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Premium Coffee House Unveils Vibrant New Artisan Menu

The stylistic nature of food has long been a source of inspiration for fashion across the globe. This year is no exception as premium coffee house Caffè Nero is celebrating the launch of its biggest food transformation in 22 years by partnering with leading fashion and celebrity stylist, Gayle Rinkoff, to create a series of food-inspired autumn/winter 2019 looks in the run up to London Fashion Week (13 – 19 September). The looks will be sure to show fashionistas that tapping into the latest trends is not just about what you wear, but also what you eat.

The ‘ready to eat’ looks are inspired by the freshly-prepared vibrant new artisanal food menu, which is set to transform coffee shop sector food, and takes design cues from the hottest fashion trend predications for autumn/winter 2019.  Each look has been carefully pieced together by Gayle, who has drawn inspiration from both the colourful ingredients and array of colours featured on the catwalk, using a mixture of high-street and designer clothes. 

The six key looks including ‘The Vibrant Vogue’ and ‘The Raspberry Runway’  were showcased at Caffè Nero on Long Acre, Covent Garden – at the UK’s first ever catwalk in a high street coffee shop.

Gayle Rinkoff, celebrity and fashion stylist, said: “From Prada to Zara, the world of food with its rich textures and vibrant colours has inspired fashion designers for generations and 2019 is no different. I love a challenge and it has been great fun working with Caffè Nero to team food with fashion. The fresh new menu both looks and tastes amazing –what better way to bring it to life than through the lens of fashion. I hope these key looks will inspire fashion lovers to live, breathe and eat the up-and-coming trends ahead of London Fashion Week!”

Will Stratton-Morris, CEO at Caffè Nero UK, said: “Our stylish new food offering has been crafted using the highest quality, Italian-sourced ingredients to ensure our food quality mirrors our premium and award-winning, hand crafted coffee, superior store design and first-class service, whilst continuing to strengthen the premium nature of the brand. To mark the launch of the transformational new menu, which is a real step change for coffee shop food, and following months of hard work, we wanted to have some fun and are delighted with Gayle’s creative interpretation of the stunning new dishes. From colourful open salad bowls to artisanal sausage rolls, vegan salads and light and indulgent sweets – we’re confident that the new menu will make every day food occasions exceptional for our customers and give great value for money!”

The vibrant new menu aims to elevate ‘every day’ eating occasions with a breadth of superior dishes, which inject colour, variety and flavour to food across the coffee shop sector. The menu is the biggest transformation of Caffè Nero’s food offer in 22 years and features 14 delicious new freshly prepared products, including both hot and cold deli and sweet options. Available in stores now, with prices starting from just £1.90, the new sweet and savoury deli options will complement Caffè Nero’s more traditional food offering, such as the classic sandwich range, which remains on the menu.

Customers can find their nearest Caffè Nero store by using the in-app location finder. The Caffè Nero app can be downloaded on iOs or Google Play.

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New Sadler’s Peaky Blinder Craft Lager Enters Canned Territory

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With Original Peaky Blinder Gang Making An Entrance On Pack

Sadler’s Peaky Blinder Craft Lager is increasing its stature amongst the craft beer masses with the launch of 330ml cans and new-look 330ml bottles, each featuring real-life members of the original Peaky Blinder gang.

Expertly produced by Sadler’s Brewing Co., a sixth-generation family-run business, the lager pays homage to Sadler’s links to the original gang members through its brewing and licensee legacy in Birmingham. The Craft Lager doffs its proverbial flat cap to the early 1900’s  – a time just after the notorious street gang’s zenith – when new ethnicities settled in the area bringing with them exciting new ingredients, flavours, aromas and distilling methods.

With a 4.1% ABV, Peaky Blinder Craft Lager is the perfect partner to a summer of sun, socialising and sports; Enjoy chilled on Saturday night with a bowl of spicy nachos, or at half time with friends.

Its pale gold colour is crafted from an exceptional blend of British hops and malt, boasting an appealing mixture of first gold, amarillo, goldings, challenger and cascade hops alongside lager malt and caramalt. The result is a crisp refreshing pale lager that balances the soft smooth bitterness of British hops with the uplifting pine and citrus notes of American Cascade.

Aster Sadler, Marketing Director at Sadler’s Brewing Co., said: “We’re incredibly proud of our brewing heritage in Birmingham and the Black Country, which spans over 150 years. It has  inspired us in the creation of our award-winning beer range.

