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Holidu Reveals the Cheapest Ski Areas in The Alps this Year

The weather is getting colder, the nights are getting darker earlier and ski resorts around the world are preparing themselves for another jampacked season of snowsports. Every year, millions of us grab our passports and race to the slopes to spend a week of skiing (and snowboarding) in the picturesque mountain range ski resorts. 

It’s no secret that a ski holiday can equal to one of the most expensive trips of the year – ski pass, accommodation, flights, equipment rental and then of course money for après-ski parties each day, it definitely is not cheap. Fear not, Holidu, the search engine for holiday homes, has done the hard work for you. Here we have formed a round-up of the cheapest ski holiday destinations in Europe after checking more than 250 ski resorts and focusing on those that contain more than 50km of ski area in The Alps. Keep reading to find out which locations are the cheapest!

The cheapest ski resorts in The Alps! (price per person per day, including ski pass + accommodation) 

France 

  1. Thollon les Mémises – £35 

Nestled between Lake Geneva and the Mémises mountains you will find the Thollon les Mémises ski resort. Located in the village of Real Savoyard, this is the perfect location for a family-friendly holiday on a budget, with a variety of activities on offer including a ski school for kids to take lessons at and cross country tracks. A trip here will only cost you £21 for the day ski pass and £14 per person for accommodation. 

Total ski area: 50km Recommended for: beginner and intermediate 

  1. Hirmentaz/Les Habères – Bellevaux/Habère-Poche – £37 

The second French location is another one that is ideal for the whole family, and a place where you will definitely get more for your money. The ski stations of Hirmentaz, in the Bellevaux commune and Domaine des Habères, in the commune of Habère-Poche, link together giving you access to all of the ski areas they both offer. Only costing £22 for your day ski pass and £15pp for your accommodation, this location is cheap and cheerful. 

Total ski area: 50km Recommended for: beginner and intermediate 

  1. Arêches (Beaufort) – £41 

Last up on our list for France is a charming, eco-responsible ski village which is overlooked by the stunning Mont Blanc. With 50km of mixed ability ski runs, numerous off-piste natural areas for the thrill seekers and a Freestyle Snow Park, this resort definitely has something to suit everyone. Also, there is no need to worry about snowfall levels here, as this resort boasts one of the highest annual snowfalls in the entire Alps. A daily ski pass costs only £26 and holiday rental for a night £15pp. 

Total ski area: 50km Recommended for: all abilities 

Holidu GmbH Riesstr. 24 Sarah Siddle, PR & Online Marketing UK 80992 Munich E-Mail: sarah.siddle@holidu.com Germany 

Italy 1. Riserva Bianca – Limone Piemonte – £56 

First up for Italy is the amazing Riserva Bianca resort, which is home to a mighty 80km of ski km and is known to be one of the most complete ski resorts you will find in the Southern Alps. Snowboarders will love it here due to the wide width of the runs, allowing you plenty of space to shred and carve your way down the slopes. A ski pass will cost £30 and home for the night £26pp, making this our cheapest Italian resort this year. 

Total ski area: 80km Recommended for: intermediate skiers and snowboarders 

  1. Pragelato – £68 

At first glance this Italian village may seem like your average ski resort, but Pragelato has a number of very special features that make it a must-see for all mountain lovers. Firstly, it has its own links to sporting history: it was a major host location for many events during the Turin 2006 Winter Olympics! Secondly, Pragelato is linked via a modern cable car system to Via Lattea, also known as the Milky Way, which is one of the worlds largest ski domains. £31 for your ski pass and £37pp for an overnight stay. 

Total ski area: 50km Recommended for: intermediate skiers and snowboarders 

  1. Aprica – £59 

Head to Aprica and you will not be disappointed – here you will find slopes to accommodate beginners taking to the slopes for the first time and seasoned professionals looking for some challenging runs. Just a two hour transfer drive from Milan airport, this a well-connected resort to reach. Still coming in cheap at £34 for ski pass and £25 per person for a rental, Aprica is another affordable choice for this winter. 

Total ski area: 50km Recommended for: intermediate skiers and snowboarders 

Holidu GmbH Riesstr. 24 Sarah Siddle, PR & Online Marketing UK 80992 Munich E-Mail: sarah.siddle@holidu.com Germany 

Austria 

  1. Nassfeld – Hermagor – £64 

Boasting a whopping 100km of ski runs, this resort is surprisingly the cheapest Austrian one available but offers the most km of runs out of our entire 2019/20 list. This is the largest ski resort in southern Austria and lies directly on the border to Italy, meaning you can easily hop over and enjoy some Italian delicacies for lunch. The ski pass is on the pricier end at £42, but accommodation will only cost you £22pp making this an amazing deal considering the facilities on offer. 

