Food and Drink Features

Raised pies are in my mind the most satisfying you can make. For starters, the dough is good-tempered and can be handled more readily than, say, puff pastry – it’s fun to work with. And the result, with its crisp, toothsome edges, makes you feel like a proper baker.

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Jan Robijns of The Broadway Deli & Grocery in Woodford Green reflects on the ups and downs of 2020, while revealing an interesting new health and wellbeing initiative for 2021

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Vik Gubski, owner of Loughton’s 8 Rocks Deli & Wine, on the best wines and Champagne for Christmas Day

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Shop local and enjoy a tip top turkey this Christmas with a trip to one of West Essex’s best butchers

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There’s never been a better time to discover your green fingers and have a go at growing your own fruit and vegetables

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We speak to two West Essex-based nutritionists about the kinds of food we should be consuming during lockdown and beyond

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