Wye has a lot to offer

Updated 22/08/2019


If you have a business in Wye, whether you have a shop front or work from home and would like your details added to our business details  list, then you are most welcome to send them to us. (This is a voluntary service.)

If you would like to write an editorial with perhaps photographs about yourself and your business we will post that too!

Please note this website is linked to the Ashford Tourist Association website.


Wooden Spoon Book Launch

Art Week at The Sawyers

So it’s Art week @ Sawyer . We are going to highlight a number of local artists online and in the bar over the next 7 days Please pop in and see some of their incredible work. Your support is much appreciated. The first I would like to introduce is Watercolours by Shona Taylor. Her words ; I’m a local artist however I grew up in Scotland; where my love of nature and painting began. While living in the Highlands, I benefitted from the endless inspiration of the beautiful countryside. Watercolour is my medium of choice, mainly for its simplicity and purity of colour. Painting flowers and foliage in an abstract style creates, for me, a sense of freedom and energy. Many thanks. https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Pub/Sawyers-1034200343450085/

Editor: The Sawyers are to be congratulated for hosting such a community event. Artists create for the pleasure of others and need space to show their talents.

Wooden Spoon Supporting Red Nose Day!

The Wooden Spoon Preserving Company www.thewoodenspoon.co.uk have produced a special Red Nose labelled Jam which will be on sale direct from their shop and also their stall at this weeks Wye Farmer’s Market.   www.wyefarmersmarket.co.uk  Saturday 16th March 9am -12noon.

Price per jar is £2 with £1 per jar from each sale donated to Red Nose Day.

Joshan of Wye reopened at last

Three years after a dramatic fire brought Joshan of Wye to a close. It reopened Thursday 21st February.

For a full report click on:https://www.kentonline.co.uk/ashford/news/restaurant-to-reopen-three-years-after-huge-fire-199245/

Central Stores Wye

Ian Cooling has come up with another great photograph from Wye’s past shops and businesses. Thank you Ian!

For further information visit our History of Wye Village Shops and Businesses:



Monkey Business

Wife of Bath with Ivy

Photograph: Delia Copland 1970's

Did you know that when the Wife of Bath was the home of local doctors, a doctor once had a pet monkey who he used to let loose to climb up the ivy on the side of the house? For more history on this Wye restaurant visit our history of shops and businesses page: http://wyebusiness.org.uk/a-history-of-wye-village-businesses/

Dr Gerry Flack’s Book on Sale at Ticketyboo

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Copies of Dr Gerry Flack’s book ‘My Fortunate Life are on sale at

Ticketyboo. Price £20. Proceeds are for two charities, our local Hospice

and also Medicins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders.)

Whether or not you have lived in Wye all your life or have recently come

here, this is an extremely interesting read. Dr Flack came to Wye as a

young Doctor in the early days of the National Health and served our

community until his retirement.

The book can also be obtained from Wye Heritage Centre 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month – 9am

Former Shop High Street a Site of Discovery

A rare bead was once discovered in the garden at a former shop in The High Street.

from Topography of Wye 1842

For further information visit our ‘History of Wye Village Shops and Businesses page:



Golden Wye Chinese Take Away Previously a Cafe

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Photograph kindly supplied by Delia Copland

For more information on The Wye Hill Café visit our History of Wye Village Shops & Businesses : http://wyebusiness.org.uk/a-history-of-wye-village-businesses/


News from Ticketyboo Art & Gifts

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‘Mr Bodkin’ a fantasy painting by Ann Sutherland

The above painting is a recent commission inspired by Wye’s allotments.

The client who has a love of scarecrows has now commissioned a wife for Mr Bodkin!


Kings Head Nominated

The Kings Head have been nominated for Gastro Pub of the year in the Good Food Awards.

If you have had a good meal with them please support them by nominating them at https://www.goodfoodaward.com/nominate

Meanwhile we wish them the very best of luck”Kings-Head-Wye

Post card featuring The Kings Head in times gone by kindly supplied by Ian Cooling.
For further history of Wye shops and businesses please go to:http://wyebusiness.org.uk/a-history-of-wye-village-businesses/

F T Ruck General Store Opposite Wye College

Again we thank Ian Cooling for sharing with us more treasures from his collection.