Total ski area: 100km Recommended for: intermediate 

  1. Großeck Speiereck – £65 

Suitable for skiers, boarders, cross-country enthusiasts and freeriding junkies alike, this Austrian resort has something for everyone. There is even the chance to hop on a horse- drawn sleigh ride that will take you through the snowy forest landscape! As well as having 50km of ski area available, Großeck Speiereck also has one of the longest slopes in the Lower Tauern mountains. Here it will cost you £37 for the daily ski pass and £28pp for overnight accommodation. 

Total ski area: 50km Recommended for: beginner 

  1. Grossglockner Heiligenblut – £67 

Find yourself at the top of the highest mountain in Austria if you choose to take a trip to this ski resort. Take in the panoramic views of the 3,798m high Grossglockner as you drift down one of the many kilometers of piste. Wake up at the crack of dawn and catch the first lift up the mountain to get the sweet views that come with the bluebird day conditions and snag the first run of the day as the sun is rising and the powder is fresh. At £40 for your day ski pass and £27pp for your overnight stay, this definitely a reasonable price considering the magical setting. 

Total ski area: 55km Recommended for: freeriding 

Holidu GmbH Riesstr. 24 Sarah Siddle, PR & Online Marketing UK 80992 Munich E-Mail: sarah.siddle@holidu.com Germany 

Switzerland 

  1. Brigels-Waltensburg-Andiast – £68 

The slopes at this ski resort have a reputation for being a suntrap, with the slogan “where the sun likes to shine” being attributed to the location. If skiing or snowboarding isn’t your thing but you still want to experience the tranquility that an escape to the snowy mountains provides, this resort is perfect as it also has a number of trails for sledding, snow tubes, snow mobiles and winter hiking trails to accommodate all types of outdoor adventurers. A daily ski pass will cost you £35 and an apartment for the night £33pp, making this the cheapest Swiss location. 

Total ski area: 50km Recommended for: intermediate 

  1. Mythen Region – £69 

Gather up the whole family and head here where you can have hours of fun flying down the 3.5km long toboggan run! The ski area is well connected with 22 chair lifts allowing you to easily navigate yourself up each area of the mountain. Mythen Region’s close proximity to Zurich and cheap price means there is no excuse for you not to enjoy a trip to the Swiss mountains. A trip here will cost you £37 for the ski pass and £32pp for overnight accommodation. 

Total ski area: 50km Recommended for: intermediate 

  1. Savognin – £71 

With an impressive 80km of ski slopes on offer, Savognin is our last but definitely not least resort we have to mention. Aside from the wide choice of beginner and intermediate slopes for the seasoned professionals, here you will also find a children’s piste which is tailored for all of the mini skiers and boarders who come to hit the slopes. Only setting you back £45 for the ski pass and £26pp for the accommodation, this is definitely a great offer in comparison to some of the more well-known resorts you can find in the notably expensive Swiss Alps. 

Total ski area: 80km Recommended for: beginner and intermediate 

Holidu GmbH Riesstr. 24 Sarah Siddle, PR & Online Marketing UK 80992 Munich E-Mail: sarah.siddle@holidu.com Germany 

The most expensive ski resorts in The Alps 

Unsurprisingly, our study revealed that the most expensive resort in The Alps is located in the notoriously pricey Switzerland. Skiing in Zermatt is incredibly popular due to its status as the best resort in the country, offering over 300km of ski area, but totals at £157 for a ski pass and overnight accommodation. If you choose Italy as your winter destination, a trip to Cortina d’Ampezzo is sure to leave you spending the most. A total cost of £143 is expected as this resort attracts a wealthy and aristocratic European crowd. Where Austria is concerned, the “Diamond of the Alps”, Obergurgl, is the most expensive resort in the country. Costing £134 for the day/night stay, it is frequently the location of choice by many British tourists and wealthy international clientele. Finally, a ski holiday to the world’s largest ski area, Les Trois Vallées, is where you will spend the most in France, at £89. Due to the unbeatable size of this resort, the high costs attributed to it do not come as a shock. 

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Lost Boys Pizza Presents High Priestess Vegan Menu

This January, Lost Boys Pizza in Camden will be bringing out veganism’s darker and more magical side with High Priestess, an entirely vegan pizza menu that will combine an unholy trilogy of witchcraft, CBD magic and plant based toppings. 

Famous for being the world’s only vampire themed pizzeria, Lost Boys Pizza became a cult favourite when it launched in Camden in last year. High Priestess will be a brand new offering from Lost Boys Pizza, offering the brand’s signature black charcoal dough with vegan toppings alongside and killer cocktail list with an injection of the healing magick of CBD. 

The new menu will comprise customisable vegan pizzas and small plates, a range of dedicated vegan dips, alongside spellbinding CBD cocktail serves. Super-natural tarot inspired pizzas will combine fresh, delicious toppings with a crisp, charcoal bases alongside fiery, fruity and flavourful dips. Diners can enjoy a selection of small but mighty vegan plates such as buffalo cauliflower wings with vegan blue cheese dip, or chips with a smoky, Mezcal guacamole. 

