As an independent business, we’re committed to supporting local traders by sourcing our produce from suppliers based in Derby and the surrounding area. In fact, we’re proud to say that 90% of our ingredients are sourced from within 30 miles of the restaurant.

The same principle applies to our non-food goods and services, from the fresh flowers on our tables to the decorating firm who painted our walls.

We put a lot of time and effort into finding providers who are not only local, but who are also the very best in their fields, so we can offer you a premium fine dining experience in beautiful surroundings.

Meet some of our helpers

 R & L Fruits

R & L Fruits

Fruit and vegetables

At The Blacksmith’s Loft, we’re fortunate to be located just a stone’s throw from Derby Market Hall – well-known for its wide range of high quality, fresh local produce. It’s home to several of our helpers, including R&L Fruits who supply all our fruit and vegetables.

R&L certainly know a thing or two about fruit and veg. The business has been trading for over 80 years, with three generations of greengrocers manning the stall. Current owner Rob selects all his produce personally, ensuring the highest standards of freshness and quality.

 La Fanfinette

La Fanfinette


Another resident of Derby Market Hall, our cheese supplier, La Fanfinette, boasts a ‘formidable’ reputation for supplying the crème de la crème of French and British cheeses. The business is owned and run by Valerie Laroumedie, who hails from the Dordogne in south west France.

Valerie prides herself on supplying artisan and local delicatessen goods that are generally hard to find in the UK. As well as British and continental cheeses, her produce includes cured meats, patés, homemade soups, breads and biscuits.

 Owen Taylor

Owen Taylor


Based in Leabrooks, Derbyshire, the family-owned butchers, Owen Taylor & Sons, enjoy an excellent reputation for the high quality of the fresh, locally-sourced meat and meat products that they supply to retail, hospitality and catering businesses across the Midlands.

Owen Taylor was established in 1922. The team still hand-pick the very finest animals, ensuring the highest welfare, safety and quality standards from farm to fork. We know we can rely on this multi-award winning business to supply us with the best available meat and poultry from ‘Farm Assured’ farms in Derbyshire and the surrounding counties.

Richard Taylor

Managing Director

Owen Taylors are pleased to be associated with The Blacksmith’s Loft. We’re proud of our quality local produce that’s made available to the discerning diners of Derby.