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First Buff and Bear Saloon Opens in Salisbury
The first of a portfolio of new provincial pubs, The Old Ale & Coffee House, has been opened near Salisbury Cathedral by the former MD of Geronimo Inns, Ed Turner and his wife, Buffy. They are in discussion with the owners of the site, Star Pubs & Bars, about a second venue as they look to build a collection of quality pubs in Wiltshire and Hampshire called the Buff and Bear Saloons.
The Old Ale & Coffee House has 70 covers inside and 70 outside and is said to “showcase the best of Hampshire and Wiltshire, from food and drink to art, craft, wine and local joie de vivre.”
Ed Turner said: “The reaction from locals has been fantastic. They’ve loved seeing a pub re-opened after a closure, they love that it is damn good looking, unique, locally run and they love the great beer range as well as variety of menu items on offer.
“Regional towns are overrun by casual dining brands and all starting to have a standard offer, like the high street. I believe it is time for change and time to protect individuality and local provenance in line with London street food trends. People want something unique and the feedback from locals about The Old Ale & Coffee House shows that our vision for Buff and Bear Saloons is hitting the mark. We’re very excited.”
Outside the pub has been completely redecorated including new signage and lighting as well as a new courtyard garden for alfresco drinking and dining with its own bar. Inside traditional features have been retained while creating a more contemporary environment.
The pub menu consists of small dishes which include pork rillettes, Dorset crab, avocado and rye and Godminster welsh rarebit. Larger plates feature Chalk Stream trout, Hampshire pig chop and fish and chips.
Wines have been sourced through Ellis of Richmond with some specialist Italian bins from Botter wines with the house Claret and Provence rosé from Southern wines. Beers will include quality draught brands such as Lagunitas, Freedom, Heineken, Old Peculiar, Wild Beer, Bibble and Birra Moretti as well as over twenty bottled craft beers.
Ed Turner added: “Our intention is to build a pub portfolio of pubs in provincial cities and towns stretching from Newbury and Winchester to Guildford and Southampton. We’re delighted to kick off this new venture with Star Pubs & Bars. The Old Ale & Coffee House is a good looking, historic pub in a great location dating back to 1411 and offered loads of potential. We look forward to taking on more projects with Star in the months to come.”
Star Pubs & Bars, managing director, Lawson Mountstevens said: “The Old Ale & Coffee House is just what Salisbury needs. It has broad appeal for tourists and young and old alike. We’re delighted to be working with Ed and Buffy on their first site and look forward to building a long term relationship with them both.”
Guest speakers announced for TMI Annual Convention in Bournemouth
The Tourism Management Institute (TMI) has confirmed its line up of speakers for its Annual Convention held this year in Bournemouth on 11-12 October.
Confirmed speakers for Wednesday 12th include; Bernard Donoghue, Chair of the Tourism Alliance on tourism post referendum; Tim Gardiner MBE, Chair of Tourism for All on accessible tourism; Tom Moore and Jowanna Conboye from Stephens Scown Solicitors on all you need to know about data protection; David Gardner, Partnership Manager, GWR on packaging rail with attractions/accommodation; Andrew Daines, Visit Flanders on increasing the economic value of tourism to Flanders; Samantha Richardson, Coastal Tourism Academy on Coastal Tourism in 2016; Amanda Lumley, Destination Plymouth – Mayflower 400 on working in partnership with destinations in the UK, US and Holland and Cathrin Wurst, Hilton Bournemouth Hotel on Hilton Hotels loyalty programme.
The first day on Tuesday 11 October. will see a University / Practitioner / Student Summit hosted at Bournemouth University. This will be especially relevant for TMI members working in higher education. Contact the TMI at www.tmi.org.uk for more details.
Salcombe Dairy Ice Cream Scoops Co-op Contract
Three of their award winning flavours – Stem Ginger, Honeycomb and Madagascan Vanilla – are now being supplied to 36 Co-op stores across Devon.
The Co-op has predicted it will sell over 10,000 tubs of Salcombe Dairy ice cream this summer alone. Each of the flavours with be available in 500ml tubs (RRP £4.99).
