In the spotlight: Elizabeth Beckett
This week we spoke to Elizabeth Beckett, of Elizabeth Beckett Skincare, about her business journey and some advice for other small business How long have you been running your 5 years.  How did Elizabeth Beckett start?   Having worked for many years in air conditioned offices doing long hours my skin had become dull and dehydrated. I tried all sorts of lotions and creams spending hundreds of pounds yet still had problem skin.  I decided if high street products weren’t helping then I would go back to basics and make my own.  My brother grew rapeseed oil on his farm so it seemed a perfect ingredient to start with and after some experimenting a cream was born.    Describe EB skincare? Skin needs basic moisture which we feel should come from a...
19/12/2017
Celebrate the festive season with Moyden's Handmade Cheese!
Moyden’s Hand Made Cheese was established in 2005 by Martin Moyden and has fast become a well-respected artisan cheese-making business. This stems from a passion for quality, attention to detail and a lust for perfection. This Christmas Martin and Beth Moyden are celebrating in style with the launch of their new website and a a festive event which will see them opening their creamery to the public for the first   As well as a tour of the Moyden’s Hand Made Cheese Creamery you will be treated to mulled wine, mince pies and free entry into the prize draw to win a luxury Christmas hamper packed full of the local producers Martin Moyden both champions and collaborates with. These well established and well respected local producers include Paso-Primero, Shropshire Salumi and...
09/12/2017
Festive December Events in Shropshire 2017
We can't believe it's December already. We've compiled a list of what's on in Shropshire this month to get you ready for the festivities - from Christmas Fairs to Christmas Carols, it's jam packed with good stuff!  SATURDAY 2ND Saturday Late Nights at Shrewsbury Market Christmas Afternoon Tea with Santa, Apley Farm Shop Victorian Christmas Fair, Shrewsbury Santa Steam Specials, Severn Valley Railway KidderminsterMuch Wenlock Christmas Fayre Shropshire Cruelty Free Christmas Fair, Shrewsbury Shropshire Festive Gift Fair, Telford International Centre (2nd/3rd) TUESDAY 5TH DECEMBER  Tinsel Tuesdays Ludlow  WEDNESDAY 6TH DECEMBER 'There's Some Dead Good People in Shropshire' - St Mary's Place, Dogpole, Shrewsbury - legendary town crier...
01/12/2017
Small Business Saturday UK: Anne Reeves
In honour of Small Business Saturday UK on Saturday 2nd December, we have been speaking to the small businesses that we have the honour of working with. Here we have Anne Reeves of Anne Reeves Jewellery:  How long have you been running your jewellery business?   I set up my business 13 years ago.     How did Anne Reeves Jewellery start?   I attended a couple of short silver jewellery making courses locally (westhope college) and initially, my interest in silversmithing started as a hobby.  Before I had my children, I was a sales rep for a local stationery company - a difficult and demanding job to with a young family - so after a career break when the boys were born, I decided to turn my jewellery making into a small business, which I felt...
30/11/2017
Small Business Saturday UK: Emma Lawrence Designs
In honour of Small Business Saturday UK this weekend we've been chatting to some of the Small Businesses we have the pleasure of working with. This time round it's Emma Lawrence Designs, an artist inspired by the natural world.  How long have you been running your Approximately 18 How did Emma Lawrence Designs start? I have always had a love of drawing and was creative from a young age.  Nature has also always been an interest.  I started to design and make cards for friends and family and then created my first children’s book as I felt there was a gap in the market to educate children about nature and help them value all the little creatures. At the time I was working full time as a Consultant Neuropsychologist, having had...
30/11/2017
Small Business Saturday UK: Tipsy Tart
In honour of Small Business Saturday this weekend, we've been speaking  to those small businesses we have the honour of working with. Here we have Elizabeth Grinker of Tipsy Tart - the fruity, funky and fun infused liqueur company.  How long have you been running your We started in 2013 on Easter day on our local matket stall in Ludlow which we still have today.  The idea came from liqueurs which I made as Christmas presents and everyone loving them. Tell us a bit more about Tipsy Tart we love what we do. We are a small family business making and selling luscious liqueurs at festivals around the country and from our website. We are in a few a few delis and, pubs and growing steadily. It is so rewarding and we just love the praise and love we get from...
