Thursday 30 November 2023

Want to know which UK supermarket has the cheapest vegan Christmas dinner? Adventrum has the answer for you

The festive season is very much upon us, and the most prepared Brits out there will have already started planning for the big day and everything that comes with it, from the presents to the parties, and most importantly, the Christmas dinner.

With so many components to put together, it can be hard to know where the best one-stop shop is to get all your Christmas dinner ingredients. Particularly, if you are vegetarian, or are catering for a vegetarian.

While cutting expensive meat items such as pigs and blankets and a turkey crown can certainly help to cut costs, there remains a need to plan a budget, and sometimes it's less obvious how much veggie-friendly supplements will cost.

Thankfully, Adventrum has crunched the numbers and costed up the price of a veggie-friendly Christmas dinner at six of the UK’s top supermarkets. 

1. Aldi - £28.20

2. Tesco - £32.84

3. Asda - £33.22

4. Morrisons - £33.71

5. Sainsbury’s - £34.60

6. Waitrose - £53.24

There’s probably no surprise that Aldi comes in as the cheapest supermarket for a vegetarian Christmas dinner, with the total cost of the full meal being a mere £28.20. The cheapest vegetarian Christmas dinner component at Aldi is the 15-pack of Yorkshire Puddings priced at only £0.46.

In second place is Tesco, where a full vegetarian Christmas dinner came in at £32.84. For chocolate lovers, Tesco is the cheapest supermarket to pick up a Cadbury’s selection box, as they cost £1.50 with a Clubcard membership.

Not far behind in third place is Asda, where a full vegetarian Christmas dinner costs approximately £33.22. However, the Quorn Vegetarian Roast was cheaper at Asda than any other supermarket at just £3.00.

Morrisons placed fourth with a full cost of £33.71. However, this supermarket had one of the most expensive turkey crowns (£31.47), meaning the biggest savings are on offer for meat-eaters switching to the vegetarian option this Christmas.

Sainsbury’s placed fifth, as a vegetarian Christmas dinner from this supermarket was found to cost an estimated £34.60. 

Finally, Waitrose was the most expensive supermarket by some distance at £53.24. A big factor in Waitrose being so much more expensive was the vegetarian turkey supplement costing a massive £16.00. But it must be said that one surprise bargain to be found is that Maris Piper potatoes are 5p cheaper at Waitrose (£1.65) than they are at Aldi (£1.70).

The study used a Quorn Vegetarian Roast as the turkey supplement at Asda, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s and Tesco. For Aldi and Waitrose, the home-brand products that most closely resembled the Quorn Vegetarian Roast were used, as the Quorn product was unavailable. 

That's Christmas would like to thank Adventrum for sharing their research data with us. You can check out Adventrum at

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Monday 27 November 2023

Cranes Mulled Cider makes an ideal Christmas tipple

Cranes Ciders have launched new formats of their Mulled Cider ready for Christmas this year.

Cranes Mulled Cider is an absolutely luxurious blend of Cranes Premium Apple Cider with delicious festive flavours of cinnamon, cranberry & orange. Perfect for serving warm, for a delicious Christmas tipple or huddling round a fire pit. 

It is a naturally warming treat, to impress your guests or it makes the ideal Christmas gift. But don't forget that it makes the perfect self-gift, if you feel you deserve a treat yourself?

This year Cranes have produced an utterly gorgeous crafted gift set that contains a 75cl bottle along with a branded glass mug, too!

What does it taste like? Utterly delicious. Mulled wines can be a little harsh and a little bitter, but there's none of that bitterness with Cranes Mulled Cider. The cinnamon, cranberry and orange combine with the Cranes cider to produce a very sweet (but not overly sweet) mulled cider ideal for the long nights around Chirstmas time. It's absolutely divine with minced pies and stollen, or by itself.

DeliVita, the posh pizza oven brand, ideal for Christmas gifting and cooking

DeliVita, the posh pizza oven brand, has a range of accessories that would delight anyone this festive season as well as a new gas-fired pizza oven priced at £349 which would be a real treat. 

Its gorgeous and functional Pizza Cutter in particular is popular for gifting. It's handmade in Yorkshire from stainless steel, features olive wood handles and effortlessly cuts pizzas and flatbreads perfectly. 

Also, they have a Pizza Pack that will make eight of the finest, most delicious Italian inspired pizzas that come with authentic Italian tomatoes, mozzarella and a selection of meats. If budgets stretch a little further there's also the gorgeous DeliVita Leather apron that is handmade using Italian buffalo leather.

DeliVita Pizza Cutter £49.50

The dream Christmas gift for every pizza lover, the DeliVita pizza cutter is handmade in Yorkshire using Stainless Steel and Olive Wood and is the absolutely perfect tool for effortlessly and quickly cutting your cooked pizzas and flatbreads into the perfect slices.

DeliVita Pizza Pack £49.95 

DeliVita’s pizza spinning experts have carefully chosen the best of British artisan ingredients, with a little help from Italy, to ensure authentic Italian pizzas are created using the finest ingredients, sourced from small and ethical producers, using traditional, time honoured methods.

