What will you find at our Christmas Market? #2

At our Christmas Market at Rufford Abbey, which takes place on the 25th & 26th November, we have a multitude of great gift ideas, food and more! Look below to see even more great stalls that you’ll be able to find this year.

Which are you looking forward to visiting?

Ridiculously Rich by Alana


Nottingham & Nottinghamshire Ambassador for Ridiculously Rich by Alana. Selling Luxury handmade cakes at festivals/markets/deli's & wholesale orders.

Rocket Dogs

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At Rocket Dogs we specialise in authentic American hot dogs, smoked frankfurters from award winning butchers served simply naked with onions or sauerkraut, or finished with a choice of gourmet toppings.

Hartland Pies


Over the past 30 years the whole family has been totally involved in the making, baking and selling of great ‘British Pies’. And, having won many awards over the years, we do know how to make a great pie. Using only the very best of British ingredients plus a liberal amount of our home-grown TLC we make and bake pies that are perfect for so many occasions - to enjoy on a picnic, to savour with a pint, for a tasty tea, or munching whilst watching the match and blaming the referee!

Old Vodka

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Their mission is to make the finest quality vodka using their 200-year-old family recipe. We use the finest quality wheat grain spirit and Ardeley Spring Water. They bottle and produce Caucasian Old Vodka using professional mini-equipment from a small premises at Pesvebi Ltd, Church Farm, Ardeley in Hertfordshire.

Wiff Waff Designs


Let your 4 legged friend enjoy Christmas too! Handmade Funky Dog Collars, Leads and Bandanas made from quality 100% cotton fabrics.  They only use Wienerlock side lease buckles as they feel these are superior to everything else on the market, Gütermann thread and welded D Rings. They want you to have only the best for your woofers.

What will you find at our Christmas Market? #1

We cannot wait for our Christmas Market at Rufford Abbey to get under way, so over the next couple of weeks we will be sharing with you exactly what you’ll be able to find when you come along!

Hidden Gem Pizza

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Serving wood-fired pizzas from their vintage horse box for parties, weddings and events. Look out for our pop ups and village nights too. Get your tasty pizza served up in a matter of minutes as its prepared and cooked right in front of you.

Openshaw’s Savoury Snacks


Openshaw’s make a wide range of tasty treats, specialising in traditional pork snacks such as Scratchings, Crackling & Crunch. Using recipes and cooking methods passed down through the generations, they truly believe that their products are a cut above the rest.

You will find the Openshaw’s brand on sale throughout the UK from local Pubs and Farm Shops to major Supermarkets and Cash & Carry chains.

Inspiring Wines

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Their main reason for getting out of bed in the morning is simple, to share their love of the pressed grape and to offer you great wine at great prices. They are here to bring you gorgeous wine, innovative winemakers, top deals and to try to share with you their enthusiasm for all things grape related.

Pretty Swish

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Over the years, their collection of ladies accessories have grown and now include a wide selection of beautiful Italian leather handbags, scarves, wedding accessories, purses, travel accessories and seasonal products such as winter cloche hats and winter wraps.

Boozey Belle’s Vintage Cocktails

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Boozey Belle's bring you a colourful array of beautiful infused spirits. Vintage and retro cocktails that inspire sharing, fun and laughter! We are passionate about bringing a retro twist with a spice of excitement to life.

Selasi Gbormittah and Matt Tebbutt lead Great Food and Drink Festival Line-Up at Hardwick Hall.

Former GBBO contestant, Selasi Gbormittah, will be leading the way at the Hardwick Hall Great Food and Drink Festival as he takes to the main stage on Saturday 30th September.

One of the most relaxed bakers ever to hit our screens, Selasi made a big impression on the hit show back in 2016. You can see the man himself performing three cooking demos on the main stage.

Saturday morning TV chef Matt Tebbutt will be joined by TV judge and pastry master Cherish Finden on Sunday 1st October. Matt will be taking part in three cooking demos on the Sunday with Cherish taking part in two.

The event will be visiting Hardwick Hall for the first time after success at Nottingham Castle and Newstead Abbey over the previous 3 years, where the likes of Tom Kerridge, Nadiya Hussain and Rustie Lee attended the events.