30/11/2017
Moyden's Cheese: Small Business Saturday
In honour of Small Business Saturday this weekend, we have been speaking to our producers about their unique small businesses, and what being a small business owner means to them. Here we have Martin Moyden of Moyden's Handmade Cheese, who is an integral part of the Shropshire foodie scene.  How long have you been running your cheese business?  13 years, lucky for   How did Moyden’s Cheese start? I was inspired by my grandmother and her tales of how together with my grandfather they delivered milk by horse and cart to the locals of Newport. I felt that people in general are very disconnected with where their food comes from and I longed to change this. I researched how cheese was made and it captured my imagination as...
29/11/2017
Small Business Saturday UK: Lajina Masala
In honour of Small Business Saturday this weekend, we have been speaking to our producers about their unique small businesses, and what being a small business owner means to them. Here we have Lajina Masala, the 'curry queen' of Shropshire, and an integral part of the Shropshire foodie scene:  How long have you been running your business? 4 years   How did Lajina Masala  start?  I was being made redundant from an  accountancy post and my friends thought this is what I should do, we were sitting in an Indian restaurant at the time.   Describe Lajina Masala for us? I teach Indian cooking and design the classes around you. There are 6 blends of handmade spices, curry masala, cardamom kick, garam masala, chaat...
29/11/2017
Small Business Saturday UK: Saloukee
In honour of Small Business Saturday this weekend, we have been speaking to our producers about their unique small businesses, and what being a small business owner means to them. Here we have Sarah Shakespeare of Saloukee How long have you been running your business?   I’m in my 9th official year, so will be celebrating the big 10 next year.    How did Saloukee start?   After graduating from my degree in Jewellery & Silversmithing I went about getting some 'real-life' experience in the fashion industry. I spent time working in Amsterdam, Paris and London, doing unpaid internships and working many very unglamourous jobs along the way to fund them. Then in 2008, I set up alone, founding Saloukee in a shared workshop in...
29/11/2017
Hollie Childe: Small Business Saturday
In honour of Small Business Saturday this weekend, we have been speaking to our producers about their individual Small Businesses, and what the movement means for them. Here we have HOLLIE CHILDE ART, a young artist whose work is inspired by the stunning Shropshire landscape and wildlife.  How long have you been running your I have been running my business as a full time self employed artist for a year and a half. After graduating from University in July 2015 I spent the summer getting stuck back into painting animals. Once I had accumulated some paintings, I started selling my work online and completing my first pet portraits in November 2015 alongside working full time at John Lewis. After my business started to take off, I left John Lewis to commit to...
28/11/2017
Jenny Tyler Artist: Small Business Saturday
In honour of Small Business Saturday this weekend, we have been speaking to our producers about their individual Small Businesses, and what the movement means for them. First up is JENNY TYLER ARTIST, an established watercolour portraitist and wire work sculptor based in Much Wenlock. How long have you been running your creative business? I have been painting and sculpting for approximately six years. <br style="mso-special-character:line-break"> How did Jenny Tyler Art start? I joined an art group here in Much Wenlock, after retiring from my bridalwear designing business, and very soon realised just how much I enjoyed painting. <br style="mso-special-character:line-break"> Describe your art work for us? I paint portraits of both humans and...
28/11/2017
Christmas Events in Shropshire this Weekend 25/11/17
It's a busy one this weekend for Christmas Events in Shropshire - check them out below. Can you believe it's only 33 days until Christmas 1. Shropshire RCC Christmas Fair / 25th November 2017 / St. Mary's Church, Shrewsbury - Come along and enjoy Christmas shipping in the heart of Shrewsbury and browse the various crafty stalls whilst enjoying cost hot chocolates, cake and mulled wine to get you into the Christmas spirit. There's fun for all the family too, with various children's craft activities, entertainment, a raffle and a tombola. The fun begins at 10:30am - 3:30pm and supports the work of the Shropshire RCC. 2. Customise Your Christmas Weekend / 25th - 26th November / Mustard, Bridgnorth - Get creative this weekend with some fantastic festive workshops at the...