The pack includes eight vegan pizza dough balls, Moons Green Pepperoni, Moons Green Pizza Nuggets, Moons Green NDuja, Mutti Aromatica Pizza Sauce, Tiino Fior Di Latte Mozzarella,  

DeliVita Leather Apron £139.50

Made by hand and using carefully selected sturdy Italian buffalo leather, the luxury DeliVita leather apron is extremely light, flexible and comfortable to wear. It is fitted with high quality naturally tanned belts and straps, an easy adjustable buckle clasp and even a hand tea towel loop.

I also wanted to let you know that DeliVita has recently expanded its range to include gas-fired ovens for the very first time. In particular it has a entry level pizza oven called The DiaVolo that retails at £349 and comes with all accessories such as a pizza peel, temperature gun, carry case, cover and regulator if people wanted to splash out a little more on a present that will be enjoyed by all the family this Christmas.

Saturday 25 November 2023

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas... Kebab? Yes! With I am Doner!

Oh! You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout we’re telling you why! The Christmas Dinner Doner is coming to town. That’s right, a Christmas dinner... but in a kebab!

Better kebab brand, I am Doner, are encouraging everyone to don your ugly Christmas jumpers and brave the cold for a visit to one of their stores as they bring back this legendary Christmas special.

Packed full of honey and sage roast turkey doner with roast potatoes, shredded sprout, crispy parsnips, red cabbage, root vegetable and cranberries, smothered in turkey gravy, all in a wrap or in a bowl. And those who don't eat meat needn't feel left out, because a vegan option is also available.

The special will run right through to the end of December in all its UK stores.

Founder, Paul Baron said: "After the incredible success of the Christmas Kebab in recent years we’ve brought back and expect it to be bigger than ever before as we introduce it to our new customers at our London, Liverpool and Datchet stores! With each kebab featuring at least ten items of veg we are providing 2 of the five a day, making it much more than a guilty pleasure, or you could even say ‘elfy!”

Salcombe Brewery Co. Announces Black Friday Donation to Devon Environment Foundation

The Salcombe Brewery Co. is delighted to announce it will be donating 10% of the profits from its Black Friday (24th November) online sales to the Devon Environment Foundation.

Jordan Mace, who is MD of Salcombe Brewery Co. explains: “Black Friday has become a huge commercial event over the last few years but we don't think it sits well with the spirit of Christmas. To redress the balance and put the focus back on the festive ethos of giving and sharing, we've decided to make a donation to the Devon Environment Fund this year. We're very excited to be supporting an organisation that, like us, feels passionate about our local environment.”

The Devon Environment Foundation provides grants for grassroots projects that regenerate nature. Some of the projects they've recently awarded funds to include 'Save our Seagrass', 'Devon Birds' Swift Boxes' and 'South Hams Marine Life Rescue'. Salcombe Brewery Co. donated 10% of all profits from online sales on Friday 24th November to support the work of this foundation.

For further information on Salcombe Brewery Co. please visit follow Salcombe Brewery Co. on X, Facebook and Instagram.  

For further information on The Devon Environment Foundation please visit or follow them on Instagram, Facebook or X.

Experience the changing seasons and celebrate the festive season at Auberge du Lac

With festive menus, and events that embrace the natural beauty of The Brocket Hall estate, it's a magical time to visit Auberge du Lac.  

The restaurant, housed within a former hunting lodge on the grounds of the picturesque estate proudly re-opened earlier this year under the guidance of new Head Chef, John Barber. Since then, this young, culinary talent has been delivering a more relaxed style of dining at the beautiful lakeside location.

Working closely with kitchen gardener, Lucy Hawkins, John is focusing on sustainability and seasonality to enhance his modern British style of cuisine.

In a little over a year, Lucy has transformed a one-acre site, employing the no-dig method, into a fertile garden which is supplying Auberge with fresh produce and supporting local biodiversity.

Dishes created by John make the best use of her seasonal crops which are growing within metres of the tables where they'll be served. Thus this is soil-to-plate dining at its best.  

John is also prioritising using the most local and sustainable suppliers across Hertfordshire and the surrounding areas, who can deliver the freshest and highest quality ingredients for his exquisite and flavoursome food.

Front of house, it is Scott Foster with a wealth of experience in luxury hospitality ensuring the ambience, drinks, and service match the incredibly high quality of John Barber's food. 

This winter the team is excitedly preparing to welcome guests for their first festive season, and have some wonderful events planned. From foraging to New Year's Eve feasts, see what's on at the new Auberge du Lac! 

Autumn Forage & Lunch with The Hitchin Forager 

On Thursday 30 November, join The Hitchin Forager, Jane Simmons, for a seasonal forage around the grounds of The Brocket Hall Estate followed by a three-course lunch at Auberge du Lac.

Along with their own kitchen gardener, Lucy Hawkins, wild food expert Jane will share her local knowledge helping you identify wild ingredients you can forage and cook at home.

