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Perfect Day Caterer Pop up Event

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Perfect Day Caterers and The United Brethren have announced their collaboration at the Chelmsford Restaurant Festival on the 8th of March 2018. The pair will be creating an indulgent five course tasting menu complimented by delicious accompanying wines.

The Chelmsford Festival is an opportunity for the local community to expand their pallets and try new food, while experiencing the best ingredients and products that the city has to offer. The collaborative menu will be available on the 8th of March and it will feature an exciting dining experience that includes ham hock lollipops, Maldon oysters three ways, and saffron ice cream, with ingredients and beverages coming directly from Chelmsford.

The price for the menu, including the wine, stands at £45 per person, and guests will be able to enjoy bespoke dishes, including Chelmsford beef and roasted bone marrow. Vegetarian and vegan options will also be available.

“I’m so excited to be hosting another pop-up at The United Brethren. Together our pop-up events are fun, friendly and sociable evenings. We spoil our guests with top quality food and an array of specially selected drinks; this event will be no exception,” said Beverley Matthews, owner of Perfect Day Caterers.

“Focusing on local produce is something I am particularly passionate about and always aim to support local producers for catering functions, parties and weddings. It’s also great to be part of the Chelmsford Restaurant Festival at a time when the Chelmsford foodie community is thriving. The 8th of March promises to be a great night,” she added.

The previous pop up events held by Perfect Day Caterers and The United Brethren all proved to be a success, so this one is likely to be one as well. To make sure you will be present there, don’t forget to call The United Brethren on 01245 257 478 or email scott@pinupbeers.com because the spaces available are limited.

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Loch Lomond Whiskies Start New Partnership

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Loch Lomond Group, the award winning independent Scotch whisky distiller, has announced its new five year partnership with the professional golf championship The Open. This partnership includes support towards the Ricoh Women’s British Open, the showcase of the full range of Loch Lomond Whiskies, and the title of ‘The Spirit of The Open’ for one of the distiller’s range of single malts.

“Becoming the official ‘Spirit of The Open’ provides us with an unrivalled opportunity to build on our ever- growing international presence and position Loch Lomond Whiskies as a world class distiller producing some of the industry’s finest, most exciting and unique single malts,” explained Muriel Raguenaud, Marketing Director at Loch Lomond Group.

Recognised as some of Scotland’s most famous products, whisky and golf are coming together into a new collaboration aiming to spread this knowledge. Loch Lomond Whiskies will be creating a variety of highly covetable limited editions for both golf fans and whisky aficionados.

“We are extremely proud to have agreed this prestigious partnership and association with The R&A for The Open and the Ricoh Women’s British Open. There is an incredibly strong alignment between the worlds of whisky and golf, two of Scotland’s most iconic gifts to the world. There is also a great fit between those who follow golf and whisky, with research showing clearly that many golfers across the world enjoy a regular dram,” said Colin Matthews, CEO of Loch Lomond Group.

The partnership between the two will run until 2022 and it will include the playing of the landmark 150th Open in 2021 at St Andrews, the home of golf, and the 147th Open that will take place at Carnoustie from the 15th until the 22nd of July 2018.

Over the last four years, Loch Lomond Group has expanded its product range significantly, making capital investments in its distilleries, maturation infrastructure and bottling operations. It has achieved strong international growth and its brands are not present in over 125 countries around the globe.

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Steakout Offers 2kg Steak

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Steakout, the premier casual dining restaurant chain, will be celebrating its tenth anniversary with a limited edition addition to its menu – the 2 kg Porterhouse steak – known by meat lovers as the ‘king of steaks’.

The steak will be the restaurant’s ‘millionaire meal’ and it can easily serve up to four people. It consists of tenderloin fillet and top loin, and it is usually valued at £120, but it will be offered at half the price by Steakout this spring.

The steak is so rare that only a handful of UK restaurants have ever offered something this big. Those wishing to order it actually have to let the restaurant know 24 hours in advance, so that it can be freshly sourced and prepared.

“Since 2008, we’ve grown to eight outlets across London and the UK, transforming beef steak through tenderising and our unique marinades. We’re proud that from day one, we’ve only purchased 100% British Yorkshire cattle and are considered to have some of the highest procurement and packing standards within the industry. We’re delighted to celebrate our tenth anniversary by offering this famous steak in such a rare size and hope our diners really do feel as though they’re eating like millionaires,” said Kaysor Ali, the founder of Steakout.

