OUR LOCAL FARMERS AND FOOD MAKERS
We support our suppliers, understand the quality and variety of the local produce and love to tell stories of this beautiful region. Our producers care a lot about sustainability and quality, these are the dedicated people who grow, rear, catch and make all the ingredients that go into our award-winning dishes and various drinks. Find out more about these fantastic people:
Founder Stephen, an ex-accountant created the premium raspberry-based gin, Pinkster Gin as an alternative to beer and wine which no longer agreed with him. He started experimenting with the spirit at home and finally decided that the best flavour came from raspberries. G&J Distillers were bought on board to produce the spirit to Pinkster’s specifications, before it is returned to be macerated with a further three botanicals, including raspberries grown just outside Cambridge. All employees are from the local area and Stephen still oversees the production of each batch personally.
THE CAMBRIDGE DISTILLERY
The Cambridge Distillery is home to the first truly seasonal gins, made only twice each year just a few minutes’ walk from The Rupert Brooke. The strictly limited-edition product is distilled with botanicals foraged from the local area. The alternative Cambridge Dry Gin is available all year round, as is Anty Gin – made from the essence of wood ants!
Tuffon Hall is a modern boutique vineyard in the heart of East Anglia producing award-winning English wines. Whilst wine has only been in production since 2014 the vineyard already has a Gold Medal from the Independent English Wine Awards and its rose has won gold in the East Anglian Vineyard Association consecutively for the last three years. The family has been working the land to create quality crops for the drinks industry for four and a half generations. All the vines are picked by hand and the team are constantly looking for ways to refine the way they work.
THE MILTON BREWERY
Founded in 1999 in Milton, on the outskirts of Cambridge the brewery moved to Waterbeach in 2012, just a couple of miles North from The Rupert Brooke, to allow for an initial expansion and future growth. The idea for the brewery originated when Tony Brooks and Richard Naisby met in Pakistan, the first beer was launched in September 1999 and the company has been going from strength to strength since then. The traditional English Ale brewery takes the finest English Maris Otter malted barley, high-quality whole hops and local brewing water to produce their award-winning ales.
Cheese Plus is a true champion of British produce, working closely with cheesemakers and continuing the ageing process in their own on-site maturing rooms, to ensure the end result is delivered in peak condition. The Cambridge based company aims to minimise food miles and promote the quality of local foods where possible. Cheese Plus is also part of the Cheese Academy, a not for profit organisation with qualifications on four levels promoting cheese knowledge and providing career development both within the industry and the wider public.
Brewboard are brewers of distinctive craft beer, based just a few miles down the road in Harston. The independent brewery has a core team of three with varying experiences and backgrounds. The beers are created using established and traditional techniques, but with a modern twist. Core favourites include Ripchord, Lakota, Fathergrime and Turmoil, but these are accompanied by a rota of specials throughout the year.
RATTLESDEN FARM FOODS
The family-run Rattlesden Farm Foods is passionate about providing the finest quality foods sourced from local producers. The company prides itself on knowing the origin of everything it sells, where it was picked, laid or unearthed and delivers straight from the producer. Owner Michael has farming in his blood and was helping his grandfather to milk cows and feed livestock from a young age. The business has recently been taken over by son John who maintains the family values and levels of customer service that the regulars have come to expect.
ST PETER'S BREWERY
Housed just next to St Peter’s Hall, Elmham, in a cluster of traditional former agricultural buildings, St Peter’s Brewery was built in 1996. Traditional beers are accompanied by alternatives such as Honey Porter and seasonal fruit beers including blackcurrant and gooseberry; with dried fruits, spices and orange peel going into the Christmas Ale. All the beers are created with water from a bore-hole on the premises, locally malted barley and Kentish hops in traditional English casks.