Examples from the High Priestess pizza menu include: The Lovers – Vegan sausage, broccoli, No Harm-esan Death –No-rizo, peppers, red onions, chilli flakes The Empress – Tofurkey, red chillies, spicy green pineapple relish The Sun –Cauliflower, Kale, hot Sauce Snootchie blue cheese dip 

For those swerving the ubiquitous Dry January, Lost Boys Pizza will be serving up a bewitching selection of CBD infused cocktails, in partnership with Dead Mans Fingers Rum. The High Priestess cocktail menu will include healing, herbal flavoured drinks simply named ‘Aloe,’ ‘Chamomile,’ ‘Sage’ and Lavender’ and will evoke the flavours and feelings of serenity, drawing out the natural hemp flavours and subtle grassy notes of the rum to create a unique drinking experience. 

With a combined 45 years-experience in hospitality, Lost Boys Pizza owners Alex Fisher and Peter Clucas met twenty years ago while working at TGI Fridays and then spent their formative years working for such brands as Hard Rock Café, Planet Hollywood, Wahaca, The Living Room and Giraffe before climbing the management ranks to oversee branded restaurant operations and expansions in the UK and abroad and developing a reputation in consultancy. Believing strongly in educating Britain’s young people about the benefits of a career in hospitality, Alex and Peter set up Lost Boys Pizza to combine their love of 80s nostalgia with a desire to create a fun and friendly space that’s all about great pizza and great drinks.

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Six Hosts Michelin Star Hampton Court Dinner

This January Michelin star chef, Mark Kempson, will be hosting a special pop up plant based dinner at Six Restaurant using produce exclusively sourced from the prestigious gardens at Hampton Court Palace.

Chef Kempson is Consultant Chef at the recently opened Six Restaurant at the Kings Arms, which overlooks Hampton Court Palace to one side and the picturesque Bushy Park on the other.

The light and delicious plant based tasting menu has been designed for those looking for a healthier fine dining experience following the indulgencies of the festive season.

His creative five course dinner on Friday, 17th January, will also feature a bespoke non-alcoholic drink pairing using varieties of Real Kombucha.

Diners will start with an appetizer of Spiced kale crisps, seeded crackers and smoked beetroot dip followed by a delicious dish of Winter Palace garden salad, toasted pumpkin seeds, mustard dressing, shallots and herbs.

Guests will then be treated to an exquisite course of Barbequed salt baked celeriac, rainbow chard, preserved English truffle and hazelnuts, then a warming dish of Heritage winter squash dumplings, scorched savoy, Jerusulum artichoke gratin, walnut and sage and finishing with a dessert of Spiced carrot cake, stem ginger ice cream, caramelised muscovado.

All the produce used for the dinner will be hand selected from the kitchen gardens at Hampton Court, which was restored to an approximation of how it would have looked in the 18th century and as far as possible the fruit and vegetable crops are historically accurate to what would have once fed Georgian royalty.

Chef Kempson commented: “Produce is key to any dish and after visiting the kitchen gardens at the Palace I was inspired to create a special plant based menu. Diners will enjoy an elegant, light and delicious dinner.”

The plant based menu will be perfectly paired with servings of Real Kombucha, which offers a sophisticated non-alcoholic option for non drinkers. The drinks, made from the finest fermented teas offers a rich, complex flavour and is served in more than 50 Michelin star restaurants. Real has become one of the pioneers of the sober movement and is working to change attitudes towards alcohol.

Dating back to the 17th century the Kings Arms has undergone a major renovation and now includes 14 individually styled rooms, a stunning lounge, cocktail bar, and terrace as well exquisite restaurant, The Six.

Named in deference to Henry VIII’s wives, the restaurant features a seasonal menu designed by Michelin star Chef Mark Kempson and delivered by rising star, Head Chef Jack Scoines.

Sustainability and championing British and locally sourced materials are important to the hotel and restaurant. In addition to enjoying a close relationship with Hampton Court Palace many of the suppliers are local to the property, including fabrics from British manufacturer Angel & Boho and skincare products from Jenny Betts.

The Plant Based menu dinner on 17th January is priced at £39pp. Real pairing at an additional cost.

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Start the Year Healthy and Happy at Kanishka

Every new year, the country feels the fatigue and bloat of the previous month’s festivities, and we like to start the year journeying towards healthy mind, body and soul.  Beginning on January 6th, and lasting throughout the month, Atul Kochhar’s Mayfair restaurant Kanishka will be serving up a sensational mid-week lunch menu, packed with colour, flavour and nutrition, with each dish costing just £10 – a menu that’s not only good for your health, but your bank balance too.

