A word from our sponsor Wilkie May & Tuckwood

The Minehead office of Wilkie May & Tuckwood are delighted to be sponsoring this year’s Exmoor Food Festival which is taking place throughout February.

Participating restaurants across the region will offer two courses for £10/three courses for £15 between the 1st and 28th February.  A wide range of events will be celebrating local food and drinks at various locations across Exmoor, culminating in a two day food extravaganza in Dunster.  For more information go to the Food Festival website on www.exmoorfoodfest.com.

The accompanying photograph shows Caroline Ferris, the Wilkie May & Tuckwood office manager.

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Tiverton Community Radio supports the Exmoor Food Fest

We are delighted to have teamed up with Tiverton Community Radio!  Watch out for regular updates on Exmoor Food Fest events as well as interviews with chefs who take part in the event.

olivier-certainHere is a link to the first interview with Olivier Certain of Clavelshay Barn:

http://www.tiverton-community-radio.co.uk/cook-local

 

 

Tiverton Community Radio broadcasts from  a sponsored studio at PETROC college serving the Tiverton and surrounding areas. We support and promote local events, charities, local business, education, hobbies and interests, support services, musicians and Devon artists including theatre, writers and poets, heritage and history.

We are proud to bring local food/drink producers and eateries the attention they deserve and cover live events such as Electric Nights Street Food Festival, Exeter Food and Drink Festival, Uffculme show, Tiverton Literary Festival and further afield to the Hay on Wye and How the Light gets in Festivals in Wales. We are passionate about Devon and all that there is to discover.

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Local Tea & Coffee merchant Miles is independently ranked 2nd in UK tea brands

To be ranked among the top tea brands for four years in a row is quite an achievement for the West Country based family business. ‘Best Brands’ magazine have just issued the 16/17 edition showing Miles now ranked as the 2nd most popular brand for independent retailers to stock in the UK. Miles has moved up two places since first being voted in the top 5 brands.

ohn Halls Operations Director tasting another batch of teas with a copy of ‘Best Brands 16/17.

John Halls Operations Director tasting another batch of teas with a copy of ‘Best Brands 16/17.

John Halls, Operations Director said ‘this is a brilliant recognition for Food and Drink producers in Somerset and the West Country. This is just the kind of positive news we need to kick start another season. We have also had a good year with stores such as Tesco seeing an increase of 20% in the sales of Miles Tea and Hot Chocolate. We hope next time we might make the top spot in Best Brands.’

So how has Miles outranked the giant brands in the tea market? John says ‘it’s down to our heritage and quality. We’ve got a genuine story to tell of family tradition along with great tasting blends. A recent survey shows customers try our products and then stay brand loyal, that’s a good indication of our consistent quality. The Somerset coastal location is very important with our secret ingredient being ‘West Country warmth!’

Miles Tea and Coffee is a family run business established in 1888. The West Somerset based business creates quality tea, coffee and hot chocolate. Following a recent rebrand Miles are promoting the West Country by partnering with local communities, West Country businesses, and sponsorship. Miles products are available in Tesco, Asda, Morrisons, Sainsburys, the Co-op and many other stores.

Join a Farm & Food Tour and get to cuddle piglets

Join Shaun and Daphne for a scenic drive across the moors in a LandRover to a remote hill farm for a tour of the farm with the farmers who will show you their free range pork, Dexter cattle, dairy goats and alpacas. You are then invited into the traditional farmhouse for refreshments and tastings of the delicious food they produce, followed by a demonstration of alpaca wool spinning.

10 February 2017
Depart Luccombe 1.30 pm, transport provided.  
Return to Luccombe approx. 5.00 pm
West Country Farm & Food Tours
When we talk to people about our business, we often receive comments relating to our enthusiasm and passion. We thought you might like to know why we do what we do.

1) We get a kick out of the facial expressions of our tour guests when they learn something new or taste something delicious. We enjoy receiving feedback from our host farmers and food producers – especially when they’ve opened someone’s eyes to something they didn’t know existed. Seeing our group purchase produce direct from its source knowing they will enjoy eating it later really makes us smile.

2) We get to spend the day travelling around the stunning countryside of the West Country, pootling along country lanes and visiting locations that are often not open to the general public – heaven! For our guests who dont know the area or who dont like narrow lanes with high hedges, we take away the stress of reversing or getting lost and replace it with comfort, companionship and commentary.

3) Food. We like food – especially locally produced food. One of the most important elements of a day out with us is our lunch stop. Sometimes we will head to a café, tea room or pub, other times one of our host food producers will provide a light lunch at their location. We can also make use of suppliers to create yummy picnics that we can enjoy wherever we choose.

4) We see ourselves as a link bringing together suppliers (farmers and food producers) and consumers (our tour guests). We might visit a farm to learn about their beef production, but our guests will leave knowing there are idyllic holiday cottages and a camp site there too. Our group will learn where products can be purchased in the future too, such as local farmers markets or on line.

5) Our transport is provided by local community transport groups for which we pay a commercial rate. This enables them to use the money to support the vital community based work they often struggle to fund. We make sure we treat the drivers properly too – they come on the visits and enjoy lunch with us.