22/11/2017
Christmas Events This Weekend 18/11/17
Christmas Season is officially here! There's plenty of festive fun happening this weekend in the county - check out our top 4 picks of Christmas events in Shropshire this weekend.  1. Dudmaston Christmas Craft Fair - This weekend the Orchard and Courtyards will play host to over 70 local artists, food producers and contemporary craftspeople who will be selling a selection of THE perfect gifts. If you're not into the festive spirit yet, then the Dudmaston Christmas Fair will certainly change that! Also, if you're a National Trust member, admission is free! £5 for all non-members. Open Saturday and Sunday 11am-4pm.  2. Gorgeous Christmas Craft Fair at Enginuity - It's the 13th annual Festive Fair held at Enginuity, Coalbrookdale. Over 40 designer makers from Shropshire and beyond...
16/11/2017
Bonfire Night Top Picks in Shropshire 2017
Bonfire Night will be here before we know it, and Firework season is definitely just around the corner. We've rounded up the best pick of Firework displays in Shropshire this Autumn. Wrap up, stay safe and enjoy the fireworks! October 28th 2017 - Haughton Hall Annual Halloween, Bonfire and Firework Night Get down to Haughton Hall from 5pm to enjoy several amusement park rides for children to enjoy, as well as some great BBQ food and drinks.  November 4th 2017 - Brogyntyn Park Annual Bonfire and Firework Display A huge, free event for all the family to enjoy at Brogyntyn Park from 6:30pm.    <br style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(55, 47, 44); font-family: filson-pro; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">Alderford Lake Big Bonfire Spectacular ...
10/10/2017
Exciting business opportunities with the Shropshire Youth Support Trust
In the Spotlight:  Shropshire Youth Support Trust  SYST is dedicated to supporting young people in starting a business – whatever your age. They completely understand the obstacles that stand in every entrepreneur’s path and aim to help you overcome them. What can they help you with?  Writing a business plan. • Finding and applying for funding. • Structuring your new organisation.  • Business premises. • Planning a marketing strategy. • Making your business sustainable Our Enterprise Centre is located in Brodie House at Telford Town Centre, which means it is easily accessible via bus, train or car. Within the centre are 14 offices available to be rented at subsidised costs on a monthly basis. In addition to this we have a shared workspace area which...
04/10/2017
In the Spotlight: Hollie Childe Art
Our latest guest blog is brought to you by the wonderful Hollie Childe Art, talking about her amazing summer of fantastic shows all around the country!  ___________ One year ago I set up my very first little Hollie Childe Art stall at a Charity Horse Show. Fast forward a year, and I have had the most incredible summer taking Hollie Childe Art around the country exhibiting a range of events and country shows! From really wonderful small local shows, such as Chorley Show, all the way down to Blenheim Palace to exhibit as a craft hero at Countryfile I began the summer at Shrewsbury Food Festival where the warmth and kindness from the organisers and customers overwhelmed me. The event was a fantastic showcase of all that Shropshire has to offer. During the event...
20/09/2017
10 things you didn't know about Shropshire: part 2!
The summer holidays have officially begun in the most part of Shropshire, and what a wonderful place to spend them. We’re beginning the week with 10 more facts about our wonderful county.     1.        Shropshire's first inhabitant   One of Shropshire's first inhabitants was the Rynchosaur 240 million years ago! It is described as lizard-like, but it’s teeth are very beaver-esque…   2.        Old Tom Parr    A portrait of Thomas Parr, known as Old Tom Parr, hangs at the Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery, with an inscription that reads “Thomas Parr died at the age of 152 years 9 months”. This makes him Shropshire’s oldest person when he died.   3.        Royal roots...
24/07/2017
Let's talk about: Bishop's Castle
Bishops Castle is our pick of the week.   Castle Hotel The Three tuns Brewery Six Bells Yarbourgh house 
18/07/2017
10 things you didn't know about Shropshire!
Shropshire is a place all of the BFS team call home, whether born and bred or only recently having made the move from city life. We all reside here for reasons many of you probably understand - the rolling hills, picture perfect streets and a collection of seriously beautiful towns! The county is also full of rich history - we’ve spent this morning researching and rounding up a list of 10 things you may not already know about Shropshire!       1.     Home to the Brown Bomber Boxer Joe Louis, the Brown Bomber, was stationed in north Shropshire while serving as a US Army PT instructor during World War Two. It is rumoured that people in the local pubs used to pay money to punch him in the stomach, but he was so strong that the punches had no effect.     ...
