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Simpsons Fish and Chip Shop Brings Back Battered Creme Egg

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It’s no yolk – Simpsons Fish & Chip Shop in Cheltenham has brought back its egg-stremely popular deep-fried Cadbury Creme Egg. From now until 20 April the family-run chippy will be donating 50% of the £2 egg (£1) from each sale to the British Hen Welfare Trust, the largest hen rescue charity in the UK.

Simpsons have put together various suggestions on how to eat this deep-fried delicacy, whether it’s crack it open and pour it into the mouth, use a spoon, dip a chip, or simply pop it in all in one.

“Our battered Creme Egg is without doubt one of the most loved of our specials and if we didn’t bring it back, I’d predict a riot! Every year we raise money for the British Hen Welfare trust, and over the past 5 years we have sold well over 1000 eggs. Timing is key with this cracking creation – we fry the batter until it’s deliciously crispy which lightly warms the egg but ensures it stays firm. It’s truly delicious,” said Co-founder Bonny Ritchie, of Simpsons Fish & Chips.

From now until the Easter weekend, visitors can sample the egg-squisite creation for £2 at the award-winning chip shop in Priors Road, Cheltenham. The confectionery treat comprises of an authentic Cadbury Creme Egg – a thick milk chocolate shell housing a white and yellow fondant filling – which is lightly battered in the Simpsons signature batter and deep fried until warm and gooey.

The Simpsons Fried Creme Egg can be enjoyed in the restaurant or as a takeaway dessert up until Saturday 20 April.

Simpsons Fish & Chips is a renowned pioneer in the fish and chip shop industry. In January 2016, they were named the Best Independent Takeaway Fish & Chip Shop in England at the National Fish & Chip Awards.

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Dakota Leeds Launches Its Market Menu

Dakota Leeds has launched its 60-minute mid-week Market Menu, perfect for those looking for a high-quality lunch. The Market Menu serves up two or three courses and is designed to showcase a flavour of the Dakota dining experience. It aims to deliver the same quality and taste of Dakota’s more extensive a la carte menu – all served within an hour.

With a varied menu featuring British, seasonal produce, coupled with impeccable service and attention to detail, dishes include the likes of cream of mushroom and tarragon soup and prawn cocktail with avocado and tomato to start, before moving onto honey and soy marinated pork with pak choi and sesame and fillet of seabream with charred asparagus and basil salsa for mains. Rhubarb crumble and vanilla panna cotta with strawberry compote are just two of the delectable desserts that finish off a delicious, speedy lunch.

“With time constraints being part of our everyday lives, we wanted to create a menu that our guests can enjoy within their lunch hour with colleagues and friends, and still have a relaxed, quality dining experience. We look forward to welcoming guests throughout the week for a seamless 60-minute Dakota dining experience,” said Andrew Creese, General Manager at Dakota Leeds.

The Market Menu is available at The Grill at Dakota Leeds, Monday – Saturday, from 12pm. Two courses is £15 and three £20.

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Digital Campaign for Edinburgh’s Art Venues

The first-ever collaborative marketing campaign between Edinburgh’s arts venues will showcase the city as a must-see cultural destination all year round with the help of VisitScotland.

EdinburghWows, a campaign based on highlighting the emotional connections stirred by outstanding cultural experiences, has received a £25,000 Growth Fund award from the national tourism organisation. VisitScotland Growth Fund supports national, regional and sectoral tourism groups across Scotland to deliver partnership marketing campaigns.

Led by the Edinburgh Cultural Venues Group (ECVG) and delivered by Marketing Edinburgh and Edinburgh Tourism Action Group (ETAG) in partnership with Expedia, the campaign will promote the capital’s low-season cultural offering using a short video promoted across digital channels. The video will communicate the emotional “wow” experienced from visiting Edinburgh’s vast and distinctive offering of world class culture.

The video will showcase cultural experiences that can be enjoyed in Edinburgh, paired with the physical and emotional human reactions that these experiences elicit. The film aims to convey a sense of love, wonder and joy; coupling jaw-dropping, tears of laughter and eyes opening wide in amazement, with a dramatic performance, piece of art or a live orchestra. Short edits of the video will be distributed through YouTube and Facebook and promoted organically by all the partners.

A bespoke campaign microsite at www.edinburghwows.com will feature the video and will include links to all the partner venues, allowing visitors to book accommodation through Expedia, as well as transport.