This beautiful artwork featured on a 1919 complimentary calendar would have been given out to the customers of Mr & Mrs F T Ruck who had a General Store on the High Street. For more information and photographs on this please go to our History of Wye Village Shops and Businesses: http://wyebusiness.org.uk/a-history-of-wye-village-businesses/

1919 calendar. F T Ruck. College Stores. In High Street opp Collage entrance


Another glimpse of Wye’s Business Past – T. Denne

Dennes Mill with Banner

Ian Cooling has kindly loaned us some post cards from his collection of Wye village shops and businesses.

This one shows us an early photograph of The Mill House and Denne’s seed business which we have added to our History of Wye Shops and Businesses page. http://wyebusiness.org.uk/a-history-of-wye-village-businesses/

As one came over the footbridge in earlier days, one could not fail to see that Scotch Seed Potatoes were on sale at this establishment. Would such a large scale of advertising in our village be acceptable today?

Keep an eye on this page as more Wye Business gems come to light!

Guided Tour of Wye for Ashford Carers Support



Ashford Carers Support Members with Ann Sutherland of Ticketyboo.


Brian Sharp Former Owner of Bygones of Wye Antique Shop

A few years back as part of the Wye Business Associations Food Festival we did a couple of guided tours featuring the village shops and businesses of times gone by.

We were recently asked by a member of Ashford Carers Support https://carers-ashford.org.uk/contact-ures/ if we would repeat our tour for carers so that they could enjoy a break and end up with a cream tea at the Tickled Trout.

This meant asking Brian Sharp (an honorary member of WBA) to come out of retirement and once again assist in a guided tour of our village.

The result being, we had good fun and met some very nice people who enjoyed their break.

Geerings 34 High Street

As part of our History of Wye Village Shops Page we are pleased to be able to share the above photographs of 34 High Street Wye.

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Geerings 1937  34 High Street Wye –     Photo kindly supplied by Delia Copland on loan from Miss Dorothy Coulter.

The young lady on the right is Miss Dorothy Coulter.

Geerings 1973

Geerings 1973 High Street Wye –  Photo kindly supplied by Delia Copland on loan from Miss Dorothy Coulter.

Standing in the doorway is Miss Dorothy Coulter.

Some may wonder why the High Street is so named when there are today no shops here. Of course there was a time when this street was lined with shops including the Co Op.

1980’s until the current day.

When Geerings closed, 34 High Street was purchased by Wye College and became a residence for students.

Later it was sold and became a private property  again. The shop then took on a chequered life and became a work shop and showroom for a potter, a bridal gown showroom and two different types of book shop.

Currently it is a private residence and shop.




Another Success for Catha’s Seat Awards Fund – Wye Food Businesses donate Food & Drink Towards Picnic

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Locally sourced picnic raises funds to encourage cycling between Ashford & Canterbury

On Saturday 5th May over 80 people cycled and walked along National Cycle Route 18 from Wye, Ashford, Chilham and Canterbury to this year’s Catha’s Seat Picnic. Volunteers curated a menu for the picnic that showcased producers and purveyors operating along the cycle route. This featured food and drink kindly donated by; Wye Bakery, Wye Butchers, The King’s Head, Wye Coffee & Kitchen, Ripple Farm, Perry Court Farm, The Wooden Spoon, Wye Co-op, Woodpecker Farm and the Cheesemakers of Canterbury.

Proceeds from the picnic spread raised over £400 for the Catha’s Seat Awards Fund. The awards provide a total grant fund of £1,000 annually to encourage safety and increased use of National Cycle Route 18 between Ashford and Canterbury. Local groups, schools and individuals can apply for funding for equipment and expenses to support their projects. Those that are interested in applying for this year’s awards are encouraged to register their name and email address by 14th May at http://cathas-seat.org/awards/

At the picnic there were inspiring presentations from the 2017 awards winners: Continue Reading »

‘Window on Wye’ – Illustrated Poem in The Frame at The New Flying Horse

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New Flying Horse Licensee Steve Collins and Poet Robert Graham
pictured following the hanging of Robert’s poem ‘Window on Wye’