“The result of Black Country determination and hard graft, Sadler’s Peaky Blinder Craft Lager brings a different in attitude to anything else in the market. We expect the new packs featuring the real-life Peaky Blinder gang members to be a hit with fans of excellent craft beer with a legitimate heritage.”

330ml bottles and cans of Sadler’s Peaky Blinder Craft Lager are available at   

330ml cans are currently on offer: 24 for £24 plus free shipping.

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Milk Fest is back again, this time for it’s sixth year running and presenting the Greatest Show yet! As ever, over the August Bank Holiday weekend Milk Fest kicks off on Friday 23 August, with a long weekend of entertainment all the way through to Monday 26 August. It’s set to be a
feel-good feast of food & fun for the whole family.

We’ve put together an udderly unmissable schedule, with music from top local talent and fabulous food and drink from some of our wonderful suppliers. From an array of delicious Kentish cider to our ever-popular Park Farm hot dogs, pink fluffy candy floss to sensational circus skills; there will be something to put a smile on everyone’s face.

To mark the occasion, we’ve collaborated with Kent Brewery to bring you a 3.9% Session IPA using some of the latest English hop varieties at a cheap and beerful £3.50 a pint. A tipple or two of this bespoke Kentish pale ale, crafted just for us, is sure to get you in the party mood. So, bring a rug, make yourself comfortable, tuck into some fine festival fodder and enjoy the tunes.

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The House PARTY of Angostura® event at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival

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The House of Angostura® is throwing a massive party during Edinburgh’s world-famous annual Fringe Festival, merging cocktail culture with the best of Fringe comedy, theatre and live music. This special showcase will be hitting the trendy Biscuit Factory in Leith on 24th and 25th of August from 15.00-23.00.

The House Party of Angostura® will take you on a journey through cocktail history, of which the brand’s signature aromatic bitters are an essential part. Experience the tastes, sounds, senses and history of the House of Angostura®, from their bitters to their extensive range of rums.

The star of the night is the Pink Gin Cocktail. This classic drink – originally served as a martini, over ice, or long with a twist – will be given a modern makeover by some of Scotland’s best-known gins, including Plymouth, Makar, Porters and Edinburgh Gin. The special ingredient will be Angostura®aromatic bitters, which has been elevating drinks across the globe since cocktail making became an artform. The Pink Gin Bar will celebrate the simplicity of this classic cocktail, served with just two ingredients: your favourite gin with a dash of bitters. Gin Brand Ambassadors will be on hand to talk about their product and show you how to mix the perfect cocktail.

Rum lovers can enjoy Angostura’s extensive range, mixing up classic rum cocktails combined with Angostura®aromatic bitters. The Rum Bar will explore the history of the cocktail, serving up favourites including the Old Fashioned, Daqairis and Mojitos. Let’s not forget Angostura’s signature cocktail, the Queens Park Swizzle, a refreshing combination of rum, lime juice, mint and syrup, which pays homage to the exquisite 1920s decadence of the bustling Queens Park Hotel in Trinidad, home of Angostura® and where they make their portfolio of multi-award-winning rums.

For the coffee connoisseurs among you, there’ll be an Amaro de Angostura® Liqueur Coffee Bar. If you want to side step the alcohol, check out the Lo/No Lemonade Bar where the Lemon Lime and Bitters (LLB) will be on offer; another classic Angostura® cocktail combining lemonade, fresh lime and aromatic bitters that grew to fame as Australia’s post-golf beverage. It is a perfect alternative to the Pink Gin for the more health-conscious drinker, tasting great with premium lemonade.

The house party will continue the Fringe vibe with improv theatre, live music and DJs. Both days will host a two-hour live comedy slot from 19.00-21.00, compèred by BBC Radio presenter and comedy host, Julia Sutherland, and featuring a range of Fringe comedy talent.

Edinburgh’s finest street food vendors will be parked out front offering a range of treats, from traditional to modern fusion.

Tickets are £15 and include two cocktails of your choice plus one Lo/No cocktail.

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Fentimans Secret Spritz Garden opens in Farringdon.

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In the middle of bustling Farringdon, hidden behind ivy covered walls and unknown to passers-by, lies the Fentimans Secret Spritz Garden. A hideaway filled with fragrant herbs, aromatic plants and Fentimans spritz
cocktails; the Secret Spritz Garden has now unlocked its doors to curious Londoners for three weeks this August.

Created by the botanical soft drink and mixer makers Fentimans, the Secret Spritz Garden is an oasis for afterwork drinks and savoured weekend cocktails during parched August days. The garden is filled with medicinal
herbs and plants including 200-year-old olive tree at its heart which will provide a beautiful shaded spot to sit under, spritz in hand.

