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Clifton FoodFest offers £10 meals in restaurants in Bristol’s Clifton Village

March 10, 2014

With three weeks to go, 15 restaurants, cafés and delis across Clifton Village have signed up for Clifton FoodFest, a new festival for food lovers that gives people the chance to eat out for just £10.

Clifton FoodFest, the first of its kind in Bristol, will celebrate Clifton’s diverse range of restaurants, cafés and delis by bringing together an assortment of its finest eateries, each offering an exclusive £10 offer.

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Building on Bristol’s strong foodie reputation, this food festival with a difference will run between Monday March 31 and Sunday April 13, offering an affordable option for both lunchtime and evening meals.

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Bath Ales signs deal to export beers to Russia

January 25, 2014

Bath Ales has signed a deal to export beer to Russia, which becomes the Bristol brewery’s tenth overseas customer.

The deal makes the land of vodka and caviar the firm’s largest foreign market at a stroke, ahead of Brazil and New Zealand.

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The deal with Russia will see Bath Ales’ flagship beer, Gem, as well as Wild Hare, Dark Side and Barnsey, available in the off-trade market nationwide. Distribution will be handled from Moscow.

Bath ales says shipments for sale abroad doubled in 2013 and the brewer intends to double sales again in 2014.

Export manager Moussa Clarke said: “Demand for quality craft beer overseas is booming and we’re confident the quality of our products will see us deliver further success.

“We currently export to countries as far away as Mexico, Brazil and New Zealand as well as closer to home in Europe, and this year we’re planning to significantly increase our distribution abroad.

“We’ve been working hard to build our reputation overseas. This new deal sets the tone for what we can achieve.”

10th South West Chef of the Year competition – judged by Michael Caines, James Tanner, Simon Hulstone, Mark Hix, Nathan Outlaw and … are you crying yet?

August 15, 2013

It’s important you don’t get intimidated in competitions, but entrants into the 10th South West Chef of the Year competition would be allowed a whimper when they see the judging panel includes Michael Caines, Nathan Outlaw, James Tanner, Simon Hulstone, Mark Hix, Nathan Outlaw and more.

Entries are now open for the competition aimed at experienced pros, up and coming young chefs and amateur cooks.

A new class is being launched this year, the Junior Class, aimed at children aged 11 to 16.

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St Austell Proper Job, Moor Revival, Cotswold Spring Old Sodbury Mild and Butcombe Bitter among awards at 2013 Great British Beer Festival

August 14, 2013

St Austell – Proper Job Moor’s RevivalCotswold Spring’s Old Sodbury Mild and Butcombe Bitter were among the winners at the 2013 Great British Beer Festival at Olympia in London.

They didn’t win the top prize of Best Beer in Britain, which went to Yorkshire brewery Elland’s 1872 Porter, but there were wins in the bottled and cask beer categories.

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Late autumn should herald bumper crop of fruits and berriesf for foragers, says Woodland Trust

August 13, 2013

Autumn is set to be late this year, but when it arrives it should bring a bumper crop of fruits and berries in the countryside, according to the Woodland  Trust.

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The autumn fruiting is expected to be delayed as a result of the late spring, but the recent warm weather  means wild berry crops will flourish, according to early data collected by the public the Trust’s nature’s calendar project.

The promise of a bumper autumn is good news for wildlife, which suffered in the face of exceptionally poor crops of wild fruit last year when trees and shrubs were affected by the washout summer, and then were hit by this spring’s cold snap.

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CAMRA’s Great British Beer Festival will see announcement that 100 pubs have been listed as Asset of Community Value

August 11, 2013

Community Pubs Minister Brandon Lewis will announce at the Great British Beer festival on Tuesday that 100 pubs in England have now been listed by councils as Assets of Community Value (ACV), which affords them greater protection from being sold off for redevelopment.

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Mr Lewis will make the announcement while opening CAMRA’s Great British Beer Festival, “Britain’s Biggest Pub” with over 800 real ales, ciders and perries on offer to 55,000 people this week.

Under new Community Right to Bid powers introduced through the Localism Act listing a pub as an ACV with the Council means a pub can’t be sold on without the local community being told.

It gives the council greater ability to refuse planning applications from developers and the community up to six months to put in a bid to buy the pub should it be put up for sale.

Mr Lewis said: “CAMRA’s campaign to list your local is doing a fabulous job raising awareness of our new Community Right to Bid and I am delighted that in 100­ loved locals have now been listed as assets of community value. Cheers to each and every one!

“We have known for hundreds of years just how valuable our locals are. Not just as a place to grab a pint but also to the economies and communities of those they serve and that is why we are doing everything we can to support and safeguard community pubs from closure.”

CAMRA’s chief executive Mike Benner added that he was pleased that the Government has recognised the vital importance of pubs and “empowered communities to protect them”.

“By listing their local, communities are ensuring that if the pub is under threat in the future, there is a much-needed extra layer of protection which “stops the clock” should it be put up for sale,” he said.

The announcement that 100 pubs have been listed as ACVs means pubs are the most listed community building and among the most popular listed asset overall, second only to playing fields, he added,

“CAMRA’s List Your Local campaign is aiming to get 300 pubs listed as community assets. We’re a third of the way there and we encourage communities to make the most of these new powers to help us achieve that goal,” he continued.

The Great British Beer Festival will be officially opened by Mr  Lewis on Tuesday August 13.

Something for the weekend: sloe gin and bramble vodka from Heavenly Hedgerows

April 2, 2013

Someone once sang that the best things in life are free, and while they may have been a bean-eating hippie, Heavenly Hedgerows seems to have hit upon a way of actually doing it.

The HH team have taken the bounty of the field margin, that many used to pick as children and now do the same with their own, and turned it into award-winning delights for grown-ups.

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We are talking booze. Smooth, lovely, refreshing, booze. The cause and solution to all our problems.

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