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Plymouth chippy wins best in UK
Kingfisher Fish and Chips in Plympton, Plymouth, Devon has been crowned the best fish and chip shop in the UK at the industry’s ‘Oscars’.
The shop won Independent Takeaway Fish and Chip Shop of the Year – at the 2017 National Fish & Chip Awards, beating nine other regional winners from across the UK.
To win the award, Kingfisher Fish and Chips had to go through a seven month judging process that including mystery shopper assessments and in-depth audits by industry experts that looked at responsible sourcing, customer service and quality of the food being served.
The finalists had a ‘fry off’ against each other, putting their presentational skills to the test in a Dragon’s Den style pitch to a 14 strong industry panel.
Commenting on their award win at the ceremony at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel in London on the 26th January, shop owners Nikki Mutton and Craig Maw said: “We’ve only owned the shop for four years and have already achieved some amazing things; we have the world’s most sustainable seafood menu, are one of only two fish and chip businesses in the UK to have a 3 star rating from the Sustainable Restaurant Association, along with over 25 industry and non-industry awards, but I have to admit that winning this award is the pinnacle of our careers.
“We’ve worked hard to take sustainability to the next level and this is at the core of our business. We’re proud to offer over 12 Marine Stewardship Council certified fish species, but we’ve not stopped there; we even use QR codes to let customers trace the journey of their fish, from sea to plate.”
Marcus Coleman, Chief Executive at Seafish, added: “Every year Seafish sees new and more established talent vie for the top title. The judging process is extremely challenging with shops thoroughly being put through their paces, but this year, it was Kingfisher’s boundless enthusiasm and commitment that made them stand out as a clear winner.”
Chewton Glen’s The Kitchen opens in March
The five-red star luxury country house hotel’s purpose built cookery school and casual dining complex will open next month.
Headed-up by chef tutor, Rob Cottam, he will work in association with celebrity chef and Chewton Glen alumnus James Martin on the new venture. Classes will be hosted by Rob and visiting guest and celebrity chefs, including Tom Kerridge, Atul Kochhar, Richard Corrigan, Dan Doherty, and James Martin himself.
In addition to the cookery school, The Kitchen will also feature a 40-seater informal restaurant, with an open-plan kitchen with a pizza oven, chef’s table for private dining and celebrations, an informal lounge, an outside seating area, and private parking. It will be open daily for lunch and dinner, and will also be home to the Chewton Glen bakery that will produce a range of artisan breads and pastries for hotel guests and visitors to The Kitchen.
Soil Association’s new organic award scheme for restaurants
The Soil Association is launching Organic Served Here, an award scheme for restaurants and cafes that are committed to sourcing between 15% and 100% of their ingredients from certified organic suppliers.
First launched in Scotland in 2016, Organic Served Here awards restaurants stars on the basis of the percentage of organic ingredients they serve, from one star all the way up to five stars.
Peter Melchett, Policy Director for the Soil Association, said: “Organic Served Here is a fantastic new way for restaurants and cafes to show their customers how much they really care about quality ingredients. Demand for organic is on the rise and it has never been easier to serve organic, thanks to the huge range of top-notch certified produce available, from meat and vegetables to essentials like flour, milk and just about everything else you can imagine. What’s more, organic food is produced to exceptionally high standards of care for the environment and animal welfare. So it’s good for business, for customers, for animals and for the world around us. ”
Organic Served Here award-holders have access to a range of support and benefits including dedicated support from organic specialists and access to a network of top quality organic suppliers. To find out more about the award visit www.soilassociation.org/OrganicServedHere
Action plan for English Seaside Towns
The National Coastal Tourism Academy (NCTA) has created the first Vision, Strategy and Action Plan for the development of tourism on the coast.
Drawing on the views of more than one hundred coastal destination representatives, business leaders, academics and leading tourism organisations, it also includes research undertaken by the NCTA, Sheffield Hallam University and others.
The Vision, supported by number of national tourism organisations, including the New Economics Foundation and the Seaside Heritage Network, has four key objectives: “to improve the visitor economy to support wider growth, to develop a quality experience with distinct activities, to foster greater collaborative working and to raise awareness of the coast’s offer.”
