Harborough’s Food History

Market Harborough and the surrounding area has been a ‘hub’ for the local food and drink industry since the Manor of Harborough or Haverberg was developed as a place where tradesmen could meet between Northampton and Leicester between 1199 and 1227. In 1204 a market was established and it is thought that the name Haverberg is derived from the Anglo-Saxon ‘Haefera-beorg’ meaning Oat Hill.

Harborough Market has been held on a Tuesday ever since 1221 and has been joined by many small independent and artisan producers. A quality selection of local food and drink products is increasingly important to shoppers and visitors. Taste Harborough is at the centre of connecting and showcasing the businesses which make the Market Harborough area a wonderful place to taste and buy food and drink.

Who are Taste Harborough?

Introduction to the board

Fay Horsfield of The Indulgent Menu and Oma’s Pantry

Fay Horsfield of The Indulgent Menu and Oma’s Pantry

Executive Director

Fay has built her businesses up, going from strength to strength and catering at the Houses of Parliament. She loves sourcing new local producers and using new ingredients and products within her businesses. Fay takes great pride in delivering great tasting local food and sees the importance of shouting about the Harborough area as a place to come and sample fabulous food and drink.

Ivan Sheldrake of Market Harborough Brewery and The Beerhouse

Ivan Sheldrake of Market Harborough Brewery and The Beerhouse

Executive Director

Ivan is an entrepreneur with a passion for real ale. With his business partners, he has built up the Market Harborough Brewery to supply the Harborough area with great tasting, high quality and handmade beers made in the micro-brewery located in the centre of town. Located almost opposite, The Beerhouse is the first micro pub in Market Harborough, and sells top quality beer to its customers.

Kirsty Clarke of Waterloo Cottage Farm

Kirsty Clarke of Waterloo Cottage Farm

Non-Executive Director

Kirsty, alongside her husband Angus, runs a 120-acre farm and artisan farm shop. Using sustainable methods to rear their animals, their cattle and sheep are pasture fed using fodder that they have grown and their pigs roam freely in their fields. Kirsty is a supporter of making good quality local food and drink readily available, and enjoys holding master classes and educating others about farming techniques and where meat comes from.

William Scott of Well Roasted Coffee

William Scott of Well Roasted Coffee

Non-Executive Director

William has enjoyed working with coffee for many years. He sources and selects green beans from direct importers, which allows them to be traced back to the region, even the farm where they were grown. This ensures that farmers are fairly rewarded and precautions are taken to protect the local environment. Once in Harborough, William’s coffee is bagged within a few hours of roasting, so he can offer fresh, quality, locally roasted coffee to his customers.