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Launch of Sir Ranulph Fiennes’ Great British Rum

English Spirit Ltd today announce the launch of their latest collaboration project, Sir Ranulph Fiennes’ Great British Rum, into the UK market.

As the first to distil and market rum in the UK, English Spirit predicts this new premium rum will make waves in the growing category thanks to two key innovations: the ability to produce premium rum without an aging process, and the distillation using exotic woods to take flavour expressions to a whole new level.

Master Distiller Dr John Walters has developed a brand new way of making rum for Sir Ranulph Fiennes’ Great British Rum. Instead of the rum sitting in the barrel for five years, the barrel is put in the still – that is, exotic woods from some of Sir Ranulph’s most iconic adventures (Sequoia from Canada, Pine from Norway and Date Palm from Oman) are placed within the still during the process to deliver the flavour profile of multiple adventures in one bottle without aging.

Sir Ranulph Fiennes’ Great British Rum is created using small batch production techniques allowing much closer attention to detail. Triple distilled from 100% pure sugar cane molasses, the rum has an unbeatable rich flavour. Distilling three times helps to concentrate the flavours of the molasses and strip out the undesirable harsh elements of the alcohol to create a smooth and refined high-quality spirit.

The result is a truly unique golden rum with a distinctly British character. The flavour journeys through deep orange, caramel and spiced Christmas cake on the nose, with a hint of tobacco and vanilla, followed by a mix of milk and dark chocolate, then a final lick of golden liquorice.

Dr John Walters, Master Distiller at English Spirit, says: “This launch represents a milestone for British rum production. We are putting a marker into the ground that Britain can produce a premium, quality rum and it’s the perfect testament to a legendary British expedition leader.”

Sir Ranulph Fiennes says: “Rum has always been associated with exploration and adventure, but I only wanted to work with a distillery that was daring and determined. When Dr John told me of the world’s doubt that Britain could make a truly great rum, well, that sealed the deal. From that moment, we aimed to tread new ground”.

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The 7 Most Luxurious Lofts and Penthouses in Europe

Cristina Diaconu By Posted on 5 m read

Living in a luxury loft or a penthouse apartment may feel like an unattainable life goal for many, but in the meantime while you’re working hard to make this dream a reality, why not get a taste of it already during an unforgettable holiday? Whilst the city or country determines a large part of your holiday, a spectacular holiday home can be seen as quite a convincing bonus when choosing your next destination.

Holidu, the search engine for holiday homes, has selected seven European cities where you can find the most luxurious lofts and penthouses available for your next dream holiday. With features including a private rooftop jacuzzi and panoramic city views, it will be impossible to resist the temptation to treat yourself to your next getaway in one of these incredible rentals.

1. The Avenue Penthouse – Lisbon, Portugal

This ultra-sophisticated rental oozes style and class in every room, with intricate features and interior decor throughout. The winding layout that connects each room is complemented by the interesting ceiling shapes and designs and the huge windows, allowing natural daylight to flood the home. Possibly the most impressive feature of this home is the 200m2 terrace and garden area, equipped with a huge dining table and chairs as well as luxurious and comfy sofas, which means there is plenty of space for the whole group to gather outside and soak up the Portugese sun.

Located in one of the trendiest areas of Lisbon, this penthouse is incredibly close to a number of restaurants, bars, parks and attractions. This beautiful penthouse accommodates up to 12 people and can be rented from £1,351 per night. For more information, click here: holidu.co.uk/d/29196116

2. Beachfront penthouse – Barcelona, Spain

This breathtaking home is located on the Spanish coastline in Barcelona and boasts an amazing view. The 16th floor penthouse has its own private balcony, equipped with a dining table and chairs, which overlooks the beach and out to the Balearic Sea. With ceiling to floor windows, this home will never feel like it’s lacking in natural light. The building itself also has two private swimming pools and 24 hour security.

