Northern Irish bread

Most of Northern Ireland’s traditional dishes have their roots in potatoes and bread. The simple traditional recipes for soda farls, wheaten and potato breads, pancakes and Belfast baps have survived during the onslaught of fusion cuisine and the pan loaf. Robert Kirk, the owner of Kirk’s Home Bakery, Sandy Row, Belfast told me, ‘The ethnic […]

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The Little Bread Pedlar

A 4am alarm call is not my idea of a great way to start the day but the promise of croissants fresh from the oven overcomes my slothful tendencies.  Not that I’d get out of bed at this time for just any croissant.  I know them to be the finest croissants in London and I’m […]

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The Orange in Pimlico Road

Pimlico Road is one of the prettiest places in London for shopping, walking, browsing and eating. It’s beguilingly village-like in atmosphere, despite being an arterial road at the confluence of Lower Sloane Street, Buckingham Palace Road and Ebury Street. According to the architectural historian Nikolaus Pevsner the name “Pimlico” is thought to have derived from […]

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Ceri’s Cheese

Hill End Farm is a 200 acre working dairy farm on the outskirts of Britain’s longest village, Brinkworth in Wiltshire.  It comprises a closed milking herd of 100 Friesian cattle, and a thriving cheese, butter, yoghurt, ice-cream and fresh milk and cream business on the side of the farm. Ceri Cryer, the daughter of farmer […]

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The Thoughtful Bread Co.

It was in December 2008 at the Farmer’ Market at Green Park Station in Bath that Duncan Glendinning set up a small stall selling homemade bread baked in a  clay oven in his garden. He asked the customers who came to taste his wares to write on a chalk board what they thought of his […]

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The Abel and Cole organic story

The Abel and Cole organic fruit and veg box company is one of the great success stories of the organic movement. From very humble beginnings 23 years ago, an ex-law student called Keith Abel started what is now a business with a £35 million turnover, delivering lucky dip, seasonal, regional organic produce to over 40 […]

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