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It’s National BBQ Week!

Although the weather has been typically British over the Bank Holiday weekend, people have been braving the elements to celebrate National BBQ Week, which runs until 3rdJune.   BBQing is now the top leisure activity for Brits during the summer months and, inevitably, the air will be filled by that distinctive smell of paraffin-based firelighters…

See In 2018 – The Herefordshire Way

Herefordshire is, at long last, being recognised as a favourite foodie destination. Not only does it produce world-renowned beef and cider, there are lots of artisan producers and boutique restaurants throughout the county gaining a reputation at a national level too, together with specialist outlets and farm shops. The Castle House Hotel in the heart…

It’s Off to Yeo Valley We Go

With their rapping farmers & contemporary approach to marketing, it would be easy to think that Yeo Valley are one of the new, 21st century dairy giants on the block, along with the likes of Muller or Delamere. However, the Mead family, the driving force behind the brand, have been farming in Somerset since the…

You’re Wood-Fired

In the ever-competitive world of fine dining, restaurants are always looking for the next big thing. In recent years, and inspired by Ekstedt in Stockholm, many chefs have returned to primal cooking over wood fires to attract the crowds. The trend has gone global and, with a vested interest in anything wood fire related, we…

Recipes from Feli’s Bar & Restaurant

We’ve been going BBQ bonkers down at Certainly Wood HQ lately, courtesy of the recent burst of knock-out weather we’ve had. However, our culinary skills extend to a few sausages and burgers most of the time. But what do proper chefs cook on the BBQ? Over the Malvern Hills and not far away (well, in…

Hot Coals at Dawn

  The Competitive World of BBQing The World BBQ Championships take place every year in the county town of Limerick, Ireland, believe it or not. It happens in October, which doesn’t strike us as the most ‘outdoor cooking time-of-year’, but organiser Patrick Sullivan, who is also the WBQA president, assures us sceptics at Certainly Wood…

Pot Luck with Herbs

Container gardening provides instant results and is often a lot easier to manage. It’s also a great way to grow herbs – how lovely to have fresh herbs on hand when cooking on the BBQ? We’ve put together a guide to help you decide which ones to grow and how to pair them with your…

BBQ Beyond Britain

As soon as the sun shines in the UK, the air is filled with the smell of sizzling sausages as everyone rushes to make the most of the good weather with a BBQ. In comparison to many countries around the world, we’re barbecue beginners. Of course, everyone knows that the Aussies are big barby fans…

Great Food Made Snappy

It’s no easy thing to photograph food and make it look both tasty and artistic at the same time. Herefordshire-based creative food and lifestyle photographers Photopia are amongst the best, which is why we love working with them here at Certainly Wood. Trying to find Photopia’s studios requires nerves of steel and a reliable satnav as…

Hygge In Herefordshire

Hygge (hoo-gah) is a hot topic at the moment – the Danish solution to beating the winter blues by swaddling ourselves in cosy blankets and enjoying hot chocolate with friends.   Herefordshire is already ahead in the hygge stakes (if you’ll pardon the pun) as we’ve spotted Herefordshire beef stew on Danish menus in several…

Help The Hedgehogs This Bonfire Night

We love nothing more than a good bonfire here at Certainly Wood, so Guy Fawkes Night in one of our favorite seasonal celebrations. However, we’re also animal lovers and November 5th can be a particularly stressful time of year for pets and wildlife, but particularly the British hedgehog. So spare a thought for Mrs Tiggywinkle…