To gain insight into local artisan brands (in addition to our serious love of good food), the team at Elephants Can’t Jump went on a food tour of the Vale of Belvoir.
The team gained insight into local brands specialising in jams, honeys, gins, beers and oils. We thoroughly enjoyed meeting the owners of these businesses, who were founts of knowledge and have kept their businesses going through the pandemic. Here are a handful of the inspirational local Leicestershire brands we visited:
Brewster’s Brewery: A single infusion brewery located in Grantham which predominantly produces cask conditioned ales, in addition to kegged beers and canned small packs. The brewery was founded by Sara Barton on completion of her masters degree in brewing and distilling.
Peacock Farm: A family run farm based in the Vale of Belvoir for 5 generations, specialising in cold-pressed rape seed oil, honey and briquettes. The ethos of the brand is based on quality, locally produced products with low food miles.
Barlows of Belvoir: Producers of ‘preserves for the discerning consumer’, including farm made jams, marmalades and chutneys. Barlows uses traditional ingredients and methods, whilst placing focus on sustainability.
Brentingby Gin: Creators of handcrafted gin, distilled and bottled in Melton Mowbray. Bruce, the founder of Brentingby Gin, has injected his South African roots into the gin’s design, thus combining British tradition with wider world inspiration.