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Simple lines and a neutral colour palette make the most of this open kitchen/dining room, which naturally leads out to the pretty garden. A breakfast bar is ideal for quick bites, while a wooden table is for entertaining. The antique egg box was passed down from Steph’s mother-in-law, while mugs from Blue in Bath live by the window


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hen Crumbs arrives at Steph Anderson’s Winsley home, it’s Sid the Airedale Terrier that’s first to greet us.


Steph soon follows, and we hurry in from the January chill and into the perfumed world of In a Pickle Food Company. The idea came to its creator Steph back in 2011, when – after a lifetime of working in the catering industry in some way or another – she discovered a passion for, and skill at, making chutney. An experimental recipe of cucumber pickle turned into a few jars, which turned into a few boxes, and today Steph’s award- winning range is stocked in delis and


farm shops across the South West, with nearby Hartley Farm being one of the first to leap aboard. But it’s here in quiet little Winsley that Steph, along with her assistant, still hand-make every single jar. With a fragrant batch of her famed


Hot Lime and Chilli Pickle simmering on the hob, Steph explains that she and her husband Jeff made the decision to renovate their home when demand grew. The building itself was originally a coach house and stables, rumoured to be where the Horse Guard were stationed during the war, which was later converted into two cottages, and then into one. So now the business has its own workspace (the original kitchen), where the heady


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aromas and pungent spices can be shut off from the rest of the family home, while a new ‘off-duty kitchen’ has been built. So what of this snazzy new area, I hear you ask? Brace yourself, readers, for some serious house envy. The double extension, completed by Chippenham-based SJG Construction, has real wow factor. Towering oak beams frame the kitchen diner and are mirrored in the adjoining room, which doubles as a dining room and conservatory. The floor-to-ceiling glass windows offer uninterrupted views of the spacious garden and, sitting down with a mug of Teaple’s Brewbarb & Custard tea to hand, it’s easy to see the labour of love Steph


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