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Food in the Forest at the Click of a Mouse

Tuesday, 29th January 2008

Food lovers can discover the fabulous food of the Forest with the National Forest Food Guide.

Compiled by local food expert, Barry Phillips Smith, the National Forest Food Guide lists where to buy great local food, with details of producers and stockists of everything from meat to mushrooms, beer to bread and cakes to cheese.

Website visitors can read about and submit Food News and events, which include dates of the farmers markets, as well as finding suggestions of places to eat and drink across the area.

The National Forest & Beyond Visitor Guide is also available through the website which, within its 'Deliciously Local' section, highlights tea shops and restaurants, attractions and pubs that use local produce. These include Donington le Heath Manor House and Calke Abbey, the Shoulder of Mutton at Oakthorpe where all of the scrumptious puddings are homemade and of course the farmers markets and excellent farm shops in the area that often stock many more unusual varieties of produce than those found in supermarkets.

Barry said: "This area has such a fantastic choice of locally produced food but it was quite hard to find out about what is available. As a 'food lover' I compiled the list so that it is easier for both residents and visitors to the area to enjoy the wonderful selection of food and drink that we have here."

Penny Wilkinson, Tourism & Promotions Officer with the National Forest Company, commented: "We are delighted to add the National Forest Food Network to our website to encourage more people to try the many places that stock and serve our local food and drink.

"Visitors can combine a visit to one of our excellent attractions with a browse around a farm shop or farmers market on a weekend break in The National Forest. Our latest Visitor Guide has some great ideas on the huge choice of things to see and do in the area."

As well as the information on local food and drink the National Forest & Beyond Visitor Guide contains details of the many family attractions, places to visit for heritage and history, and suggestions for where to enjoy the woodlands and countryside. It also highlights the interesting activities that people can do such as coracle or basket-making, woodland crafts, survival and bushcraft skills, textile, painting and walking holidays.

To order a copy of the guide, either take a look at the National Forest Food Guide on this website, email enquiries@nationalforest.org or telephone 01283 551 211.