Thursday 20 February 2020

16 of Gloucestershire’s best artisan food producers

Whether you’re a firm foodie or looking to buy local, SoGlos has compiled a list of our favourite Gloucestershire-based artisan food producers.

From tasty treats, sensational seafood and beautiful bakes, Gloucestershire is brimming with talented producers who know a thing or two about delicious produce.

SoGlos has handpicked 16 of the county’s best artisan food producers in this tasty hot list.

1. Quayles

From stunning smoked fish, to artisan breads and cheeses, Quayles, situated in the centre of Tetbury is a deli that doesn’t disappoint. Also offering lunches and the chance to watch the world go by from its town centre location, a trip to Quayles shouldn’t be missed.

2. The Forest Bakehouse

Nestled in the village of Longhope, The Forest Bakehouse is a small artisan bakery which specialises in long-fermentation breads and pastries, serving a wide range breads, croissants and tarts. There’s even the chance to learn at the hands of the masters, with baking courses run on site.

3. Hetty’s Kitchen

Sourcing her products from local suppliers, Hetty’s famous brownies and cakes really do taste as delicious as they look. Baked by hand from her cake hatch in Gloucester using organic flour, eggs and locally sourced unsalted butter, there are now plans in the pipeline for a new vegan range.

4. Severn & Wye Smokery

This award-winning family business on the edge of the Forest of Dean has completely transformed over the last few years.
Following a three-year renovation project, Severn & Wye Smokery opened The Barn in October 2017, a brand new two-storey space that has transformed derelict outbuildings into a foodie destination encompassing a restaurant, bar, fish market, deli, gift shop and café.

5. The Artisan Kitchen

The Artisan Kitchen says it’s ‘mad about marmalade and gets silly over spreads’ and we can see why. Carefully crafted from the freshest ingredients at its jam kitchen in Gloucester, The Artisan Kitchen now offers subscription boxes for people who can’t get enough of its incredible preserves.

6. Winstones Ice Cream

Award-winning Winstones Ice Cream has been producing ice cream and sorbets for more than 100 years, with its factory and parlour situated in a beautiful setting on Rodborough Common near Stroud, it’s a perfect, local treat for a summer’s day.

7. Cotswold Gold

Set up in 2010 by self-professed foodie, Charlie Beldam, Cotswold Gold is a premium extra virgin rapeseed oil. Created on Charlie’s family farm in Broadway using traditional cold pressing methods, Cotswold Gold is used in 19 Michelin star restaurants around the country.

8. The Cotswold Curer

Producing award winning Charcuterie in the heart of the Cotswolds using locally sourced free-range meats, The Cotswold Curer has been based in Cirencester since 2013. Its incredible chorizo and salami are available both online and in store.

9. Ethical Additions

This artisan coffee supply company works directly with producers in Tanzania. Started in 2006, it specialises in direct trade, which means the firm meets with the producers of its coffee, and buys directly from the source – and what’s more, it’s delicious too!

10. Katie Crunch Fudge

This award-winning artisan fudge is handmade in small batches to ensure it stays fresh. Kathryn Baker started making fudge after finding her Grandmother’s old recipe. She turned the hobby into her business in 2014, selling artisan fudge and vegan fudgy balls.

11. Godsells Cheese

Godsells creates hand-made cheese at its Leonard Stanley farm, using milk from their own herd of cows. As well as being stocked locally, you can even pick up a Gloucestershire Godsells cheese at John Lewis in London!

12. Truffle Hunter

From its base in South Cerney, Truffle Hunter creates artisan truffle oils, minced truffles & truffle condiments, used in some of the UK’s top restaurants. Sure to give any dish a luxurious finish, Truffle Hunter products are available online.

13. Hobbs House Bakery

This South Gloucestershire bakery is a real family affair. Having honed a famous sourdough recipe over the last 60 years, the Chipping Sodbury bakery creates delicious breads and patisserie, six days-per-week.

14. Tewkesbury Mustard Company

An artisan product that was even featured in Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Tewkesbury Mustard Company is now the only true producer of Tewkesbury Mustard. Continuing a tradition that dates back to the 16th century. Its product range, which launched in 2013 by Samantha Ramsey & Robin Ritchie, is hand-made in a small kitchen in Tewkesbury.

15. Wolfys Porridge

Launched from its home in Stroud in 2013, Wolfys is the brainchild of Kitchen Garden Foods. Recently expanding its porridge range to now include couscous, the firm handmakes its jam, marmalade, honey, chutney and relish by hand.

Wolfys started when it was asked to create a hot, filling and tasty snack to be served at a festival. Word started to spread of the company’s delicious porridge, making it the local success story we know today

16. Gloucester Sausage Company

Originally founded in 1983, the Gloucester Sausage Company is synonymous with the county. Based at the Knightsbridge Business Centre, the shop offers a delicious range of meat products, as well as takeaway cake and lunch options, all handmade on site.

By Melissa Hamblett

© SoGlos
Wednesday 06 February 2019

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