The Spritz Garden also features beautiful vignettes such as a romantic swing seat, trailed with foliage, and a babbling lemon-filled fountain, while the bar itself can be found hidden through the cloister windows. As night falls, garlands of fairy lights will glimmer amid the greenery and mellow music will float across the secret garden.

While its origins lie in Italy, in recent years the crisp effervescence of the spritz has become the go-to cocktail across London on hot summer days. Fentimans has worked with cocktail expert Dino Koletsas (The Langham, Bourne & Hollingsworth, Callooh Callay) to create a dedicated spritz menu designed to be enjoyed in the Secret Spritz Garden and to inspire Londoners to get creative with spritz-making at home this summer. Traditionally comprising of wine, aperitif and soda, Fentimans has created a redefined series of spritzes that showcase Fentimans’ naturally flavoured tonic waters, champion British ingredients and nod to the growing popularity of lighter low-alcohol cocktails.

The Secret Spritz Garden menu explores the full range of Fentimans tonics – from the sweet citrus of Valencian Orange to the candied notes of Pink Rhubarb – which are complemented by homemade herbal infusions and liqueurs, fresh fruit and exquisite aperitifs. Guests can also book onto spritz-making masterclasses with Dino Koletsas to learn more about the origins of this summer favourite.

Examples from the menu include:
Rose Spritz | Fentimans Rose Lemonade with Martini Prosecco and fresh strawberries Valencian Spritz | Fentimans Valencian Orange Tonic Water with Belsazar White Vermouth and peach liqueur Rhubarb Spritz | Fentimans Pink Rhubarb Tonic Water with Martini Bianco, orange and mint
Pacific Island Spritz | Fentimans Yuzu Tonic Water with passionfruit liqueur, white wine and basil.

Fentimans is also partnering with Lillet and Martini Fiero, both of which will be adding a series of guest spritzes to the menu for the first and second week of the pop-up respectively. Ambassadors from each brand will also be leading free guided workshops ranging from ‘The Art of the Aperitivo’ to a watercolour spritz painting class.

Throughout the month, the Spritz Garden will play host to a series of creative masterclasses, including Natural Perfumery, Medicinal Herbalism and a garden-themed Collage Club. On select evenings, the garden will also be filled with the uplifting sound of live jazz from the talented and renowned jazz band Kansas Smitty’s.

Further details and tickets for all of the events can be found on the website.

The pop-up Secret Spritz Garden will be open from 8th August – 29th August from Wednesday to Saturday, including the Sunday of the bank holiday weekend.

Tickets are priced at £23.23 and available to purchase here. Dates and times include:

Thursday 22nd at 6pm, Sunday 25th at 1pm or 3pm, Wednesday 28th August at 6pm

Fentimans Secret Spritz Garden, St John Priory Church, St John’s Square, Farringdon, London, EC1V 4RQ

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Staycations in the Capital are on the rise according to City Relay

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City Relay reveals that 45% of their guests are UK citizens

Staycations in the Capital are on the rise according to City Relay, one of London’s leading short let property management companies. With the pound at its lowest level in years, UK citizens are increasingly choosing cheaper, hassle-free alternatives to holidaying abroad. City Relay have revealed that nearly 45% of guests staying at their properties in London are UK citizens. This figure has increased by over 100% compared to 2018 and the company predicts that this is only set to grow as Brexit Doomsday approaches.

For those looking to jump on the bandwagon and enjoy a summer staycation in the Big Smoke, City Relay is here to help… With a variety of luxury homes available to rent across the Capital, guests will be sure to find their ultimate ‘home away from home’ this summer. City Relay go one step further than traditional property management companies and provide guests with services almost akin to a 5* hotel concierge including 24/7 support, maintenance (if required), luxury amenities and a smooth check-in experience at the company’s Reception Spaces.

Londoners can also take the opportunity to explore a different side of the city they call home thanks to City Relay. Whether someone has always dreamed of living in Chelsea or wants a taste of Notting Hill, City Relay can match them with some of the best properties in those areas so they can discover the local haunts and experience a different vibe. 

