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June Contents

Welcome to the June issue of Rutland & Market Harborough Living magazine


HERE are two reasons why I wanted to become Editor of this magazine. One, because I’m a firm believer in making the most of where I live, being ‘a tourist on my own turf’ as I call it, and this job means I can help others do the same. And two, because it’s a great way to support and shine a light on local independent businesses. We’re very fortunate to have a wonderful array of independent shops in the area – they are a crucial part of our thriving towns and villages. They bring character and variety and we would miss them sorely if we didn’t have them. These businesses – as with any independent business – have all manner of challenges to face – competition from bigger chains, roadworks, rising rents, the list goes on. Let’s all make the conscious effort to support our independent shops, rather than miss them when they’re gone. I hope you enjoy this month’s issue,


@RutlandLiving @rutlandlivingmag


Village Lifestyle

4 Updates

30 Food & Drink

6 Rutland Hero

32 Summer Entertaining

8 Out & About

37 Harborough Happenings

News & Views

For Rutland

Ganders Farm

11 Updates News & Views

12 Shopping

Fathers’ Day gifts

Hambleton Hall

39 Local History

DON’T FORGET THE RUTLAND COUNTY SHOW! Rutland Showground, Oakham Sunday 4 June See page 56 for more info

41 Local Business

© Andy Balmford Rutland Photography

Let’s Party!

News & Views

The Eyes Have It

Alexander Lewis

42 Local Business Delcor

46 Health & Beauty Ready, Set, Summer!

49 Updates 17 Art

Art in Rutland

20 Fashion

Spring accessories

24 Food & Drink

The Olive Branch recipe

26 Food & Drink Great Food Club

28 Food & Drink Food News

News & Views

50 Updates News & Views

52 Updates News & Views

56 Out & About What’s On

62 Out & About Rutland Festival

Editor Rachael Bull 07734 218155 Advertisement Manager, Rutland Tracy Watkinson 01572 813187 Advertisement Manager, Market Harborough Sosennah Every 07884 124316 Advertising Copy & Subscriptions Rachel Beecroft 01780 765320 Head of Design Steven Handley Designers Sarah Compton Calum Handley Publisher Nicholas Rudd-Jones 01780 765571 Printed by Warners of Bourne RL cover: Rutland County Show © Andy Balmford Rutland Photography MHL cover: © David Corfield,

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Blaston Show celebrates 60th Anniversary


LASTON Show, taking place on Sunday 25th June, is celebrating its 60th Anniversary. As ever, it is set to be the perfect family day out, with plenty for all to enjoy. Native breeds of cattle, such as Hereford, South Devon and Lincoln Red will be on show, together with a selection of prime stock cattle. There is also a Sheep & Lamb Show with a vast array of classes including a Fleece Competition. Over 100 dogs take part in the Dog Show each year. Catering for Kennel Club registered and Heinz 57 breeds, both working dogs and family pets can put their best paw forward. Competition is particularly fierce for the ‘Waggiest Tail’ and ‘Best Biscuit Catcher’ top prize. There is also some highly entertaining terrier racing. Meanwhile, for equestrians Blaston Show offers everything from show jumping, showing and in-hand classes to the ever popular ‘Family Horse or Pony’. Last year over 20 children took part in the competitive Fancy Dress competition: a spectacular Air Ambulance perched atop the tiniest shetland

PHOTO: © Leigh Goodsell

pony and ‘piloted’ by two small girls set the standard. For the more mechanically minded, a Classic and Vintage Car Run concludes in a grand parade in the main arena. There is always something unusual to see such as Edwardian fire engines and 1940s lorries. The showground in Slawston, between Market Harborough and Uppingham, will be packed with over 50 trade stands and delicious

AquaPark Rutland is BACK!


ACK for a second year following its highly successful launch in 2016, Aqua Park Rutland has reopened for summer 2017. The UK’s biggest water sports Aqua Park at Rutland Water is more than double in size for 2017. With huge potential for epic fails and total wipeouts, Aqua Park Rutland will offer one of the most entertaining ways to enjoy the Great British outdoors this summertime, whatever the weather. Open now until until 23 September, the park features more than 36 fun and challenging obstacles to climb, jump, crawl, launch, slide and splash. This awesome adventure course provides an action-packed experience that offers challenge and excitement to all. The Aqua Park can take up to 100 people each individual session, making it a memorable experience for birthday parties, hen & stag weekends, corporate team building days or summer fun with friends and family. The park has also commissioned the UK’s tallest inflatable climbing wall, named The Beast, a drop for only the biggest dare devils. New obstacles also include the Action Tower XXL and the Ice Tower XXL providing a different set of challenges for guests to experience. Designed for a super-soaking good time, tickets are priced at £20 for a 50-minute experience, including a free wetsuit and buoyancy aid to tackle the awesome obstacles, balance beams, climbing walls, trampolines and blast bags and more. Due to current high demand, visitors and groups of any size must pre-book online at to avoid disappointment.



food outlets, plus a bouncy castle and climbing wall to keep the children happy. Entrance to the Show costs £15 per car and gates open at 8am. A significant proportion of money raised on the day will be given to local charities, with Leicestershire & Rutlandbased charity Hope Against Cancer this year’s principal beneficiary. • Find more information at

Rutland Cider Company officially on tap


HE Rutland Cider Company, owned by the directors of The Grainstore Brewery, has produced a range of ciders, including Rutland apple, Bushberry (blackberry and raspberry), Rhuberry (rhubarb and strawberry) and Mango. Director Peter Atkinson said: “We’ve experimented with ciders and perries at The Grainstore before and saw a lot of potential for developing flavours based on great British produce. “We’ve been introducing the brand slowly over the last couple of months, including tasters at the Rutland 20th Anniversary celebrations on April 1st and they were really well received.” The ciders will be on tap at The Grainstore Brewery’s Rutland Cider & Sausage Festival from 26 to 29 May and then available in pubs including The Grainstore across the region.

Trent Galleries warmly invites you to come and experience


A Celebration of the British landscape and the animal kingdom that inhabits it.

Showcasing some magnificent original paintings, editions and sculpture from award-winning artists and exciting new talents, the exhibition brings together the best contemporary art inspired by all our Rutland countryside has to offer.

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Trish Ruddle and Elizabeth Mills ‘For Rutland’ “Every pound raised generates £5 for the benefit of this community and every penny stays right here”

Three years ago this month, a new fundraising group was launched to address a very specific mission in the county: “To ensure that every person living with a long-term condition within Rutland and the surrounding community receives the financial and emotional support they are entitled to.” Amander Meade met the founders of the group to find out more. PHOTOGRAPH: ELLI DEAN



RISH Ruddle and Elizabeth Mills have been great friends for many years. Both passionate about the county and former High Sheriffs of Rutland, they have been involved in many ground-breaking and successful fundraising projects including the famous Good and New Clothes Sale held annually at Barnsdale Lodge. Until three years ago all the funds raised at the sale were passed to Macmillan’s headquarters and they in turn funded a dedicated adviser at Citizens Advice in Rutland. In 2014, centralisation of funds meant that Rutland’s adviser would be withdrawn, sharing the service instead with Leicestershire. Trish explains what happened next. “We felt it was vital for Rutland to keep a dedicated adviser based in the county so we launched a new fundraising committee and forged a new working relationship with Citizens Advice, with the aim of making sure that funds raised in the county were used specifically to help those living here and in the surrounding villages.” Initially, the emphasis was on providing free, non-medical advice to patients of all ages affected by cancer but very swiftly, the team realised that they could extend the service to those living with other long-term conditions such as dementia, stroke and mental illness. Three years on, through the fundraising efforts of some 60+ volunteers, For Rutland can pay the salaries of two full-time specialist advisers who remain based at the Citizen’s Advice office on Oakham’s High Street and who have helped Rutland residents gain access to £1,546,226 (accurate to end of March 2017) in grants and benefits


at a time when they most need financial help. “When a life-changing condition strikes a family or individual, often there are far-reaching implications,” explains Elizabeth. “Our specialist advisers Julie Bell and Liz Steele are highly trained and experienced in social care and NHS systems and can help navigate people through what might otherwise prove an overwhelming situation. For example, the application form for a blue badge to help you park is 12 pages long – quite a challenge if you are not well. We can’t provide a cure but we can make sure Rutlanders can access NHS services, grants and benefits as well as helping with housing, debt, employment and relationship issues.” For Rutland volunteers are rolling out a series of fundraising events throughout the year following on from the Good and New Clothing Sale that took place in March. You can support the giant tombola at this month’s county show as well as a Golf Tournament in September and the collection at the Cottesmore Hunt’s Boxing Day meet. “Our volunteers are so loyal,” adds Trish, “We differ from most fundraising groups in that we have a major financial commitment in the form of the two specialist advisers and must ensure that they are fully funded to retain this important service for the people of Rutland and the surrounding area. Without donations the service would disappear. Every pound raised generates £5 for the benefit of this community and we guarantee every penny stays right here.” • To find out more about the work of For Rutland visit or email:


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Ganders Farm Ian and Lauren Horton are living their dream. Having bought a rundown farm at auction five years ago, they now have a thriving 11 acres and produce wonderful handmade soap and ice cream from milk supplied by their much-loved herd of goats. Amander Meade visited to find out more. Lauren with ‘The Girls’

Photography by Elli Dean and Dorte Kjaerulff

Ganders Farm soap

KEEPING THINGS SIMPLE… Lauren and Ian began their married life together with a small back garden vegetable patch, four chickens and a dream of selfsufficiency. Having acquired Ganders Farm on the Northamptonshire border in 2012, the couple are moving ever closer to their goal thanks to a great deal of hard work and the development of their goats’ milk products. With sensitive skin herself, Lauren heard that soap made from goat’s milk was delicate and gentle to skin so began to research the subject. “Our goal was to create minimal ingredient soap. We had an excess of milk from the goats and through trial and error combined it with rapeseed oil, which is very moisturising but not oily, and coconut oil, which produces a great lather. The result was our Kiss soap – Kiss stands for ‘keep it simple soap’ which is suitable for any age and skin type but especially great for those who suffer with eczema or other dry skin conditions,” she explains. Lauren milks her own small herd of goats who are all named and much loved by the couple and their little boy William who is four. As well as several kinds of soap, the couple produce a range of ice cream also made with goats’ milk and instilled with the values that run through everything that goes on at Ganders Farm. “Our main rule is about provenance and inclusion,” says Lauren, “If an ingredient doesn’t need to be there – it’s out! We spend a great deal of effort trying to get the finest ingredients from as close to the farm as possible to reduce food miles. We also make sure our goats are really happy. Some were born here and some have been rehomed with us. We replicate certain aspects of their natural behaviour such



as foraging and climbing; they all have their own very distinct personalities and keep us highly entertained with their antics.” FABULOUS FLAVOURS… Sold through farmers’ markets and a selection of local farm and village shops, Ganders Farm ice cream contains no preservatives or artificial colours and has just half the fat of traditional cow’s milk ice cream, making it easier to digest. Flavours include fresh mint, gooseberry and elderflower, and chocolate and raspberry ripple with some ingredients grown on site. “We like to keep our flavours seasonal depending on the fruit available. This summer we will be using small independent businesses, pickyour-own farms and village cooperatives to supply ingredients whenever we can. Other farmers we meet at the markets produce some brilliant products, which will be making regular appearances in our seasonal flavours. We believe that if you say locally produced that should mean locally sourced too. “I think that because we really are trying to do our best by the animals, the environment and the local economy, we are getting some really great feedback from all over the UK, which inspires us to keep planning and moving forward.” • To book Lauren to attend an event this summer and to shop for Ganders Farm products visit or call her on 07969 183426.

