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Passionate, Personable, Quality | Danielle's Coffee

27th February 2017

Danielle's Coffee

Danielle envisages her products and services inspiring people all over the UK.  With the quality of Danielle’s Coffee becoming recognised, allowing businesses and their customers to expect nothing but the best. Danielle will be running a coffee masterclass at this year's Food Festival so we went to meet her to discuss her growing coffee empire. We also managed to get one of Danielle's favourite recipes from her, so enjoy....

Name:

Danielle Hadley

Occupation:  

Founder of Danielle’s Coffee 

In three words describe Danielle’s Coffee: 

Passionate, Personable, Quality

Tell us what readers can expect when they find you at the Ludlow Food Festival? 

Discover how much goes in to making a great cup of coffee either at home with many of the different brewing methods or getting a great tasting coffee out & about. The coffee journey from bean to cup & get to know Danielle’s Coffee, local business for all your coffee needs. 

 Danielle's Coffee

 

How did Danielle’s Coffee start?

Through the hospitality industry, Started at Rick Steins in Padstow as his Head barista, became one of the top baristas in the country in 2006 through the UK Barista Championships & became a UKBC Sensory Judge. 

What is special about Danielle’s Coffee?

Me {Smiley face}

Danielle Headley 

What is your best-selling product? Why do you think this is?

My Italia Blend - A good strong smooth coffee blend with lots of flavour. 

With all that has been achieved in your business so far, what are you most proud of?

I am so proud of being 7 years in business & still going strong & I am still as passionate as ever about coffee. 

What are you looking forward to most about the Ludlow Food Festival?

Introducing more people to Danielle’s Coffee & supplying knowledge in to what goes in to the perfect cup of coffee. I can’t wait to tell my story & hopefully get more home brewers on board. 

Quick Fire Get To Know You Questions:

Favourite Colour? Red

Favourite Food? Sunday dinner

Favourite tipple? Gundog Gin - (Rhubarb)

Favourite Restaurant? Wagamamas

Favourite place to visit the Marches? Ludlow

 

Danielle’s Coffee Recipe


Name - Espresso Danielle


Description - Small, Sweet Spicy, Aromatic, intense & full bodied

How it came about - I came up with this drink as my Signature beverage, when I entered the 2006 UK Barista Championships. I was told it received the highest score ever throughout the World Barista championships up to that point. I was working at Rick Steins at the time, so had lots of inspiration around me.

Ingredients -
Condensed Milk
Spices - Turmeric, Chilli, Cardamon & Cinnamon Freshly Ground Burwarton Espresso Blend
Dark Chocolate
Lime

Equipment -
Muslin Cloth
Food safe String
Mini Box Grater
Espresso Glasses
Espresso Machine or Coffee Maker

Preparation:
Make spice bag - Add a small pinch of each spice to the centre of approx 3cm x 3cm cut out square muslin cloth.
Bring all the corners together & tie with the food safe string.

Making the drink:

  1. Add 1 dessertspoon (or to taste) of condensed milk to the espresso glass

  2. lay your ready made spice bag on top with the string outside the glass so its easy to remove

  3. Add your correctly made espresso (see Danielle’s Coffee for details)

  4. Top with grated Dark chocolate & lime zest

  5. Remove the bag when you are happy with the spice strength

  6. Stir & enjoy 


    Interview by Louise Welsby | Buy-From Shropshire

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Spotlight: Wenlock Spring

10th September 2016

Wenlock Spring is a family business which commenced bottling water in1989 and since this date the central focus has been to produce a high quality premium water, sourced responsibly and packaged in an environmentally conscious way. The company has sponsored a number of events this weekend as well as having an exhibitor stand. We interviewed Director, Matthew Orne to find out more....

Wenlock Spring

 

Name:

Matthew Orme

Occupation:

Director

 Matthew Orne

In three words describe Wenlock Spring:

Refreshing, Crisp, Clear

Tell us what readers can expect when they find you at the Ludlow Food Festival?

Friendly faces waiting to meet you.

How and when did Wenlock Spring start?

We started in 1989 as a farm diversification project..

For those who don’t drink Wenlock Spring, why should they do so?

It’s naturally nutritious, hydrating, and tastes great.

 Wenlock Spring

Where can our readers purchase Wenlock Spring currently?

Any of the fine local delis, resturants, pubs, and hotels throughout the UK.

With all that has been achieved in your business so far, what are you most proud of?

Celebrating 25 years and still growing.

How important is Shropshire to your business?

We are proud to be located in the centre of Shropshire. We believe in supporting local businesses and feel they support us. What a great place to live and work.

What are you looking forward to most about the Ludlow Food Festival?

We love It! The food, the beer, the people, the WATER, how could we choose?

