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Truman’s has collaborated with Yokohama’s original craft brewer – Yokohama Brewery – to develop an exclusive beer in celebration of this year’s Rugby World Cup, brewed in both London and Yokohama. Using Sorachi Ace Hops, which were originally produced in Japan in the 1980s, Truman’s x Yokohama Brewery JPAis a 4.5% ABV golden Japanese Pale Ale with a bold lemon flavour and notes of dill, mint and tea.

With listings already secured across Mitchells & Butlers, Truman’s x Yokohama Brewery JPA will be available at selected Nicholson’s Pubs and Castle sites, Truman’s Taphouse the Newman Arms in Fitzrovia and the wider Independent Free Trade throughout September, October and November.

Just 30 minutes south of Tokyo and rich in rugby heritage, Yokohama is home to Japan’s oldest rugby club and The International Stadium Yokohama which will host many major Rugby World Cup 2019 fixtures including England v France, both Semi-Finals and the Final itself.  Founded in 1995, Yokohama Brewery was the first craft brewery in the city which now has a thriving beer scene.

Discussing the partnership, Frank Maguire, Head of Marketing at Truman’s said: “This is one of the first collabs between a UK and Japanese brewer and we both wanted to create something special to celebrate the first ever Rugby World Cup in Japan. The team at Yokohama Brewery have been amazing to work with and share our passion for quality beer and sports. We’ve ended up with a fantastic beer that has a distinctive taste profile from traditional Pale Ales in the market – it will definitely appeal to drinkers that love to try new beers and styles. Bring on the World Cup!”

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EAT. launches Mushroom Melt, a new vegan smoked ‘Gouda’ cheese toastie.

EAT. launches Mushroom Melt, a new vegan smoked ‘Gouda’ cheese toastie, across all U.K. stores, and challenges you to taste the difference!

Just in time for the season change, EAT. has introduced a brand new vegan toastie, Mushroom Melt (from £3.99), a multi-seed bloomer filled with mushrooms, caramelized onions and vegan smoked ‘Gouda’ cheese with vegan garlic mayonnaise.  

Emily Williams from the EAT. food team comments: ‘We’ve created a hearty plant-based toastie, ideal for the colder months.  Our vegan smoked ‘Gouda’ is made from coconut and potato but has the texture, melting characteristics and complex flavour of regular cheese, we can’t wait for our customers to try it.’

Holly Oades, Customer Director, EAT., adds: ‘We are thrilled to add a delicious and filling vegan toastie to our menus this autumn.  We believe our vegan ‘Gouda’ is the best plant-based alternative on the high street, and challenge everyone to try and taste the difference.’

The new vegan launch will sit alongside The American Melt (from £4.25); smoked ham, Emmental cheese, sliced gherkins & American mustard all in a multi-seed bloomer.  Other favourites, Beef Bourguignon and Chicken Panang Curry Hot Pot, will once again feature on the autumn menu which launches today, across all stores in the U.K.

EAT. will be offering free samples of the new Mushroom Melt and The American Melt across all U.K. stores until 12th September, available at lunch times while stocks last.

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Hull to get its first Taco Bell

It’s official – Taco Bell, pioneer of Mexican-inspired cuisine is continuing its Live Más march across the UK with the opening of a new restaurant in Hull, Brighton Street on Friday 11th October 2019.

Fans of Taco Bell will be able to dine in the 53 seat restaurant, or takeaway, and experience the classic menu enjoyed by people in stores around the UK.

The store will be operated by The Adil Group, a franchisee to Taco Bell and key partners in bringing Taco Bell to the UK. Riding a wave of Taco-obsession the group has exciting plans to open over 10 stores by 2023 across the country and has already acquired future sites to open more Taco Bells in the UK.

From burritos, tacos and quesadillas, to our famous Crunchwrap Supreme TM there are plenty of delicious foods and drinks on offer – whether you’re a meat eater or a vegetarian. The Hull restaurant is also introducing Taco Tuesday to the menu – a taco and a soft drink for only £2 on Tuesdays! 