Ian and Lauren with some of this year’s kids


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Going away? Ensure your cat’s in safe hands with Purrfect Cat Sitting


OR many of us, our holidays are fast approaching and we are looking forward to getting away. But what to do with your cat? Sarah from Purrfect Cat Sitting offers her expert advice. “Cats are home-loving, territorial animals and can feel stressed when not in their usual environment. Familiar sights, sounds and scents are important to your cat and help keep them feeling happy and confident. “Some cats happily travel, others seem to take a cattery stay in their stride. If your cat could choose though, it’s likely that he would choose to sleep in his own bed and have his regular routine and dinner schedule remain the same. “As an experienced cat sitter, I can make sure your cat is safe, monitor eating patterns and litter tray usage, interact with your cat – fuss/brush/play with if your cat enjoys this. My

laser cat toy is a firm favourite with many of my kitty clients and comes everywhere with me. These things can help minimise anxiety and the stress of your absence. “I am Animal First Aid qualified, Police checked and have completed two C.O.A.P.E diplomas with distinction in feline behaviour and psychology.” Sarah’s top tips • Think about things from your cat’s perspective. Is he outgoing and confident or shy and a bit nervous? What does he particularly value - his routine? Food? Hiding places? High perches? Does he have a sensitive stomach? Need medication? • Leaving your cat in someone else’s care can be daunting so make sure you feel happy with the arrangements. If you want to know something, then ask.

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• Pheromone sprays and diffusers can be useful for nervous cats as they mimic the natural pheromones cats leave as scent marks, which can reassure and comfort them. Start using them a couple of weeks before you are due to leave. • If you decide to use a cattery, go on recommendations from other cat lovers but always visit the place for yourself. • When visiting, keep in mind how sensitive your cat’s senses are. How does it smell? What is the noise level? How are the cages positioned and separated? Can your cat see the other cats/ outside activity - people/birds etc? • Make sure you provide enough of your cat’s usual food and cat litter. Any favourite beds, toys and treats can also help with familiarity. • For more information on Purrfect Cat Sitting, call Sarah on 07464 679090 or visit

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Perfect gifts for Father’s Day Need some inspiration for what you can get for that special older man in your life on 18 June? Here’s our pick of the best gifts from independent retailers in the region.

For new dads

These hand-engraved silver cufflinks from B-Jewellery make a perfect memento of tiny fingerprints. Capture special moments with a family booking with Market Harborough-based Fotograf Dorte Kjaerulff or Rutland-based Elli Dean Photography

© Dorte Kjaerulff

For foodie dads

Gadget-loving dads

Under Fine Wraps’ new range of manhampers or ‘Manpers’ feature carefully selected award-winning beers, fine foods and mouth-watering treats.

Check out the Kitchen Range Cookshop in Market Harborough for coffee makers, Knights of Oakham for headphones and lovely Roberts Radios, and Fords of Oakham for this brilliant multi-tool with storage tin and wallet by Jay for just £10.,

Otters Fine Foods’ delicious Father’s Day Hamper is £15. www. Pop into Farndon Fields Farm Shop and create your own scrumptious gift box filled from their tasty deli, bakery and butchery.

Fabulous Let’s Hygge Father’s Day boxes include stationery, edible treats, candle and male pamper products from Swedish brand Vakinme. Available from Tur Langton’s The Little House of Hygge for £35 + £3.95 p&p.



Book your dad onto a cookery course... The School of Artisan Food run some amazing handson courses, including Pig in a Day, Cheese making and Artisan Bread Making. www.schoolofartisan

For dads who like to garden

For dads who love sports For cycle enthusiasts Rutland Cycling has a fantastic range of bikes, accessories and clothing. Barnsdale Gardens run a year-round programme of day courses including growing veg inside and out and gardening in the shade.

Let him relax on his own beautiful garden chair – pop into Rutland Garden Centre or Welland Vale Garden Inspirations for some inspiration. www.wellandvalegardeninspirations.

For dads who like to eat out Reserve a table at Barnsdale Lodge for a fabulous Gentleman’s Afternoon Tea, which includes a steak sandwich slider, mini pork pie, black pudding sausage roll, Guinness chocolate mousse, served with JHB Rutland Beer. www.barnsdalelodge.

Golfers will appreciate a tuition session at the scenic Rutland Water Golf Course. Award-winning Rutland Fly Fishing Adventures offer tuition for absolute beginners or those wishing to improve their skills.

For thirsty dads If he’s keen on his beer, the Grainstore Brewery tour is a great option. From £9.95 for a tour and £15.95 to include a delicious lunch. The beautiful Brynne Vineyard in Brixworth offers wine lovers the the opportunity to adopt a vine from £28 for 12 months.

For adventure-seeking dads If your dad has a head for heights, a Ladybird Balloons hot air balloon flight might be the gift he has been waiting for. Send Dad off for a bit of tank driving, paintball, quad biking or hovercrafting at Armourgeddon in Husbands Bosworth.

Make a booking at one of our outstanding local pubs and inns like The Coach House Inn, South Luffenham or The George at Ashley for a family meal. www. thegeorgeatashley. RUTLAND & MARKET HARBOROUGH LIVING JUNE 2017




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Art in Rutland This month sees the welcome return of the annual Open Studios event in Rutland. Amander Meade investigates some of the work on display and gathers up news from the region’s galleries. Nicola Elstone is a designer and print maker using traditional techniques and creating beautiful homeware on her 18th century antique letter press. New for 2017 Nicola has developed the brand-new Blendology collection to reflect the growing popularity of tea blending. Nicola’s T41 mix-and-match teapots and cup sets will be displayed alongside beautiful work by Leila Arzaghi and Linda Farquharson in Nicola’s Braunston Studio, every weekend in June. Nicola will continue Artisan Printmaking workshops over the summer.

Artists in Residence say Welcome! In Leicestershire and Rutland we are fortunate to have a flourishing community of artists, craftspeople and designer-makers living and working across the region. The artistic highlight of the year is the annual Open Studios event in which artists literally invite the public to view their work either at home, in private studios or other exhibition spaces. Each weekend in June the public can find out more about the techniques and passions involved in each artist’s work, which is usually for sale priced from as little as just £5 and in a huge variety of media. A full schedule of events and locations can be found at or in the leaflet found in public buildings, galleries and retailers throughout the county.

Alan Oliver is one of the region’s best loved artists and will be showing a collection of recent work. Alan’s inspiration comes mostly from the beautiful landscapes of Rutland and lately he has been deliberately using much brighter colours and painting in a more relaxed style. “The challenge is finding a good idea then adapting it into a good enough design and composition. Increasingly I rarely paint exactly what I see - I try to bear in mind Picasso’s words when he said ‘never copy, always create’”.

Professional artist and tutor Sue Bagshaw has an exceptional reputation for portrait painting and teaches small classes in Oakham, in her own studio or at clients’ homes. Content is built around the needs of her students with basic materials included in the price. A supporter of the Open Studio project, Sue says the scheme is a wonderful way to discover art you love and for individual artists to promote their work. On Tuesday 27 June, Sue will run a day workshop entitled ‘Fun with Abstraction’ – details at This year, painter Alison Seviour is showing work that focuses on people and locality. Visitors will recognise local landmarks in her paintings such as The Falcon Hotel and the Market Square in Uppingham. Alison paints using acrylics on board and canvas and her subjects include portraits, trees, boats, water, local scenes and people - attempting to capture movement, character and a sense of place. RUTLAND & MARKET HARBOROUGH LIVING JUNE 2017


TAKING PART… Trinity Arts Exhibition – our very own Local Living Photographer Elli Dean will be exhibiting her work alongside two fellow artists working in very different media. From 12 to 17 June, you can see Elli’s work as well as paintings and pen sketches by Clinton Croson and ceramics by Connie Taylor on display at the Victoria Hall in Oakham.

This painting of Tom Ray is by Clinton Croson and will be part of the Trinity Arts Exhibition. The painting was created as a gift to Tom.

GALLERY NEWS Trent Gallery in Oakham will be showcasing some magnificent original painting, editions and sculpture from award-winning artists and exciting new talents in a new exhibition between 10 and 17 June. Work is themed around Country Life - A celebration of the British landscape and the animal kingdom that inhabits it. The exhibition brings together the best contemporary art inspired by all that the countryside has to offer. Samuel Robson Fine Art specialises in the sale and acquisition of work by British Artists predominantly in the 20th and early 21st century. Sam offers expert advice on the building, curation and sale of private collections and shows work at his base in Oakham or at clients’ homes. “All our current stock can be viewed via our website; we are always looking to acquire important British Modern Art and will buy or consign from private collectors.” Made is a small independent gallery based in Uppingham that sells beautiful handmade jewellery, ceramics, leather goods, glassware, art, textiles and cards. Owned by Julia Groundsell, herself a specialist jewellery maker, the gallery is always full of unique collections and priced to suit all budgets. “We try to offer a selection of stylish contemporary jewellery makers who impress us with their pieces,” says Julia who also accepts commissions for bespoke pieces. Artist Hilary Salomon and her husband Mike Moralee, who is a photographer, opened North Street East Gallery two years ago. Originally planned as a pop-up Open Studios space, the venture was so successful the couple decided to stay and continue to support local art as the core of their business. This year they have 11 Rutland artists exhibiting with them and are running a special exhibition of Rutland scenes. There’s lots of new work in Itch Gallery this month including new paintings by Becca Clegg, and textile sculptures from Characters by Julia, which are very cleverly made faux taxidermy sculptures made from painted cotton and Harris Tweed. Gillian Durno has some new canvas prints in the gallery. Work by Louise Brown includes ceramic sculptures and some of her paintings. “We have lots of work squirreled away in the stock room so if you can’t find what you’re looking for or want to see more work by a specific artist – just ask,” says owner, Jenny Creasey.