6) Children are indeed the future, and we want to give them a taste of our tours too. Already some of our tour guests have given us a contribution to our education fund, and some of our host farmers have insisted on giving their fee to the cause. Our aim is to be able to provide local schools with a taste of West Country Farm and Food Tours.

Wilkie May & Tuckwood sponsors Exmoor Food Fest 2017

Wilkie May & Tuckwood is an independent, progressive firm of estate agents founded in the early 1990s. We now have eight offices throughout Somerset and Devon and provide a range of residential and commercial services including estate agency, valuations, letting, auctioneering and surveying.

contentimage-ewdgxCaroline Ferris, Manager of the Minehead Office, explains: “We focus on managing your house sale smoothly and efficiently. Our staff are caring, friendly and approachable and you can expect the best possible service”.

Born in Porlock and living in West Somerset most of her life, Caroline is very much “A Local” and puts her knowledge of the district and its people to great use in her agency role. Caroline has been involved in the growth of the Minehead Office since joining the front line Sales Team in 2009. Her career in Agency began 13 years ago with a corporate agency where she was promoted to Valuer/Senior Negotiator. Caroline is very passionate about her career choice in Estate Agency and feels “very fortunate to be doing a job she loves”. Her customer service is second to none and she is very popular with clients and buyers, many coming back with repeat business and recommendations

Website: www.wilkie.co.uk/Minehead

7 Park Street, Minehead, Somerset, TA24 5NQ
Email: minehead@wilkie.co.uk
Tel: 01643 704400

 

 

 

24 Feb ’16: West Country Farm & Food Tour

West Country F and F toursEnjoy a scenic tour from Dunster up onto the moors to visit a farm full of agricultural and crafting interest.

During the afternoon meet alpacas, goats and pigs, and find out what can be made from alpaca fibre.

There will be the opportunity to buy direct from the producer, so bring some spending money!

 Meet at 1.15pm at the Yarn Market in Dunster.

Book now:
Adults          £30.00
Children      £25.00

– includes tea/coffee, return transport, and tour guide.

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You can enjoy an Exmoor Food Fest lunch deal (2 courses for £10/ 3 courses for £15) at the Luttrell Arms or the Yarn Market Hotel in Dunster. Please book your lunch at least 24 hours in advance directly via the hotels.

Meet our main sponsor: Arthur David – Food with Service

Somerset based wholesale food company Arthur David is once again sponsoring the Exmoor Food Fest which will take place across Exmoor in February 2016.  Without the generous support it would be impossible to run the Food Fest.

History2Many people will know Arthur David the business, as it has operated in and around the South West for the past 53 years, but many may not know the story of the man behind the name.

Arthur is a born & bred Somerset man who started his working life in the Farming industry. He moved to Bristol to marry Diana and joined her family in the fresh produce business.

He soon realised that Fruit & Veg was the life for him and branched out on his own starting Arthur David & Co.

After several years operating from central Bristol, Arthur was missing the countryside12241672_958453700890645_497843768859712263_n and decided to get back to his rural roots and moved out in to the beautiful Chew Valley.

The business was by then well established and the light Blue A.David vans became famous around the area. It is now quite often said that you cannot go 10 minutes in Bristol without seeing one of our brightly liveried vans.

Arthur is by definition a true entrepreneur and always looked for the next product or service he could offer to his customers. Indeed Arthur was the very first person in the region to offer Prepared Vegetables and put significant investment in to a state of the art preparation plant at Bishop Sutton.

Over the years we have seen many different fresh produce suppliers come and go, but Arthur has always held the strong core value of exceptional customer service dear to his heart and has weaved this mentality throughout the business.

Next GenThe business is run today by Arthur’s eldest son Phil who has an even greater desire to see the business his father started flourish. Phil has also inherited the natural “Branson like” entrepreneurial mind-set and continues to innovate to ensure the business is offering its customers just what they require. This has been evident in recent years with the introduction of an extensive Fine Foods product range enabling our clients to place their order right up until 11pm for next day delivery. Never wanting to be second best, Phil has ensured that the business operates at the very highest standards, so things like BRC A grade accreditation, finding the very best team and a fleet of impressive chilled vehicles are a pre-requisite.

PrintThe business has been known for many years as A. David & Co. Ltd but very recently the directors decided to alter the name to Arthur David, Food with Service Ltd. This is a great mix of the traditional and the new and will serve as a legacy to the great work that Arthur started all those years ago.

Phil knows that great people deliver great service so has built a strong team to ensure Arthur David stays at the forefront of the industry. Jon Evans who is today joint MD with Phil also has an unerring passion for Customer Service and believes in their mantra of “Leave it with us” so much; he has it tattooed on his arm!

So all in all the company has a rich history and still remains one of the most important players in the buoyant and exciting Bristol Food scene.

If you are looking for advice, innovation or just great service give us a call, and……………

“LEAVE IT WITH US”

If you are looking for a local supplier of fresh fruit and veg, then give Arthur David a call on 08444 120 555. You can follow them on Twitter @ADavidandCo and find them on Facebook.

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