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Town House at The Kensington Launches New Menu

Cristina Diaconu By Posted on 3 m read

Town House restaurant at The Kensington is delighted to unveil a new menu, offering guests the chance to enjoy London at its most luxurious. The menu offers guests refined dishes inspired by global favourites, to be enjoyed in the sumptuous surroundings of the Town House restaurant, and its nearby drawing room, complete with roaring fireplaces and marble-topped tables. 

New on the à la carte menu at Town House are seasonal dishes including Summer Salad of Asparagus with New Potatoes, Soft Egg, Endive & Herb Vinaigrette (£13) or Roasted Mediterranean Vegetables with Rocket, Puy Lentils, Sundried Tomato Dressing & Feta (£14) to start. Mains on the new menu include Grilled Lamb Cutlets with Crushed Charlotte Potatoes, Steamed Summer Vegetables & Herb Vinaigrette (£28), Whole Dover Sole (on or off the bone, grilled or meunière – £37) and a daily changing line-caught Market Fish of the Day (£MP)

Town House’s new dessert menu includes an opulent wine pairing for each sweet treat, selected by the hotel’s very own Master of Wine. Indulgent choices now available include Vanilla Crème Brûlée with Raspberries (£9); perfect with the Riesling Icewine, Stratus Vineyards 2016 Niagara, Canada (£9), Vegan Aquafaba Pavlova with Summer Berries & Coconut Cream (£9); excellent with Sauternes, DV by Doisy Védrines, 2015, Bordeaux, France (£6.50) or Chocolate & Coconut Panna Cotta with Honeycomb (£9); delicious when paired with Malvasia 10 Year Old, Vinhos Barbeito, Madeira Portugal (£9). 

On weekends, Town House serves a delectable brunch between 12noon – 5pm. New to the offering is a selection of brunch cocktails including Bellini Royal (Peach Purée, Champagne) and Bloody Maria (Tequila, Tomato, Lemon Juice, Worcestershire Sauce, Tabasco), all priced at £10. Brunch dishes include a lavish French Toast with Seasonal Fruit, Mascarpone & Almonds (£9), popular Potato Waffles with Hot Smoked Salmon & Preserved Lemon Crème Fraîche (£10.50) alongside Steak Frites with Double Fried Egg (£19) and Shakshuka with Feta & Chorizo or Grilled Shrimps (£10). 

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 to be 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 also offers guests the rare opportunity to enjoy its entire selection of fine wines by the glass, to be discovered and enjoyed alongside the new menu. The list of handpicked fine wines available by the glass includes 15 distinguished red options and has a choice of over 10 whites, from a very approachable £20. Guests can experience a large selection of some of the very best wines from around the world; whether enjoying the luxurious intimate surroundings of Town House restaurant or the seductive and sophisticated setting of the neighboring K Bar, whose new cocktail menu will launch later this year, taking inspiration from the world’s best-loved wine regions. The list offers wine enthusiasts and novices alike an excellent opportunity to fully immerse themselves in some of the world’s best wines. 

Finally, guests at Town House are able to enjoy afternoon tea daily from 2pm-6pm. The hugely popular London Landmarks Afternoon Tea takes inspiration from London’s most recognisable and historic landmarks, taking diners on a tour of the capital’s most famed structures. Tributes featured on the landmark inspired menu include architectural triumphs such as The Gherkin crafted from White Chocolate with a Dark Chocolate Ganache and The Shard made of Carrot Cake & Milk Chocolate. Alongside an iconic London Telephone Box imagined in Rhubarb Mousse and Big Ben-inspired Lemon Curd Tart, the new London Landmarks Afternoon Tea menu is complete with London’s quintessential treat, Scones served with Heather Hills Strawberry Jam & Clotted Cream and a selection of finger sandwiches. 

Town House is the signature restaurant at The Kensington and is spread across three classically designed drawing rooms, serving locally-sourced, seasonal modern dishes with a global influence. Nestled in the heart of one of London’s most desirable neighbourhoods, 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.

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Searcys Pilots New Menu to Reduce Food Waste Across Venues

Market-leading events caterer and restauranteur Searcys is ensuring sustainability is at the heart of their business with the announcement of company-wide menu waste management targets across their iconic venues. Catering for conferences, events and private parties, Searcys’ have introduced a new set of menu planning procedures, with the hope of reducing food and packaging waste by 20%. 