The 2 kg Porterhouse steak will be available at all of the eight Steakout outlets across London, Leicester, Middlesex, and Bedfordshire.

The Steakout chain was established in early 2008 and it set out to transform the common beef steak, tenderising and marinating it with unique flavours. Soon after, Steakout became the most recognised halal steak dining restaurant in the UK, with eight outlets across the south east and Leicester and further plans to expand.

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New Restaurant Opening in West Hampstead

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Hām is a neighbourhood restaurant, championing produce from small British farms and artisan suppliers, opening its doors this spring in West Hampstead. Its name translates to home in Old English and its menu will use only carefully selected ingredients from the season and soil.

The inspiration behind this concept comes from the passion of independent farmers, fishermen, and cheesemakers. The owners are Rose Tuckey and David Houten and the Head Chef is Matt Osborne. Originally from Melbourne, Australia, Matt’s last position was of Head Chef at Toasted in East Dulwich, from where he will bring the interesting flavour combinations.

The menu will reflect the British kitchen, with a few hints of Matt’s Australian background. The restaurant will serve brunch and dinner, with plates such as crumpets, honeycomb, Westcomb ricotta & pear and Bircher muesli, almonds, Hurdlebrook yoghurt & rhubarb on offer. The starters include dishes like Norfolk quail, artichoke, kombu & watercress or raw beef, English wasabi, ginger & shallots, which can be paired with mains like Cornish Brill, verjus sauce, Pink Fir & mussels and Dexter beef, black sesame, white soy and turnips. Round off the perfect meal with chocolate crémeux, blood orange sorbet & peppermint and a selection of cheese from Mons Cheesemongers & Neal’s Yard Dairy.

“At Hām we are working with small suppliers to create a menu which will showcase the best possible ingredients available. We are working with people who are true craftsmen and women, we want to show people respect for what they passionately produce, with what we put on the plate. Hām will be like a buzzing living room, where friends and family come together to share food and stories,” said Matt.

The interior designers of the restaurant are Rory Macpherson of Play Associates. The venue mixes modern elements with traditional design details, making use of exposed brick walls, powdered sea green leather and velvet banquette seating, curved lines and accents of antique brass. There will also be a bar available for guests to enjoy small bites and drinks.

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Almond Nut Clusters Are the New Snacks in SourcedBox

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The Great Taste Award winning Almond Nut Clusters, part of the Pure Bite range, are now going to be featured as a selected snack in SourcedBox’s healthy delivery service, starting from mid-February 2018. SourcedBox delivers every month a selection of the best healthy snacks, all bundled up into a beautiful box that gets delivered directly to its consumers.

“We are thrilled to have Pure Bite’s Almond Nut Clusters in our February SourcedBox. These delicious clusters pack a nutritional punch without compromising on taste, making them exactly the kind of healthy snack that our subscribers love,” said Max Head-Lee, Co-founder of SourcedBox.

Pure Bite is a brand belonging to BiteUK, which offers a delicious range of rice, nut, and coconut baked snack clusters. The founder of BiteUK, Jason Bull, said about the news: “We share values with SourcedBox and love their ideology that brings delicious healthy snacks straight to people’s doors and desks. We love the energy of their business and ability to engage with people through social media channels. We are delighted that they we are spreading the word about healthy snacking together.”

In the snack market, there is a high demand for nut snacks, with a 23.5% increase in consumption in the last two years. The Pure Bite products are dairy free, gluten free, vegan, preservative free, high fibre, high protein, low salt, low sugar and low in calories. The range was created as an answer to a gap in the market for delicious, bite size, and healthy snacks. Jason experienced this first hand, having relatives who suffer from coeliac disease and who find it really challenging to find high quality and tasty gluten free products.

“Our products are low in calories and suitable for people with allergies and intolerances. What I am most proud of is our ability to achieve a product of such outstanding health credentials which taste incredible – and to deliver that package at a competitive price to retailers,” said Jason.

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A New Style of ‘Long Drink’

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Sauce Communications has introduced The Longflint Drinks Co, a new style of ‘long drink’ in the UK that uses handmade tonics, sodas, and seltzers combined with craft spirits. Its mission is to bring the excellence and expertise of their background in craft beer under a new form.