There’s no need to eat plain, boring food whilst trying to get in shape and Kanishka’s menu is proof of just that. With every plate full of great texture and comforting and zingy Indian flavours, these are warming dishes to get January off to the best start.  The January £10 lunch menu includes beautifully tempting dishes such Wild Mushroom Soup, Grilled Mushrooms, Truffle Ghee, Garlic NaanGrilled Vegetable, Red Rice & Apple SaladTandoor Roasted Pumpkin, Orange Pomegranate Rice Salas, Dill & Mustard Yoghurt Dressing, Missi Roti and Beetroot & Chestnut Chilla Pancake with a Dill & Mustard Yoghurt Dressing.

Kanishka’s expert bar team have also come up with some sensational non-alcoholic drinks for Dry January 2020. Not only do the new mocktails look beautiful, they’re packed with flavour, and the bar team are using innovative methods of reducing waste. Enjoy drinks such as Pineapple Blossom – Seedlip Spice, pineapple skin shrub, black cardamom syrup, Lixir blood orange tonicBeetroot and Carrot Zing – Seedlip Spice, kitchen trimming shrub (beetroot and carrot), fennel seed syrup, ginger ale and Lemon and Elderflower Drops – Seedlip Citrus, discarded lemon and lime shrub, Lixir elderflower and lemon.

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Health, Sustainability and Plant-Based: Casual Dining Trend Predictions for 2020

Which key food and drink trends will be shaping menus in the year to come?  That’s exactly what leading trade show Casual Dining asked some of its regular visitors. Among them, some of the nation’s favourite pubs, bars and restaurants.

Over a dozen industry experts took part, including senior execs from PizzaExpress, Mitchells & Butlers, Star Pubs & Bars, Marston’s, Punch Pubs, Thwaites, The Ivy Collection, Prezzo, The Alchemist, Dishoom, Mowgli Street Food, The Ambassador Theatre Group and more. Between them they operate over 8,000 venues (approx), serving tens of thousands of customers a day. So, keeping up (or ideally ahead) of the latest trends is vital.

While their responses were varied – banana blossom, bergamot, better beef, mussels, seacuterie, kohlrabi, Asian broths, premium fried chicken, protein drinks, British seasonal produce, prebiotic ingredients, fermented veg, alcohol free seltzers, coloured gins, and Picpoul wine for example – the majority agree that health, sustainability and plant-based innovations will all continue to have a big influence on what we’ll be eating and drinking in 2020.

Read the highlights below or the full comments here: www.casualdiningshow.co.uk/news/food-drink-trends-for-2020.

Delicious, fun & meat free – Brian Trollip, ops director at Dishoom

We’re all pretty exhausted by the constant squabbling, politics and polarisation that seems to be happening globally. All the anger is tiresome, and I think that 2020 will be great for anyone who helps people to escape for a while and to have fun and let go. Things are getting expensive and we’re fast realising that we need to look after the world we live in, so I think that restaurants offering a delicious, fun, inclusive experience with little or no meat will do very well (and it’s probably important that they do).

Sustainability = the new norm – Jane Treasure, food & beverage director at PizzaExpress

Consumers will be increasingly focused on self and their sense of wellbeing, plus their impact on the world and documenting it. The big opportunity for food operators will be to elevate the whole dining experience, with beautiful food presentation and great flavours with great ingredient combinations. Strong sustainable credentials to all ingredients and removal of unnecessary packaging will be expected and become the norm.

Mindful eating
 – Amir Ali, culinary innovation strategist at Mitchells & Butlers

It’s hard to sell fish that are not one of the big five (cod, haddock, tuna, salmon and prawns). Aquaculture has traditionally been given a bad rap – but things are changing and eating mussels is one way of getting very good quality protein while having a very small impact on the planet.

Small colourful dishes, packed with flavour – Nisha Katona MBE, CEO of Mowgli Street Food restaurants

Each dish must individually pull its own addictive punch. Indian, Korean, Chinese, and Vietnamese cultures major on flavour, colour and chaos. People are far keener to have a table full of colour, flavour variety and a sharing way of eating. I see this on my Instagram posts — photos of tables laden with a myriad of dishes, colours and entirely lacking in formality are the ones that inspire the most appetite.

The rise of flexitarians – Paul Lewis, chef director at Prezzo

People, irrespective of demographic and age, will choose two to three days a week to follow a vegan diet. So, picking the right carbs and proteins will play an important role. Pasta is now beginning to grow in popularity again – as people have a better understanding of consuming the right amount of carbs to maintain a healthy diet and all the fantastic, meat free alternatives to classic pasta dishes that are coming back on the market.

Flexibility and variety – Nicola Underwood, food development manager at Thwaites

I think consumers will become even more conscious of the choices they are making and the brands they are aligning to. Shorter supply chains, less processing of ingredients and heritage will all play an increasing role in the industry in the coming 12 months. Thwaites has already been seeing consumers wanting more choice and flexibility to make food choices that align with their lifestyle choices.