This nostalgic poem by Robert Graham, www.healinggardens.click was inspired by the fact that the stained glass
West Window in our Parish Church of St Gregory and St Martin, was blown out by an aerial landmine in 1943.
Robert’s poem reflects on a time gone by creating a window on Wye’s past but at the same time looks to the future.
As well as the poem being about yesterday, and what has gone, it is also about today and what has replaced what is ‘lost’  – i.e. the oasts are now houses, the people from abroad now come and work hard and pick our fruit not us… and yet much remains.wye window poem greyscale.indd

The poem has been illustrated by Ann Sutherland and produced by Ticketyboo http://www.ticketyboowye.org as a print packed with a hard backed envelope making it an excellent gift at £10.

A pound from each sale will be donated to Wye Scouts.

Wye picture framer Paul Callaghan http://www.intheframewye.wordpress.com was commissioned to frame a print in oak to hang in The New Flying Horse http://www.newflyinghorsewye.co.uk courtesy of the licensee Steve Collins.


Mary Hemsley Interior Design Closes After Twenty Years Trading in Wye

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Today, Wye says goodbye to Mary Hemsley Interior Design after twenty years of trading here in our village.

Mary’s talent for interiors and curtain making brought style to her shop in Bridge Street and into people’s homes. She was able to provide top of the range products and the latest fabric designs.

She was an active member of The Wye Business Association from early days. For this reason Mary is awarded honorary membership of the Association.

Mary has recently semi-retired and moved to Walmer, but will continue to operate from her studio where she will be producing bespoke curtains and blinds. She can be contacted via the following:

Mobile – 07980 148706

Email – info@mary-hemsley.co.uk

Mary looks forward to helping you with any projects in the future.

Editor: Good luck Mary and thankyou for all your support.

Wife of Bath reveal bill from 1973


Bill from Holdstocks

The statement featured, recently appeared on The Wife of Bath’s Facebook Page.

It shows a list of goods purchased from Holdstock’s in 1973.

The shop is now a private house on the corner of Upper Bridge Street and the High Street

Wye Bakery a Blogger’s Inspiration

Pauline Hickson of Wye Bakery has sent us a copy of an email she received from blogger and author Jessie Cahalin.

Click on her link below to read her amazing creative account of her visit to Wye Bakery.

Wye Bakery Bread

We visited your lovely bakery in the summer. I chatted with you and your daughter, and explained I would blog about the experience. Well, after all this time, here is my blog post. I am a blogger and an author so the post combines a literary reference. I hope your like it. Here is the link to the blog post: http://jessiecahalin.com/a-bread-tale-on-the-road-to-canterbury/ I have shared the post of Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/people/Jessie-Cahalin/100016975596193?fref=nf

Another business gem from our past


These are the latest photographs we have added to our ‘History of Wye Village Shops & Businesses’ Page.

For more detail : http://wyebusiness.org.uk/a-history-of-wye-village-businesses/


Holdstock’s General Store 1970’s. Photograph Delia Copland.

The shop further along the High Street (N0 34) was Geerings Stationers and News Agents.

Farm Shop

The Farm Shop 1980’s. Photograph Miss Pam Harbour.

Cinque Ports Vets React to Wye Dog Fouling

Wye Business Association members Cinque Ports Vets have reacted to a client’s concern over the amount of dog fouling we currently have in our village. We thank them for supplying us with the article below.


Why should I pick it up?

Dog fouling, it’s not just a ‘litter’ issue, it’s against the law!


Cinq Ports Vets



 We’ve all been there, that familiar squish underfoot and immediately identifiable pungent odour that wrinkles the noses of even the strong stomached, you’ve trodden in someone else’s dog poo!! But apart from the obvious annoyance, wiping of shoes on the grass and trying to get it out of the cracks in your trainers, why is it such a problem?

Unfortunately our four legged friends can be quite merrily carrying around diseases and parasites that not only pose a risk to their doggy friends, but to us and particularly children. There are around 6.8 million dogs in the UK, with an estimated production of 900 tonnes of faeces everyday!! That’s a lot of poo!