 Ludlow Food Festival

VISIT WENLOCK SPRING FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE BUSINESS, THEIR HISTORY & THEIR FANTASTIC PRODUCTS.


Interview by Louise Welsby | Buy-From Shropshire

 

 

 

 

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Spotlight: Hook and Son

1st September 2016

Find out about Hook & Son who will be travelling from Borough Market in London to our Sunday Market for the Ludlow Food Festival. They produce Raw Dairy and tell us all about its health benefits as well as their fascinating story in our Spotlight Blog.  

Hook and Son 

Hook and Son

Our Products 

Raw dairy is ‘live’, easy to digest and bursting with vitamins, minerals, enzymes, antioxidants, microflora and immune boosting properties!  We sell our own Organic Raw Milk; Raw Butter, (either lightly salted with Halen Mon Anglesey Sea Salt, or unsalted); sumptuously thick Raw Cream; Buttermilk and grass fed Ghee made from our own butter.  Also we have a newly launched product that is regarded as ‘The Holy Grail’ of the Dairy Industry; our Raw Yoghurt available in a thicker ‘Greek Style’ or ‘Natural’ made from our organic skimmed milk, by artisan methods.  This yoghurt only contains milk’s natural sugar (lactose) and there are no added ingredients – just natural raw skimmed milk and yoghurt cultures and is suitable for vegetarians.

The Hailsham Herd

 The Hailsham Herd

Longley’s Farm is approximately 140 acresjust north of Hailsham, East Sussex, situated on the very western edge of the Pevensey Levels which is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (S.S.S.I.  In 1998 the farm was converted to organic methods and the pastures are completely free of fertilisers and pesticides, working in harmony with maintaining and enhancing this important and wonderful local ecology. We also have Organic certification from The Soil Association who issues our license each year once we have evidenced that we meet their standards that cover all aspects of food production, from animal welfare and wildlife conservation, to food processing and packaging.  We consider the cows’ welfare and health are paramount.  Cows in a conventional herd produce nearly 50% more milk than our cows.  This means our Kates, Idas, Biddys and Rowena’s and Ruby’s are not under so much pressure and stress.  Our cows benefit from this lower yield and lower stress by not being prone to stress related cattle health problems, such as mastitis and lameness.  Indeed, our cows on average live to be 8 or 9 years old, compared to the national average of 6 years old. 

The Benefits of Raw Milk

Hook and Son Raw Milk 

Raw milk is completely natural and has not been processed in any way, maintaining the nutritious elements and good bacteria that are destroyed by pasteurisation. Our raw milk is a very different product to the pasteurised, homogenised milk you buy in supermarkets.  It is fresh, as nature intended and will taste pure and will be bottled as fresh as possible.  You can also try our fabulous raw butter, either lightly salted with Halen Mon Anglesey Sea Salt, or unsalted and our sumptuously thick raw cream.  

 

The Moo Man

The Moo Man 

Stephen Hook is ‘The Moo Man’.  This is a film made about the remarkable story of Steve and his unruly cows, filmed over 4 years on the marshes of the Pevensey Levels.  In an attempt to save the family farm, Stephen Hook decides to turn his back on the cost cutting dairies and supermarkets and instead stay small and keep his close relationship with the herd.  However, farmer Hook’s plans to save the farm do not always go down well with his spirited cows; the result is a laugh-out loud, emotional roller coaster of a journey and shows the incredible bonds between man, animal and countryside.

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Hook & Son Raw Organic Milk

Longleys Farm, Harebeating Lane, Hailsham, East Sussex BN27 1ER

 

 

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Spotlight: Swifts Bakery

30th August 2016

Swifts Bakery is a fifth generation family business with 150 years history in the Midlands. They have always had a passion for creating new ideas for bread, both for wholesale and over-the-counter to customers in our four shops. Their aim is to help people enjoy real bread and to support the artisan trade to which they proudly belong. We interviewed artisan Baker Robert Swift for the latest in our blog series for Ludlow Food Festival 2016. 
 
Robert Swift
 

Business Name: 

Richard C Swift Ltd - Swifts Bakery 
 
Your Occupation:  
5th generation Artisan baker with 25 years experience and a director of the company. 
 
In three words describe your business: 
quality, history, determination
 
Tell us what readers can expect when they find you at the Ludlow Food Festival? 
As regards our stall you will find a vast variety of breads, international and speciality creations of our own. It won't quite look like the bread you see from day to day; we like to think a little bit more outside the bread tin. With my demo we will be trying to show a few different things this year all in one demo. We are looking to have blast this year and show people all that Ludlow has to offer.
 
Swifts Bakery 
 

How did you start?

As a family it all started with my great great great aunt who made bread for the street to make ends meet after the death of her husband.
 