The penthouse is only a few metro stops away from the city’s Gothic quarter, making it the ideal location for groups wanting to enjoy a relaxing beach holiday whilst being close to the buzz of Barcelona city centre. Would you like to make this your next holiday destination? This penthouse accommodates up to 10 people and can be rented from £319 per night, click here for more information: holidu.co.uk/d/13842981

3. The Loft House – Athens, Greece

This loft literally looks like heaven. The super hip and industrially decorated interior shows this home as the epitome of class and sophistication. Despite the moody and dark atmospheric mood throughout, the rooms remain open and spacious, with selected pastel coloured furniture used to brighten up the areas. After a long day of exploring the wonders of Athens, you are guaranteed to sleep like a baby in the huge master bed.

The ceilings are wonderfully high and the loft is 140m2 in total, making it plenty of space to feel right at home. If you like to go shopping, fashion boutiques are a mere one minute walking distance away. Suitable for three people, this loft can be rented from £455 per night. More information here: holidu.co.uk/d/23293144 

4. Via dei Banchi Nuovi – Rome, Italy

This four bedroom home is located on the fourth floor of a building in the centre of historic Rome. The elegant interior of this rental is shown through the marble floors and sleek features. The whitewashed open-beam ceiling design adds to the character of this dreamy Italian home. It also has a huge balcony with outdoor seating on, the perfect place to sit and look out over the rooftops of the city. The rental is within walking distance to Piazza Navona where you can find a number of fabulous Italian restaurants. Does this sound like your ideal holiday? This home accommodates up to six people and costs from £854 per night. More information here: holidu.co.uk/d/31592214

5. The Luxury Designer Loft – Paris, France

Located in the heart of Paris, this gorgeous loft has won awards and gained attention worldwide for its beauty. The open plan interior, spread out over two levels gives the ultimate feel of spaciousness in this city centre location. Fully equipped with a sauna, gym, home cinema and a furnished terrace – there really will be no reason for you to even want to leave this property!

Should you want to explore the City of Love, the home is situated in Quartier Montorgueil and a stone’s throw away from the famous Louvre and many restaurants, bars, cafés and other attractions. This apartment accommodates up to 8 people, perfect for a group city break with serious Parisian style. Would you like to spend the night here? You can rent this loft from £927 per night, more information here: holidu.co.uk/d/32113459 

6. Kings Penthouse – Prague, Czech Republic

Take a trip to the cosy European city of Prague and plan the perfect holiday with your friends and family in this luxury penthouse. With space for up to 14 people, you really will have the group trip of a lifetime. Spend your days and nights in the jacuzzi on the rooftop terrace and marvel at the magical view you will have over the city. Fire up the BBQ which is also on the terrace, for the perfect summer evening.

This property is actually UNESCO heritage site and was built in 1352, making it a really spectacular place to stay. Inside you can soak up all of the luxury and appreciate the beautiful modern and recently refurbished interior. Would you and your loved ones like to live like royalty and spend the night here? This penthouse can be rented from £1573 per night, more information: holidu.co.uk/d/31471217 

7. City centre loft – Seville, Spain

The unbeatable location in the historic centre paired with spectacular views of the city makes this final rental a true gem. Step out onto the colourful rooftop terrace, overlooking the third largest Gothic cathedral in the world, Giralda, and you really won’t be disappointed. The rooms are freshly decorated with an occasional splash of colour and design furniture added to emphasise the style. The marble floor gives it a chic touch and will also provide a wonderful cooling in the hot summer months.

The location couldn’t be more central, with the city centre only 500m away, meaning you have everything the city offers at your disposal. Would you like to spend the night here? This penthouse sleeps four people and can be rented from £247 per night, more information here: holidu.co.uk/d/28705684 

 

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Celebrate Thanksgiving 2019 at 108 Brasserie and Town House, Kensington

On 28th November 2019, Town House in South Kensington invites guests to relax and enjoy the Thanksgiving festivities, offering Londoner’s the opportunity to enjoy a slice of the States with a refined menu, celebrating the historical American holiday.

The three course menu will be available from 6:30pm for £50 per person and will offer a selection of traditional dishes including ‘Fall harvest salad, ‘Roast turkey confit leg fritters’ and ‘Pecan Tart’.  Town House also boasts a large selection of some of the very best wines from around the world; and for £95 per person, guests will have the opportunity experience the exclusive Thanksgiving menu with the addition of expertly paired wines designed to compliment each dish.