Apart from the potential risk of some stomach churning bacteria such as Campylobacter, which could lose you a few days sitting on the toilet, or worse a trip to hospital, the biggest public health risk is a parasite called Toxocara canis. T. canis is a type of intestinal roundworm, they are the ones that look like spaghetti (I hope no one is reading this over dinner). A responsible pet owner should worm their dog (and any cats out there) every 3-6 months with a reliable worming product, you won’t always see worms in their poo even if they have them.

Young children are more at risk from T. Canis which is transmitted either directly from dog faeces or a contaminated environment. Each female T. canis can lay up to 700 eggs a day and when a dog defecates they are passed out into the environment where the eggs can survive for up to three years in soil. During warmer weather the eggs develop into larvae which when ingested migrate through the body. When ingested by a dog the worm follows it natural life cycle and ends up as an adult in the digestive system (where it can cause irritation, diarrhoea and vomiting). However people are not part of the worms’ normal life cycle and so when the larval stages are ingested by us they can cause nasty reactions and tissue damage. The larvae sometimes migrate to the liver and can cause abdominal pain and fevers, or can migrate to the eyes and cause visual impairment or even blindness by damaging the retina (the back of the eye).

So the moral of the story is, always carry poo bags with you when out walking your dog (we know it’s easy to forget sometimes) and more importantly pick up your dogs’ poo and dispose of it appropriately!! It is becoming increasingly common for used poo bags to be left lying around, if you’ve bothered to pick it up please put it in a poo bin! The local authorities are also happy for it to be disposed of in general public bins if a poo bin is not available.
It is also important to regularly worm your dog against these parasites, ideally every 3 months with a reliable worming product. Speak to your local branch of Cinque Ports Vets for more information, you’d be amazed how excited they get over a humble dog poo!

More information available at www.gspca.org.gg/page/dog-faeces-facts


New Bespoke Picture Framing Service Wye


Oak frame with double mount.

Do you have something that needs framing;  a canvas, a print or photo that has been waiting for the right frame?  Or is there something you have which you would like re-framed ?

A new Wye Picture Framing Service  offers  you  choice  from a very wide range of frames (also known as mouldings) available to you. All frames are professionally constructed and samples are available.

They  also professionally mount (single or double)  work. You  just choose  the colour and texture of the  mountboard you prefer  from their wide selection. Samples of mountboards are available.

Finally, there is a  range of glazing options   available from Water White (colourless float glass),  Reflection Control,  Conservation Control   (which offers high UV protection) and Museum Glass . All glass  is cut to order.

As  a  new start-up, this service have low overheads making their pricing very competitive.

These frames create  a unique gift for any occasion.

For more details contact:

Email : intheframewye@btinternet.com

Text : 07983 687798

11 Oxenturn Road, Wye, TN25 5BH



The Changing Face of the Tickled Trout

Thanks to Mrs Delia Copland we have some more photographs of shops and businesses from living memory, These were taken during  the 1970’s. Some of these have already been added to our  ‘History of Wye Village Shops and Businesses’ page.


The photograph of the Tickled Trout formerly known as the Victoria Inn certainly shows how things have improved for this popular pub by the Riverside!


The Victoria Inn now the Tickled Trout.


Our popular Tickled Trout as we know it today!

Lepper’s Homes and Gardens Closes Down.

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Today, Robert Earl owner of our local shop Lepper’s Homes and Gardens (traditionally an Iron Mongers with lots more) has retired. Unable to find someone to take the shop on, sadly we lose another village asset.
Robert took the shop over from his Mother and has run it for many years.

Robert Earl unloads thge BBQ's

Many of us wish Robert all the best and I personally thank him for all the support he has given me in the Wye Business Association and village events.
Happy Christmas, happy life Robert, you deserve it!

Ann Sutherland.

Thankyou Perry Court Farm!

The amazing Christmas Tree at the Upper Bridge Street and Church Street junction was once again donated by the Fermor family of Perry Court Farm. Not only are we grateful to these lovely people for our tree but also for kindly delivering it!