Directory: Itch Gallery, 17a Mill St, Oakham LE15 6EA Tel: 01572 755333 Made Gallery 14a Orange Street, Uppingham, Rutland LE15 9SQ Tel: 01572 822002 Trent Gallery, 11 Mill St, Oakham Tel: 01572 72290 Samuel Robson Fine Art Tel: 07894 086 836 North Street East Gallery, 18 Orange Street, Uppingham LE15 9SQ Tel: 0776 847 8736



New season accessories PHOTOGRAPHY: ELLI DEAN

Derby jumpsuit, £99, Pranella straw basket, £69, Espadrilles, £79 all Jacks For Women



From the top, L to R: Treaty necklace, £44.99, Duo; Grenson shoes, £215, Cavells;Mulberry blue purse, £280, Mulberry yellow purse, £125 both Cavells; Paul Green shows, £140, CoCo; Bluebell necklace, £83, Bluebell earrings, £78, designed and made by Lucy Flint; Kanna shoes, £99, CoCo; Silk scarf, £36.99, Duo; Star bag, £59, Albar’s Den; Lam blue necklace, £49, Lam green bracelet, £35, both Vanilla; Mulberry orange handbag, £495, Cavells; Nour of London necklace, £75.99, Duo; Vera Tucci scarf, £9, Albar’s Den. STOCKISTS Albar’s Den, Oakham, tel: 07977 002260 Cavells, Oakham, tel: 01572 770372 CoCo Shoes, Oakham, tel: 01572 757646, Duo, Oakham, tel: 01572 2722116 Jacks For Women, Market Harbough, tel: 01858 431396 Vanilla, Oakham, tel: 01572 757577, A big thank you to Elli Dean for the amazing photography,, tel: 07932 055548.

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Why summer lamb trumps spring The Olive Branch’s co-owner and head chef Sean Hope shares a classic seasonal lamb recipe


UMMER is finally upon us and The Olive Branch garden is coming into its own. A change in season means a change in ingredients, and lamb is always towards the front of my mind at this time of year. Tempting as it is to tuck into lamb as soon as the clocks go forward, it’s actually better to enjoy this meat in midsummer. The lamb cuts you get around Easter tend to be from indoor-raised animals born in the autumn of the year before. Wait till July and August, however, and you’ll be eating lamb born in February and March and put out to gambol and graze on the lush spring grass. Not surprisingly, the taste and texture are much better.

The Olive Branch garden always looks good at this time of year

Quacking news!

Where should you buy your lamb? Your local butcher is often a good option. In our area there is also Lavinton Lamb (, who farm at Lenton near Grantham in Lincolnshire. Lavinton shepherdess Sophie Arlott has won several Great Taste Awards for her lamb, which comes from traditional British breeds. Another good local option PHOTO: CLIVE DOYLE is Launde Farm Foods (, who produce lamb raised on grassland next to Launde Abbey on the Leicestershire-Rutland border.

Over the road in our pub paddock, our ducks have now arrived, which means we can now offer duck or hen’s eggs for breakfast! And in other news, we were recently named in The Times ‘Top 20 UK Pubs for Foodies’ list. Earlier this year we bagged the Editor’s Choice Award in the Good Hotel Guide 2017 in the Gastropub Hotel category, so all in all 2017 has been pretty exciting so far!

Here’s a lamb recipe that went down well at my recent cookery demonstration at The Olive Branch. For future cookery demo dates, visit The Olive Branch website:

Roast rack of lamb, rosemary parmentier potatoes, grilled asparagus, morel sauce Serves 4 Roast rack of lamb • 1 rack of lamb, French trimmed (ask your supplier) • 2 crushed garlic cloves • 1 large sprig of rosemary 1. Seal the lamb rack in a large hot frying pan 2. Season with salt and pepper 3. Preheat oven to 190 Celsius (Gas Mark 5) 4. Place the lamb rack onto a wire rack on top of the garlic and rosemary 5. Roast in the oven for 15 mins (pink), remove and cover with foil 6. Rest for seven minutes before carving/serving Rosemary parmentier potatoes • 4 medium baking potatoes, peeled and cut into cubes • 1 tablespoon rapeseed oil • 1 teaspoon fresh finely chopped rosemary 1. Blanch the diced potatoes in


a pan of boiling water for five minutes 2. Strain and allow to cool 3. Heat a large frying pan and add the pre-cooked potatoes 4. Lightly colour, then add the rosemary and season with salt and pepper 5. Place the potatoes onto a roasting tray and continue cooking in the oven with the lamb rack 6. When cooked, remove from the oven and serve Grilled asparagus • 16 spears of asparagus, trimmed & peeled 1. Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil 2. Add the asparagus in three lots and blanch for three minutes 3. Remove from the water and refresh in ice-cold water 4. To serve, heat a frying pan, add a little butter and grill the asparagus for 60 seconds 5. Season with salt and pepper, then serve


Morel sauce • 200g fresh morel mushrooms, trimmed and cleaned • 1 shallot, peeled and diced • 1 clove garlic, peeled and chopped • 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar • 1 small glass dry sherry • 400g beef jus • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard • 50ml whipping cream 1. Sauté the shallot and garlic in a drizzle of rapeseed oil until soft 2. Add the morel mushrooms and cook for a further two minutes 3. Add the sherry vinegar and reduce completely 4. Add the sherry and bring to the boil 5. Add the beef jus, mustard and cream 6. Bring back to the boil, season to taste and serve


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A delicious quartet The Great Food Club team reveals four superb independent local food and drink businesses PHOTO: ROBIN STEWART


ERE at Great Food Club we’re continuing our mission to uncover fantastic local food and drink independents. This issue we’ve found four stunners for you to enjoy. If you haven’t already, do remember to join Great Food Club (just go to ). It’s free and you’ll be able to stay in touch with all our recommendations and special member offers.

SCANDIMANIA 10b High Street East, Uppingham, Rutland, LE15 9PZ What a little gem Scandimania is! It’s tiny, but don’t let that put you off. It is Scandi chic and serves delicious food – home-baked and freshly prepared to eat in or take out. Try a healthy and invigorating juice or smoothie followed by a homemade sandwich, coffee from locally roasted beans and classic Swedish cardamom buns. All-day breakfasts include toasts (Hambleton Bakery sourdough) with almond butter, banana, cinnamon and chia seeds or (as we had) mashed avocado, cream cheese, chilli flakes and mixed seeds. There’s more – including smoothie bowls, acai super berry topped with homemade

maple and pecan granola, or maple and Greek yoghurt with pecan granola and berry compote. The chai latte was seriously good. By Robin Stewart, Rutland editor PHOTOS: MEL STARK

WELL ROASTED COFFEE Unit 23 Eckland Lodge Business Park, Desborough Road, Market Harborough, Leicestershire, LE16 8HB Will Scott has been roasting coffee in rural Leicestershire since June 2015. After undergoing a research trip to Columbia in February of that year, Will came back with a plan. He purchased two Gene coffee roasters and set up shop as Well Roasted Coffee in the picturesque Welland Valley. No stranger to the world of coffee, he first encountered the drink in Kenya in the 1960s. After spending more and more time passionately researching coffee, he decided to make his hobby into a business and started roasting. For Will, research is key and he has gone on many courses and trips to find top quality coffees. After galvanising his ideas in Columbia, he launched Well Roasted Coffee from his HQ near Market Harborough. Well Roasted Coffee provide interesting coffees from around the world – from Columbia to Guatamala to Sumatra. Will has invested much of his time ensuring that Well Roasted provides coffees it can proudly stand behind. All of the coffees are top grade, rainforest aligned



and high grown. Will says: “At high altitude it takes longer for the cherry to mature so you get much more flavour.” He uses his extensive research to educate coffee drinkers, informing that it takes two years for a farmer to produce a coffee bean, and after an anticipatory 52 weeks before the first flower, they must wait a

further 48 weeks for the cherry to develop. Will has also spent plenty of time ensuring that he gets the roasting profile of each bean right. Offering only a handful of different coffees allows him to make sure every roast is delivered to perfection. By Mel Stark, GFC contributor


Get the 2017 Handbook The Great Food Club Handbook 2017 is out now. With over 100 pages, the new Handbook is a handbag or glovebox-sized publication with one simple aim: to guide you to some of the best independent restaurants, pubs, farm shops, breweries, food producers, delis and cafes. It is available to buy now for £4.95 including postage. Go to www., scroll to the bottom of the home page and click ‘Buy the Handbook’.

THE LEAN PANTRY 2c Mill Street, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 6EA The Lean Pantry is small but perfectly formed. It offers a delicious and creative range of light meals including all-day breakfasts and lunches, salads and superfood smoothies. All are free from wheat, gluten, dairy and refined sugars. Cakes and sweet treats are not forgotten and go very well with a wide range of speciality teas and fresh organic coffees. Typical daily specials include sweet or white baked potato with a creamy vegetable curry; beetroot and broad bean falafel on a cauliflower and turmeric wrap; tiger prawn and salmon served with a pickled fennel and citrus salad; and roasted celeriac and apple soup. The staff are friendly and helpful. Portion sizes are generous and prices reasonable. By Robin Stewart, GFC Rutland editor

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CRAFTY BURGER 2-6 St Martin’s Walk, St Martin’s Square, Leicester, LE1 5DG In September 2014 Chris Elliman and Andy Hall discussed launching a pop-up burger restaurant at Andy’s coffee shop, St Martin’s Tea & Coffee. Various names were considered for the pop-up including Cow & Pickle and Elliman’s Burgers. Eventually Chris landed on Crafty Burger, which became a reality in November 2014. The laid-back, buzzing pop-up burger restaurant, which runs on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from 6-8.30pm, was an instant success. Customers flocked to try Chris’s creative burgers, which are made with beef from March House Farm in Great Dalby, Leicestershire. The buns come from Toby Milner Bakery in Blaby. Options include such delights as The Crafty Poet (beef patty, smoked Applewood cheddar,

American cheese, smoked streaky bacon, salted onion crisps, BBQ sauce, aioli) and El Rojo (beef patty, chorizo and onion jam, red bacon, Red Leicester, chimichurri, aioli). And who could resist the invitation to pimp one’s fries? That success has continued. If you visit St Martin’s Tea & Coffee in the evening at the weekend when Crafy Burger is running, you’ll often see queues spilling onto the street. Chris and team regularly deal with more than 200 covers a night. Part of the success is down to the quality of ingredients, the rest is down to people loving the fun street-food vibe. By Matt Wright, founder and Leicestershire editor • For more recommendations of local food and drink independents, go to @greatfoodmag on Twitter greatfoodclub on Facebook Great Food Club on Instagram

With its new editing team, Great Food Club is on a mission to unearth brilliant food and drink gems in your area and beyond. We currently recommend around 320 pubs, restaurants, producers and food shops, and around 200 of them run exclusive offers for Great Food Club members. Offers include 10% off at Stamford Cheese Cellar, 10% off at The Tobie Norris, a complimentary cocktail when you dine from the a la carte menu at The Olive Branch, 10% off at The King’s Arms in Wing, and 25% off at The Fox & Hounds in Exton. It is completely free to join and get a membership card – no catches – and we never share your data – sign up at

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ADA, specialising in Turkish cuisine, only opened 18 months ago in Stamford and has already made its mark having been recommended for the 2017 Michelin Guide. We booked a table for a Wednesday evening and, arriving at 7.30pm, the restaurant had a comfortable buzz and a delightful ambience with its jewelled lampshades and beautiful artefacts hanging on the wall. Iva is in charge of front of house and looked after us well – she explained that everything is made in the restaurant using authentic Turkish recipes often passed down through generations.