In true Kensington style, Town House also offers guests the chance to enjoy a broad range of Champagnes, served on their decadent Perrier-Jouët Champagne Trolley. There are four champagnes available by the glass and on demand in the plush Drawing Room; Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut (£16), Perrier-Jouët Blason Rosé (£21), Perrier-Jouët Blanc de Blancs (£22.50) and Perrier-Jouët Belle Époque (£30).

Town House is the signature restaurant at The Kensington and is spread across three classically designed drawing rooms, serving seasonal modern dishes with a global influence. Nestled in the heart of one of London’s most desirable neighborhoods, Town House is a luxury home away from home, a London escape complete with stylish décor, hand-picked furnishings and open fireplaces overlooking South Kensington’s tree-lined avenues.

£50 per person

£95 to include wine pairing

Fall harvest salad

‘Nobody’s perfect’, Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Muscadelle 2018 Bordeaux, France 125 ml

Long Island pumkin soup cheese & smoked paprika crumbs

Côtes du Rhône Blanc, Domaine Jamet 2016 Rhône, France 125 ml

Roast turkey confit leg fritters chipolata, apricot stuffing, cranberry sauce & chestnuts

Pinot noir, Domaine Drouhin 2015, Oregon, USA  175 ml

or

Meaty pork ribs Carolina gold barbecue sauce, broccoli & Kansas baked beans

Cabernet Sauvignon, ‘Frogs Leap’ 2014 California, USA 175ml

or

Chestnut risotto crumbled blue cheese

Chardonnay, David Ramey, Russian River Valley 2015, California, USA 175 ml

All main course served with family style vegetables baby corn, grilled

green & yellow zucchini, Brussels sprouts, roast potatoes

Pecan tart vanilla ice cream 

10 Year old Tawny Port, Quinta da Silva, Douro, Portugal 50 ml

Tea, Coffee & petit-fours

 

Thanksgiving at 108 Brasserie

108 Brasserie in Marylebone will be also be celebrating, offering a home away from home for American’s in London this November, embracing one of the USA’s most famous traditions. The festive set menu will be £40 per person and available throughout the evening, from 5:00pm – 10:30pm with traditional dishes including; New England clam chowder, Caldecott farm bronze turkey and Pumpkin Pie.

Set in the heart of Marylebone, 108 Brasserie 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 centre stage.

£40 per person  

£45 including a Thanksgiving Special Cocktail

New England clam chowder 

home-baked corn bread

Caldecott farm bronze turkey 

cranberry stuffing, trimmings 

Pumpkin pie 

cinnamon cream

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Fenwick Launches Own Brand Food Collection

Luxury department store Fenwick announces its first foray into food and drink with the launch of its exclusive Own Brand Food and Drink range, available instore and online.

Fenwick has scoured the British Isles for the best growers, producers, bakers, chocolatiers, roasters and distillers crafting the most irresistible, artisanal food and drink for the exclusive launch. The carefully curated range consists of thirty extravagant edibles and gourmet delights which combine creativity and craftsmanship with proudly local ingredients, promising delights for every occasion.

Stand out products include sublime sweetness in the form of Dark Chocolate & Stem Ginger Biscuits, Blonde Chocolate Toffee Biscuits, Hand Roasted Arabica Coffee crafted in Newcastle and a ‘grown-up’ drinking chocolate which offers notes of cobnut and toffee for a regal, velvety decadence in a cup. For those who like something a bit stronger, there are two delicious gin liqueurs included – Blackberry & Ginger and Plum and Northumberland Street Honey, which is made from natural honey extracted from the store’s very own beehives on the rooftop of the Newcastle store.

Adding an undoubtable taste of Christmas to customers’ tables this year, Fenwick’s own brand range includes seven seasonal delights. From flaky sweet mince pies and loose hand-blend tea for visiting guests, to festive gin liqueurs to raise a glass with, there’s something to suit all occasions this festive season.

The Christmas range comes beautifully packaged in bespoke illustrations from Fenwick’s 2019 Artist in Residence; Julie Verhoeven and make for the perfect gift or centrepiece for celebrations.