The driving principles of good procurement and menu planning are key to reducing food waste. Across all venues, Searcys’ chefs continue to use local, seasonal produce to create delicious menus for events and parties, while aiming to reduce waste by utilising as much of an ingredient as possible. The new low waste Harvest menu, developed in time for the busy Autumn events season, is available for conferences and events in selected Searcys venues. This encompasses these aims with zero waste hero dishes, including Beetroot barley risotto, roast roots, beetroot leaf salad and rapeseed dressing, which uses all parts of the autumnal beetroot, from root to stem, by serving it three ways. Sustainably sourced crab also features in the Crab and leek tart, foraged leaves and salad cream, a dish which reduces waste by using both brown and white crab meat (rated good by MSC Good Fish Guide) as well as British Leeks, free-range eggs and wholemeal milled flour.

Alongside the menu, Searcys chefs are also encouraged to order produce daily and reduce stock holding for perishable food. Also, where it is safe, leftovers will be repurposed: Coffee grounds turned into compost, jams and relishes will be made with fruits or vegetables soon to expire and leftover bread will be transformed into salad croutons.  

In 2018, Searcys announced a set of sustainability pledges, which were expanded in 2019 to incorporate 24 commitments to sustainable practices. These ensured that 90% of all fruit and vegetables used in the menus are grown in the UK, all tea and coffee is Fairtrade or Direct impact, and all meat is UK-reared from Red Tractor certified farms. Since the implementation of these pledges, Searcys has received an impressive Two Star “Food Made Good” rating from the Sustainable Restaurant Association.  

Darren Deadman, Searcys’ Chef Director comments on the company’s commitment to reduce food waste; “With a buoyant events market, we feel it is our responsibility to reduce our food and packaging waste across Searcys, to make sure we can be as sustainable and waste-free as possible. To assist with this, we have established a list of simple, manageable steps for our chefs, which we hope will help make the task of reducing waste a realistic objective.” 

Menu planning rules to reduce food waste

  1. Order seasonal ingredients: utilise the wonderful produce the UK has to offer and work with the seasons to create dishes.
  2. Use a local supply chain: all Searcys chefs have the flexibility to choose their own local suppliers to minimise food miles and support local economy.
  3. Design plant-focused menus: develop dishes that focus on using as much plant and vegetable produce as possible. Make use of sustainable pulses, grains and mushrooms.
  4. Aim for zero-waste dishes:  create dishes that use all elements of an ingredient, and do not peel vegetables unnecessarily. 
  5. Consider the proteins on the plate and feature MCS-approved fish, British poultry and wild game.
  6. Order daily and reduce stock holding: make sure to order produce daily and not to order anything before stocks are checked. Limit the amount of perishable produce you have in stock.
  7. Control portion size: design menus with portions that are satisfying but not oversized, to reduce uneaten food.
  8. Make use of leftovers: where safe to do so, repurpose leftovers – for example, make croutons from bread or use coffee grounds as compost.
  9. Offer English sparkling wines and look out for organic, carbon-neutral or bio-dynamic wines.
  10. Offer tap water where possible or use SRA-approved sustainable Belu. 

Reducing packaging and disposables waste

  1. Request that suppliers use bulk recyclable packaging.
  2. Use reusable plastic containers – aim for products to be delivered in reusable plastic containers.
  3. Recycle – ensure glass, paper and plastic are correctly recycled.
  4. Minimise the use of disposables – use glass, china and metal cutlery instead of plastic. Only use paper straws.
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National Dumpling Day at Royal China Fulham

Get sum dim sum this National Dumpling Day (Thursday 26 September 2019) at Royal China Fulham with a special dim sum selection platter for £15.00.

The tempting platter will be available on National Dumpling Day from 6pm until 10pm.

Treat yourself to sumthing extra special and get a 10% discount when you order 10 platters or more at once.

The delicious dim sum platter includes Spicy crabmeat dumplings with tobiko; Dumpling wrappers made with baby spinach juice; Prawn dumplings; Scallop & minced prawn dumpling with tobiko; and Spicy minced duck dumplings. 

Royal China Fulham seats 55 covers and is the only restaurant in the group to offer a home delivery service. Inside the restaurant, the signature Chinese mural covers one wall, while the large window frontage and windows to the rear of the restaurant create a light and airy space.

