Tuck Box: Right royal celebration

The Duke of Gloucester (left) with David James, Chief Executive of the tourist board
The Duke of Gloucester (left) with David James, Chief Executive of the tourist board

Peak District food producers received the royal seal of approval on Monday when they took part in a tasting for the Duke of Gloucester.

The royal visitor – pictured with head of Visit Peak District David James – was in Bakewell to learn about the growing popularity of locally-produced food.

He was given a flavour of the area’s gourmet delights including Hartington cheese, Thornbridge ale, Bakewell pudding and poppyseed biscuits with foraged wild strawberry jam, produced by Tideswell School of Food as part of their latest courses.

Bistro back in business

The Curator’s House at Sheffield Botanical Gardens is back in business as an evening venue following the appointment of new chef Leslie Buddington. Latterly head chef at Platillos in Leopold Square, he is showcasing his skill with a bistro night on Saturday.

Leslie has 12 years’ experience in the industry, having worked in restaurants from London’s Soho Hotel to the top seafood venue in Auckland, New Zealand. His style is modern British and European.

Saturday’s event features a choice of four dishes for each course. Tables are still available on the outside terrace. Two courses and coffee £19.95, three courses £25.95

Growers’ open secret

Sheffield’s Organic Growers are throwing open the gates of their Moss Valley site on Saturday, giving local people a glimpse of the project – and a chance to pick their own fruit.

The 12-acre site, at the end of Lightwood Lane S8 8BG, is run jointly by Hazelhurst CSA, Moss Valley Market Garden, Hazelhurst Fruitery and Beanies Wholefoods. It has been managed organically since 2011 and is registered with the Soil Association. The open day runs from 11am-4pm. More details: www.sheffieldorganicgrowers.co.uk