The menu is extensive so it seemed a good idea to share a mixed Mezze Platter – the lightest softest flat bread (made that morning) was served with Hummus, Tzatziki, Taramosalata, Babaganoush, Turk Borek (feta pastries) Falafel, Sucuk (beef sausage), Hellim and Head Chef Ali’s homemade Chilli sauce and yogurt sauce. Overwhelmed slightly by the quantity, we did well – everything was full of flavour and a great way to experience the many dishes. For our main course we were able to try Lamb Shish, a Yavash meat platter, and Sebzeli Iskelder – charcoal grilled vegetables with Halloumi, tomato and yogurt sauce – with side dishes of rice and salad. The meat is all cooked on a charcoal grill, giving it a wonderful succulence and flavor. It was all delightfully flavoursome and colourful, and perfect for sharing. To finish we enjoyed a Turkish dessert plate with Turkish Delight, Baklawa and fresh fruit with a glass of refreshing Turkish Chai. We are already looking forward to our next visit. There are two set menu feast

options from £29.95 per person and lots of options for vegetarians and special diets. Bridget Steele • For more information contact Zada, 13 St Mary’s Hill, Stamford, PE9 2DP. 01780 766848

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HE Coach House is a lovely traditional pub in the heart of Rutland. Although it’s on the main Stamford Road, as soon as you step inside, the wooden beams, the real ale, the exposed brickwork and flagstone floors all take you to a different world. While we were lucky enough to be visiting on a warm May day, I could easily imagine enjoying a red wine by the roaring log fire in the cold winter months. We visited the Coach House on a Thursday lunchtime and there was a great ‘friendly pub’ atmosphere – a group of friends enjoying a drink at the bar and various twosomes enjoying the food. We had a lovely table by the window in the main bar, but there’s also the option of the restaurant that seats 40 and even a private function that seats 12 guests. Starter options included Fillet of Seabass served with cauliflower and pomegranate couscous and a cucumber consommé at a reasonable £6.45 and the Chorizo Scotch Egg made of Spanish sausage and Grasmere Farm sausage meat servedvwith homemade piccalilli for £5.95. For the mains, as well as numerous Grill options, you’ve got a choice between home comforts like Thai Chicken Curry and Fish and Chips, alongside Fillet of Seabass with King Prawns and Mussels and a Duo of Pork. Plenty of options that are worth exploring for an evening meal.



It was such a warm day we both opted for something a little lighter. I chose the Cajun Chicken Caeser Salad with Bacon (£11.95) while Tracy enjoyed the Warm Quiche Salad, and we shared a portion of chips. The salad was a substantial portion – it beat me! There is a smaller portion size for £5.95 for those of you who aren’t as greedy as I am. The Cajun chicken was delicious with a nice kick. Tracy’s warm quiche was equally sizeable and equally well received, with lots of lovely melted cheddar cheese and sitting on a bed of fresh tomato. The Coach House offers an additional menu for Sunday lunches, with all the popular Roast classics alongside fish, bangers and mash and vegetarian options. A lovely pub with good food and a nice atmosphere, with seven en-suite bedrooms which, with the function room available to hire, makes it a great option for a family get-together with relatives travelling to Rutland from a distance. Rachael Bull • The Coach House Inn, 3 Stamford Road, South Luffenham, LE15 8NT. 01780 720166

Country Inn and Restaurant A warm welcome is assured at our quintessential old English county pub, bringing you the best of British home cooked meals and a choice of well kept Real Ales.

Why not join us for Sunday Lunch? Choice of 3 roasts all served with the traditional trimmings £9.95 for one course up to £15.95 for three courses

Curry Night

1st Thursday of every month. Two course menu with selection of starters, followed by three homemade curries £10.95 a head

Friday Lunchtime Special

2 Portions of Cod, Chips and Mushy Peas for £10 Tue, Wed, Thur 12pm – 11pm (Food 12pm – 2.30pm/6.30pm – 9.30pm) Fri, Sat 12pm – 12am (Food 12pm – 2.30pm/6.30pm – 9.30pm) Sun 12pm – 6pm (Food 12.30pm – 3pm).Closed Mondays


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Our oceans, our future Hambleton Hall’s Michelin starred Head Chef, Aaron Patterson, team’s up with protégé Alan Gleeson to create a World Oceans Day Gourmet menu. Deborah Pennell checks into the kitchen of this beautiful hotel to find out what they have in store. PHOTOGRAPHY: ELLI DEAN

The History of World Oceans Day? The Canadian Government originally proposed the concept of World Oceans Day (WOD) at the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. By 2008, and as a result of a widely circulated petition, the UN General Assembly passed a resolution recognising 8 June as World Oceans Day - a day to celebrate the ocean and its importance in our lives. Special events help to inspire more involvement in conserving this vitally important resource for generations to come. This year’s theme is “Our oceans, our future.” With 25 years’ service as Head Chef at Hambleton Hall, Aaron Patterson has most likely cooked more fish in his career than most Rutlanders will in a lifetime. This year Aaron has asked one of his many protégés, Alan Gleeson, who worked in the kitchens at Hambleton Hall for four years and is now Head Chef at No.131 The Promenade, Cheltenham, to create a Gourmet Corner Menu to mark WOD. Aaron said, “WOD is a date in the Hambleton Hall kitchen calendar when we champion sustainable fishing and celebrate what our seas can provide now, and hopefully for future generations.” What prompted you as chefs to get involved in World Oceans Day? AP: As a keen fisherman, I have witnessed first-hand the decline in certain species of fish and have been affected by the restrictions put in place by the authorities to try to combat the problem. We need to address the situation now, and WOD does just that. Making people aware of overfishing, pollution and the effects of global warming on our oceans is so important. AG: As a Chef, I feel responsible for teaching my clients about the ingredients I use – ‘by



catch’ is a big issue as far as I am concerned, and something Hugh Fearnley–Whittingstall alerted us to a few years ago. The yo-yo effect of sea bass availability is a prime example of over fishing – one minute it is plentiful and cheap to buy, the next, difficult to get hold of and therefore astronomically expensive. What fish have you chosen to showcase in your menu? AG: Mackerel and Selsey Lobster – both are sustainably sourced and found in UK waters. What is your all-time favourite fish? AP: Langoustine AG: John Dory From your experience, where is the best place in the world to eat fish? The answer was conclusive; both Aaron and Alan agreed: Applecross Inn, Wester Ross, around two and half hours North of Inverness. Local chef Robbie MacRae heads up the kitchen team, using fish straight from the local fishing boats. What is the most expensive fish dish you have ever eaten? AP: Lobster with truffle sauce AG: Sea Urchin sashimi The Gourmet Corner Menu created by Alan Gleeson for WOD will be prepared by Aaron Patterson on 8th June, and is offered on the lunch and dinner menus. Booking is essential, and can be made directly or online. MACKEREL TARTARE, CUCUMBER, HORSERADISH AND TOBIKO WASABI £15 Critic’s view: a fresh from the sea taste with the

inspired addition of Tobiko wasabi (flying fish roe), giving the effect of popping candy on the tongue, and a subtle wasabi kick. The lightly pickled cucumber brunoise added another taste and texture dimension. BUTTER POACHED SELSEY LOBSTER WITH A CRAB AND GLASS NOODLE VIETNAMESE SALAD £35 Critic’s view: the freshest tasting lobster I have experienced since picking them out of the Whitby fishing cobbles in my childhood, rushing home and cooking them. Poaching the flesh in butter lends a richness to the dish, without overwhelming the delicate flavour. The noodle salad has simple Asian flavours and works well. Both dishes come highly recommended • Hambleton Hall Oakham, LE15 8TH 01572 756991 • No. 131 The Promenade Cheltenham, GL50 1NW 01242 822939 • World Oceans Day


For Those Special Occasions


The George at Ashley

Come and join us at the following events:

FRI/SAT/SUN 2/3/4TH JUNE – A CELEBRATION OF ENGLISH FOOD AND WINE, 3 COURSE LUNCH & DINNER ALL WEEKEND £25 Tuesday 6th June – Quiz Night at The George 7.30pm £1 Entry Saturday 10th June – Chilli Night Thursday 15th June – Cheese and Wine Tasting Evening with wines from Duncan Murray Wines £15 Saturday 17th June – Cookery Demonstration and Lunch with Stephen Bulmer. Contact us for more details For more details and menus please visit our Facebook page or our website.

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Let’s party! With the arrival of June, summer has been declared officially open. Celebrations are definitely more fun in the sun, so make sure you enjoy yourself this month using our A to Z of local experts to help you plan the perfect party.


RTISTIC flair and delicious fare go hand in hand at professional caterers, Rutland Gourmet. Run by Sarah Rivett, the team promises to bring your event to life with taste sensations and a superb reputation for service. 01572 747909





UNKY Tents supply a superb range of stunning marquees to accommodate any number of guests. Their Capri marquees can be linked together to extend the party area for larger events with complete onsite support. 0843 506 5001

REAT chefs don’t come much more highly regarded than the Stephen Bulmer, now at the George in Ashley. Stephen was Head Chef at Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons as well as heading up the training at Raymond Blanc’s cookery school. Exceptional outside catering services now available. 01858 565411

AKE the most of your outdoor space with some new plants, ornaments, outdoor lighting or furniture. Try Langton Greenhouse and Garden Centre for a huge range of garden equipment and outdoor furnishings. 01858 545819

AOMI Morgan recently launched her new business, The Rutland Cake Company and makes celebration cakes and bakes for special occasions using local ingredients wherever possible.

