The Oxfordshire Menu: Celebrating Local Food & Drink
This month I’ve teamed up with Good Food Oxfordshire to celebrate awesome local food and drink. The project is called the Oxfordshire Menu, and we’re highlighting local produce for Oxfordshire Great Big Green Week from 18th to 26th September 2021. This is part of a national week of action against climate change, asking decision makers to step up to take action on climate change before the COP26 Conference.
Here’s some indie Oxfordshire Menu inspiration from awesome local producers, cafes, caterers and indie shops that are celebrating Oxfordshire Great Big Green Week this month. >>
Tikka & Tadka source all their vegetables from Millets Farm, just up the road from their home in Wantage.
In this week’s menu includes ‘Stuffed Bell Pepper Curry’ – peppers stuffed with a spicy potato filling and cooked in a rich tomato and onion gravy.
Waste2Taste offer a bespoke catering service and cafe with a vision towards a vibrant, healthy and sustainable food culture, committed to packaging and food waste cuts. Fighting climate change by reducing food waste and using high quality food surplus. They are a fabulous team, using surplus food to create fantastic healthy and super tasty dishes! This weeks menu includes produce from Bucksum Farm and the Oxford Food Hub.
Tap Social opened The White House earlier this year, and serve incredible food alongside their house beers and guest drinks. Dinner is available Thursday to Saturday, and their new brunch menu is available 6 days a week. This awesome daal uses local Mayfield eggs and Hamblin bread.
FOOD & DRINK SHOPS
Freedom of the Press are a brand new winery, located in the beautiful countryside just outside Minster Lovell. Gavin Carver, who started the business from scratch just a year or so ago, makes Bacchus, Rosé, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay at what he calls his ‘urban winery on a hill in the Cotswolds’. At the Oxford Wine Company, you can find his zippy and citrussy Bacchus and the cranberry-scented ‘Brighter Fuschia’ rosé. He also welcomes visitors to the winery by appointment – Emily and the team at The Oxford Wine Company highly recommend a visit!
Cultivate is Oxford’s Local Food Cooperative supplying local, organic, fresh fruit and veg to the people of Oxford via their delivery services. Less than 1% of the food consumed in the county is actually produced here and they’re looking to change that by working closely with local growers, farmers and producers to help create a more sustainable food chain in the county. Shopping with Cultivate not only means you’re getting a wide variety of fresh, tasty, and organic produce, but you’re also helping them create a better food system for Oxford.
The Market Cellar Door is a tiny ‘Hybrid’ wine shop and wine bar in Oxford’s Covered Market with over 200 wines in stock, including Wilcote English Sparkling Wine which is super local and organic.
Part record store, part craft beer bottle shop. BSM carry a wide range of lovely beers and soft drinks, all available to drink in or take away, including local beers from Tap Social, Little Ox, Heavy Water and Hook Norton.
Opened in September 2013, 2 North Parade is a neighbourhood produce store run by Peter Slade and Victoria Borondo. The pair work closely with local farmers, producers and suppliers who focus on the quality, integrity and provenance of their produce. This week find local squashes, sweetcorn, romanesco, beetroots, carrots, potatoes, apples, pears, plums and figs.
Joe and the team at Pickle & Lime sell a wide variety of fruit and vegetables, local eggs and honey, provisions, flowers and plants. They source from local farmers and growers where possible.
The Wonky Food Company was started in 2017 by a team of passionate foodies, committed to tackling food waste. Their range of delicious relishes are made from imperfect and surplus fruit & veg, sourced from local farmers. Their mission: to tackle the global problem of food waste and encourage everyone to value more and waste less.
The Orange Bakery are a father and daughter bread bakery specialising in sourdough. Their mission is to make good bread available to the local community, and use Wessex Mill flour (from Wantage) and love making their loaves from wheat grown very often in Oxfordshire. The bags will print the farm the flour has been milled from on the side and that adds a whole level of provenance.
Baker Kate, makes bread from stone ground flour, water and salt, and uses locally grown grain wherever possible. Kate & Hugo also sell house-made preserves, alongside their a weekly changing selection of cakes, sweet treats and baked goods.
