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As Christmas arrives, now more than ever our local retailers need your support as we all aim to #HelpEssexBuyLocal

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Essex Life has teamed up with Fenwick Colchester to offer one lucky reader the chance to celebrate Christmas with a fabulous festive hamper

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Ilford’s Fozia Nazir shares recipes from her self-published charity e cookbook called Mamma Makes

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Starting to get that festive vibe? Whether you’re looking for the perfect present, or planning your top tipples, meet Essex’s most exciting gin and wine producers

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Double joy for Saffron Grange’s English sparkling wines at WineGB Awards

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Few things are more deliciously indulgent than an idyllic afternoon tea. Here Essex Life showcases 20 of the best places for tea and cake the county has to offer

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Essex is home to a goldmine of excellent farm shops, as local farmers and producers diversify to bring the freshest, local fayre direct to customers

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Filming for the latest series of The Great British Bake Off has moved from Berkshire to Essex

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As an active campaigner on food and social issues, Jack Monroe was a leading light of lockdown. Holly Louise Eells caught up with the bootstrap cook about her brand-new book, mental health and why Essex will always be her home

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Advances in agricultural technology have meant that the harvest scene across the county is much different today than decades ago. Hannah Salisbury from the Essex Record Office looks back at times gone past

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Through woodlands, nature reserves and riverside beauty spots, we pick 9 perfect places for countryside walks plus some of the best pubs along the way

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Vineyards from across East Anglia came together in May to host a #EastAnglianWineNight and thank wine drinkers for drinking local wines during the Covid-19 pandemic

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Treat yourself to a pint of real ale surrounded by fresh sea air and coastal views at any one of these 12 glorious Essex pubs

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We all love a good old pub. Full of character and history, there is no better place to sit back and enjoy a drink. Here are 10 of our favourite historical pubs in Essex

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Nothing is more satisfying than eating a delicious piece of fruit that you’ve picked yourself. Here are 9 farms in Essex where you can PYO

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A major campaign calling on the Essex public to cook more locally-caught fish and seafood, by buying it from local independent fishmongers and fishermen selling direct to the public during the COVID-19 crisis, has been launched

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Stephanie Mackentyre visits Thai Up at the Quay, a lovely spot for relaxed Thai dining in one of Harwich’s many historic buildings

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Stephanie Mackentyre visits The Leather Bottle, a classic village pub located just off The Green in Blackmore

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If you’re looking to buy something really rather special as a foodie treat, then look no further than your local deli. Essex delis are a real jewel in the cookery crown and having one or two amazing ingredients in your cupboard store can really make the difference to your cooking. Here are a few to try | Words: Stephanie Mackentyre

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It’s no secret that Essex’s pubs, cafes, shops and businesses are having a tough time right now. We want to help in any way we can so we put this list together showing how they’re adapting to today’s challenges

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