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Butcombe expands and rebrands
The Liberation Group-owned brewer has unveiled new branding for its beers as it aims to expand its pub estate from 25 to 100 outlets over the next three to five years.
The new core Butcombe brand features a T-Rex illustration and revamped logo with the “ethos” of the “Truth In Every Taste” to represent “originality with a nod to the past”, according to the brewery.
They have also revealed a new look for beers Butcombe Original, Butcombe Gold, Butcombe Rare Breed, Butcombe Blonde and Butcombe Bohemia. The said they would appeal more to the growing female craft ale drinking market.
Emmy Webster, marketing manager of Butcombe said: “This marks a huge step forward for the Butcombe brand, it is as much a reflection of who we are as it is a statement of the development of the Company, our intent for the future and our ambitious growth plans. This new direction aligns with our vision of becoming one of the nation’s most popular brewers.”
Westquay Watermark in Southampton now complete
Developers Hammerson have announced that the leisure-led development has completed and will provide the city with the UK’s largest restaurant and dining complex.
Currently 95% let, the £85 million scheme includes Five Guys, Bills, Cau, Franco Manca, Byron, Nando’s, Casa Brasil, Cosmo and Red Dog Saloon in its line-up of restaurants. Westquay also received £7 million from the Government’s Regional Growth Fund to support the provision of a public realm and will have a programme of events for visitors on its public Esplanade.
The redevelopment of the site has created over 1000 jobs including 500 in the hospitality and catering sector.
David Atkins, Hammerson CEO, said: “Completion of Westquay Watermark is an important milestone for the business, marking Hammerson’s first solely leisure-led development and the largest development of its kind in the UK. By utilising our skills and experience in delivering consumer-led destinations we have cemented Westquay’s position as the South Coast’s leading retail, dining and leisure destination, whilst also breathing life into a previously lost part of the city.”
Dartmoor brewery supports Moor Rescue Group
The South West craft ale producer are sponsoring the Dartmoor Rescue Group. Dartmoor Brewery will be making a donation for every pint sold on the moor of their newly relaunched Dartmoor IPA.
Richard Smith, Managing Director at Dartmoor Brewery, commented: “We are passionate about Dartmoor, and the Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team do an amazing job of keeping people safe on the moors, often in the most extreme conditions. Our new sponsorship deal is a great way for us to put a little back into Dartmoor, our home patch.”
Food and Drink Devon Awards launched
Entries are being taken for the Food & Drink Devon Awards 2017. These awards “celebrate the very best Devon has to offer by recognising the county’s most respected, influential and passionate artisan food and drink producers and establishments.”
Barbara King, chair of the board of directors for Food & Drink Devon, said: “Devon continues to create a name for itself as a must visit food and drink destination. We are privileged to have so many dynamic and innovative local producers and purveyors and these awards give us the chance to recognise their success and contributions to this vibrant industry. Last year saw the number and standard of entries go through the roof and we’re expecting even greater things this year.”
Bridport Inn opens brewery
The Tiger Inn, Bridport has opened the Stripey Cat Craft Brewer in a former kitchen at the pub. It will boost the pub’s range of real ales to nine.
Tiger Inn Proprietors, Graham and Jacquie Taylor explain: “When we bought the Tiger some 10 years ago we were determined to grow the ale side and become a proper traditional pub – serving a great pint in a homely friendly atmosphere. The popularity of real ales continues to grow with the discerning beer drinker now seeking new craft beers. It is important for us to keep up with the trends. Brewing our own craft ale seemed a natural progression for us so when the opportunity to purchase a small scale brewery came up we jumped at the chance”.
Le Tour de Cuisine for Hospitality Action
The Cotswold Cycle Challenge takes place on Monday 5th June, starting and finishing at the Beaufort Polo Club in Tetbury, passing through some of the Cotswold’s most spectacular scenery on the way. For a £30 registration fee and a minimum of £100 sponsorship to raise, you can choose between a short ride of 20 miles, mid-range routes of 40 and 60 miles and the long route of 100 miles who those who like a challenge. It’s all to raise money for Hospitality Action, the Hospitality Industry Benevolent Organisation. Sign up at http://www.hospitalityaction.org.uk/event/the-cotswold-cycle-challenge-cotswolds-monday-5th-june-2017/
FOOD & DRINK NEWS
Salcombe Gin in Fortnum & Mason
Salcombe Gin’s ‘Start Point’ will be sold in Fortnum & Mason in London from February.
This new listing was secured by Thorman Hunt, a specialist fine wine distributor appointed as a UK agent for Salcombe Gin. Launched in Summer 2016 from a new distillery and bar overlooking the water in Salcombe, ‘Start Point’ won won gold in the World Drinks Awards in December. The co-founders, Howard Davies and Angus Lugsdin, are planning to open a gin school on their premises in March.
Moffat pushing street food carts
The new Pop-up Versicartes expand Moffat’s mobile counter range. Designed for “maximum visual impact” they can house eye-catching magnetic graphics to reflect new menus or themes.
Available for hot or cold food, with refrigerated wells or heated bains-marie, depending on model, The Pop-up Versicartes can be run from a standard 13amp plug and feature an illuminated gantry and glass sneeze screen.
More details from www.ermoffat.co.uk
Unique fryer for UK Caterers
European and American catering equipment supplier, Euro Catering, has launched “a fryer specifically suited to the demands of the UK chef and outdoor and event caterer.”