Swifts Bakery
 
This then just grew and grew and came down through the generations to the point where we now have my eldest son, the 6th generation, who has completed his first year of his apprenticeship. As for myself it's something I have always known since I was born, being put in front of the delivery van from a very early age to working before and after school, school holidays and weekends, then at 16 starting full time in the bakery on the bottom rung of the ladder as it were, and I worked my way up from there. 
 

Who have your influences been in creating and building your business?

Well, as it's a family business the influences are those from within really. For me it was my grandparents and my parents. When you are this close to what's happening you see first hand just what it takes and what it means to run a business like this. When I look back and understand what our family gave for the following generations then you can only work with a sense of pride and passion and determination to carry it forward. I have also had the privilege of working with a lot of talented people, not just those in the baking industry, and those influences are priceless. 
 

Tell us about you appearance on TV and what impact that has had on your business? 

Any appearances on the TV are beneficial. It's the society we live in. People have reacted to it even more so in the last few years. We have been very fortunate to have had that experience. I personally appeared on the first Britain's Best Bakery where we won through to represent the whole of Shropshire against other bakeries across the country. Following that I have done pieces with the Hairy Bikers and Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is. The most recent experience was the well documented Victorian Bakers which saw my brother take the reins and experience a little of what our ancestors must have had to go through. He got so much out of it, both personally and professionally, but I think, overwhelmingly, he got a sense of pride, empathy and respect.
 
John Swift Victorian Baker
 
John Swift, Victorian Bakers | Image from the Shropshire Star
 

With all that has been achieved in your business so far, what are you most proud of?

This is actually quite a simple, short answer to this. The fact that after 6 generations and over 150 years the name and the skills are still here. It's the best way we, today, can say thank you and show how we feel about those in our family who sacrificed so much to give us this legacy. 
 
Swifts Bakery
 

What are you looking forward to most about the Ludlow Food Festival? 

To be honest, it really is a great thrill to be part of it. You get to engage with new customers but also to see the customers who,for the rest of the year, support our business. Without them we have nothing. It's also great to see the town so vibrant and buzzing with life. I know it can be seen as a nuisance but, honestly, from the point of view of a retail outlet without it, the town itself would struggle for the rest of the year. It does bring repeat business which in the harder months of the year is vital to us all.
 

Quick Fire Get To Know You Questions:

Favourite Colour? White and yellow.

Favourite Food? Difficult this one?? I do enjoy a good Sunday roast, but, ultimately, I enjoy food that's fresh, flavoursome, and well cooked; that could range from a burger or thai/asian style cooking.

Favourite tipple? Well, I am partial to a good single malt, 10 or 15 years old should do, but for an everyday drink a nice real ale such as Ludlow Gold or Old Henry.

Favourite Restaurant? Well, how to upset a lot of people quickly! I get the chance to work with a lot of great chefs locally and further afield, so I also get to sample a lot of what they produce, which is a great perk of the job. As this is Ludlow Food Festival though, I would just like to give a mention to all the restaurants in Ludlow as we are now beginning to see some real strides in putting the town back where it was a few years ago; places such as Mortimers, Fishmore Hall and Old Downton Lodge are creating some great menus and dishes and also push each other to strive for better. It's an exciting time again. 
 
Hobby? Well, not really a lot of time for that to be honest! Spending time doing as much as I can with my family is important as they put up with a lot and I am partial to watching quite a bit of football, which does take me around the country following, for my sins, Leeds United (no comments please!).
 
Favourite place to visit in Shropshire? I don't really have a favourite place but as I spend so much time going here and there everywhere I always know when I am back in Shropshire. This county really has something beautiful to share. 
 
Swifts Bakery
 
Robert Swift will be doing a demo on the Graeme Kidd Stage at 1pm on Saturday 10th September. You will be able to buy their wonderful artisan bread all weekend. Find Swifts Bakery online at http://www.swifts-bakery.co.uk
 
 
Interview by Louise Welsby, Buy-From Shropshire

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Meet the Producer: Three Tuns Brewery

25th August 2016

Three Tuns Brewery in Shropshire was established in 1642 and is the UK's oldest brewery.People come from all over the world to visit the Three Tun's Brewery, not just for its incredible history, but because the beer is so good. Find out more about this bastion of Brewing history in today's Meet the Producer blog.

Three Tuns Brewery

Name:

Steve Wilmer

Occupation:  

Head Brewer

In three words describe Three Tuns Brewery: 

Unique, Quirky, Craftsmen

Tell us what readers can expect when they find you at the Ludlow Food Festival? 

The oldest brewery, brewing secret recipes from “The Tuns” recipe books handed down through generations of custodians.  Brewers who also craft ground breaking new style beers to compliment the range.

Three Tuns Brewery Beers

How did you start?

