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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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Telling it how it is for Harden’s

Over 25 years have passed since Richard and Peter Harden hit on the idea of an independent restaurant guide written by the very people that eat in them – the diners themselves. The Harden’s Restaurant Guide was born, and quickly gained a reputation as one of the most accessible and reliable restaurant guides around. The […]

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Chewing over democracy

As the UK embarks on the fourth major vote in as many years (from the Scottish Independence Referendum in 2014 to this year’s General Election on June 8th), spare a thought for the canvassing politicians who’ll be expected to show how ordinary they are in a bid to keep their heads below the parapet marked […]

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