October 23rd, 2020   |  
Author: Chris Brown   |  
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Categories: Chefs' Blog

It’s not often that we blow our own trumpet in this blog, but we are sure you won’t begrudge us making an exception in the week that saw the celebration of International Chefs’ Day. Yes, dear reader, there is a day dedicated to little old us! And why not? After all, we are the people […]

October 16th, 2020   |  
Author: Chris Brown   |  
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Categories: Chefs' Blog

Imagine if 40% of people in the UK were vegetarian. From a population of 66 million, that would mean 26.4 million of us would have opted for a meat-free diet. This may seem fanciful, but it is already being predicted that vegetarians and vegans look set to make up a quarter of the British population […]

October 9th, 2020   |  
Author: Chris Brown   |  
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Categories: Chefs' Blog

If you live in Northern England, the chances are that if you go to a pub this weekend, it may be your last visit in a while. We’ll know shortly what further restrictions are being put in place to slow the spread of Covid-19, but it’s no secret that pubs closing for a while is […]

October 2nd, 2020   |  
Author: Chris Brown   |  
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Categories: Chefs' Blog

Would you agree with us that curry is second to naan? We’re not trying to curry favour with you when we ask this question, but we hope you gave the raita answer. And if you rice to the challenge just don’t forget to ensure you have a soft pilau when you go to bed tonight, […]

September 25th, 2020   |  
Author: Chris Brown   |  
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Categories: Chefs' Blog

We couldn’t think of a better way to end our celebration of British food in September by looking at one of our favourite Sunday dinner staples – lamb. Granted, we can’t claim it as our own, because if we did, the good people of New Zealand, who are also well known for their lamb, may […]

September 18th, 2020   |  
Author: Jane Beesley   |  
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Categories: Chefs' Blog

There were times during this (beep beep) pandemic when it seemed like life would never be the same again. We stopped going to the movies, restaurants, pubs, meeting family and friends, and all of life’s other pleasures we used to take for granted. Thankfully, we can now do most of these things again (we’re still […]

September 11th, 2020   |  
Author: Chris Brown   |  
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Categories: Chefs' Blog

Imagine our surprise when we were researching this week’s blog and discovered that an English muffin is not actually English at all! That certainly set the cat among the pigeons, especially as Chef Chris has already prepared his recipe (more on this shortly) with this in mind. In a month of blogs dedicated to great […]

September 4th, 2020   |  
Author: Chris Brown   |  
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Categories: Chefs' Blog

There’s a lot happening in September. The schools are back (thank heavens we hear you all say), people are returning to their offices, albeit it slowly, after spending the last five months working from a bedroom, kitchen, attic or as far as they could get from their home-schooled children, and the football season is about […]

August 28th, 2020   |  
Author: Chris Brown   |  
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Categories: Chefs' Blog

As it was National Burger Day this week, it seemed apt to finish our BBQ themed month talking about the staple of every good barbecue. Named after the German city of Hamburg, although not even Wikipaedia can establish exactly why, few would argue that when you ‘think’ burger, the good old U S of A […]

August 21st, 2020   |  
Author: Neil Shaefer   |  
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Categories: Chefs' Blog

It’s typical isn’t it? You theme a month of blogs around BBQ in August thinking it would be the perfect time for some outdoor cooking and then what happens? Yes, the great British weather intervenes. This week, even the south has experienced some bad weather as Storm Ellen brought her 70mph-plus winds to our shores, […]