After the guided forage, enjoy a glass of our finest Fili Extra Dry Prosecco and a beautiful lunch at Auberge du Lac prepared by John Barber, using some of the ingredients growing naturally on the estate. £85 pp 

Christmas Wreath Making Workshop with Lucy Hawkins 

On Thursday 7 December, create you can create your very own Christmas wreath over minced pies and mulled wine with the help of our kitchen gardener and trained florist, Lucy Hawkins. 

To create your beautifully natural door display, you'll be working with fresh mixed textures, varied evergreen foliage, berries, and cones all sourced directly from the estate grounds. There's no glitter or plastic here! 

After you have created your dream wreath, it's time to relax over lunch, John Barber's festive menu with a choice of dishes, accompanied by a glass of our finest Fili Extra Dry Prosecco. £120 pp

John Barber's Festive Menus 

Head chef, John Barber, has created two exquisite menus, Set Lunch and Tasting, which will be available alongside his a la carte offering between November 30 & December 29. 

Whether you are celebrating with friends, family or colleagues, dining at the atmospheric lakeside restaurant is guaranteed to get you into the Christmas spirit. £65 pp & £95 pp.

Auberge du Lac New Year's Eve at Brocket Hall 

This New Year's Eve, Auberge du Lac will be hosting guests in the Splendour of The Ballroom at Brocket Hall. 

John Barber has created a celebratory menu which includes Lobster Canapés,  Game, Halibut and Beef Wellington -  a truly special feast which will be paired with fine wines. 

The party will go on till late as we countdown to 2024 with a live pianist, DJ, and Laurent-Perrier champagne served as the clock strikes Midnight! £320 pp

Where is Auberge du Lac? It's at Brocket Hall, Welwyn, Hertfordshire, AL8 7XG.

You can call them on 01707 368700

Opening Times

Open Thursday to Sunday for Lunch from noon to 2.30 pm and Dinner from 6 pm – 9 pm with a choice of menus; 7- 7-course tasting menu £85 + wine flight £45, A la carte, Set £39 and Specials. Open Sunday lunch for a 3-course Roast from noon to 3 pm £65

For up-to-date information on all events follow Auberge on Instagram and Facebook.

 At just 33 years old, John Barber has already had an incredible career. Following an intensive apprenticeship at The Mandarin Hotel Group in London and Thailand,  a stint in Paris with famed chef Charcutier Giles Verot, John joined Bar Bouloud (part of the Mandarin in London) and within three years became Executive Sous Chef and Executive Head Chef. 

A period at the D&D Group followed, where John opened 14 Hills at 120 Fenchurch Street, London.  The opportunity to put Auberge back on the map as a foodie destination has seen John relocate to Hertfordshire with his young family to start an exciting new chapter. 

Stir Up Sunday Comes Early to The Food WorksSW

Stir Up Sunday, the Victorian tradition of stirring the mixture for Christmas pudding and making a wish, has come early to North Somerset's The Food WorksSW with Butcombe Brewery. 

In preparation for the busy festive season in their pubs, the Bristol-based brewery recently produced enough Christmas pudding mixture to make 1,000 Christmas puddings at the food and drink innovation centre in Weston-super-Mare. 

As well as making Christmas pudding, Butcombe's chefs from across the country, including chefs from  the Liberation pub group in Jersey, spent a week in the specialist kitchens at The Food WorksSW perfecting some of the brewery's delicious Christmas creations and training for the holiday season under the watchful eye of Butcombe's Head Development Chef Jasper Prickett. 

Forthcoming delicious festive dishes prepared by the chefs included sticky figgy pudding, toffee apple, fig and chestnut crumble, mince pie ice cream, gilt head bream and Ox Cheek Wellington.

Butcombe Brewery hires the state-of-the-art kitchens at The Food WorksSW for menu development, training and business meetings throughout the year and make full use of the food and drink innovation centre's specialist equipment and spacious well-equipped kitchens.

Jasper says, “The Christmas pudding mixture we made in the commercial kitchen at The Food WorksSW is now currently steeping and will be ready to be shaped and steamed for the festive season and sent to all our pubs for Christmas Day."

He added: "We're really big fans of The Food WorksSW and we absolutely love it there. It offers so much and meets all our needs for menu development, training, equipment, storage, even meeting space. It's also in a great location just off the motorway so it's easy for all our staff to get to.”

Zoe Plant, who is new product and innovation manager said, “Whether it's equipment you need or expert technical advice, if you are a food or drink brand, be it big or small, you'll find everything you need at Food WorksSW and at very reasonable rates, too. You can hire any of our five specialist kitchens for just one day if that's all you require as we understand everyone's needs and budgets are different.

"Our top-of-the-range equipment within each of our kitchens, like the commercial kitchen Butcombe used, really do offer the perfect space for chefs and producers the chance to come in, experiment, develop and fine-tune food and drink products or menus.”

The only centre of its kind in the south west, The Food WorksSW is based in the heart of the Weston-super-Mare Enterprise Area, under half an hour from Bristol, and close to Junction 21 of the M5 motorway.

"It has state-of-the-art facilities including five product development kitchens available for flexible short-term contract hire for food and drink businesses of all sizes to test, develop and manufacture their products, prices begin at start just £96.90 per day (inc VAT).