Bought a house next door to the brewery, a master cabinet maker, I asked for a job.

What is special about Three Tuns Brewery?

First licenced in 1642, brewing from a 16th century Brewhouse and miniature Victorian tower brewery.  Gravity fed, tuns yeast, unique beer style.

Three Tuns Brewery History

What is our best-selling product? Why do you think this is?

XXX

A recipe developed by John Roberts first in 1880 (when he built the tower) and passed down the line. A secret brew “to quench the thirst of agricultural workers”

With all that has been achieved in your business so far, what are you most proud of?

Saving the brewery in 2002.  Restoring the buildings, modernising and replicating a gravity fed brew system (10 year project was completed in 2012)

What are you looking forward to most about the Ludlow Food Festival?

Great people, amazing producers and sunshine.

Three Tuns at the Ludlow Food Festival 2015

Quick Fire Get To Know You Questions:

Favourite Colour?

Black

Favourite Food?

Curry

Favourite tipple?

XXX

Favourite Restaurant?

Golden Moments (Ludlow)

Hobby?

Brewing Beer

Favourite place to visit in the Shropshire?

Ratlinghope (Bridges Inn) & Longmynd

Make sure you try XXX for yourself at this year's Ludlow Food Festival. You can also find Three Tuns Brewery online at http://www.threetunsbrewery.co.uk

 

Louise Welsby | Buy-From Shropshire

 

 

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Meet the Producer: Bennett & Dunn

24th August 2016

In the days of the Supermarket and ‘fast food’ we can often get lost in a world of prices & variety. Sometimes it is important we take a minute to find out who and where our food came from. Who was it that picked our local berries, or who harvest the grains that go into our bread. There is something comforting & enjoyable about supporting local produce. Not only do you support local economy but you are tasting something that has come from your doorstep. Bennett & Dunn Cold Pressed Rapeseed oil have been a firm favourite of local consumers and restaurants in the county and beyond for over 5 years. With the product range expanding to some delicious dressings & flavoured oils, for Bennett & Dunn, the only way is up! With an exciting weekend at Ludlow Food Festival coming up, including a fantastic talk from Rupert on the Buy-From Shropshire Stage, we caught up with Rupert & Tracey Bennett to talk quality, family & Saturday Kitchen!

Bennett & Dunn Rapeseed Oil 

So tell our readers, Where did it all begin?

It all began with Tracey and myself watching Saturday Morning Kitchen. James Martin was raving about Cold Pressed Rapeseed Oil. As I was already growing and harvesting Oil seed Rape (Rapeseed) on our farm near Bridgnorth, we decided to do some research, then went ahead and purchased a kitchen press. We needed to make sure our Oil tasted good and we were happy to know it was delicious.  

Tracey & Rupert of Bennett & Dunn

For someone who may never have tasted Rapeseed Oil before, how would you describe its taste?

If you have never used Coldpressed Rapeseed Oil, it is something you need to try! Our oil has a yummy gentle nutty, creamy flavour. It compliments food, rather than overpowers it. You can use it to drizzle over fresh summer salads, use it as a cold dip for bread and it's also brilliant to cook with at high temperatures and still keep all its health benefits, unlike extra virgin olive oil which is most customers go-to store cupboard essential.  Our oil is rich in Omega 3,6 & 9 so if you don't eat lots of oily fish it's a really easy way to maintain your Omega fat intake which is essential for heart health and general wellness.

This year’s festival is aimed at Ethical and sustainable farming, how do you feel your products adhere and help towards this?

Zero nasty chemicals are used in our production, it's just oil squeezed from the seed, that's why trading standards allow us to put 'Good for You' on our label.

We look after the environment by farming in a responsible way by providing good habitat for insects, small mammals and birds. We also are intending to use the leftover seed to create food for local wildlife.

 Rupert of Bennett & Dunn

What products would you say are your ‘ones to watch’ ?

We know how busy lives can be, we don't always have time to create tasty meals for our family so we have launched our new dressing & Marinades, a quick and easy way to add flavour to meat, fish, salads and vegetables for mouthwatering dishes. Come and try them and see which flavour is your favourite!

 Bennett & Dunn Dressings

How has your journey been in getting Bennett & Dunn out to the consumer?

We spent a lot of time getting out there to the customer, restaurants, farm shops delis, and not forgetting our Great taste award and Bronze Winner 2015 for Best New Product at Ludlow Food Festival in our first year of trading. We now have brilliant award winning Chefs using our Oil, some of which are demonstrating at the Festival. It is a great boost for us, it's confirmation and reward for the love and care we put into every drop of Oil we produce. We also supply high end retailers such as the Ludlow Food Centre.  Everyone knows they only stock great quality product.

