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.




Greater Lincolnshire LEP  are asking for help in structuring the Greater Lincolnshire Water Plan

Please see below the AHDB access to water survey which we’d like to encourage you to complete.  This survey feeds directly into our emerging Greater Lincolnshire Water Plan and is therefore an important reference document in the evidence base.

Please see further details and background below.


Why vegetable and potato growers should participate in the AHDB access to water survey

In the south east and some other areas the population is growing, and to maintain environmental standards of water bodies, several changes in licensing will take place. All permanent licences will be converted to time limited permits and ‘head room’ is expected to be removed. The situation could be particularly difficult in future for those businesses which want to expand and use more water.

At the recent United Kingdom Irrigation Association (UKIA) conference a speaker from Spain explained that in his eastern catchment, 80% of total water is used for agriculture/horticulture. Laws regarding governance of water go back 1,000 years. Reservoir capacity can cope with a seven year drought. In Britain, there is no established legal right of agriculture for water, and indeed agriculture is not regarded as an ‘essential user’ by Defra. Our reservoir capacity is tiny in comparison with other countries. In relation to the Water Framework Directive monitoring, the quality of our waterways is generally much poorer than in France, Spain, Italy and Denmark. There are several reasons, including our industrial heritage and lack of storage capacity.

AHDB isn’t a lobbying organisation; however we can state the facts. AHDB has a direct line to the industry and to those who want to lobby on behalf of growers and as such we can help generate the impartial data to inform that debate. Defra and the Environment Agency have also said that they lack data on water use by agriculture/horticulture and that they can’t or won’t fund the obtaining of that data. Growers in various sectors around the country have little by way of unifying organisations, but there is AHDB, which is why a strategic decision has been taken to undertake this work.  There have been many reports making reference to water for agriculture, and figures from a few relatively small areas, but there is a major gap at the national level and this is what the AHDB water use survey aims to address.

Because horticulture is so diverse, small samples can’t be extrapolated to the whole. The only way to clarify the importance of irrigation water is by a really large number of farmers and growers answering the questions, so that all types of horticulture and water availability and parts of the country are represented.  One need for a national picture is that some decisions, such as on grants for reservoir construction, are made on a national level.

If a grower has looked up the figures required beforehand (listed in the blurb at the top of the survey), completing the survey takes 20-30 minutes. So far, there has been stronger input from potato growers than from vegetable and protected crop growers.




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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



Leading food industry law firm, Roythornes, have announced a partnership with one of Britain’s most prestigious food events, the City Food Lecture.

Having been keen supporters for a number of years, Roythornes have now confirmed a deal to sponsor the event in 2016.

This year’s City Food Lecture, which takes place within the Great Hall at London’s prestigious Guildhall on February 16, features what promises to be a fascinating keynote speech by Christophe Jouan, Chief Executive Officer of the Future Foundation.

Christophe’s address, entitled “What, When and How will we be eating in 2025?” will provide cutting edge insight into future food trends and promises to stimulate significant debate across the industry.

Other speakers include former star of the BBC’s “The Apprentice”, Margaret Mountford, who will chair a panel discussion featuring Judith Batchelar, director of brands at Sainsbury’s, Chris Elliot, a Professor of Food Safety at the University of Belfast and food writer and futurologist, Lyndon Gee.

The Lord Mayor of London is also set to be in attendance and will provide a welcome address.

Peter Seary, from Roythornes’ specialist food and drink team, said: “We’re delighted to be able to announce this key partnership with the City Food Lecture, one of our industry’s most prestigious events.

“We’ve been keen supporters of the City Food Lecture for a number of years so it seems a natural progression, given the leadership role we try to take within the food industry, to get behind it.

“This year’s event promises to create significant debate around the future of food and we’re really looking forward to hearing what Christophe and the panel have to say.”

An annual, invitation-only fixture in the City of London and international food industry calendars, the City Food Lecture is delivered every year by a leading figure in the British food business who is invited to speak about the issues they regard as most important in shaping the way food is produced, distributed, marketed, sold and consumed.

The event is organised by seven City of London livery companies whose roots are in the food industry – namely the Worshipful Companies of Bakers, Butchers, Cooks, Farmers, Fishmongers, Fruiterers and Poulters.

Previous keynote speakers include Sainsbury’s chief executive Justin King, Unilever chief executive Paul Polman, former Cadbury Schweppes chairman, John Sunderland, and former Tesco chief executive, Sir Terry Leahy.