The new restaurant opening will be the 39th Taco Bell restaurant to open in the UK.

Lucy Dee, Marketing Lead of Taco Bell UK, said: “We’re really pleased to be opening a Taco Bell in Hull – it’s a place we’ve had our eye on for a while. Hull has a high footfall of those looking for entertainment and of course a bite to eat, providing us with the perfect spot to expand our portfolio in the area. We look forward to welcoming even more Taco Bell fans and first-timers through our doors.

Originally launched in the United States, there are currently more than 425 Taco Bell restaurants across 27 markets outside of the US, with the goal of expanding the brand’s international presence to 9,000 restaurants by 2022.

The new restaurant will be open from 10:30am on Friday 11th October and can be found at Taco Bell, The Beacon, Brighton St, Hull, HU3 4HA.

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Jumeirah Group makes senior appointments in London

Jumeirah Group, the Dubai-based luxury hotel company and a member of Dubai Holding, has appointed Jonas Malheiro as Vice President of Sales and Marketing- Europe and Americas, and Fergus Stewart as Regional Vice President – Europe, with immediate effect.

Jonas has over 17 years’ experience working in sales and marketing in luxury hospitality and joins Jumeirah from Belmond, where he has held various roles.  Most recently as Divisional Director of Sales, EMEA; where he was responsible for managing and implementing the sales and marketing strategy for Belmond’s 16 EMEA properties. Additionally, Jonas was also a key member of Belmond’s Brand Steering Group, responsible for steering proposed brand experiences and initiatives. Prior to Belmond, Jonas worked for Pestana Hotels & Resorts, overseeing the sales and marketing for the brand’s nine hotels in Madeira.

A Portuguese national, Jonas speaks English, Italian, Spanish and French.

In his new role, Jonas will be responsible for overseeing all sales and marketing activities within Europe and America outbound markets for Jumeirah’s properties worldwide.

Fergus Stewart joins as Regional Vice President, Europe and will be responsible for overseeing the upcoming renovation of Jumeirah Carlton Tower in London in addition to the extended London portfolio and hotels in Europe. Originally from Scotland, Fergus has over 30 years’ experience working in the luxury hospitality industry. He spent 25 years working overseas in 11 different countries including Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand and the UAE. He joins Jumeirah from an 11-year tenure at IHG, where most recently he held the position of Vice President of the Luxury Hotels Division – Europe, responsible for overseeing iconic hotels including The Carlton Cannes, Paris le Grand, The Amstel in Amsterdam and the Intercontinental Park Lane. In addition, Fergus also oversaw Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants in Continental Europe, where he played an integral role in the expansion to key gateway cities. 

About Jumeirah Group:

Jumeirah Group, the global luxury hotel company and a member of Dubai Holding, operates and manages a world-class portfolio of 15 properties in the Middle East including the flagship Burj Al Arab, 5 properties in Europe and 4 in Asia with 10 properties currently under construction around the globe.

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One Water reveals fresh new look and product line-up to boost the range for operators looking to meet customer demand for ethical water in a planet-friendly format.

One Water has unveiled a completely refreshed brand and design, as well as an all-new planet-friendly range of packaged waters in a selection of cartons, new cans and refillable bottles. There is also an enhanced selection of deliciously flavoured waters to ensure operators who stock One Water have an option to suit every customer.

The new branding introduces a ‘switch’ logo to illustrate the new tagline, ‘Switch Water, Change Lives’, to encapsulate what a switch to One Water means – helping provide clean water to millions across the world. All it takes is a simple switch to One.

One Water’s new packaging range makes it easy for operators to show they’re part of the green movement and meet the ethical demands of the modern consumer in a format that suits their business. Options include new 330ml cans of still and sparkling spring water, made from zero plastic and infinitely recyclable. There’s also a new refillable option: a 500ml high-grade stainless steel bottle. One Water is the only brand to offer all these pack formats in one place, with unbiased information provided on each to help operators choose the right range for them.

