Category Archives: Leisure Hospitality

Micropubs – where small is beautiful…

Remember the days when a pub was a pub? Where you went for a quiet drink to unwind after a hard day. A place where you could meet your friends, or pop in knowing there would always be someone up … Continue reading

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The mad, mad world of hospital catering

Wanted. One large, robust brick wall – needed for head bashing exercise for frustrated food marketer and common sense advocate who is in despair over hospital food.

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Costa Coffee’s (and Whitbread’s) shame

Fancy a cuppa? Well take my advice and walk straight past Costa Coffee and head for Pret A Manger instead. Until Costa reverses it’s policy on throwing away perfectly good food each day – keep walking! And while you’re at … Continue reading

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Pay what you like restaurants – fabulous or foolhardy?

I love innovative businesses. I love innovative food businesses even more. Top of my list of favourites right now is Naomi’s Café Bar in Banbury. Why? Because customers never grumble about their bill – because they only pay what they … Continue reading

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Raise a glass to British beer

Yay! Finally, some good news for the beer industry. The British Beer & Pub Association’s (BBPA) latest Beer Barometer shows UK sales rose by 5.2% in the third quarter of 2013. That’s the most significant quarter-on-quarter increase in a decade.

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Figgy pudding – at twice the price?

When the Christmas spending starts, it’s like the normal rules don’t apply. Last year, comparison website moneysupermarket.com predicted we’d spend around £22 billion during the festive season. That’s a staggering £445 per person. And naturally, restaurants, pubs and hotels will … Continue reading

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Tourist venues – wake up and smell the coffee!

  The BBC has a lot to answer for. They keep posting articles, which prompt me to rant. On the other hand… I suppose it gives me something to blog about. Thanks to the Beeb, I started to wonder what … Continue reading

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Has our pub culture gone forever?

The great British pub – our ‘local’. Once the hub of the community, British pubs are closing in droves. Village pubs have met the same fate as village shops and post offices. Are the days of this great British institution … Continue reading

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5:2 Intermittent Fasting Gets the Nina & Co. Seal of Approval.

Diets are nothing new. They’ve been around since Roman times, although it seems the Victorians are to blame for our obsession with the faddy ones. Slimming advice in those times included sprinkling your body with hot sand and eating a … Continue reading

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Advice to fat cats – engage brain before opening mouth!

  I am incandescent! Reading about Sir Terry Leahy’s glib comments on Dessert Island Discs took me from rant to full-blown rage in less than 60 seconds. 

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