About the Campaign

The Great British Food Cycle is a nationwide campaign aimed at getting people back in touch with the great British food that’s on their doorsteps.

Led by eccentric foodie Tim Keates, tweed-clad and moustachioed, who picks up & drops off delectable samples of Great British food to Great British people as he pedals on his merry way through these islands. Organic butchers, artisan bakers and box scheme makers – and the people who enjoy their great local food – are all invited to get involved.

As more and more people are asking about the providance of their food, and how they can get the most flavour & nutrition for themselves and their families we are turning a spotlight on great local farmers, growers, retailers & chefs the length of the country.


Betsy learns yoga, while I let the train take the strain.

After a silly mix up around my ticket to Bangor, North Wales I took a later train and found the staff at Euston incredibly helpful.

While waiting to resolve the issue I got talking with a lady staff member about Betsy as a butcher’s bike in the ticket hall at Euston is an unusual sight. She  remembered when she was very small the baker delivering on her street bread and pastries on a similar bike.

I got to board the train early as a huge wicker basket and rusty bike doesn’t mix well with business travellers.
I found the bike storage area and after a couple of attempts worked out the best way to store Betsy!


Fun and games changing at Chester for our final destination Bangor.


The Southfields Sausage a huge success

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What a great taste test we had with the fine people at By The Horns Brew Co. in Tooting.

Chris & Alex threw open their doors to us as GBFC in conjunction with Terry at The Village Butchers in Southfields (my local butcher) held a blind  tasting event to gauge people’s reaction to several new sausage recipes.
Terry had four great sausages including an unusual recipe that I had been working on.

We had almost 40 tasters come down for the evening and try the selection and vote on their favourite.

Thank you to By The Horns for being so gracious as to let us use their BBQ facilities and bar. Matching a few of their fine brews to the sausages on offer.
We also were able to raise quite a few pounds for charity as we had an honesty box and tasters were not afraid to use it.

Thank you one and all for a great evening of laughter great food & beer.

Please click on:
By The Horns Brew Co. for more info about their award winning microbrewery or for their opening times and online shop.

The results were a huge surprize.


Great British Beer Festival 13-17 Aug @ Olympia, London.

Had a very enjoyable afternoon slaking my thirst at this world class event. I met up with my buddy Frank who had flown from German especially for the day. Frank’s love is for all things British,  so he visits regularly. As far as a tipple goes his chosen poison is a dark mild or a porter.
My choice on a warm muggy day moved towards a refreshing brew. A modern IPA or hoppy golden ale.

With 800 beers &  ciders available, the difficulty is not lack of choice. The festival catalogue is 80 pages and crammed with information. Tasting notes and a map to find your way round the 20 CAMRA bars and associated stands.


When i think of beer festivals i think boozy,  rowdy, smelly places. With lousy food & disgusting toilets and queues for everything. How wrong was i?

The longest i waited for any one thing was to buy my entry ticket. The wait was never more than  2 minites and 80% of the time you could walk straight up for service. Loos were clean and free flowing with visitors.  A comfort break as our American cousins would say was taken in two shakes of a lamb’s tail.
Food was a revelation, i clearly hadnt thought it through, but CAMRA invite quality food providers. All was served in a takeaway style but pasties had crumbly pastry and chunks of meat inside,  pies came in a multitude of flavours. I plumped for Gloucester old spot pork pie with crumbly cheese topping.
Later we had hot steak d kidney pies and burnt my mouth. It actually tasted of kidney!

I had outstanding beer from Cairngorm Brewery as Trade Winds. The Dancing Duck brewery and Facer’s Brewing with the aptly named Splendid ale.

Special mention goes to some the Welsh brewers,  and brewster who are creating delicious moreish ales.
PurpleMoose,  Brecon Brewing, Conwy Brewery,  Facers Brewery near Flint. The Waen Brewery, Evan Evans and larger company Brains who sponsored the festival and who created Bragging Rights based on welsh ‘bragawd’  style of beer.

A great afternoon was had by all.  And on the back of its success i joined the Campaign for Real Ale CAMRA.


GBFC Midsummer Picnic on Wimbledon Common – 23rd june -RSVP

Hello Locavores

A quick post to invite you all to a midsummer picnic on Wimbledon Common next Sunday 23rd.  Starts at mid-day till 3pm. Head for the Windmill in the center of the Wimbledon Common. We will be situated 300m  from the windmill along Windmill Road which is off Wimbledon Parkside. Here is a map location:

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The picnic is a fundraiser for the next leg of the GBFC nationwide campaign to promote local food for local people. Tickets are £15 in advance, and sumptuous food is created by John Beaumont former Michelin chef (retired). We are still working on the menu but everything is either local and very certainly British through and through. Expect amazing game pie, a vegetarian option, hedgerow salad and summer berry pudding and elderflower ice cream!

RSVP as numbers are extremely limited. Email me at gbfoodcycle’at’gmail.com or call me on my mobile: 07836781498. Bring a picnic blanket, a sense of humour and see you under the trees (because it will be sunny) next to the grassland.

Extensive free parking is available next to the windmill.


Great British Food Cycle 2013 splash!

After some tech problems which have finally been ironed out I’m pleased to announce that GBFC 2013 is being launched with a new video clip of Tim cycling and eating his way round Britain.

We have just visited artisan cheese maker Bill Oglethorpe at Kappacasein (just off Maltby Street), London. We found out why the railway arches near London Bridge station are the idea place for a rising star in the world of British cheese.

A big thank you to Jason Edwards, for his direction on the shoot and Director of Photography David Corfield, for their dogged perseverance to get it in the can.

Thank you to Bill also for supplying us with steaming mugs of fresh coffee to ward off the cold and great hunks of sourdough bread and an awesome selection of cheese to make us smile.

I have to admit – ‘I will work for food’


An evening of celebration for British Food

The Great British Food Cycle is proud to announce there is to be a community event to acknowledge and celebrate the great British food producers who took part in the cycle ride last year.

We will be having a small exhibition of photos & excepts from the amazing journey Tim made during the 44 days cycling, unsupported the length of the country on a butcher’s bike.

Guests are invited to view the maps, stills and copy destined for a book of the ride, along with a series of recipe cards (to take away) designed around the artisan food producers he met along the way.

Working with chef John Beamount and a stills photographer to capture the unctuous nature of great home cooking the images and recipes will make your mouth water.

The event will be held on 30th May at Salt & Pepper Cafe on Replingham Road, London SW19. Viewing started at 19.15 and ends at 21.30 there will be a delicious selection of nibbles created by chef John and drinks (alcoholic & non alcoholic) from a variety of British producers.

The Cafe & exhibition space can be found 3 minutes walk from Southfields tube station (District line)

http://goo.gl/MkBm4 please email us RSVP if you would like to come along as it is useful to know numbers in advance, so we can be prepared..





Apologise for the long wait for feedback

Hi everyone. I apologise that I haven’t updated the blog for a couple of weeks.life gets in the way when you are making plans!

Pictures are finally in and several publications have asked for further information. P

lease watch this space for new pics in the next few days and a news round-up on all of the people who participated in The Great British Food Cycle. To give you some idea over 60 food producers took part and I was able to hand out free sourdough starter to 21 groups or people. many of whom were to pass on the starter to their friends & family.

Acknowledgement goes to David Corfield for this great photo.