Food and Drink

Spirit returns to the Clyde as The Clydeside Distillery officially opens

Spirit returns to the Clyde as The Clydeside Distillery officially opens

Whisky distilling is alive once more on the banks of the River Clyde as The Clydeside Distillery has now officially opened its doors to the public. The distillery, between the Riverside Museum and SSE Hydro, is now producing the first spirit in the area for more than 100 years.

Sitting on the site formerly known as The Queen’s Dock, once the beating heart of Glasgow’s shipping industry, The Pump House, with its famous clock tower, includes a 5-star visitor centre with interactive whisky experience, shop and café. The stunning copper stills sitting pride of place will produce a high quality Lowland single malt Scotch whisky.

Leading Exmoor hotel helps raise funds for moor conservation

Leading Exmoor hotel helps raise funds for moor conservation

DUNKERY Beacon Country House Hotel on Exmoor is helping raise funds for invaluable conservation and access projects on the moor by holding a ‘Taste of the Moor’ evening in March (2018).

As part of the new Exmoor Dining Club, top chef and co-owner of the multi-award-winning hotel, John Bradley will be supporting the National Park by hosting the event championing produce from the area.

He explained: “We’re delighted to have been asked to be part of this wonderful initiative designed to celebrate the fabulous ingredients available to us here on the moor and to also raise funds to help keep Exmoor special via the CareMoor campaign. 

Foodies invited to join in with Exmoor Food Fest

Foodies invited to join in with Exmoor Food Fest

A FOOD festival designed to help showcase Exmoor’s top food producers takes place this month (February, 2018) and a restaurant in Bridgwater is backing the event. The River Parrett Restaurant will be joining other top, award-winning restaurants in the area offering specially priced menus during February 2018 to encourage diners to eat out as part of the Exmoor Food Fest.

John Kay, Head Chef at The River Parrett Restaurant, said: “We’re very excited to be part of the 2018 Exmoor Food Fest, which runs until February 28. 

“It’s an event to showcase the very best the region has to offer diners and it is a celebration of all local produce and the culinary expertise we have here on our doorstep.”

The Swan scoops South West Tourism Excellence Award

The Swan scoops South West Tourism Excellence Award

THE TEAM at a Devon pub are celebrating again today (February 2, 2018) after receiving a second prestigious accolade this week. The Swan at Bampton was presented with a highest climber award at the 2018 ‘Estrella Damm’ Top 50 Gastropub Awards on Monday and won gold at the South West Tourism Excellence Awards in Torquay.

Co-owner of the gastropub with rooms, Donna Berry, who jointly runs the pub with her husband and fellow Chef Patron Paul, said: “What a week! It was wonderful on Monday to hear that we were still within the top 50 gastropubs in the country and, also, to receive a special prize for being the highest climber in the chart, which is voted for by the industry. We’re now 28th in the country and among some great company.

Taste of Grampian

Taste of Grampian

Following the success of last year’s Taste of Grampian with James Martin, the team behind Scotland’s largest one-day festival have announced that he will return for 2018.

Now in its 19th year, the big reveal was made today at Thainstone Centre, by Taste of Grampian Chairman John Gregor.   He commented; “I’m absolutely delighted to be welcoming James Martin back to Thainstone Centre this year for the 3rd time in its history on June 2nd.  He was a major draw and crowd-pleaser to the event last year and went out of his way to meet stand holders and visitors to the show.  The breadth of local food and drink on offer at the festival this year will highlight our continued commitment to showcasing new and established producers.  It’s always a great day out for all the family.”

Eat & Drink Festival - Tickets On Sale Now!

Eat & Drink Festival

The Eat & Drink Festival 2018 is back for its second year at Olympia London from 17 March to 2 April. Advance ticket prices start from as little as £14 for weekday adult tickets and children aged 15 and under go free.

Celebrating the best of food and drink, the Eat & Drink Festival 2018 brings together street food vendors, artisan food producers, top food brands as well as experts in cuisines from around the world and mixologists. From late night dining to shopping for fresh produce, there’s something to everyone’s taste.

Renowned chefs, food experts and TV chefs from some of the countries’ best restaurants will cook up a storm on The Foodie Stage with live demonstrations, sharing creative tips and culinary secrets.

Own label gin is tonic for Rosemere appeal

Own label gin is tonic for Rosemere appeal

Charity Rosemere Cancer Foundation is to have its own fundraising locally produced gin to be sold as a tonic for its 20 Years Anniversary Appeal and launched at a fundraising evening that will celebrate the life of a supporter, who helped to come up with the idea. 

