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The start of April brings with it the full force of springtime. This means that many of our hotels will have brand new spring menus on offer to complement the lovely fresh produce available at this time of year. If you fancy yourself as a budding chef, you'll know that the best meals start from the best ingredients, and so we have created this list of the best farmers markets in the UK. We have, of course, also included links to some Best Loved Hotels nearby, so that you can let somebody else do the cooking for you!

Stroud Farmers' Market, Gloucestershire

Farmers Market

This Farmers' Market is multi-award winning, having previously won two FARMA awards for Best Farmers' Market, and Radio 4's Best Farmers' Market in the country. The market has between 50 and 55 stalls of producers from a 17-mile radius, including; Cotswold cheeses, chutneys and preserves, specialty butchers, cooked food stalls, ice cream and certified organic traders. Every Saturday, 9am - 2pm.

What we Best Loved - Stroud farmers' Market is the celebrity of Farmers' Markets, regularly featuring on television cookery shows, and it was even the inspiration for a book (Katie Fford's novel Paradise Fields).

Hotels near Stroud Farmers' Market - Stonehouse Court, a romantic 17th manor house with wonderful views of the Stroud Valley, and Tewkesbury Park, a country house & golf course with amazing views.

Edinburgh Farmers' Market

Edinburgh Farmers Market

Lloyd Grossman has listed this Farmers' Market as one of the Worlds' Best Farmers' Markets, and is the only Scottish market accredited by FARMA. The market has more than 40 specialist producers and cooking demonstrations, and the majority of stallholders grow or rear what they sell. First Saturday of every month, 9am - 2pm.

What we Best Loved - the incredible location of this market, on Castle Terrace under the spectacular backdrop of Edinburgh Castle.

Hotels near Edinburgh Farmers' Market - There are four Best Loved Hotels within a 15 minute walk; Old Waverley Hotel, The Holyrood ApartHotel, Channings, and The Howard.

Brixton Farmer's Market, London

Brixton is known as one of London's coolest places to live, not least for its reputation for lively street markets. Our favourite of these is Brixton Farmers' market on Brixton Station Road. There are a range of local hot food traders selling a wide range of meals, and an open-air stage for local DJs, musicians, buskers and entertainers. Every Sunday, 9.30am - 2pm.

What we Best Loved - Brixton Markets are run by traders themselves. It isn't owned by a private corporation or run by the local authority, which makes it one-of-a-kind.

Hotels near Brixton Farmers' Market - The Stafford, nestled in the heart of London, just 39 steps away from Green Park and 15 minutes on the Tube to Brixton. The Rosewood, SACO The Cannon, The Arch, and Home House are all 30 minutes away.

Malton Monthly Food Market, Yorkshire

Malton Monthly Food Market

Malton Monthly Food Market is one of Yorkshire's most renowned food markets, not least for its town centre location: After visiting Malton, Antonio Carluccio called it "Yorkshire's Food Capital" - a name which has remained with the town ever since. Enjoy over 35 food and drink stalls each month, live music, chef demos and delicious street food. There is free parking and free entry. Second Saturday of every month, 9am - 3pm.

What we Best Loved - Malton town itself - a fiercely foodie town with a food trail (35 artisan producers), a Cookery School and even an annual Food Lovers' Festival.

Hotels near Malton Monthly Food Market - The Talbot Hotel boasts two restaurants and is located in Malton town itself, and The White Swan Inn is a charming 16th century coaching inn next to the spectacular Yorkshire Moors.

St Dogmael's Local Producers Market, Pembrokeshire

Farmers Market

In 2016 this market was crowned the best food market in Britain by the BBC Food and Farming Awards, with one of the judges saying "It's a small market, but the food is exceptional". There are between 18 and 25 producers including crab and lobster from a husband and wife team (he catches the crab that morning, she prepares and dresses it in time for the market), plus beef, lamb, bread and flour (from the flour mill across the road), pastries, tarts, pies, you name it! Every Tuesday, 9am - 1pm.

What we Best Loved - This market was set-up in the face of adversity following a landslide in the mid 1990s. Two residents wanted to raise the morale of the town and identified that local producers could come together to create something really special - and they did!

Hotels near St Dogmael's Local Producers Market - St Brides Spa Hotel has beautiful Pembrokeshire sea views and highly acclaimed spa, and Warpool Court Hotel is a historic hotel, which offers boat trips, whale and porpoise watching.

Special Mention for Artisinal Markets

Farmers Market

The Raven Hotel, Shropshire - In 2014 The Raven Hotel opened their very own Farmers' Market right next door to the hotel. In 2015 the Market had become so popular that it was extended to include a marketplace shop, selling an array of larder products, tea, Shropshire coffee, hot soup of the day, homemade artisan bread, savoury tartlets and sweet treats to enjoy in the shop or take away. The French style is hugely popular with both locals and visitors, and guests checking out of the hotel have even been known to leave their breakfast to dash out and secure their favourite loaf or savoury tart!

The Trefeddian Hotel, Wales is also dedicated to sustainable food production, and champions a wonderful Farmer's Market near to the hotel. Under the gaze of Machynlleth's Victorian clock tower the weekly market has a friendly community feel. Chartered by Edward I in 1291 the Wednesday street market has been going ever since. The market attracts a range of stalls including local farmers, organic produce, collectables, handmade produce and local goods, much of which is used at the hotel.

The Five Arrows Hotel, Buckinghamshire - This April Waddeson Manor is launching its own monthly Artisan Food Market. The market will be launched on on Sat 8 April in the Visitor Car Park, just a stone's throw away from the Five Arrows Hotel. The market will be a monthly event, held every second Saturday, offering the very best in quality, fresh, seasonal produce, all locally sourced. There will be vegetables, meats, fish, dairy, baked goods, coffee, wine and much more on offer for guests to sample and buy. The Artisan Food Market aims to support nearby, small-scale, independent food producers.


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