March Letter from The Ferns Veggie B & B chatting about allergen regulations, Easter in Newport and ‘Made from Wool’ Newport knitter

Allergen regulations


Part of the new Food Information Regulations, requires me to  collate the  information about allergic ingredients used in the food that I serve.  The allergens that I have to report on are : celery, cereals, crustaceans, eggs, fish, lupin, milk, molluscs, mustard, nuts, peanuts, sesame seeds, soya and sulphur dioxide.

Well, fortunately I don’t serve any fish products, so that got me out of filling in those sections. Celery, lupin, mustard sesame seeds and sulphur dioxide were new for me.  Sulphur dioxide is apparently used as a preservative in dried fruit. I use various dried fruits in my home-made granola, so that will have to be flagged up. imagesCAJR56BZ

The most complex products are the different varieties of vegetarian sausage that I stock. The relevant information, however, is all on the packets, so there are no worries there.

All four types in the pan

All four types – Linda Mccartney, Quorn, Granose and Cauldron

The main thing is that I have everything all on a spread sheet now, so that I can respond to any queries with confidence.

BUT the next issue  is the Continental Breakfast menu!! This will be more problematic since some of the items (croissants, Danish pastries have no ingredients on them as I buy them fresh from the local baker or the Co-op) So this needs investigating further.  However I am pleased to have done the  important hot meals menu.

Newport at Easter time

You might think, what can I do in Newport at this time of the years? Well lots!  Newport History Society will have the chairman of Shropshire Family History society talking to the society on April 20th. St George will be fighting the Dragon on Sat 25th April on the High Street.

St Nicholas' church

Also, whether or not you wish to attend the Easter services at St Nicholas church in Newport , the church is well worth a visit. This is often open late morning – but of course opening depends on whether they have the volunteers to open, so it cant be guarenteed .

The church dates from the 12th century. The tower was rebuilt in 1360  and the roof is 15th century. A  great restoration  took place  in the 19th century

Of interest  inside are: alabaster images of Judge Salter and his wife (Chief Justice of Shropshire & the Marches in 15th century and owner of nearby Salter’s Hall )


Eccentric ancient wooden figures that used to be on the ceiling but are now  near the east door, are worth looking at.


In addition, there is a lovely Burne Jones / William Morris stained glass window in the chancel.

Lastly, I have bought myself a lovely cafetière cosy from Sandra Pattison (Facebook ‘Made from wool’) whose products are available in Newport Central ( previously called the Pop-up shop. I was able to give Sandra the colours of my breakfast  crockery and she created a cosy to my specifications. I wanted something not too light because of it possibly being stained with coffee drips.

'Made from Wool' coffee cosy by Sandra Pattinson

‘Made from Wool’ coffee cosy by Sandra Pattinson

Facebook page is Her work can be seen in the Pop-up shop aka Newport Central, which is 3 High Street.

it’s wonderful to see the flowers popping up again and I saw my first butterfly last week. Fantastic!   Best Wishes,