As a chef lead business, we are very proud to say we really believe you’ll struggle to find anywhere else in the Cotswolds if not much further afield, who go to such great lengths to source the best produce there is. We work with suppliers, producers, farmers, growers, bakers, and artisans who are just as passionate as us about what they do, love their craft, and share the same key values of us, producing great tasting ethical food and drink. We are continuously working to add to our unrivalled portfolio.
For us it’s what we do and who we are, we believe it set’s us a part and it’s what we’ve become known for and is something that matters to our customers. You want to know what you are eating and where it’s come from and traceability is key. Several of our producers are ‘on our doorstep’, surrounding counties and some we’ve had to seek out. If it’s not local, it’s British where possible or an outstanding, seasonal ingredient.
We wanted to tell you a little more about the people and suppliers we love working with and share their stories.
MEET OUR LOCAL HEROS
Most are within about a 12 mile radius of Blockley Café, some a little further or from a surrounding county but we are very proud to work with all of these amazing local people…
Cotswold Market Garden
Founded in 2019 as a partnership between career-changer, James Butterworth, and Jonty and Mel Brunyee of Conygree Farm.The market garden occupies a 2.5 acre site at Conygree Farm, an organic and regenerative farm on the National Trust Sherborne Park Estate.
SaltPig Curing Company
Award winning artisan charcuterie, handmade in the Cotswolds using whole, rare breed, mature pigs. The Director and founder Ben Dulley, worked as a chef in some of the best kitchens in the country for over a decade. In recent years Ben has been the Head Chef at the multi-award winning Cotswold Dining Pub, The Kingham Plough, and it was during his time here that Ben developed a passion for cured meats.
Cotswold Gold supply us with their Extra Virgin Cold Pressed Rapeseed Oil which is used in most of our cooking, from fried eggs at breakfast to our fryers. Grown by founder Charlie Beldam on his family farm in the Cotswolds near Broadway, only about 10 miles from us.
Proudly serving this incredible Smoked Salmon, smoked at their smoke house in Daylesford, Gloucestershire. On a journey inspired by their Italian roots of tradition, quality & desire to continue artisan methods, they use sustainably sourced (primarily Scottish) Salmon, selecting only the best fish.
North Cotswolds Dairy Co
A family run dairy farm on the edge of the Cotswolds at Long Compton, just twelve miles from us. Pete and Emma Ledbury’s delicious milk comes from the Markbury Herd, their beautiful pedigree cows originate back to Pete's Grandfathers herd, they all have names and the bloodlines are very important them.
Crafted in Bloxham Oxfordshire by Grant Harrington and his team, Grant created AMPERS&ND with the sole goal of creating the best tasting butter using traditional & refined techniques paired with the highest quality ingredients.
The famous golden-yolked CackleBean Eggs are used all over the country by leading chefs but we are very lucky that Cackleberry Farm is only a few miles from Blockley, just outside Stow-on-the-Wold. The hens are entirely free range and roam in small flocks, housed in traditional henhouses.
Mark’s Cotswold Bakery
An award-winning artisan baker based in Chipping Norton, just twelve miles from Blockley, Mark is self-taught and started making sourdough ten years ago as a hobby in his Aga, baking for the family first. Demand grew and he gave up his day job to do it as a sole profession.
St Georges Park Bakery
Run by Adam Hall & Ryan Bennett, also of Cheltenham’s renowned Baker & Graze Restaurant. They bake their pastries with an innovative approach using classic French techniques, hand laminating them daily, with seasonal variations and some Middle Eastern inspired flavours for a twist, but just like us, sourcing the best local ingredients (including CackleBean eggs) is key to all that they bake.
New Wave Seafood & Fine Foods
Supplying us with the finest, sustainable fresh fish, shellfish, game and speciality ingredients, New Wave (based in Fairford) was established in 1989 by Tim Boyd, who has a passion for fish and quality ingredients. We love working with Tim and his knowledgeable team who supply us with just what we need. We can discuss what’s been landed on a regular basis, as reflected on our menus.
Four Seasons Fruiterers
Franco and his team at Four Seasons are the greengrocers and more who go the extra mile, with an eye for quality. They are well-versed with our regular requests for sometimes unusual ingredients and high standards.
Harvey & Brockless
Harvey & Brockless supply us with stunning cheeses, charcuterie and fine foods from across the globe. Stocking the largest collection of British farmhouse cheeses along with hundreds more, artisan charcuterie from many small producers and amazing olives, oils, vinegars & chocolates from Belgium to the French Valrhona.
The Craft Drink Co
Just as the name suggests, The Craft Drink Co are passionate about British craft drinks and working with their producers. Founded in 2014 by Richard Chamberlain, they stock an array of alcoholic & soft drinks from Gloucestershire and beyond.
Jeeves & Jericho
Founded in 2010 by Dominic Boyett & Daniella Franzese, a husband & wife team who have over twenty-five years’ experience. They are proud to be a young & independent British company and are based near Witney, in Oxfordshire where they mix & pack their unique blends, which bring the excitement back into drinking tea.
New Ground Coffee
New Ground Coffee was started by two mates, Dickon Morris and Joel Grates, who share a huge a passion for coffee, as well as believing that it can go further in our communities and be a catalyst for change.
Vin Neuf Independent Wine Merchants was founded in 2002 by James Richards and is a family wine merchant with a retail shop in Stratford-upon-Avon featuring a unique cellar and tasting forum. We are privileged to work with James and his team to develop our Wine List, aiming to provide a selection of wine suitable for all dishes.
OUR SPECIAL FINDS…
We truly our passionate about cooking and serving you the best food and drink there is. Produce that not only tastes great, works for us and what we do but has a great story behind it and produced with the same ethics and principals that matter to us and we know you, our customers to. This means sometimes we’ve had to search beyond the Cotswolds, to find some very special producers…
Good Earth Growers
Good Earth Growers based at Crocadan Farm in Cornwall, grow our incredible Micro Shoots, leaves and flowers. Sean and his team are passionate about growing amazing organic produce, whilst kindly evolving our soils to serve future generations.
Kokoa Collection’s award-winning single origin hot chocolate was founded by Paul Eagles, a member of the Academy of Chocolate, in 2011. Whilst working in the industry Paul struggled to not only find a good quality hot chocolate but also to find out from where it originated.
Neal’s Yard Dairy
Neal’s Yard Dairy supply us with Cheese for all of our Cheeseboards, founded in London during the 1970’s, works with about 40 Cheesemakers across the British Isles providing an unrivalled selection.