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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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Cool Britannia | The Great British Tiger Gin

22nd February 2017

Tiger Gin

Tiger Gin may be fledgling in terms of the brand's age but it has started its life with a roar. In less than a year the brand has amassed an enormous, incrediby loyal and passionate social media following, all championing this incredible product. Tiger Gin has also already been recognised by the International Spirit Awards as being one of the best gins in the world. Not bad, eh? I had the pleasure of meeting the mand behind Tiger Gin and we spoke about Gin and Ludlow....

 

Name:

JJ Lawrence

Occupation:  

Top Cat at Tiger Gin

In three words describe Tiger Gin: 

Beautiful, smooth and sweet

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

They can expect to have a lot of fun and share our passion for Tiger Gin

How did Tiger Gin start?

An Idea!  I wanted to create one of the best gins in the world

 Cool Britannia Tiger Gin

What is special about Tiger Gin?

Everything about Tiger Gin! That incredible taste infusion, the way it is made, the amazing combination of Botanicals used, and the special people who have helped.

What is your vision for Tiger Gin over the next 12 months?

Would like as many people as possible to experience the taste of Tiger Gin.

With all that you have achieved since launching the brand, what are you most proud of?

Winning a court battle against Heineken over the name Tiger Gin, A Shropshire lad against a billion pound global empire.

Tiger Gin being recognised by the International Spirit Awards as being one of the best gins in the WORLD.

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

I have been many times but this will be my first as an exhibitor, I love the atmosphere, the variety of stalls, the music, the lovely food and drink and the people.

Quick Fire Get To Know You Questions:

Favourite Colour? Black

Favourite Food? Italian

Favourite tipple? Tiger Gin !

Favourite Restaurant? Osteria Da Paolo Shrewsbury, Chez Black Positano

Favourite place to visit the Marches? Ludlow

 

Connect with the Tiger on Facebook or visit their website to discover more and make sure you visit JJ and the Tiger team at this year's Ludlow Food Festival.

 

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.

Social Media

@hookandson

Hook & Son Raw Organic Milk

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

 

 

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Meet the Producer: La Triestina

1st September 2016

La Triestina is a small family run all Italian business based in Shropshire, specialising in selling and marketing their Region’s best products: Friuli Venezia Giulia, an undiscovered gem lying between the Adriatic Sea and the Carso Highlands in the far east of Italy. A familiar and popular face at the Food Festival, we interviewed Mia and Melody for our Meet the Producer blog series. 

La Triestina

Name: 

Mia and Melody

Mia and Melody of La Triestina

Occupation:

Owners of La Triestina a small family run local business, specialising in sourcing fine Italian food and wine particularly from our region Friuli Venezia Giulia.

In three words describe La Triestina:

Authentic, Quality, Italian.

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

Behind our stand you will find passionate, friendly people happy to give advice about our products whilst offering yummy samples of our hard cheese, salame, prosecco and balsamic vinegars along with our gluten free pasta and amazing strong espresso ground beans.

How did you start?

3 years ago in our home town of Trieste in Italy, sat outside a bar whilst having a glass of prosecco and a shot of espresso, we wanted to share our passion and knowledge of good food to the British consumer and promote our region Friuli Venezia Giulia.

 Fruili Venezia Giulia

Do you have a favourite product? If so, why?

We love our aged balsamic vinegar especially our 12 year old balsamic, it tastes amazing and it is so versatile, can be used for cooking or as we use it on strawberries and ice cream. It is produced by a very close friend of the family, so it is artisan made with no artificial sugars or preservative just PURE. You need to taste it to understand it.

 La Triestina Balsamic Vinegar

Do you have a best-selling product? Why do you think this is?

Our Montano cheese as it resembles parmesan but more smoother and our aged balsamic vinegars are our bestselling product, mainly because they are both versatile can be used for many dishes, but they are also not available in shops or supermarkets and customers likes this uniqueness.

 La Triestina

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

Having created a returning customer base at each Food Festival we attend. We have regulars who come to every show to buy our products.

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

The atmosphere, the great line up of chefs and the fact this Food Festival  is so popular worldwide it attracts customers who really appreciate good quality produce and support local businesses.