17/07/2017
In the Spotlight: Ruth Gibson’s Latest Brick Sculpture
International ceramic artist, Ruth Gibson, has just completed a stunning new brick sculpture, which is about to make its way the lucky owner in London. Ruth has been working on this stunning life size work for the last few months from her workshop in Shrewsbury. Ruth says, "It’s been such a pleasure to return to my love of brick carving and to work closely with clients in designing a sculpture specifically to meet their personal taste and their London courtyard garden. It's such a physical way of working and a great contrast to my regular studio practice of working in fine and delicate porcelain. I'm indebted to Ibstock Brick Lodge Lane factory who have sponsored this project and continue to support my brick work.”  
26/06/2017
Launch of the Buy-From Shropshire Pop-Up Gift Shop in Shrewsbury
We're so excited to announce our latest venture: the first Buy-From Shropshire Pop Up In our latest venture, we have collaborated with Anne Reeves Jewellery in Frankwell to turn Anne's shop into a Pop Up Artisan Co-Operative featuring 15 incredible designer-makers. The ethos of the Pop Up is to bring art, contemporary jewellery, accessories, art, cards, homewares and gifts  all under one roof, and what makes it so special is that they're all Shropshire-based. If you're looking for something special, then the Buy-From Shropshire Pop-Up has it all. The artists and designer-makers can also make something totally unique and bespoke just for you.  The featured designers we have helping us to make this happen are: Anne Reeves Jewellery, Lyn Evans Designs, Sue Chadwick...
21/06/2017
Events in Shropshire this weekend - w/c 19th June
We've rounded off our pick of the best events happening around the county this week, so you don't have Keep a look out every Monday for a rundown of our favourite events happening that week. If you have any that you'd like us to know about and feature in our post, email us at events@buy-from.com! 1. Wine Tasting Cruise with Tanners - Tuesday 20th Join Tanners Wines on this relaxing 3 hour cruise on board the Sabrina boat in Shrewsbury. Setting off from Victoria Quay, Cheese and chutney will be served throughout the evening along with knowledge and history on the wines served.  Tickets are just £29.50, and if you cannot make it they have 2 more evenings planned on Wednesday 12th July and Thursday 31st August! 2. Shrewsbury Food Festival - 24th-25th June...
19/06/2017
Our top 4 things to do in Shropshire for Father's Day!
So this weekend is Father's Day! If you haven't already made plans, we've picked our favourite events that are happening over the weekend that we think your dad will 1. Father's Day @ Hawkstone Follies If he's fond of countryside pursuits, take him along to Hawkstone Park Follies on Sunday for an action packed day of events, including an archery competition, segway experience and a 4x4 off-road taster day. The park is open as normal for you and your Dad to explore the many cliffs, caves and monuments within the woodlands that were built over 200 years ago. Entry fee is £7 for adults and £4.50 for children, plus any additional costs the activities.  2. Ludlow Starting this weekend is the Ludlow Fringe at Castle Square. There's plenty of fun, comedy,...
15/06/2017
Our faves at Shrewsbury Food Festival!
In just a couple of weeks is the Shrewsbury Food Festival, taking place at Shrewsbury Quarry on the 24th & 25th of June. Being in it's 5th year, it's promising to be the most entertaining it's ever been with loads more crafts, food, talks and demos for all the family to If you are headed down to the festival, don't forget to pop by and support our producers from the Buy-From Shropshire network that are taking part this year. We couldn't be more honoured to work so closely with such talented people and support them at events like the Food Festival. The producers you need to look out for are Heather's Harvest, Hollie Childe Art, Maynard's Farm, Press De Cuba, The Tipsy Tart and Tiger Gin.  Chris Burt and Martin Moyden, alongside Lajina Masala, will also be...