OME cookery demonstrations by the ladies of The Pink Figs are a brilliant party idea for smaller groups. Learn how to make delicious dishes in your own home - highly recommended as a fun, relaxed evening with recipes you can keep and recreate. Contact Liz at 07709 435556. Hambleton Bakery Lemon Tart


AKED by the best - Master Baker, Julian Carter creates extraordinary celebration cakes, handmade afternoon tea cakes, dessert tarts and puddings - perfect for crowd-pleasing tea time treats. 01572 812995 ONCIERGE services including party planning are supplied by new company, The Useful Team run by Patsy Valentin. “We take care of day-to-day tasks so busy hosts are guaranteed peace of mind and a stress-free party plan.” 01536 764720

G Music Agency has an extensive register of professional musicians from classical performers to brilliant party bands guaranteed to get all your guests up and dancing. Owner and musician David Graham has many years’ experience supplying live music for every kind of event. 01572 756386


VERYONE say cheese! Why not hire a professional photographer to capture those special memories on camera? Elli Dean specialises in wedding and event photography. Tel: 07932 055548


NDULGENT Menu is a one-stop shop for party menus, sweet treats and savoury nibbles. Owner Fay Horsefield is famous for her creative baking – from cupcakes to occasion cakes, the results are stunning. Contact Fay on 07901 890338.

EEVES Catering tell us that Vintage Teas are currently one of the most popular options from their menu selection. “Clients love our innovative suggestions as well as traditional elements such as finger sandwiches and mini Devonshire cream scones.” Vintage china included for a perfectly pretty party. 01778 349512

TTER’S Smokehouse and Deli can provide a wonderful spread to elevate a humble drinks party to a whole new level. Fabulous charcuterie, cheeses and olives are a great choice for summer. 01572 756481


NIGHTS of Oakham stock a wide range of electrical devices from suppliers like Bosch, Dyson, Smeg and many more. Delivery on the same day wherever possible and old appliances removed and recycled too if you wish. 01572 722240 EAN Pantry is a new addition to Oakham’s Mill Street specialising in carefully prepared dishes that are free from wheat, gluten, dairy, and refined sugars. Definitely the place to source wholesome food for guests with extra nutritional requirements. 01572 774363


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OST party, your kitchen might need some TLC so call in Molly Maid for a professional one-off clean. 01858 439925

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UALITY dishes to finish at home by The Olive Branch allow you to serve the pub’s award-winning food to your own guests. Simply place your order and the experts will prepare everything including simple instructions for presentation. 01780 410355 OASTING a hog or lamb is an effective way to feed a crowd and The Roasting Pig provide a great range of delicious sides to go with the meat. The pork is soaked in cider before being cooked slowly for a delicious aroma and unbeatable taste. 0116 212 5259 TYLISH and seasonal is how customers describe food by Sara McAllister, who has over 20 years’ experience as a professional caterer. “We provide a personalised service for all catering requirements taking into consideration tastes, budgets and venues”, says Sara. 07778 227734 Ice cream from Ganders Goat


PDATE your party essentials from the superb range at Fords of Oakham. From cookware to cutlery, bakeware to bin liners – they have it all. A onestop destination for all things homeware. 01572 722654 ALUE for money is something Bat and Bottle Italian Wine Merchants are proud to offer to customers. “We buy directly from the wine cellar, mostly from small artisan producers, and sell directly to the general public,” explains owner Ben Robson. You can buy online or visit the team in their Rutland warehouse. 01572 759753


RY something different and invite Lauren from Ganders Farm to serve her phenomenal handmade ice cream to your guests. Made with milk supplied by her beloved goats, Lauren’s flavours are inspired by the seasons – authentic and delicious. 07969 183426

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OUR party, your way’ is the principle when you hire a Tipi tent from Peaktipis. The tipis can be kept simple or be luxuriously furnished. Professionalism guaranteed – Peaktipis won The Wedding Industry Award for the Best Marquee provider in the East Midlands in 2015 and 2016. 0344 411 3460

ISTOW Café and Bistro owned by Jane Clifford only serves the kind of high-quality fare she would like to eat herself. “We produce a bespoke, seasonal menu for each individual event. Our great food, friendly service and attention to detail allow you and your guests to enjoy the best.” 0116 259 3756

–TEND your party outdoors with a Kadai Indian Fire Bowl. Evenings in the garden are transformed as your guests stay warm outside. Fire bowls available from Farndon Fields Farm Shop. 01858 464838

EST Catering offer culinary expertise and attention to detail that will not disappoint. From intimate celebrations to large parties, exquisite food and super service are order of the day. “Surpassing expectations every time is our aim,” says owner James Ball. 07739 523456



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Zest has been formed by James Ball who was formerly the head chef at The Langton Arms and has earnt an enviable reputation for his food. Whilst at The Langton Jamesfor hasnumerous catered for numerous weddings, parties events and Since forming Zest, JamesArms, has catered weddings, parties and corporate corporate events ranging 50-250venues gueststhroughout at various the venues throughout theacountry. ranging from 50-250 guestsfrom at various country. James has team of James hasexperienced, a team of talented, and courteous staff to behind him, all talented, friendly experienced, and courteousfriendly staff behind him, all striving go that extra striving to gomile thatto extra mile to event makethe your event the best possibly can be. make your best it possibly canit be.

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HARBOROUGH HAPPENINGS Shops & Services in Market Harborough

ODental opens its doors in Kibworth A new private dental practice in Kibworth Beauchamp is offering new customers 30% off their first examination.


DENTAL’S principal dentist, Chris Oxley, brings to the practice a wealth of knowledge and 30 years of experience in general practice. “At ODental,” Chris explains, “we understand the importance of finding the right practice, a team you can trust, build a great relationship with, and who will explain and guide you through all the different solutions and options available.” “We’ve invested in state-of-the-art equipment and technology and have completely refurbished the building to offer downstairs facilities for anyone struggling with stairs.” The practice is built around a team of highly skilled and experienced clinicians and support staff, offering a truly comprehensive service. They offer care for the whole family from advice, professional cleaning and polishing, through to advanced techniques, aesthetic dentistry, dental implants and specialist restorative treatments.

New ‘Self-sufficiency – do or die’ exhibition opens at Hallaton Museum


OUSED in the historic Tin Tab, this new exhibition offers a fascinating insight into village life during the 19th century, when most goods and services were sourced locally. Dependence on day-to-day essentials such as laundry, religion, schooling, carpentry, and plumbing demanded that the village supply a range of shops and societies. Visitors of all ages can get handson with the historic local trade of willow weaving. The exhibition welcomes visitors every weekend from 2:30 to 5pm until 2 October at the Tin Tab Museum, Churchgate, Hallaton.

The Market Harborough Summer Ball is back


FTER a three-year absence, the Market Harborough Summer Ball is returning to Market Harborough Rugby Club. Deemed the biggest night on the Market Harborough social calendar, this year’s event is a traditional black tie affair with champagne reception and a three-course meal served up by local caterers, Rutland Gourmet. The evening’s entertainment also includes a charity auction and live music from Birmingham band, The Fireworks. All funds raised will go to the Rugby Club and the local Air Ambulance. • Everyone’s welcome. For tickets visit www.mhrufc. or contact Ed Sanderson on 07746 610480. A range of sponsorship packages are available for local businesses and trades. Contact Ed Sanderson for more information.

“Being a friendly and relaxed private practice, there’s no rush to make decisions and plenty of time to discuss your options. We’re passionate about identifying everyone’s individual needs and providing the highest quality care to all our patients. “As a welcoming token and thank you for your interest, you can sign up to our mailing list and receive 30% off your first examination. We’re also offering membership plans to help budget and avoid unexpected costs, and there will be special offers available for members.” • Visit or call 0116 279 3666 for more information.

Free ‘Introduction to workplace health’ workshop at Archway Health Hub A team of health and wellbeing experts are hosting an ‘Introduction to workplace health’ workshop at Archway Health Hub on 20 June.


HE workshop, which is free to Chiropractor attend, is open to all but particularly Tracy DixonMaynard relevant to business owners and HR people with an interest in the health of their workforce and the benefits that a healthy team can bring. It introduces the new workplace wellbeing programme at Archway, which is set to include a course of sessions led by experts on four key areas: physical health and wellbeing, nourishment, rest and relaxation, and communications and relationships. Tracy Dixon-Maynard, qualified chiropractor, owner of Positura and the Director of Workplace Health and Wellbeing at Archway, will be running a session on the right work station setup and its effects on muscular-skeletal health. Qualified nutritionist Shelia Storer will be explaining how nutrition isn’t a case of ‘one-size-fits all’ and Pradip Gajjar will be talking about work/life effectiveness and will run a meditation session. Attendees of the workshop will get a free 30-minute consultation at their own workplace from one of the three experts of their choice. • The workshop is from 11am to 1pm at Archway Health Hub on 20 June. For more information and to reserve your space, contact Tracy on 07794 311201 or email info@



I promised mum she wouldn’t go into a care home…

Thanks to Autumn Assisted Apartments I’ve been able to keep that promise Leaving the family home to move into a care home can be a daunting prospect, moving into a one or two bed serviced apartment with lounge, diner, kitchenette, and en suite bathroom at Autumn Assisted is a reassuring cost effective alternative from only £495 per week per apartment all inclusive. Set in beautifully landscaped gardens our apartments offer 24 hour security with nurse call and intercom service, chef, complete laundry and cleaning service, utility bills, council tax and much more included in the price. Our professionally trained carers are on site 24 hours a day to assist you at your request and a private minibus is available for shopping or social visits.

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Your local, caring, care at home experts Providing the highest quality care and support within your own home. Supporting you or your loved one to live independently, through person centered care – day or night, our caring team are always on hand. Our range of services include: Home Care & Support Tailor made visits from personal care, medication support, home help & more. Also supporting specialists care needs including Dementia, Stroke, Parkinson’s.

