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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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First Beer from Scotland’s First Alcohol-Free Brewing Company

Scotland’s first alcohol-free brewing company, Jump Ship Brewing today launches Yardarm, its first beer. The launch comes after a successful crowdfunding campaign, supported by RBS BackHerBusiness, which reached its target in only six days, raising £15,000 in total. More than 170 people backed the campaign from right across the UK and internationally.

Available in 330ml cans, Yardarm, is a crisp, lively lager with a good balance of malt and hops and is the first beer to be released from Jump Ship Brewing.  Brewed in small batches, Jump Ship Brewing uses natural brewing techniques, combining barley, hops and yeast with soft Scottish water, to create as much flavour as possible, with minimal alcohol.

Beer lovers can buy Jump Ship beers online at www.jumpship.beer selling via Drydrinker, the UK’s biggest alcohol-free online retailer. At a RRP of £1.99, their beers can be shipped nationally and internationally. Jump Ship is also in discussions in the on-trade with specialist pubs, restaurants and wholesalers looking at stocking the beer.

Sonja Mitchell, a keen sailor, beer-lover and mother of three, decided to ‘jump ship’ from her marketing job to launch the business. The idea behind Jump Ship was born in December 2018 out of a love of beer but a horror of hangovers. Keen to enable more people to enjoy great beer without the booze, Sonja set out to discover if she could produce a world-class alcohol-free beer in Scotland.

Sonja, who brewed this beer from her own recipe, describes Yardarm as a zesty, biscuity and discretely bitter lager. It is brewed with Citra and Styrian Bobek hops for a full flavour finish, similar to a well-balanced IPA.  The beer is gluten-free, vegan and lower in calories than standard beers.

Commenting on the new alcohol-free beer Sonja Mitchell, said:

“It’s been incredible to see the response to the crowd-funding bid. Having the backing of so many amazing people, not only gives me the financial resources needed to get to market, but I also know that there’s a crowd of people looking forward to drinking my beer. The wind is truly in my sails. It’s time to Jump Ship!

Commenting on the name of the first release, Sonja said:

“The yardarm is the edge of the spar (or yard) on a mast where sails are set. It used to be a tradition in the navy that sailors were given their first ration of rum when the sun reached over the yardarm (about 11am in summer in the North Atlantic).  ‘Sun’s over the Yardarm’ is a common call out for the first drink of the day, and at only 0.5% ABV, you could even enjoy our Yardarm lager for breakfast if you liked!”

Jump Ship Brewing is keen to ensure the business has a strong charitable focus with Sonja committed to donating at least 10% of the profits to a variety of charities, which will be nominated by Jump Ship’s customers or ‘ship mates’ as they are aptly called.

Yardarm contains 40 calories per can with roughly a third of the calories found in an equivalent can of 4% ABV beer.  At less than 0.5% ABV, it contains roughly the same level of alcohol as a large ripe banana.

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Dakota Leeds Presents Luxury Festive Stays for Christmas and New Year

Looking to make your festive season even more magical? Whether it’s a romantic night for two, or a chance to spend quality time with dear friends, Dakota Leeds offers the warmest of welcomes and has a selection of lavish city getaways so you can celebrate in style at the most wonderful time of the year.

 

The Christmas Week Experience
Details: 
You can celebrate the week of Christmas by checking in to your own sanctuary of luxury for two nights, with breakfast included. Sink into crisp cotton sheets and enjoy Dakota’s seamless service in the most stylish setting, while building up all the excitement for the big day.