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.  Based in prime areas of London, the restaurants are centrally located on Baker Street, as well as in Bayswater, Fulham, Harrow-on-the-Hill and Canary Wharf. 

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4 Benefits to Booking your Christmas Party in September

Cristina Diaconu By Posted on 2 m read

There are only three months until the festive period is here making it the perfect time to book your Christmas party! It’s time to dust off the decorations, dig out the sequins and organise your social calendar for the glamourous events winter party season brings. Booking your Christmas celebrations early can provide many benefits from securing your preferred date to getting the best event space amongst other key things to consider highlighted below. So, let’s get spicy with mulled wine, overindulge in rich food and dance until the early hours!

Best Choice of Places

When it comes to choosing the venue for your Christmas party you only want the best. Exquisite food, wow-factor wines and a chance to reflect on the year with the people you’ve spent time with whether it be co-workers, family or friends. You may opt for a traditional office party in a corporate setting transformed into a black tie event, complete with a three course meal and Christmas entertainment, or you could try something more bespoke this year. 

Corporate experiences can come in other forms, why not consider a relaxed visit to a winery where you can enjoy a private vineyard tour whilst sipping quality wine before satisfying your taste buds with a delicious meal overlooking the breath taking views the vineyard has to offer. Check out Hencote Shrewsbury for exceptional service and a unique setting this Christmas. Be quick when selecting the venue as places such as this will sell out quickly!

Flexible Booking and Packages

So, you’re ready to seal the deal and secure your booking for your Christmas party. By booking early you usually receive the biggest discounts and best package deals as venues appreciate the commitment to being organised this Christmas. Remember you will not only be competing for the most sought after venues but the preferred dates too. If you book your exclusive private party early you may have the option to tailor your menu, access the finest drinks packages, as well as securing a date that suits everyone!

Something to Look Forward to

The sooner you book your Christmas party the better, the longer you leave it the more likely you might be celebrating in the New Year and you don’t want to be adding to the January blues! No matter the occasion – staff Christmas party, family gathering or small affair for loved ones, book it now and you will have something to look forward to and a chance to plan your show-stopping outfit!

Limit your Stress Levels

As we all know Christmas can be a busy time so don’t let a celebratory event turn into something problematic! We work hard all year around to reward ourselves with a much needed party. Limit your stress levels, put it in the diary early, tick another thing off your long list and use it to motivate everyone in the meantime! 

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Omar Allibhoy Opens New Tapas Revolution at Westfield Stratford

Spanish chef Omar Allibhoy, a man on a mission to bring authentic tapas to the UK, is to open his 8th Tapas Revolution bar and restaurant at Westfield Stratford this autumn.

Opening on 7th October, Tapas Revolution Stratford will become the group’s flagship site and their largest to date, making Tapas Revolution the UK’s biggest Spanish restaurant group. The Westfield Stratford site will also include the group’s first dedicated Cava Bar that pays homage to Spain’s signature bubbles. Offering an extended choice of 24 Cavas by the bottle and five by the glass, the Cava Bar will be adorned with an impressive wall of Cava bottles and include two VIP bodega booths complete with a ‘Press for Cava’ button.

Inspired by the bustling, well-heeled bars and restaurants of Omar’s hometown in Madrid, Tapas Revolution Stratford fuses the contemporary look and feel of a modern Spanish restaurant with the authenticity and charm of a traditional tapas bar. A 2,600 square foot restaurant with outdoor terrace, the site will accommodate over 100 sit-down covers plus standing at the bar, offering guests an authentic taste of Spanish in one of London’s busiest shopping destinations.

Its high ceilings provide a light and airy feel whilst the bold and vibrant colours throughout inject a sense of passion and vitality that Spain is so renowned for. There will be al fresco dining and drinking opportunities on the outdoor terrace and a beautiful handmade tiled mosaic wall inspired by Estrella Galicia. Of course, no authentic Spanish bar and restaurant would be complete without the nation’s famous Jamón Ibérico (cured Iberian ham), made from acorn-fed black Iberian pigs, and Tapas Revolution Stratford will characteristically feature the group’s largest display.

