Unique Hospitality launches today a new Vegan Menu

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Due to a high demand from the ever-evolving dining culture to introduce more vegan and vegetarian dishes in restaurants, Unique Hospitality Management is launching a new Vegan Menu that features nine plant-based dishes across all their gastro pubs. Chef Director Mark Austin made sure that the freshest and healthiest seasonal ingredients were used.

“We pride ourselves on being a ‘pub for everyone’ so introducing a Vegan Menu made perfect sense and we’re looking forward to offering new healthy options to our guests, particularly following the festive period where many of us have possibly overindulged,” said Andrew Coath from Unique Hospitality Management.

It brings something new for the business and for the month, showing their support for the Veganuary movement. The menu is not just for the vegans and vegetarians, but for everyone who would like a healthy change this year.

“Offering a great selection of choices for our guests is very important and our new vibrant and colourful Vegan Menu provides extremely healthy dishes so you can still enjoy a three course meal without feeling like it’s Christmas all over again!,” said Mark Austin.

Unique Hospitality Management operates nine pubs within Epic Pubs, Heroic Pubs, and Aspley Pubs. The Epic Pubs are The Golden Ball in Maidenhead, Berkshire, 185 Watling Street, Towcester, Northamptonshire and The Imperial Arms in London. The Heroic Pubs are The Fox Inn, Boars Hill, Oxfordshire; Mill Street Pub & Kitchen in Oakham, Rutland; the Knife & Cleaver in Houghton Conquest, Bedfordshire; The Anchor at Aspley Guise, Bedfordshire and The Wheatsheaf Pub & Kitchen, at Bow Brickhill, near Milton Keynes. And its Aspley Pubs are The Three Locks, in Stoke Hammond, Buckinghamshire.

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POW Food Launches IN Its First Outlet in Mayfair

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POW food, which stands for ‘Power Of Wellness’, launches in Matt Roberts Daily Dose Café in Mayfair on the 15th of January. It will offer a nutrient reach menu available at the Daily Dose Café and people will be able to purchase the food from Monday to Friday, 7AM to 5PM.

POW food is guided by the principle that eating the right food is essential. Therefore it uses only ingredients from the finest suppliers, including superior oils and additives to boost immunity, focus, and energy levels. Its partners are Naturya, The Local Honeyman, Rare Breeds, and the local organic farms that help POW develop nutritionally balanced menus at affordable prices.

POW will design a nutritional food menu for Matt Robert Daily Dose providing breakfast pots, lunch boxes, buffet boxes, grazing finger food, desserts, and a POW energy ball range. The dishes will be fuelled by Naturya super boosters, predominantly gluten and dairy free, and sweetened with Raw London honey from The Local Honeyman. The meat is sourced from Rare Breeds and the vegetables and fruits are organic where possible.

Some of POW foods also include food synergy, which is the process of combining two foods together to achieve maximum effect of the active ingredients so that it enhances their positive mental health, focus, and immunity boosting properties. On top of being super healthy and delicious, the menu is also at an affordable price with Breakfast Pots from £4.50 and Lunch Boxes from £8.00.

The Power Of Wellness is one of London’s ‘most wanted’ when it comes to wellness in food, pioneering its ethos that a well-fed workforce contributes to the success and reputation of an organisation. It is set up by an experienced team including the mother/daughter duo Ali Warburton, creator and managing director of WeAreRavenous catering company, and Emily Warburton-Adams, health advocate and social influencer.

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24-Hour Supper Club to Mark World Cancer Day

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Billy and Jack, participants of the 2016’s edition of MasterChef, will be hosting a 24-hour long supper club in February this year. It will take place at Plum + Spilt Milk, the restaurant inside the Great Northern Hotel in Kings Cross and they will challenge themselves to cook for 24 hours straight.

Helping Cancer Research UK to mark World Cancer Day on Sunday, the 4th of February, the duo will cook from Saturday the 3rd until the 4th aiming to raise £12,000 for the charity.