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It’s 1934 and Market Harborough is about to become the first place ever to use something so common today that we don’t even notice it’s there – until it’s not. Today every driver faced with a long, dark drive along unknown roads must surely give thanks to a small but vital ’30s invention… the ‘cat’s eye’ road stud. WORDS: Caroline Aston


HE man usually quoted as the creator of the cat’s eye is Yorkshireman Percy Shaw. Born in 1890, he was a small-time businessman who loved to tinker in his spare time. He liked a pint or three too and used to use tramlines to guide his drive home from the pub. His headlights reflected the polished steel and hey presto! But with the march of modern transport, tramlines started to disappear, making life much more dangerous for Percy – and for any pedestrians who were about when he drove home after a session. Late one night in October 1933 Percy Shaw set off to drive home to Halifax from the Old Dolphin Hotel in Clayton Heights, where he’d been enjoying some brown ale. A combination of dense fog and no tramlines led to slow progress – and nearly to Mr Shaw’s death. Suddenly, believing himself on a straight stretch of road, his headlamps picked up the gleam of a cat’s eyes, a cat that was sitting on top of a wall. But the angle looked wrong and Shaw pulled up. Inspection revealed that not only was he on the wrong side of the foggy road but that the cat’s wall had a sheer drop just behind it – Clayton Heights is about 1000 feet above sea level. Food for thought indeed. A shaken and suddenly sober Shaw got back behind the wheel and finally reached home safely. But his near brush with disaster set him thinking… something had to be done to replace the tramlines and make his drives home safe again. He needed something reflective, like the steel and the cat‘s eyes that had saved his life, so he surreptitiously removed some shiny glass studs from road signs to see if that kind of thing might do the trick. But these reflectors were far too fragile to withstand traffic and, of course, there was the problem of how to keep them clean. So this spare-time tinkerer tinkered away and came up with the now familiar design: a cast iron base, a heavy duty rubber shroud containing reflective lenses and a simple wiping mechanism, which cleaned the lenses when depressed by traffic.

Bingo! The cat’s eye was born but it wasn’t Percy’s design that made Market Harborough a ’30s trendsetter. What was installed there in 1934 was another product, similar in design and purpose, but rejoicing in the name of Follsain Gloworm Studs, the brainchild of a man called Neuhaus. But it was Percy Shaw who hit the jackpot. He patented his idea late in 1934 and a year later founded his own company ‘Reflecting Roadstuds Ltd’ to manufacture cat’s eyes. But this was not to be an overnight success story – initial sales were slow. What really turned the tide was gaining Government approval and the blackout of World War II meant that these little reflectors came into their own and proved their worth in keeping traffic safely moving. Shaw’s firm, located near his home in Boothtown, was soon producing over a million ‘eyes’ a year, which were sold all over the world. Percy Shaw found himself a millionaire and was made an OBE in 1965 for his services to exports. However, this was no normal millionaire. Percy lived out the rest of his life in his old home, a place he rendered Spartan in the extreme by stripping out all the carpets and most of the furniture. He kept four televisions constantly turned on, tuned into BBC1, BBC2, ITV and BBC2 in colour, but with the sound turned down. He loved nothing more that any evening of telly, beer and crisps. His only luxury was a Rolls Royce and he never married, though he enjoyed women’s company. He was 86 when he died from cancer and heart disease in 1976 and there was amazement when his will showed that the cat’s eye magnate had an estate valued at just £193,500. A quirky brainwave from an eccentric character has saved 100s of lives so no wonder Bernard Ingham included Percy in his list of the 50 greatest Yorkshiremen. And our own Market Harborough heads the list of places where dangerous darkness was transformed by a simple line of glowing studs that led drivers safely home. That Yorkshire cat really didn’t know what it was starting on that foggy night it sat on a wall near Percy Shaw’s favourite pub! RUTLAND & MARKET HARBOROUGH LIVING JUNE 2017


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In pursuit of excellence Matthew Wright is no stranger to hard work and creativity. From Cork to Copenhagen, Alexander Lewis kitchens are now being installed in some of the most prestigious homes across the UK and Europe. Kirstie Mitchell finds out more.

“I knew early on that I wanted to build lovely furniture of a very high standard which offers great value for money. It’s a great feeling to build in the UK when so much manufacturing is done abroad.”


AVING spent some time chatting with Matthew in the new kitchen showroom conveniently located in the centre of Market Harborough, his passion is evident and highly infectious. The secret to his success? “Our reputation,” says Matthew. “Attention to detail and our customer service are our number one priority. This is something that has been ingrained in me from the very early stages of my career. Our customers are King.” Alexander Lewis is a true bespoke furniture company. Matthew explains: “I compare it to buying a suit. If you come to us we will make you a suit from scratch with the best fabric possible and it will be tailored just for you; not bought from a peg and then altered to fit.” Having graduated in Business Studies, Matthew secured a job as a graduate trainee for John Lewis on Oxford Street. “It was amazing to work behind the scenes and absolutely everything was based on ways to enhance the customer’s experience and ensure the reputation for first class service was consistent. It was this ethos that I took with me after I left and it has been my mantra ever since.” Matthew relocated to Market Harborough to head up a new kitchen department at a local firm. After gaining experience in kitchen design, Matthew decided to go it alone. In

1995 with a trusted carpenter and a small workshop, he started selling kitchens trading as Artisan Bespoke Furniture Ltd. Matthew says: “When I look back now, there was no way at the beginning I thought ‘OK, I am going to set myself a target that in 20 years’ time I will have a 20,000 square-foot workshop, employ nearly 30 staff and make kitchens for £30 million plus houses.’” Sales took off when Matthew changed the name of the company. “I decided to change the name of the company and my son came up with the name Alexander Lewis (the names of my two sons) and I thought ‘actually, that could work!’ Unbelievably within weeks the number of kitchen orders doubled.” As a traditional bespoke furniture company manufacturing in the UK, there are many challenges. “I knew early on that I wanted to build lovely furniture of a very high standard which offers great value for money,” says Matthew. “It’s a great feeling to build in the UK when so much manufacturing is done abroad.” Combining bespoke methods with modern finishes using state-of-the-art technology has been one of the biggest developments for the company. Always in the pursuit of excellence, Matthew has invested heavily in new software, an extension to the workshop and installed new high-end spraying equipment.

He explains: “The investment ensures there are no limits to design and manufacturing. If a client would like suede textured finishes or a large sheet of ceramic which looks like marble cladding, then that is now achievable.’’ When he’s not at work, Matthew loves to spend time with his wife and two sons. You can often find them on the water during the summer months, wakeboarding, windsurfing or sailing. “A typical weekend consists of spending time with family and friends, dog walking, a few glasses at my local pub, and out on the water.” What does the future hold for Alexander Lewis? “We will just keep doing what we do and keep doing it well and not rest on our laurels,” explains Matthew. “I have a great team behind me who are just as passionate as I am. Customers compliment my staff all the time; from the designers, carpenters, to the staff who install the furniture. They trained to become the best in their field and they are proud of what they achieve – producing exquisite furniture.” • The showroom displays examples of their high-quality craftsmanship. Alexander Lewis, 2 Millers Yard, Roman Way, Market Harborough, LE16 7PW. Tel: 01858 434 444 RUTLAND & MARKET HARBOROUGH LIVING JUNE 2017





Delcor expands into bedroom furniture

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ELCOR has recently extended its offering into beds and bedroom furniture and the results are impressive – stylish, excellent craftmanship, good value and a range of looks to suit different design looks and preferences. A large part of the top floor of the Stamford Bath Row showroom has now been given over to bedroom displays, and a visit is thoroughly recommended so that you can gain a real feel for how each of the ranges could work for you. All the well-known Delcor benefits apply to the bedroom ranges - all Britishmade, solid beech frames, a range of sizes – from Single to Emperor; and the option to add storage under the bed. There are also matching end-of-bed benches and blanket boxes. Also, other pieces of bedroom furniture – chests of drawers, bedside lights, mirrors, even the odd throw and cushion. The mattresses are also British, from Spink & Edgar, established in 1865 and famous for their superb quality and sleepability. The Natasha range gives a classic contemporary look. The Empire range has straight lines and a slight Art Deco feel about it. The Monaco range offers a fresh, modern feel. And The Metro range conjures up an urban vibe. Place an order in June, July or August and you will benefit from the Summer Sale. • Delcor Furniture Ltd, 30 Bath Row, Stamford, PE9 2QX 01780 762579



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Ready, Set, Summer! Are you ready to bare all on the beach? Catherine Varney seeks out some beauty treatments that will make your summer go swimmingly.

Get beach body ready Four-week cheat The best way to feel fabulous on the beach this summer is to start thinking about exercise and fitness well in advance. Lucky Market Harborough residents can get all of the professional guidance and advice they need from the talented team at The Training Shed. Led by Director and Senior Athlete Coach Glen Thurgood, they offer personal training, nutrition consultancy, small group training, sports therapy and a wide range of fitness classes suitable for all ages and abilities including Tabata, Boot camp and HIIT Training. They also partner with MYZONE – a fitness tracking tool with a difference, as Glen explained: “The MYZONE heart rate monitor is designed to be worn whenever you’re exercising – the belt straps around your chest and records the effort you’re putting in, how hard your heart is working, and the calories you’re burning. It’s a great motivational tool because you can earn effort points plus there are loads of challenges to take part in once you’re up and running.”



Exercise ambitions didn’t quite go to plan? Don’t panic, help is still at hand to improve your confidence in a bikini. Pay a visit to Nicola Harrold at the Langham Body and Beauty Studio and book in for the ‘Diet Kick Start Plan’. This unique treatment is offered as a course of four firming, re-sculpting body treatments and includes the Katherine Daniels manual colonic irrigation massage. Immediate results include a reduction in stomach bloating, with inch loss being evident after a couple of sessions. Each treatment takes 60 minutes and booked individually cost £60 – but book a course of four for the special price of £210.

Reveal glowing summer skin If your skin is feeling dull and congested then a non-invasive peel will work wonders at sloughing away dead skin cells, revealing brighter, fresher skin. Beauty therapist Samantha Eaton has recently started offering two different types of Clinicare peels: “The Clinicare Refresh Peel contains 48% Glycolic Acid and is suitable for an anti-ageing and skin rejuvenation effect by removing the upper layers of the epidermis. It improves rough texture, fine lines and wrinkles and dull, sallow skin colour. For a more gentle approach, I use the Clinicare Pure BHA Peel, a mild salicylic acid treatment which has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties and is particularly suitable for inflammatory and non-inflammatory acne, blackheads and enlarged pores.” One of Sam’s happy clients told me: “I recently had a Refresh Skin Peel treatment - what an amazing experience! Totally relaxing and indulgent, my skin felt so clean and rejuvenated, and the feeling lasted for a good ten days. I cannot recommend this treatment highly enough and will definitely be booking another one.” Peels are £40 for a 60-minute treatment.