09/06/2017
Meg Hawkins Teams Up With Giftwrap Entrepreneur
Revolutionary Giftwrap Entrepreneur Teams Up with Shropshire Artist Keep your eyes out for this new and exciting collaboration from Giftwrap Entrepreneur Craig Morfett and Watercolour Artist Meg Hawkins! Through their mutual connection with The Giftware Association, they’re bringing the designs of Meg Hawkins Artist to Craig’s revolutionary Instawrap®.   Launched in February 2017, Instawrap®’s innovative and 100% recyclable LICK & STICK giftwrap means there is no longer a use for sticky tape when wrapping gifts – helping to eradicate the immense amount of gift-wrap waste currently sent to landfill sites every day. They’ll also look extra beautiful without the unsightly tape and Meg’s designs featured on the giftwrap!   Instawrap® is the first company to...
07/06/2017
Your Father's Day Gift Inspiration: Sorted.
We have your Father's Day Gift Inspiration Sorted here at Buy-From Shropshire. All of our producers produce and create something totally unique, and we have compiled only some of the products that we feel will really show your Dad you care this Fathers Day. From photographic prints by Shropshire and Beyond to Moyden's Wrekin Blue cheese, and all handmade in Shropshire! Have a browse through our wonderfully wide range of local producers and be inspired by all they have to offer.  Simply click HERE to see our latest Father's Day newsletter.  Fun Fact: Father's day wasn't made an official holiday until 1974 when President Richard Nixon signed an official declaration on permanence.   
06/06/2017
Incredible Art, Stunning Views and a Memorable Experience: The Secret Severn Art Trail
I have just had the absolute pleasure of walking the Secret Severn Art Trail and what an experience it was. With the stunning Ironbridge Gorge basking in the sun, we started at Maws Craft Centre where three new galleries were hosting 10 diverse and renowned artists and designers. We began our journey at Two for Joy, the gallery of artists Hazel McNab and Jenny Newall. This stunning gallery has only recently been renovated and it is a treat for the senses. Hazel's linocuts sit alongside the stained glass art of Jenny Newall, the delicate and striking pottery of Suki White and the unique and emotive work of Katherine Souter. The gallery has been really well curated and is a feast for the eyes. I only wish I had enough money to spend the hundreds I wanted to spend in Our next...
05/05/2017
Press de Cuba: The Best Sandwich in Shropshire
Why start Press De Cuba?    On a personal note I've always wanted to start my own business. There have been many ideas that have come and gone over time, almost all surrounding food. When Hannah and I discussed and developed this one, it stuck.    I've loved cooking and tasting food from a young age. I would say I am the happiest when in the kitchen developing recipes and feeding friends and family. I met Hannah who shared my passion for food. I'd been developing sauces and marinades at home for years and we fell in love with the traditional Cuban mojo. After developing an authentic recipe for the mojo marinade and using it in Cuban sandwiches, we realised we had something pretty special that should be shared! We also took a...
31/03/2017
‘Tea Ceremony’ | Ceramicist Ruth Gibson’s Korean Exhibition
Shrewsbury based ceramic artist, Ruth Gibson, is well known throughout the UK for her stunning screen printed ceramic and porcelain art work. Ruth sells and exhibits her work throughout the UK and regular creates bespoke and community art projects. Her latest exhibition is particularly exciting as it takes her work to the Far East. Ruth finds creative parallels between Korean and English culture in her clay work. Her impressive range of work has caught the attention of Dr. David Jones master of Raku and senior academic at the University of Wolverhampton UK, and Professor Lee, Boo-Yun of Hanyand University in Seoul in South Korea, who are co-curating an exhibition of ceramics.  The curators were looking for international ceramic artists to draw parallels, as well as...
19/03/2017
Raw, Unique, Unconventional | In Conversation with Saloukee
In Conversation with Sarah Name: Sarah Occupation: In three words describe Saloukee: Raw. Unique. How did your business start?  I studied jewellery at college and university. After graduating in 2005, I worked for others and spent time traveling. By 2008, I knew working for myself—on my own terms—was the only way to take the steps to reach my goals and so Saloukee was born! Have you got a favourite design? What do you love about it? Hmm, I’m not sure I could narrow it down to just one piece, but I would say I have a favourite...
