Local Food Britain: the guide to food, drink and places to eat in your local area
The story of Local Food Britain
Founded by Tracy Carroll, the idea of Local Food Britain first began to take shape in 2011. We first launched to the public as Local Food Surrey in May 2012 but soon realised that there was an appetite for a local food-finding website beyond Surrey's borders. In April 2014, we officially launched Local Food Britain at Bookham Harrison Farms in Rudgwick, with a group of independent food producers from Sussex complementing our existing Surrey members. Local Food Britain has since added small businesses in Kent, Hampshire, Dorset and London to its membership list, and continues to grow.
The importance of buying British food
Shopping for food locally helps to support independent businesses to grow and the communities where we live, so Local Food Britain makes it simple to find shops, restaurants and farmers' markets near you that stock and serve locally sourced food and drink. Whether you're searching for organic vegetables, local honey or sustainable fish, we can help you find it with the reassurance that by buying from our members you're keeping food miles low and giving vital support to the local food economy.
Get inspired about local food and drink
Delve a little deeper into the site to find a treasure trove of seasonal recipes using local seasonal produce, and in-depth articles telling the stories behind our members and their food and drink. You can also find out about foodie goings-on near you on our events pages – from regular markets to one-time-only pop-up restaurants, you're sure to find something unmissable.
Love your local producers
It's easy to make the switch to local when you know where to look – try swapping your chain-store coffee for a locally-roasted cup by Surrey Hills Coffee, your regular sliced white for a freshly-baked artisan loaf from Chalk Hills Bakery and raise a glass of English sparkling wine from Albury Organic Vineyard. You certainly won't regret it!
Find places to eat where local food is always on the menu
Look out for the Local Food Britain Approved Member badge on display at pubs, restaurants, teashops and cafés and you'll know that they choose and serve local food and drink. From countryside inns like Botley Hill Farmhouse to foodie staycation destinations in Britain's beauty spots, such as Spot in the Woods or Surrey Hills Yurts, there's something for every taste and every occasion.