Leo Fenwick, Head of Brand at Fenwick, said: “We have always credited our shoppers with exceptional taste and are delighted to be able to satisfy those tastes with the launch of our Fenwick range. We have worked incredibly hard in the curation of the range and have engaged with the finest suppliers in the UK in its creation. Our core range will develop and expand over time with the regular introduction of new products. We will then introduce seasonal capsule collections such as our Christmas collection, during the year. We are very proud of the range we are launching and can’t wait for our customers to try the produce within it.”

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BCMPA Celebrates Industry Success at UK Packaging Awards

The British Contract Manufacturers and Packers Association (BCMPA) celebrated the best in its industry with the sponsorship of the ‘Co-Pack & Fulfilment Company of the Year’ category at the recent 2019 UK Packaging Awards. 

From a shortlist of five BCMPA accredited members, which included Carlton Forest Warehousing, Complete-Co-Packing Services and Lemonpath; Granby Marketing Services was announced as the winner by Rodney Steel, Chief Executive of the BCMPA, while a Highly Commended was awarded to Grotech Production. 

Co-Pack & Fulfilment Company of the Year Granby Marketing Services has seen its contract packing client base increase significantly due to its growing reputation for quality and service. Judges praised Granby’s excellent performance and strong story of growth, client retention and new client acquisition.

Grotech Production meanwhile has established and enhanced its reputation within the agrochemical and general chemical sectors, with judges highlighting the company’s hugely impressive technological, financial and environmental achievements over the year.

“We are extremely proud to have sponsored the ‘Co-Pack & Fulfilment Company of the Year’ category at 2019’s UK Packaging Awards and celebrate the important achievements of our sector amongst industry peers, retailers and brand owners,” comments Rodney Steel. “The standard of entries was outstanding and reflects the growing relevance contract manufacturing, packing, fulfilment and logistics providers have across many different markets and applications.

“We congratulate both Granby Marketing Services and Grotech Production on their achievements and look forward to their continued success as a part of this dynamic and growing industry.” 

Now in their fourteenth year, the UK Packaging Awards are recognised as the leading event in the UK packaging market, celebrating every aspect of the packaging supply chain.

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Mouth-Watering Sunday Lunch Menu Relaunches at Dakota Grill

With winter on the horizon, Dakota Leeds’ Executive Head Chef, Craig Rogan, has refined and relaunched the Sunday lunch offering at The Grill which was already one of the best in the city.

Dakota is offering beautifully cooked classics using the best fresh and seasonal produce. Mouth-watering dishes include; slow roasted sirloin of beef, tender roast leg of lamb and succulent butter roasted chicken, while vegetarians can opt for a traditional nut roast with onion gravy, all served with Sunday favourites including roasted root vegetables, goose fat potatoes and Yorkshire pudding.

Sunday roast alternatives include, grilled cod with baby leek & bone marrow butter, as well as ox cheek with Lincolnshire poacher & wild mushroom tagliatelle. A range of accompanying side dishes are also on offer such as herb buttered new potatoes, brassicas & pancetta and cauliflower gratin.

To tantalise taste buds to begin with, starters include; risotto of Whitby crab, cauliflower soup with Wensleydale & onion toast, and confit chicken leg croquette with mustard leaf mayonnaise and those with a sweet tooth will be delighted with the selection of delectable desserts to choose from including; apple pie with spiced ice cream, white chocolate pannacotta with red berries, and vanilla rice pudding with plum compote.

The Set Sunday Menu is served every Sunday 12:30-17:00 and offers 2 courses for £20 or 3 courses for £25.

Booking is advised as table space in The Grill is limited. To book or for more information, please visit https://www.dakotahotels.co.uk/leeds/grill/, email enquiries@leeds.dakotahotels.co.uk or call 0113 322 6261.

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Oast to Host Launches New Gluten & Wheat Free Flour Range

Oast to Host, the gluten & wheat free bakery brand, has launched two new flours designed to create perfect pastry and versatile cake sponge.

The two flour mixes are completely gluten free, wheat free and vegetarian. When it comes to working with gluten free flours, this range will change your mind forever.

