“I can remember a time, as a child, when Tideswell was completely self-supporting.”
In the Middle Ages, Peak District village Tideswell was known as the 'King's Larder’, but like many villages, it has been in steady decline over recent years.
Wanting to capitalise on its long-lost reputation for great food, the team created Taste Tideswell in a bid to pump money into the community while turning it into a destination for foodies.
Determined to make a success of their venture, they set about creating an allotment, community kitchen and brewery.
The ethos is simple. Once people understand where their food comes from and how to prepare it properly, they will buy more locally grown produce, thus transforming the local food economy.
Their success speaks for itself.
In December 2010, Tideswell School of Food opened after an intensive four-month building conversion.
The Grow It nursery has been cleared, landscaped and planted while the Tideswell Made trust mark for local businesses, retailers and producers has been successfully launched.
Six staff have been employed including a part-time head chef and education officer, as well as an operations manager and a marketing assistant.
Taste Tideswell is now running cookery courses, brewing courses and corporate events and is determined to hit challenging sales targets to ensure financial sustainability and guarantee its future.
Tideswell, Derbyshire, England