A whole host of great food and drink stands will line the grounds, allowing your senses to run wild as you walk around the venue taking in all the delightful aromas from cuisines from all around the world.

There will be a great variety of bars on offer at the event from a bus bar, providing a range of drinks, a prosecco bar & a gin bar too.

Along with this, it is a wonderful day out for all the family as children can get involved with baking classes, Punch and Judy Shows and more.

To book your tickets or to find out more about the chefs and event, please visit www.greatfoodanddrinkfestivals.co.uk/hardwick-hall

What Food & Drink will you find at Lincoln Castle's Great Food and Drink Festival

There will be a whole host of fantastic food and drink as you walk around the grounds of the beautiful Lincoln Castle. We are delighted to be offering you such a tremendous amount!

Have a read through the below and let us know what you are looking forward to seeing, trying and buying!

Hot Food Stalls


The Snobby Butcher – Burgers, Sausages, Bacon & Hog Roast

I Love Ostrich – Ostrich Burgers

Chucky Chips – Chips with toppings

Picoteo Tapas – 4 types of Paella

C and B Catering – Rumpsteak, Cajun Chicken & Mexican Beef

Food4Festival – Giant Pigs in Blankets

The Peel: Wood Fired Kitchen – Woodfired Pizza

Yorkshire Wagyu Company – Gourmet Burgers, Potato Wedges & Steak Sandwiches

Yamas – Greek Gyros Kebab w/ vegetarian options

Mister V – Handmade Beef, Pork, Lamb Burgers

Senor Churro – Spanish Churros

Your Healthy Options – Freshly Baked Baguettes, Bagels, Panini’s with a variety of fillings

Smiffy’s Smoke Shack – Authentic American BBQ Smoked Meats

Man Made Foods – Handmade, rare breed Sausage Rolls

Crazy Wendy – Variety of Thai food inc. Green Thai Curry and Red Thai Curry

Gourmet Griddle – Freshly Made Wraps, Crispy Aromatic Duck, Smokey Jerk Chicken

Cold Food and Drinks


Pork Farms – Pork Pies

Hello Fresh – Veg Boxes

Split Screen Coffee – Hot Chocolate, Luxury homemade cakes, tea & coffee

Simply Cakes – Slices of cakes, traybakes and cupcakes

Nila Food – Curry Sauces, Mango Chutney, Naan Breads

Steam and Bean Bar – Freshly ground coffees, teas & hot chocolates

Pieroth Ltd – Gift Cards for Home Wine Tasting

Riverford Organic – Award winning organic vegetable boxes

The Great British Cheese Co. – Award winning Truckle Cheeses and Chutneys

Mr Vikkis – Mr Vikkis Indian Fusion, Pickles & Chutneys

Fudged Up – A range of original Homemade Fudge

Mr & Mrs Olive UK – Olives, Nuts, Baklava, Turkish Delights & Dried Fruits

Irvin Confectionary – Fudges

Gourmet Meat Company – Chilled Meat and Game

Lymn Bank Cheese – Selection of flavoured and smoked cheeses

Brockleby Pies – Multi award winning savoury, fruit, game and Melton Mowbray Pork Pies

The Extraordinary John Starkey – Apple Juice Poaches

Harrison Griffiths Cakes – Caribbean Fruit Cakes, Jamaican Rum Cakes & Ginger Cakes

Cathy’s Chocolate and Cakes – Handmade Belgium Chocolates

Chillibobs – Chilli Sauces and Condiment Plants

DoughNotts – Hand Made Doughnuts

Cheshire Cheese – Waxed Cheese Truckles

The Giggly Pig – Handmade award-winning Pork Sausages, Dry Cured Bacon & Pork Burgers

Did Someone Say Cake – Luxury homemade tray bakes

Khayri Olives – Olives, nuts, Turkish Delights, Peppers

Greedy Pig Catering – Platters of Italian Charcuterie, Cheese & Salads

Gelato Cool – Authentic Italian Gelato and Sorbet

The Rolling Scone – Specialise in Macaroons and also have Meringues, Biscuits and Sweets

Mr Hugh’s – Mr Hugh’s Cold Pressed Rapeseed Oils

Woodhouse Farm Meats – Artisan Pork and Beef Sausages, Black Pudding, Faggots & More