Open all day every day, Omar’s latest opening will take inspiration from the family recipes he grew up with and Spain’s culinary culture of sharing, socialising and eating. The menu will feature a wide array of traditional Spanish fare alongside Omar’s critically acclaimed signature dishes, such as his ever popular slow-roasted Iberian pork shank served with roasted piquillo peppers and tomato tapenade (Codillo de Cerdo Asado) or his pan-roasted loin of cod served with slow-cooked red peppers and green olive salsa verde (Bacalao con Piperrada y Olivas). There will be a selection of Paellas on offer (available in two sizes) to share amongst friends, including the classic Valencian

Arroz Negro made with black rice. Each Paella will be made with rice from the Albufera wetlands, handmade stock, saffron, smoked paprika, and served in the traditional wide-bottomed pan from which the dish gets its name. Tapas Revolution has also tripled its options for vegan and vegetarian diners, with a vegan Paella on offer, crispy fried aubergines with spiced muscovado syrup (Berenjenas Fritas) and Vegan Alioli (unique to Tapas Revolution), all to be enjoyed in Westfield Stratford.

The drinks menu will include an extensive range of premium, small-batch Spanish Gin Tonics served in the traditional Copa de Balón (balloon glass), and a selection of Spanish craft beers, including Estrella Galicia 1906. A selection of Sangrias and a carefully curated wine list from a small number of Spanish producers will also be on offer, plus the group’s largest array of Cavas by the bottle and by the glass, including those from Codorníu, pioneers within the Cava industry and the oldest and most prestigious producer in Spain.

Westfield Stratford is Europe’s largest shopping and leisure destination, but there are many other interesting things happening on the horizon in E20. A new cultural powerhouse, the V&A East are set to open two new sites in Stratford and a short walk away will be the new Sadler’s Wells dance theatre, BBC studios for performance and recording and a brand new site for the London College of Fashion. Stratford is a very accessible destination, served by the Jubilee Line, Central Line and Overground trains.

Omar says: “I’m excited to be launching our flagship Tapas Revolution in one of the most up and coming neighbourhoods in London.  The new restaurant will offer a truly unique and authentic experience and feature a menu offering a great selection of delicious dishes using ingredients from the finest Spanish suppliers. I’m also excited to unveil our new Cava Bar and bring this drink to the forefront of our offering.”

The food of Spain has become one of the most beloved cuisines in the UK and it is rare to find a local high street or foodie quarter without a tapas bar. The Spanish chorizo sausage was even voted as the food that most Brits had never heard of 10 years ago but could now not live without in a poll by Olive magazine. Restaurants across the board have embraced a more informal eating style resulting in the explosion of small plates replicating tapas style dining.

Having launched eight restaurants across the country and through his regular TV appearances, Omar is a key figure in spreading authentic Spanish cuisine in the UK. The Madrid-born chef is well on his way to complete his original mission of providing great, affordable tapas for all and has even been named as a ‘crusader for Spanish food and culture’ back in his home country.

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The Bloomsbury Club Bar Launches the Cocktail Diviner this September

The Bloomsbury Club Bar invites guests to place their fate in the hands of the Cocktail Diviner this September with the launch of a unique and completely immersive new concept. With an air of divination, telepathy and all things mystical, the bar will offer drinkers an insight into the hedonistic and debaucherous lives of The Bloomsbury Set. Exploring decades past, The Bloomsbury Club Bar’s innovative new cocktails have been specifically designed to expose and remedy your deepest desires.

The infamous Bloomsbury Set rejected Victorian ideas of religion and explored new sources of spiritual meaning – through their art and writing, their kinships, and belief in an inter-connected universe. In the aftermath of the First World War, audiences gasped in packed-out theatres at the extraordinary illusions of magicians and mind-readers, while drawing rooms across London hosted intimate gatherings to communicate with the dead, and those desperate for answers darted down back streets to have their fates spelt out on upturned cards.

The Bloomsbury Club Bar’s new Cocktail Diviner manifests this era of prophecy and premonition; it knows how you are feeling. Inspired by a special deck of Tarot cards, designed in 1910 by the bohemian occultist Pamela ‘Pixie’ Colman Smith, the bar’s new set of 14 cocktails correspond to 14 states of mind or being. Upon arrival at the bar, guests must allow the Diviner to guide their emotions, exposing their secret yearnings and allowing it to provide a perfect tonic to their state of mind.

Heading up the bar is UK World Class Finalist Scott Gavin. Speaking of his new menu, Gavin says: “I can’t wait for this new menu to finally launch. It is such a cool concept and I think it’s just what London has been waiting for. This menu has been a complete pleasure to devise. Come and play with us at The Bloomsbury Club from September, who knows where you might end up.”