14/03/2017
Believing, Inspiring, Sharing | In Conversation with Hazel McNab
In Conversation with Hazel McNab   Name: 366 Hearts by Hazel McNab   Occupation:  Inspirational blogger   In three words describe 366 Hearts:  Believing, inspiring, sharing.   How did your creative business start? Slowly, one heart at a time. Initially a heart a day for a year, a Leap year hence 366 Hearts.  Finding the process of  taking time to contemplate my day. Being creative and finding an inspirational quote for the next day is all a very positive thing to do. I have now painted well over 1000 hearts. Although it began as a personal journey it resonates with many people. I aim to inspire people everyday.   Have you got a favourite design/piece? What...
10/03/2017
Stunning Shropshire Images | In Conversation with Shropshire and Beyond
I have been following the work of the father and son photographers behind Shropshire and Beyond for over a year now as they share their voyage around this stunning county and celebrate it with their incredible photography. I am so pleased that Shropshire and Beyond are now part of Buy-From Shropshire. They are also the official photographers for the Ludlow Food Festival, which is fantastic. Here I am in conversation with one half of Shropshire and Beyond, John Name: John Hayward   Occupation:  Photographer   In three words describe Shropshire and Beyond:  Stunning Shropshire Images   How did your business start? I was tired of working 9-5 office jobs and needed a change. In 2012 I quit my job to get out in the...
08/03/2017
Effective, Ethical and Honest: Elizabeth Beckett Skincare
In Conversation with Elizabeth Beckett     Name: Liz Beckett Occupation: Good question!  I was an accountant, then I went in to software consultancy and now I am a trying to tell the world that local skincare is the best! In three words describe Elizabeth Beckett Skincare: Effective, ethical and honest    How did your business start? I was disillusioned with the skincare industry; it seemed to be surrounded by hype and advertising claiming to do all sorts wonderful things, all I wanted was healthy, supple, bright skin to grow old with me. I’d been making products for myself and gave some as Christmas gifts for friends and family. I also wanted to do something to support the local economy. Rapeseed oil...
03/03/2017
Honest, Dramatic, Crafted: Introducing Richard Childs Photography
In Conversation with Richard Childs Photography   Name: Richard Occupation:  Landscape Photographer In three words describe your photography: Honest, dramatic, crafted   How did your photographic business start? A love of walking in wild places   Have you got a favourite image? What do you love about it? I’m very critical of my work and to date have only two or three images that I’m truly happy with. One of these, Blue Skye Day, has even made it onto my own wall at home ( albeit for just a year). It portrays the true mood of the island and is of a location that, to my knowledge, I was the first to   What is your best-selling image?  Light and Shadow, Loch Etive....
03/03/2017
In Conversation with Organik Orangutan
In Conversation with Rosie Cantrill of Organik Orangutan   Name: Rosie Cantrill   Occupation:  Teacher & Organic Soap Maker    Describe Organik Orangutan soaps: ‘Palm oil free’,  Organic, Vegan   How did your business start? As a textile artist I was felting soap and gradually realised I was making an ethical product with a chemical core. So I decided to learn to make my own soap, only using organic and natural ingredients.   Have you got a favourite product? Yes, my luxury facial soap Forest Queen. What do you love about it? It leaves my face feeling beautifully moisturised and it contains extra nourishing oils and French pink clay.  ...
02/03/2017
LET’S THINK OUTSIDE THE EASTER EGG BOX
It’s March…Easter is around the corner….Spring is about to spring.  What will you give your loved ones at this special time?  Let me guess.  An Easter Egg?  A box of chocolates? An Easter Egg? A bunch of daffodils?  An Easter Egg?  You get the picture.  It’s hard to be original and think outside the Easter Egg box. BUT WE CAN HELP YOU! At Buy-From Shropshire we have a gorgeous treasure trove of goodies to help you celebrate feel good Spring.  I’ve picked out just some of them for you.... We have a fantastic range of prints to match your newfound seasonal optimism.  See the original linocut print by Hazel McNab, ‘Hareials’, which just bursts with fun.  Try and look at this picture and not smile. A wonderful print that...
01/03/2017
Beautiful British Beverages: In Conversation with Story Drinks
Story Drinks are lightly sparkling fruit pressés, each a blend of fruit juice and sparkling natural spring water.The result is a delicious range of light, refreshing, low calorie products. Story Drinks HQ is based just outside of Oswestry in North Shropshire,in a stunning rural location and I interviewed Founder and Director, Julian Sollom, about his vision for the In Conversation with Name: Julian Occupation: Founder and Director of In three words describe Story Drinks: Beautiful British Beverages How did your drinks business I've spent my working career in the drinks industry with Pepsi, Bacardi, Hildon and now with my own Brand, which I started 5 years ago back in 2012. It all started when...
