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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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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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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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, […]

July 31st, 2020   |  
Author: Jane Beesley   |  
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Percy Pig is under attack! Yes, the sweet so beloved of people young and old sold by good old Marks and Spencer is in the firing line dear reader How, what, where, why, we hear you ask? Well, according to the nation’s Sweet Czar (we made that title up by the way!), the packaging on […]

July 17th, 2020   |  
Author: Sean Flint   |  
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If you are old enough, let me take you back to the future and cast your mind back to 1984. It was the year that Band Aid tried to feed the world, the AIDS virus was identified, a small company called Apple released a computer called the Macintosh and ‘Relax’ by Frankie Goes to Hollywood […]

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 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 […]

June 19th, 2020   |  
Author: Jane Beesley   |  
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If there’s one thing we have definitely been able to do during this enforced lock-down, it’s drink! Granted, it may not be in a pub or restaurant (can 4th July come any sooner?) surrounded by friends in great company, but in the comfort of your own home and still surrounded by friends, albeit virtually. Can […]