With meat on the side – Andy Briggs, menu development manager at Punch Pubs
Vegan has been a trend for a couple of years and there have been some great developments with our food suppliers.  We’re seeing a bigger uptake in these types of dishes among meat eaters too. Take the Cambodian curry on Punch’s Our Local menu – for 66% of sales customers add a protein of chicken or prawns to the meal.

Value for money – Charlotte Huckvale, product development and innovation manager at Marston’s

The biggest opportunities for the next year will be particularly around driving experience for consumers (in all the different aspects going to a pub/out for a meal can involve). Customers will still want to see value for money, not just through price but through provenance and quality. Health will also continue to be a focus, especially with the pending calorie targets from PHE and increasing awareness of the link between the food we eat and our gut and mental wellbeing.

Home-grown – Seamus O’Donnell, executive chef at The Alchemist Bars & Restaurants

Dreaded to say but Brexit will have a big influence on food and drink trends next year. It will be a challenge that will impact menus and what we eat. There are some very basic things that we are going to have to accept that we will have to import, and we will have to pay more for it.

Meat substitutes will be big – Mark Teed, food implementation manager at Star Pubs & Bars

Customers are still eating red meat but are more frequently choosing to have meat free days and are looking for meat free options to balance their diets. We’ll see things like banana blossom make their way onto mainstream menus and vegetables being added into meat products, both to enhance taste and texture and cut C02 emissions.

Drinks for all seasons – Simon Woplin, head of innovation – F&B at Ambassador Theatre Group

Some long held key Sunshine brands will see more competition in 2020, with anyone who can come up with a 21st century version of Pimm’s being a sure-fire long-term bet. The decline in growth of Prosecco will continue, as will the growth in UK sparkling.

Healthier choices – Baton Berisha, MD of The Ivy Collection

We will see a growth in healthier choices within both the food and drink categories. Guests are more conscious of ingredients and eating healthier in general and I think this is a trend that will very much continue into 2020.

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The Top Health Apps for 2020

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£22.8 billion — that’s the figure the UK’s wellness and fitness industry is anticipated to exceed next year. Thanks to alternative medicine, sports equipment and gym memberships becoming more popular in rule years and apps for smartphones to help you achieve your goal, 2020 may be the year you stick to your resolution! While the NHS has the calorie checker to ensure you keep your calorie intake under control, and the Smokefree app is aimed at helping you kick your tobacco addiction, we are still struggling. Data shows that approximately 29% of the British population in 2018 made a commitment to lose weight — and over half giving up in just a month. So, what apps should we be downloading to help us stick to our guns in 2020? 

Couch to 5k

Ah, the old faithful! We all know of supplements such as vitamin D3 and omega 7 that can help enhance how we care for our bodies. However, physically, nearly everyone who has wanted to improve their health and fitness has heard of the couch to 5k challenge. It’s ideal for those who don’t particularly have the fitness levels to take on marathons but want to increase their physical ability. Presented by Public Health England, it builds you up gradually with a mix of running and walking so that within nine weeks you should be able to run 5 kilometres (3.1 miles). There’s also a choice of five virtual trainers to help you on your fitness journey and keep you motivated. 

Esquared

If you’re more of a gym goer, but shudder at the thought of signing up for a 12-month contract, download Esquared. This app works in the same way as Uber in the sense that it allows you to find gym sessions and one-off classes in your area. The benefit of this app is that it’s non-committal and there are no subscription fees. Currently, it’s only available in London and Sydney, but keep an eye out in case it expands into an area near you!

Babylon: GP at Hand

Do you struggle to get an appointment with your GP when you most need one? This NHS app gives you the option to chat with an NHS GP 24/7 via a video appointment. Usually, you’ll be seen within two hours once you make your request, meaning that you no longer have to wait weeks for an appointment or attend a walk-in surgery. It allows the doctor to discuss your symptoms and, where necessary, you can show them your issues on camera. 

Pokémon Go

While Pokémon may be primarily a ‘game’, this app works by getting people active. Individuals need to be active in the community to progress in the game and, according to Sport England, one in three kids in England take part in less than 30 minutes of physical activity each day. This was described by Sports Minister Mims Davies as ‘simply unacceptable’. With games like Pokémon Master, this is a great way to get kids active and taking part in an activity they’d enjoy. It was even found that the original Pokémon Go was also helping to bring families together as parents and children were competing with one another as to who could catch the rare monsters.   

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite 

This Harry Potter game has the same concept as Pokémon Go. However, for those who aren’t particularly a fan of the Pokémon franchise, this take based on JK Rowling’s creation could be just the thing. It works by users having to complete a certain number of steps in order to open up treasure chests for more loot. Also, as magical creatures and characters spawn on the map in-game, you need to physically travel to move your character across the map.  However, unlike the Pokémon take, this game will be able to track your activity without even running the app. Therefore, you’ll be able to track your steps without being synced to the game, and those who like to wear a Fitbit will more than likely agree that this can become a game in itself! 

