18 Jun 2013
National Picnic Week (17-23 June) has launched with Britain's top picnic spots being revealed. Flying the flag for the South West, Bristol’s very own Avon Valley Country Park beat off hundreds of favourites to be called the third best picnic spot in the UK. Barafundle Beach in Pembrokeshire scooped the top spot, followed by Brownsea Island in Dorset.
National Picnic Week organiser, Phil Browne, said: "Picnics are loved by British people because of our desire to get out into the great outdoors and the British countryside never fails to provide a stunning location for you to tuck into your sandwiches.”
18 Jun 2013
Bringing a touch of Italian to Bath’s eclectic Walcot Street food scene, Dani Quaglietta and Ellen Potter have opened Yammo! – an Italian snack bar and diner. With a variety of authentic Napolitan street food and ‘tavoli caldi’ (hot, ready to serve) dishes available, the pair prepare all its food in-house from fresh and local produce. Current suppliers include cheese from Westcombe and Green’s of Glastonbury, organic milk and cream from Ivy House Farm, sausages from PJ’s Farm, free-range meat from Walter Rose and especially made brioche burger buns from Bath Bakery.
The restaurant hopes to expand into the mezzanine level area which will offer an additional 20 seats.
“It might be quick cooking but our passion is in the preparation. We source only the best ingredients and everything on our menu is lovingly prepared by us right here on the premises. That way you can enjoy delicious fast food that’s also full of flavour,” says Ellen.
Gert lush new restaurant in Bristol
14 Jun 2013
On Monday 17 June, three Mongolian tents will open their doors to a new and unique café Yurt Lush, in Temple Quay in Bristol: Eat Drink Events (best known for the annual festival Eat Drink Bristol Fashion) and Creative Common have coordinated the project.
Bristol chef, Josh Eggleton (of the Pony & Trap) has designed the menu, which will include dishes ranging from a full English to moules frites. All options will stick by Eat Drink’s ‘field to fork’ ethos, meaning that the meals will feature sustainably sourced and organic produce from trusted and local suppliers such as The Story and The Community Farm.
Yurt Lush will be open to everyone from 7am to 4pm everyday with special events on selected evenings until at least March of next year.
Kids encouraged to use their loaf
13 Jun 2013
Grainchain.com is holding a competition to seek out the cream of the crop when it comes to young British bread makers. If you’re under 18 and love nothing more than baking the perfect loaf, then this is the competition for you.
To enter, you must bake just one loaf of your choice. Whatever the winning loaf may be – a sourdough, flatbread or even a humble wholemeal loaf – the baker will be rewarded with a masterclass with Yann Legallais, head of production at Flour Power City, hosted by the renowned Kid’s Cookery School in London. Grainchain.com will also provide the winner’s school with £250 of Waitrose cookery equipment.
TV chef Phil Vickery, MasterChef’s Charles Campion, ceramicist Emma Bridgewater and award-winning baker Emmanuel Hadijiandreou will all appear on the judging panel. There are two age categories, Under 12 years and 12-17 years. All bread entries need to be baked and posted for delivery by Tuesday 17 September 2013.
By Barney Matthews