Rutland styles itself as the ‘County of Good Taste’. We’re proud of our farming and agricultural traditions which produce a remarkable array of locally made food and drink. As the hedgerows burst into life with elderflowers, enterprising locals can be seen foraging to create their unique distillations. Farm shops boast the best local lamb, and we have both Cropwell Bishop and Stilton cheese made nearby. South of Oakham newly planted vines line the limestone-rich hillside and we wish this venture well.
All this bounty is so reminiscent of the subjects of our contemporary still life artists Paul Brown and Stewart Lees and the wild flowers and brambles so lovingly rendered by Martin Taylor line the fringes of our fields.