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 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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New Healthy Caramel Option from Ricola

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Ricola, the Swiss herbal confectioners, has launched on the market a new caramel product, Herbal Caramel, its first new flavour for 2018. Herbal Caramel is expected to bring a new health-conscious audience to Ricola, who are looking for a natural sweet with a great creamy taste.

The new product is sugar, lactose, and gluten free, it is sweetened with Stevia plant extract, and it is accompanied by a pinch of Swiss Alpine salt. It delivers a delicate creaminess, with a unique blend of thirteen herbs, including marshmallow, cowslip, elder, and sage, all naturally grown in the fresh air of the Swiss mountains. The company hopes that it will become a hit among caramel products, especially due to its free from credentials.

“With consumer demand for indulgent sugar free confectionery showing strong growth, we’re confident that Herbal Caramel will attract many new customers to Ricola and will be a powerful addition to the sugar free confectionery category,” said Rebecca Collison, Brand Marketing Manager for Ricola UK.

Ricola Herbal Caramel sugar free sweets are available in convenient click-shut boxes, perfect as snacks and to keep in your purse, backpack, or pocket. They can be found in all good health food stores and independent pharmacies all over the country, starting with early February at the price of £1.35.

Ricola sweets are renowned for their flavours and healthy properties, with their full sugar free range including: The Original, Fresh Mountain Mint, Delicious Elderflower, Refreshing Lemon Mint, Scrumptious Orange Mint, Delectable Alpine Sage, Luscious Apple Mint, Bracing Glacier Peppermint, Luxurious Liquorice and Tasty Cranberry.

At only six calories per sweet, Ricola’s range is all packed with natural goodness, using only natural colours and flavours.

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