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Last Updated: Wednesday, 14 May, 2003, 08:46 GMT 09:46 UK
Local tarts and cheese on offer
Local cheeses are being introduced to youth hostel menus

Several youth hostels in Derbyshire are adding more locally produced food to their menus in an attempt to attract more visitors.

The youth hostels at Hartington and Eyam hope that Bakewell pudding and local ales will add more local appeal.

William Greenwood, chef at the Hartington hostel, said: "Customers are prepared to pay a little bit extra if they know what they are getting is produced locally."

The trial at the two hostels will be extended to more locations in the Peak District if it proves successful.

French example

Richard Allen, a teacher in Northamptonshire who was visiting the Hartington hostel said: "I think it would be excellent for the children as they would be able to realise there are regional differences that should be enjoyed and tasted.

"They need to think about sense of place and not expect to find the same food everywhere they go in the world," he said.

Colin Rich, who is working on the trial project, said: "I think people are prepared to buy more local food - that's what they do in France where you are always being told about local produce."

Joe Alsop, who runs a local micro brewery, says his small business wants to sell locally: "It is a case of mass produce versus small business, so it speaks for itself."

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