Spotlight on some of the show’s homegrown heroes

How much do our consumers really care about provenance? Actually, a lot, according to our show’s proudly British exhibitors. We chat to them about why provenance is something to shout about and whether a localised business approach and tight-knit team achieves a greater goal of supporting and sourcing locally, and meeting consumer demands.

PROUD OF PROVENANCE

RaviOllie food, stand US73, is an artisan UK producer specialising in homemade ravioli. The team of Michelin starred experienced chefs use locally sourced ingredients to create mouth-watering fillings that drive their reputation of being the best ravioli makers in the market.

Ollie Greenhalgh, Chef and founder says:

Our brand is built around provenance; we have seen that our customers love to know where their food has come from and even who has made it.”

It is well known that the pub industry has always thrived on ‘locality’ and consumers develop relationships with pubs and restaurants that they like to go to. “The food served at these pubs is a celebration of not just the chef in that establishment’s work but the collaboration between a chain of talented artisan producers from the farmer all the way to the chef, that have worked together to put that dish on a plate,” Ollie adds.

SUPPORTING BRITISH BUSINESS

However, it’s not just pubs that keep customers coming back with their locally sourced and British products. George East Housewares (stand UG51) agrees that provenance is key based on feedback from their customers.

“From receiving customer feedback, we know that a lot of our customers favour our brand due to our focus on manufacturing in the UK as much as possible and a lot of our pieces are actually stamped to highlight it has been made in England.

“This gives customers peace of mind that these are respected products of exceptional quality, designed to last a lifetime. We also know that our customers like to celebrate ‘Britishness’ and in the time of TV programmes such as The Great British Bake Off, we as a nation are proud to be British bakers and acknowledge that it is important to support the British Kitchenware industry.”

It is apparent that there is a sense of pride amongst customers when supporting British businesses. Chris Greenaway of Surrey Ceramics (stand GH51) explains why buying British product is so important to the hospitality sector.

“We’ve seen that there’s an increasing trend of chefs wanting to buy British as there seems to be an appreciation of tableware which is made by local suppliers and not mass produced; there’s a sense of pride they receive from supporting local UK businesses like Surrey Ceramics and it’s also something their customers are impressed by.”

BEST OF BRITISH DESIGNERS

It’s not just food that can thrive from locality. Contract Furniture (stand GL11) says having a localised business approach and tight-knit team allows for constant communication and teamwork throughout their workplace.

“Contract Furniture is incredibly fortunate to have its factory producing bespoke furniture just minutes away from the Nottingham showroom. The passionate team dedicate themselves to every piece of furniture they make, something that is evident in the finished product. Having a localised business approach and tight-knit team allows for constant communication and teamwork, making it much easier to ensure that every venue is receiving furniture of the highest quality.”

Whilst it is more commonly known that pubs and restaurants like to source local product, it’s less known that this is also important to other areas of the hospitality industry such as

Style Uniforms (stand UY39) who are based in Sheffield and use local fabrics and British designers to complement their brand.

“Wherever possible we use locally sourced fabrics and boast our very own highly skilled British designers, tailors and machinists, all with many years of experience. We supply original clothing that help our clients stand out creating a look that not only complements their environment but also represents great value, quality and durability. We are proud to make our products in Britain and offer a truly customised experience, all provided in-house as a kind of one-stop-shop.”

RECOGNISING BRITSH BREWERIES

The Good Living Brew Co. (stand UP68) is an excellent example of British innovation with its new binary botanical ale which is brewed in Sussex and with hop leaves sourced in Worcester.

Danielle Bekker of The Good Living Brew Co. says:

“With a team based in Surrey, binary was determined to keep its product local and to support other local businesses. The key to its success has been our wonderful hop farmer, John who has helped us develop the perfect hop leaf harvest to give binary its signature flavour.

“John was prepared to experiment with the whole new process of harvesting leaves in addition to hop cones and had to modify the harvesting, processing and packing done on the farm to achieve this.  Experimentation was the key to this process and being near the farm essential, to continuously try new variations.”

However, The Good Living Brew Co isn’t the only brewery priding themselves on using only the best British ingredients. Harviestoun Brewery (stand UL53) has been recognised for their iconic drinks.

“At Harviestoun Brewery we have been independently brewing since 1983, making award winning beers in the tranquil Scottish village of Alva. We pride ourselves on using only the best ingredients; using natural spring water that filters through the Ochil Hills by the brewery.

“We use only full cone hops, have our own unique yeast and all of our malt is sourced locally. We were the first British winner of the title World’s Best Pilsner for our iconic Schiehallion.”

The Restaurant Show will take place 1st-3rd October. If you’re interested in visiting the show and meeting some of our exhibitors, please visit https://www.therestaurantshow.co.uk or to follow all of the show activity throughout the three days, use the hashtag #TRS2018.