Given the Midlands has great food heritage, wonderful places to buy food can be few and far between. In amongst the rough there is some diamonds. Brown and Green is one of these. Their aim is to provide local, artisan & ethical produce. They have a shop in Trentham Gardens, that I had heard great things about, and a couple of weeks ago they opened a sister store at Derby Garden Centre near Little Eaton. I popped in on the opening day and was really pleased with what I found and have since returned with Hubs to stock up on picnic essentials for a trip to Kedleston Hall.
It’s great to see so many local brands being stocked from the delicious Needwood Ice Cream (I think the best ice cream you can get), Quirky Cookies, Septimus Syder to the Aged Leicestershire Red, plus from the other side of the Midlands Coopers Gourmet Sausage Rolls (Hubs adores their sausage rolls with black pudding called Piggy Black) and Westons Stowford Press which brings back memories of last year’s holiday. On our trips there I’ve also spotted venison salami, some amazing looking savory eggs plus lots of other fabulous products.
If your ever in the area I seriously suggest you visit. The garden centre where it’s based is good too. What I love about Brown & Green is that it’s down to earth, fabulous quality, reasonably priced and friendly. Not all food stores are like this and it’s a shame. Good food is for everyone, not just for people who can afford it. If I was to run a food shop I would run it exactly like Brown & Green. Thank you very much to Brown & Green’s Susie for the photographs.
Brown & Green,
Derby Garden Centre,