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Based on the Sussex and Hampshire border in Rogate, Rother Valley Farm were hit hard by lockdown as they were unable to supply pubs, restaurants, schools, universities and other businesses with their free-range, ethically reared meat. Rather than panic, they launched a weekly Farm Gate Market and brought customers to them. Here we catch up with them for our Stay Loyal to Local campaign.

As specialists in outdoor dining and feast over supper clubs, The Salt Box were hit by lockdown during what would normally be their peak season. For the latest interview in our ‘Stay Loyal to Local’ series, they tell us how it’s great to be back with new picnic feasts and a return to woodland dining at their Priory Farm Estate base in Surrey.

Located in the leafy heights of Warlingham, Surrey, Chez Vous restaurant is a long-standing and popular dining destination with rooms. Here, for our ‘Stay Loyal to Local’ series, they tells us about the challenges of social distanced dining, how they create a safe and enjoyable atmosphere in the restaurant and how they’ll continue to serve takeaway for those looking to dine at home.

Durban Street Food owners Dave and Charmaine Mace could never have predicted that they’d be marking the first birthday of their New Malden-based food business in the middle of a lockdown. These enterprising South Africans now deliver their bundles of freshly prepared dishes nationwide, while also serving from the doorway of their shop. Here we catch up with them for our ‘Stay Loyal to Local’ series.

In the latest interview for our ‘Stay Loyal to Local’ campaign, we pay a visit to the family-run farm, Glebe House in Godstone, Surrey. Offering high-quality free-range produce, they supply individual customers, farm shops and restaurants – as well as doing outdoor catering for parties, weddings and festivals. Here, Jo Gregory tells us how the introduction of their mobile shop, ‘Maude’, has helped save the day

From diligent jam making and personalised deliveries to reminding bee swarms of their social distancing responsibilities, it’s been an exceptionally busy lockdown for Epsom’s Jam Packed Preserves. Here we speak to Sue Woodward about why independent food and drink businesses are stronger together and why we should all ‘Stay Loyal to Local’ in the long run.

In normal times, Dean Hart and The Twisted Drink Co help people to celebrate with kordials created using seasonal produce that are perfect as non-alcoholic options or alternative mixers. During lockdown, however, it’s been full steam ahead with the other family business, Tilly’s Tea Shop in Shere. Here we catch up with Dean for our ‘Stay Loyal to Local’ series.

Running a catering, events and quality ready meal business can sound exhausting at the best of times, but add NHS food delivery point, self-isolation delivery and occasional grocery into the mix and the team at Mandira’s Kitchen at Albury, Surrey have gone above and beyond these past few months.

From a supper club and cookery classes business to food deliveries, a pop-up home micro bakery and an ‘At Home Dining” service, chef Laura Scott of How to Cook Good Food in Epsom made changes quickly to cope with the lockdown.

Swedish husband and wife team, Chris and Monika, founded Surrey Hills Coffee in 2014 and have grown it to the position where they have their own coffee shops as well as a roastery in Abinger Hammer, Surrey. For our ‘Stay Loyal to Local’ series, Monika tells us about the camaraderie of doing deliveries together and keeping connected with customers.

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