Guests at The Bloomsbury Club Bar will enjoy a truly immersive experience; one that is sure to evoke the debauched antics of The Bloomsbury Set whether you like it or not:

–        If Melancholy has descended upon you, a sip of Persian Mist (Luksusowa Vodka, Tesseron Cognac Composition, East India Cream Sherry, Indonesian Coffee, Persian Damask Blossom, Golden Double Cream – £14) will lift your heavy spirits

–        For a night of Seduction, the ingredients in Forbidden Fruit (The Botanist Gin, Crab Apple Cordial, Beurre Noisette, Green Chartreuse, Bramley & Braeburn Apples, Apple Oil – £14) will transform idle desire into enduring love

–        When you’re feeling Mischievous, the inimitable flavours of Mad Monkey (Avion Plata Tequila, Peach Citric, Egg White, Chilli Tincture, Wasabi & Passion Fruit Dust – £14) promise to curb feelings of recklessness without losing exuberance

–        For the Envious, Flaming Venom (Absolut Elyx Vodka, Wild Berries, Young Artichoke Leaves, Perrier-Joüet Grand Brut NV – £14) banishes resentment

Taking influence from the 1920’s and 1930’s, set against a backdrop of luxurious decadence, The Bloomsbury Club Bar menu celebrates the golden age of cocktails with a strong, seductive mix of forgotten classics and innovative new creations inspired by The Bloomsbury Set’s infamous members.

Set in the heart of London’s Bloomsbury, The Bloomsbury Club Bar is a moody, seductive and atmospheric space. The bar is split into two areas: the main bar and the outer terrace bar. The inside is furnished with plush leather armchairs, atmospheric lighting and wall-to-wall bookshelves, the walls adorned with artwork and books synonymous with The Bloomsbury Set, whilst the secluded outside grotto terrace resembles a relaxed bohemian space. Booths line the exposed brickwork and a canvas of fairy lights cover the ceiling. Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and rediscover  a different epoch in one of many dark corners.

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UK’s Best Camping Spots

Cristina Diaconu By Posted on 4 m read

The UK plays home to some of the most breathtaking and idyllic scenery in the world. From rolling hills, to sweeping coastlines, it should come as no surprise that the place we call home is considered worldwide as a gold mine for tourists. Now, in 2019, a combination of fine cuisine, mediocre weather, and a warm welcome, is considered suffice to ensure British holidaymakers are willing to sacrifice the annual holiday to the Costa Del Sol in favour of the likes of the English Riviera, indulging in everything our country has to offer. 

Despite the fact there are more than 600,000 rooms available in hotels across the UK, it is actually the 3,000 campsites that litter the country, which has contributed to this mass growth in ‘staycations’. That said, we’ve complied a list of some of our favourite campsites throughout the UK, homing in on destinations you can frequent, which offer that little something extra. 

Co Fermanagh, Northern Ireland – Rossharbour

Undeniably beautiful, Rossharbour is located on the edge of the Lower Lough Erne shore, on Boa Island. The site is perhaps one of the most peaceful and secluded areas in the country, ideal for escaping the rat race and being at one with nature. Local attractions include in the Marble Arch Caves and the Legnabrocky Trail, which shot to fame in recent years and has been aptly named on Instagram as the stair way to heaven. The walk, which winds its way through the sweeping hills for approximately 4km, reaches the summit at 550m, offering unrestricted views of the surrounding landscape — remember a bottle of water though. After completing the trek, retreat to one of the many glamping pods or wigwams, where you can relax in your own personal hot tub, before having a barbeque by the water.

Book here: https://rossharbour.co.uk/glamping/

Pembrokeshire, Wales – Caerfai Farm

If you meander your way back across the Irish Sea, you will find the UK’s smallest city. Gaining city status in 1995, St Davids, which offers some of the most magnificent coastal scenery in the country, has a population of just 1,600 people. Caerfai makes it onto our list simply due to its location. Stumble across this campsite on top of the headland and simply immerse in the stunning light reflecting off the waves below. Pitching a tent is the most popular choice among visitors, however yurts and cottages are available for those not keen on getting too close to nature. If you’re taking the kids along to St Davids, we highly suggest bringing a kite — it will provide hours of unlimited fun.