Technical support packages are also available at the centre where a team of food industry experts provide technical support to businesses navigating their way through a range of food disciplines, from new product development and quality assurance, hygiene and food safety and efficiency. The team helps food and drink businesses develop products in a safe and efficient way.

For more information on how The Food WorksSW can help businesses, visit them at, or stay up-to-date follow @foodworks_sw on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. A range of case studies can be found on the website and on The Food WorksSW YouTube.

Friday 24 November 2023

That's Food and Drink: Munch Lunch & Dinner, Your New Kitchen Essential

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Give the Gift of Colour This Christmas With ROKA London

Unwrap smiles this Christmas with sustainable styles!     

Impeccable craftmanship and innovative designs, there's genuinely something for everyone, whatever your budget. With ROKA LONDON, form meets function so you can stay stylish on your travels. Made with the highest quality, weather-resistant fabric you can be totally confident that your possessions will be kept safe and dry.

ROKA LONDON has been awarded with the prestigious accolade of a B Corp business so you can also shop consciously this Christmas. Choose from the vast array of sustainable styles to suit every individual need. Whether you're a lilac lover or want to be on trend with burnt orange to reflect the new Pantone colour for 2024, give the gift of colour. Which ROKA LONDON bag reflects you?

The Canfield (RRP from £64.95) is a best-selling backpack with its instantly recognisable, versatile roll-top design. Complete with hidden compartments to protect your tech, it's the perfect travel accessory for any adventure seeker!

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The Chelsea (RRP £24.95) is a best-selling cross body and makes a great gift for those who love to go hands-free! With its affordable price point, it's a great stocking filler or stylish statement for those on a budget.

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The Farringdon (£39.95) looks effortlessly cool with its slouchy design which any fashion-conscious recipient will love. With multiple interior pockets, you can keep your keys, wallet, water bottle and phone safe without compromising on style!   

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The Bantry (from £64.95) was the original ROKA LONDON backpack, named after the founders' honeymoon destination in South Africa. As part of the Creative Waste collection, this eco-friendly design is made from the offcuts of production materials in a vivid, contrasting colourway to turn heads!  

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The Trafalgar (RRP from £59.95) is a functional, yet stylish tote bag, featuring ROKA's signature laptop pocket and internal bottle pocket. A bag that can either be carried by its handles or slung over the shoulder, this multi-functional tote is perfect for those with a busy life. 

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ROKA LONDON: The Bags Born from British Weather 

For everyone, every day, everywhere. Live life in colour with bags that make you smile   

Made from the very highest quality, weather-resistant fabric you can be confident your possessions will be kept safe and dry with ROKA LONDON. Born from a need to withstand typical British weather, our Founder, Brett Edwards, wanted to create bags where function genuinely meets fashion. Heading to the office, setting off on a hike, packing snacks for the kids, jetting off on holiday, or simply worn as a colourful fashion statement, ROKA LONDON is for everyone, every day, everywhere. With 15 different bags, and over 30 different designs and colours, you'll be really spoilt for choice! 

ROKA LONDON produces bags and backpacks that are sleek, stylish and simplistic. Offering bags from across the rainbow, their bright, playful design and colour scheme ensures there is a bag to make everyone smile. Highlights from the rainbow include Canary Yellow, Burnt Orange, Spearmint Blue, Green Apple and Candy Pink. With compartments for those everyday essentials and handles to carry it in a multitude of ways, the bags are comfortable to wear and their weight is distributed evenly.  

Recently awarded B Corp Certification, ROKA LONDON believes in using business as a force for good, benefiting not only people but our beautiful planet too. With an entirely vegan range, made from predominantly recycled materials and plastic, ROKA LONDON are trying hard to reduce their impact on the planet.  

The new and very innovative Creative Waste line of ROKA LONDON bags are made from their leftover recycled materials and offcuts. Seamlessly combining a juxtaposition of different colours, these limited edition, colour block bags feel unique, whilst helping to reduce material waste through creative solutions.     

ROKA LONDON is the home of fantastic Christmas presents that are both stylish and functional.

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Female Entrepreneur Targets Hospitality Industry with Healthier Choice Prosecco Brand

33-year-old Kath Jones, from Aigburth, Liverpool says she is targeting high-end foodservice and hospitality venues with her products thanks to a huge shift in behaviour towards veganism, ketogenic lifestyles and a growing number of people  who are cutting sugar from their diets. 

ThinK Wine is an award-winning brand of prosecco and sparkling rose offering consumers a healthier alternative to its full sugar competitors without losing the taste or the percentage volume. And it has been wowing judges in blind taste tests.  

ThinK Wine has just 75 calories and 0g carbs, 0g fat, with 0.58g of residual sugar per 125ml (this is legally classed as zero sugar under UK standards), while still retaining an ABV of 11%. The product contains no artificial sweeteners or ingredients. 

So far, Kath has been selling direct to customers via the ThinK Wine website, with the product available in a small number of exclusive, independent hospitality venues. 

Kath now aims to grow the trade side of her business after her own research discovered a gap in many premium restaurant and bar drinks menus for a luxury brand like ThinK Wine. Customer feedback also highlighted strong demand for it. Consumers would dearly love to see healthier alternatives on menus and in restaurants and bars where sugary, calorie-packed alcoholic drinks are often the only option. 