Samantha Richardson, NCTA director said: “Coastal communities face a number of unique challenges and to date they have not been given the attention and recognition they deserve.
“By working together and with a concerted effort to raise awareness of the fascinating tourism product the English coast can offer, we believe economic growth on the coast – jobs and long term sustainable employment – can be achieved.
“Coastal tourism is a mixed picture across the country, with some coastal destinations thriving while others are achieving below average growth for tourism.
“The NCTA has spent three years examining the challenges on the coast – skills gaps, staff shortages, the problem of seasonality, public transport – as well as researching opportunities to develop tourism off-peak and we’ve identified key areas for growth that would work for the coast.
“But the time has come for a holistic approach and through this Vision coastal destinations can work together to tackle issues that affect all coastal communities and share learning of what works to benefit everyone.”
Visit https://coastaltourismacademy.co.uk/ for more details.
South West Tourism Awards sets new records
135 awards were handed out at this year’s South West Tourism Excellence Awards which was the biggest ever gathering of tourism businesses in the region with 469 people booked to attend.
Amongst the winners at the ceremony held at Ashton Gate Stadium in Bristol, there was an Outstanding Contribution award given to Graham Grose, Owner of Thurlestone Hotel, and Harry Murray MBE, Chairman of Lucknam Park, both for their service to and their lobbying on behalf of the region’s top industry. The Winner of Winners award went to the Gloucester Tourist Information Centre for their “innovation, consistency and service” over many years.
Gold awards went to Kaywana Hall, Devon and The 25 Boutique B & B, Devon for Bed & Breakfast of the Year; Cox and Baloney Tearooms & Bar, Bristol for Café & Tearoom of the Year; Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa, Wiltshire and The Manor House Hotel & Golf club, Castle Combe, Wiltshire for Hotel of the Year; The Coach House by Michael Caines, Devon for Restaurant/Bistro of the Year; The Millbrook Inn, Devon and The Rising Sun, Cornwall for Tourism Pub of the Year.
The full list of Finalists and Highly Commended entrants can be found at www.southwesttourismawards.org.uk
Pig out in a cottage
The Pig at Combe is offering a refurbished, thatched Devon longhouse as an accommodation option to its guests at its hotel near Honiton.
The three attached cottages, a ten minute walk from The Pig at Combe, are “ideal for families or groups of friends to take for a small or large and lively gathering”. Each one has wood burner, four-poster bed and roll-top bath with a monsoon shower in the second twin or double bedroom. The Old Thatch Cottage also has an Aga range cooker and all three come complete with breakfast basics for guests.
The Seed Fund opens for entries
The philanthropic organisation which nurtures small and start up food and drink businesses, The Seed Fund, has announced its annual competition for food entrepreneurs is open.
Founded in 2013 by Bristol-based design and marketing consultancy, The Collaborators, The Seed Fund offers support and mentoring from over 30 industry professionals and business leaders. Twelve shortlisted companies will be offered places on The Seed Fund Academy, can attend seminars, workshops, one-on-one sessions with mentors, industry visits and meet the buyer events. One eventual winner will then be announced at the Great Taste Golden Fork Awards Dinner in September, receiving a further year of support worth over £100,000.
Open to anyone who has been trading for under four years, previous winners include Adam’s Raw Chocolate in 2016 and Yuyo – Yerba Mate beverages in 2015.
New head chef at Chewton Glen
Simon Addison has been announced as the new Head Chef of The Dining Room at the five-star luxury Hampshire hotel.
He joins Chewton Glen from Homewood Park Hotel & Spa near Bath, where he was head chef. Prior to that he worked at The Woodspeen Restaurant & Cookery School in Newbury.
Andrew Stembridge, Managing Director of Chewton Glen, said: “We are thrilled to have been able to find someone as bright and talented as Simon to bolster the kitchen brigade and help lead The Dining Room to even greater culinary heights.”