7 Cups

While we spend a lot of time focusing on our physical well-being, we shouldn’t forget about our mental state. Mental health has, rightly so, become a major topic of interest. Campaigns such as ‘It’s Okay Not to Be Okay’ are bringing our mental well-being into the forefront of the attention via the media. However, in the UK, approximately one in four of us will experience a mental health problem each year. Depression and anxiety are two of the most common issues. This American-based app helps anyone who feels isolated discuss their concerns and issues thanks to it connecting you instantaneously to one of its 160,000 trained volunteer listeners and licensed therapists. It’s anonymous, free, and confidential. It also allows you to participate in guides chats through group support discussion rooms. 

There are so many positive apps on the market today. With 2020 quickly approaching, be sure to use your smartphone for aspects of your life other than just texting, scrolling through social media, and making phone calls. They hold so much more value to everyday life, and with these five apps — as well as the many more available via app stores — you can make steps to reaching your goals and improving your quality of life.

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Celebrate Christmas Day or NYE at 108 Brasserie and Town House

108 Brasserie in Marylebone will be offering two exclusive menus to celebrate Christmas with decadence and ring in the New Year with style.

On Christmas Day, 108 Brasserie will be getting in the spirit with a delicious festive menu, featuring a selection of classic British dishes and seasonal delights. Guests are invited to celebrate with the restaurant and enjoy a feast without having to lift a finger.

Set in the heart of Marylebone, the restaurant provides a tranquil spot to sit back and relax. Just off Marylebone High Street, 108 houses two distinctive areas; the bar, a chic and sophisticated drinking and dining area, and the brasserie’s dining space, where the vibrant, modern menu takes center stage. This Christmas, Executive Chef Russell Ford will be cooking up a feast for £90 per person:

CHRISTMAS DAY MENU 

£90 per person

Celeriac soup scallop & black pudding 

Salt baked heritage carrots sprouted grains, whipped feta, pomegranate dressing 

Venison tartar sloe gin jam, sourdough crisp, wood sorrel

 Lobster & crab salad gem hearts, Bloody Mary dressing 

Caldecott Farm free-range bronze turkey cranberry & orange stuffing, bread sauce, Christmas trimmings 

Honey glazed Suffolk pork rack creamed turnips, cabbage, spiced pear 

Salmon en croûte buttered leeks, caviar & champagne sauce 

Cranberry & pistachio nut roast roasted ceps, butternut squash & sage cream

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Traditional plum pudding brandy custard, candied redcurrants 

Caramel panna cotta gingerbread

 Mulled winter fruits cinnamon ice cream

 Chocolate tart kumquats, bergamot ice cream 

Supplement of £12 pp 

Tasting of La Fromagerie cheeses spiced fruit chutney, toasted walnut bread

 

NEW YEAR’S EVE MENU 

£70 per person 

Scallop gratin kohlrabi, smoked bacon 

Crispy confit chicken wing poached foie gras celeriac remoulade, grapes 

Roasted cauliflower soup tempura cauliflower, shaved winter truffle 

Hereford beef rump cap Guinness braised cheek, salt baked heritage carrots, Roscoff onion 

Fillet of hake charred radicchio, blood orange 

Butternut squash Stilton & sage pithiviers, kale & walnut pesto 

Glazed fig tart burnt honey ice cream, caramelised walnuts 

Dark chocolate crémeux mango, passionfruit, lime 

Blueberry Pavlova

 

This December, Town House at The Kensington will be celebrating the season with two indulgent menus for both Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve 2019. 

Celebrate Christmas at Town House and let the team take care of lunch with a festive feast at £125 per person when enjoyed with a glass of Perrier-Jouët ‘Belle Epoque’ 2011, or £200 per person with fine wine pairing 

CHRISTMAS DAY MENU 

Butternut squash velouté chestnuts, Parmesan 

Sweet potato & rosemary ravioli feta cheese, crispy sage 

Seared scallop curried cauliflower, fresh apple & coriander cress

 Seared foie gras & focaccia bruschetta figs, redcurrants 

Chilled grape & cucumber soup 

Roast halibut wild mushrooms, Avruga caviar

28 day aged sirloin Yorkshire pudding, horseradish 

Traditional roast bronze turkey chipolatas, apricot stuffing, cranberry sauce 

Vegetarian Wellington celeriac, balsamic glazed shallot 

All main courses served with family style vegetables roast potatoes, honey glazed parsnips, Brussels sprouts, braised red cabbage & chestnuts 

Traditional Christmas pudding redcurrant, Brandy sauce 

Salted caramel & chocolate tart clotted cream 

Apple tarte Tatin cinnamon ice cream

British cheese board crackers & chutney 

A selection of tea, coffee & homemade chocolates 

The menu will be available between 12pm -3pm and 5pm-8pm on Christmas Day

NEW YEAR’S EVE MENU 

£95 per person | £120 per person with a glass of Perrier-Jouët ‘Belle Epoque’ 2012 on arrival 