Isle of Arran, Scotland — Runach Arainn

Easily accessed from the ferry port at Airdrossan, the Isle of Arran, despite existing as a landmass of only 20 miles long and 10 miles is perhaps one of the most stunning areas in the UK. Across the globe you will struggle to find somewhere so small that contains such a vast range of forests, sandy beaches, and valleys. Runach Arainn is unlike any other camping experience — the yurts can sleep up to six people, include a wood burner and stove, and offer Wi-Fi. The uniqueness of Runach is that you are experiencing an area of outstanding natural beauty, but with every home comfort you could imagine. The island caters for every kind of holiday requirement, with challenging hikes and cycles, low valley strolls, or watersport activities for the slightly more adventurous among us. In the evening, relax with a glass of wine at the Stag’s Pavilion before indulging in some luxury seafood cuisine.

Cumbria, England — Fisherground 

If it’s an action-packed holiday with the kids that you’ve set your eyes on, then you’d be foolish not to check out this neat little find in the Lake District. As you drive into the site, both you and the children will soon realise why this was the right place to come. Set deep in the heart of Eskdale, one of Cumbria’s most exquisite valleys, the site has been described as a child’s paradise. A zip wire, Tarzan ropes, and tyre rafts to negotiate through the pond, are just some of the activities the children can enjoy. But, don’t think that this is all about the kids — Fisherground is perfectly located for those seeking a challenge and fancy tackling the National Three Peaks. The King George IV Inn, which is within walking distance off the site, offers traditional homely dishes and of course a hearty stout.

Book here: https://www.fishergroundcampsite.co.uk/ 

Sussex, England – The Secret Campsite 

Often the reason we go away camping is to escape from the hustle and bustle of modern life. Five miles north of Lewes, in the Sussex countryside, the Secret Campsite, is a tent only venue which places an emphasis on helping you escape from the rat race of nine-to-five. Reconnecting with nature is what this place is all about and the sites surroundings which are effectively untouched enables you to do just that. Wildlife habitats are prevalent throughout the site so don’t be taken aback if you are to witness a deer strolling past during your stay. Reliving your youth is more than possible at SCL with Tree Tents, which featured on George Clarkes Amazing Spaces, available as an accommodation option. Similarly, the owners have planted numerous edible plants around the site, serving up a surprise for those who decide to frequent here.

Book here: https://thesecretcampsites.co.uk/lewes/overview/ 

With more than 12,000 miles of coastline, and countless stunning peaks, pack your camping gas light and hit the road, taking advantage of everything this country has to offer.

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Blenheim Palace Joins Fight Against Food Waste

Blenheim Palace, and its catering partner Searcys, are joining the fight against food waste with the help of an innovative app.

Launched in Copenhagen in June 2016, ‘Too Good To Go’ is the world’s largest food waste fighting app, connecting businesses with unsold food, to local consumers who purchase, collect and eat it. 

The UNESCO World Heritage Site is joining other organisations including Accor Hotels, YO! Sushi and Planet Organic in partnering with the app. 

Searcys, Blenheim’s catering partners, will be offering ‘Magic Bags’* filled with £12 worth of food for just £4 at the end of each day. The bags, which can be purchased at any time via the app, can then be collected from 4pm. 

All the food is fresh, just not bought by customers that day, so is all too good to go! This reduces the accumulation of food waste on each of the 364 days Blenheim Palace is open. 

Each bag will contain a selection of Blenheim’s high quality and sustainably sourced foods, including homemade cakes, sandwiches, pasties, as well as breads, fruit and salad boxes. Participants will need to download the free app, make their purchase and then show their receipt on the app at the main gates between 4pm- 5pm to gain entry to the Blenheim Estate. The Oxfordshire Pantry is located in the Visitor Centre, where the bags can be collected. 

Nearly 90% of ingredients used by Searcys in the cafes are sourced within a 25-mile radius of the Palace, supporting local producers and growers. 

Jacqueline Gibson, Blenheim’s Sustainability Advisor, said: “Our latest monthly waste report showed a 98% diversion from landfill figure, and we are confident that working with Too Good To Go will help to further reduce our overall waste figures. 

“Currently food waste feeds a local anaerobic digester plant in Cassington, providing renewable energy for the local community, however reducing waste at the outset remains a priority across all our waste management practices,” she added. 

It has been estimated that over 10 million tonnes of food with a value of £17 billion is being thrown away every year in the UK. 