A limited run of the fruity gin will be made by Brindle Distillery, Brindle, for Copa Fizz under their label  and sell bottles at £45 each. 

The best places to visit in Birmingham this Christmas

With the festive season right around the corner, this time of year presents many opportunities to spend time with loved ones. Birmingham is a hub of activity during the festive season. Whether spending time with friends, enjoying a family day out or a romantic evening with that special someone, the city has a range of events perfect for everyone this Christmas.
This year some of the best places to visit in Birmingham at Christmas time include:
Birmingham’s German Market

‘Dogs Aloud’ at Deptford Market Yard

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For London dog owners who still want a social life and visitors to the capital that can’t bear to be parted from their dogs, the search for new dog-friendly drinking and dining destinations is over. 

Deptford Market Yard is proud to announce its ‘ Dogs Aloud ’ status in time for this year’s National Dog Day (Saturday 26th Aug). ​Built within Deptford's renovated historical railway arches and Grade II listed carriage ramp (​London's oldest railway structure) Deptford Market Yard is London's latest food and lifestyle hub waiting to be discovered. 

Swap veg for a veg at Franco Manca


Neapolitan sourdough pizzeria exchanges vegetables for FREE veg pizzas to celebrate National Vegetarian Week

To celebrate National Vegetarian Week, Franco Manca is inviting guests to exchange vegetables for a complimentary veg pizza on Wednesday 17th May 2017, from 12pm – 3pm, across all its pizzerias.


All vegetables provided by customers will be donated to The People’s Fridge in partnership with local food banks and charities.


A wild medicine walk with a medical herbalist

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Herbal medicine is the oldest form of medicine in the world. It was just two generations ago that we were using these herbs in our homes for common complaints like colds, hayfever, coughs and headaches in the UK. 


Natasha Richardson is a medical herbalist who has run wild medicine walks since 2010. She wants to help people reconnect with their natural environment by educating them about the incredible value of the plants which surround us.


Her medicine walks last a couple of hours and happen along the forgotten in-between places across London; the canals, railway edges and the occasional farm. It’s easy to feel like there is nothing natural about London, but the plants are everywhere once you know what to look for. 

Brand new eat & drink festival heads to EventCity to revel in Manchester's thriving food scene

Eat and drink Festival

Brand new for 2017; Eat & Drink Festival will open in the heart of the Northern food revolution at Manchester's EventCity from 8-11 June. Experience a pioneering live spectacle, showcasing the best the country and region has to offer in the world of food & drink alongside the award-winning Ideal Home Show.

When: 8th – 11th June 2017

Where: EventCity, Manchester (co-locating with the Ideal Home Show)

Following the success of its first launch in London, the flavour some festival is sure to wet Northern appetites - celebrating the newest and most exciting trends in modern cuisine, local gastronomy and street food.

Say it with Gin!

Say it with Gin! RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington

What: Gin lovers are invited to enjoy this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show with a botanical-inspired afternoon tea and cocktail pairing at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington for £49per person.

When: Available from 15th – 28th May

What: The Royal Garden Hotel is offering a special afternoon tea which takes inspiration from this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show at its Park Terrace restaurant. Available from 15th – 28th May for £49 per person, the seasonal tea will include a selection of freshly prepared sandwiches and floral inspired deserts including orange blossom palmiers, elderflower posset and honey cake served with bee pollen created by Executive Head Chef Steve Munkleyand his talented team. 

Real food on-the-go from The Real Food Café


Award winning roadside diner and purveyors of the perfect fish and chips, The Real Food Café in Tyndrum, Scotland has expanded its business with a new grab and go kiosk. The café is a national park hotspot and a favourite with hikers, mountaineers, dog walkers and runners who descend on the area each year.

The convenient kiosk enables the café to serve customers who are travelling through the area and need to eat on the go and regulars who want to grab a coffee to have on the hoof. It’s set to be a sure fire hit too with visitors to the upcoming events that Tyndrum will play host to including the Highland Fling, West Highland and Devil O’ The Highlands races and Breast Way Round

Make a date to discover the world of farming

world of farming

LEAF Open Farm Sunday, 11th June 2017

On Sunday 11th June 2017 hundreds of farms across the UK will throw open their gates to welcome the public and showcase the fascinating world of farming. As well as being a fun and informative day out for all the family, LEAF Open Farm Sunday also gives visitors the opportunity to see first-hand all that farmers do and the impact their work has on all our lives.