Food and Drink

Say it with Gin!

Say it with Gin! RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington

What: Gin lovers are invited to enjoy this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show with a botanical-inspired afternoon tea and cocktail pairing at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington for £49per person.

When: Available from 15th – 28th May

What: The Royal Garden Hotel is offering a special afternoon tea which takes inspiration from this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show at its Park Terrace restaurant. Available from 15th – 28th May for £49 per person, the seasonal tea will include a selection of freshly prepared sandwiches and floral inspired deserts including orange blossom palmiers, elderflower posset and honey cake served with bee pollen created by Executive Head Chef Steve Munkleyand his talented team. 

Real food on-the-go from The Real Food Café

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Award winning roadside diner and purveyors of the perfect fish and chips, The Real Food Café in Tyndrum, Scotland has expanded its business with a new grab and go kiosk. The café is a national park hotspot and a favourite with hikers, mountaineers, dog walkers and runners who descend on the area each year.

The convenient kiosk enables the café to serve customers who are travelling through the area and need to eat on the go and regulars who want to grab a coffee to have on the hoof. It’s set to be a sure fire hit too with visitors to the upcoming events that Tyndrum will play host to including the Highland Fling, West Highland and Devil O’ The Highlands races and Breast Way Round

Make a date to discover the world of farming

world of farming

LEAF Open Farm Sunday, 11th June 2017

On Sunday 11th June 2017 hundreds of farms across the UK will throw open their gates to welcome the public and showcase the fascinating world of farming. As well as being a fun and informative day out for all the family, LEAF Open Farm Sunday also gives visitors the opportunity to see first-hand all that farmers do and the impact their work has on all our lives.

London’s truly magical dining venue

Two Mains

Just walking into TWID (That’s What I Do) is like entering another world –  an unforgettable experience!

From the first moment you first enter this most unique cocktail bar and restaurant, you’ll find yourself on a theatrical journey into a world of elegance, drama and creative genius.

The décor and furnishings are pure Victorian theatre with cosy booths downstairs or balcony tables upstairs and though this alone would delight anybody, there is so much more going on at TWID – London’s truly magical dining venue.

Ideal for couples or groups looking for more than just another lunch or dinner, for more information and table reservations, visit www.twid-restaurantbar.co.uk

Days of Empire

Days of Empire

Food and travel writer George Shaw arrives at the Royal Harbour Hotel amid an election expenses scandal and votes the Empire Room a clear winner by a landslide.

It was with some reluctance that my first wife and I were able drag our friends, Steve and M’Julie, down to Ramsgate for the weekend.  Thanet’s recent revival in fortunes had totally passed them by and they had a vague expectation for the town to be Kent’s answer to Grimsby.  Not they had ever visited the Lincolnshire seaport either.

Dr Bronner’s Host Events in Planet Organic Stores to Raise Awareness for World Fair Trade Day

Dr Bronner’s Host Events in Planet Organic Stores to Raise Awareness for World Fair Trade Day

On May 13th, Dr. Bronner’s, family-owned maker of the top-selling natural brand of soap in North America, will celebrate World Fair Trade Day in London as well as over 10 of its distributing countries. Dr Bronner’s will be hosting educational events, in-store demonstrations, promotions and giveaways in various Planet Organic stores, a London hotspot for all things green and eco-friendly. Dr Bronner’s will be using these retail spaces to educate and inspire the public on the benefits of fair trade, the importance of how people in the supply chain are treated and how to make informed, ethical choices in our everyday lives.

‘Meat-free’ doesn’t mean ‘taste-free’ for Hooba foods

Hooba foods

HOOBA Foods have launched a line of naturally healthy and tasty products which are good for the soul, as well as the stomach. 

Perfect for vegans, vegetarians or simply those looking to cut down on their meat consumption, Hooba’s products are made entirely from a blend of exotic mushrooms that look and taste just like meat. 

Research, drawn up by Forum for the Future, shows that 40 percent of people in the UK have expressed an interest in eating less meat, without becoming vegetarian. With Hooba, food lovers can eat less meat, safe in the knowledge that all ingredients are locally sourced.

Plymouth’s top refreshing winter walks with cosy pubs, cafés and hotels

Burrator Reservoir Dartmore - Credit to Gary Burge

With the festive season drawing to a close, Great Britain is looking for a virtuous start to 2017 and what better way to begin the year than with a revitalising country or coastal winter walk. Visit Plymouth (www.visitplymouth.co.uk) has highlighted its top walking trails with accompanying cosy pubs, cafes and hotels – as no ramble would be complete without a hot chocolate, refreshing pint or comfortable bed on the horizon!

Wake up to one of the best breakfasts in the uk with the venus company

The Venus Cafe, Blackpool Sands

The Venus Company is thrilled to have been announced as one of the best places in the UK to have breakfast.

Often heralded as the most important meal of the day, the region by region list was put together by a team of top national food journalists and restaurant critics for The Guardian. With just 50 spots across the nation making the cut, The Venus Café at Blackpool Sands was highlighted as “one of the South West’s loveliest beaches”.

Spotlight on Plymouth's Christmas events and activities

Plymouths Christmas Events and Activities

From meeting Santa in his Grotto to hopping aboard the Christmas Land Train to embarking on the Nutcracker Trail, there is plenty going on in the city of Plymouth this festive season. Christmas shoppers looking for special gifts will be spoilt for choice at the city’s annual Christmas market and Drake’s Circus shopping centre with a range of activities and events taking place across the city to get them into the festive spirit!

Here are some of the highlights of Plymouth’s Christmas events programme for 2016…

Visit Plymouth’s Giant Snow Globe (17th November to 23rd December 2016)

Christmas in London

Christmas in London

It is difficult to find Christmas things for the family to do in London that don’t cost an arm and a leg. Thank goodness for Step Outside Guides, who have published a delightful book which does exactly that.

‘Christmas in London’ captures the excitement and splendour of London during the festive season without calling for any help from your already groaning purse or wallet, since everything in the day is cost-free. But this doesn’t mean you will be short-changed in any way.