“What we do is actually pretty simple. We hand make a range of tonics, seltzers and sodas before matching them with gin, rum, vodka or mezcal from our favourite craft spirits producers,” said the co-founder James Law.

Founded in east London, Longflint represents a collaboration between artists who design each of its labels, local suppliers, and independent producers that results into unique and affordable drinks. The range can be found and purchased at the price of £3.50 at Mother Kelly’s, Selfridges, and Whole Foods, in the tap rooms of Camden Brewery and Beavertown, and in pubs such as the People’s Park Tavern in Victoria Park. It can also be purchased online via Amazon or directly from its website: https://longflint.com/

The founders of Longflint Drinks Co. are James Law and Mark O’Reilly, together with brewer Shane McNamara. They all have a background in craft beer, using it to produce a range of drinks made in collaboration with craft spirits producers. The drinks are carbonated and are around 5% ABV.

The Longflint range includes: A Winter Spiced Pear, Vodka Tonic, a blend of new season British conference pears, East London Liquor’s 100% wheat vodka, and a syrup of clementine’s, cassia cardamom, ginger, cinchona bark, and cloves; Ginger & Rum Fuego, with spiced rum, pressed ginger juice, and Longflint’s own dried chilli tincture Rumbullion; Grapefruit, Sour Cherry & Mezcal Paloma, QuiQuiRiQui mezcal blended with grapefruit juice, and a thyme and rosemary vodka maceration; Hibiscus, Gin Tonic, with cold brewed hibiscus flowers, packed with red stone fruit flavours and Longflint’s house tonic; Negroni Sbagliato, using prosecco instead of gin and added Sicilian blood orange juice; Rhubarb & Vodka Seltzer, a blend of pure British rhubarb juice, house-made vanilla tincture, and organic vodka; and Rose Hip & Gin Fizz, organic gin mixed with Longflint’s house tonic and rose hip, the fruit of the Rosa Canina.

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River Cottage Kitchen Opens at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

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Visitors at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo can now eat on the premises at the River Cottage Kitchen and Deli, a collaboration between Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and his River Cottage team. Delicious lunches cooked with the finest seasonal ingredients, ethically and locally sourced, will be available on the menu.

The rustic restaurant overlooks the picturesque Chiltern Hills on one side and the Zoo’s herd of white rhinos on the other side, making it a truly unique experience. The menu includes starters such as grilled flatbread, organic hummus and hemp seed dukkah and some of the main meals available are Roast spiced cauliflower, split peas and crisp onions and Baked lamb meatballs with pickled lemon and yogurt. Guests can also indulge in a few desserts, with hazelnut pavlova with roasted apples and custard being one of them.

“We are passionate about the quality of our visitor experience and as a result are in the middle of a £1m investment programme of our catering options at Whipsnade. Underpinned by our shared ethos and commitment to ethically-produced food, River Cottage is the perfect catering partner for ZSL,” said Kathryn England, ZSL Head of Commercial. “It is truly an experience like no-other, giving diners the chance to refuel with delicious meals while enjoying a remarkable view of our incredible herd of white rhinos on one side and overlooking the Chiltern Hills on the other. It is the perfect addition for any foodie exploring the UK’s largest Zoo.”

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and ZSL have worked together before, both being committed to environmental sustainability and conservation. ZSL runs more than 50 such projects worldwide, and many of them focus on Hugh’s visions, such as his influential mission to combat the elephant ivory trade. Another similarity is that they are both interested in reducing the levels of consumer waste.

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Bel & The Dragon Has Expansion Plans

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Following the Bel & The Dragon’s debut launch of five rooms at their Reading location, the business is planning to add a further thirteen rooms to its collection at three of its six sites during 2018.

The next inn that will benefit from it is the one in Cookham, following the expansion of two premium double bedrooms at the site in Reading in January. Cookham will double its accommodation with five extra bedrooms created within an adjacent cottage. The cottage will be perfect for individual or group bookings, offering two premium double bedrooms and three standard doubles.

Work is also underway at Kingsclere, where two bedrooms will be added this spring. The last step of Bel & The Dragon’s expansion plans is creating six debut rooms in Windsor, offering visitors the chance to not only eat, but also sleep there.

The design partners for this project are Harding & Read, which will apply their signature style of bold colours, fun prints, and bright fabrics to all of the rooms.

