Pretty Local Kingsbridge Blog

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What's for dinner?

What’s for Dinner? Competition time!

We love hearing what you’re all making with your lovely Pretty Local ingredients and it brings us great pleasure to receive images of your culinary delights, so we though we would put on a little competition for our lovely customers… Take a snap, has …

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Best Online Retailer 2018-2019

Best Online Retailer 2018-2019

I am chuffed to bits to have won the award for Best Online Retailer 2018-2019 at last nights Food and Drink Devon Awards. When running a small business there are lots of ups and downs, lots of juggling and an incredible amount of hard work. Winning an …

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Dartmouth Food Festival

Devon Business Start-Up Award 2018

I am so excited to have been awarded the with the Devon business start-up award by Dartmouth Food festival this year. It’s such an honour to achieve this in just over 12 months of trading. It means so much to me to be able to showcase Pretty Local at t …

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Food Waste

Waste Not Want Not!

It has been pretty quiet on the Pretty Local Challenge front lately, so to get things started again, we want to set a special challenge for you during August.  Your challenge this month is to stop wasting food  We want to encourage you to get creative …

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Brixham Fish Market

Early Morning at the Market! If you ever get a chance to go to Brixham fish market I would highly recommend it. Last week Mark Lobb from ‘Wild Food Devon’ took me along to see the market on a busy morning. It was an earlier than usual start, as I crawl …

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Is crab back on the menu?

Is Crab back on the menu?

We chat to Favis of Salcombe to find out what’s been happening… It’s been a slow start to the 2018 crabbing season. The ‘Beast from the East’ and the freezing March conditions has kept the sea at well below normal temperatures. During these very cold …

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Rachel from Bell & Loxton Wins the Venus Awards

Venus Awards We love to see so many of our wonderful local producers being recognised for their work. On Friday night Rachel Bell of Bell and Loxton was delighted to be announced winner in the Marketing and PR category for the Venus Awards for Devon an …

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Chocolate

Q & A with Peter Alcroft from Artisan Chocolates

We got together with Peter from Artisan Chocolates to find out what inspired him to start creating the amazing chocolates that are now becoming a South Hams delicacy. Q1. When did you first start cooking? I first started cooking in my teens with my mot …

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Happy Digestion

Digestive Happiness

We all know that our bodies require proper nutrition to survive and function properly and to obtain this nutrition we obviously need to eat a well-balanced diet. Consuming the right food and drink keeps us to stay healthy and gives us the vital energy …

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Live Love Eat

Live. Love. Eat

Valentine’s Day divides opinion – for many it is traditionally seen as a day for romance and love between a couple or for people who wish to become part of a couple. It is a wonderful opportunity to show how much you care about the one you love. Whethe …

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Blackberry Pancake

We flipping love Pancake Day!

We know that it’s not until next week but there is absolutely nothing wrong in being prepared for pancake day. It’s fair to say that most of us are going to enjoy a pancake or two (or ten) but do we know why it is that each year we whip up a batter and …

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Sunset Or Sunrise

What is vitamin D and why is it so important to our health?

Vitamin D is such an important and essential nutrient as it helps to regulate the amount of calcium and phosphate in our bodies. These are not only necessary in building and maintaining strong bones but also in having healthy muscle function, fighting …

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Let’s talk Veganuary

We may already be near the end of the month but it’s never too late to be a part of the amazing Veganuary challenge. Being vegan means choosing to refrain from ‘using any animal product for food, clothing or any other purpose’. This notion might seem s …

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Plastic Plastic Everywhere…

Over the last few months single use plastics have received a lot of media attention with David Attenborough’s Blue Planet making the extent of the problem hit home to many of us. Now that China has decided that it won’t allow us to dump all our excess …

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Think Warm Thoughts for Winter Food

Think warm thoughts

As we all know the Winter months and especially January can be a difficult time, with the cold weather and dark nights drawing in, it can have a huge impact on all aspects of our health making it hard to feel motivated to do very much at all. In fact w …

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Storm Season

Stormy Seas…

Well we are only on the 8th of January and are coming into the 3rd storm of the year! 2018 started with Storm Dylan and then very quickly proceeded to Eleanor and we are now looking to be hit by Fionn in the next few days… Lets just say it’s been a sto …

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Roller Coaster Ride

The journey so far…

Since beginning this journey less than a year ago, I had never imagined it would be such a Roller Coaster Ride! There have been so many up’s and a few down’s too…. But that’s what goes with starting a small business, especially one that relies so muc …

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Lamb

South Devon Cookbook – By Coast and Country Cottages

Featuring lots of our lovely local recipes Back by popular demand! We are delighted to feature in Coast and Country Cottages South Devon Cookbook autumn 2017. This FREE download features 10 irresistible new recipes showcasing South Devon’s finest produ …

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Rough Sea

What? No fish…

Since starting Pretty Local only 6 months ago I have learnt such a huge amount about so many of the amazing local producers we have in the South Hams. One of those producers is Malcolm, he and his partner Claire have built up their business over the la …

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plastic bags in the sea

Cutting back on single use plastic, we’re two weeks in and this is what we’ve learnt…

When we took on the challenge of Plastic free July just over two weeks ago I had no idea whether we would succeed, or if it was a challenge too big for a family with young children. I have to say as far as challenges go the kids have loved this one and …

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Plastic Free July… We’re taking the challenge!

So here at Pretty Local we have set ourselves the challenge to go plastic free for the month! This is going to be pretty tricky as in our household we have children that eat yoghurt by the bucket load and drink milk like its water (thank goodness for C …

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Organic versus Sustainable farming, is there a difference?

When we started Pretty Local we were asked by many of you what our views are on organic food and if we were only selling organic. In an ideal world, everything we eat would be organic, but in reality thats not the case, however we are finding that as e …

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Meet the producer: Favis of Salcombe

Favis of Salcombe have been providing the best quality Brown Crab and Blue Lobster to some of the UK’s finest hotels and restaurants since 1972. In 1972 Keith Favis decided to change career from being a lorry driver to fishing and in 1976 he bought his …

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Meet the Producer: Challon’s Combe Organics

Rosie Fish tells us why Challon’s Combe made the switch to Organic in the late 1990’s and why they’ve never looked back. Situated between Aveton Gifford and Bigbury, Arthur and Audrey Read bought Challon’s Combe Farm and Dairy when they got married in …

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Meet the Producer: Spindlebrook Farm

Hen and Elliot’s market garden is a part of Spindlebrook Farm, which is made up of a diverse mixture of habitats, including a brook, a naturally regenerated woodland, 5 large ponds, streams, meadows and ancient elm hedgerows. It’s an oasis of wildlife, …

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Kate Humble

Meet the producer: Bell & Loxton

The Bells of Bell & Loxton have been farming at Upton Barton in South Devon for the past 40 years. It is a family business which is run from the family farm. Last year Rachel and Jon  were lucky enough to spend time with Kate Humble who followed th …

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Founder of Pretty Local

Introducing Andrea

Founder of Pretty Local, Andrea Wilson, explains the inspiration behind her online marketplace concept. “Pretty Local is a hub of tasty ingredients, recipe ideas and producer stories where you can buy everything from fresh seafood and meat to dairy, fr …

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