Meet The Maker – Wilding’s

We love Small Producers! They’re the bread & butter of the British food scene and are such a joy to work with.

It’s one of my favourite jobs, chatting to these foodie wizards. The boundary pushers and artisan heroes that craft the goodies lining our shelves.Read more

Lock Down Leisures

With most of our team hibernating at home, we’re all finding a bit more time for those things we love.
Our Chopping Block group chat is a little less outrageous than it was last Spring, but it’s still full to the brim of the small things we’re enjoying while we’re away from each other.

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Woohoo for Small Producers!

Small producers are the bread & butter of the UK food industry and we’ve never been more thankful for them!

 

As I write, we’re in the middle of our third national lockdown – don’t worry, I promise I won’t mention it again!Read more

Middle Fingers Up to 2020

For our last blog post of 2020, I had planned a piece to celebrate the year’s best bits (Dolly Parton featured as well as some spectacular photos of burnt sourdough) but I’ve decided to be a little more honest…

 

12 nights ago, I sat on my own watching the Strictly Come Dancing final, crying into a mince pie.Read more

Phew, it’s Christmas

Phew – the last pigs-in-blankets are sold, our doors are shut, we’ve got the jingles on… it’s finally Christmas.

I don’t need to tell you how odd this year has been for us all. Who could have predicted this time last year what a strange limbo we’d be thrown into – home schooling, Joe Wicks workout-ing, loo roll panic buying, social distancing, family shielding and lots of at home drinking. Read more

A Christmas Breakfast for Kings

In our house, the decadence starts immediately on the 25th December. If you can’t have a breakfast worthy of Kings on Christmas Day then when can you?!

Food is such an integral part of the festive season. It sustains you on those cold Boxing Day walks, gives you something to talk about when the chat has dried up and allows us all to indulge in a touch of gluttony.Read more

The Perfect Christmas Cheeseboard

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The perfect Christmas Cheeseboard should be bursting with treats – from the stinkiest Stilton to a crunchy Farmhouse Cheddar and everything in between. 

If you don’t have ready access to a cheeseboard from Christmas Eve until New Years Day, I’m sorry to tell you, but you’ve yet to nail your festive food.Read more

All Hallows’ Party

Whether you like it or not Halloween is a firm fixture in our calendars.

I personally love it! Any excuse to cobble together a costume (I’m very much in the make-you-own-costume camp – it’s no fun if you buy one), throw some fake cobwebs on the door and carve a glorious pumpkin.Read more

DIY Cheese & Charcuterie Platter

Cheese & Charcuterie Platter

Craving a cheese and charcuterie platter? You are not alone! In fact, you would be a stranger to Instagram to have not seen the trend in grazing platters becoming a BIG thing over the past 12 months. And when we spot a trend that involves cheese, charcuterie and nibbles, you know we’re going to be into it in a huge way!Read more

Steak 101

steak 101

We’ve all been there – stood in front of a Butcher’s Counter and can’t quite decide which steak to go for. The person in front of you leaves far too quickly and you end up making a split-second choice between Rib Eye and Rump whilst simultaneously forgetting which cut your partner prefers.Read more