Speaking on the recent contract, Dan Bly, managing director of Salcombe Dairy, says: “We’re so thrilled to be stocked in Devon’s Co-ops. They are proud advocates of local produce and we are so happy to be chosen as one of the champion products for this region.”
It’s the latest in a successful year for Salcombe Dairy, established in 1981. They have launched their new retro flavours range with Raspberry Ripple which picked up a Taste of the West Gold Award along with their Salted Caramel, which also received a Great Taste one star award.
In late June, Salcombe Dairy opened their first ice cream parlour on Dartmouth’s Quay, selling ice creams, sorbets, frozen yoghurts as well as freshly ground barista coffee and Tregothnan tea. They have also taken residency in Stokeleigh Farm Shop, Stokenham, throughout the summer.
Local Boy Does Good at Emsworth Restaurant
Restaurant 36 on the Quay, in Emsworth, Hampshire is welcoming back local boy Gary Pearce as Head Chef, 16 years after he first trained there. Gary and his wife Martyna have a business partnership with current owners Ramon and Karen Farthing, who have run the restaurant for 20 years, with a view to buying the business in the future.
Gary and Martyna have worked in numerous high profile restaurants in England and Europe, including two-starred Michelin Le Champignon Sauvage in Cheltenham, In De Wulf in Belgium. Gary has also done numerous work placements such as Noma in Denmark, three-starred Michelin Aqua in Germany and Oaxen Krog in Sweden.
His cooking style at Restaurant 36 on the Quay involves using top quality produce, retaining the healthy benefits of ingredients and using local produce and suppliers wherever possible. His tasting menus are a special feature, ranging from five to eight courses, allowing customers to experience numerous flavours and many exciting combinations.
Ramon and Karen Farthing said: ’’We are so pleased to give this opportunity to Gary and Martyna, who, like us, have a passion for the restaurant to remain at the forefront of the good food scene in Emsworth, and we will continue to support them fully in their journey ahead.’
Gary and Martyna Pearce commented: “We are very excited about this life changing opportunity as it is something we have always dreamed of. It’s a once in a life time chance for us, not only to take on such a highly acclaimed restaurant but to be a part of the thriving local community, to be able to progress together, carrying on Karen and Ramon’s legacy.”
Award-Winning Coffee Roaster Moves to Increase Barista Training
After winning four Great Taste Awards, including a top 3-star rating for their Ethiopia coffee, Moonroast coffee are moving to bigger premises at the end of year so they can expand their barista training programme.
The plans include a dedicated training room and more tutors for their two stage training. Moonroast also hope to offer classes to budding home baristas so they can master their espresso machines.
Francis Bradshaw, owner and founder said: ““Barista training is vital, however great the coffee is. The skills of the roaster can only take the coffee so far. It’s really a 50/50 partnership between roaster and barista. I insist on our barista training for all the staff at all our customers with ongoing support. It’s actually included in the cost of our wholesale coffee. There’s no reason why all cafes, gastro pubs, deli’s, farm shops or restaurants shouldn’t serve their customers the best coffee. It’s certainly helped us to attract new customers recently who are embarking on first time café ventures.”
Moonroast also offers customers advice and guidance on all the equipment and accessories that go with opening a new coffee shop. Francis said: “Good quality coffee and the right training is the only way to ensure you serve delicious coffee.”
Get more details at www.moonroast.co.uk
FOOD & DRINK NEWS
Polar Pops has Awards Licked
South west start-up ice-lolly brand Polar Pops has won Gold and Silver at the Taste Of The West Awards, after a summer of growth.
Launched in May 2015 by co-founders and friends Susie D’Andrea and Emily Fletcher, Polar Pops expanded from a small commercial kitchen to a SALSA-accredited industrial unit at Filwood Green Business Park, Bristol and is now producing thousands of pops each week.
Polar Pops are 100% natural lollies made with real fruit and vegetables and with no added sugar. They were launched because of the lack of healthy ice-lollies on the market and are increasingly available in stockists across the UK, filling the gap in many park cafés, independent stores and other outlets including ice cream vans.