Price: From £200 per room

Availability: 22nd – 27th December 2019

The Christmas Day Getaway
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Celebrate the best day of the year in style with a three-course Christmas Day lunch for two featuring a twist on classic Christmas cuisine and a selection of seasonal surprises. Stay overnight and continue the festivities with a hearty Boxing Day breakfast.
Price: From £230 per room including Christmas lunch

Availability: 25th December 2019

 

Stay and Celebrate this New Year’s Eve
Details: 
Make a sophisticated plan for New Year’s Eve and enjoy a sparkling evening in the heart of the city’s bustling nightlife, followed by a night in your own luxurious haven for two. Ring the New Year with a sumptuous dinner for two at Dakota Grill by Executive Head Chef Craig Rogan. For the big countdown join the celebrations at Dakota Bar, which opens out onto Greek Street, and dance your way into 2020.
Price: From £270 per room (includes a £25pp allocation towards dinner)

Availability: 31st December 2019

 

If you want to extend your New Year celebrations, a two-night getaway is also available including breakfast.
Price: 
Rooms from £350 per room for two nights

Availability: 30th December 2019 – 1st January 2020

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5 Helpful Tips for Beginner Artists

Cristina Diaconu By Posted on 2 m read

Art is the way of life for many people, and every day more people are inspired to create their masterpieces. Honing one’s artistic skill to create these masterpieces requires time, effort and dedication to the craft. This might sound daunting to beginner artists, but the journey to becoming an artist is worth all the hard work it requires. There are a few easy tips that can help in simplifying your artistic journey. Here are a few of them.  

Choose your medium

It is important to experiment and try different art styles but choosing a medium to focus on for a period of time helps you to hone that skill before moving on to another. Many beginner artists start with pencil drawings and then proceed to ink drawings and coloured pencils. These mediums teach you about shading, creating value, perspective, gradient, and so on. These are core skills to build when beginning as an artist, so they can be your first medium.

Get quality art supplies

The quality of the art supplies you use can make or break your artwork. When starting out, it is important to utilize different tools to see which you prefer for the medium you have chosen. If you are too busy to get to the art store, consider shopping for art supplies online. TheWorks is a great place to find a variety of quality art supplies at budget-friendly prices.

Create a schedule

Some people believe that art should be spontaneous, and this is not to dispute them, but when learning a new skill that one wants to perfect, it is important to have a practice schedule. A routine is essential in tracking one’s progress and ensuring that you practice often enough. When your skills have improved to a considerable extent, it would be much easier to be spontaneous because you have practised and honed certain fundamental skills.

Keep an inspiration folder

An inspiration folder is a folder of the things you would love to draw someday. Keeping an inspiration folder helps you to have a resource of images to practice with.  It also helps you to discover the kind of work that you gravitate towards. It can be a physical file of magazine cutouts or a folder on your mobile phone or computer.

Follow art tutorials

For artists that do not have access to or the time for traditional learning opportunities, following video tutorials can pose a worthy alternative. It can even give the feel of being in a class. There are different platforms for learning art online and utilizing them in your journey can help you improve quickly.

When making art, it is important to enjoy the process. Mistakes are normal and expected so do not fret when you have made a mistake; instead, let it be a teachable moment for you. Sometimes, these mistakes turn out to be great art pieces. For more tips on art and budget-friendly prices for art supplies, visit TheWorks today. 

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Top Care Tips for Your Horse

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Whilst many horses are owned for working purposes, there are also a large number of them that are kept as pets. Horses are large, loving animals and with the right care and attention, they can make wonderful companions too. As many horses can live to an old age, many reaching 30 years, it’s important to know exactly what you’re committing too when you bring a horse into the family. From managed nutrition to the perfect living environment, the following care tips will help you to ensure your giving your horse the very best quality of life to keep them healthy and happy. 

Managed Nutrition

Horses large, strong animals that require a lot of attention when it comes to their nutritional needs. The most important thing to do is monitor your horses age and ensure they are receiving the right nutrition to support them. For example, older horses may require a joint or mobility supplement, to help keep them comfortable and mobile when they start to struggle. If you’re keen to invest in any joint care for your ageing horse, but you’re not entirely sure where to start, you can find a varied selection at online retailers like Petwell. It’s always beneficial to consult your vet too, as they may have recommendations or advice when it comes to the specific brand or type of supplement that’s going to work best for your horse.   