The microsite will also feature the campaign’s ‘Wonder Walks’ – a series of walks around Edinburgh that deliver wow moments as you walk between venues, and ‘Wonder Weeks’ – stand out weeks in the Edinburgh calendar that have a particularly impressive cultural offering at a time when accommodation has good availability.

By promoting Edinburgh as a year-round cultural destination, the campaign supports the Edinburgh 2020 Tourism Strategy, which calls for growth in the visitor economy of 3% per annum and prioritises stimulating this growth in the October to March period.

From landmark museums to award-winning theatres, a leading film centre to world-class music venues, the ECVG collectively represents Edinburgh’s larger year-round cultural providers at a strategic senior management level.

The VisitScotland Growth Fund supports collaborative tourism marketing projects which focus on growth and ensure that visitors experience the best of Scotland. To be eligible for a Growth Fund award, applicants must place a strong emphasis on digital marketing and the creation of digital content assets.

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Eventist Awarded Contract for the Isle of Man TT Races

Hot on the (w)heels of Eventist Group’s success in winning Event Caterer of the Year 2018, at the Sports & Leisure Catering Awards, and Event Caterer of the Year at the prestigious Catey Awards; Eventist is proud to announce it has been awarded a multi-year contract to cater motorsport’s most exciting festival; The Isle of Man TT® Races.

The group’s specialist hospitality catering brand Tapenade will deliver the contract on behalf of Eventist offering a series of elegant dinners, full day hospitality, (including breakfast, platinum lunches and afternoon teas) and Sunday Lunches for attendees at the two week festival on the island. They will also provide catering at the VIP hospitality unit for the annual Isle of Man Festival of Motorcycling at the end of August.

A competitive pitch saw Eventist demonstrate its substantive sustainability and recycling policies, as well as the ways in which it would add value to the world’s most iconic celebration of motorcycling. Tapenade will bring fresh new menus of seasonal produce, seamlessly delivered by an exceptionally experienced and talented event management team. The Tapenade senior team will be supported by locally recruited and trained staff; supplementing expert catering delivery know how, with a lifetime of direct experience of the event and the Isle of Man itself.

Catering spaces will be created to reflect the prestige of the TT event with fine linen, cutlery and crockery and creative décor to take the interior design from day to evening event space.

“This is yet another prestigious feather in the cap for our award winning team. World famous events such as the TT are a real opportunity for us to show off our creativity, efficiency and knowledge. We are looking forward to working with the government and race organisers to take the iconic TT up another level as a must-book hospitality experience,” said Tim Stevens, Managing Director of Eventist Group.

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The First Cornish Dating App

Inspired by the constant cult-like love of Cornwall, the world’s best Cornish Bakery is set to introduce like-minded people via its LOVE-ly new app; My Cornish Love. The first known dating app to be based on a specific holiday location, My Cornish Love will allow people who love the Poldark region to find like-minded partners whilst on holiday in Cornwall itself or if they live elsewhere in the UK.

At the Cornish Bakery, a Cornish moment is a state of mind, not a postcode, so you can enjoy one anywhere.  And so that Cornwall-obsessed people can now find each other and share their obsessions, the team behind the world’s best pasties have collaborated with a pioneering Cornwall-based app builder Ansome Technologies. 

Every day, customers across the company’s 46 locations in the UK and Gibraltar head into the bakeries to experience a Cornwall State of Mind and special Cornish moments.  Continually voted the UK’s favourite holiday destination, over 5.5 million tourists head to Cornwall each year, so linking singles via this shared love is a no-brainer for the Cornish Bakery team.

The Cornish Bakery has therefore partnered with Ansome Technologies to create the new app which will shortly be available globally, with single customers in all of the Cornish Bakeries encouraged to sign-up ASAP.  Users can create their personal profiles via a list of preferences including favourite Cornish Bakery pasty flavours, favourite Cornish activities and favourite places in the iconic county.  Given that Cornwall appeals to people from aged 18 to over 80, The Cornish Bakery are expecting multi-generational users and new love stories across the decades.

“We’re the world’s best Cornish Bakery and a move into creating a dating app may not seem like the most obvious one for us, but people are finding it harder and harder to meet in this modern world.  We see lots of singles of all ages in our bakeries and knowing that all of our customers have that love of Cornwall in common, against all the Brexit woes and worries, we’re delighted to extend the chances of critical, special shared Cornish love and to connect those people in new and exciting ways,” said Founder Steve Grocutt.

