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  • Loft Coffee Lounge and Eatery

    Loft in Newark-on-Trent is a great place for a catch-up with friends or for an indulgent treat. Dishes are presented with real flair and the sweet treats including inventive milkshakes will cheer up any day of the week…

  • 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 at any time of the day…

  • Roberts of Mountsorrel

    Roberts of Mountsorrel Butchers is a family butcher specialising in beef from their own herd of Old English Longhorns who graze in the Leicestershire countryside…

  • Gannets Day Cafe

    Gannets Day Cafe has been a fixture in the market town on Newark-on-Trent since 1979 and regularly welcomes both locals and visitors keen to take a break or catch up with friends…

  • Pennbury Farm

    Pennbury Farm is located on the outskirts of the picturesque Leicestershire village of Great Glen. Once a dairy farm, it is now home to the Evans family…

  • Harrison & Griffiths

    Harrison & Griffiths of Arnold, Nottingham, is a bakery run by Paulette Griffiths and Colin Harrison from their home. All cakes are inspired by the Caribbean and adapted from family recipes…

  • Mount St Bernard Abbey Brewery

    Tynt Meadow is a rich full-bodied mahogany-colour beer and 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…

  • 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…

  • 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 Tasting Table

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

  • 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…