Local Food

Jamie Oliver is an advocate of using local produce

Jamie Oliver drops into Crown pub for lunch

By Nicholas Robinson

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver surprised staff at the Crown in Sevenoaks after dropping in for lunch with friend and television co-host Jimmy Doherty while filming in the area.

Make more effort to support British produce, British Food Fortnight organisers say

Top chef urges others to ‘buy British’

By Nicholas Robinson

A top chef has joined forces with royalty and government ministers to urge food businesses to be more supportive of local produce by displaying the provenance of the food on their menus during British Food Fortnight.

Crafted by the bottle: spirits trends 2015

Trends

Crafted by the bottle: spirits trends 2015

By Laurie Macdonald

The spirit category is on the up, with the craft movement gaining followers and a raft of new spirits entering the market. Laurie MacDonald discovers the latest spirit trends from Brighton to Chile and Brazil to Edinburgh.

Kent pub lends support to local farming show

Kent pub lends support to local farming show

By Noli Dinkovski

An award-winning Kent pub has offered its support to local farmers by supplying more than 50 lunch packs to the Kent County Show over the weekend (10-12 July).

Coming soon: British Food Fortnight

Proud to be British

By Lesley Foottit

Lesley Foottit explores ways pubs can get involved in British Food Fortnight, running from 17 September to 2 October.

The Ram, Firle, East Sussex

Creating happy customers

By Sheila McWattie

Hayley Bayes, licensee at the Ram in Firle, East Sussex, tells Sheila McWattie about kids, dogs, horses, muddy boots, excellent beer, great wine and...

Tollgate: adding farm shop

Pub adds community farm shop

By Lesley Foottit

Two Wiltshire licensees are opening a community farm shop in their pub grounds for local businesses to sell their surplus produce. The Tollgate Inn,...

Tollgate Inn in Holt: farmshop

Wiltshire pub to open community farm shop

By Lesley Foottit

Two Wiltshire licensees are opening a community farm shop in their pub grounds for local businesses to sell their surplus produce. The Tollgate Inn...

Mulholland (left): concerns over Bill

Localism Bill could hit pub entrepreneurs

By John Harrington

Small pub companies, brewers and entrepreneurs could find it harder to buy and run pubs under Government plans to give communities greater powers to...

Taverners Ale: unique beer

Pub food: business boosters

By Jo Bruce

Ideas for driving food sales at your pub including an own-brand local beer, a 1927 menu and regional dishes.

Booming: Milestone team with chef Gordon Ramsay

Pub's trade rockets after Ramsay show

By Michelle Perrett

Owners of a Sheffield gastropub say trade has gone "off the scale" after winning a top food award on a TV show fronted by Gordon Ramsay. Matt...

Dynamic duo's trio

Dynamic duo's trio

Since giving up their London jobs and heading west to Bath in 2004, Charlie and Amanda Digney have opened three pubs and had two children along the...

David Hancock reveals all to PubChef

David Hancock reveals all to PubChef

By Jo Bruce

PubChef editor Jo Bruce speaks to David Hancock, editor of Alistair Sawday's Pubs and Inns guide. JB: Do you think many customers are not prepared to...

Farmers' market

Farmers' market

Where: the Hemlock Stone, Wollaton, Nottingham ? hemlockstone.co.uk The idea: Farmers' market. When Orchid pub, the Hemlock Stone reopened its doors...

Sorting food suppliers for your pub

Sorting food suppliers for your pub

Mark Taylor looks at what to consider when choosing food suppliers for your pub Where to find suppliers If you are only just starting to go big on...

Close to home

Close to home

Just how local is local? It's a question pubs are increasingly being asked as consumers become more interested in the credentials of the food on...

MyNewPub

MyNewPub

Wheelwrights, Pencombe, Herefordshire Agent: Christie+Co Kevin and Wendy Griffiths have bought the Wheelwrights - the only pub in the village of...

Haul of the wild

Haul of the wild

Fresh, local produce from land and sea is the order of the day at the Steam Packet Inn. Alice Whitehead meets the owner of a popular coastal haunt...

Farmers' market

Farmers' market

Where: Three Crowns, Ullingswick, Herefordshire How it works: The pub took its commitment to using local produce one step further by hosting its very...

A Brakes lorry

Brakes takes local route

The biggest foodservice distributor in the UK, Brakes, has joined the drive towards locally-produced food by launching a new regional-sourcing...