We are so proud of the quality of our oils and to know that brilliant Chefs and foodies love our oil is wonderful. It's the fantastic feedback and being told it's a great product that keeps us going.

What are you looking forward to most about Ludlow Food Festival this year?

Meeting people who love Artisan food, care about where their food comes from and care about the British Countryside. Eat and drink till your hearts content.... You get all of that at The Ludlow Food Festival! Tracey and myself are looking forward to meeting some of our existing lovely loyal customers who bought our Oil at last years Festival and introducing our new Dressing & Marinades to those who haven't yet tasted them!

 

Tracey and Rupert will be exhibiting within the festival all weekend, they will also be taking part in a talk at the Buy-From Shropshire Marquee. Be sure to visit them and try their delicious and healthy alternative to Olive Oil!

 

Bennett & Dunn

Quality, Local, Delicious

www.bennettanddunn.co.uk


 

 

 

 

 

 

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Meet the Producer: From Field and Flower

23rd August 2016

Bringing their unique range of wonderful raw (unpasteurised) honeys to the Ludlow Food Festival this year is Sam and Stefano of From Field and Flower. It was a pleasure to interview Sam as part of the Meet the Producer blog series. 

From Field and Flower

 

Name: 

Samantha Wallace

Occupation:  

Co-owner of From Field and Flower

 Sam & Stefano of From Field and Flower

In three words describe Field and Flower: 

Passionate about honey

Tell us what readers can expect when they find you at the Ludlow Food Festival? 

A wide selection of wonderful raw (unpasteurised) honeys made by small, independent, producers from Italy, England, Scotland, Sweden and more. We offer tastings of all our honey -from the mildest to the strongest, plus lots of usage/pairing tips and general passionate food chat!

From Field and Flower Honey

How did you start?

I was made redundant at the same time as Stefano (my partner and business partner) decided to stop working for his friend’s gourmet sausage company - we thought it could be a real opportunity to do something we genuinely love.

On a trip to Italy with Stefano — Piedmont, which is where he’s from — we went to see some family friends of his who were beekeepers. I’d never particularly liked honey. I associated it with the stuff you get in the supermarket — sweet and a bit boring—but this was just completely different. It was a revelation.

After that we spent months trying all the honeys we could find, deciding which would work for our range, developing our own brand. We wanted to make sure we stood for something that’s quality. The honey we sell can’t be mass-produced. It has to be raw—which means it hasn’t been heat treated—and can’t have anything added to it in terms of sugars.

Have you got a favourite product? Why?

We’re notorious for not having favourites, because we use each of them at different times, for different dishes. In essence we’re spoilt! If I had to choose one that’s close to my heart, then it would be the Cherry Flower honey from Piedmont, Italy, because it’s one of the first ones I tried when we were starting to develop our range and it’s flavour completely blew me away.

 Raw Italian Cherry Honey

What is your best-selling product? Why do you think this is?

We don’t have a best seller per se, and that’s because everyone’s tastes are different, but two of our most popular honeys are the Heather honey from Exmoor National Park in Devon, and our Creamed Wildflower honey from Sweden – the silky smooth and delicately floral, it’s beautiful.

With all that has been achieved in your career so far, what are you most proud of?

We’re delighted that what we do seems to be a hit with customers. People come back to see us at our shop in Borough Market, in London, time and time again, some even making the trip from places like China and Canada. We like to share our love of distinctive raw honeys with people, and are really proud that people want us to keep doing it! 

What are you looking forward to most about the Ludlow Food Festival?

I’ve visited Ludlow a few times, when I was a teenager with my family and loved it. It’s a beautiful town in a beautiful part of England, and has always had a strong connection with food. In fact, I can wax lyrical about the meals I’ve had in the past here – from cake and a cuppa to fine dining. Being invited to attend the festival was an honour, and we’re both keen to visit as many exhibitors as possible ourselves.

Quick Fire Get To Know You Questions:

Favourite Colour?

Myself - blue. Stefano - green

Favourite Food?

Myself – Scallops.

Stefano – something hot and spicy, preferably on a pizza.

Favourite tipple?

Myself – in the summer I absolutely love an Aperol spritz

Stefano  - a good pint of Guinness

Favourite Restaurant?

At the moment we’re both a bit obsessed with a great Portuguese family run restaurant called A-Toca in London. It’s in Stockwell, which is home to a large Portuguese community and serves beautiful chargrilled meats and fish really simply, but does it really well. There’s no fuss, no pretentions and most of the diners are Portuguese – always a good sign!

Hobby?

Stefano has green fingers and loves plants.

Myself? I’m a bookworm and can devour a book in a day.

