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  • The Rose & Crown

    A traditional country inn that serves bar snacks as well as bistro meals, The Rose & Crown team pride themselves on the quality of their food…

  • Mallories

    Family-run independent bar, restaurant and hotel in Leicester village. Close to Mallory Park racetrack and Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre…

  • The Broadway, Leicester

    Award-winning curry pub in Leicester. Neighbourhood pub with well-stocked bar and high quality Indian food…

  • Mee Blueberries

    Award-winning family farming business. Sustainably grown blueberries and homemade preserves and beverages…

  • The Sun Inn

    Beautiful thatched-roof country pub in Cottesmore, Rutland. Open daily for lunches and dinners featuring locally sourced seasonal produce. Everards cask ales on tap…

  • Lil Bo’s Deli

    High quality local deli, kitchen and shop in the heart of Ashby. Local cheeses, meats and drinks, plus brunches, lunches and sharing platters…

  • Staunton Deli

    Charming deli located at Ferrers Centre at Staunton Harold. Cheeses, meats, fresh fruit and vegetables available, as well as brunch, lunch and sharing platters…

  • The George, Great Oxendon

    Beautifully restored 13th century inn. Restaurant focuses on modern pub classics using local suppliers, British farmers and artisan producers…

  • Milly’s Bistro

    The William Cecil in Stamford is home to a fantastic neighbourhood bistro with a great menu and laidback vibe…

  • The Knockerdown

    Historic British pub overlooking Carsington Water and part of the Hopton Hall Estate. Open daily for lunch, dinner and drinks…

  • Malt Mill Coffee and Bakery

    Charming independent coffee shop and bakery in the Leicestershire village of Barwell. Brunches and lunches featuring locally and ethically sourced ingredients…

  • The Red Lion at Thurgarton

    The Red Lion at Thurgarton in Nottinghamshire, three miles from Southwell, had been closed for two years until the community clubbed together to buy it…

  • The Little Bakery of Happiness

    The Little Bakery of Happiness is a multi-award-winning craft bakery-patisserie in the heart of Northamptonshire…

  • The Italian Shop

    A hidden independent gem offering wonderful bread, fantastic pastries, fine coffee and many more Italian treats…

  • The Horseshoes, Long Lane

    Exceptional Derbyshire gastropub serving modern British classics. Wonderfully prepared and presented dishes from a Michelin-trained chef…

  • Thornbridge Brewery & Tap Room

    Legendary Derbyshire brewery, shop and taproom. Open daily serving traditional ales, and innovative craft brews. Stone-baked pizza available. Family and dog friendly…

  • The Ashford Arms

    Beautifully refurbished coaching inn located in the Derbyshire countryside. All food and drinks locally sourced from sustainable and ethical suppliers….

  • Holly Bush Inn

    Classic British pub in the beautiful Derbyshire countryside. A pub steeped in history, dating back to the 17th Century serving well-kept cask ales and hearty home-cooked meals…

  • Marsh Green Farm Shop and Café

    Relaxed cafe at Derbyshire farm shop. Open daily for breakfasts, lunches and afternoon teas. Vegetables, eggs, meats, pies and pastries all available from the counter…

  • Adam’s Happy Hens Farm Shop

    Family-run farm shop in the beautiful Derbyshire countryside, selling plants, pies, pastries, fresh meat, cheeses, breads and, of course, boxes of very fresh eggs…

  • Iberico World Tapas

    Spanish-inspired refined dining experience with Asian influences. Spanish tapas and world dishes from a highly awarded team in historic surroundings…

  • Chambers Butchers

    Historic family-run butchers in Arnold, Nottinghamshire. Selling locally-sourced outdoor-reared grass-fed meats and homemade pies and pastries…

  • Kayal, Nottingham

    Authentic south Indian cuisine from Kerala. Wide ranging menu featuring healthy food, cooked with fresh ingredients. Specialists in Kerala seafood dishes…

  • The Bookcafe, Belper

    Quirky cafe in a beautiful old Derbyshire building. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea…

  • The Jam Queen

    Northamptonshire independent producer of small batch jams and preserves, using home-grown produce. Cakes, tray bakes and cookies sold in local pubs and shops…

  • The Greyhound Hotel, Bar and Restaurant

    Cromford is known to be the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution and this fantastic hotel is steeped in history…

  • 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…

  • Duncan Murray Wines

    Duncan Murray Wines has been part of Market Harborough’s community of independent shops for almost 20 years. It won an array of awards…

  • 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…

  • Ebi Sushi

    Ebi Sushi is one of the best places for authentic Japanese cuisine in the East Midlands and run by master sushi maker Ebina-san…