The SLG50 is a 20-litre, twin-basket gas fryer, with a small footprint, to suit fast food outlets and takeaways, pubs, ethnic eateries and outdoor catering environments. It comes with a five-year tank warranty – the only fryer in the UK that does, according to the supplier. Get more details from
Cotswold pub gets new head chef
Paul Carpenter is taking up the role at the The Cat & Custard Pot in Shipton Moyne, Tetbury. His career started with training at the Cornwall Catering College and he has also worked at the four star Greenbank Hotel and the gastro-pub – The Trengilly Wartha Inn in Falmouth.
“I like to cook traditional pub grub and that is what I have been brought here to do,” said Paul of his food philosophy. “Like Cornwall the region is so great for produce that you don’t have to do a great deal to produce a great dish – it speaks for itself.
Cat & Custard manager Francois added: “Paul is a great cook and brings a wealth of experience to the role. Regulars and guests do not come to the Cat & Custard for foams on plates and complicated shapes, they come here to eat great pub food and that is hopefully what we achieve.”
New head chef for Bath’s Abbey Hotel
The Abbey Hotel in Bath have announced the appointment of Rupert Taylor as the head chef of Allium Restaurant and the Abbey Hotel.
The locally born, 36-year-old chef joins them from The Swan at Swineford, which he ran with his wife while consulting for 2 Michelin star Whatley Manor and city centre restaurant The Chequers. Rupert started his career at Homewood Park, outside Bath under Gary Jones before working at The Royal Crescent Hotel and Michelin-starred Newbury Manor, as well as working as chef de partie under Heston Blumenthal at his 3 Michelin star The Fat Duck in Bray and sous chef at Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen at Watergate Bay, Cornwall.
Rupert said: “I’m looking forward to bringing my Michelin background to the kitchen, but looking to change things – stripping back complicated dishes to create simple food with brilliant flavours. It’s about using the best ingredients and treating them with absolute care. I want to continue delivering the consistently great food for which Allium is renowned, and to give guests reason to keep coming back.”
Ian Taylor, owner of the Abbey Hotel said, “We are absolutely thrilled to welcome Rupert to the Abbey Hotel team. He comes with a wealth of experience and we are excited to see the new food concepts he has in store for Allium this year.”
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, 9:30-12:30
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, 1.30 – 4.30
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.
Natural & Organic Products Europe
2nd – 3rd April 2017
“Europe’s biggest trade show for natural products – making it the ‘must attend’ event for buyers of everything from natural healthcare products, to natural and organic foods.”
The Farm Shop & Deli Show
24-26th April 2017
“Experience the best quality local and regional produce from more than 450 outstanding suppliers over three days. Farm Shop & Deli Show will be packed with new launches, fresh industry insights and trend-setting food and drink.”
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.”
Seaweed in your gin and a vodka smoothie please
Asda’s drink expert, Ed Betts, has been outlining his predictions for drinks tends in 2017.
Expect beer to get even bigger for a start. Craft beer sales rose by 60% in 2016 and show no sign of stopping. Ed also expects the G&T to continue its reign. Sales of gin grew 15% last year and the market was worth £1bn across the UK.
When it comes to wine, the next prosecco could be sparkling Italian rosé. Rosé wine’s popularity increased 56% year on year according to the retailer’s figures. As for cocktails, Ed reckons: “The ones to watch are at-home mixologists who are crafting new ways for us to enjoy cocktails at home. Whether it’s the flat white martini using Irish cream or boutique gin with unique additions like rosemary or seaweed, a lot of trends can start with your own experimentation.”
Here are the eight trends Ed Betts has identified:
1) Getting Crafty with Beer
There are now around 1,500 craft breweries across the UK as people continue to appreciate the traditionally crafted, smaller batch beers. Beer is typically enjoyed by 53% of people, and Punk IPA is leading the way following a 60% surge in sales last year.
2) Health Life
With the health food trend set to continue its reign over Instagram feeds in 2017, Ed suggests that this will infiltrate drinking habits, too. Watermelon water is tipped to be a huge trend and Ed thinks it could become the mixer du jour. He recommends a splash of vodka, tons of ice and lashings of watermelon water.
3) Sipping Seaweed
Gin & Tonic has seen a massive growth over the past 12 months, which looks set to continue into 2017. However, the big tip for this year is Gin and seaweed. Used as a garnish, or a flavouring within the gin, the iodine rich algae is the must-have addition to any beverage.
4) G&T Love
Continuing with the Gin & Tonic theme, UK wide sales topped the £1 billion mark in 2016 and the nation looks set to continue its love affair with the drink in 2017. When it comes to gin, serve in a balloon glass with a slice of orange peel.
5) Coco for Coconuts
This year will be the year of the coconut, from pina coladas to Malibu, the coconut will infiltrate drinking habits as well as cooking habits.
6) The Fizzy Stuff
While prosecco is likely to continue to fizz in 2017, a top tipped bubble is Pinot Noir Rosé. Generally giving a bright and deep colour, as well as a delicate taste, it is a very drinkable alternative.
7) Nation of Mixologists
Asda has reported an increase of 20% in its cocktail sets as people recreate their favourite cocktails at home. Sales of cocktail staples have also soared, with the backbone of the aptly named Aperol Spritz rising 82%. Sales of Chambord, of Kir Royale fame, have risen by 12%. The brandy sour also appears to be tickling taste buds, with Angostura Bitters up 7%.
While gin is one of the favoured tipples of the year, rum is also seeing great growth in popularity. Whether ginger beer or cola is your preferred combination rum (and rum bars) will be the drink of the year.