Food & Drink

If there’s one thing we Brits pride ourselves upon, it’s our catering ability and exquisite food and drink ideas. Handed down through generations since medieval ages, we’ve always found new and innovative ways to both preserve and enjoy the finest food and drink our country has to offer.

A recent survey showed that the most iconic British symbol is that of the traditional Sunday roast – but other much loved dishes served especially from our nation include fish and chips, a full english breakfast and black pudding, all sought by people from all over the world.

It could be argued that the simple art of baking a loaf of bread or moulding a wheel of cheese has now become an art, and thusly, labelled as artisan products. At The Foxley Docket, it’s these products, lovingly handmade in Britain, which we seek out and want to share with clientele and readers alike, to broadcast proudly with a message of what Britain is truly capable of. And so, the term artisan has become more vague as industries and expertise explore new ventures – artisan can now cover bread, cheese, meat, fine spirits (with those who like to drink gin thriving in this new business venture) and cakes, which often take centre stage at weddings up and down the country and decorate the fine china platters of cream tea lunches – the perfect accompaniment to a meal.

It’s widely known that bread’s origins stems back thousands of years and is often believed to have Egyptian or Sumerian origin, but did you know that Britain played a vital role in the development of bread making? In 1961, the Chorleywood Bread Process was introduced by the British Baking Industries Research Association – although this stripped away the ‘hands on’ approach involved in bread making, it introduced intense mechanical working of dough, which reduces the fermentation period, and the time it took to create a loaf, at the expense of taste and nutrition. This high energy mixing allows for the use of inferior grain, a process utilized in bread factories all over the world and makes for a much quicker process, without the time taken for several cycles of kneading and resting time to become ready for baking and producing the desired texture and flavour. This mechanization made baked bread a thing of beauty and art, and we show it, and its bakers, the appreciation it deserves.

Although wine is often associated with France, Britain has its roots deeply embedded in the wine industry, with historians believing that the Romans introduced the vine to our native lands, and it’s believed the climate in Britain at this time was warmer. Throughout the course of the Roman invasion in AD43, winemaking became an innovative and bespoke craft, with wine amphorae and drinking cups discovered by the dozen when Roman villas, houses and garrisons have been excavated in the past.

We explore wine by the case and the finest British Gin brands. It’s time to set the table… and indulge in the finest dining of food and drink the British Isles has to offer.

Tiger Gin - A Taste of British Excellence

Tiger Gin - A Taste of British Excellence

Foxley 20/06/2017 0
Tiger Gin was established by 'Shropshire Lad', JJ LawrenceAs one of the most well-known alcoholic beverages available on drinks menus all over the wor...
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The Glenlivet Founder's Reserve - The Flavour of Father's Day

The Glenlivet Founder's Reserve - The Flavour of Father's Day

Foxley 14/06/2017 0
The Glenlivet Founder's ReserveWith Father’s Day getting closer and closer, in the weeks running up, sons and daughters everywhere look for the perfec...
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Longmorn 16YO - Sweet & Silky Sophistication

Longmorn 16YO - Sweet & Silky Sophistication

Foxley 06/06/2017 1
Image courtesy of All Things WhiskyThere are few things more relaxing or synonymous with sophistication than reclining in an armchair by a roaring fir...
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Paul Hollywood's Big Continental Road Trip - From Yeast to Europe

Paul Hollywood's Big Continental Road Trip - From Yeast to Europe

Foxley 25/05/2017 0
To most, Paul Hollywood is the beloved bread connoisseur behind beloved smash hit BBC cooking series, The Great British Bake-Off. However, on May 29th...
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Keith Squires - Cooking with Love: A Journey into the Ayurvedic Way of Life

Keith Squires - Cooking with Love: A Journey into the Ayurvedic Way of Life

Foxley 24/05/2017 0
Keith SquiresThe Foxley Docket recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Keith Squires, author of vegetarian cookbook, ‘Cooking with Love’, which...
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Faust's Potions - Double, Double Toil and …Trouble?

Faust's Potions - Double, Double Toil and …Trouble?

Foxley 20/12/2016 0
Faust PotionsPotion – a noun. A magical medicine, often in liquid form. Often made by a magician, dragon, witch or fairy and often has magical propert...
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Rick Stein's Long Weekends

Rick Stein's Long Weekends

Foxley 19/10/2016 0
Rick Stein OBEWith over 20 cookery books and 30 television programs under his belt, it’s fair to say that British chef and television personality Rick...
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Yes Chef - A Culinary Conversation with Aiden Byrne

Yes Chef - A Culinary Conversation with Aiden Byrne

Foxley 14/09/2016 0
Aiden ByrneAiden Byrne is an award winning chef and owner of Manchester House, a luxurious eatery situated in the heart of Spinningfields, Manchester....
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Gastronomic Glamour

Gastronomic Glamour

Foxley 25/08/2016 0
Chris Large, the creator of ‘The Glamburger’ Honky Tonk, Clapham - ‘The Glamburger’Whether it’s a chain delight like McDonalds and Burger King, or one...
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Ross & Ross - Fine Cotswold Food

Ross & Ross - Fine Cotswold Food

Foxley 12/07/2016 0
Based in the Cotswold, Ross & Ross specialise in catering for events, weddings and handmade British food gifts – but who exactly ARE Ross & Ross?Shari...
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Introducing Sibberi: Trees to Meet You

Introducing Sibberi: Trees to Meet You

Foxley 24/06/2016 0
Sibberi Birch WaterLaunched in March 2015 by Clara Vaisse, Mehdi Meghzifene and Paul-Adrien Cormerais, London based Sibberi Water is part of the lates...
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Bentley's Oyster Bar & Grill - The Life Aquatic with Paul Caputo

Bentley's Oyster Bar & Grill - The Life Aquatic with Paul Caputo

Foxley 14/06/2016 0
Written by Paul CaputoBentley's Oyster Bar & Grill, LondonWhile Bentley's is widely known in London dining circles as one of the most popular seafood ...
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Chocolatician - Her Majesty recreated in chocolate

Chocolatician - Her Majesty recreated in chocolate

Foxley 09/06/2016 0
ChocolaticianFrom the candy craftsmen that brought you ‘Cumberbunny’, an Easter sensation which portrayed British actor Benedict Cumberbatch’s head on...
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Artisan Foodworks - A Burscough Baker's Dozen

Artisan Foodworks - A Burscough Baker's Dozen

Foxley 06/05/2016 0
Artisan FoodworksArtisan Foodworks is located on the ever-growing modern Merlin Park within Burscough Industrial Estate, tastefully sandwiching the of...
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Elixir of Life

Elixir of Life

Foxley 21/03/2016 0
Written by Nina Holland Quinteassential - White ElixirBased in Cheshire, Quinteassential house a range of teas exclusively designed and blended to ple...
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