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25 September 2016

The Artisan Smokehouse opens new café-deli

'Goose Barn' home to The Artisan Smokehouse's café-deli. The interior is stylish, relaxed and informal with a range of tempting cakes on the counter.
Photo: © The Artisan Smokehouse
It feels as if both The Artisan Smokehouse and ourselves at The Artisan Food Trail have grown up together.

They became members when we first started back in 2011 and it has been a pleasure to watch them grow from their humble beginnings, with a smoker in their garden, to where they are now.

After a year of gathering materials and the help from friends and family, Tim and Gillian Matthews now have a new premises which is situated on land which used to be a goose run at Gillian's old family home.

Moving their business from their home in Trimley St Martin in Suffolk, they have travelled up the road to Falkenham and built a barn to house their smoker and working kitchen as well as adding a fully licensed cafė and deli.

We were kindly invited to enjoy some food and drink at The Artisan Smokehouse's pre-opening afternoon which gave Tim and Gill the opportunity to test out the running of the kitchen and front of house.

The fish platter with both cold and 
hot smoked salmon and the most 
delicious juicy smoked prawns.
Photo: © childsdesign
The menu is simple yet delicious, putting products from The Artisan Smokehouse centre stage.

Lovers of smoked foods will be impressed with the fayre on offer from charcuterie meats, fish or cheese themed platters, served with bread, to salads with some tempting combinations and sumptuous sandwiches.

For those with a sweet tooth, choose from a range of gorgeous cakes and pastries displayed on the counter to go with a cup of freshly made coffee or perhaps tea.

Relax in the airy and informal surroundings with views of the fields beyond and on good weather days big sliding doors can be opened to let in the breeze.

Tim and Gill's new venture is also a breath of fresh air for the local area.

Tim Matthews, owner of The Artisan Smokehouse explained:

"There was nothing like this for the local community and I hope we can make it a valuable part of the local economy in terms of tourism."

The Artisan Smokehouse has created a nice little foodie destination on a relatively small budget too. Making use of reclaimed and recycled materials and secondhand equipment mixed with some new items the result looks well finished.

Top left: Choose from a wide variety of foods all smoked on the premises; charcuterie, fish, cheese.  Top right: A range of unctuous smoked oils. 
Bottom left: The wine cage stocked with something to suit all tastes and budgets, and more importantly, specially selected to complement the foods. Bottom right: The large back door of the café-deli opens out to a view of open fields, hills and trees.
Photo: © The Artisan Smokehouse
The Artisan Smokehouse Café-Deli is now open and we recommend that you give it a try – you can even take the experience home with a little shopping before you leave.

Opening times
Thursday: 10am – 5.30pm
Friday: 10am – 5pm
Saturday: 10am – 5pm

Occasionally they may be closed on certain days so please check if you’re making a special journey.

The Artisan Smokehouse
Goose Barn, Back Road
Falkenham, Ipswich
Suffolk IP10 0QR

Tel: 01394 44814
Mob: 07854 940181

For more information about The Artisan Smokehouse Café-Deli
visit the website www.artisansmokehouse.co.uk

22 September 2016

The Artisan Food Trail speaking on panel session at Restaurant Tech Live 2016

Visitors to the Takeaway & Restaurant Innovation Expo 2016, on the 27th and 28th September, will have the opportunity to listen to and interact with industry leaders as they discuss the current key issues within the technology and food industry.

Several events under the Takeaway & Restaurant Innovation Expo umbrella; Restaurant Tech Live, Restaurant Design Show, Street Food Live and The Food Entrepreneur Show are being held under one roof at ExCel, London.

Graham Childs speaking on panel session: 

Marketing Ideas To Beat The Competition

Graham Childs, co-founder of The Artisan Food Trail, will be speaking on one of the panel sessions on Wednesday 28th September 15:00 – 15:30.

'Marketing Ideas To Beat The Competition' will discuss the ways restaurants and takeaways need to be smarter in order to succeed. Competition has never been tougher for these sectors so their marketing needs to be as fresh as the food they serve.

Although focusing on the restaurant scene, much can be applied to any type of food business so it will be well worth attending.