OX3 Greens is a Vertical Farming business based in Woodeaton. Owner Will’s ambition is to bring the benefits of Vertical Farming to Oxford, using technology to replicate the sun, wind, and rain. OX3 Greens is growing herbs and leafy greens that would otherwise be imported. No time is lost in storage or transit and so produce is uniquely fresh, guaranteeing amazing flavours and exceptional shelf life. Not only does this transformative approach to food production substantially reduce food waste and food miles, but it also negates the need for pesticides and habitat disruption.
A mobile cafe specialising in hot drinks and home made Dutch sweet treats, it’s the place to go to treat yourself to something Lekker! You can find Siobhan at Harcourt Arboretum & East Oxford Farmers’ Market, as well as ordering baked goods online from her website.
Lewis and the team only use fresh ingredients of the highest quality sourced locally and/or sustainably wherever possible, and make their gelato fresh every morning – offering traditional flavours and some exciting alternatives too.
Steve & Heather currently manage around 60 hives in 6 different apiaries, all in beautiful countryside with a good mix of woodland, fields with set-aside and generous hedgerows. All the hives are within 5 miles of the picturesque village of Warborough in South Oxfordshire.
Cranston Pickles offer home made, locally sourced pickled fruit & vegetables alongside free range pickled eggs. All Fiona’s ingredients are sourced locally from farms and markets around Oxfordshire, so she pickles what is in season and available locally.
Gatineau offers the finest artisan produce in the French/European patisserie and boulangerie tradition. With premium cakes, chocolates, pastries, savouries and breads that are all made in house with the highest quality, ingredients, creative flair, taste combinations and attention to detail.
Emily sources carefully and sustainably cultivated green coffee, through a transparent and ethical supply chain. She expertly roasts in small batches using the latest technology to consistently bring out each coffee’s full flavour potential.
Tap Social is a craft brewery and hospitality social enterprise that provides training and employment opportunities to ex-offenders and welcoming, inclusive spaces for the whole community.
Team Tea was founded by Valerie, a Tea Sommelier, to banish boring brews. She’s passionate about real tea and showcasing the immense diversity that this single plant has to offer. Believing in doing things ‘right’; her core values are ethical sourcing, sustainability, quality and taste.
Colombia Coffee Roasters are speciality, single-origin coffee roasters born and based in Oxford. They are part of a generation of coffee growers in Colombia with a strong focus on delivering high-quality coffee and education, whilst supporting Fair Trade conditions to ensure their coffee is sustainable and ethical.
The Blue Hour takes a premium London Dry Gin and foraged Oxfordshire bullaces, and transforms them into something exquisite and unique – a beautiful red gin with the flavours of almonds, cherries and plums. Natural, magical, ethical and sustainable.
They take their inspiration from the glorious Oxfordshire countryside to create great tasting beers that everyone can enjoy. Brewed using only natural ingredients including Oxfordshire spring water and the finest English hops and malt, they take their time to ensure each and every brew is the best it can be.
The Missing Bean is an independently owned and run espresso bar, set up to bring artisan Antipodean style coffee and a laid back cafe atmosphere to the heart of Oxford. Set up in Autumn 2009 by Ori and Vicky, who had just returned from Sydney, the Missing Bean quickly established a reputation for great coffee with a relaxed and friendly environment.
Bearded Viking Drinks create delicious world class cocktails, ready to drink where ever you are! Caitlin and Mathias have spent years honing their skills in the innovative and renowned Melbourne cocktail and craft beer-scene, complementing it with strong scientific backgrounds, including PhDs in chemistry and physics, and diplomas in flavour analysis. Each drink is carefully developed to give you the perfect balance of flavours and designed to treat you to the authentic cocktail bar experience any time you want.
Conceived in 2012, Jericho Coffee Traders has evolved from the back of a Vespa tricycle into a roastery and a speciality espresso bar in the heart of Oxford. Run by New Zealander James and Devonian wife Lizzie, JCT is now also supplying a number of Oxfordshire’s best cafes and restaurants with their coffee and has an ever expanding list of home and office coffee subscribers.