Final on-the-ground testing is currently happening and those interested in making a date with My Cornish Love should sign up at www.mycornishlove.com to receive a notification when the app goes live globally next month.

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Say I Do at Ye Olde Bell

Ye Olde Bell understands that asking your partner to marry you can be a daunting task but it hopes to ease the pressure by offering a special proposal package.

The country hotel and spa, located in the village of Barnby Moor, on the borders of Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire will create the perfect mood for romance. It starts with an afternoon of total relaxation at Ye Olde Bell’s award winning spa, which features ten bespoke thermal experiences, stunning indoor-outdoor vitality pool, delicious Herb Garden Brasserie and alpine inspired alfresco relaxation areas.

In addition to spa access couples will be able to enjoy a 30 minute treatment in the beautiful double treatment room. Options include the indulgent Mini Turkish Ritual Massage and the revitalising Taste of Germaine de Capuccini Mini Facial.

Once suitably mellowed couples can check in to their luxury suite, where the Champagne will be chilling, the rose petals will be scattered and a box of luxury handmade chocolates will be waiting. On the evening a delicious three course meal can be served either in the privacy of the suite or in the elegant Restaurant 1650. All the proposer need do is choose the moment to ask the most important question of their life!

The proposal package is priced at just £435 per couple. For more information visit www.yeoldebell-hotel.co.uk

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Introducing BACARDÍ Spiced

BACARDÍ Spiced is an exciting new product from BACARDÍ, the world’s most awarded rum that contains no refined sugar. BACARDÍ Spiced is made with gold rum mellowed in charred American Oak for a hint of smokiness and blended with natural flavours and spices for a bold, yet smooth taste.

Unlike some of its most popular competitors, BACARDÍ Spiced does not use artificial sweeteners to enhance the rich flavours of its spices making it a delicious and authentic drink that can be enjoyed whatever the occasion.

Following the launch of BACARDÍ Ginger and BACARDÍ Raspberry in 2018, BACARDÍ Spiced comes in response to the increasing global demand for flavoured rums. It is a versatile drink that can be enjoyed over ice whilst you bask on the patio on a lazy summer’s day or mixed with a classic mixer like cola for the quintessential house party drink.

The product is available now exclusively in Tesco for just £15.99 and will be available in all major retailers from April onwards.

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Survey Reveals the UK’s Favourite Breakfast Items

A recent survey across the UK has revealed what Brits want to see in their fried breakfasts. The research, undertaken by luxury London hotelier, Guoman Hotels, asked respondents to select items they wanted to see in their fry up from 17 options. The most popular items to include in a seven-item breakfast were:

  1. Bacon (74%)
  2. Sausages (73%)
  3. Beans (70%)
  4. Fried egg (65%)
  5. Toast (65%)
  6. Mushrooms (63%)
  7. Tomato (58%)

There was serious competition between sausages and bacon to claim the top spot. Although bacon comes out on top nationally, different regions of the UK differed in opinion:

  • East of England: Sausages (76%)
  • Greater London: Even split between sausages and bacon (64% each)
  • East Midlands: Bacon (70%)
  • West Midlands: Bacon (72%)
  • North East: Sausages (80%)
  • North West: Sausages (80%)
  • Northern Ireland: Sausages (67%)
  • Scotland: Bacon (80%)
  • South East: Bacon (79%)
  • South West: Sausage (73%)
  • Wales: Bacon (86%)
  • Yorkshire and Humber: Equal split between bacon and beans (81.5% each)

Regional fry up options remain popular across the UK too, with Scottish classics still going particularly strong:

  • Potato scones push fried egg out of the ideal seven item breakfast with almost two-thirds (62%) saying they should be on a fry up, compared to 13% nationally
  • Square sausage is also popular in Scotland with 42% saying it should be in a fried breakfast, compared to 12% nationally

Black pudding also saw a lot of support up north. Despite just 34% of people nationally saying it was a key element of a fried breakfast, over half (54%) in Scotland think it is a fry-up staple. The same percentage in Wales (54%) want to see black pudding on their breakfast plates, and the same view is held by 50% of those in the North East, and 43% in the North West. Conversely, in the East of England, less than one-quarter (24%) want black pudding in their breakfasts.

