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 4th, 2020   |  
Author: Chris Brown   |  
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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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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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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, […]

August 14th, 2020   |  
Author: Chris Brown   |  
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Is there anything better in life than a good old-fashioned Sunday roast. Whether made and eaten at home or enjoyed in your local pub (always the latter for us given we spend all our time cooking for others!), it’s quintessentially British, up there with a pint of beer, a cup of tea or a game […]

July 10th, 2020   |  
Author: Chris Brown   |  
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On Monday 13th July, spare a thought for those working in the IT department at Her Majesty’s Government. After several website crashes – the contact tracing and ‘Pick for Britain’ sites to name just two – over the last few months, it then doesn’t bode well when the Government announces the meal deal to end […]

July 3rd, 2020   |  
Author: Sean Flint   |  
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Tomorrow (4th of July), millions of people across the nation will celebrate a very special occasion. There will be eating, drinking and perhaps even some fireworks. This will all be to give thanks for regaining our independence. Oh, and there’s also apparently something happening in the United States of America too. Yes, that’s right dear […]

June 12th, 2020   |  
Author: Sean Flint   |  
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So, where do you stand on sushi? Does the thought of eating raw fish fill you with dread, or is it one of life’s greatest pleasures? Well, here’s something you may not know. There’s a common misconception about sushi is that it is simply raw fish, or that raw fish is an integral part of […]

May 29th, 2020   |  
Author: Chris Brown   |  
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If there’s one thing we have been able to do during lock-down, apart from improving our cooking skills, it’s spending time in the garden, especially with the glorious weather we have been having. We used to be known as a nation of gardeners, and it’s great to see so many people concentrating on their gardens […]

May 7th, 2020   |  
Author: Oliver Parkinson   |  
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We couldn’t post a blog on the 75th anniversary of VE Day without acknowledging the importance of the day. Pre-Coronavirus (do you remember life before Covid-19?) there were big plans to celebrate over the bank holiday weekend, but unfortunately the lock-down has put paid to this. However, we’ve always been a resourceful nation, the way […]