They are available in two sizes, The Little Pops aimed at young children (RRP £1.50) and The Big Pops are for adults and older children who appreciate more sophisticated flavours (RRP £2).
More details: www.polarpops.co.uk
Ugolini’s New Micro Ice Cream Machines Come to UK
The ‘small but mighty’ Ugolini Micro series is being exclusively distributed by Jestic. Designed to produce chilled and frozen beverages including slush, granitas or frozen cream based coffees and drinks, the Micro is small enough to go on a bar or counter but has a 3-litre bowl for the consistent preparation of cold cream based beverages. The distributors say it’s the optimum size for small production quantities in order to avoid waste and can be operated with minimal training.
Michael Eyre, Product Director at Jestic Foodservice Equipment comments: “Frozen shakes and coffee based beverages are nothing new to the UK, however the market does tend to be dominated by the high- street coffee chains. While using blended ice is ideal for speed and profit margin, using frozen cream to provide a more indulgent, rich flavoured drink is something that has been growing on the continent for a number of years. The Ugolini Micro has been developed primarily for this purpose…”. Visit www.jestic.co.uk.
Go for a Paddle With Linda Lewis
Italian catering equipment importer and supplier, Linda Lewis Kitchens (LLK) is going to reward one buyer of its Grand Master pizza ovens with a special prize – a golden Lilly pizza paddle.
The Cuppone ‘Tiziano’ (or Titian) is one of Britain’s best-selling pizza ovens and the link with the artist is being celebrated by awarding the 1576th purchaser the paddle to commemorate Titian’s death in 1576AD.
Linda Lewis, managing director of LLK, says, “We are looking forward to presenting the 1576th Tiziano owner with one of our wonderful Lilly pizza paddles and welcoming them into the Tiziano owners’ club, which is full of chefs who are passionate about their reliable and remarkably cost-effective pizza oven.
The ovens feature a stone cooking base, glass door, independently controlled top and bottom elements and are available in single, double and triple decked options.
Head to www.linda-lewis.co.uk for more details.
Hale Events Appoints New Sales Executive
The Hale Events sales team are being joined by Lesley Meaker, who has been recruited following their acquisition of the Hotel, Catering & Retail Show last year. Hale now run five successful trade shows, and have expanded their sales team accordingly.
Lesley commented “After 26 years working as a retail manager for Clarks, I am looking forward to the challenge of working in a new industry, and getting my teeth into a whole new market”.
Lesley will be working on their catering & hospitality, and food & drink trade shows. Hale Events currently organise ‘The Source’ show in partnership with Taste of the West, at Westpoint, Exeter; ‘Expowest Cornwall’ in Wadebridge, ‘The Hotel, Catering & Retail Show’ in Bournemouth and ‘The Food and Drink Trade Show’ at the Three Counties Showground, Malvern. They also run the ‘Giving & Living’ gift and home show at Westpoint, Exeter.
For information about Hale Event’s trade shows, visit www.hale-events.com or call them on 01934 733433.
Careys Manor’s New Head Chef
The Cambium restaurant at Careys Manor Hotel in the New Forest have a new Head Chef – Alistair Craig. His career began at Cambium’s sister restaurant, The Terrace, at the Montagu Arms Hotel in Beaulieu where he worked with Roux Scholar, Matthew Tomkinson, He joins Cambium from The Horseshoe Inn, a small 2 AA Rosette restaurant in Scotland, praised by Michelin and The Good Hotel Guide as one of Scotland’s best restaurants.
His plans for the new menu will focus on simplicity, quality of ingredients and exacting flavours. Alistair’s inspiration for his dishes begins with finding the best regional ingredients and fresh produce, some of which will comes from the hotel’s own kitchen garden.
Industry events during September
2nd – 4th September
Tobacco Dock, East London
“A festival of high quality, ethically sourced meat, all cooked over ethically sourced wood and charcoal by some of the world’s leading top chefs. A weekend-long love affair of meat, drink, fire and music, Meatopia UK has become a legendary event for food lovers.”
