Food and Drink

Learn How To Christmas À La Francaise In Covent Garden

St Germain - Learn How To Christmas

Venturing beyond buck’s fizz, blinis and poinsettias, St-Germain – the world’s first French elderflower liqueur – will offer a refreshing new take on Christmas cocktails, nibbles, decorations and gifts at its elegant St-Germain Winter Bloom Pop Up in Covent Garden from 22nd November to 22nd December.

Fittingly located on Floral Street, the St-Germain Winter Bloom Pop Up will feature a Christmas Flower Boutique that proves beautiful blooms aren’t just for summer, as well as a series of craft workshops led by personalities including cook and food writer Anna Barnett, whimsical florist Emily Baylis of June in March and cocktail expert Camille Vidal – aka Madame St-Germain.

Dine & Stay Offer At The Hope & Anchor

food at The Hope & Anchor

One of Lincolnshire’s leading restaurants with rooms has unveiled an exciting new dine and stay deal which will launch next month (November 2018). The Hope and Anchor at South Ferriby is offering guests the chance to enjoy a room for £99 and receive £30 towards their meal.

The award-winning 19th century pub – which is the only eatery in the area to have a prestigious Michelin Bib Gourmand - is located just five minutes from the Humber Bridge and enjoys spectacular views across the Humber estuary.

As well as a popular restaurant, the Hope and Anchor has five stylish rooms – allowing visitors to enjoy the amazing cuisine and then extend the experience with an overnight stay.

Dutton Cuisine’s Brown Sugar Restaurant opens on historic Windermere site

Dutton Cuisine’s Brown Sugar Restaurant interior

Following eight months and a complete refurbishment of the site, local entrepreneur and businessman, Ian Dutton, has launched his latest venture: ‘Brown Sugar’!  The new bar and restaurant, situated on an historic site in the heart of Windermere village, opened to much-acclaim on Saturday 15th September, with both locals and visitors giving it their definite seal of approval.

Tyneside café is entrepreneur’s recipe for business success

Tyneside café is entrepreneur’s recipe for business success

A talented entrepreneur from Washington has launched a new business serving quality, locally sourced food and beverages to purveyors of breakfast and brunch. 

Former Gateshead College student Aidan Jackson is the brains behind Sandyford-based Aidan’s Kitchen, which employs five staff and recently opened its doors to the public for the first time.

Set in a relaxed environment with a contemporary twist, the café sells tastebud-tempting treats ranging from a traditional full English breakfast to harissa spiced tomato and pepper stew, smashed avocado with red chillies, and grilled chorizo and halloumi flatbread. For those with a sweet tooth, there’s also a wide selection of cakes, scones and other tasty desserts on offer. 

Record-breaking summer for Dutton Cuisine’s ‘Pig Restaurant and Bar’

Record-breaking summer for Dutton Cuisine’s ‘Pig Restaurant and Bar’

Ian Dutton, owner of The Pig restaurant and bar in Windermere, has declared this summer its ‘best ever’.  Takings at the popular and unique establishment on Crescent Road, in the heart of the village, are up 15% on the same period in 2017, with August up 8%, despite a slow April.  Ian took a massive gamble when he opened the 40-seater Pig in March 2016, following a refurbishment which took just five months and cost more than £400,000.  With more than 70% of its menu offering based on ‘pork’, it remained to be seen whether the fickle consumer would get on-board with his unusual vision.  

But its popularity has surprised even Ian, as he explains:

Exciting Line-Up of Summer Family Festivals from Vegan Events UK

Exciting Line-Up of Summer Family Festivals from Vegan Events UK

There’s something for everyone at the forthcoming Vegan Festivals from Vegan Events UK this Summer. These popular family events, held at venues up and down the country include a feast of mouth wateringly delicious food, a wide range of fantastic stalls, world food caterers, exciting cookery demos, inspirational talks, interactive workshops, yoga and children's activities running throughout the day. And there are lots of exciting foods and other products not available in the shops.

Vegan Treat Shop pops up for ONE DAY to offer dairy-free Baileys dessert

Baileys vegan desserts

For one day only – Friday 23rd March – The Vegan Treat Stop by Baileys Almande, pops up in Soho Square and invites dairy-free dessert devotees to pop in for an indulgent classic dessert with a vegan twist.  

The Vegan Treat Stop appears hot on the heels of research, commissioned to mark the launch of Baileys Almande, which revealed that iconic desserts such as Cheesecake, Eton mess and banoffee pie are what the nation’s vegans miss the most when ditching the dairy.

The British Dal Festival with celebrity chefs and home-cooked food

 British Dal Festival Romy Gill

This week, the first British Dal Festival kicks off in Bristol with events to celebrate the magic of dal – dishes based on split pulses – taking place across the city between Monday 19th and Sunday 25th March. 

The British Dal Festival will culminate in a Grand Dal Finale at Paintworks, Bristol on Sunday 25th March. Celebrate and feast on dal of all kinds, with dal-icious vibes and music to reflect the diversity, versatility and deliciousness of dal and the pulses that make it.

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.