The app is part of Blenheim’s sustainable procurement policy. All disposable cutlery and cups are 100% compostable, in an effort to omit the use of single use plastics. 

In 2018 Blenheim signed up to the ‘plastic free community’ where businesses in the village of Woodstock have committed to phasing out single use plastics and they are also part of ‘Plastic Free July’, a national campaign to reduce plastic pollution. 

Earlier this year Searcys at Blenheim switched the packaging in its sandwich and baguette range to a 100% biodegradable cellulose material to further reduce carbon dioxide emissions in the food sector. 

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Delvaux Launch New Personalised Sweets & Seasonal Designs

34 years ago Delvaux’s founder, the mother of the current Managing Director Natalie Atkinson, recognised that whatever your business, first and last impressions count!

Since then Delvaux have specialised in helping 1000s of restaurants, bars, caterers, hotels, spas, conference centres and wedding venues to make positive first and last impressions with what Delvaux call “edible advertising” …those tasty chocolate and sweet treats wrapped in branding, advertising messages and imagery which make such a positive impression on future and current customers.

Since taking over the reins at the family firm 4 years ago, Natalie and her team have been busy innovating to meet the different needs of the sector and to reflect changing consumer taste. The result is a much bigger choice of sweets, designs, wrapper types and printing options too!

“Now when a business wants something different to serve after dinner, to give out with their bills, to offer in a reception area, to leave on a hotel pillow or to give out as promotional items, we can supply a wide range of personalised sweets as well as chocolates from stock at short notice, including individually wrapped Flat Imperial Mints, Chewy Mentos, Fruit Sweets, Jelly Beans and Salted-Caramel Fudge, to name a few” Natalie tells us.

“Our topical, colourful range of seasonal designs now includes Christmas, Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Halloween, Chinese New Year, Eid Mubarak and other celebrations such as Weddings, Birthdays and Anniversaries.”

“Of course while rapidly expanding our range of flow-wrap confectionery sweets and adding a bespoke option and seasonal designs too, we continue to supply the ever-popular rectangular flow pack Mini-Chocolates and square Neapolitan Chocolates, printed either digitally in full colour or in single colour with luxurious hot-foil.”

Delvaux’s customers are clear that there is no more cost-effective way to incentivise and thank their future and current customers, build brand loyalty and make a positive lasting impression than with personalised sweets and chocolates… please see below for a special offer for FEAST readers to enjoy the benefits yourself!

To see the new range of personalised Sweets & Chocolates and seasonal designs from Delvaux Ltd please see:  https://www.DelvauxChocolates.com/Shop or call Richard, Sales Manager, on 01932 571180 or email:  hello@delvaux.co.uk

Use coupon code “FEAST” when ordering for a special 20% OFF your first order with Delvaux Ltd, exclusive to FEAST readers (T&Cs apply).

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New Menu Launch at Diddy’s

Diddy’s bar, a neighbourhood spot in Hackney owned by Hackney locals, bar manager Diddy Varley and architect Jayden Ali, is about to launch a new menu for September. This is a great excuse for you to potter down to the Hackney bar, meet Diddy herself, and discover the amazing creative projects they’re working on (check out their Still Life photography exhibition). 

The new menu centres on simplicity; with drinks split into four sections – Spritz, Margaritas, Sours and Negronis. These classic cocktails have a few modern twists, such as the Sbeergliato: a play on the notorious negroni sbagliato which uses Pilsner instead of gin and Prosecco, giving it a refreshing, sweet and savoury flavour. Tequila and mezcal are at play with the, Ancho Reyes Negroni made with campari, vermouth, mezcal, and Ancho Reyes, a relatively new Mexican chili-infused liquor that adds a kick to the smokey short drink. Plus an Ancho Reyes Margarita and a Tequila Espresso Martini.

There will also be three new British ciders: Pollen, a high acidity and bitter cider from a single farm in Herefordshire; Oliver’s Yarlington Mill, a medium dry, rich and full bodied cider using wild yeast ferments; and Starvecrow Natural Cider made by natural winemakers Tillingham Wines who have used non traditional apples (such as Bramleys, Goldens, Charles Ross and Braeburns) to make a light, pale gold colour cider with delicate aromas of honey, hay and baked apple.

The food is simple café style with comforting toasties, charcuterie and burrata, chia seed puddings for the those who require, and Hackney Geleto for a sweet treat (or a sorbet chaser for your shot of mezcal).

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