Simon Addison added: “Chewton Glen has always been on my radar. The atmosphere in the kitchen is great, and the team and I are looking to introduce some exciting menu changes, while respecting the favourites that guests love. The Dining Room is surprisingly relaxed, and it is a perfect showcase for my modern British style of food. I also want to maximise the use of the phenomenal Hampshire and south of England local ingredients throughout our menus.”
Simon’s appointment gives Luke Matthews, Chewton Glen’s Executive Chef, the opportunity to take a step back from some of his day-to-day responsibilities and focus on projects such as ‘The Kitchen’, the new purpose-built cookery school and informal restaurant on the 130-acre Chewton Glen estate, opening in March 2017.
Bournemouth’s hotel of the year gets new chef team
Brad Instance is joining Marsham Court Hotel as head chef, following the retirement of Tony Shepard in December 2016 after 30 years in the role.
He’s joined in his new role by sous chef Balan Ionut, 34 and commis chef Damian Cydejko, 30.
Previously, the 41 year old, father-of-one was head chef at the Cottonwood Boutique Hotel. He has also worked at Bournemouth’s Norfolk Royale Hotel, the Wessex Hotel and the Carrington House Hotel.
He said: “I’m very excited to be leading the kitchen team at such a well known hotel. The Marsham Court is family-run and I have a great deal of respect for what Rosie Wallace and her family have achieved here.”
FOOD & DRINK NEWS
Dorset hampers pick cherries
Cherry Picked Hampers have announced they are now the new sole wholesaler and retailer of Dorset Cherries products.
Dorset Cherries use fruit grown in an orchard in Milborne St Andrew, Dorset. They make mulled cherry juice, cherry brandy, whole cherries in brandy, and supply fresh cherries in season, for retail, wholesale and trade customers.
Cherry Picked Hampers are a start up based in the same village that sell exclusively Dorset produce in their hampers. Go to www.cherrypickedhampers.co.uk for more details.
Loose leaf tea from Drury
London-based speciality tea blender and coffee roaster, The Drury Tea & Coffee Company, have redesigned its range of over 120 loose leaf teas.
Ten different pack designs covering region and tea type will help caterers select the right varieties for their customers.
The full tea selection includes black, green and white teas, semi-fermented teas, tisanes, fruit infusions and flavoured teas, all selected and blended, where appropriate, by the company’s in-house team.
Drury Director, Marco Olmi says: “The different teapots and the designation by region is aimed at helping caterers pick their way through our extensive range of loose leaf teas. With 120 plus to choose from and a little advice from us, they should have no difficulty building their own tea menu or selecting a ‘house’ blend.”
More details from www.drurypyramids.com
Your recipe for success in the South
The Hotel, Catering & Retail Show takes place on Tuesday 14th & Wednesday 15th March, at the Bournemouth International Centre (BIC).
New to the Hotel, Catering & Retail Show this year is the “Retail” element. The show now caters not only for the business needs of hospitality buyers, it will also welcome retail buyers, looking for speciality food and drink for their outlets. There will be more food & drink on display than ever before. There will be producers from Taste of the West, Dorset Food & Drink, and Hampshire Fare, all bringing some of the best bites for buyers to try!
The Hotel, Catering & Retail Show is one of the UK’s longest running hospitality and food service events, with over 60 years’ history. It features new and innovative products and services and hundreds of delicious food and drink product tastings. The show provides a unique opportunity to get hands-on and face to face – to see inspiring demonstrations, taste, touch and smell different products, and make meaningful comparisons between competing offers. Get invaluable insights into how the market is evolving, and make fresh contacts whilst mixing with your colleagues, suppliers and customers.
This well-established hospitality event attracts some of the best exhibitors, who market their products and services to the vibrant year-round hospitality and retail sector in Bournemouth, Dorset, Hampshire and surrounding areas. The mix of retail & hospitality suppliers creates a vibrant and fertile trading environment. Hoteliers, restauranteurs, chefs, catering professionals, deli & farm shop owners, and retail buyers large and small come here to discover what’s on offer in terms of exciting local produce, innovative business services, quality catering equipment and fresh ideas across the drinks and speciality food sectors.