The lowdown on the best high factor sun protection Not sure where to start when it comes to choosing which sun cream to pack for your summer holiday? Follow our handy guide: Fastest drying: Boots Soltan Dry Touch Suncare Lotion, SPF30, £6. Guarantees to dry in 60 seconds so you won’t get the problem of sticky sand when you’re on the beach. Ease of application: Garnier Ambre Solaire Dry Mist, SPF50, £8. An easy-to-use aerosol spray that absorbs instantly (and smells fabulous). Hassle-free: Riemann P20 Once a day Sun Filter Lotion, SPF20, £15.99. It’s one of the more pricey ones but a little goes a long way and it’s said to be 90% effective after swimming. Ultimate protection: Heliocare Suncream, SPF90, £19. Whilst most skin experts recommend that SPF50 is adequate protection, if you have very pale skin that burns easily, you can buy maximum protection formulas from Heliocare Ultra online. Best for kids: Ladival Kids Sun Protection, SPF50+, £20 (available from Boots). Certified by the Skin Health Alliance, this non-greasy formulation is perfect if your children have sensitive and eczema-prone skin, or if they suffer from sun allergy and prickly heat. DIRECTORY: The Training Shed, 75 St Mary’s Road, Market Harborough, LE16 7DS, 01858 419268, Langham Body and Beauty Studio, 12 Cold Overton Road, Langham, LE15 7JG, 07917 672815, Samantha Eaton MGBT, Tel: 07787 422948, Moko Salon & Spa, 2 Church Street, Market Harborough, LE16 7AA, 01858 432525, The Chaelis Clinic, Sten Beren, Main Street, Lowick, Kettering, NN14 3BH, 01832 733811,

There are exciting times ahead at Moko in Market Harborough as they have been joined by the talented and well-established team from The Beauty Manor. Spa Codirector Julie from The Beauty Manor told me: “We are so excited about this collaboration between two well-known and highly respected companies bringing continued strength to our lovely town of Market Harborough & being able to deliver both hair & spa treatments at such a high level. Our staff are so excited to be joining the team at Moko and are looking forward to welcoming both old and new clients into this stunning building.” Anthony, the Salon Director of Moko is equally as excited about this joint venture, having opened the Aveda spa at Moko a couple of years ago to enhance the hair salon business he had been running for the past 17 years. He told me: “With the addition of the team from The Beauty Manor, we’ll have 30 staff members in total; therefore as well as still offering our Aveda treatments, we will now be offering HD brows, nail services, Lycon hot waxing as well as full make-up wedding packages which we couldn’t do before.” Pay a visit to the team and get 30% off all beauty services until 10 June.

VAGINAL TIGHTENING AT THE CHAELIS CLINIC Lesley Spencer of the Chaelis Clinic in Lowick is renowned for her advanced aesthetic, medical grade treatments. And she has recently introduced a new procedure, targeted specifically at women who have had children or are post-menopausal and are experiencing vaginal laxity. Using HIFU (high intensity focused ultrasound), the treatment usually takes half an hour and is completely painless. Lesley explained to me: “This is an incredibly discreet procedure in which the client inserts the probe themselves as I find this is the most comfortable for them. The ultrasound waves then pass through the skin wall, heating up the collagen and elastin fibres to break them down whilst also stimulating the mucosal layer, helping to eliminate dryness. The fibres will then reform and re-structure, essentially strengthening and re-building the muscle wall. Most often, only one treatment is required and very occasionally two. So many women suffer low self-esteem and low confidence due to intimate problems, and this simple procedure can resolve this swiftly and easily.” The full benefits are seen after 12 weeks with the effects lasting for 2 years; and at £400, it is a small price to pay for such impressive results (Lesley has many happy clients already!). Call to arrange a free, discreet and comprehensive consultation.




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Oundle Food Festival ‘bigger and better’ than ever this year


HE Oundle Food Festival is a mustn’t-miss for local foodies, and this year the jewel in its crown, the Street Market, will bring more than 75 stallholders to the town. The market takes place on Saturday 24 June from 9am-4pm but there’ll be events, special menus, product launches and offers in the week before, providing opportunities to learn about the food and drink that is lovingly created in the region and to meet those who grow, raise, cook, bake, brew, distil and make the many treats on offer. The Street Market, which will be held in the Market Place and New Street, is a bunting-bedecked sight to behold, and with the addition of music and dance from the Oundle Fringe Festival, street entertainment from Corby’s Balls Up Juggling Club and games from the World Conker Championships, it is an event enjoyed by visitors of all ages. A Park & Ride service provided by Oundle School will be available from Oundle Wharf, where Food Festival attendees can also have a look around the shops of sponsors AGA Oundle and Hambleton Bakery. Whilst many stallholders, such as Yum Yum Tree Fudge, New Lodge Farm, Munchy Seeds, Profumo Coffee Company, Riverford Organic Delivery, Saxby’s Cider and Lincolnshire Poacher, will return by popular demand, there are also some newcomers. Lincolnshire farmer Amy Jobe, attending her first ever Food Festival, will be serving up burgers and wraps using beef from her home-reared Lincoln Red cattle, and Melt’on Ice Cream will delight with their range of luxury ice-creams. Other new additions include Macaron Marlo’s hand-made French Macarons, Taartie’s delicious sough dough donuts and Nassington-based Jar & Spoon’s pickles and preserves with a twist.

Especially for you… In the run-up to the Festival, Oundle retailers Stu-Pots, Beans Coffee Shop as well as Seven Wells and Trendalls Butchers are offering discounts on mention of the event or production of a Food Festival flyer, and the Nene Valley Brewery will launch a new beer to mark the festival on 23 June. AGA Oundle is running several events about AGA cooking, one of which includes wines from Amps Fine Wines and the excellent Tap and Kitchen restaurant at Oundle Wharf and BrewBabu, Oundle’s unique boutique brew bar, are offering a special festival menus. • Further details are available in the Food Festival flyer (inside this issue), on the website and on Facebook @OundleFoodFestival. For more information on the Oundle International Festival and Fringe Festival, see and

Spotlight on Costa Rica


HIS small lush country on the narrow isthmus of land between the Pacific and Caribbean has an enlightened approach to conservation and approximately a quarter of the land is protected by national parks and wildlife reserves. Costa Rica is a natural wonderland of active volcanoes, bewitching cloud forests and verdant rainforests, packed with exotic birds, wildlife and flowers along with stunning beaches. The best time to visit is between December and May. Central America has a long rainy season, although the mornings are bright and sunny, followed by afternoon showers, on the coast at a lower altitude it is hot and humid throughout the year. Throughout the country you can take walks on well-marked trails with expert local naturalist guides who will point out humming birds, monkeys, frogs and much more. Paula Cockcroft from Oundle Travel says, “Our two favourite places are The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, which is a magical place surrounded by whirling mists where you can visit orchid gardens and coffee plantations, and Tortuguero National Park, where you journey by small boat through waterways in search of alligators, iguanas and a myriad of birdlife. The three-toed sloths in Manuel Antonio National Park are not to be missed either!” After exploring Costa Rica’s numerous wildlife highlights, most visitors opt to relax on one the country’s many golden sand beaches

that line its beautiful Pacific coast. Oundle Travel are offering a fully escorted 14 nights’ Cost Rica Adventure with beach extension with direct flights from London Heathrow from £2995 per person. • For live availability and more details contact Oundle Travel on 01832 273600 or RUTLAND & MARKET HARBOROUGH LIVING JUNE 2017


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Enjoy National Bike Week with Rutland Cycling It’s National Bike Week from 10 to 18 June and Rutland Cycling have got lots of events planned. Get involved! BREEZE SUNDAY PEDAL AT WHITWELL When: Sunday, June 11, 9:30am – 11:30am Where: Rutland Cycling Whitwell, Whitwell Leisure Park, Bull Brig Lane, Oakham LE15 8BL. Description: Enjoy a longer pedal as we ride the peaceful, traffic-free route around Rutland Water. A great way to enjoy some ‘me’ time, meet new friends and get fit in the fresh air. Part of the British Cycling Breeze Network, getting more women into riding bikes for fun. Distance: 15-17 miles Pace: Steady - suitable for intermediate cyclists Cost: Free with your own bike / £5 to hire a bike How to book: email BREEZE MUMS AND TOTS RIDE AT WHITWELL When: Friday, June 16, 9:45am – 11:30am Where: Rutland Cycling Whitwell, Whitwell Leisure Park, Bull Brig Lane, Oakham LE15 8BL Description: Join us with your little ones for a gentle pedal on quiet, traffic-free trails. Great scenery, exercise, fun for the children and chatting for the Mums! Part of the British Cycling Breeze Network, getting more women into riding bikes for fun. Distance: 5-7 miles Pace: Easy Cost: Free to join with your own bike / £5 to hire a bike + child seat (age 12 mths+) / £10 to hire a bike + 2-child buggy (age 18 mths+) or trail-abike (age 4-6 yrs) How to book: email E-BIKE NIGHT RIDE AT PETERBOROUGH When: Tuesday, June 13, 6:30pm – 8:00pm Where: Rutland Cycling Peterborough, Ham Lane, Peterborough PE2 5UU

Description: Join our popular E-Bike Night Rides through the summer, now at Rutland Water, Grafham Water and Peterborough. Try out the latest electric mountain bikes and get expert advice and tips as you ride along. Distance: 10-17 miles Pace: Sociable, no-drop rides Cost: £10, including e-bike hire, or free to join with your own e-bike. How to book: Email BREEZE WEEKEND PEDAL AT FERRY MEADOWS When: Saturday, June 17, 10:00am – 11:30am Where: Rutland Cycling Peterborough, Ham Lane, Peterborough PE2 5UU Description: Scenic ride around Ferry Meadows, along mainly trafficfree trails. Coffee and cake stop at the end! Distance: 10 miles Pace: Easy pedalling, suitable for beginners. Cost: Free to join with your own bike / £5 to hire a bike How to book: email

The Lean Pantry Co


INCE arriving in Oakham’s Mill Street in December, The Lean Pantry Co has become a much-loved café and deli by both the health conscious and those who simply crave a sweet but wholesome treat. Offering high-quality, freshly made food that’s free from wheat, dairy, gluten and refined sugar, the café’s offerings are all nutrient- and flavour-packed. Choose from the likes of poached or scrambled eggs served with avocado salsa on quinoa toast, or lunchtime specials such as cauliflower, carrot & courgette falafels served on a beetroot pancake with a mooli salad, or creamy coconut chicken curry with sweet or white baked potato. If you’re just after a drink and a light bite, fresh organic coffees, specialty loose teas and a range of smoothies do the job, while the build-your-own classic & protein pancakes, and home-baked cakes need tasting to be believed. You can enjoy treats such as snickers blondie, vegan mocha cake, vegan salted millionaire slice and vegan scones with chia berry jam and lemon coconut cream guilt-free. The well-stocked panty and takeout selections – including a range of freshly made curry & quinoa pots, home-made granolas and mueslis, salads and protein pots – are tempting, as are the celebration cakes, all made to order. This is one café where you can get stuck in, enjoy amazingly flavoured food and leave feeling virtuous. • The Lean Pantry Co, 2c Mill Street, Oakham LE15 6EA (01572 774363, @theleanpantryco). Open Monday to Friday 9.30am-4.30pm; Saturday 9am-4.30am.