Lime Tree Pantry Foods – Award winning savoury and sweet Pies and Pastries

Sawley Kitchen – Shortbread Biscuits and Giant Eton Mess

The Punch Brew – Yorkshire Herbal Punch (none alcoholic herbal drink)

Prir – A Premium Vitamin Drink targeting wellbeing and healthier skin, hair & nails

Jorges Artisan – Olive Oils and Balsamic, Hand Painted Ceramics

Ridiculously Rich by Alana – Selection of different cakes

The Coffee Cube – Coffee

Granny Mary – Traditional Potted Meats

The Naked Marshmallow – Handmade Gourmet Marshmallows

Alcohol for Home Consumption


City Spirits (Edinburgh Gin) – Bottled Gin’s

Rose Cottage Drinks – Gin Liqueurs

Global Brands – Hoopers alcoholic fruit brew in a variety of flavours

Marron Wide, Cider & Liqueurs – Chocolate Wine, Cider, Liqueurs and spirit drinks

Pesvebi – Premium Flavoured Vodka

English Spirit Distillery – Premium Spirits and Liqueurs including Vodka, Gin, Rum, Single Malt

Nip from the Hip – Alcoholic Fruit Liqueurs

Supersize Sweets – I Love Vodka and Riverside Gin Liqueurs

Perfect Tipple – Sparkling Gold Bubbly with 23 Carrot Gold Aviva Metal Effect

Kilo Wines – Wine sold by the bottle / case

Fred and Henry Enterprises – Rubis Chocolate Wine

Deco Spirits Ltd - Gin by the Bottle

The Lincolnshire Brewing Company – Bottles of brewed Bitters, Lager, Pale Ales



Bus Bar Company – Double Decker Bus Bar!

Greene King – Real Ale Bar

45 Events and Gin School – Gin Bar

Tipsy Trailer – Prosecco and Pimms

Celebrity Chef Profile – Matt Tebbutt

Name: Matthew Charles Tebbutt

D.O.B: 24/12/1973

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Bio: Born in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire before moving to South Wales at just six-months of age, Matt went on to study at Rougemont School in Newport. His university education lead him to Oxford Brookes University where he studied Geography and Anthropology.

Matt went on to gain a diploma from the Leiths School of Food and Drink in London, before working in some of London’s most prestigious restaurants.

He owned and then ran the Foxhunter Restaurant back South Wales, Nant-y-Derry, for 15 years before leasing the pub out to concentrate on his TV career.

Matt Tebbutt has often presented Saturday Kitchen while regular host, James Martin, was away. Since James Martin has left the show, Matt has become an ever more regular presenter. He is also known for presenting Food Unwrapped on Channel 4 alongside Kate Quilton and Jimmy Doherty.

In December 2016, he co-presented Christmas Kitchen which was aired on BBC One alongside Andi Oliver.  

Other TV Appearances: Market Kitchen, Market Kitchen: Big Adventure, Great British Menu, GreatBritish Food Revival, Drop Down Menu, Save Money: Good Food.

Where can you see him? You can join Matt Tebbutt in our Kitchen Theatre on Sunday October 1st  as he comes along to the Great Food and Drink Festival at Hardwick Hall. He will be performing three cooking demonstrations, so don’t miss out!

Pork Farms show support for Newstead Abbey Great Food and Drink Festival

Pork Farms, the UK’s favourite pork pie brand has signed up as a headline sponsor for the Great Food and Drink Festival at Newstead Abbey.

The festival is one of the highlights of the summer calendar in Nottingham and, as one the region’s key local businesses, Pork Farms wanted to support the event.

Michael Holton, brand marketing manager of Pork Farms said: “This year we’ve been involved in food festivals up and down the country, showing off some of our latest product ranges, but we wanted to go that extra mile for our own local festival at Newstead Abbey.  It’s a great event, a real highlight for food lovers locally, so we’ve signed up as sponsor and are working to support the event in every way we can.”

Newstead Abbey Great Food and Drink Festival runs from the 26th-28th August and includes food and drink stalls, entertainment and demonstrations from celebrity chefs including Candice Brown current GBBO champion, Rosemary Shrager, Danielle Gotheridge and Gizzi Erskine

Admission tickets include entrance to the show, formal gardens, house entry and car parking.