Kath says she wants her sparkling wines to be available in as many premium restaurants and bars as possible and has put in place a dynamic business development strategy to target the sector. 

“My customers want the same healthier choices they have at home, when they are out for dinner or on a night out. It's a premium product so we're hoping to target fine dining establishments, premium restaurants, luxury hotels and cocktail bars, initially.” 

“I know this concept is a winner,” Kath explains. “It's a hugely popular product.  

“People are increasingly health conscious, they are more switched on to things like sugar addiction, additives and sulphites, but they also still want to be able to enjoy a drink now and again. With no palatable alternative available on the market, I felt moved to create something. That's how ThinK Wine was born, and we've been growing exponentially ever since.” 

Kath has been on a journey of discovery since she began her mission to bring ThinK Wine to fruition and as well as getting her products onto drinks menus is also keen to change people's perceptions of prosecco. She continues:  “Done right, prosecco is a premium product; it doesn't have to be filled with sugar, or worse, artificial sweeteners and sugar alternatives. The problem is much of the cheaper prosecco that's readily available uses lots of sugar to mask the quality of the grape. It's giving this fabulous drink a bad name; but it doesn't have to be that way.  

“We're not using sweeteners or artificial ingredients instead of sugar either, I want to be very clear on that. When you choose a premium quality grape, the natural flavour is all that you need. 

“Our customer feedback is that they love the product, and can't get enough of it, but they also want to keep their diet low carb, vegan or low calorie without having to forgo dinner dates and nights out, or having to switch to a drink that they don't like.  

“Unfortunately, at the moment, there just aren't enough viable healthier choice sparkling wines out there on menus and wine lists, that also deliver on taste. I want to change that.”   

ThinK Wine is available in a select number of independent restaurants including Pullman Hotel Liverpool, ACC arena Liverpool, Pendergast's Warrington, Castle Street Townhouse, Chester Townhouse and Hope and Smoke. 

The brand has continually outperformed its full sugar and non-vegan/organic competitors in blind taste tests and has won the following awards: People's Choice Wine Awards 2022 (silver), London Wine Competition 2022 (bronze), Glass of Bubbly 2022 (silver), The Drinks Business Global Pinot Grigio Masters 2020 (bronze) and Las Vegas Global Wine Awards (silver), as well as gaining a 4.96 rating on Judge Me. 

ThinK Wine – The Products 

Quality and taste is everything to the team at ThinK Wine, who believe being Prosecco drinkers has given them an edge over the competitors in creating the perfect blend of flavours for wines with a fresh and revitalising finish, despite the health-conscious benefits. 

The company is proud to say all of its wines are 100% vegan/organic and have low sulphites. As a business ThinK Wine operates as sustainably as possible and as of March 2023 ThinK Wine Group has been a certified B-Corporation. 

The brand currently has two main product lines, with more product development in the pipeline for 2024. 

ThinK Prosecco 

ThinK Prosecco is a vegan and organic sparkling wine with both reduced sugar and calories.  

It is made from the finest Glera grapes from the heart of Treviso, north-east Italy for a Prosecco that is fresh, satisfying and luxurious. Its appearance is fine and persistent perlage, straw yellow colour. On the nose its intense bouquet with light notes of green apple and citrus. The taste is fresh, aromatic and elegant, with light notes of bread crust and green apple. 

ThinK Prosecco is a delicious complement to fried fish, tempura vegetables, tofu and fine meat. 

ThinK Pink 

ThinK Pink is a Pinot Grigio Sparkling Rosé. It is a vegan and organic sparkling wine with both reduced sugar and calories. ThinK Pink is made from the finest Pinot Grigio grapes from the heart of Treviso, north-east Italy. Its appearance is fine and persistent perlage with a light pink colour.  

On the nose its refined bouquet is characterised by delicate hints of strawberry, gooseberries and pink grapefruit. The palate is fresh and delicate with a soft mousse. 

ThinK Prosecco pairs nicely with fish, vegetable and tofu dishes with light sauces 

After consulting with her client-base, some of the UK's biggest online influencers and celebrities, she confirmed that the idea was a winner.  

“I work with a lot of celebrities and influencers in my 'day job' and I honestly haven't found one of them that thinks having a healthier prosecco on menus is a bad idea. They have busy schedules and always out attending launches and events in the evenings; they all agree that a less calorific version of their favourite fizz should be an option. But we're not just reliant on word of mouth, as a brand we've conducted extensive market research, and the outcome is always the same. A resounding yes please!”  

“My job now is to raise the ThinK Wine brand's profile among the bigger players in the foodservice industry and hopefully bring some positive changes to wine lists across the country.” 

Wednesday 22 November 2023

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Fill their stockings with magazines this Christmas: an affordable and inspirational gift for men... and all the family!

With the Christmas countdown upon us, it’s time to choose a gift that really does go the extra mile, that keeps on giving all year long and will be used well beyond the festive season.  