Show features include Liquid, which offers the on-trade and off-trade the opportunity to discover new and exciting products, techniques, services and trends, as well as the chance to network. Located in Liquid is the Mixology Bar; the alcoholic and non-alcoholic drink zone organised in partnership with the UK Bartenders Guild in collaboration with Bottled Consulting Ltd. This Zone has been a successful UKBTG feature for three years running now. Each day at the show, from 11.00am to 5.00pm, a range of activities will be taking place at the large central oval bar here. You can watch the UKBG Market Challenge 2017 for Barman Apprentices and Bartending Legends, enjoy brand demonstrations & tastings, listen to talks from Bottled Consulting, and watch demonstrations by Brockenhurst & Bournemouth Hospitality College. Watch talented mixologists work their magic with local drinks and sample exciting new products whilst discovering fresh techniques, ideas and trends.
Love Food Roadshow are bringing one of their Cookery Demonstration Theatres to the show where you can get a close look at leading chefs. Watch as they share their signature dishes, culinary skills and top tips – it’s highly informative and inspirational. Bournemouth & Poole College students will be supporting the chefs as well as conducting their own daily demonstrations; showcasing the talents of the next generation of leading chefs. With both students and professionals displaying their talents in the kitchen, the show is a great way for new talent to learn from more established names, and provides inspiration for everyone
Get the most out of your hospitality business by attending one of the Hospitality Talks, or one of the Masterclasses from our Knowledge Partner Bournemouth University. Caroline Benjamin from Food Allergy Aware and Executive Chef Dominic Teague from Indigo at One Aldwych will be sharing their Free From expertise, whilst speakers from Bournemouth University, led by Professor Dimitrios Buhalis, will be covering a range of subjects from digital marketing and managing allergens to Smart Hospitality.
Showcasing trends and exciting innovations from industry leaders, the Hotel, Catering & Retail Show offers the chance to network with current suppliers, peers and key industry players. Whether you are looking to source new suppliers or are in search of the latest and most original products on the market, this is the leading hospitality and food service event for the South.
For more information about the show, to book a stand, or register to attend, please call 01934 733433, visit www.hotelcateringretailshow.co.uk or follow @hotelcatershow.
Why consumers choose the food they choose: A Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) event for Food & Drink Producers
21st February 2017
Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, GL55 6LD
“This CIM event will answer the question – when you are shopping, why do you choose the products that you choose? For food and drink companies in a highly competitive market this is a fundamental question. Peter Burgess, who has over 18 years’ research experience in consumer and sensory sciences, will draw on a range of examples to illustrate the techniques and approaches his team use each day to help food and drink companies answer that question in pursuit of the perfect product.”
Hampshire Fare’s Great Hampshire Sausage & Pie Competition
22nd February 2017
Holiday Inn, Winchester
“This well-established competition highlights the county’s hard-working butchers and producers. There are thirteen categories to enter and the entries are judged by a panel of specialist judges from across the country. One winner of each category is announced along with a Supreme Champion, Hampshire Fare Award and New Forest Marque Award sponsored by Eric Robinson Solicitors.”
Casual Dining Show
22nd – 23rd Feb 2017
Business Design Centre, London
“The award-winning trade show for restaurants, pubs, bars, hotels and contract caterers. Casual Dining will feature over 200 food, drink, equipment and tableware exhibitors as well as a world-class keynote programme featuring leading industry names.”
The Bed & Breakfast, Retail and Self-Catering Show
22nd-23rd Feb 2017
Thornbury Leisure Centre, Bristol
“The third year of our flagship show will once again be bringing a greater range of exhibitors along with exclusive speakers and seminars to Bristol to help you build YOUR business.”
Free Food Hygiene, Health and Safety & Employment Law Update
1st March 2017, 9:30am-12:30pm
Holiday Inn, Winchester
A free seminar hosted by Simply Safer and Kate Underwood HR & Training. Topics to include: Food Hygiene Rating Scores, Food Law Enforcement, Health & Safety and Employment Law.
Please register at –
7th – 9th March 2017
Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge
“Showcasing products that cover the whole of the hospitality and catering market; from tableware to furniture, catering equipment to business services, coffee to speciality food, this show really does have Cornwall covered!”
