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  • The Bytham Kitchen

    Chef Andy Heaps lovingly creates pickles, chutneys and relishes from his kitchen in Bourne and offers jars that are bursting with flavour…

  • Lincolnshire Poacher Cheese

    Lincolnshire Poacher is a fine-quality cheese made by a family-run team using milk from their happy herd of Holstein Friesian cows…

  • Bread & Butterflies

    West Bridgford is home to this cute little craft cafe with a classic tearoom feel. Expect homemade cakes, handmade gifts and a soundtrack of vintage vinyl…

  • Orton’s Brasserie

    Once the Queen Victoria Arts Club, Orton’s Brasserie is located in the heart of Leicester’s cultural quarter and fuses modern decor with fine dining…

  • Beauvale Priory Bakehouse

    The Priory Bakehouse is located at Beauvale Priory in Nottinghamshire and run by Baker Cameron Whyte who creates delicious sweet and savoury bakes including pastries and pies…

  • The Finch’s Arms

    The Finch’s Arms is an 18th-century pub with rooms, located on the Hambleton Peninsula. Enjoy stunning views over Rutland Water and once you’ve finished your meal, why not enjoy a stroll?…

  • The Roundhouse

    With a great line-up of local beers and traditional dishes – served with a twist – The Roundhouse is the latest venture from the team behind The Bakehouse in Sherwood…

  • The Remarkable Hare

    The Remarkable Hare is a dog-friendly pub, popular with locals and visitors alike. The Sunday roasts are particularly popular…

  • The Devonshire Arms

    A former coaching inn located in the quaint village of Baslow offering excellent service, fabulous food, great drinks, tasteful décor, open fires and quality accommodation…

  • Bottle & Thyme

    Bottle & Thyme is a family-run independent restaurant in Chesterfield serving fresh and organic seasonal dishes from morning to night…

  • Loft Coffee Lounge & Eatery

    The Loft in Newark-on-Trent incorporates a deli, bistro and gourmet-on-the-go service and offers real food with real flair…

  • The Cosy Cafe

    You’re guaranteed a warm welcome from Kirsty and the team when you visit The Cosy Cafe in Hinckley. Sweet and savoury treats await…

  • Roberts of Mountsorrel

    Roberts of Mountsorrel Butchers is a family butcher specialising in beef from their own herd of Old English Longhorns…

  • Gannets Day Café

    Gannets Day Café is a popular spot with locals and visitors alike and serves up delicious dishes made with locally-produced ingredients…

  • Pennbury Farm

    Pennbury Farm is located close to Great Glen in Leicestershire and is home to a café, shop, animal feed store and B&B accommodation..

  • Harrison & Griffiths

    Harrison & Griffiths of Arnold, Nottingham, bakes stunning cakes inspired by the Caribbean and adapted from family recipes…

  • Mount St Bernard Abbey Brewery

    Tynt Meadow is a rich, full-bodied, mahogany-colour beer that has a complex taste of dark chocolate, fruit and liquorice with an abv of 7.40%…

  • Brentingby Gin

    Brentingby Gin is a premium gin, handcrafted in a specially designed copper still in the heart of the Leicestershire countryside…

  • Robin Maycock Butchers

    Robin Maycock Butchers & Bakery in Holloway near Matlock is an exceptional traditional butcher’s shop. It also has a bakery next door…

  • The Bottle Top

    The Bottle Top is a unique deli & bar on Ruddington High Street. It offers a superb array of craft beers and much more besides…

  • The Royal Oak

    The Royal Oak in beautiful Duddington is a large pub with six bedrooms. On our visit, the food and service were well worth travelling for…

  • The Rose & Crown

    The Rose & Crown at Hose, Leicestershire, is a large old village pub with outdoor seating. The food was of excellent quality on our visit…

  • Hawkens Grantham Gingerbread

    Hawkens Grantham Gingerbread – which comes in five different varieties – is utterly delicious and comes with a great backstory…

  • The Hearty Goodfellow

    The Hearty Goodfellow in Southwell, Nottinghamshire, is a traditional real ale pub serving good-quality home-cooked food…

  • Viva Vino

    Viva Vino is a fun way to buy wine, without all the pomp. But this doesn’t stop the wines or service being interesting or professional…

  • The Real Milk Company

    The Real Milk Company is an organic farm run by the Sharman family. Their ‘milk shed’ houses a milk-vending machine and many other goodies…

  • The Hidden Bakery

    The Hidden Bakery in Eastwood is an independent café & bakery. A trip here yields excellent artisan bread & cakes, breakfasts & brunches…

  • 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…

  • Lotts of Wine

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

  • 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…