The flavoured waters range has been reformulated to deliver great taste at only five calories a bottle, sweetened from a natural source and with zero sugar. Available in 500ml bottles, One Water offers three great flavours: strawberry, orange and peach, and lemon and lime.

Emily Frank, One Water’s Marketing Director, commented: “The new look and product range bring One Water’s formats and flavours right up-to-date for operators who want to make sure they’ve got their drinks offer right. Proceeds from the sale of One Water go directly towards The One Foundation’s fight to end global water poverty. It’s simple – switching water saves lives – and our dream is to make even greater impact on water poverty while minimising effects on the planet.”

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Drygate launches Europe’s first reforestation beer, pledging to plant 10,000 trees with proceeds

Glasgow-based brewery Drygate announces the launch of Europe’s first ever Reforestation beer, Scorched Earth, a new brew which will fund the planting of a 10,000-tree forest.

The beermakers have joined forces with social carbon offsetting enterprise Offset.Earth which fights deforestation and climate change through its pioneering subscription service which plants trees around the world. The partnership marks the first to be born of Drygate’s charity fund the Bearface Trust which will donate a further 2p from the sale of every purchase of its famous Bearface Lager to help fund future Offset.Earth projects.

A reaction to the devastating forest fires engulfing the Amazon rainforest, the bottle of this Islay-whisky barrel-aged imperial stout features a singed map of the Amazon, with a vibrant green sapling shining through, symbolising our hope that new life will rise from the ashes.

To purchase Scorched Earth and join the cause head here:

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New Royal Wharf Pier arrives to new home in London

London’s longest pier will open for business in October

The highly-anticipated Royal Wharf Pier arrived in London yesterday in impressive fashion, as the canting brow, carried on a 65m x 60m boat and the pontoon, brought in by the Mts Viscount tug, were transported along the River Thames to the shores of the landmark Royal Wharf development. Constructed offsite in Holland, the new pier travelled over 300 miles across the North Sea to reach its new home in London, where it will become London’s longest pier and the latest stop on the Thames Clippers service.

Developed by Ballymore & Oxley and designed by Nex-, the pier will also provide a large public space for Londoners, including a 162m2 viewing platform and 65m walkway. Set to open to the public in October, the pier will provide locals, tourists and commuters with an alternative way to get in and out of central London, as the capital looks to diversify its transport infrastructure.  As London’s leading River Bus service, Thames Clippers provides the fastest and most frequent fleet on the river. According to the latest phase of the University of Greenwich wellness research conducted in June 2019, Londoners who commute by boat are still the happiest and most relaxed commuters.

Royal Wharf Pier is part of the Royal Wharf development by Ballymore and Oxley. This new neighbourhood for London will comprise 3,385 riverside properties, housing around 10,000 residents and stands within the £3.5bn Royal Docks regeneration area. Its townhouses, duplexes, apartments and suites are inspired by the classical heritage of London’s great squares and neighbourhoods and are focused around Sovereign Place – a new market square filled with shops, restaurants, bars and cafes. 45% of the 40-acre development is devoted to outside space, including a 500m riverfront promenade.

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BURGER KING® UK is melting down plastic toys for good

New campaign by Jones Knowles Ritchie reveals sustainability initiative to remove plastic toys from all King® Junior Meals and give toys from any fast-food chain a new life as something good.

BURGER KING® launches a new initiative called ‘The Meltdown’ to take a stand against plastic, by removing all toys from KING® Junior Meals and melting them down for good. The supporting campaign calls upon the public to donate any unwanted meal toys to be recycled, teaching old toys new tricks and saving an estimated 320 tonnes of single use plastic as part of the company’s ongoing commitment to improving sustainability practices across the entire business.

Concepted and developed by Jones Knowles Ritchie (JKR), the Meltdown launches with a multi-channel campaign including digital content, OOH, in-store, PR and experiential. The initiative has been executed in partnership with several of BK®’s agency partners including Frank for media strategy and public relations, and Sketch Events for production, whilst Pentatonic is providing product design and closed-loop technologies.