City Relay provide the highest quality experience from start to finish so if you’re choosing London over holidaying abroad, this is the option to help you find the perfect home for your staycation… 

Those who are thinking of going away can also capitalise on this trend by renting out their property through City Relay to earn some extra cash, helping to pay for their trip…

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Edinburgh Gin reigns supreme at global drinks awards

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Edinburgh Gin scoops six awards at the International Wine & Spirit Competition 2019 (IWSC)  

Edinburgh Gin’s new full-strength Rhubarb & Ginger Gin takes home gold at the annual IWSC 

Edinburgh Gin’s latest full-strength offering, Rhubarb & Ginger Gin, has taken home gold at this year’s prestigious International Wine & Spirit Competition. 

The coveted award comes just three months since the launch of Edinburgh Gin’s first full-strength flavoured gin. The spirit was praised for its use of natural flavours to create a rich aroma with a hint of spice. 

Edinburgh Gin was the first to bring rhubarb & ginger to the category in 2014, with the launch of the distiller’s no.1 best-selling Rhubarb & Ginger Gin Liqueur. 

In addition, the brand claimed awards across various categories including silver for its London dry-style Edinburgh Gin Classic and bronze for Edinburgh Gin Seaside. 

Neil Boyd, UK Managing Director of Ian Macleod Distillers, said:

“To receive such notable awards on a global stage cements Edinburgh Gin as a market innovator in flavour. Taking home gold so soon for our new Rhubarb & Ginger Gin is testament to it being one of the most loved flavour profiles in the category. 

“Looking to the future, we have further exciting developments in full-strength flavoured gin that will combine the juniper-forward profile of a London dry with natural flavour profiles; much like our award-winning Rhubarb & Ginger Gin.” 

Edinburgh Gin’s awards at this year’s International Wine & Spirit Competition include: 

Gin – Flavoured: Gold

Edinburgh Gin Rhubarb & Ginger Gin 

Gin – London Dry: Silver

Edinburgh Gin Classic

Gin – London Dry: Bronze 

Edinburgh Gin Seaside

Liqueurs – Gin Based: Bronze 

Edinburgh Gin Pomegranate & Rose Gin Liqueur

Liqueurs – Gin Based: Bronze 

Edinburgh Gin Orange Blossom & Mandirin Gin Liqueur

Liqueurs – Rhubarb & Ginger: Bronze 

Edinburgh Gin Rhubarb & Ginger Liqueur

The International Wine & Spirit Competition is a global awards body which reviews over 3,000 products to be awarded Gold, Silver and Bronze in over 50 categories. 

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Raw Halo ( believe chocolate should make you feel good. That’s why they make delicious vegan, raw chocolate bars from ethically sourced, plant-based ingredients, sweetened with coconut sugar and sustainably wrapped. Glowing with good vibes, they’re perfect for a little everyday luxury. Founded in 2015 by Meg Haggar and Jonathan Chapman, 2019 sees Raw Halo launch a vibrant new look and entirely recyclable, plastic-free packaging, along with new flavours, formats and listings in Waitrose, Ocado and Holland & Barrett.

Raw Halo’s chocolate comes with a glossy shine, satisfying snap and melt in the mouth smoothness in every single bite, now available in seven Dark and three Mylk varieties in three sizes to suit all occasions: as a 22g everyday indulgence, a 35g single-serve snack bar and a 70g bar for those times when sharing is necessary. The secret to Raw Halo’s feel-good bars: their unique blends of organic plant-based ingredients, including rich and fruity single-origin cacao and coconut sugar with caramel notes, to create dreamy chocolate with dazzling flavour.

Raw Halo pushes raw chocolate to a new level in terms of taste, quality and ingredients – all without sacrificing on flavour. Unlike conventional chocolate, Raw Halo’s cacao beans aren’t roasted; instead, through careful temperature control, the raw cacao is minimally processed to retain the nutrients and flavour of the original cacao beans.

Newest in the range are the deeply rich 85% Dark Chocolate; Dark & Raspberry, with it’s warm, comforting cacao and pops of bright freeze dried raspberry and Dark & Himalayan Pink Salt, with salt crystals that enhance the lightly sweetened chocolate. Now available in all three formats is the ever-popular Mylk & Vanilla, heightened by the creamy warmth of pure vanilla extract and classics such as after-dinner favourite, Dark & Mint and the best-selling Mylk & Salted Caramel.

Not only do Raw Halo want to make chocolate that is kind to our bodies, they also want it to be kind to the planet. Crucial to the development of the growing brand, the product is ethically sourced, ethically made and ethically minded. Raw Halo source their ingredients from small, organic farms that trade their product for a fair price and treat their communities well. They produce the chocolate in partnership with a social enterprise; a chocolate factory that helps its staff reach their full potential. Raw Halo’s packaging is 100% sustainable and recyclable and entirely plastic free. 2019 also sees the launch of a new partnership with One Tree Planted: Raw Halo will plant one tree in Peru or Indonesia for every fifty bars sold, aiming to plant over 20,000 trees in the coming 12 months.

