The top 50 local food independents as chosen by you

It’s been a great year here at Great Food Club – I hope you’ve had a fantastic 2015 too. We now have over 7,500 card-carrying members and an expanding ‘little black book’ of more than 100 secret diners (if you fancy adding your name to the list, do get in touch).

Thanks to your tips, we are able to recommend 230 local food and drink independents (and growing), most of which run exclusive member offers that you can claim with your GFC membership card. We’ve also recently launched the Great Food Club Handbook 2016.

But most excitingly from my point of view is the fact that around 50 new people join Great Food Club each week, allowing us to talk to more passionate local food lovers all the time.

Whenever someone joins, we ask them to name their favourite independent local pub, restaurant, farm shop or deli, so we have a good idea which venues are impressing local foodies the most.

I thought you might be interested to see which places have been recommended the most.

Out in front is The Olive Branch in Clipsham, Rutland (UK Good Pub Guide Pub of the Year 2014), followed by the excellent Gonalston Farm Shop in Gonalston, Notts. In third is The Red Lion in Stathern, Leicestershire.

The top 50 are listed below.

I hope you have a very merry Christmas and a happy and healthy new year.

Rank Venue Location
1 The Olive Branch Clipsham
2 Gonalston Farm Shop Gonalston
3 Red Lion Inn Stathern
4 The Berkeley Arms Wymondham
5 Hammer & Pincers Wymeswold
6 The Tobie Norris Stamford
7 The George Stamford
8 Boboli Kibworth Harcourt
9 The Chequers Woolsthorpe-by-Belvoir
10 The Lighthouse Kibworth Beauchamp
11 Fine Food Store Stamford
12 Groovy Foods Bourne
13 Hart’s Nottingham
14 The Joiner’s Arms Bruntingthorpe
15 The King’s Arms Wing
16 Delilah Nottingham
17 Harker’s Farm Shop Clipston on the Wolds
18 Ascough’s Market Harborough
19 Doddington Hall Doddington
20 Farndon Fields Farm Shop Market Harborough
21 The Grey Lady Newtown Linford
22 Tom Browns Gunthorpe
23 Clarke’s Peterborough
24 The Golden Fleece South Croxton
25 Hambleton Hall Hambleton
26 The Curzon Arms Woodhouse Eaves
27 The Fox & Hounds Exton
28 Jackson Stops Stretton
29 The Wheatsheaf Greetham
30 The Cholmeley Arms Burton-le-Coggles
31 Iberico Nottingham
32 The Lord Nelson Oakham
33 Ashfields Earl Shilton
34 The Baker’s Arms Thorpe Langton
35 The Bull Broughton Astley
36 The Bull’s Head Repton
37 The Crown Stamford
38 Delice Deli Loughborough
39 The Garage Bakehouse Market Harborough
40 The Lion Farnsfield
41 The Marquess of Exeter Lyddington
42 Beckworth Emporium Mears Ashby
43 Barnsdale Lodge Oakham
44 The Black Horse Grimston
45 The Falcon Fotheringhay
46 The Fox & Hounds Knossington
47 French Living Nottingham
48 The Grey Goose Gilmorton
49 The Hercules Revived Sutton Cheney
50 Kayal Leicester
Matt Wright
The author:

Matt lives in Leicestershire with his wife, two kids and dog. He is passionate about British pubs, slow food and home brewing. He founded Great Food Club (originally as Great Food Magazine) in 2010 after being inspired by local producers near his home town of Melton Mowbray - Britain's 'Rural Capital of Food'.