WIRRAL eateries and businesses have been featured in a new culinary guide about the best local organic produce around the region.
The booklet was produced by Food Tourism Connect, a campaign which aims at raising awareness of rurally produced food and drink around Merseyside.
The initiative aims to raise the profile of rurally produced food among visitors and to promote it directly to consumers, buyers and wholesalers.
Wirral business that are included in the guide are:
Claremont Farm, Bebington,
Roses Tea Room, Ness
Brimstage Brewery, Brimstage
The Wro, West Kirby
Hillbark Dining Room, Oxton
Caffe Cream, New Brighton
Peel Hey Guest House, Frankby
Appleberry Deli, Heswall
Church Farm, Thurstaston
Edge and Son Butchers, New Ferry
Muff’s Butchers, Bromborough
Sheldrakes Restaurant, Heswall
Peninsula Dining Room, Wirral
Dodgshons Bakery, Wallasey
Ward’s Fish, Birkenhead
Merebrook House, Thornton Hough
The guide also includes an overview of which local foods are in season at particular times of the year, a directory of local supplies and three ‘taste trails’ – routes which take in noteworthy local food suppliers.
Several local ‘food heroes’ are also featured, including Wirralians Andrew Pimbley, of Claremont Farm in Bebington and Mark Wilkinson of Fraiche restaurant in Oxton.
Wirral Farmers’ Market, which takes place on the second Saturday of each month, is also highlighted as an place to buy local produce.
Callum Edge, of Edge and Son Butchers in New Ferry, said: “So many people are interested in eating fresh, local food but it can be hard to know where the best places to go are.
“Buying local doesn’t just mean that food is likely to be fresher and tastier it also means that you’re supporting local businesses and re-investing in your local community.
“Local people and bars and restaurants across the region are so important to our business and this guide is an excellent way to reach them.
“We’re delighted to be included.”
Pam Wilsher, Head of Visitor Economy Development of the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “We hope this guide will make it easier for locals and visitors to our area to eat fresh, local, food produced right here.
“This guide has something for everyone.”
To download a copy of the guide, visit www. visitliverpool.com/freshandlocal