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  • Secret Supper Club Quorn

    Looking for restaurant-quality meals that can be delivered to your door? We’d like to let you in on a little secret…

  • Fourwards at Ashfields

    Fourwards at Ashfields in Earl Shilton was a finalist in the GFC Awards. And its co-owner was a semi-finalist MasterChef The Professionals…

  • The Loaf

    The Loaf in Crich is a popular village bakery offering freshly-baked loaves, cobs, pastries and cakes. Its cafe is open six days a week…

  • Aldwinckles Coffee House

    Aldwinkles is a pretty and secluded coffee house in Market Harborough serving brunches, lunches, cakes and more…

  • Buxton Pudding Emporium

    Buxton Pudding Emporium is a quaint and quirky café connected to a fabulous pudding shop and deli. Expect good food and friendly service…

  • JB Kitchen Thurcaston

    JB Kitchen in Thurcaston, Leicestershire, cooks and delivers restaurant-quality food to your door. The menus are unique and exciting…

  • Uncle Henry’s Farm Shop

    This family-run farm shop, butchery and cafe near Gainsborough in Lincolnshire offers home-reared pork and other seasonal produce…

  • The Platter Co

    The Platter Co’s concept is simple and beautifully executed: bite-sized food served on a large wooden board or in a platter box…

  • Samosa Wallah

    Fancy sampling some of the best samosas you’ve ever eaten? Handmade in Melton Mowbray, deliveries are made both locally and nationwide…

  • Beaurepaire Patisserie

    Beaurepaire Patisserie is a charming little tearoom and cake shop in the centre of Belper – a quirky curiosity shop of delectable delights…

  • The Palmichael

    Authentic, family-run Italian restaurant serving delicious classic dishes, with an upstairs bar and dining area for drinks and cocktails…

  • Blend Coffee Shop

    Blend is an independent coffee shop in Nottingham’s Sneinton Market run by the team behind Stewarts of Trent Bridge coffee roasters…

  • Barlows of Belvoir

    For jams, preserves, marmalade and chutneys with real provenance and fine flavour, you can’t go wrong with Barlows of Belvoir in Harby…

  • The Cod’s Scallops Sherwood

    At The Cod’s Scallops the emphasis is on sustainably sourced fish and seafood. All the old favourites are there but much more besides…

  • White Peak Distillery

    White Peak Distillery is a craft distillery in the heart of Derbyshire producing small batches of handcrafted whisky…

  • Lavinton Lamb

    Delicious, top-quality, high-welfare Lincolnshire lamb produced by shepherdess Sophie Arlott at Lavinton Old Manor Farm in Lenton…

  • The Langton Arms

    The Langton Arms in Church Langton is a traditional village pub with modern touches – and good food served throughout the week…

  • The Blue Bell Inn

    Dog-friendly, family pub in Leicestershire serving real pub grub and local ale. Sister pub to The Curzon Arms and Windmill Inn…

  • Chef Craig Floate

    Craig Floate is a private chef offering excellent classic cooking. He was named Great Food Club Private Chef of the Year 2020/21…

  • 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 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…