Brackenborough Hall Coach House Gold Award - Granary

Brackenborough Hall Coach House are delighted to their five star Granary apartment has received a Quality in Tourism Gold Award.

Gold Awards are given in recognition of exceptional quality within a property’s star rating: as Granary already has a five star rating, this extra accolade marks it out as being a particularly special place to stay.

Brackenborough Hall Coach House Gold Award - paul and flora“To have been recognised as exceptional within the 5* rating is something we’re really proud of”, says Flora Bennett, co-owner of the Brackenborough Hall Coach House.
“The Granary always has the ‘wow’ factor for guests with its exceptional spaciousness and original features such as the clock workings and grain winch, and we hope that this recognition of our commitment to providing exceptional accommodation will encourage even more people to consider Lincolnshire for their next holiday. We would like to thank our team for their hard work throughout the year.”

Quality in Tourism also reconfirmed the 4* ratings for Stables and Saddle Room apartments and awarded a 100% score for cleanliness, saying “the excellent housekeeping standards are a credit to the owners and the housekeeper”




As Crufts celebrated its 125th anniversary as the largest dog show in the UK, Laughing Dog, one of the few pet food manufacturers in the UK to bake its entire range of dog food, revealed for the very first time, its fully restored 1951 vintage van, known as TED.

Named after Laughing Dog’s founder, Ted Grant OBE, this 1951 Morris J-Type van has been lovingly restored by Ted’s grandson, William Grant, a classic vehicle enthusiast, at the bakery’s site in Boston, Lincolnshire. As the 18th oldest vehicle of the original 44,000 made, TED is one of the few lucky survivors left today and marks a historic moment for the family run bakery.

Taking over 1,750 man hours to complete, with each of the 60 different sections of its make-up demanding traditional metal working techniques, many of which have been used for over a century, the restoration project has been no easy feat. ‘Sheet metal can behave in the most peculiar of ways,’ explains William who has a keen interest in metal work. ‘It has certainly been a steep learning curve for me and a very great privilege to work on such a rare piece.’

‘The majority of the parts produced were shaped using the English wheel, mechanical hammers or simply beaten over formers which took the shape of the piece I was replicating. Once I had brought the van back to its original state by keeping all of the original features to ensure for authenticity (apart from the addition of a later engine capable of better performance and speeds!), it was sign written by hand by Mervin Dove, a skilled craftsman, also based in Lincolnshire, who has over 50 years of experience and is one of only a handful capable of such work in the UK. Mervin was able to create the authentic imagery, script and feel which would have been existent on the original articles.



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Vine House Farm Shortlisted for Charity Partnership – Small Businesses Award

Family-run Vine House Farm are proud to reveal they have been shortlisted for the ‘Charity Partnership – Small Business Award’ at the 2016 Business Charity Awards. The nomination comes after the Lincolnshire based farm announced they had reached the £1 million mark in donations to The Wildlife Trusts.

“We are delighted to have been shortlisted for the Small Business Charity Award at the prestigious Business Charity Awards” said Lucy Taylor of Vine House Farm. “It is because of the fantastic support of our customers that Vine House Farm is going from strength to strength and has been able to support such a great charity.

“This is the first time we have been nominated for this award and, while there is some strong competition within the category, we are very much looking forward to attending the event which we are sure will be a fantastic night.”

The Business Charity Awards 2016 will be hosted on Wednesday 20 April and is part of Fundraising Week, which looks to reward all the amazing charity work that businesses across Great Britain have been involved with. There are some major national brands also shortlisted for awards, including Marks & Spencer, Royal Mail and British Gas. Vine House Farm are just one of three small businesses that have been nominated so this represents a real achievement for the company.

“We strongly believe that our longstanding partnership with The Wildlife Trusts will help safeguard the natural world we live in for generations to come,” said Mrs Taylor. Vine House Farm’s commitment to The Wildlife Trusts started over eight years ago when they began donating up to 5% of their sales to the charity.

Stephanie Hilborne OBE, chief executive of The Wildlife Trusts, commented: “I am proud that our partnership with Vine House Farm has been shortlisted for a Business Charity Award.

The Wildlife Trusts have worked with Nicholas and Vine House Farm since 2007.  With his genuine care for wildlife, honesty, integrity and authenticity Nicholas is the driving force behind a partnership which has raised over £1 million for The Wildlife Trusts and has helped 19,000 households to benefit from inviting nature into their gardens.  This is incredible support for a wildlife charity from a small family business.

Regular contact with nature has a profoundly positive effect on our health and wellbeing and feeding the birds is a simple way to get in contact with wildlife.   The way in which Nicholas manages his farm makes a meaningful difference to wildlife in Lincolnshire and in the same way we can all make a big difference by feeding birds and making our gardens friendly to wildlife.  Nicholas draws great joy from feeding the birds on his land and now he’s feeding birds across the UK – more than he ever thought possible.”

Vine House Farm started off with a clear vision which still holds true today; farming in a way that encourages wildlife and the wide range of habitats it needs. Their aspirations have always been to contribute to the preservation of wildlife through their growth of various wild bird foods and now their wonderful charity work is being recognised on a national level.


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Investec Mid-Market 100 Index shines light on High Growth Businesses

 LJ Fairburn & Son Ltd has been featured in a dynamic ranking of the UK’s 100 fastest growing private companies.

