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  • The Plough, Normanton-on-the-Wolds

    The Plough has always been a popular village pub and now it’s part of the Secret Pub Company, it’s set to get even better…

  • Prévost at The Haycock

    Chef Lee Clarke has built up a reputation for fine food served in an unpretentious environment and his latest venture is already attracting much praise…

  • Hoggy’s Grill

    Have your barbecues never quite cut the mustard? Take a class with former England cricketer, Matthew Goddard and learn how to grill like a pro…

  • Cakes + Co

    Cakes + Co’s decadent cakes and great coffee make it a popular spot in the pretty market town of Stamford…

  • Wansford Country Lounge

    Wansford Country Lounge opened in 2017 and is a popular choice for breakfast and it’s easily accessible from the A1…

  • Stichelton Dairy

    Stichelton is an unpasteurised blue cheese made using traditional methods – this is real cheese with a proper pedigree…

  • Petty Elliott

    You might not know much about the cuisine of the world’s largest archipelago, but Petty Elliott is on a mission to change that…

  • Blue Monkey Brewery

    Based in Giltbrook, Blue Monkey Brewery was set up in 2008 and produces award-winning IPAs, pale ale, stout and more…

  • Milk & Honey

    Think you’ve tried every cheese? Head to Milk & Honey where you’ll find more than 80 varieties and lots of other goodies…

  • The Organ Grinder, Loughborough

    For real ale, friendly staff and live music throughout the year, head to Blue Monkey Brewery’s Organ Grinder…

  • Lady Bay Pop-Up Cafe

    When Virender Rose was placed on furlough, she decided it was time to do something she’d always wanted to do…

  • Bom Bom Patisserie, Canal House

    Bom Bom Patisserie number two opened in 2019 and can be found in an area of Loughborough popular with creatives…

  • Bom Bom Patisserie, Derwent Drive

    Marta Child is a baking goddess and has given Loughborough not just one, but two cafes in which to get a sweet fix…

  • The Millstone at Barnack

    The Millstone has recently undergone a significant renovation and, with a new owner at the helm is sure to delight both locals and diners from further afield…

  • The Chequered Skipper

    The Chequered Skipper is a beautiful pub surrounded by pretty, thatched cottages and located on Ashton’s village green…

  • Cocoa Amore Grantham

    Cocoa Amore has been a chocolate-lovers paradise in Leicester since it opened in 2013. And now, Grantham has its own shop…

  • Uramaki Handmade Sushi

    Sushi is a delicious treat and Uramaki delivers handmade cases of sushi to your door. Perfect for wowing those dinner guests…

  • Six Hills Café, Bakery & Pizzeria

    From the outside, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Six Hills is a traditional roadside diner. Not so! Step inside and find a slice of Sicily…

  • Ruddington Butchers

    Elms Farm in Costock is renowned for its sustainable approach to farming and at its Ruddington Butchers, you’ll find meat unlike any other…

  • Anoki Nottingham

    There are three Anoki restaurants in the area and all of them serve authentic Indian cuisine in a glamorous setting…

  • Dennetts Ice Cream Parlour

    The Dennett family have been making ice cream since the 1920s and the parlour is the place to go to sample it…

  • Anoki Derby

    Enjoy fine Indian cuisine in the unique surroundings of London Road’s Old Picture Hall with its gilded vaulted ceiling…

  • The Cod’s Scallops

    Want to try some award-winning fish and chips? Chances are there’s a branch of The Cod’s Scallops near you. And if there’s not, there will be soon…

  • Campfire Trailer Taproom & Street Food

    If you like quirky and unique venues, Campfire Trailer Taproom & Street Food is just the place. Delicious street food, great cocktails and music are always on the menu…

  • The Bronze Pig

    If you are looking for an unforgettable dining experience, The Bronze Pig, with its delicious, seasonal dishes and perfectly paired wines is the place to go…

  • More Coffee Co

    More Coffee Co is a delightful community-owned cafe serving the finest, freshly ground coffee, homemade cake and more…

  • Hamilton’s Butchers & The Cheeky Pig

    Matt and partner Marsha took over the butcher’s shop in September 2020 and have also added a takeaway. The bacon rolls are a must…

  • Melton Mowbray Farmers’ Market

    Taking place twice a week, this is a lively farmers’ market hosting both traditional and more unusual local food producers…

  • Matthew’s Preserved

    Matthew Slaughter set up Matthew’s Preserved after reaching a low point in his life. Today both he and the business are thriving…

  • The Chequers Inn

    Located directly under the imposing Froggatt Edge ridge in the Peak District, The Chequers Inn is a wonderful stop off for walkers and foodies, alike…