Plastic toy amnesty bins will be installed in each of BURGER KING®’s 500+ restaurants across the UK, where the public is invited to ‘Join the Meltdown’ by dropping off their free* meal toys even if they’re not from King Junior Meals. Those who donate between 19th-30th September will receive a free King Junior meal with any purchase of an adult meal, as well as special edition sticker sheets, Meltdown BK® crowns and Meltdown King Junior Meal boxes. 

To get kids on board with the initiative, JKR developed a cast of melting characters to bring to life the positive impact this change will have on the environment and communities. A jeep-driving bunny – Beep Beep; an oversized robot – Mr Hugglesworth; and a wind-up T-Rex – Roary, are designed to highlight the growing problem disposable toys are causing the environment and, through their distinctive personalities, create an emotional connection to sustainability for the next generation of consumers.

Stephen McDavid, Creative Director at JKR said: “BURGER KING® came to us with a huge ambition; to remove plastic toys from their KING®Junior Meals. We knew BK® had the opportunity to create a movement that everyone could get behind and that families would want to engage with, so we came up with a simple idea, inspired by BURGER KING®’s irreverent spirit: melt down all plastic meal toys and transform them for good. Kids are still hungry for an experience, so it’s brilliant that these toys will be transformed into play areas and playful experiences that last longer than a few minutes. To capture attention, we needed to create a campaign identity that was as big and bold as the toys we would be collecting, although it originally felt strange to create something we knew we would ultimately melt. This is a huge step forward for kids’ meals of the future and we hope the campaign will encourage kids, parents, and even Burger King’s competitors to join the meltdown.”


Adults and kids alike will be delighted to meet a giant melting Beep Beep in real life, installed on the Southbank between Thursday and Saturday this week. The Beep Beep art installation, produced by Sketch Events and made entirely of recycled materials, represents BURGER KING®’s efforts to bring global attention to the giant problem disposable toys cause the environment, and create a photo opportunity to amplify the campaign. Nearby, BURGER KING®’s UK flagship location at Leicester Square will feature a campaign takeover with designed ‘Meltdown’ exterior, interior campaign visuals, special edition packaging, and unique staff uniforms.

Katie Evans, Marketing Director at BURGER KING® UK, said: “Removing plastic toys from our kids’ meals represents a huge step for the brand in the UK and we knew we couldn’t do this quietly. The provocative idea that JKR presented demonstrated the engagement we were looking for; we knew it would capture the nation’s attention and change kids’ meals forever. This is an opportunity for us to lead radical change in our industry and we know we can positively contribute to finding new, more sustainable solutions, long term.”

Fernando Machado, Global Chief Marketing Officer at BURGER KING®, said: “We are a global brand, and the UK market will be leading the way in making this first step towards change, which is part of our wider commitment on reducing plastics. Work is currently underway across all of our markets to look at how we can completely move away from non bio-degradable plastic toys by 2023.”


At the end of the campaign, Pentatonic, the world’s leading Circular Economy company, will locally disassemble, separate and recycle the toys, bringing them back as play areas and surface tools, which can be recycled again and again.

Jamie Hall, Founder and CEO of Pentatonic, said: “The Meltdown is a giant leap for the food and beverage industry in terms of its waste culture. True impact is only achievable through action, not words. BURGER KING® is not making a vague gesture, which is so often the case in this sector, instead it is taking significant action. BURGER KING® has listened to its audience and is responding in an emphatic way and we are delighted to provide the design and manufacturing technologies to make their bold vision a reality.”

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The Good Hotel Guide 2020: Great Britain & Ireland

The Good Hotel Guide 2020: Great Britain & Ireland, the leading independent UK hotel guide – established in 1978 will launch on Monday 7 October 2019. 

Co-edited by Adam and Caroline Raphael, together with award-winning travel writers Ian Belcher and Joanna Symons, the new 2020 edition features 830 hotels, inns and B&Bs, with 433 main entries chosen for their exceptional hospitality and distinctive style. The Guide’s choices range from great value B&Bs from as little as £75 a night to luxury hotels, restaurants-with-rooms, and boutique city hotels.

