Food and Drink Special on Good Friday
Our MD Claire Burdett hosts The Friday Social show on Kennet Radio. Claire’s remit with the Friday Social is to take what is trending on social media and repurpose it on a local level, and on Good Friday she presented a local Food and Drink Special. The show featured a wide range of local businesses in the studio as well as on interview, including Mrs B’s Kitchen Cafe, Inn at Home, West Berkshire Brewery and Cobbs Farm Shop.
Emma Benson of Mrs B’s Kitchen
Emma Benson has run her catering firm, Mrs B’s Kitchen, in Thatcham and Newbury for more than 15 years. In February 2019 she launched a new venue for café customers in Faraday Road, Newbury.
Mrs B’s Kitchen took over the former Crescent Signs warehouse and turned it into a welcoming venue for breakfast, lunch and fabulous coffee seven days a week. Breakfast comprises homemade pastries, sausage rolls and bacon sandwiches while the lunch menu changes daily with salad boxes available to eat onsite or take away. Emma Benson is particularly passionate about catering for a range of dietary requirements including vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free options.
As well as informal dining, there is a meeting room that can be hired and a bespoke room for event tastings. The Media Marketing Co celebrated their 10th birthday party here in April 2019, and Mrs B often hosts a Lonely Lentil pop up shop.
Lydia Beneto Turner of Lonely Lentil
The Lonely Lentil is a zero-waste pop-up shop selling unpackaged organic dry foods, herbs and spices. They pop up frequently at different locations in Newbury, Thatcham and surrounding areas. Customers bring along their own containers to fill and they sell all their foods by weight, so you can buy as little or as much as you like, which saves food waste and money. They also produce their own recipe cards too to give customers inspiration for ways of cooking delicious meals and treats with their products. Their most popular recipes so far have been mung bean hummus and vegan brownies. Forthcoming pop ups include Mrs B’s Kitchen and the Inn at Home.
David Marklew from Inn at Home
The Inn at Home is the concept of long-standing friends and work colleagues Simon Douglas & David Marklew. Sharing a love of great drinks and a passion for retail they dreamt up the concept in a pub (literally ‘on the back of beer mat’) in 2015. They established a shop here in Newbury, as well as a thriving online shop, stocking thousands of craft beers and ciders, wines and specialist spirits. The Inn at Home favours the small producers and local brands, the closest of which is undoubtedly Newbury Gin from The Newbury Pub’s Distillery pretty much next door!
They also host events, from wine showcases, to beer and spirit tastings and customised private events, including the upcoming English Wine Week and Weird and Wild Beer tasting. They stock a wide range of local English wine, including Hattingley Valley, and local award-winning wine from Alder Ridge and All Angels.
Simon Robinson from Hattingley Valley
Simon established Hattingley Valley in 2008. Following in-depth feasibility studies, the first 28-acre south-facing site was planted in May of that year with Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Alongside Emma Rice, founder of Custom Crush, a wine analysis laboratory and wine-making consultancy, they planned the modern, eco-friendly winery in Wield that was completed in 2010. It uses the latest technology and equipment from continental Europe, has sophisticated waste disposal facilities and was the first UK winery to adopt solar power. The wine analysis laboratory is now part of the Hattingley estate.
Their talented wine-making team is led by Emma Rice who was awarded the prestigious title of Winemaker of the Year in 2014 in the English and Welsh Wine of the Year Competition. Emma reclaimed this honour in 2016 and is the first woman to be awarded the title twice. In 2016 Hattingley Valley created the UK’s first Winemaker Apprentice in partnership with The Worshipful Company of Vintners and supported by the WSET and their distributors Enotria & Coe. The two-year position was awarded to Zoe Driver who has now completed her Apprenticeship and been promoted to Assistant Winemaker.
Hattingley Valley was awarded the ‘World Champion’ trophy for its 2011 Blanc de Blancs in the Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championships 2017, the ‘2014 Best Vintage Rosé’ for their 2011 sparkling rose, and their 2014 Rosé has just been awarded the World Champion Rosé trophy at The Italian Wine Journal Challenge Euposia XI edition 2018-2019. You can buy it at the Inn at Home, The Naked Grape in Hungerford, Caviste and they exhibit at The Hungerford Food Festival.
Hattingley Valley makes wine for, and with, many other vineyards in Hampshre, Berkshire and surrounding counties, including Alder Ridge Vineyard in Hungerford and All Angels in Enborne, near Newbury (below).
Alder Ridge Vineyard
The Alder Ridge Vineyard was planted in 2011 and with Emma Rice at Hattingley Valley, they produced their 2013 Blanc de Noirs, which won a Silver in the International Wine Challenge 2016, Gold in the English and Welsh Wine of the Year Competition 2016, Silver at the Independent English Wine Awards 2017, Silver at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2017and Gold at The Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships 2017.