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Wakelin’s Turkey Hot Favourite at Christmas Lunch

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Luckley House Sheltered Housing unit held their Social Club Christmas lunch yesterday.

Thirty two people sat down to a three course meal organised by the Scheme Manager Denise Libbeter and Resident Veronica Cackett.

They were helped by four volunteers and of course Jack Woodford stepped in once again to play his role of Santa. Santa even helped in the kitchen washing up!

The delicious turkey was purchased from our local butcher Wakelins in Church Street. With the personal service offered at this Wye establishment, carving the meat proved no problem. Martin Wakelin prepared the meat by taking it off the bone. It was then rolled ready for the oven. It takes a skilled butcher to do this.

Wakelin’s are currently accepting orders for Christmas. If you want a tasty Christmas joint or bird  with personal service and advice, why not give Martin and Sarah Wakelin a call: 01233 812225

Congratulations to Wye Beauty

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Ten years have passed since Wye Beauty opened it’s doors in Bridge Street. Since then Robyn Gardner has built up a strong clientele from Wye and surrounding areas.

Robyn  is celebrating 2017 as her 33rd anniversary since starting her first salon, in Tenterden in 1984, and at The  Ashford International Hotel in 1990.

Reliability, quality, dependability and trust have made Robyn and her team members stand out from the crowd, which is why she is still in business when so many have come and gone. Moving within an industry that is more medical, rather than just beauty, Robyn and her therapists offer an unusually large number of treatments available under one roof.

Robyn and her team can suggest the best skin care routine and treatment prescription to suit your budget and skin care needs to give you optimum results, to keep you looking your best. Your face is a worthwhile investment – it is on show for 365 days a year and needs looking after!

Wye Beauty specialise in anti-ageing treatments, and semi-medical treatments such as red vein, skin tag and milia treatment, IPL hair reduction  and semi permanent makeup. Follow Wye Beauty on Facebook . https://www.facebook.com/robyn.gardener.12?fref=ts

Ticketyboo together with poet Robert Graham – present Poetry at The Market

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West Window – St Gregory and St Martin Church, Wye.

Wye poet Robert Graham http://healinggardens.click/well practised at Café recitals, will be present at the next Wye Farmer’s Market looking forward to giving recitals to those who wish to listen. http://www.wyefarmersmarket.co.uk/

His recent poem West Window reflects on the historical past of Wye and the very foundations that moulded the village we have today.

Through his talent Robert weaves in words that which is depicted in the beautiful window of our Parish Church. A tribute to all that has gone before.

The poem, illustrated by Ann Sutherland http//:www.ticketyboowye.org has been reproduced as an A3 print and comes packed with its own hard backed envelope making it an ideal gift to send to friends and loved ones.

The print will be on sale at the Wye Farmer’s Market and also from Ticketyboo.



Awards for our Farmer’s Market and The King’s Head

Congratulations to both The Wye Farmer’s Market and The King’s Head for winning the following awards! 
Wye Farmer’s Market Saturday 21st October 9am to 12pm

We were very pleased to be nominated as one of the three finalist in the Kent Life Food and Drinks Awards 2017, Wye Farmer’s Market was one of just two Kent Farmer’s Markets that was Highly Commended in the Best Farmer’s Market category, congratulations to the winners Cliftonville Farmer’s Market. Also huge congratulations to the Kings Head in Wye which won Best Pub in Kent! Please see link below for more details.
Wye Community Farm – orders will be taken at the market for logs and kindling, and lamb, mutton and beef.

Valuing Village Shops

Village shops stand for more than just a place of business. They are places where the community connect. Where the community receive support.  Donating a prize to  a village event is often expected of village shops and businesses. They share both the joys and sorrows of the community and a whole lot more. More than others would ever realise.

Why this afternoon did two female pupils from the Free School throw sticky drink up the window of a village shop whereby it ran down the fresh paintwork which had just been done this afternoon?

These young ‘ladies’ were wearing the School’s uniform and therefore were representing their school.

They let their school down badly.

The owners of the shop in a bid to follow community spirit with the school, by request have in the past given a talk to a class at the school on community.

They have also spent time with a teacher sharing their knowledge on a map  she was preparing for the pupils.

