Thursday 2 April 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 beautiful bakes to sensational seafood, Gloucestershire is brimming with talented artisans 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.


About the sponsor – Cotswold Gold

Founded in 2010 by self-professed foodie, Charlie Beldam, Cotswold Gold produces premium extra virgin rapeseed oil as well as mayonnaises and delicious dressings.

Created on Charlie’s family farm in Broadway using traditional cold pressing methods, the award-winning oils can be found in delis and retailers across the UK – or enjoyed in all kinds of eateries, from fish and chip shops to Michelin star establishments.

For more information, visit cotswoldgold.co.uk.


1. Cotswold Gold

Grown, pressed and bottled on Charlie’s local farm, Cotswold Gold rapeseed oil is perfect for whipping up delicious dishes in the kitchen as well as dipping bread and dressing salads.

What’s more, it is also available infused with a variety of natural flavours, from smoked garlic to lemon.


2. Quayles Cornerhouse

From stunning smoked fish to artisan breads and cheeses, Quayles is a deli that doesn’t disappoint. Enjoy breakfast, lunch and evening dining, or sit and watch the world go by from its town centre location in Tetbury.


3. 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 of cakes, croissants, sourdough and yeasted loaves.

Visit the open plan café for a spot of brunch and watch the bakers work as you chow down.


4. Hetty’s Kitchen

Hetty’s famous brownies and Insta-worthy cakes really do taste as delicious as they look! Made by hand from her dedicated cake hatch in Gloucester, Hetty and her team bake in small batches, using seasonal ingredients from local suppliers.


4. Severn & Wye Smokery

Specialising in smoked wild salmon, this award-winning family business is ideally located between Gloucestershire’s great salmon rivers.

With a restaurant, bar, fish market and deli, there are plenty of chances to sample delicious elver, eel and more at The Barn, Severn & Wye’s dedicated two-storey foodie destination in Westbury-on-Severn.


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 makes a perfect, local treat for a summer’s day.


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

Kathryn Baker started making fudge after finding her Grandmother’s old recipe. She turned the hobby into her business in 2014, using only Fairtrade and organic ingredients to create different flavoured fudge and even vegan-friendly 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 Harrods in London!


12. Truffle Hunter

From its base in South Cerney, Truffle Hunter creates artisan truffle oils and preserved truffles as well as a range of condiments and truffle dairy products, including butter and cheese.

Sure to give any dish a luxurious finish, Truffle Hunter products are used in some of the UK’s top restaurants and available to buy 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, and even offers bread making courses.


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, 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 meats and sausages, from Spanish chorizo to its famous Gloucester original.


For more information, visit cotswoldgold.co.uk.


By Annabel Lammas

© SoGlos
Monday 09 March 2020

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