28/02/2017
Ludlow Food Festival: Join the TIGGOLUTION
LUDLOW FOOD FESTIVAL BLOG SERIES: JOIN THE If you have been to the Ludlow Spring or Food Festival over the past two years then hopefully you will have had a chance to meet Sam and Jacob, the brothers behind Tigg's. The Herefordshire brothers launched Tigg's in honour of their grandmother, whose original recipes make up the brand and remain unchanged over the years. It was a pleasure to meet the Sam and Jacob this week and hear Granny Tigg's story of adventure that has led to this moment. The brothers are incredibly and infectiously passionate about the brand and the products and have achieved an enormous amount since Tigg's launched in 2014. If you are heading to the Spring or Food Festivals this year then make sure you pay the Tigg brothers a visit and try...
17/02/2017
Lovely Ludlow
LOVELY All images courtesy of Shropshire and Beyond Ludlow can trace its history back to the 11 when its historic castle foundations were first laid. Back then, the castle was built to keep out invaders from across the border in Wales. These days, we’re glad to say that the town is much more welcoming of tourists from wherever they come! And come they do - not surprisingly given that the pretty town of Ludlow has something to offer visitors of all ages. We don’t use the term ‘pretty’ lightly either. Ludlow town centre for example has a staggering number of listed buildings - nearly 500 in total. Add to that it’s waterfront setting and you’ll begin to see what we mean. So, where do you start with a top 5 list...
13/02/2017
Foodie Inspiration from Bennett & Dunn
Ludlow Food Festival Blog Get Cooking with Bennett & Dunn Bennett & Dunn's incredible cold pressed rapeseed oil and dressings are produced by husband and wife team Tracey and Rupert Bennett in Shropshire. Locally grown, the rapeseed is cold pressed, triple filtered and then hand bottled by Rupert. Since launching, Bennett & Dunn has become a staple for numerous top chefs throughout the UK. Each month one of these chefs creates an original recipe using Bennett & Dunn Rapeseed Oil. Tracey and Rupert have shared one of these recipes with us for our Ludlow Food Festival Blog Series. So now you can get cooking.... Recipe Rory Bunting , The Oak Wigmore Confit Belly Pork, pan fried scallops, carrot and fennel puree with a cider mustard and sorrel...
04/02/2017
HELP YOUR BODY – HELP THE PLANET – JOIN THE TREND
Ludlow Food Festival Blog HELP YOUR BODY – HELP THE PLANET – JOIN THE So – let’s talk about food and drink.  And do you know what the big food and drink trends are for 2017?  Buying fresh, eating raw, eating yourself to wellness AND buying local (so good for that all important freshness and also so good for the We all know that colourful, fresh vegetables of brim full of antioxidents don’t we?  Now look out for vegetables we may never have seen before.  Purple will be the colour of the year we think…. purple cauliflower, purple sweet potatoes, purple asparagus, purple corn.  Listen to food blogger, Claire Brumby, who ….. a greater demand from consumers of transparency in...
04/02/2017
STAINED GLASS ART - MODERN, FUNKY AND PERSONAL
This is stained glass like you've never seen it.  Jenny's inspiration comes from nature and animals, including the wildlife around us.  She produces wall art, sun catchers, decorative pieces and commissioned pieces like the one here.  This piece was commissioned as a special anniversary present.  What a wonderful, personal and unique gift - a stained glass picture of your precious You can see Jenny's enthusiasm and passion if you go to her facebook page www.facebook.com/jennynewallstainedglass, and you can see more of her work on our Buy-fromshropshire website.  Jenny works from a studio at the wonderful Maws Craft Centre alongside the talented textile and graphic designer and printmaker, Hazel (Unit 16, Maws Craft Centre, Jackfield, Telford TF8 7LS  01952 Well...
