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Articles by Philip Seaman

Tagg Lane Dairy

Tagg Lane Dairy in the Peak District near Bakewell produces exceptional raw milk and ice cream from their herd of Jersey cattle…

Orbis of Oakham

Orbis in Oakham serves global food in the form of small plates and sharing dishes. There’s a great range of cocktails, too…

White Horse at King’s Sutton

The White Horse at King’s Sutton in south Northamptonshire elevates pub classics into special dishes, often using local ingredients…

Nuovo

Nuovo in Northampton town centre specialises in small plates inspired by Venetian cuisine – or “cicchetti” as they are known in Italy…

Lily & Honey Bakery

Lily & Honey Bakery in Oakham offers sourdough loaves and other treats baked freshly on the premises each day by owners Robert and Nicolle Bradbury…

The Lakeview Restaurant

You needn’t be a golfer to enjoy the beautiful surroundings and excellent food at The Lakeview Restaurant & Bar near Cotgrave in Nottinghamshire…

Homme Nouveau

Homme Nouveau chef and owner Chris Newman worked his way around the area before fulfiling his dream of opening a restaurant in his home town…

The Dapper Spaniel

The Dapper Spaniel in Rolleston, Nottinghamshire, is a pub with rooms that offers classic dishes – plus a few surprises – cooked with care and style…

Embe

Embe in Peterborough serves Afro-Caribbean soul food, offering traditional family recipes from chef-patron Nick Rutta’s native Tanzania…

The Loquacious Baker

The Loquacious Baker in Burbage serves excellent coffee and terrific pastries baked fresh every day. Everything on offer is of impressively high quality…

The Paper Mills

The Paper Mills in Wansford, Cambridgeshire, delivers simple, fresh and tasty plates of food via a regularly-changing menu…

Casual Dining Restaurant of the Year: Great Food Club Awards 2020

Winner House of Feasts, Eye Green, Peterborough Finalists Hitchen’s Barn, Oakham, RutlandBoboli, Kibworth Harcourt, LeicestershireBar Iberico, Nottingham The winner is House of Feasts in the village of Eye Green near Peterborough, which impressed with its take on modern Polish cuisine. Chef-patron Damian Wawrzyniak shows drive and passion to showcase a largely unknown and underrated European […]

Asian Restaurant of the Year: Great Food Club Awards 2020

Winner Sanctua, Oadby, Leicestershire Finalists Sarpech, Oakham, RutlandGurkha Lounge, Peterborough, CambsHerb, Leicester Sanctua is the winner for its stunning vegan cooking. We ordered Sanctua’s vegan banquet, which combined extraordinary flavour combinations. The main – ‘A Celebration of the Sweetcorn Harvest’ – comprised smoky, charred lime, herb-and-chilli butter corn on the cob with peanut-butter curry, coriander […]

Dining Pub of the Year: Great Food Club Awards 2020

Winner The Wheatsheaf at Greetham Finalists The George at Alstonefield, StaffordshireThe Queen’s Head at Belton, LeicestershireBells Kitchen at The Bell, Finedon, Northamptonshire The winner is The Wheatsheaf at Greetham. There are fewer pub classics than you might expect on the menu at The Wheatsheaf. Instead, you are presented with a choice of more ambitious dishes […]

Producer of the Year: Great Food Club Awards 2020

Winner Elms Farm, Costock, Leicestershire Finalists Vine Farm Dairy, Great Dalby, LeicestershireKingarth Farm Dairy, Burton Overy, LeicestershireHome Farm Produce, Grove, near Retford, Nottinghamshire The winner is Elms Farm of Costock. Elms Farm is run by the Brown family, who have a long heritage of managing farms. As a family, they are passionate about sharing their way of […]

The Rustic Crust

The Rustic Crust of Farnsfield cooks seriously good pizza. In their stylish restaurant, they serve wonderful Neapolitan-style creations…

BaRnby’s

On Saturday nights, BaRnby’s in north Nottinghamshire runs themed bistro nights in Blyth Memorial Hall. These could be Middle Eastern, French, Italian, Spanish or Greek…

La Pergola at The Wheatsheaf

At La Pergola near Cambridge they focus on their Italian roots. Most dishes are homemade, including bread, sausages, antipasti pickles and pasta sauces…

Johnsons of Old Hurst

A diverse family farm enterprise near Huntingdon, established in 1899. It’s a steakhouse, butchery, tearoom, delicatessen – and much more besides…

The Elm Tree

This quirky boozer in a Cambridge backstreet five minutes from Parker’s Piece is a hidden gem – a rare ‘proper’ pub – part of a dying breed…

Quick review: Out of my Tree by Daniel Clifford of Midsummer House

This weighty tome stretches to 416 pages – surely making it one of the biggest cookery books of recent times. It contains recipes and pictures of stunning dishes – many of which look almost impossible to duplicate. They show the evolution of the restaurant and Daniel’s drive to deliver extraordinary dishes of the highest order. […]

Review: The Churchill Arms, Paxford, Gloucestershire

Walking into this beautifully restored 17th century Cotswolds hostelry near Chipping Campden, I was reminded of the opening line of T.S. Eliot’s poem, Burnt Norton: “Time present and time past. Are both perhaps present in time future?” What stories the walls here could tell of love gained and love lost, of friendships, revelries and more! […]

Review: Bedouin, Cambridge

There is a north African proverb that says: “They ate our food and forgot our names.” Well, I ate the food and do remember the names of the Algerian family who run Bedouin on Mill Road in Cambridge. Brothers Karim and Djamel Rerizani and family serve up wonderfully tasty North African dishes in this atmospheric, […]

Restaurant Twenty-Two

Restaurant Twenty-Two in Cambridge is a small, intimate venue. Based on our lunchtime visit, it will prove popular with locals and visitors alike…

The Cock

The Cock at Hemingford Grey is a popular local destination and former Good Pub Guide UK Pub of the Year, serving a good selection of high quality, well-prepared dishes…

Gurkha Lounge

The Gurkha Lounge is a smart, modern restaurant in Hampton, Peterborough, serving authentic and beautifully presented Nepalese dishes…

The Chubby Castor

The Chubby Castor in Castor, Cambridgeshire – housed in a beautiful thatched 17th century former pub – is where chef-patron Adebola Adeshina produces some truly special food…

Cambridge Wine Merchants

Cambridge Wine Merchants was launched in 1993 by two friends, Hal Wilson and Brett Turner – still the sole shareholders – and has been winning awards ever since…

Old Bicycle Shop

The Old Bicycle Shop is a restaurant and bar located in Cambridge’s Regent Street, housed in what was once the country’s oldest bicycle shop…

“How I followed my dream and started my own brewery”

Thames Side Brewery owner and head brewer Andy Hayward started home brewing in 1978. With such a wide choice of craft beers and real ales available today, it’s hard to imagine things being so different back then. CAMRA was still fairly new and it wasn’t easy to get ‘real ale’. The beers on offer in […]