Dorset County Show
3 & 4th September
Dorchester Showground, Dorset DT2 7SD
“Run by farming families and those with an interest in farming, horticulture, food and the countryside. Food and Drink are abundant in all corners of the showground.”
Mark Hix’s Food Rocks Festival
3rd & 4th September
Lyme Regis, Dorset
“An event which showcases the very best food, produce and suppliers from Lyme Regis and surrounding areas. Guests can enjoy cookery demonstrations from the likes of Russell Norman (Polpo), Gill Meller (River Cottage), and Mitch Tonks (The Seahorse) to name a few! There will also be master classes and demonstrations hosted by a selection of local exhibitors.”
Speciality & Fine Food Fair (Incorporating the Speciality Chocolate Show)
4th – 6th Sept Olympia, London
“Explore the UK’s leading showcase of fine food and drink.”
Eden Project ‘Festival of Food’
9th – 11th September
Eden Project, Cornwall
“Our Festival of Food returns for one weekend in September 2016. The line-up includes demos by famous chefs, such as Phil Vickery and John Whaite, the chance to sample delicious food and drink, and much more!”
Frome Agricultural & Cheese Show (including the Global Cheese Awards)
West Woodlands Showground, Nr Frome, Somerset
“The town of Frome is now renowned for its fantastic food and the Frome Show is mirroring this trend. We feature myriad tradestands around the show and in our Local and Fine Food Halls which boast almost every mouth-watering treat imaginable.”
Broadlands Estate, Romsey, Hampshire
“One of the largest, 24,000 visitors, and oldest, 174 years, one-day agricultural, horse and country shows in the south and west.”
An Evening of Networking with Hospitality Professionals
The Grand Hotel, Brighton
“An informal evening of networking with hospitality professionals and industry suppliers to showcase a suite of products which are available to help your hotel perform at its best! Also, learn how your market place is performing via our guest speaker from STR.”
The Great Artisan Feast Festival
Queens Square, Bath
“Come, enjoy and celebrate the best Artisan food & drink from around the South West.”
River Cottage Festival
17th & 18th September
River Cottage HQ, Axminster, Devon
First ever family friendly music and food festival.
SITT Autumn Manchester
The Point at Lancashire County Cricket Club, Manchester
“SITT is a crucial tasting for both new and seasoned trade professionals, across the independent on- and off-trade sectors.”
SITT Autumn London
21st September 2016
Lindley Hall, The Royal Horticultural Halls, London
See Manchester entry above.
21st & 22nd September
The Business Design Centre, London
“The UK’s only dedicated trade show for the food-to-go sector. This year’s show will feature over 350 food, drink, packaging and equipment exhibitors, with over 100 companies new for 2016, giving you an unrivalled opportunity to keep up-to-date with all the latest trends and innovations.”
The Restaurant Conference 2016
Grand Connaught Rooms, London
“The most important date in the calendar for all senior executives involved in the UK branded restaurant market; the annual restaurant conference is a significant session of insight into restaurant operations, condensed into one day, to enable effective access to, and networking with, the highest level of operators.”
Some Like it Splott
A new restaurant just opened in New York that has surprised even the most diverse, hungry and downright foodiest city in the world. New York Magazine described its cuisine as one of the most under represented in the Big Apple. It’s called Sunken Hundred and it’s a Welsh restaurant, named after the legendary drowned kingdom of Cantre’r Gwaelod. Owners Dominic and Illtyd Barrett are from Milford Haven and say the menu is a tribute to the food of the Western Atlantic, especially Wales, Brittany and Northern Spain. Seaweed imported from Wales features on seafood dishes like roasted hake and cawl, a traditional seafood stew and even as a ketchup for a side order of chips. Elsewhere on the menu there’s such exotic delights (if you’re American) as a lamb pasty, ffagoda (meatballs with minty peas) and bara brith for dessert. Most food trends start in New York so it will be interesting to see if this one makes it all the way over the Severn Crossing to the south west.