Grape & cucumber gazpacho 

Honey roasted beetroots ricotta, smoked almonds & sourdough crisp

Crab raviolo sea vegetables, crab sauce

Orange glazed duck breast root vegetables, celeriac purée 

Mint sorbet 

Champagne & Périgord truffle risotto

Dover sole preserved lemon, capers & cucumber, tenderstem broccoli 

Highland venison Wellington braised savoy cabbage, poached quince 

Dark chocolate ganache gâteau banana parfait 

Apple tarte Tatin vanilla ice cream 

Mulled winter fruits cinnamon ice cream 

A selection of tea, coffee & homemade chocolates 

An additional course of cheeses can be added for a supplement of £9 per person 

Festive London Landmarks Afternoon tea 

SAVOURIES

Broccoli walnut & silton quiche 

Steak & London ale pie

 Crab cake tartar sauce, caper 

SANDWICHES

Campbells & Company smoked salmon lovage pesto, cream cheese on brown bread 

Coronation turkey on brown bread cranberries

Egg & cress bridge roll Marinated cucumber

crème fraîche, pepper on white loaf 

SWEETS

The Gherkin

Chocolate & orange ganache

The Shard

Christmas cake, carrot mousse, milk chocolate 

Red Telephone Box

Clementine mousse

Big Ben

Vanilla & cinnamon cream tart 

Fruit & Plain Scones 

Strawberry, clotted cream

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Birds Eye Ends Debate on Whether You Can Cook Potato Waffles in the Toaster

For years Brits has been rife with debate on one very important question – can you cook Birds Eye Potato Waffles in the toaster? It’s a question that has divided the nation, with 63% saying they didn’t know you could toast the popular potato snack*.

The frozen food giant is ending speculation as it confirms that after rigorous testing, ‘toasting’ will be added as a new cooking method to packs of its Original Potato Waffles – meaning busy Brits can forget pre-heating the oven and enjoy the deliciously fluffy potato snack in just two pops of the toaster. Food experts at Birds Eye tested over 3,000 of its waffles using different toasters and varying settings to ensure the new cooking method is safe and delivers the same mouth-watering taste that fans expect.

All waffle fans need to do is set their toaster to a medium/high setting and place the potato waffles inside. After the initial pop-up, the waffles should be toasted for a second time until they are golden yellow in colour – they should then be left to cool for one minute before tucking in.

The announcement comes after years of fans sharing the food hack on social media, with one Twitter user saying: “Today I learned you can cook potato waffles from frozen in the toaster and I might never cook anything else ever again” and another citing “How have I gone all these years not knowing you can cook potato waffles in the toaster”:

However, others have expressed their concern over people using the household appliance in this way saying “People who put their potato waffles in the toaster scare me”.

Steve Challouma, Marketing Director at Birds Eye, said: “We know there has been a lot of confusion and debate on this way of cooking our Original Potato Waffles so we decided to put it to the test. After days of rigorous ‘toasting’, we’re happy to confirm it is safe to cook our waffles this way and it doesn’t compromise on taste either – you can still expect the same delicious taste that is crispy on the outside and fluffy in the middle!”

The new cooking method will appear on packs of Birds Eye Original Potato Waffles from the end of December 2019 and will be available to in all major supermarkets.

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Luxury Cotswolds Hotel, Tewkesbury Park, to Host Extravagant Three-Day New Year’s Celebration

In just a few weeks 2020 will be upon us, which means time is running out to make those all important New Year’s plans! Luckily, luxury Cotswolds hotel Tewkesbury Park has guests covered with an extravagant three-day New Year’s celebration, which will see them waving goodbye to 2019 in style. 

Arriving 30th December, guests will be welcomed with a decadent afternoon tea and prosecco, followed by a gin tasting experience with family-owned Chase Distillery. The experience will take guests through their unique field-to-bottle process, giving them the chance to taste some of their award-winning products. Afterwards, guests will tuck in to a delectable, locally-sourced, three-course dinner, lovingly prepared by Tewkesbury Park’s head chef and his talented team; an excellent way to warm up for New Year’s Eve.

New Year’s Eve itself is sure to be one to remember with Tewkesbury Park offering the perfect mix of relaxation and revelry. Guests will be able to enjoy a leisurely breakfast before embarking on whatever takes their fancy for the last day of the year. With outstanding leisure facilities including an on-site spa, hot tub and barrel sauna, as well as an 18-hole golf course and stunning surrounding countryside, there’s something for everybody to enjoy. 

Then, to the main event! In the evening, the Great Gatsby themed celebrations will commence with a luxurious champagne and canapé reception in the marvellous Cotswold Suite.  A five-course feast with the pick of local produce, a fantastic live band and a breath-taking fireworks display at the stroke of midnight will round off a wonderful evening.

