Our Blog Has Moved

22 March 2017

Our blog has moved!

The time has come for our blog to be refreshed and improved so we have moved it over to our new look website.

Any new material will be added to the new one and this old (but faithful) one will no longer be updated.
It will still remain on Blogger while we transfer most of the old posts to our new blog.

Please read our new updating blog at:

7 March 2017

Three new ‘Delectables’ added to the Fudge Kitchen range

Fudge Kitchen has introduced three new varieties to add to its ‘Delectables’ range. The brittles and caramels consist of Mixed Nut Brittle, Butterscotch and Himalayan Salted Caramels.

Just like Fudge Kitchen’s fudge, these sugar confections are authentically handmade in small batches. The caramels are hand-rolled for a beautiful smooth texture and hand-stretching creates the perfect snap for their brittles.
Only the finest natural ingredients are used and locally sourced where possible.

Mixed Nut Brittle
A deep caramel brittle, hand stretched on marble counters for just the right
sweet snap, embedded with a salty, crunchy medley of walnuts, hazelnuts, almond and peanuts. Taste and texture perfection.

Generous butterscotch caramel slices, smothered in thick, premium milk chocolate. An iconic British favourite brought hand worked to its zenith of creamy butteriness.

Himalayan Salted Caramels
Soft, sweet, creamy caramel perfectly balanced with a sprinkling of Himalayan salt. Each one hand rolled in milk chocolate and topped with pink Himalayan salt crystals. Three taste sensations, one sensational experience.

All are beautifully packaged making a perfect gift for a host, a coffee morning contribution or as an affordable luxury in just for yourself.

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

6 March 2017

Celebrate British Pie Week 2017

Photo: © childsdesign
It's a time to celebrate all things encased in pastry, a true honour of what is a great British culinary institution.

This year, British Pie Week runs from 6th – 12th March and is the perfect time to get acquainted with with the pie-fect producers in The Artisan Food Trail.

Something enticing enclosed inside a crisp rich pastry shell never fails to please. A hot pie is the ultimate comfort food during winter, fresh from the oven, the contents bubbling within and when the crust is broken a sudden gush of steam delivers its appetising aromas to eager hungry diners.

A pie can be eaten cold too which of course makes it perfectly portable and just right for any picnic.
Pies can be as simple or as complicated as you wish. You don't even need a recipe – just pastry and your imagination… or you could buy one from our great artisan food producers…

Goddard's Pies make a selection of handmade pies from meat-filled including steak to chicken. There's also vegetable pies for the vegetarians too.
Delicious pork pies from Samphire are made with rare breed pork from pigs reared on their own smallholding.
The most prized beef is used in these pies from The Yorkshire Wagyu Company.
Bray's Cottage hand make all their pork pies which come in variety of tempting flavour combinations.

3 March 2017

New look website for The Artisan Food Trail

The Artisan Food Trail originally launched in March 2011 and since then has grown considerably as new members have joined and the digital world has moved forward.

Wanting to offer a better user experience for website visitors as well our members and to make the website responsive keeping up with current technologies, we have given it a complete overhaul.

A cleaner page layout with large images along with functional information panels helps to better showcase each food and drink producer featured on
the site.
Comprehensive menus and content give detailed information on the services offered by The Artisan Food Trail and the recipe section, again, with bigger images, serves to inspire and inform.

We have also included an online application form for prospective members which will make things a lot simpler all round.

The website was designed and built by husband and wife team Graham and Lisa Childs, – both the founders of The Artisan Food Trail and owners of the design company, childsdesign.

We admit it has taken a long time to finally get the website completed and there are still some tweaks to be done and new content to be added.
Building a website from the ground up is a lengthy process (especially one as big as ours) and it's surprising how much more you learn when doing something like this.

We are still in the process of building the members' area and when fully functioning it will allow new members to pay for their subscriptions online and existing members can renew in the same way while getting access to exclusive content, amongst other things.

If you have already seen the new website you may have noticed that we have a shop coming soon. We're very excited about this as visitors will finally be able to buy artisan food and drink direct from our members.

Got a spare moment?
Have a look around our new website www.artisanfoodtrail.co.uk

9 February 2017

The networking event for the food sector

Artisan Food Trail partner, Roythorne's Solictors are holding another networking event aimed specifically for the food industry.

  • Date: Tuesday 28 March 2017
  • Time: 07:30 - 10:00am
  • Place: Future Business Centre, Peterborough United Football Club, London Road, Peterborough PE2 8AL

Previous Food Business Breakfasts have attracted over 100 delegates each time and we can highly recommended registering to attend this FREE event.

Whether you are a producer, supplier or advisor this is good for:

  • Make new contacts with other delegates and develop your food network
  • Speaking to like-minded people from the sector
  • Finding new customers – bring some samples as there will be plenty of room to display them!
  • Exchanging information – bring some brochures!

Guest speaker
The event will be joined by guest speaker, Paul Kenward, managing director of British Sugar. He'll talk about the story behind the business, how it works with British farmers, sugar as fuel as well as ingredient and how British Sugar is evolving to meet the market, regulatory and political challenges it faces.

Register by 21st March to secure your place
Register here

Further information can be found on the Roythornes website

8 February 2017

Smoked salmon leaps ahead

Photo: © childsdesign
After having been impressed with J Lawrie & Sons (Jaffy’s) kippers we looked forward to tasting their Oak Smoked Salmon.
Even though smoked salmon can be found just about everywhere in the large stores, these days, it is still no less a luxury. There are cheaper versions but paying a little extra is definitely worth it to enjoy a better product.

Read full review

We are pleased to award J Lawrie & Son (Jaffy's) our 'Artisan Food Trail Approved' status for their Oak Smoked Salmon.

To find out more about J Lawrie & Sons (Jaffy's) visit their page on 
The Artisan Food Trail here.

2 February 2017

You’ll simply love Simply Ice Cream's Champagne Sorbet on Valentine’s Day

Simply Ice Cream has created a special Champagne Sorbet which is a delicious treat for lovers to enjoy on Valentine’s Day.

The sorbet is delicately flavoured with a light texture, a hint of Champagne bubbles and pleasantly sweet finish. It is the perfect dessert for any special occasion and as part of the Valentine’s Day celebrations, a number of Kent’s finest establishments will be serving Simply Special Champagne Sorbet on their Valentine’s Day menus.

To find out more about Simply Ice Cream visit their page 
on The Artisan Food Trail here

27 January 2017

Shetland Air-Dried Salt Cod from Thule Ventus

Thule Ventus is now taking orders for their Shetland Air-Dried Salt Cod to be delivered in time for Easter 2017.

Available in two pack sizes of 50g or 250g which can be ordered direct from the Thule Ventus online store.

Each pack contains cuts of the finest skinned and boned cod fillet making it the perfect choice for trying out in a variety of dishes – salt cod is very good for fishcakes.

Read more…

To find out more about Thule Ventus visit their page on The Artisan Food Trail here.

25 January 2017

A taste of Mallaig – kippers win AFT approval

Photo: © childsdesign
Jaffy’s Mallaig Kippers have already won a raft of food accolades and now it is their chance to be put through The Artisan Food Trail approval process.

Read full review

We are pleased to award J Lawrie & Son (Jaffy's) our 'Artisan Food Trail Approved' status for their Mallaig Kippers.

To find out more about J Lawrie & Sons (Jaffy's) visit their page on The Artisan Food Trail here.