La Triestina

Quick Fire Get To Know You Questions:

Favourite Colour? Green and Yellow

Favourite Food? Pizz

Favourite tipple? Prosecco and Aperol Spritz

Favourite Restaurant? In Italy our home town of Trieste, La Marinella, it has amazing fish dishes and views of the sea. Whilst in Shrewsbury The Peach Tree by Chef Chris Burt has great food using local producers and once a month when possible we enjoy the supper club at Brompton Cookery School cooked by Chef Marcus Bean and Chef John Barton even here local, fresh, seasonal produce is used.

Hobby? Love going for long walks with our fur babies (our dogs) | Photography | Cooking and Baking

Favourite place to visit in Shropshire? The Church Stretton Hills has great walks and views and Ludlow, is a great town to relax and have a coffee.

 

Make sure you visit Mia and Melody at the Festival next weekend. You can also buy their incredible products online at http://www.latriestina.co.uk

 

Interview by Louise Welsby | Buy-From Shropshire

 

 

 

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Meet the Producer: Lajina Masala

31st August 2016

Lajina Leal is a one-woman spice dynamo from Shropshire who, with her brand Lajina Masala, is teaching us all how to cook easy, healthy and authentic Indian food packed with flavour. With her easy to use Masala Spice Pots she has given us the freedom and opportunity to cook great Indian food at home. Find out more in our Meet the Producer blog.

Lajina Leal

 

Name: 

Lajina Leal

Occupation:

Owner of Lajina Masala

In three words describe your spice pots: 

Tasty, healthy and convenient

Masala Spice Pots

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

They can taste a simple lentil daal made with the curry spice pot, they can ask me how I can help with their cooking, their events and gifts for their loved ones and they can buy garam and curry masala spice pots.

Lajina Leal

How did you start?

I started in Oct 2013, after my friends persuaded me over a curry in an Indian restaurant that there was a gap in the market with home style cooking. I will always remember that night as a turning point to my life and thank them for giving me the confidence and self belief.

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

Kevin Guerin from the Ironbridge Catering Company for his support and tips, esp the scaling up ones, he is an expert foodi and I will always be grateful to him for his guidance and belief.

Chris Haycock, the digital marketing EXPERT if he supports me, then I must be ok, totally humbled that I have such a professional to guide me.

Chris Burt for using my spice mixes and supporting not only me, but all of Shropshire's foodie.

David Hyner, his rhino vision, pyramids and talks.

Julie Dodsworth she has such fine taste and is the perfect female role model.

My customers, who inspire me every day, thank them so much, because without them, there is no hope or vision.

Lajina Leal and Julie Dodsworth

What do you like doing the most in your business, cooking, teaching, demonstrations, popups?

I still love spicing and to this day, I spice as if it's for my home cooking, the cleaning, roasting and grinding hasn't changed, it's deeply therapeutic and a very special time for me.

Equally, I love to teach cooking as I am around people and people are so interesting, learning is very much a two way process.

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

My own personal journey and winning awards, I have never achieved anything before the business, I have found contentment and it's very special.

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

It is simply an honour to part of such a prestigious food festival, thank you, it's such a great atmosphere.

Quick Fire Get To Know You Questions:

Favourite Colour? Red

Favourite Food? Cake

Favourite tipple? Kir Royal

Favourite Restaurant? Peach Tree, Shrewsbury

Hobby? Learning new skills

Favourite place to visit in Shropshire? Home -  I never seem to be here!


Lajina is also prod mum to Sam and wife to Krish - who if often at events with Lajina supporting her. Make sure you find Lajina Leal on the Saturday of the Ludlow Food Festival where she wil be launchng her new look website as well!


Interview by Louise Welsby | Buy-From Shropshire


 

 

 

 

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Spotlight: Chef James Sherwin

31st August 2016

Chef James Sherwin is passionate about food, Shropshire and foraging. All of them are lovingly and skilfully brought together in his Wild Shrophshire Pop Up Restuarants around the county. We are thrilled to be hosting James' Wild Shropshire during the Ludlow Food Festival this year. We interviewed him to find out more about it. 

James in a Space

Name: 

James Sherwin

Occupation:  

Chef

James Sherwin

In three words describe your Pop Up Restaurants: 

Modern, traditional, natural 

Tell us what readers can expect when they come to your Pop Up Restaurant at the Ludlow Food Festival? 

The people that come to the pop up can expect the flavours of our countryside presented in a multi course tasting menu, focussing on what is perfect in that moment.