Regular Vaccinations 

Your horse should be protected from diseases all year around, so it’s important to ensure they are receiving their regular vaccinations to help keep them healthy. Illnesses such as tetanus and equine influenza are really common within the horse world, but you can easily get these vaccinations by booking a slot with your vet. You may also find that your horse requires a rabies injection too, as this can help to protect them further and keep them safe when out in the fields. The condition of your horse’s environment and daily activity can play a role in the illnesses they are prone to catching, so it’s worth assessing these elements and ensuring you have the best protection for your horse. 

Controlled Environment

Providing your horse with the perfect controlled environment will really help to ensure they get are happy and comfortable, whilst keeping them safe at the same time. Horses require lots of space to gallop around and be free, so you want to try and give them access to an open field throughout the day. Similarly, they also require a warm, dry space to protect them from certain elements, so having a comfortable stable for them to use is going to be really beneficial. Horses are used to being in company, so try to find a stable or farm that houses other horses too, so you can let your horse out into a field with the others to keep them happy and give them plenty of company to prevent them from becoming anxious or lonely. 

Frequent Exercise 

Just like large dogs need long walks and plenty of exercise, horses also require a frequent amount of exercise to ensure they are well stretched and healthy. You should ideally take your horse out and exercise them for around 2 hours, anywhere between 5 and 6 times a week to ensure they get the exercise they require. You’ll also find that taking your horse out for a long ride will help to grow your bond, which is extremely beneficial. You can find a range of lovely riding clothes here, to really boost your riding to the next level making both you and your horse feel fantastic. 

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Creative and Crafty Christmas Décor Ideas

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Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year and it’s made even more wonderful when you can spend quality time with your family creating crafty Christmas decorations. There’s something really special about spending time with family and friends whilst getting creative, with so many unique ways to add a touch of Christmas magic to your home. From hanging paintbrush Santa to a body poufGrinch, there are some great ways to bring a unique touch this Christmas. 

Hanging Paintbrush Santa’s

With an adorable bristle beard and stylish string for hanging, these hanging paintbrush Santa’s are great fun to make and really cute to look at. All you need to do is simply get yourself a few large paintbrushes like these, some paint, cotton wool and string. Paint the body of the brush red, with some delicate white spots for added character, then glue your cotton wool to the neck of the brush. This creates Santa’s hat, with the bristles providing the perfect beard to complete the look. To ensure your Santa’s hang safely, get some durable patterned string to tie through the brush loop and hang on a hook in any room to bring the Christmas spirit. 

Recycled Candle Bauble Holders

Ever wondered what you can do with all of those beautiful glass holders that once had your favourite candles in? Well, with Christmas just around the corner you can utilise them properly and turn them into bauble displays. By filling your old candle holders with some shiny baubles, you can transform the original holder and create a lovely Christmas display. This would look perfect in the bathroom, kitchen or hallway where you may keep the décor levels a little lower. For added effect, why not try adding some delicate fairy lights to the jars too to really make the decoration come to life. 

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Bath Pouf Grinch

This is a great one for the kids, especially if they love the Grinch. Get a bright green bath pouf just like this one and print off an image of the Grinch smiling. Carefully cut out his eyes and mouth and attach them to the bath pouf. Once you’ve created the face, add a cute little Santa hat to the top of the pouf and you have yourself a Grinch to hang in the house. This decoration is so easy to make its great fun for the kids and is really cheap to make too. You could look at other characters such as Peppa Pig with a pink bath pouf and Winnie The Pooh with a yellow one. 

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Delicate Spotty Pinecones

Whilst they may be very easy to make, they provide a beautiful decoration for your Christmas tree. These cute little pinecones only require two other items to make them look as cute and colourful as this and they take minutes to make. Invest in some brightly coloured, small pom poms and some shiny string. Use glue to stick the pom poms to the edge or many of the pinecones edges and use the string to delicately hang the new decorations to your Christmas tree!