Matthew Dukes at the Daily Mail described their 2013 Classic Cuvée as ‘A Star Wine. It crackles with energy and has a bold citrus theme throughout its long, controlled finish. This wine is setting out on a four or five-year life and will mellow over time.’ The wine has been awarded a Bronze and the 2017 UK Wine Awards and more recently a Silver at The Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships 2017.
All Angels Vineyard
All Angels Vineyard is a family-owned business located on the western edge of Newbury at Enborne. The vineyard was planted in 2010 and the family work with Emma Rice of Hattingley Valley to produce their award-winning wine, including the 2014 Classic Cuvee, which won a silver medal in the 2018 champagne and sparkling wine world championships, and their 2014 sparkling rose, which won a bronze medal in the 2018 Great Britain Wines Awards.
The Classic Cuvee has also just attained a place on the Gold List at the Sommelier Wine Awards, which means it is “distinguished as an on-trade wine of character, value and excellence”.
Currently available at the Inn at Home, the Naked Grape in Hungerford and at various local bistro pubs and restaurants in West Berkshire and surrounds. They will also be exhibiting at the Little Bedwyn Street Fair on 1st June and The Inn at Home also on 1st June, as well as at Sparkling Sunday at The Harrow in Little Bedwyn on 30th June.
Cobbs Farm & Kitchen
Local farm shop, Cobbs Farmshop, are the proud winners of the 2019 South West Regional Farm Shop award in the 2019 Farm Shop & Deli Awards. Part of specialist group of independent farm shops located throughout England, each is dedicated to socking produce local to their shops and the Hungerford one stocks an impressive 700+ varieties of produce, 80% of which from are local producers, and have their own butcher and fishmonger on the premises, as well as a cheese counter and florist. They also offer pick your own soft fruit and vegetables, a revamped and extended café and children’s indoor and outdoor play areas.
They are environmentally conscious and all their electricity is sourced from wind power, they leave their verges and hedgerows for the wildlife, aim for zero waste (including no plastic bags and recycling packaging) and are about to introduce package-free dispensers for cereals etc.
In addition, the award-winning Alder Ridge Vineyard is part of Cobbs Farm (see above).
West Berkshire Brewery
West Berkshire Brewery is a brewery that was founded in 1995 by husband and wife Dave and Helen Maggs. Since they retired it has been expanded four times under the steady hands of chairman David Bruce and MD Tom Lucas with their dedicated and experienced team.
The West Berkshire Brewery beers are multi-award winning to the point where, as Tom says in the interview they’ve “almost lost count”. Perhaps the most impressive are numerous CAMRA bronze, silver and gold medals over the years, including gold medals awarded to Good Ol’ Boy, Skiff, Dr Hexter’s Healer, Mr Chubb’s Lunchtime Bitter and Maggs Magnificent Mild – some of them winning numerous times!
The brewery has also created a tap room and bar on the premises where they serve their beer (obviously!) and pizza made on the premises. Events happen regularly and in October they are hosting their own Oktoberfest. Pretty much all pubs and drink retail outlets stock West Berkshire beers, including Cobbs Farmshop and Inn at Home, plus you can sample it at most events across West Berkshire, including Newbury Real Ale Festival and the Hungerford Food Festival.
Listen to the Friday Social Easter Food and Drink Special again here – https://www.mixcloud.com/kennetradio/the-friday-social-19th-april-2019/
Links as mentioned on the programme
The Media Marketing Co 10th birthday celebrations –https://www.themediamarketingco.com/calendar/
Mrs B’s Kitchen – https://www.mrsb.kitchen/
Lonely Lentil – www.lonelylentil.co.uk.
Inn at Home – https://www.innathome.co.uk
Hattingley Valley Wines – https://www.hattingleyvalley.com
Alder Ridge Vineyard – http://www.alderridge.co.uk
All Angels Vineyard – http://www.allangelsvineyard.co.uk/
Cobbs Farm – https://www.cobbsfarmshop.co.uk/
West Berkshire Brewery – https://www.wbbrew.com/
Naked Grape – https://www.thenakedgrape.co.uk/
Tutts Clump cider – http://www.tuttsclumpcider.co.uk/
The Newbury Pub – http://www.thenewburypub.co.uk
Moonroast Coffee – https://www.moonroast.co.uk/
Hungerford Food Festival – https://hungerfordfoodfestival.com/
Little Bedwyn Street Fair – https://www.visitpewseyvale.co.uk/events/event/little-bedwyn-street-market/
Newbury Real Ale Festival – https://www.newburyrealale.co.uk
Weird and Wild Beer Tasting – https://www.innathome.co.uk/weird-wild-meet-the-brewers-enjoy-the-beers-of-weird-beard-wild-weather-may-10th-2019-7-15pm