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The Gun Powder, Treason & Plot

If you’ve been watching Gun Powder, the BBC’s serialisation about Guy Fawkes, his cronies and their attempt to blow up Parliament, the background to Bonfire Night will be that much clearer. But how did the tradition of burning effigies of the ill-fated Catholic come to pass and why don’t we do it these days? It…

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…

Fire-walking

Fire-walking has seen a resurgence in recent years, both as a team-building exercise and as a sponsorship opportunity for charities. Did you know that the lower the water content of embers, the easier it is to walk on them, which means our kiln-dried logs would feel like a walk in the park? Fire-walking dates back…

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…

Hay Festival

Running from the 25th May to 4th June, the Hay Festival is one of the biggest book events in the UK. The main festival takes place in Hay-on-Wye, a mere 15 miles down the road from Certainly Wood HQ, but we were surprised to learn that the organisation behind it has also created more than…

Glamping vs. Camping : An Insider’s Guide

Certainly Wood’s lovely logs and kindling can be found at many of the best glamping places the length and breadth of the country. One such place being Penhein, a rather wonderful glampsite near Chepstow in Monmouthshire. Run by Helen and James Hearn, the couple now live the good life after upping sticks and leaving London…

Herefordshire’s Home-grown Festival

Nozstock – The Hidden Valley is a family-run, family-friendly and home-made festival set within a working farm in stunning rural Herefordshire. Father and daughter, Noz and Ella, curate one of the country’s most charming and beguiling festivals, surrounded by the endless rolling hills of Herefordshire.   They have created a world away from reality –…

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…

The Morris Men

Take a stroll through the heart of Hereford and you’ll no doubt pass a glorious black-and-white building that would look very much at home on the set of a BBC period drama. The Tudor building is home to Philip Morris and Son, a wonderfully eclectic emporium that is run by John Jones and his brother…

Queen of Hearths

Fires & Fireplaces magazine is like the bible for our industry and its editor, Erica Royle, could certainly cite all things hearth related as her specialist subject, were she to appear on Mastermind. But we decided to find out a little more about the real Erica.   How long have you been editor of Fires & Fireplaces?…