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Passionate about Local Foods (page 3)

Pearson's Cider

Pearson's Cider

It’s a brave man that leave his city job of 25 years to move to the countryside to pursue his hobby of making cider but that’s exactly what Mike Pearson did a couple of years ago. Within just one year of cider making, Mike and his team – Dad, Alan, and son, Joe – have produced three award-winning ciders from their cider mill in Lower Lemington.

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Percival and Co.

Percival and Co.

It was a desire to find an alternative after work drink that was low in sugar and alcohol that led Lucy Warhurst to create the UK’s first elderflower-infused ‘hard’ tonic water.

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Prescott Ales

Prescott Ales

With its stylish art deco labeling, Prescott Ales is a nod back to more traditional times – fine craft beers and the golden age of motorsport. There are four aptly-named core ales, Hill Climb, Chequered Flag, Grand Prix and Track Record, four seasonal ales and a variety of special craft ales, many of which hold prestigious awards.

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Prior's Tipple

Prior's Tipple

Pure and simple is how Isaac Nixon makes his cider at Prior’s Tipple. Reviving traditional methods of cider production, Isaac uses fruit from unsprayed orchards, presses it with traditional man-powered presses and adds absolutely nothing to it. The naturally occurring wild yeast in the apple skins does all the hard work, giving each batch a unique flavour.

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Purity Brewing Company

Purity Brewing Company

Making beer with a conscience underlies all of Purity Brewing Co’s actions. Based in Great Alne in Warwickshire, their multi award-winning beers are made only using premium, natural ingredients. The company has a strong eco ethos and fully supports recycling programmes and actively cares for the environment. So much so, that they have created a unique pond and wetlife system to treat their waste.

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R-Oil

R-Oil

This breed of cooking oil from the Cotswolds is taking the culinary world by storm! Made from cold-pressed rapeseed oil, it is already used by Michelin-starred restaurants in their salads and stir-fries, marinades and roasts, and is picking up many more converts along the way. The brainchild of Robert and Hamish Campbell, R-Oil is made on their farm in Stow on the Wold.

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Rose Hamson Flowers

Rose Hamson Flowers

With a name that fits her job deblockedion perfectly, Rose Hamson is a local florist who trained with internationally-acclaimed florist Jane Packer. Rose discovered her passion for flowers while working in advertising in London – it was through this work, where she would visit top hotels and restaurants, that she saw the power of flowers to transform a room or setting.

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Severn & Wye Smokery

Severn & Wye Smokery

Fantastic fresh fish and an award-winning smokery are the keys to the success of this local business, based in Westbury-on-Severn. This traditional smokery sits between the rivers Severn and Wye, both home to magnificent wild salmon as well as eel and elver, the flagship products of Severn and Wye Smokery.

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Severn Cider

Severn Cider

Take a step back in time with this pure heritage cider. The Bull family has been producing cider in Awre in Gloucestershire for three generations using fruit from unsprayed, unfertilised, local orchards. Apples and pears are chosen from heritage varieties which not only produce a distinctive beverage, but help to conserve the county’s orchards and wildlife that thrive there.

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Shaken Oak

Shaken Oak

What started out as a hobby supplying friends and family has quickly grown into an award-winning cottage industry. Situated on the edge of the Cotswolds in Hailey, Shaken Oak now produces 14 mustards and other fine food products and has a huge following nationally. There are mustards to suit everyone...

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Sibling Distillery

Sibling Distillery

When siblings get together exciting things can happen and so it was with Sibling Distillery, the brainchild of four siblings from Cheltenham. Setting out to create spectacular spirits, the Triple Distilled Gin was wining awards in its first year of production. The distillery itself is something to remark upon, being made from glass and stainless steel.

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Simon Weaver Cotswold Organic Dairy

Simon Weaver Cotswold Organic Dairy

The Weavers have been farming in the Cotswolds for three generations and in the south-west since before 1570. The farm follows a method of organic farming that places great emphasis on animal and land welfare. Situated in Upper Slaughter, the dairy cows can enjoy beautiful, organic pastures and clover-sown meadows that have never been intensively farmed, and a farmer who knows each and every one.

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Six O'Clock Gin

Six O'Clock Gin

What started as a hobby for Edward Bramley Kain and Penelope Gage, experimenting with fruit liqueurs in their kitchen in the 1980s, has grown to become a successful, award-winning business. With the help of son Michael and daughter Felicity, they have made the transformation from cottage industry to become fully-fledged artisan spirit makers and have a growing following throughout the south west.

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Spot Loggins

Spot Loggins

Nestled in the Vale of Evesham is Bretforton House Farm, where the Appleby family have farmed for three generations. In the year 2000 they took the steps of converting the farm to organic status and now make this delicious organic ice cream on the premises. This means they grow as much of their own cow feed as possible and don't use any chemicals.

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Stroud Brewery

Stroud Brewery

Things always taste better when they’re done for the right reasons and that’s exactly the case with Stroud Brewery’s beers. Renowned for his ethical approach to organic farming, sustainability and community, Greg Pilley’s multi award-winning beers make a refreshing change in every sense of the word. Ethical, sustainable, but most of all, highly drinkable, Stroud Brewery’s beers are one of a kind.

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The Cotswold Cider Company

The Cotswold Cider Company

Using only the best vintage cider apples grown locally, this is cider as it should taste – clean, natural and well, appley! The flagship cider, No Brainer, says it all really – a dry, hazy cider so enjoyable, it’s kind of a no brainer! For something a bit fruity, Sweet Cheeks has a hint of English hedgerows while Side Burn’s lightly sparkling, toffee apple appeal will please everyone.

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The Cotswold Farmer

The Cotswold Farmer

For delicious sausages, bacon and other meat products, look no further than this award-winning family business. Gill started making pies and meals to sell at the local W.I. markets, and Simple Suppers was born. Gill and David have recently relaunched Simple Suppers as The Cotswold Farmer. The company is highly regarded throughout the industry.

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The Little Soap Company

The Little Soap Company

Passionate about reducing the amount of chemicals and synthetics people unwittingly rub into their skin and wanting to do for the cosmetics industry what Jamie Oliver has done for food, Emma Heathcote- James wants to get the world back to basics.

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The Outdoor Pig Co.

The Outdoor Pig Co.

The quest to find a ‘decent old-fashioned pork pie’ led the Downey family from Alcester to create their own. Crafted from outdoor-reared local pork and hand-made pastry and fillings, the pies have won a cascade of awards at the Melton Mowbray British Pie Awards and other events.

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Three Choirs

Three Choirs

If you thought English wine was a paradox, think again. Three Choirs Vineyard is England’s leading single estate vineyards which has produced some very decent, award-winning wines. Based near Newent, the vineyard has also become a leading attraction in Gloucestershire, with wine-tasting days and vineyard tours available.

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