A Guide survey** of its readers found that 88% trust its reviews more than those on TripAdvisor. Two out of three readers said the Guide was ‘influential’ in their choice of where to stay.  Readers single out the Guide for its honesty, independence, and unbiased reviews. ‘I can’t think of a book which over the years has given me more pleasure,’ wrote one long-time reader.

The editors select hotels purely on merit, based on visits by a team of experienced inspectors and reports from trusted readers.  Hotels do not pay to be included and no hospitality is accepted, unlike many hotel and travel guides. Reports by members of the public are the Guide’s lifeblood; the range of entries is deliberately eclectic. The test of a good hotel, whether a luxury country house or a small inn, remains the same – great hospitality, attention to detail and friendly, attentive service.

Each year ten César awards are presented to the Guide’s outstanding hoteliers. Named after César Ritz, the famed hotelier whose name symbolises exemplary hospitality, these are the Oscars of the hotel industry. These awards are subject to a strict embargo until Monday 7th October, the date of publication. 

This year’s Guide features 36 new main entries and a newly extended shortlist section with 50 new entries. Its aim, as it has been over the past 40 years, is to champion properties where the guest comes first.

The 2020 Editor’s Choice section highlights the top 10 hotels in 16 categories – This Year’s Discoveries, Romantic, Spas, Seaside, Restaurants-with-Rooms, Dog-friendly, Country House, Gardens, Rooms with a View, B&Bs, Value, Pubs-with-Rooms, Family, Walking, Quirky and Weddings. All hotels are listed alphabetically, by village or town, with a photograph, and all of the Guide’s main entries include a full review with accompanying contact details.

This year’s revamped Shortlist section features 397 properties with extended text and a photograph for each entry.  These include new entries of a notable standard and other properties that continually receive positive feedback from customers.

Many of the entries in the Good Hotel Guide 2020 are also available online at, where there are a further five online-only Editor’s Choice hotel categories: Gourmet (new), Fishing, Golf, Eco-friendly and Historic.

The Good Hotel Guide 2020: Great Britain & Ireland will be published on Monday 7th October 2019, priced £16 (including p&p within the UK) from The Good Hotel Guide, 50 Addison Avenue, London W11 4QP (Tel: 020 7602 4182; or priced £20 from all good bookshops. 

Discount vouchers worth a total of £150 are included in each copy of the Guide. They enable a 25% saving off one night’s normal B&B price at participating hotels. Good Hotel Guide gift vouchers are also available, in denominations from £100 to £1000.

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Harvey Nichols has added a delicious new sweets category to its Own Label range that sees a collection of the finest confectionery from fudge to jellies, fashionably wrapped in stylish prints and vibrant colours, available in all stores and online.

The new range features boiled sweets, mints, jellies, fudge, brittles and toffees. From zingy Extra Sharp Sherbet Lemons and vegan Strawberry Hearts, to Roasted and Salted Peanut Brittle and Salted Caramel Fudge, all the products have been specially developed in-house, in stylish trademark Harvey Nichols packaging, with fun flavours, to gift or to enjoy for yourself.

Harvey Nichols has created three collections within the confectionery category; boiled sweets, mints and liquorice in bags, grab-and-go jellies, fudge, brittles and chocolate in boxes, and fudge slider trays – a range of giftable sweets packed with nostalgia, childhood memories and quintessential Britishness, designed for indulging in style.

“We are very excited to be launching a sweets category into our Own Label range. We have worked closely with amazing suppliers such as Fudge Kitchen and Stockley’s to create a collection of beautifully handcrafted fudge, brittle, toffees and boiled sweets, with some traditional and unusual flavours including the three cocktail sweets; Negroni Spritz Balls, Espresso Martini Suckers and Stripy Pisco Sours, that we hope our customers will love as much as we do.”

Rob Graves, Head of Food & Beverage Buying at Harvey Nichols

Harvey Nichols sweets are currently available in all stores and online:

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