities, run for the good of the community. However, we should remember that they are businesses, fighting for their lives… The Geese & Fountain in Croxton Kerrial, Leicestershire, is working flat-out to serve […]

The Tasting Table

The Tasting Table of Nottingham provides an afternoon-tea and weekend curry club delivery and call-and-collect service…

A FREE Great Food Club Handbook 2020 for food-loving friends and family

For a limited time, we’re giving you the chance to show food-loving friends and family how much you are missing them. Join Great Food Club from now until the end of May and you’ll receive a money-saving membership card and a copy of our 132-page 2020 Handbook. BUT… you can also choose ONE ADDRESS to […]

Send a free copy of the Great Food Club Handbook to a loved one

For a limited time, we’re giving you the chance to show food-loving friends and family members that you care and are missing dining with them. If you’re ALREADY A PAYING GFC MEMBER, you can also choose one address to which we’ll send a free book and message. Just fill in the form below and we’ll […]

The Hammer & Pincers hits nail on head with sell-out luxurious lockdown takeaways

The Hammer & Pincers in Wymeswold, Leicestershire – Great Food Club’s Fine-Dining Restaurant of the Year 2019/20 – has responded to coronavirus with positivity and verve. So much so that on some days it is serving more customers than it did during busy times pre-lockdown. On Easter Sunday, for example, owner Danny Jimminson and his team […]

Everards responds to covid-19 and asks for extra government support for pubs

Everards of Leicestershire, which owns more than 175 pubs in the East Midlands, has called for extra government support for the hospitality sector in the light of covid-19. Stephen Gould, managing director, said: “Government support so far is much valued and appreciated. Through the fine work of the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) and […]

Bridge 67 Farm Shop

Bridge 67 in Smeeton Westerby, Leicestershire, is a family-run farm & butchery producing 21-day matured grass-fed beef and lamb, and also offering pork…

Joseph Morris South Kilworth

Joseph Morris in South Kilworth, Leicestershire, is a traditional butcher’s shop that sources all its produce from local farms…

Leicestershire’s March House Farm Shop extends delivery area

March House Farm Shop in Great Dalby, Leicestershire, was a finalist in our Farm Shop of the Year Award 2019/20. It’s a well-loved, friendly and top-quality family-run shop that sells meat raised on March House Farm’s land in Leicestershire. It also offers an excellent range of fruit, vegetables, cakes, BBQ boxes, Sunday lunch boxes, bread, […]

Local food heroes of lockdown: Wigston Fields News & Deli

Each morning during lockdown, Pratik and Bee Master – owners of Wigston Fields News & Deli – get up at 4am and go to Leicester Market. “If we get there early, we can choose the fruit and veg our customers want,” says Pratik. “Some – especially the older ones – are struggling with the change […]

What you’re eating & drinking to get through the lockdown. Pt. 2 – smoked eel & spaghetti to ‘yuk/wow’ breakfasts

We asked Great Food Club members to tell us what they’re eating & drinking to get through the lockdown. Here’s Part 2. “As I’m shielding, I’m making sure I waste nothing – fava beans in a vegetarian chilli, smoked eel with spaghetti, and a recipe from India helped me make a fabulous cauliflower stalk & […]

The Anoki Express Van

Anoki runs a trio of award-winning Indian restaurants. Its Express Vans deliver its popular ‘JustHeat’ ready-meals across south Notts & Derbys…