1. Oast to Host Pastry Flour: The multi award-winning pastry flour is so easy to use, roll and bake which makes it perfect for beginners or experts. The result is impossible to tell apart from ordinary pastry. The flour blend is extremely versatile as it can be made into sweet, plain or dairy free shortcrust, puff pastry or shortbread.

To make Puff Pastry – the puff pastry (see the website for recipe) is an exciting development which delivers a light crisp layered pastry suitable for fabulous cheese straws, sausage rolls, pies and tatins.

To make Shortcrust – the shortcrust pastry (see the website for recipe) is crisp and buttery with a great texture.  It’s perfect for blind baking and will create a superb base for your filling, enhancing the eating experience.

2. Oast to Host Cake Flour creates a really moist light sponge which is perfect for sticky toffee pudding, scones, blinis, biscuits and of course, cakes.

“Gluten free pastry is notoriously tricky to get right using the usual wheat replacement flours. Co-founder Claire and I have spent years iterating the recipe to get it absolutely perfect. It has been a joy that so many professional and celebrity chefs, together with home cooks have come back to us with their positive feedback. We weren’t planning to launch our flours for retail until we were approached by a major supermarket, we know the customer demand is there and it’s time for us to share our secret!” Comments Oast to Host co-founder Sally Black.

The range is available in environmentally friendly paper based recyclable packaging

The flour range is available online RRP £4.50 for 450g (minimum online order 2) or a smaller bag RRP £2.33 for 195g(minimum online order 3) from www.oasttohost.com.

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BikeTrac Helps You Track All Employees

Cristina Diaconu By Posted on 2 m read

As a responsible employer, staff welfare should always be at the front of your mind. It’s a relatively manageable task when you can directly control the environment they work in, but less so when that environment is outside of your business. When it comes to delivery riders, welfare is perhaps the most difficult to manage, and by its very nature can impact significantly on productivity and business when things go wrong. Until very recently, delivery rider welfare in general was no more than a roll of a dice, with so many outside factors involved making it difficult to put in place anything with any real meaning.

But as technology improves our day-to-day lives, so has it started to impact on the welfare of riders and productivity too. Tracking technology has now been adopted by many of the professional delivery bike fleet managers, allowing them to not only keep a bird’s eye view of every bike and rider on shift 24/7, but in the case of BikeTrac’s system, be alerted when a rider takes a tumble.

Established over a decade ago, BikeTrac is the longest established motorcycle-specific tracking device on the market, and as such, is one of the most feature-rich systems available, enabling fleet operators to see in real-time where every bike and rider is, with live notifications of any accidents or spills in the process.

On top of this, it’s technology which incorporates GPS, GSM and RF also offers a proven track record in combatting theft, enabling fast location should a bike or scooter be unlawfully moved. The system’s unique Radio Frequency (RF) function is crucial in obtaining search warrants also – a big factor in the system’s success in recovering over £9 million worth of stolen machines since inception.

And while getting a bike back quickly and back into service helps with productivity, the welfare of staff remains the most important element of any responsible employer. Add in the ‘Bike Down’ function that alerts when a bike is crashed, the ability to monitor a bike’s location 24/7 should an employee be out of reach, as well as the real-time ignition status information, and its fair to suggest that BikeTrac offers a very credible solution for both productivity and welfare.

BikeTrac’s system is as flexible as required, with the ability to track just one machine or a whole fleet, all trackable or viewable on a desktop computer or app, with alerts delivered by text, email and telephone call.

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Christmas and New Year at The Cavendish London

Celebrate the magic of the season at the deluxe four-star The Cavendish Londonwhich is offering a selection of Christmas and New Year’s Eve experiences for guests to indulge in.

Located in the heart of Mayfair, The Cavendish London is close to London’s top attractions, including Regent Street, Oxford Street and The West End theatres, making it the ideal place to stop off while in the capital for Christmas and New Year celebrations.

Bottomless Champagne Festive Afternoon Tea

Add some sparkle to your festive celebrations with The Cavendish London’s bottomless Champagne festive afternoon tea. Priced from £42.50 per person, guests can expect a selection of festive-themed finger sandwiches, savouries, scones and pastries served with Newby loose leaf tea or coffee and free-flowing Champagne.