 

Borough Market - From Field and Flower 

Make sure you visit Sam and Stefano at the Sunday Market during Ludlow Food Festival 2016. You can also visit them online at http://www.fromfieldandflower.co.uk

 

Interview by Louise Welsby, Buy-From Shropshire.

 

 

 

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Meet the Producer: Miranda's Preserves

16th August 2016

Find out what Miranda's Preserves has to offer at this year's Ludlow Food Festival...

Miranda's Preserves

Miranda's Preserves has been run by Anita & Richard for the past 6 years from their 5star home kitchen at Ivy Cottage in the Brecon Beacons. “ We are a true cottage industry”, says Anita, "preparing & cooking our preserves in small batches, stirring them by hand, bottling them by hand & labelling them by hand! We took over the business from the eponymous Miranda, who started the business in Pembrokeshire back in 1995."


"We love to work with local businesses in local communities”, explained Richard, "and we have a very soft spot for Ludlow. Local designers The Visual Works undertook our re-branding and we have built up a special relationship with friends at the September festival who seek out our stall each year."

Food Festival Fun

This year Miranda's Preserves are delighted that their award winning jam marmalade & chutney can now be found at Broad Bean in Broad Street, Ludlow. The Evans family have just taken over this fabulous local deli and have been keen to source affordable, high quality products sourced from local, artisans. "It's a perfect blend of two family businesses with very similar ethos”, says Anita. "We wish the Evans family every success with their new venture and are sure our products will sit well on their shelves - but not for long before they are snapped up, we hope!”

Miranda Preserves

Make sure that you find Anita and Richard at the Ludlow Food Festival this year. Take a look at their fantastic website here: http://www.mirandas-preserves.co.uk

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Meet the Producer: Wil's Smokehouse

11th August 2016

Wil’s Smokehouse produces a variety of Organic, Gluten Free, Vegetarian and Vegan friendly smoked foods in accordance with a 160 year old recipes. I had the pleasure of interviewing Heather and Jim just after they finished Burwarton Show. Here they look forward to Ludlow Food Festival in September.

Wil's Smokehouse

Name: 

Jim Wilson

Occupation:  

Smoker and Curer of Food In three words describe Wil’s Smokehouse: 

ORGANIC VEGETARIAN SMOKEHOUSE

Tell us what readers can expect when they find you at the Ludlow Food Festival? 

Seriously tasty, smoked, organic, vegetarian, vegan and gluten free foods with attitude. We will be giving lots of free tasters of our organic smoked marinated pumpkin and sunflower seeds, and introducing our new product seeds with almonds and smoked vanilla. 

Vanilla Smoked Seeds

How did you start?

As a family we have been curers and smokers of food for over 60 years but 15 years ago we diversified into smoking organic vegetarian seeds, nuts, spices, garlic and oils.  

Wills Smokehouse Process

Have you got a favourite product? Why?

Our favourite product is our original product, Organic Marinated Pumpkin and Sunflower Seeds. We are very proud of this product - it has taken years of experimenting with our recipe and the combination of different woods to create a mild, delicate smoke. 

Smoked Marinated Seeds

What is our best-selling product? Why do you think this is?


Our best selling product is our original product, Organic Marinated Mixed Seeds. We only use the finest organic raw materials, every batch is hand produced, we use no E numbers, preservatives or any added oils and all the wood we use is local Herefordshire hard wood. 

With all that has been achieved in your business so far, what are you most proud of?

We are most proud of producing high quality organic products and receiving positive feedback from our customers, which is the only accolade we strive for. 

What are you looking forward to most about the Ludlow Food Festival?

Meeting our customers old and new and embracing the great atmosphere generated at the Ludlow Food Festival. Everyone is eager to taste new food and drink that is locally produced in the surrounding area. The Festival is a superb weekend for all.

Jim and Heather

Quick Fire Get To Know You Questions:

Favourite Colour? BLUE

Favourite Food? FISH AND CHIPS

Favourite tipple? BOTTLE OF WHITE WINE FROM OUR OWN VINEYARD

Favourite Restaurant? THE TRAM AT EARDSILEY

Hobby? WORKING ON OUR SMALLHOLDING, ESPECIALLY IN OUR VINEYARD  - IT'S VERY RELAXING

Favourite place to visit in Shropshire?ATTINGHAM PARK AND, OF COURSE, LUDLOW

Jim and Heather

Make sure you visit Heather and Jim and the Ludlow Food Festival. You can also visit them online at http://www.wilssmokehouse.co.uk

 


Louise Welsby

Buy-From Shropshire

 

 

 

 

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Meet the Producer: Radnor Hills

11th August 2016

This year sees the 25th anniversary of Radnor Hills.  When MD, William Watkins, returned to his family farm from university and decided to sell his water rather than the sheep and cattle, the Radnor Hills journey began. I had the pleasure of interviewing William for our Meet the Producer blog series in the run up to Ludlow Food Festival 2016.