Businesses on the inaugural Investec Mid-Market list are the cream of the crop of 24,000 medium sized businesses in Britain that represent more than £1 trillion of turnover and 25% of private sector employment. The list indicates the broad nature of the UK economy, both in terms of industry sector and geographical spread.

The report highlighted that growth is at 40.4% and showed the growing importance of the north, with dynamic businesses not just being confined to London and the South East; the North East, North West and Yorkshire and the Humber account for 30% of high growth mid-market UK businesses.

In 1951 Fairburn’s started producing eggs. From an initial purchase of 150 chickens, today the business is led by 3rd generation family directors and is one of the largest egg producers, packers and distributors in the UK.

Sarah Louise Fairburn, Brand & Sales Director at LJ Fairburn commented;

“In 2012 our family business experienced a dramatic restructure and transformation. Faced with a sink or swim situation we knew change was needed in order for us to survive. We decided to cut out the middle man and began selling our eggs direct to retail. For a family team who had never had any retailer experience, this was an extremely courageous move.”

Initial contracts with Aldi and Iceland paved the way for future success. Alan Metcalfe, Financial Director at LJ Fairburn & Son Ltd, adds

“After securing initial contracts with retailers, Fairburn’s was able to develop and win more. The business was able to significantly expand and invest including a brand new production facility compliant with welfare regulations.”

Sarah Louise Fairburn concluded;

“Our family operation has transformed into a £60million turnover business. We now employ over 180 members of staff, have made significant investment in technologically advanced equipment and secured contracts with eight major retailers. Every week we supply over 13 million Class A eggs to retail. We’re a young, tenacious and driven team who have taken risks, changed structure and learnt along the way – and we’re absolutely delighted with our achievements.”


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As a Select member, you’re invited to submit events, news and recipes for consideration in the upcoming three editions of Good Taste in 2016. We need your ideas and insight to ensure that Good Taste represents the best of Lincolnshire.

Many of our members have benefited from the positive exposure that Good Taste  generates with increased bookings, orders and visitors to their businesses. We want you to benefit too!

Maximise your business’ profile and reach over 25 000 consumers who love Lincolnshire.

It couldn’t be easier, all you need to do is email your news, events and recipes to 

To make this easier for you, here’s a heads up on what the themes are for the next editions so that you can plan your submissions. 

SUMMER Edition (May – July)

  • Asparagus, Samphire, Strawberries
  • Lincolnshire weddings featuring local produce
  • BBQ: marinades, seafood, vegetarian
  • Heritage: herbs, wild garlic, historic recipes, food from a bygone era

AUTUMN Edition (August & October)

  • Local produce: Courgettes, Game, Pumpkins, Preserving, Apples, Bread, Sausages, French Beans
  • Recipes: Ploughman’s lunch, pheasants, venison, rabbit
  • Heritage: Homegrown ploughman’s, pickling, cheese
  • Family: Pumpkin carving, sausages
  • Activities: Gravity Fields, Sausage Festival

Winter Edition (November – January)

  • Local produce: Potatoes, Crisps, Celeriac, Pulses and Beans
  • Recipes: Cassoulet, Slow cooking
  • Heritage: Sprouts
  • Family: Christmas food traditions
  • Food gifts for Christmas and Valentines


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 Dennetts Ice Cream are pleased to announce that in their 90th year of trading they have added 3 national awards to their growing awards cabinet.

In February, at the 2016 ICA national Ice Cream competition in Harrogate, Dennetts ice cream won two Diplomas for their Vanilla and Raspberry Pavlova as well as a Special Diploma with Merit for their 2016 flavour – Blackcurrant and Salted Liquorice.




Competition winners from Boston Town Team’s first community event came together to collect their prizes with Jenny Elwick, Boston Area Chamber’s Network Development Officer.

Judi Kay won the organic vegetable boxes, which were kindly donated by Select Lincolnshire for Food member Strawberry Fields organic farmers, near Stickney.

Judi scooped the prize by successfully milking the most from a mechanical cow at Boston Town’s Team’s Food for Thought event in February.

Upon receiving the prize, Judi kindly donated it onto to the Salvation Army. The donation was a sign of thanks, in return for the Salvation Army’s recent support of new Christmas toys offered to the charity that Judi works for.

Judi, who is the Home Start Boston Manager, has her own allotment and fully appreciates the benefit of good local produce, so much so that she wanted to share her prize and give something back to the local community, who in some cases are unemployed, homeless and in need through the Thursday lunch that’s offered by the Salvation Army.

Trinette Homes (pictured) cooks the three course meal for up to 60 people every week, as well as turning her hand to cooks for many other special occasions. Those wishing to go along for lunch must contact the Salvation Army on 01205 359232 first.

Trinette Homes said: “The food boxes are very much appreciated and will go a long way”’.

Judi was spurred on to win the competition following her sister’s attempt at milking the mechanical cow.

Other winners included Martyn Moses, who also collected his Nutri Blender prize from Boston Area Chamber Network Development Officer Jenny Elwick. Martyn entered a free prize draw and will be putting the blender to good use as he is planning to make his own healthy soups.

The Food for Thought event was the first to be arranged by Boston Town Town, and following its success there are hope to arrange more in the future.

Those wishing to go along for lunch must contact the Salvation Army on 01205 359232 first.

Picture caption:

L_R: Major Sarah Price, Trinette Homes – Cook (volunteer) at The Salvation Army in Boston, Judi Kay – winner of the milking mechanical cow competition, Jody Raggo – Boston Town Team Board Member, LCVS