“It’s fantastic to see our new bedrooms creating an added dimension to our much-loved Country Inns and we’ll be delighted to offer rooms at each of our six sites by the end of the year. We have a huge demand for accommodation across the group so we expect these developments to really boost business and revenue,” said Hector Ross, Chief Operations Officer.

Bel & The Dragon also offers its guests great food thanks to Group Head Chef Ronnie Kimbugwe, who provides them with pub classic and familiar dishes that everyone enjoys eating. The great food, the comfortable furniture, the well-stocked bars, and the impeccable personal service is what makes these inns the perfect stay, ensuring visitors will always want to return.

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Be Part of Pub in the Park 2018

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The Michelin-starred chef and TV personality Tom Kerridge has organised his own food festival called Pub in the Park and those wanting to participate still have the chance to do so. In the first 24 hours since the tickets became available on the 1st of February, the festival sold a total of 40,000 tickets across its four sites in Bath, Knutsford, Marlow, and Tunbridge Wells.

Pub in the Park offers commercial opportunities for everyone, from small stalls up to headline sponsorships, which allows local businesses to reach a massive audience of festival goers and work alongside some of the country’s best known pubs and restaurants. The community will also be able to enjoy the festival feeling brought up by an Artisan Food Market of small stalls, a Shopping village of larger stands, and custom built outdoor stands and bars.

The businesses that wish to be involved will benefit from an audience of affluent customers keen to see and try their products. Additionally, there will be sponsorship opportunities, designed for maximum impact and taking into account the budget.

The first Pub in the Park festival was launched last year in Marlow, selling all of its 18,000 tickets within 24 hours. After seeing how popular it was, Tom decided to expand it this year, but without losing the local feel. The event will be celebrating the very best food that the country has to offer, combined with live music, chef demonstrations, top quality shopping, and other festival fun. Its focus is to celebrate the local community, and it does so through local artisans, pubs, produces, and musicians.

The line-up for the festival was released recently and it includes musicians such as Jamie Cullum, Texas, Razorlight, Will Young and Mel C, and the superstar chefs Josh Eggleton, Paul Ainsworth, Jason Atherton and Tom himself.

Pub in the Park will be taking place in Marlow at Higginson Park between the 17th and the 20th of May, in Bath at Royal Victoria Park between the 8th and the 10th of June, in Tunbridge Wells at Dunorlan Park between the 6th and the 8th of July, and in Knutsford between the 7th and the 9th of September.

Those wishing to sign up their business can contact the organisers on info@pubintheparkuk.com or 03300 555 729 and the prices start from only £90 per sqm.

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Valentine’s Day Dining Experience at the Arch London

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The Arch London proposes that this Valentine’s Day you should surprise your partner with a love potion cocktail and a dining experience with an unexpected menu. The 5-star Marylebone hotel is offering an exclusive, romantic adventure that will definitely impress your other half.

The team at Arch have created a gastronomic experience that you will never forget. The 5 course dinner is priced at £75 per person and is available from 6pm on Wednesday the 14th, Friday the 16th, and Saturday the 17th of February 2018. The menu includes a cocktail, a 5 course meal with coffee and Petit fours, and for an extra special night couples can book a room or a suite from £433.

The menu features starters such as Pan fried scallops with grilled baby leeks, blood orange butter and toasted hazelnuts; Duck and foie gras rillettes with Armagnac jelly, green beans, shallots and Champagne vinaigrette; and Caramelised beetroot and goat’s curd terrine.

After the starter, couples will enjoy a refreshing Rhubarb sorbet and a Granny Smith Granita, before deciding on the main course. The options for the main dishes include Poached fillet of halibut with herb gnocchi, slow roast tomatoes and oyster fritter with oyster and cucumber broth; Grilled Dedham Vale beef fillet with ratatouille, pesto glazed Portobello mushroom, and balsamic reduction; and Artichoke and asparagus tart with poached Burford brown egg and truffle hollandaise.

To finish off with something sweet, couples can choose from Pineapple ravioli with passion fruit jelly and lime sorbet, Dark chocolate soufflé with salted caramel ice cream and hot chocolate sauce or Rose petal and buttermilk panna cotta with almond shortbread.

Located in a peaceful street in Marylebone, The Arch London is the perfect chic retreat for couples looking for a romantic escape. The hotel is a stone’s throw from Oxford Street and Hyde Park, making it the perfect venue for shopping, or a romantic walk in the best-known of the Royal Parks.

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