A visit to Barrington Pottery in Somerset

We are always looking for new artisan suppliers for The Foodie Bugle Shop, and in particular those British craftsmen and craftswomen who create functional, useful objects for everyday use. I have long been a fan of Paul Jessop’s work, and so my husband and I went to see him and his partner Marion at their workshop in the […]

Continue reading

The Town Mill Bakery

If we had to nominate a firm favourite bakery-café then it would have to be The Town Mill Bakery in Lyme Regis. It is everything you could possibly want in a democratic, egalitarian and communal eating space. Do not come here if what you are after are starched linens, individual tables, stiff Menu sheets or armies of […]

Continue reading

The Princi bakery on Wardour Street

The Princi bakery opened three and a half years ago in Wardour Street, the first London shop of the Princi Milan chain of three in the centre of Europe’s fashion capital. Do not be put off by its modern, cold, stone and slab architecture. It is probably one of the very best chain of bakeries you […]

Continue reading

Recipe for Bramble Jelly

We are very fortunate to live in a house that is surrounded by fields and hedgerows filled with delicious free food. By late September and early October brambles are in full fruit, and one of the best things to make with blackberries is jelly. Foraged blackberries need to be washed and all debris-stalks-insects removed. Delicious […]

Continue reading

An evening with Jose Melim of Easy Jose Coffee

We are organising a special event in our Bath grocery-tearoom with Jose Melim, a champion barista and founder of the artisan coffee company Easy Jose Coffee. Come and learn how to make the perfect dinner party cafetiere of coffee, whilst enjoying homemade sandwiches, cakes, biscuits and chocolates. Jose will be telling us all about how to select […]

Continue reading

That Old Chestnut Cakes

It is a warm July afternoon and I am at a festival in Leeds, where, in a marquee two people are selling splendid looking cake. My wife and I each buy a slice, and it is only then that I pick up a business card from the stall holders: ‘That Old Chestnut’, it reads, ‘100% […]

Continue reading

My father’s top ten tips for perfect chips

My Dad makes the best chips in the world.  He and the chip pan have been great friends for many years. Like any Irish Ulsterman he loves potatoes and could eat them for breakfast, lunch and dinner. When I was growing up we ate potatoes nearly every day: baked, roasted, pureed, sauté, mashed, champed, in colcannon, and chipped. But […]

Continue reading