Name: 

William Watkins

William Watkins, Radnor Hills

Occupation:  

Managing Director at Radnor Hills

Tell us what readers can expect when they find you at the Ludlow Food Festival? 

The Heartsease Farm range includes some timeless traditionally British recipes made with the finest sourced ingredients and blended with our lightly sparkling natural spring water! Savour the classic taste of the British countryside with our delicious Elderflower Pressé, travel back in time with our Traditional Lemonade recipe which tastes ‘just how you’re Mum used to make it!’ We have gone the extra mile this time to make these drinks taste as good as they would if you made them in your own kitchen!

Heartsease Farm

How did you start?

When I returned to our family farm from university and decided to sell our water rather than the sheep and cattle, the Radnor Hills journey began! It’s been a very exciting journey for myself and my entire team.

From tiny beginnings packing cuplets for airlines we now produce a whole range of products in glass and plastic bottles, from waters to mixers, pressés and healthy children’s products.  

Unbelievably last year we produced 200 million bottles on our site in Radnorshire.  This year we have put in a new line that will create the capacity to produce 300 million bottles. 

Have you got a favourite Radnor Hills flavour? Why?

Heartsease Farm Fiery Ginger Beer – It has to be!

What is our best selling flavour? Why do you think this is?

Raspberry Lemonade seems to be a good seller, its light and refreshing and mixes will in a cocktail! Have you tried our Raspberry Pitchfork yet? We will be serving up a few of those at the festival!

Raspberry Lemonade

What are you looking forward to most about the Ludlow Food Festival?

This September we will be bringing once again our fantastic pop –up bar which is really exciting, we will be whipping up some delicious cocktails including the best sellers – Muddy Boot which is spiced rum and ginger beer, and we also have some brand new ones to try!  Selling locally made drinks to local people is what it’s all about, Ludlow Food Festival has such a great vibe – we can’t wait to return again for another year!

                Radnor Hills Pop Up Bar                                       

Make sure you visit the Radnor Hills team at the Festival - I am looking forward to a Rasberry Pitchfork! You can also visit them online at http://www.radnorhills.co.uk/home 

 

Louise Welsby

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Meet Ludlow Food Centre's Butchery Manager, John Bereton

5th August 2016

It’s a busy time of year for Ludlow Food Centre – as well as thinking ahead to the treats that Christmas will bring us, even the most seasoned of foodies are excited by the prospect of autumn’s tantalising offerings, and the celebrations of great food that lie ahead.

Voted as the UK’s Food Hall of The Year in April’s Farm Shop & Deli awards, Ludlow Food Centre brings together seasonal produce, artisan food production and local fare under one roof. Having also been awarded five gold stars by the Guild of Fine Food in July, it continues to make waves in the speciality food industry. And all of this makes for a particularly exciting few months.

With Ludlow Food Festival 2016 just around the corner, we speak to Ludlow Food Centre’s Head Butcher, John Brereton, about how he and his team are gearing up for the busy festival season…

 John Bereton

September’s nearly here – how are you feeling?

I’m feeling great – the butchery’s going from strength to strength, and we have a great team who work incredibly hard throughout the year. It puts us in a good position for the increase in number of customers during Ludlow Food Festival, and we’re looking forward to keeping up with demand throughout these few months.

How has the summer been for you and your team?

Summer is a brilliant opportunity for each member of our team to showcase their skill and knowledge, which we hope is always passed on to our customers. We all club together and make the most of everyone’s strengths. Andrew, who joined us an apprentice in 2008, manages the team in my absence, as well as creating an abundance of products for the counter. Jess, another of our apprentices, is learning more as she completes her NVQ Level 3. So it’s a great time for everyone.

What’s the sure sign of a good butchery product?

I think provenance is absolutely everything. For us to be able to sell meat that’s reared here on the Oakly Park Estate is a real privilege. It’s always a pleasure to let people know exactly where their meat has come from, and for us to have the answers to their questions. Provenance, knowledge and skills behind the counter are so important today.

Oakley Park Estate

Oakly Park Estate

We’re optimists, and are always crossing our fingers for a bit more barbecue weather…do you have any tips for a great barbecue?

Many people are tempted to cook their meat on as high a temperature as possible, to achieve that ‘flame-grilled’ finish – but this often means that products end up burned, tough and even undercooked. If you’re cooking with coal, always make sure the coals are white before placing your meat on the griddle, and tend to it regularly. Keep it simple.

What’s next for the butchery team?