Today’s abuse by pupils of Wye School has led to the owners of the shop involved, withdrawing any help or assistance to the School.

There will be no prizes donated to their fund raising events.

A letter carrying this message was delivered to the School Principal this evening.

The School would do well to teach their pupils to respect our village and make them realise what a privilege it is for them to be here.


From: Sarah Jessop

Sent: Tuesday, October 3, 2017 8:12 AM

To: ‘ticketyboo@clara.co.uk’

Subject: Community spirit

Dear Mrs Sutherland

Can I apologise for the behaviour of the two girls, I am very disappointed with them. I would like to identify them, if that was possible, any description would help us in this matter.

We will also talk to the students in assembly about community spirit. Please do not hesitate in letting me know should anything like this happen again.

Yours sincerely

Sarah Jessop

Farmer’s Market Saturday 7th October 9am – 12pm

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Wye Farmer’s Market Saturday 7th October 9am to 12pm

Autumn is now fully upon us and thoughts turn to hearty casseroles, warming soups, game, a wider selection of fish and shellfish as the waters around our shores cool (remember the saying “only eat Mussels when there is an ‘r’ in the month”). Vegetables in season now include pumpkins, gourds and squashes, celeriac, chestnuts and of course the wonderfully local Kentish Cob Nuts, wet walnuts, apples and pears are now at their glorious best. So come to the market, stock up on your autumnal local produce, go for a long walk and come home to a fantastic one pot wonder or warming soup.

A big warm welcome to Cake ‘n Bake

At the last market we were very excited to welcome our new cake stall, Cake ‘n Bake. They had a very successful first market on 16th September and very nearly sold out of their cakes. Cake ‘n Bake is run by mother and daughter, Judith and Gemma Lewis. Cakes are all baked in their home in Wye, where possible using locally sourced ingredients. At the market, they were joined by Gemma’s daughter Ruby, making three generations of the family on the stall. A wide selection of cakes went down extremely well with the sweet-toothed locals, so please come along to the next market, show your support for this (very) local family business and of course buy some delicious cakes.

Your Market

Please remember that the Wye Farmer’s Market is your market to enjoy, to shop, to meet people, and to relax whilst the kids play on the green. So if there are stalls you would like to see, things you would like to happen at the market, do you wnat a stall for something you produce (within 30 miles of the market) or know someone who does? Then please do contact me and let me have your thoughts. Craig Macara – Market Manager marketmanager@wyefarmersmarket.co.uk

October Recipe.

As the seasons change I often find myself returning to my favourite seasonal cookbook, the River Cafe Green CookBook. It is a delightful celebration of what’s in season and splits the year into months, so turning to October it’s all about Chestnuts, Pears, Polenta, Pumpkin, Porcini and Truffles. I’ve picked a soup this month, as their soups are always a wonderfully complex warming delight after an autumn walk. Chestnut and Celeriac Soup Ingredients (for six) 500g cooked and peeled chestnuts (why not try with Kentish Cob Nuts). 60g unslated butter 2 medium celeriac peeled and cubed 150g finely diced pancetta or smoky streaky bacon from VJ Game inner head of celery finely diced 3 cloves of garlic chopped 1 litre of chicken stock 5 juniper berries 4 fresh bay leaves (remove centre spine and finely chop) 150ml double cream 100g parmesan cheese (or replace with a nice hard cheese from Cheesemakers of Canterbury) extra virgin olive oil Method Heat the chicken stock in a saucepan. In a seperate pan melt the butter and ass the pancetta, slowly cook until transparent. Add the celeriace and celery and stir to combine the flavours for a few minutes. Add the whole chestnutsand chopped garlic and cook on a low flame stirring. Then add juniper berries and bay leaves. Now pour in just enough stock to cover the vegetables. Bring to the boil and simmer for 15-20 mins, or until the celeriac is soft. Using a potato masher break up the vegetables in the saucepan. You want a rough, thick soup. Finally stir in the cream, heat through and serve with the grated cheese and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.

Future Market Dates and Events Saturday 21st October 9am -12pm Halloween Special Saturday 4th November 9am – 12pm (More details to follow)