June 9th, 2022   |  
Author: Oliver Parkinson   |  
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Whether it’s food or drink, few countries have had such an enormous impact on world cuisine as France. Champagne to start of course, followed by Chateaubriand washed down with a ruby red Bordeaux or a coq au vin accompanied by Sauvignon Blanc, then there’s the cheese to follow and a glass of cognac. Yet French […]

May 19th, 2022   |  
Author: Oliver Parkinson   |  
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There’s no doubt that great food can inspire – whether that’s in art, literature or song. But in some cases the impact can be so profound it’s the last thing we think of during our time on Earth. Legendary American frontiersman Kit Carson, whose anniversary falls next week, inspires admiration and revulsion in equal measure. […]

April 7th, 2022   |  
Author: Jane Beesley   |  
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Sharp rises in the cost of living mean many of us will be tightening belts in order to pay bills and for some there’s a real worry about being able to afford food. Fortunately help is at hand, both in terms of tips to make your food budget stretch further and financial assistance for the […]

January 27th, 2022   |  
Author: Oliver Parkinson   |  
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Chinese New Year (the year of the tiger in 2022) falls on 1st February and marks the start of a traditional period of celebration that has spread from Asia and is now embraced by communities across the globe. The precise date of Chinese New Year varies from year to year as it is based on […]

April 16th, 2021   |  
Author: Chris Brown   |  
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If we were to ask what drink is synonymous with Great Britain, we’re pretty sure we know what your answer will be. No, it’s not beer, although that comes a very close second and with pubs and restaurants opening outdoors this week, we’re pretty sure that more was downed than the nation’s favourite drink. We […]

June 26th, 2020   |  
Author: Oliver Parkinson   |  
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For the last blog in our picnic-themed month, how better to end with a good old-fashioned English Cream Tea? It’s almost like when we were putting together our monthly themes in January (2020 looked so promising back then!), we knew that Friday 26th June was National Cream Tea Day! We didn’t by the way, but […]

November 22nd, 2019   |  
Author: Oliver Parkinson   |  
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Game, it’s fair to say, isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, which is presumably one of the reasons for British Game Week. In fact, Game is a bit like marmite, you either love it, or you hate it – there’s never any middle ground. I was at a restaurant with someone a few years ago who […]

October 18th, 2019   |  
Author: Jane Beesley   |  
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It’s National Baking Week, so we’ll begin by asking two questions. Question 1: when was the last time you baked something that was made from scratch? Question 2: when was the last time you cooked a meal that was prepared from scratch? We’re willing to bet that you pretty much all said last night, the […]

August 9th, 2019   |  
Author: Neil Shaefer   |  
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There are few things more quintessentially British than afternoon tea, so when we decided to do a blog to mark afternoon tea week it made perfect sense to choose a New Zealander to do it. To be fair, I have lived in the UK for a while now and have had my fair share of […]

April 18th, 2019   |  
Author: Sean Flint   |  
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On National Tea Day, we have one burning question to ask, how do you make the perfect cuppa? This age-old debate has divided people for centuries. Should you have it black or white? If you like it with milk, how much do you use?