The Retailers’ Retailer Awards
7th March 2017
“Described as the UK’s eating and drinking-out sector’s “Oscars”, the Retailers’ Retailer of the Year Awards recognises the best companies, concepts and individuals in the restaurant, pub, coffee shop and late-night bar market.”
The Publican Awards
14th March 2017
Battersea Evolution, London
“The Publican Awards recognises the best in every aspect of the pub industry – from the best brewing pub companies to the best late-night operators. Iconic chat show presenter Jonathan Ross has been announced as the host of the biggest night of the year for the pub industry.”
The Hotel, Catering & Retail Show
14th – 15th March 2017
Bournemouth International Centre, Bournemouth
“The Hotel, Catering and Retail Show features new and innovative products, hundreds of delicious food and drink product tastings, the latest trends and exciting developments from industry, and a chance to network with current suppliers, peers and key industry players.”
Food Allergy Awareness Workshop
14th March 2017, 1.30pm – 4.30pm
Bournemouth International Centre, Bournemouth
“Add value to your visit to the ‘Hotel, Catering & Retail Show 2017′, attend the food allergy awareness workshop and come away with a tool box that can benefit your business! Attend a discounted workshop on managing the FreeFrom customer, and get help and advice on creating your menu and processes.”
Delegates will receive a letter of attendance. To take advantage of the special pre-show rate of £35 (saving £5), book at http://www.fatc.co.uk/events/food-allergy-awareness-workshop-bournemouth/
The International Food & Drink Event (IFE)
(including – Pro2Pac & Waste-Works)
19th – 22nd March 2017
“Together the three events cover the entire supply chain; from farm to fork to fertiliser to fuel.” IFE is “the UK’s biggest and most important food and drink trade event. The 2017 show will be bursting with food and drink inspiration.”
Pro2Pac is “the UK’s only packaging event designed exclusively for the food & drink sector.”
“Waste-Works, the only waste & sustainability event for the food & drink industry.”
British Tourism & Travel Show
22nd – 23rd March 2017
“With the UK domestic tourism sector valued at £127 billion, this lucrative industry deserves a dedicated and focused exhibition. Bringing together over 3,000 top level travel buyers.”
Whiskies & Spirits Conference Europe
30th March 2017
The Waldorf Hilton, London
“The 2017 Whiskies & Spirits Conference Europe brings together the industry’s international leaders in a unique open forum to talk about the commercial opportunities and challenges that confront the global spirits industry.” Including, the ‘World Drink Awards 2017’ presentation and drinks reception.
Farm Shop & Deli Show
Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink
29th April – 1st May 2017
Exeter Castle Courtyard & Northernhay Gardens
“An established favourite for all foodies, the festival attracts an international audience with visitors attending from far and wide to buy delicious goodies, watch top chefs in the live Festival Cookery Theatre and get involved in workshops and demonstrations.”
The Food & Drink Trade Show
3rd – 4th May
Three Counties Showground, Malvern
The Devon County Show
2nd – 4th June
City Centre Piazza, Plymouth
“The South West’s largest food and drink festival will see the Piazza transformed, with stalls brimming with local delicacies, live music and a marquee bar. With more than 100 traders showcasing the best regional produce – as well as cookery demonstrations from talented local and celebrity chefs – organisers are hoping to yet again attract more than 100,000 food lovers.”
Royal Cornwall Show
8th – 10th June
Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge
“The county’s biggest annual event and is brim-full of exhibits and activities which offer so much in the way of entertainment, competition, information, shopping and all that’s best in food and farming.”
Bournemouth Vegan Fair
17th – 18th June
Bournemouth International Centre
“A weekend of indulgence, inspiration and information – with over 90 diverse stalls full of tempting treats, a wide range of talks, and plenty of delicious food.”
Bournemouth Business Expo 2017
22nd June, 2017
Bournemouth International Centre, Bournemouth
“Bournemouth’s largest business show for all businesses who are looking to grow and prosper. Keynote speakers, seminars, speed networking and over 70 exhibitors!”
Speciality & Fine Food Fair
“The UK’s leading showcase of fine food & drink.”