A subscription to Readly, the digital magazine and newspaper app, is the perfect choice this Christmas. It’s guaranteed to inspire and entertain loved ones, environmentally friendly and kind on purse strings too. It's the true definition of a win-win situation!

With a Readly subscription, you can browse and read an absolutely stunning 7,500 digital magazines and newspapers whenever or wherever you wish. Plus the subscription also includes regional newspapers, podcasts and a portfolio of Disney comics and magazines, besides!

There’s really something for entire family wrapped up in one handy app to read on your tablet or mobile wherever you may be. 

Whether you’re into interior design, travel, Pilates, tech, music, fashion, sport or some gardening or enjoy reading business features, news or researching recipes, DIY tricks or looking for something to entertain the kids this Christmas, there’s a title for every occasion - all the latest issues and back issues too!

If you want to curl up on the sofa or read in a snowy log cabin or whilst you are travelling, you can download up to 500 titles and read in the offline mode too. 

And as Readly gives five profiles per household, the whole family can be entertained and inspired with the subscription. It’s unlimited reading of all your favourite titles and many more in a climate-friendly way,  wherever you may be!

5 reasons why Readly should be on every list this Christmas:

Inspire a new hobby: Support family and friends to fulfill their dreams and support a hobby or read about a new travel destination with the huge range of titles available! Whether mainstream lifestyle or niche, there’s a title for you.

Easy reading at home or on the go: as Readly can be read anywhere, anytime, friends and family can use their gift when travelling, cooking, sitting on the sofa, working out, commuting or in the garden. It’s really perfect for every occasion!

With newspapers and podcasts plus magazines - Readly has so many of the leading national, international and regional newspapers as well as magazines for everyone in your family or the family of your gift's recipient read. Or tune in to listen to a podcast, it’s all there, waiting to be enjoyed. 

And what's more, it's a genuinely sustainable way to read. Because reading a digital magazine on Readly results in 86% lower greenhouse gas emissions than reading the printed equivalent. 

You can read too!- a Readly subscription gives users five profiles per household so if you’re lucky enough to live with the person you’re giving the gift to, you can read too!

A subscription is just £9.99 a month and there is a range of Christmas GiftCards available for 3, 6 and 12 months, starting at £28.47 . Visit for more information.

Saturday 18 November 2023

Friday 17 November 2023

The Weird Side of Christmas Revealed by Mug Shots

Santa could be in for a feast of Playdoh cakes and Cornettos this year whilst Rudolph nibbles on Twiglets and carrot cake, if the Mug Shot’s hilarious and heart-warming snapshot into Christmas traditions is anything to go by.

And rest assured children have all his travelling needs and present delivery welfare well catered for too according to the insights unearthed in instant hot snack brand’s Tree-riffic Christmas Survey.

One thing is certain, when Mug Shot decided to stoke up some early festival cheer among its thousands of social media followers to celebrate the launch of its new festival flavour Pigs in Blankets, it’s clear it’s the wonderfully British Christmas traditions, and a few quirky ones, which help to keep the magic alive, no matter what age you are.

Risotto and Spam butties await!

Depending on how you look at it, Santa is in for a treat of some kind this year largely due to children having both a creative and practical way of looking at what Santa would fancy for that warm and welcome midnight snack.

For many Mug Shot followers the traditional mince and sherry or cookies and milk are shunned for a whole host of bizarre snacks and ‘helpful items'.

When asked what their youngsters like to leave out on the most magical night of the year lettuce and sugar sandwiches, soup, Spam butties, risotto, Playdoh cakes, Kombucha and a Cornetto all made it on to the list.

Responses also included Jack Daniels and an After Eight, red wine and pizza and salt and vinegar crisps and a can of lager which tends to suggest parents might have been planning their own supper.

Rudolph has also been enjoying a feast.

Reindeer nibbles including cat biscuits, parsnips, Twiglets (‘because they look like tiny antlers’), sweet potatoes, carrot cake, sprouts (‘wind power for the sleigh’) boiled red cabbage and moss.

And the ingenuity of a child’s mind also ensures the health, safety and welfare of Santa and his reindeers are taken into full and careful consideration on their potentially hazardous rooftop journey around the world on a cold Christmas Eve night.

Alongside refreshments, little ones have insisted on leaving woolly tights in case he gets cold, hats ‘in case he loses his own’, gloves, a hair bobble so his beard doesn’t catch fire, flea treatment for the reindeers and dog poo bags to scoop up the reindeer droppings.

Families embrace generational traditions

For many, children are the focus of Christmas, helping us to reignite the magic and special memories of our own childhood Christmases – and that’s certainly the case for our Mug Shot followers.

When asked how they keep the Christmas magic alive as their kids get older, our Mug Shot followers all had their own special little ways to help their youngsters to keep believing.

And that magic seems to last until the little kids become big kids and have children of their own.

Keeping the same tried and tested traditions going year after year was voted as the way to stop the wonder from waning including hanging up stockings, baking, Christmas stories, crafts, listening to classic Christmas tunes, watching films and plenty of festive family outings such as markets and pantomimes.

Many of Mug Shot's social media followers said that more than anything, if grown-ups keep dreaming and believing it helps to keep the magic and Christmas spirit alive for all the whole family.

