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Home-grown food: the money-maker for pubs

A trio of studies from Beacon show that pubs may need to embrace food to succeed, and that if they do, home-grown produce is the way to go. First of all, some good news for pubs. A quarter of Brits have said they’d spend 25% more for pub grub if the food came from here […]

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Vegan victories aplenty before Vegan Month

November is Vegan Month, but the last few weeks have already been particularly vegan friendly themselves. From plant-based pop-ups to meat-free menus, restaurants are giving vegans a much greater choice. Nando’s has added to their veggie options with a Sweet Potato & Butternut Burger and Supergreen Burger, both available in vegetarian and vegan options. Over […]

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You had us at savoury clouds…

When renowned food critic Charles Campion raves about a pub then you know you’re onto a winner – the Best British Roast Dinner 2017 winner to be exact. This week, The Feathers Inn in Stocksfield was crowned with the title that pubs up and down the country have been vying for. Charles said: “At The […]

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No hate for the humble plate

Whether it’s in a shoe or on a horn, restaurants have really shoehorned in new ways to serve food in recent years. For some customers, food served on a slate instead of a plate was hard to stomach. Well nowadays, dog bowls, plant pots, shovels and shoes (yep, we weren’t kidding) have all replaced the […]

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Santa Maria unleashes the power of pepper

What do you think about when you think about pepper? Salt? Dr Pepper? Not a whole lot? It’s probably pretty normal that you put a grind or two on your dinner without giving it a second thought. But, you’re not a chef. Chefs should be thinking about how pepper can elevate their dishes, where the […]

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We all scream for (vegan) ice cream

The vegan community went into melt-down this week with the news that Ben & Jerry’s dairy free ice cream is coming to the UK. The certified vegan products have been available in the US for over a year, with flavours including Cherry Garcia, Chocolate Fudge Brownie and Chunky Monkey. The Ben & Jerry’s team uses […]

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Rubbish! High Street Chains’ Food Waste Revealed

As part of The Grocer’s Waste Not Want Not Campaign, a number of quick service restaurants (QSRs) have recently been found severely lacking in their attempts to deal with the mammoth issue of food waste. Out of ten high street names, only three food giants – Pret, KFC and Greggs – were found to be […]

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Foodie Fun at the National Restaurant Awards 2017

This week, a few of us were invited to the National Restaurant Awards where the UK’s 100 top restaurants (as decided by 180 chefs, restauranteurs and food critics) were revealed. Many industry events can often seem a bit stiff but these never are. There were huge cheers all around the Hurlingham Club last night for […]

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Move Over Meat – It’s World Meat Free Day

Vegans, vegetarians and flexitarians rejoice! World Meat Free Day (12th June) is here again and it’s the perfect excuse to rope your carnivorous friends into tackling your diet for the day. Struggling to convince them of the benefits of a meat free lifestyle? By going meat free for just one day you can save the equivalent daily […]

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Roll over for British Sandwich Week

The humble sandwich has had a tough time in recent years. The average lifestyle blog would have you think it’s the weapon of mass destruction of lunch menu. Its carb-y, gluten-y composition laying waste to diets and good digestive health across the land. But a beautiful sourdough or crusty bloomer is not a thing to […]

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