Festive afternoon tea is served daily from 1pm until 6pm from 11th November 2019 until 5th January 2020. Free-flowing Champagne is available for one and a half hours. A gluten-free afternoon tea is available on request.

Festive Dining at Petrichor Restaurant

The Cavendish London’s 2AA rosette fine dining Petrichor Restaurant is offering festive lunch and dinner packages priced from £32 per person. Indulge in a three-course lunch including traditional favourites such as duck and chestnut terrine to start, and turkey roulade served with all the trimmings or roasted spiced cauliflower for main course. Followed by a traditional Christmas pudding or chocolate mousse and raspberry sorbet for dessert.

Three-course festive lunch and dinner are available from 11th November until 21st December from 5.30pm-9.30pm Monday to Thursday and 5pm-9.30pm Friday to Sunday.

New Year’s Eve at The Cavendish London

Ring in 2020 in style at The Cavendish London with Champagne and canapés followed by a five-course dinner in the hotel’s 2AA rosette fine dining Petrichor Restaurant. Guests can enjoy a variety of luxurious dishes including beetroot and goat’s cheese tart or lobster and salmon ravioli to start, and beef fillet and black truffle or wild mushroom tortellini for the main course.

Priced from £89 per person, dinner bookings are available from 5.30pm-9.30pm on 31st December 2019.

Christmas Kiss Cocktail at The Cavendish London

Celebrate the season with a Christmas Kiss cocktail in the Petrichor Bar & Lounge at The Cavendish London. Priced at £10, this exclusive festive tipple offers a mix of Amaretto, Grand Marnier and lemon juice, garnished with cranberries and a sprig of rosemary. The Christmas Kiss cocktail is available from 11th November until 5th January 2020.

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Manchester’s Top 10 Desserts

Here are the top 10 searched desserts in Manchester:

1.Apple crumble
2.Donuts
3.Victoria sponge
4.Jelly
5.Carrot cake
6.Cheesecake
7.Churros
8.Macaroons
9.Red velvet cake
10.Scones

This narrowly beat Victoria Sponge to the top spot, getting almost the same number of average monthly searches but Apple Crumble was popular for more months of the year. The results also show that classic British dishes still have a place in our hearts, as bread and putter pudding, scones and carrot cake all make the top 10.

On average the UK amounts over 2 million searches a month for dessert inspiration, whether that be for recipe inspiration or where to buy ready-made.

Here is the breakdown by UK region:

Rank 1 2 3 4 5
London Apple crumble Victoria Sponge Carrot cake Scones Red Velvet Cake
South East Apple crumble Victoria Sponge Carrot cake Banoffee pie Bread and butter pudding
South West Victoria Sponge Apple crumble Carrot cake Bread and butter pudding Scones
East Midlands Victoria Sponge Apple crumble Carrot cake Bread and butter pudding Cheesecake
West Midlands Victoria Sponge Apple crumble Jelly Carrot cake Bread and butter pudding
East Victoria Sponge Apple crumble Carrot cake Jelly Bread and butter pudding
North West Apple crumble Victoria Sponge Jelly Carrot cake Bread and butter pudding
North East Apple crumble Jelly Victoria sponge Carrot cake Cheesecake
Yorkshire and the Humber Apple crumble Victoria Sponge Jelly Carrot cake Cheesecake
England Apple crumble Victoria sponge Carrot cake Jelly scones
Scotland Apple crumble Victoria Sponge Jelly Carrot cake Cheesecake
N. Ireland Apple crumble Jelly Victoria sponge Cheesecake Scones
Wales Welsh cakes Victoria Sponge Apple crumble Bread and butter pudding Carrot cake

Christmas Puddings

We also looked at Christmas sweets to see if the UK had a number one Christmas dessert and the classic Mince Pie was number 1.

It seems Christmas Cake has fallen out of favour and we prefer dishes like sticky toffee pudding and gingerbread. Sticky toffee pudding was also the Christmas dessert we favour most frequently at other times of year.

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