BBC Food & Farming Awards

November 24, 2010

In our part of the world, we are prone to fretting whether the metropolitan classes have our best interests at heart. Pesonally, I think this concern is sometimes overdone, although some of the media’s interest in rural affairs can verge on the patronising and misty-eyed.

However, it is good to report that the judging panel for the BBC Food & Farming awards have shortlisted two of our suppliers here in Border country for one of their much coveted awards.

Alex Gooch has been making sourdough bread for us for several years now. He is a true artisan, a food hero and dedicated utterly to the making of perfect bread. Wye Valley Brewery are one of the four breweries in the area that we are proud to buy from. The sheer variety of the products is a delight, using Herefordshire hops and setting themselves apart from the rest by using locally farmed barley as well. Congratulations to both of them just for being shortlisted. If either was to win…….

For more information on the awards, go to