Remember, you can visit us on our stand for a chat to find out how we can help your business.
The Artisan Food Trail can be found on stand 922.
We look forward to meeting you

16 September 2016

Meet The Artisan Food Trail at the Takeaway & Restaurant Innovation Show 2016

If you would like to meet The Artisan Food Trail, we will be exhibiting at the Takeaway & Restaurant Innovation Show at ExCel, London on 27th & 28th September 2016.

You will be able to find us on stand 922 where we'll be available for a chat to find out how we can help your business.

For more information about the show please visit our website.

15 September 2016

The Artisan Food Trail proud supporters of the Farm Business Innovation Show 2016

The Artisan Food Trail is proud to be one of the official supporters of the Farm Business Innovation Show for the third year running.

The trade event showcases innovation in rural industries and takes place at the NEC, Birmingham on the 9th and 10th November 2016.

Grow your rural business
The Farm Business Innovation Show is the show designed for all farmers, smallholders, land owners, estates and everybody with an interest in rural business, who are looking for new ways to use their land to bring in more money. It is not an agricultural show with farm machinery, plant and livestock, but a farming business show with new ideas, advice, suppliers and resources to make your business more profitable.

This event is the unrivalled place where you can find the support, inspiration, products and advice you need to not only ensure your rural business is a success, but ensure it stays a success.

It is completely FREE to attend and both days of the shows which are packed with un-missable seminars (including one from Graham Childs of The Artisan Food Trail), industry experts, leading suppliers, innovation ideas and fantastic networking opportunities. It’s an opportunity not to be missed.

If you would like to meet us, The Artisan Food Trail will be exhibiting on stand 1480.
Look out for further blog posts to find out more about what we are doing at this event.

For more information about the shows and to register for your FREE ticket visit the website:

14 September 2016

TruffleHunter launches new Black Truffle Ketchup

Photo: © TruffleHunter
A good sauce to accompany a bacon sandwich, in a burger or just simply on some crunchy on the outside, fluffy on the inside chips, is an essential item on the table.
Tomato ketchup is delicious, but what if it could be made even more so?

TruffleHunter has taken the ubiquitous red condiment and added its own very special ingredient to launch a brand new product – Black Truffle Ketchup.

TruffleHunter is the UK’s leading truffle product maker and fresh truffle
supplier and the new ketchup is part of their plan to make truffles more accessible to customers.

James Rutter, TruffleHunter’s Head of Sales, said:
“Truffle can have a stuffy, exclusive image and this isn’t something that I necessarily buy into.
We want the masses to appreciate the luxury and depth of flavour that truffle can bring to everyday cooking. We know that tomato and truffle goes hand in hand, so the introduction of a truffle ketchup seems a natural progression of our already successful condiment range.”

The Black Truffle Ketchup is made by blending TruffleHunter’s minced black truffle into a rich tomato ketchup made with sun ripened tomatoes and a secret blend of herbs and spices.

Photo: © TruffleHunter
If you’re looking to add a little more luxury to your food then add some TruffleHunter’s Black Truffle Ketchup to whatever you fancy. It could be a full English breakfast or with sausage and mash. TruffleHunter suggests adding to cottage pie, bolognese or tomato soup. Amaze your dinner guests with your ‘secret ingredient’.

It’s not too sweet or too sharp and almost buttery in texture. The black truffle adds a nutty, savoury depth to the flavour.

Being dairy free and not containing nuts and seeds it is suitable for those with special dietary needs. It is also suitable for vegans and vegetarians.

Available in an attractive glass jar in either 200g or 320g sizes making it an appealing item to place on the table and simply spoon from the jar.

TruffleHunter Black Truffle Ketchup is available to buy online from their website http://trufflehunter.co.uk/shop/

Wholesale customer should contact James Rutter on +44 33 3344 5579 or james@trufflehunter.co.uk for pricing and further information.
Please mention that you found TruffleHunter on The Artisan Food Trail
– Thank you.

To find out more about TruffleHunter visit their page on 
The Artisan Food Trail here

Photo: © TruffleHunter