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Top Ten Christmas Gifts for Lovers of English Food

From English mustard to stilton and sticky toffee pudding - these are Essentially England's Top Ten Christmas gifts for lovers of English food.

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Food Festivals

Food Festivals: Eat your way around England (and through the seasons) with the best of English food.

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Top Ten Christmas Gifts for History Lovers

Top Ten Christmas Gifts: What do you give the person who loves English history? Here are a few ideas...

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Snailbeach Mine: Once Europe's biggest lead producer, now an enjoyable day out

Once the largest producing lead mine in Europe, Snailbeach Mine in the beautiful Shropshire hills has been mined for almost 2000 years.

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Traditional English Recipes

Want to cook Sunday lunch like grandma used to? Find out here how to prepare traditional English recipes, the Classics of English Cookery.

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Stocking Stuffer Ideas

Stocking stuffer ideas: little gifts that make a big difference

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Countdown to Christmas: Traditional Advent Calendars

Enjoy the countdown to Christmas with all the wonders of a traditional advent calendar.

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Kedgeree

From the Raj to Victorian breakfast tables, Kedgeree made quite an impression.

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Holiday Cottages in Norfolk

Need a base to explore East Anglia? There are plenty of holiday cottages in Norfolk, one of England's favourite holiday destinations.

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Top Ten Christmas Gifts for England Lovers

Top Ten Christmas gifts for England lovers: there's 6000 years of history to choose from!

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Crumpets - Delicious with tea!

Crumpets: serve with cold, rainy weather, lashings of butter and a pot of fresh tea. Or top with cheese and grill for the fastest supper ever!

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Matlock Holiday Cottages

Matlock holiday cottages: the ideal place from which to explore Matlock and the Peak District.

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Holiday Cottages in Derbyshire

England holiday cottages are an ideal way to spend a week exploring a different part of the country. And there are plenty of holiday cottages in Derbyshire, the heart of the beautiful Peak District.

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A Roast Goose Recipe fit for the Christmas Table

Roast goose was once England's favourite festive dish and each cook would have a roast goose recipe in her repertoire. Here's ours.

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Hot Cross Buns: A traditional Good Friday Treat

Traditionally eaten during Lent and on Good Friday, Hot Cross Buns are a tasty treat at any time of the year!

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Sloe Gin: Delicious in the Depths of Winter

Sloe Gin: warming, delicious and unexpectedly subtle, this is wild food at its best

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Holiday Cottages in Suffolk

England holiday cottages are an ideal way to spend a week exploring a different part of the country. And there are plenty of holiday cottages in Suffolk, England's peaceful county.

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Lemon Drizzle Cake

Lemon Drizzle Cake: simply the best afternoon tea cake. Totally divine with a cup of Earl Grey!

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Yorkshire Pudding

Yorkshire pudding - one of the most cliched dishes in English cuisine, but so what? Take another look and see if you haven't missed a trick.

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Shropshire: Land of Strife and Industry

Shropshire, filled with ruined castles, wonderful restaurants and exceptionally fine walking, is a dream destination for history, food and outdoor enthusiasts alike.

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Rhubarb and Custard

Rhubarb and Custard: A timely reminder that the simplest things are often the best.

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Felt Christmas Stockings

Felt Christmas Stockings: these are well worth the time you spend making them. Turn a Bucilla kit into heirloom Christmas stockings! Also good as baby's very first Christmas stocking...

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Shropshire Hotels

Shropshire is a great place for a shortbreak or longer stay and shropshire hotels come in all shapes and sizes.

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English food: Our favourite recipes

English food is simply wonderful. Check out these books of our favourite recipes to see what you could be missing.

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Books about English Food and Traditional English Recipes

What's cooking in England? Want to know about your favourite chef's latest book or find a traditional recipe? Books about English food is the right place to come!

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