Pigs in blankets gets the thumbs up

With Christmas dinner being one of the main events, Mug Shot asked their followers to dish up their likes, dislikes and favourite trimmings – even how they’ll be cooking it.

With the air fryer now a kitchen gadget staple, followers were asked which elements of Christmas dinner they’ll be bunging in there this year.

36% said roast potatoes, a fifth said pigs in blankets and almost 10% said they were bravely attempting to cook to the whole thing in an air fryer.

For those who don’t have an air fryer, many are hoping Santa will bring them one!

Overwhelmingly the most popular part of Christmas dinner was pigs in blankets, music to the Mug Shot ears!, followed by, no not the turkey, but roast potatoes (20%).

Other favourites included parsnips, gravy, Yorkshire puddings, bread sauce, stuffing and a rogue lobster.

They were also asked what accompaniment should never be part of Christmas dinner - tomato ketchup, mayonnaise, mushy peas or Yorkshire pudding.

Ketchup got the thumbs down from 40% of Christmas dinner devotees followed by mayonnaise at 27% and a quarter pushed mushy peas to one side.

One much maligned festive food which did surprisingly come out on top was the humble sprout.

When asked what the best thing was to do with them – eat them, bin them, don’t go within a mile of them or use them for an amusing game, a whopping 70% said eat them.

Trips to A&E and very awkward text messages

With the weeks of prep, stress and military precision planning that goes into Christmas you want it to run as smoothly as possible but that’s sometimes not the case.

From drunkenly falling into a Christmas tree and ending up in A&E looking like a pin cushion to being unable to turn down invitations and forcing down five Christmas dinners in one day, there was a whole raft of hilarious festive faux pas.

In the awkwardness stakes, a daughter messaged her boyfriend to tell him what a terrible Christmas day she was having at her mum’s, and accidentally sent the message to her mum.

Tales of exploding kitchen appliances, defrosting prawns with a hairdryer, forgetting the presents and having to buy substitutes from a service station on the M1 and forgetting to the turn oven on in a Prosecco haze were on the list.

There were also wonderful and heart-warmingly memorable Christmases for many respondents including a mum who rushed home from hospital with her new-born son because all her daughter wanted for Christmas was a baby brother.

And sticking with the baby theme a gran-to-be who was given a ‘Find the Peanut’ game for Christmas which turned out to be an early scan of her first grandchild which she described as “the best present ever and the gift that keeps on giving”.

Husbands rightly get the brush off for ‘housework’ gifts

When asked what was strangest present found under the tree top honours went to a deactivated First World War hand grenade.

And it seems many husbands have been in the dog house over the years thanks to their choice of more practical gifts for their wives including dusters, an extendable paint roller, a washing up bowl and cleaning products and two serving spoons.

Work place Secret Santas often result in a combination of hilarious and controversial gifts with participants ranging from thoughtful and mischievous to downright ambivalent.

Asked what the worst gift was that they’d received in a Secret Santa revealed an eye patch, a ‘Grow your own Boyfriend’ kit, a Cliff Richard calendar, a Busted poster, used body cream and a 39p bag of sweets.

Recycling and repurposing at its best

Mug Shot asked its followers to be completely upfront and honest and confess whether they’d ever re-wrapped a present they’d received and given it to someone else – which you could argue is recycling and repurposing at its best.

50% said they had and skincare product and toiletries were the most regifted items along with scarves and candles.

Emma Boyle, Senior Brand Manager at Mug Shot said: “We love hearing from our Mug Shot social media followers and this was a great way to find out more about how they like to spend this special time of year.

“We’ve had lots of laughs and really enjoyed reading the responses which show that despite these difficult times families everywhere cherish Christmas and spending time with their loved ones.

“It’s reassuring to know the wonderful traditions which have kept the magic going for many, many years – and the little traditions we invent as families and are personal to us - are still the things people turn to to make memories.”

“At Mug Shot as well as creating delicious, warm and comforting healthy lunch options, we like to have a bit of fun with our festive flavours.

“Pigs in blankets have been around since the mid 20th Century and are now an absolute Christmas Dinner favourite so it was an obvious choice for us.”

Festive Limited Edition Pigs in Blankets Mug Shot is available at B&M stores nationwide. Featuring pasta twists and the favours of bacon, sausage and sage, it’s good to go in five minutes as a tasty, healthy and low in fat lunch or snack.

Rudell The Jewellers release their catalogue for Christmas

Recently Rudell The Jewellers, renowned for their exquisite jewellery and watch collections, celebrated the launch of their highly anticipated annual catalogue, showcasing an array of jewellery, watches and gifts, perfectly timed for Christmas.

Nestled in the heart of the West Midlands, Rudell The Jewellers, known for their dedication to deliver excellence in quality, service and value since 1938, opened their doors to guests wishing to celebrate the launch of the catalogue

The evening was a true treat for the senses, as guests sipped Champagne, indulged themselves in delicious appetisers while listening to the soft rhythm of the piano played by Karen Daniels. 