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Rents to rise quicker than property prices in next five years This month, our local property buy-to-let expert and property investment adviser, David Crooke, owner of UPP Property Agents, explains why the next five years will see some interesting changes to our local property market.


ECENT research has concluded that rents will rise faster than property prices. Over the last five years, property values in Stamford have risen by 22.6%, whilst rents have only risen by 9.9%. But by 2022, Stamford rents will increase by c. 23%, whereas Stamford property values will only grow by c.17%. Recently, demand for rental properties continued to rise whilst the press predicted some landlords might sell and reduce their portfolios, creating less choice and pushing rents higher. In reality, there appears to be a dearth of new rental properties coming on to the lettings market. Landlords have some intriguing challenges ahead of them, most notably in that the Tories have changed the taxation rules for landlords in the way buy-to-let properties are to be taxed. On top of that, there’s the ban on letting agent fees that’s still to come into force (probably in 2018). When that happened in Scotland in 2012, Scottish letting agents passed on those fees to their landlords, who in turn increased the rent they charged to their tenants. The government should be wary about indicating both red and green

lights at the same time to the private rented sector. They can’t expect small private landlords to house around a fifth of the population and then tax them out of oblivion. Something has to give, and that will be significant rent rises over the coming few years. With the challenges ahead (budget and general election), house price inflation will be tempered over the coming five years. The number of properties on the market remains close to historic lows, which is both good and bad; it keeps houses prices relatively stable, and yet it impedes choice for buyers… and hence why I believe property values will only be approximately 17% higher in five years’ time. In addition, the significant shortage of new homes being built adds further pressure. If people aren’t buying houses, the local authority aren’t building council houses and with the average rent for a Stamford rental property currently at £749pcm, over the next 5 years, I predict the average rent in Stamford will rise to c. £921pcm. • For advice on buying, selling, renting and managing your homes and investments in Stamford and Rutland, call David Crooke, UPP Property Agents on 01780 484 554.

English Youth Ballet performing Coppélia in Stamford Coppelia, the charming and comical story ballet is coming to the Corn Exchange Theatre in Stamford in a colourful production by English Youth Ballet.


HE story of Coppélia follows the escapades of the dreamy Franz and how he comically falls in love with a beautiful, life-like doll. The doll – Coppélia – is created by the eccentric, yet mysterious inventor, Dr Coppelius. The hilarious plot thickens when Franz’s jealous lover, Swanhilda, takes her friends on an adventure into the spooky house of the mad inventor to confront her rival… There are 80 young dancers aged 8 to 18 from the local area Stamford Young Dancers in the cast, who will have rehearsed for 60 hours at Welland © Ben Garner Academy for the production. The English Youth Ballet (EYB) held a big audition for the ballet at the Corn Exchange Theatre progress and careers into some of the world’s greatest ballet companies back in March, with nearly 150 young hopefuls turning up to audition. – including the Royal Ballet Company and English National Ballet. Miss Janet Lewis MBE, Director and founder of EYB, said “EYB is all • Performances on Friday 14 July at 7.30pm and Saturday 15 July about providing extra performance experience to young dancers. We at 2.30pm and 7.30pm. saw a very pleasing standard at the audition and it was lovely to see lots For tickets call 01780 766455 or visit of enthusiasm.” EYB has helped many of the UK’s top talent springboard their training




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OUT & ABOUT Amander Meade selects the best entertainment in the region this month

Tuesday 30 May to Saturday 10 June, 7pm THEATRE: The Graduate Fifty years since the release of the iconic hit film, The Graduate is a satire on the values and lifestyle of middle class suburban America. A coming of age play - painfully funny and deeply human. Based on Charles Webb’s novel, The Graduate sees an educated young man swept into an illicit encounter with an older married woman, setting them both on a thrillingly destructive course. Curve, Leicester Tickets £28.50 with concessions available 0116 242 3595 or Throughout June, July and August EVENT: Osprey Cruises Take to Rutland Water aboard the Rutland Belle at either dusk or dawn during the next three months to spy the magnificent osprey who spend the summer there. A chance to see the birds hunting and feeding. See the website for dates and details. £22/£13 for under 16s. or 01572 770651 Tuesday 6 to Saturday 10 June THEATRE: One Man, Two Guvnors Stamford Shoestring Theatre is proud to present this hilarious production which was


the winner of Best Play at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards in 2011. Set in sleazy Brighton in the 1960s, Francis Henshall, starving and broke, becomes minder to two guvnors. One of the two bosses, Rachel, is disguised as her dead gangland twin: the other, Stanley, is a posh twit who is both Rachel’s hapless lover and her brother’s killer. Can Francis juggle between his two jobs, get fed, paid and win over the alluring Dolly? Stamford Arts Centre Tickets £10/£8 01780 763203 or www. Saturday 10 June, gates open 5.30pm


with concert beginning at 7.30pm CHARITY EVENT: Music in the Park This highly popular annual charity concert is a great night out for all ages. Take a picnic and enjoy local covers band ‘Double Yellers’ and the award winning Ratby Brass Band’. The evening finishes with a fabulous fireworks display. Proceeds to LOROS and Young Leicestershire. Wistow Hall, Leicestershire Tickets £15/£5 in advance, under 10s admitted free. Parking is also free. Credit card hotline 0116 231 8431 more information at Sunday 11 June, 7pm MUSIC: Music in Ashley Church This concert features two Hungarian musicians, Zsuzsa Berényi and Pal Banda. The husband and wife duo will be performing on violin and cello and featuring works by Schumann and Popper, together with two of Bach’s suites for solo cello. The church has also teamed up with The George in Ashley for this concert with high tea served from 5pm. Information at www. Ashley Church Tickets £15 to include a glass of wine and canapés. Call 01858 565758.

Wednesday 31 May to Sunday 16 July and Wednesday 16 August to Sunday 17 September MUSICAL THEATRE: Kiss Me Kate followed by Top Hat It’s the opening of the phenomenally successful Kilworth House season. This year audiences can see two dazzling Broadway classics, Kiss Me Kate and Top Hat – both shows are uplifting romantic comedies for all ages to enjoy. Kilworth House Open Air Theatre Booking at or 01858 881939.

Sunday 4 June EVENT: The Rutland County Show The 185th show of its kind. Equine, cattle and sheep showing, exciting main ring entertainment including military dogs, the Cottesmore hounds, vintage vehicles, farming displays and much more. A traditional county show for all the family. Rutland County Showground, Oakham Booking and information at

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OUT & ABOUT Amander Meade selects the best entertainment in the region this month This month and throughout spring EVENT: Open Gardens Discover the hidden beauties of Rutland Gardens and help celebrate 90 glorious years of Open Gardens for charity. The National Gardens Scheme has been raising money for nursing and caring charities since 1927 and last year donated over £2.7 million. Admission ranges from £4 to £5 with children free and 80p in every pound going straight to the charity. Opening dates this summer are: Sunday 4 June, gardens in Manton open between 12.30pm and 5pm; Sunday 25 June, Market Overton Gardens open between 1.30pm and 5pm; Wednesday 28 June, an evening opening of the Old Vicarage, Burley between 6pm and 9pm and on Sunday 16 July, Redhill Lodge in Barrowden will be open between 12 and 5.30pm. For full details of locations, information on the gardens, refreshments and plant sales visit

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Saturday 17 June, 7.30pm CONCERT: Laura Snowden and Tom Ellis Music in Lyddington present the young guitar duo who were the first guitarists to study at the Yehudi Menuhin School and both were funded by the Rolling Stones. St Andrew’s Church, Lyddington. Tickets £16 in advance from Uppingham Sports and Books or Oakham Wines plus www. Sunday 18 June, 12pm to 4pm EVENT: Dad’s Day Barbeque and Family Nature Trail Dads will be treated to a free home-made burger and locally brewed beer at Barnsdale Gardens. They even have a Dad’s Snoozing area for him to sleep it off while the children explore the plants and wildlife in the magical midsummer gardens. Admission £8.50/£7.50/£4.50 with information about all the courses and events at Barnsdale Gardens at


Saturday 24 June, 7.30pm MUSIC: A Celebration of Favourites Chater Community Choir will be entertaining audiences again with a concert of their vocal favourites in aid of Dove Cottage Hospice in Ridlington, which provides supportive palliative day care services for those living with cancer and other progressive conditions and Wildlife Works Children’s’ Nursery in Kenya where proceeds will go towards the construction of a play area for the children. The choir is celebrating its fifth anniversary in 2017 so far having raised almost £11,000 for local and national charities. Uppingham Parish Church Tickets £5, call 01780 729006 or 01572 821197 Sunday 25 June, 11am to 3pm EVENT: Craft Fair Visitors can expect traders in hand made craft, art and some vintage goods. The Pavilion at Rutland Showground Admission is free.


Friday 30 June, 7.30pm CONCERT: Sounds of Summer Songbirds Ladies Choir present this summer concert featuring guest appearances. All proceeds are donated to a local charity. Harborough Methodist Church, Northampton Road Tickets are £5 from Moins Chemist with more

information at www. harboroughsongbirds. CHARITY EVENT: Hope to Hope On Saturday 16th September over 60 cyclists will depart from Leicester’s Clock Tower to begin their 300 mile Sponsored Cycle Challenge to the Peak District and back in order to raise money for Hope Against

BOOK EARLY FOR FESTIVAL FUN… Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 July EVENT: The Simon Says Festival The return of this popular Leicesterbased festival featuring a blend of local artists alongside more established names, which this year include Rutland’s own Tin Pigeons, Public Image Limited’s Jah Wobble, Carter USM’s Jim Bob, 6 Music

Cancer. The ride this year is called ‘Hope to Hope’ as participants will be passing through the village of Hope in Derbyshire along the route. This fourday event aims to raise over £60,000 for the Leicestershire and Rutland cancer research charity. If you are interested in taking part, raising funds or awareness visit www. for more details.

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and drink will be available to purchase from the BBQ kindly provided by The Lions and the Pimms will be flowing. If an indoor event is more your thing, The Grainstore has the fantastic Outlaw Eagles playing at 8.30pm. On Sunday 2 June, you can wind down with the Rutland Sinfonia playing works by Mendelssohn, Mozart, Delius and Schubert at 4pm in Oakham School Chapel. The whole Festival is rounded off in style by a community cast performing Sarah Bell’s physical theatre piece, Threads. The Oakham Festival looks set to be a great week this year, with something to suit everyone. And don’t forget the Instagram competition running throughout the Festival – post your

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