The new look and feel of the bars comes from a partnership with renowned food and drink experts, B&B Studio who devised the new pastel and jewel toned packaging, featuring a bold, large-format logo centered around a halo shape; inside of the thick paper envelope, the chocolate is cloaked in inviting, bespoke gold foil wrappers, creating a real moment of luxury for discerning taste-led consumers.

Meg says, “at Raw Halo, we believe in everyday luxuries that benefit mind, body and spirit. That’s why our chocolate is designed to be better in every sense, for you and the planet. We’ve created a luxury chocolate bar that’s healthier, more natural and better quality, making better-made and better-for-you the new benchmark for premium chocolate.”

Stockists include, Waitrose, Ocado, Holland & Barrett, Harrods, Whole Foods, As Nature Intended, Planet Organic and Daylesford’s, as well as delis, health food stores and cafés nationwide.


  • Raw Chocolate
    • Vegan Society Approved
    • Organic – Organic Farmers and Growers Certified
    • No Refined Sugar
    • Gluten Free
    • 100% Natural
    • No artificial sweeteners or flavouring
    • Fully Recyclable/Zero-Plastic Packaging

For more information and ingredients please visit

RRP –RRP £1.10 for a 22g bar, £1.99 for a 35g bar and £2.99 for a 70g bar


  • Great Taste Awards
  • Dark 76% – 1 Star
  • Mylk & Salted Caramel – 1 Star

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Channel 4 and Netflix serve up a magical food competition that turns everyday dishes into Crazy Delicious creations

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Channel 4, in partnership with Netflix, has commissioned Crazy Delicious (6X60), an innovative and imaginative food competition set in the world’s first edible set.

In a culture where most British families eat the exact same meals every week, this show will inspire viewers to play with their food and turn everyday dishes into extraordinary and inspiring culinary creations.

Taking place in an epic set that contains edible trees and a drinkable babbling brook, each week three passionate, inventive cooks will work magic with commonplace ingredients, some of which they will pick, pluck and snip from an enchanted garden.

Inspired by the vibrant and viral world of #foodporn, they will be challenged to create dishes that are both a taste sensation and a feast for the eyes. From unicorn noodles to a candyfloss baked Alaska, Crazy Delicious aims to serve up one-of-a-kind fantastical dishes that will feed viewers’ imaginations.

The competition will be presided over by a panel of worldrenowned, well-known ‘Food Gods’ who will sit in judgement amongst the clouds and decide which of the ingenious cooks will reign victorious.

Crazy Delicious was commissioned by Channel 4 Head of Features and Formats, Sarah Lazenby along with Commissioning Editors Clemency Green and Tim Hancock and Netflix Content Execs Nathan Wolfe and Lucy Leveugle. It will be produced by Optomen with Executive Producers Tina Flintoff, Nick Hornby and Nicola Pointer, and Series Editor Charlotte Brookes. 

Sarah Lazenby says: “We’re delighted to be collaborating with Netflix to bring this fantastical format alive and can’t wait for the food gods to taste the wonderful creations, not to mention the edible set!”

Tina Flintoff adds: “Nick and I are thrilled to be working with Channel 4 and Netflix on such an ambitious idea and to have the opportunity to create a bold new format.’’

Nathan Wolfe, who leads on Netflix Co-Productions, says: “We embrace this

opportunity to partner with Channel 4 on such an inventive and entertaining series that showcases fantastic and extraordinary British talent and content – making it globally accessible.”

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Country escape with a picnic break at De Vere Tortworth Court

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Located in the Southern Cotswolds, just 20 minutes from Bristol, De Vere Tortworth Court has created its very own picnic experience encouraging guests to dine in the great outdoors this summer.

Priced from £49.00 for two people, the picnic hampers include mini vegetable quiches; a selection of finger sandwiches; mini pork pies; assorted cakes; sweet and salted popcorn; freshly baked scones with clotted cream and jam and a bottle of wine.

De Vere Tortworth Court is home to an extensive arboretum, housing more than 300 plant and tree specimens, set amongst 30-acres of Gloucestershire parkland, making for a great walk for guests to build up an appetite before laying down blankets and tucking into a hamper full of delicious picnic staples. 

Upon booking, please inform a member of staff if you have any dietary requirements or allergies.

To book please call 01454 643 950.

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