For anyone feeling a little delicate on New Year’s Day, Tewkesbury Park has just the tonic; a relaxed brunch with bubbles and as much time as you can spare lounging in front of the cosy fire before heading home.

Prices for Tewkesbury Park’s two-night/three-day retreat from 30th December – 1st January 2020 start at £675 based on two people sharing and includes all mentioned meals, drinks, receptions and entertainment. Other food and drink, as well as golf and spa treatments are charged extra unless stated within the programme. Guests wanting to book an extra night at the hotel will be able to do so for a discounted rate. 

In addition, Tewkesbury Park is offering a one-night package for those looking for a shorter New Year’s Eve break. Prices start at £375 based on two people sharing and includes access to the champagne reception with live band, the gala dinner, fireworks display, bed and breakfast/lunch, and access to the hotel’s leisure facilities.

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Printed Drink Coasters As Marketing Tools

Drinking alcohol has always been one of the most beloved traditions all around the world. It is one of the best ways to socialize with other people since it lowers your inhibitions. This can be a bad thing if it becomes too much. However, having a small amount of alcohol in your system is literally harmless. It can be a good thing as well since most people become a little more confident. This is the reason why some liquors and spirits are also known as liquid courage. Whether it is beer, cocktails or harder spirits, it can be enjoyed as long as it is under control.

Pubs and bars have become rather popular places because of the drinking and socializing aspects. There’s just something about being in a public place yet being close and intimate with other people. It creates an atmosphere like any other, and it is also one of the ways that you can meet new people easily as well. Even though these places can become a little rowdy, others find that charming as well. If there is one place that most friends would have the interesting stories, almost all of them start with a little alcohol.

Building A Pub Or Bar

If you are trying to build a business like this, there are a lot of aspects that you need to consider. First, you need to have a capital or find for the business. This would determine your scope and gather all of your resources. It should be enough to cover for all the expenses that might incur before and during the operations. If you have enough money, then this might not be a problem anymore. Some are also taking loans so that they could start a business. As long as you are smart with your decisions, then this would usually lead you to success. Read more about it here: https://smallbusiness.chron.com/start-pub-business-13043.html.

Another important aspect that you also need to think about is the location of your business. This can be determined by your target market. If you are going to sell to uni or college students (of legal age), your establishment must be near schools. Maybe start off as a coffee shop in mornings then change into a pub once the evening arrives. If you are aiming for workers and the common folk, then you should also be near to their work or office. The place should feel familiar to them and somewhere they can return to or recommend to their friends.

The quality of the place will also be dictated by the food and beverages offered. As it were, this would also depend on your target demographic. If you are going to sell to legal-aged students, make sure that it is budget-friendly to them as well. Aiming for customers from a wealthier class should also reflect on the interior and the menu. As long as you are attuned to them, then you wouldn’t lose customers all that easily. However, there are many other factors that can impact your business more than these,

Effective Marketing Tools To Use

When you think about marketing, the most probable image that comes inside your head is someone trying to sell you something. This is true, as one of the biggest chunks in any kind of marketing is advertisement. You need to entice the people with your product. The strategy for this will always depend on your target market, too. There are some establishments use fliers, radio and social media to advertise their products. One of the key aspects that should always be thought of is brand retention.

According to this article, brand retention is a way for products to be remembered by the consumer. If you are just a starting pub, it is always smart to go to the internet first. It has a lot of resources for you to read and follow. For a more physical way of doing it, you can try creating a brand and logo for your establishment. Then, you can put it almost anywhere you want. One of the ways you can use your logo is through seemingly mundane items like coasters. Why does any business need this kind of marketing strategy though?

Introducing Coaster Marketing

Coasters have been used for a very long time. Ever since people started drinking anything hot or cold, they would notice that it would create a wet spot on the surface. This was fine in many kinds of surfaces like metals and ceramics since the liquid can just spill off. It isn’t the same with the wooden ones though, as the moisture can create discoloration on the wood. Sometimes, it can be so severe that only paint or a lacquer finish can hide what happened. There are even instances when you really just need to replace the whole thing.

These became the solution to the moisture problem. Before, other plates were used as cover. This is also why most tea cups come with a matching saucer. On the other hand, those who cannot afford the sets had to stick with cloths and other materials. Nowadays though, people have understood that they can create this with pretty much anything. You can also mold them into various shapes and sizes. There are even some who design and make them according to what you want. Creative ways of printing them have been the trend of the new generation, and it is not stopping anytime soon. Drink coaster printing is just getting started.

Coasters are also great as a marketing tool. This is because of its versatility. As you can make it in a lot of shapes or forms, you can incorporate your own brand to it easily. As these are also widely used, people will recognize the item with your logo on it. This adds publicity to your business and it turns it to brand recognition. Depending on your own products and dealing with the customers, these items can turn to novelty or actual garbage. It is important that you should also take care of your customers as these are just tools that can help you have more profit.

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