Billy and Jack will prep and cook for nine consecutive supper club sittings, spanning brunch, lunch, dinner, and late-night feasting until 11AM on Sunday. Each sitting will last two hours and will include a 3-course meal, plus nibbles and a few drinks. They will not be doing this by themselves and fellow friends and foodies will join them. Some of the confirmed names are Jane Devonshire, the winner of MasterChef 2016, Dan Doherty, chef, restaurateur, and author, the award-winning team from the Plum + Spilt Milk, and many more.

We believe in bringing people together over great plates of food, in good times and especially in the bad. To mark World Cancer Day, Cancer Research UK is encouraging people to wear a Unity Band to help fund research into better treatments to bring more good news to more cancer patients. So, on this very special day, and for a cause extremely close to our hearts, we’ll be cooking some of our favourite dishes and bringing people together. Classics, guilty pleasures and everything in-between this will be big, celebratory food fit for this very special occasion,” said Billy and Jack.

Billy was diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer in June after visiting the doctor with a persistent cough. After a long operation in July and with ongoing treatment, Billy is well and wants to use this experience to raise awareness that cancer can be defeated.

The tickets for this event are on sale and at least 50% of proceeds will go to Cancer Research UK to help fund more research, more treatments, and more cures.

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A New App Launched to Raise Awareness of Testicular Cancer

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The UK charity OddBalls Foundation has launched a new free ‘Check Yourself’ app for testicular cancer. There are over 16,000 new cases of testicular cancer diagnosed in the UK each year, and an early detection will mean that 95% of males can achieve full recovery. Every month a different celebrity will be encouraging users to check themselves regularly, with international rugby referee Nigel Owens being the one for this month.

It is beneficial for men over the age of 14 to become familiar with that area of the body and a monthly self-exam means that testicular cancer can be detected at an early and curable stage.

The app features a guide on how to check oneself aiming to help men learn what everything feels like when things are normal and if anything ever changes, they will know it and will be able to do something about it.
With it being the most common cancer in males aged 18 to 35, the app has been welcomed by international rugby teams, premier league football clubs, and cricket clubs.

Stephen Harper, former Premier League footballer and Patron of the charity, said: “unless we get a reminder, most of us just don’t think about it. Most of us have our phones in our hands, so there is no excuse not to download the app. It’s very simple, with a monthly reminder so you can’t forget. This could save your life”.

The charity also funds a male health programme called ‘Offload’ run by the Rugby Football League. It is a twelve week programme designed to educate males on the importance of physical and mental health, with a week entirely dedicated to testicular cancer.

The OddBalls Foundation was set up in 2016 to raise awareness of Testicular Cancer. Their aim is to fit as many ‘check yourself’ guides into male toilets and changing rooms across the country. They hope to encourage males to check themselves regularly and in doing so to detect any problems early.

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Tom’s Kitchen and The Vurger Co are collaborating for Veganuary

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January, known by the food lovers and vegans as Veganuary, is the month of changes in the menus and collaborations to suit the vegan lifestyle, so Tom’s Kitchen and The Vurger Co will create two new mouth-watering burgers.

The Vurger Co is known for revolutionising the fast food industry through the power of plants and it has created, due to this collaboration, a new burger with a hoisin roll. The Vurger Burger features a ‘hoisin glazed mushroom patty with crispy Pak Choi, topped with hoisin stir-fried oyster mushrooms and shredded crunchy spring onions, cucumber, and red cabbage’ that will sell at the price of £16 including fries.

On the opposite poll, Tom’s Kitchen has created The Lamb Slam, an exclusive burger with ‘lamb merguez burger, topped with a sweet potato hash, fermented cabbage and dill coleslaw, with a dollop of cashew nut mayonnaise and a saffron, turmeric, and chia seed bun. It will cost £18 including fries.