The finishing touches have just been made to a brand new fridge dedicated solely to our charcuterie products. This means we’ll have much more space to expand our range as the months go on. Our charcuterie’s been hugely popular, and adds diversity to our more traditional cuts and products. I’m really excited to see how this changes how we work. And after summer’s out of the way, we’ll be focussing on Christmas! It’s a scary thought, but it always needs as much forward planning as possible – from staff, to orders and coping with demand. We’ll be taking orders for Christmas very soon, so keep up to date on our website and social media.

Ludlow Food Centre Butchery Team

Ludlow Food Centre Butchery Team

Visit Ludlow Food Centre's fantastic stall at the Festival or call in and see them at the Food Centre itself on the A49 in Bromfield, outside Ludlow.




Louise Welsby

Buy-From Shropshire


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Meet Ludlow Food Centre's Dairy Manager, Dudley Martin

5th August 2016

Meet Ludlow Food Centre's Dairy Manager, Dudley Martin 

With more than 20 years’ experience in making artisan cheeses, Ludlow Food Centre’s Dairy Manager, Dudley Martin, is a fountain of knowledge.

Now making more than 10 cheeses in one of the country’s smallest dairies with comrade Paul Bedford – also clocking in an impressive 20 years – Dudley began his career 20 years ago at Malvern Cheesewrights, in bordering Worcestershire, before moving on to nearby Lightwood Cheese in 2001.

Just three months after Ludlow Food Centre opened in April 2007, Dudley joined the business as head cheesemaker, using fresh milk from the Food Centre’s Oakly Park Estate to create a special range of cheeses, as well as handmade butter and cream cheese for fresh and frozen desserts.

Ludlow Food Centre Cheese

Now, almost ten years later, Dudley continues to create and innovate, relentlessly seeking new ways to connect his cheeses with the town of Ludlow and the Shropshire countryside.

Ludlow Food Centre Cheese

Dudley is really looking forward to the biggest food festival in the UK and from 9th-11th September he will be part of the Ludlow Food Centre team showcasing hundreds of independent producers and farm shops within Shropshire and the Welsh Marche. It is the perfect platform for festival goers to sample some of Ludlow Food Centre’s handmade produce, specifically the hundreds of artisan cheeses you will be able to sample and buy.

Ludlow Food Festival

Visit their festival marquee between 9-11 September to gain an insight in the award-winning farm shop, based just two miles north of Ludlow on the A49, in the village of Bromfield.

Ludlow Food Centre

 

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Louise Welsby

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Ludlow Lifestyle: Spotlight on Ludlow Food Centre

5th August 2016

Ludlow Lifestyle: Spotlight on Ludlow Food Centre

Ludlow Food Centre

It’s a busy time of year for Ludlow Food Centre – as well as thinking ahead to the treats that Christmas will bring us, even the most seasoned of foodies are excited by the prospect of autumn’s tantalising offerings, and the celebrations of great food that lie ahead.

Voted as the UK’s Food Hall of The Year in April’s Farm Shop & Deli awards, Ludlow Food Centre brings together seasonal produce, artisan food production and local fare under one roof. Having also been awarded five gold stars by the Guild of Fine Food in July, it continues to make waves in the speciality food industry. And all of this makes for a particularly exciting few months.

Food Hall of the Year

First up in the calendar is Ludlow Food Festival – arguably the finest and most prestigious of the UK’s food festivals, now in its 21st year – right on Ludlow Food Centre’s doorstep. Showcasing hundreds of independent producers and farm shops within Shropshire and the Welsh Marches, it is the perfect platform for festival goers to sample some of Ludlow Food Centre’s handmade produce.

Ludlow Food Festival

Serving an array of foodie delights from artisan cheeses, ice-cream and hand-roasted coffee, to scratch-baked bread, cuts of Estate-reared lamb and award-winning butchery products, as well as handmade scotch eggs and sausage rolls, it is the perfect opportunity to speak to the real artisans that make Ludlow Food Centre’s food so special. Visit their festival marquee between 9-11 September to gain an insight in the award-winning farm shop, based just two miles north of Ludlow on the A49, in the village of Bromfield.

As one event on the food calendar ends, another begins – and so we look forward to British Food Fortnight from September 187 to October 2, where there are few places more appropriate to celebrate than at Ludlow Food Centre. When more than 50% of everything sold there is handmade on site, and a further 30% sourced from Shropshire’s three surrounding counties of Powys, Worcestershire and Herefordshire, it epitomises the importance of British food, and supporting local producers. Many of its vegetables are sourced from Lady Windsor’s Walled Garden, just half a mile away on the Oakly Park Estate.

But, for Ludlow Food Centre, fresh, local and handmade food is very much a year-round operation – and with its 10th birthday around the corner in 2017, it’s testament to the fact that now, supporting local is more important and exciting than ever before.

Ludlow Food Centre

 

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Louise Welsby

Buy-From Shropshire

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