Where did the idea of Wild Shropshire Pop Ups start?

I've always been interested in foraging and "local" food, so when I moved out into a more rural location it made complete sense to focus on what is available around us. It will be a year-long project looking at a very small area over the course of the seasons.

Wild Shropshire

Who have your influences been in creating and building James in a Space?

I think there are some obvious influences from the chef world in terms of the Ethos of "Wild Shropshire" Magnus Nilson (faviken) Simon Rogan (L'enclume) James in a Space as a brand is ultimately influenced by those around me that inspire me to try and do something different.

Tell us about your collaboration with Paso Primero and how you will be working with them at the Food Festival?

I've been very lucky to use Paos Primero's since the first of the pop ups, I wanted the drinks provided to be Shropshire based as well, I'd tried a few local wines and they weren't right but then met Tom and was immediately wowed!! Listening to the way he spoke about his wine and how he felt about it was amazing, the way he wanted his wine to taste was how I want my food to taste, subtle but complex with layers of flavours. Tom was one of those guys you could listen to talk for hours because there was so much knowledge and passion behind it. 

I'll be designing two courses to match and hopefully compliment his wines, they will then be served with a sample of the wine.

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

I'm most proud of the fact that I've reached a point where I'm happy to do whatever I want with the food, some people will see it as bravery and others as stupidity but there are no boundaries with what I do other than those set by the seasons.

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

I’m most looking forward to cooking and serving some great food and showing people that aren't necessarily from Shropshire, what we can do. Other than that, I'd definitely say sampling all the alcohol at the festival.

Don't miss your opportunity to experience James Sherwin's Wild Shropshire Pop UP Restaurant on Saturday 10th September at the Ludlow Assembly Rooms. BUY YOUR TICKETS HERE: http://www.ludlowassemblyrooms.co.uk/event.php?id=3730 

 

 Wild Shropshire at the Ludlow Food Festival

 

 

Interview by Louise Welsby | Buy-From Shropshire 

 

 

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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: Sue Gilmore

30th August 2016

Sue Gilmour Chocolate is a small Herefordshire-based chocolate company built around Sue's passion for chocolate. Find out about her wonderful world of chocolate in today's Meet the Producer blog. 

Sue Gilmore Chocolates

 

Name: 
Sue Gilmour

Occupation:  
Chocolatier

In three words describe your Wonderful World of Chocolate: 
Hectic, handmade, happy

Tell us in 140 characters what readers can expect when they find you at the Ludlow Food Festival? 

Chocolate bars made using fine Belgian Chocolate, wrapped in our distinctive botanical wrappers. Oh and some fresh cream truffles too!!

Sue Gilmore Truffles


How did you start?
Like many others, I decided to start my own business after being made redundant. 

I went to catering college when I left school but ended up pursuing a career in IT marketing.

When redundancy came I decided it was time to embrace my passion for food and especially all things sweet. I completed a number of intensive courses and then did a summer work experience with a chocolatier… and with his help I took my first few products to a local market in September 2008.

Have you got a favourite product? Why?

Our Milk Chocolate with Chai. It was the first of our products to gain a Great Taste Award and I love using ingredients from other small local companies – in this case Trumper’s Chai Tea from Hereford.

 Milk Chocolate with Chai

What is our best-selling flavour? Why do you think this is?
Overall our best-selling flavour is Rose Milk Chocolate. It is a little different and has a delicate floral flavour. It was also the first bar we ever made.

 Rose Milk Chocolate

With all that has been achieved in your career so far, what are you most proud of?
As far as our brand is concerned I am very proud of my husband Doug for designing such eye-catching wrappers for our bars. The biggest ‘buzz’ I’ve had was when we got our first export order. I love the idea of our bars being enjoyed overseas.

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

It is always so nice to catch-up with other local food producers, to meet old and new customers and see what new goodies we can take home on Sunday night.

Quick Fire Get To Know You Questions:

Favourite Colour?

Purple

Favourite Food?

Cheese!

Favourite tipple?

Gin

Favourite Restaurant?

Carters of Moseley

Hobby?

Growing our own fruit and veggies

Make sure you find Sue during the Festival. You can also buy her wonderful chocolates online at http://www.suegilmour.co.uk/

 

Sue Gilmore

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?

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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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