These burgers will be available for both lunch and dinner at Tom’s Kitchen restaurants in Chelsea, Canary Wharf and St Katharine Docks, from the 2nd of January until the 31st of January.

Vurger Co is a 100% plant-based restaurant that paved the way for a stream of plant based start-up businesses in London and is planning to open more restaurants at different sites this year.

Tom’s Kitchen currently has four sites across London, one in Birmingham, and one international flagship in Istanbul. It serves comfort food classics in a relaxed and informal environment with a concept based on using UK-based suppliers and local producers.

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Manahatta to Be Opened in Manchester

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Arc Inspirations, a multi-brand operator, will add to its portfolio the first Manahatta site in Manchester after a £1.8 million investment. It will bring glamour to its new site while applying a similar décor to the surroundings of its two existing sites in Leeds.
The New York inspired bar will open an impressive 230-cover bar and restaurant in the Royal London House on Deansgate. It is scheduled to open in the summer of this year and it will benefit of an extraordinary 8000 square foot space, creating 60 full and part-time jobs.

Guests will encounter a full drinks list including cocktails crafter by award-winning mixologist Mark Austin with expertise from the American Bar at The Savoy Hotel, London. Manahatta will also offer an extensive food menu, including its famous all-day American style brunch, available every day until 4pm.
The Yorkshire based premium operator has had a record-breaking financial year after the successful opening of Manhatta, Greek Street.
Martin Wolstencroft, CEO of Arc Inspirations, said about the launch: “I’m extremely proud to be developing the Manahatta brand and to make our Manahatta mark in the beautiful city of Manchester. The prestigious Deansgate location is a fantastic setting and will complement our existing Banyan venue perfectly.”

The fact that they invested £1.8 million into creating this new site “reinforces our offering and reassures customers of its quality. The expansion cements our reputation as pioneers of innovating dining and drinking experiences in the North of England, and I’m confident we can offer the people of Manchester something different, glamourous and a fantastic experience every time they visit an Arc Inspirations site,” continued Martin.
Arc Inspirations was established in 1999, and it currently operates sixteen bars in the North of England grouped into four brands: Banyan Bar & Kitchen, Manahatta, the Pit, and Arc and The Box.

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Grifco PR Will Manage the Public Relations for Visit Monaco

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Grifco PR, one of UK’s foremost luxury travel PR agencies, will be handling the public relations for the Monaco Government and Tourist Authority, Visit Monaco. It will be responsible for the consumer, trade, MICE, and social media communications within the UK and Scandinavia.

The agency abounds in ultra-high net worth clients, including North Island, Seychelles, and Bramble Ski & Haute Montagne, the Alps’ largest luxury chalet operators and it is fit to ensure that Visit Monaco is at the front of the traveller’s mind.

“We are delighted to welcome Grifco onboard to oversee our UK and Scandinavian PR campaign as the principality enters this new era, and have complete confidence in the team’s ability to deliver”, said Stephan Degueurce-Roberge, Managing Director at the Monaco Government and Tourist Authority. “Monaco is undoubtedly one of the world’s most iconic destinations, and we look forward to introducing visitors to a side of our principality they may not have known about before; the destination of choice for the indulgent traveller conscious of leaving a positive impact behind when they leave.”

Monaco is set along 3.83 km of deep turquoise coastline on the Mediterranean’s Côte D’Azur, inhabited by 38,000 citizens. The destination draws over seven million visitors per year, attracted by the stunning scenery, world-class hotels, restaurants, sporting events, and attractions on offer.

This year will also see the launch of ‘Green is the New Glam’ campaign in Monaco. Bridging the gap between luxury and sustainability has been a priority for the country for a long time. The initiative will see the destination’s luxury eco-travel credentials reach unparalleled heights, launching a variety of new experiences that are green and glamorous at the same time.

In 2017, Grifco PR became the UK representative for Wyndham Hotel Group, Hilton Seychelles, the Vietnamese beach resort The Anam, and YTL Hotels’ Monkey Island.

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