“Fried breakfasts are a key part of British culture and as breakfast is such an important part of what we do at Guoman hotels, we wanted to understand what people want from their breakfasts. The regional and national differences highlighted by the research are great at illustrating that traditions are still alive and well around the UK. It also allows us to better understand which items we need to be providing for our guests to allow them to experience a British breakfast that represents all corners of the UK,” said Deborah Thompson, Head of Digital Marketing at Guoman Hotels.

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Butlers Wharf Chop House Launches The Meat Up Menu

Butlers Wharf Chop House near London Bridge is introducing a new four-course meat focused tasting menu, The Meat Up. Launching on 8th April, whole cuts of meat will be brought to the table and carved in front of diners while dishes are prepared tableside for a truly unique experience in the heart of the City. Branded bibs will be provided for that extra bit of theatre, and to keep things clean.

The four-course meat feasting menu comes paired with some spectacular wines. Guests will start with the Chophouse steak tartar seasoned with pickled shallots, grated horseradish and fragrant smoked Applewood cheese which will be made at the table and paired with Dry Land Collection, Chenin Blanc from South Africa. Next up is succulent bone marrow and parsley or devilled kidneys with a sherry and mustard vinaigrette served with freshly baked sourdough and paired with Circumstance, Syrah, Waterkloof, Stellenbosch from South Africa.

For the showstopper, diners can feast on 550g of Chateaubriand served with Chophouse’s unforgettable triple cooked chips, seasonal greens and a red wine and bone marrow gravy and Chateau De Ricaud, Cadillac, Cote De Bordeaux to accompany it. For pudding, a West Sussex Pond Pudding made of pastry and filled with butter, lemon and sugar is paired with a delicious Union Red Pinot Noir from Chapel Down in the UK.

The Meat Up Menu will be any meat lover’s dream, and the ultimate meat feast for Londoners to get stuck into.

The Meat Up Menu – £150 for two people with wine pairing
Available Monday to Wednesday, 6pm – 8pm | Tables of 2 and 4

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Royal China Launches Spring Dim Sum Menu

Tuck into some scrumptious dumplings with Royal China’s new Spring Dim Sum Menu available at branches in Baker Street, Queensway, Canary Wharf and Harrow. Royal China prides itself on serving authentic Chinese cuisine and is well-known as the ‘go-to’ restaurant for dim sum in London. Guests are welcome to try a range of new appetizing dim sum dishes with the new spring menu available from April.

Royal China Baker Street

Located in the heart of central London, Baker Street’s new Spring Dim Sum includes Crispy Mooli Pastry, Crispy Fried Tofu with Butter Crumble and Pan Fried Shrimp Rice Cake. With its open-plan dining room and signature Chinese décor, Royal China on Baker Street restaurant offers a relaxed and vibrant space, perfect for larger families and groups of friends dining together. Prices start from £5.20.

Royal China Harrow

Indulge in some dumpling delights at the only Royal China branch in North London and enjoy new items including Fruity Coconut Pudding, Wasabi Prawn Dumplings and Rainbow Prawn Dumplings. From just £4.80 these bite-size treats are as versatile as they are delicious.

Royal China Queensway

Seafood fans can rejoice with the new dim sum menu at Queensway with Seabass Dumpling in Hot Chilli Pepper Sauce, Deep-fried Seafood Dumplings and Deep Fried Potato Puff with Prawn & Cheese. With a stunning gold leaf ceiling and hand-painted Chinese murals, guests can expect an authentic Chinese dining experience in the middle of Bayswater. Prices start from £5.50.

Royal China Canary Wharf

Overlooking the Thames, Royal China Canary Wharf offers a scenic view and delectable range of dim sum dishes such as Milky Jelly Pudding, Deep Fried Won Ton with Chilli & Garlic XO and Grilled Scallop Cake with XO Sauce. With a large al fresco dining area, guests can enjoy the spring weather along with some tempting dim sum. Prices start £5.30.

The Royal China Group consists of six of London’s most authentic and prestigious Chinese restaurants, including the luxurious and critically-acclaimed Royal China Club.

The Royal China restaurants offer traditional Hong Kong Chinese dishes, while the Royal China Club provides an exclusive experience combining European ingredients within the authentic Chinese cuisine.

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