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Vegan Cheesemas with Branston and La Fauxmagerie

As the prime cheese-eating season falls upon us, iconic festive staple Branston pickle has partnered with La Fauxmagerie, the first plant-based cheesemonger to be established in the UK, to ensure that no one needs to compromise on their cheese eating occasions this Christmas!

The collaboration between the UK’s best-loved (vegan) sweet pickle and cheese disruptors La Fauxmagerie highlights Branston’s commitment to bringing delicious pickle and cheese pairings to all, no matter what your foodie inclinations may be. Did someone say Bring Out the Branston?

La Fauxmagerie’s vegan cheese and pickle pairings

La Fauxmagerie has crafted tasting notes which pair a flavoursome vegan cheese selection with Branston’s tangy pickle range. From the Original pickle everyone knows and loves, to the easy to spread lavishly Small Chunk, or the newest member of the Branston family Smooth pickle, Branston and La Fauxmagerie invite you to be the ultimate cheese and pickle party host, as they help you to cater to all of your guests’ needs and tastes this Christmas.

Sisters Rachel and Charlotte Stevens, the masterminds behind La Fauxmagerie, say: “Branston is a classic British staple on any cheese board. The pickle’s characteristic tangy flavour pairs beautifully with creamy, cheddar-style plant-based cheeses such as the Farmhouse or even in gooey toasties with the Red Queen. We are excited to offer vegan cheese fans the chance to buy our exclusive Branston x La Fauxmagerie December Taster Box, full of delicious vegan cheese and Branston pickle, as well as the chance to bestow our knowledge for plant-based cheese.”

Nisha George, Branston Senior Brand Manager, says: “The Christmas season is firmly upon us and we’re so excited to be heroing a vegan partnership made in heaven. Pairing with La Fauxmagerie’s tasty vegan cheeses our Branston pickle is a delicious vegan choice that brings punches of flavour to any cheeseboard occasion! Delivering crunchy texture and delicious tangy taste, let your tastebuds revel this Christmas with Branston pickle and La Fauxmagerie!”

Branston x La Fauxmagerie December Taster Box (£25, lafauxmagerie.com)

The Christmas cheese and pickle selection will be available on La Fauxmagerie’s website and in-store for purchase as part of the ‘Small December Taster Box’ – on sale from 1st December until the end of the month for £25. These limited-edition boxes are the perfect purchase for yourself or a plant-based loved one to indulge and enjoy that festive tradition of cheese and pickle, allowing festive memories of yester-year to come flooding back, but this time with a modern and plant-based take, helping you to Bring Out The Branston this Christmas. The La Fauxmagerie x Branston December Taster Box can be bought at lafauxmagerie.com. The boxes include the following vegan cheese & pickle pairings:

  • Farmhouse by Kinda Co. & Branston Small Chunk Pickle – Farmhouse is a semi-hard cheddar style cheese made from cashew nuts, with a strong cheddar-like profile and sweet buttery notes. Its smooth, mouth-watering umami flavour, much like that of a mature dairy cheddar, make it a natural companion to Branston Small Chunk pickle. A classic British staple on any cheese board, Small Chunk’s characteristic tangy flavour pairs beautifully with this creamy, cheddar-style cheese.
  • Papa Rica by I Am Nut Ok & Branston Original Pickle – Papa Rica is a smooth, smoky cashew cheese with a bold hit of Paprika. The combination of this cheese with Branston Original pickle packs a punch with its strong smoky finish as the Branston brings the tang and a deliciously lingering aftertaste. Best enjoyed on oatcakes or water crackers for added crunch.
  • Muenster by The Arty Vegan & Branston Smooth Pickle – Muenster’s firm bite provides the perfect base for the Smooth Branston Pickle, with its smokiness nicely complementing the tanginess of the Branston. The smoothness of this particular pickle also provides the perfect texture and ‘spreadability’ to achieve a more balanced cheese-to-pickle ratio. An absolute joy to devour on crispbread.
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