31/01/2017
JENNY TYLER - NATURE'S CHARACTERS IN YOUR HOME
Please .....just browse through Jenny's wonderful watercolours and wire sculptures on the buy-fromshropshire website.   From her studio in Much Wenlock, Jenny captures the essence and personality of so many of the natural world's amazing creatures, including those that roam our beautiful Shropshire countryside.  She also paints domestic and farm animals.  They're fabulous. She represents them all with such love and respect and, of course, skill. Jenny can accept commissions and would be happy to discuss this with you. www.jennytylerartist.com email:  Jenny@jennytylerartist.com
30/01/2017
Chef James Sherwin's Wild Shropshire Journey
Chef James Sherwin become Head Chef at the Drayton Gate in Wem on Monday 16 January 2017. This is incredibly exciting with this dynamic chef, committed to Shropshire and its local culinary treasures teaming up with a stunning forward thinking restaurant. Here I talk to James about his unique style and how he feels about this new venture for him. In three words describe your culinary style: Nature. Focused. You have been running Wild Shropshire PopUps for some time now. How did these They began as I felt frustrated working in restaurants and not being able to express what I felt was important and worth showing people. It's important to me that we look at what we have and explore our ingredients and traditions....
16/01/2017
Twelve Days of Christmas Giveaway: Day 12 | Meg Hawkins Illustrations
Welcome to the Buy-From Shropshire Twelve Days of Christmas Giveaway!  Enter once a day, every day for the first 12 days of December to win unique prizes from our lovely Shropshire artists, designers and producers. Each day the giveaway will focus on a new Shropshire producer and you can be in with a chance of winning their wares, perfect to gift for Christmas or to keep all to yourself! We are ending our Twelve Days of Christmas Giveaway in style with the opportunity to win a stunning 2017 Stag Calendar from Meg Hawkins Illustrations. Meg comes from the rolling hills of Shropshire; a place that influences her work. She is a multi faceted artist with her first passion being watercolour, and pastels, pencil and acrylic following...
12/12/2016
Twelve Days of Christmas Giveaway: Day 11 | The Tipsy Tart
Welcome to the Buy-From Shropshire Twelve Days of Christmas Giveaway!  Enter once a day, every day for the first 12 days of December to win unique prizes from our lovely Shropshire artists, designers and producers. Each day the giveaway will focus on a new Shropshire producer and you can be in with a chance of winning their wares, perfect to gift for Christmas or to keep all to yourself! For our penulitmate Twelve Days of Christmas Giveaway, we are giving away a gift set containing a bottle of Tipsy Tart Liqueur, a small bottle of Prosecco, a Christmas Baubles with White Chocolate Vodka or Raspberry Gin and a handmade chocolate from The Tipsy Tart. Treat yourself or a loved one to The Tipsy Tart's award winning liqueurs.  The Tipsy Tart is all about fun and...
11/12/2016
Twelve Days of Christmas Giveaway: Day 10 | Story Drinks
Welcome to the Buy-From Shropshire Twelve Days of Christmas Giveaway!  Enter once a day, every day for the first 12 days of December to win unique prizes from our lovely Shropshire artists, designers and producers. Each day the giveaway will focus on a new Shropshire producer and you can be in with a chance of winning their wares, perfect to gift for Christmas or to keep all to yourself! We're nearing the end of our Twelve Days of Christmas Giveaway but today you can be in with a chance of winning a delicious 12 bottle mixed case of Story Drinks' Sparkling Fruit Pressé. Perfect if you're entertaining over the Christmas and New Year period, Story Drinks' Fruit Pressé is a blend of fruit juices and sparkling natural spring water.  With flavours such as...
10/12/2016
Twelve Day of Christmas Giveaway: Day 9 | Evanji
Welcome to the Buy-From Shropshire Twelve Days of Christmas Giveaway!  Enter once a day, every day for the first 12 days of December to win unique prizes from our lovely Shropshire artists, designers and producers. Each day the giveaway will focus on a new Shropshire producer and you can be in with a chance of winning their wares, perfect to gift for Christmas or to keep all to yourself! For day nine of our Twelve Days of Christmas Giveaway, glass and textile designer Denise from Evanji is giving away a gorgeous glass Butterfly.  Evanji owner, Denise, is a glass and textile designer. Commissions are taken for windows and bespoke textile projects. Denise runs an open workshop most Wednesdays  where you could learn new skills or work on a specific project. Check...
09/12/2016