Various jewellery and timepieces from prestigious brands such as Patek Philippe, Rolex, Tudor, OMEGA, IWC, Grand Seiko, Longines, FOPE, Roberto Coin, Messika, Mikimoto, George Jensen, Antonini, Mont Blanc, and Lalique, were available to view, touch and try on.

Guests were particularly captivated by Messika, the newest addition to Rudell The Jewellers. Messika’s Country Manager, Romain Milaret, was on hand to offer insight into the brand as well as provide guests with styling advice. 

Founded in 2005, Messika has already established itself as a modern, dynamic and daring jewellery brand which prides itself on diamonds for everyday wear. A luxury brand of the highest quality worn by celebrities such as Beyoncé, Kendall Jenner, Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna and many more.

With a wide variety of jewellery, watches, and gifts, guests were able to find something that specifically catered to their unique tastes and styles. Rudells’ professional and friendly staff were readily available to guide and help navigate through the many different jewellery and watch collections. Rudells’ in-house designs commanded attention with the highlight piece of night being the white gold necklet with diamond detailing from Rudells’ Prestige collection – a true embodiment of luxury.

The evening was not only an occasion to witness the brilliance of Rudell's selection of jewellery, watches, and gift items, but it was also a chance for guests to meet with old friends and socialise. "Our guests had the opportunity to explore and appreciate the finest creations in our new catalogue,” says Rudells’ Sales Manager, Glenn Jenkinson-Deakin. “But at the core of the event, the evening was a celebration of our guests who, over the years, have become part of the Rudell family.”

As the event drew to a close, guests left with not only a deeper appreciation for Rudells’ excellence in service, but also with a glimpse of the timeless elegance that defines Rudell The Jewellers. Rudell The Jewellers continues to display the high standards of quality, personal attention, and customer service – values they have been faithful to since 1938.

For more information on Rudell The Jewellers and their new catalogue, please go the website or visit one of their showrooms in Wolverhampton and Birmingham.

Thursday 16 November 2023

Christmas fundraiser with charity designed cards becomes increasingly popular

A Christmas fundraiser that began eight years ago continues to grow in popularity as a choice for sending festive greetings. launched a pilot of its system in November 2015 with a handful of charities on board, to test their idea of a platform for donations in lieu of Christmas cards.

Since then over 1900 organisations have joined up and have uploaded a huge library of e-card designs to choose from. These designs are then offered to supporters by charities as an alternative to sending printed cards. Both static and animated cards are supported.

The charities participating in the fundraiser range from small to large, with well-known names such as The Salvation Army, Dogs Trust, and Stroke Association investing the time to generate designs that can be sent electronically, saving paper as a result.

DontSendMeACard Co-founder Alex Furness said, “The range of designs on offer now is superb. When we started off our content was minimal, as we only had a few dozen charities on board who agreed to the pilot. However we saw the potential for our model with people still using our initial offering.

For our platform and brand to have grown in popularity the way it has really is in part down to how brilliantly creative the designs that charities have come up with. You wouldn’t typically think of charitable organisations as inherently creative, but they really do have it in them. You can clearly see this by looking at the designs on offer."

In addition to designing e-cards, charities are engaging with artists, illustrators, and running Christmas e-card design competitions to add to their e-card collections.

Patrons that have offered artwork to fundraise with include Sir Quentin Blake, Harry Hill, and Nick Park creator of Wallace and Gromit.

You can browse the designs on offer on DontSendMeACard by occasion e.g. Christmas, and by searching through the listed charities and viewing their designs on offer from their landing pages.

With first-class UK stamps increasing by 15p in October to £1.25, the third increase in 18 months, more consumers and businesses who typically send physical Christmas cards may well be looking at alternatives such as DontSendMeACard for Christmas 2023.

Wednesday 15 November 2023

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Delicious Gluten Free Christmas Hampers from Flapjackery

Flapjackery's Ultimate Christmas Treats Hamper ( from £80)

This fabulous Ultimate Christmas Treats Hamper is jam-packed full of delicious gluten-free treats, with its gluten free flapjacks taking centre stage. 

These include Christmas Tiffin, Christmas Millionaires, Peanut Butter Fudge, and Orange and Cranberry flapjack.

It's all lovingly made in Devon, near Dartmoor, using the finest of British oats, locally sourced West Country ingredients, Fairtrade brown sugar, and real butter.

This classic hamper is also brimming with other Flapjackery goodies such as clusters which are dollops of chocolate infused with either granola, fruit and nut or honeycomb; its decadent creamy fudge; its Chocolate Dipped Oranges - slices of zesty orange dipped in decadent chocolate, and to add a touch of festive charm, there are three mini Christmas trees. The hamper also includes a Flapjackery mug and coaster set, a beautiful branded tea towel and a Flapjackery jigsaw.

Flapjackery's Medium Christmas Gift Hamper ( from £55)

There's a treasure trove of mouth-watering gluten-free delights in Flapjackery's Christmas Indulgence Hamper. 

Everything is hand made in Tavistock near Dartmoor in Devon and the flavours are simply irresistible. The stars of the show are four huge slices of Christmas Tiffin, Christmas Millionaires, Peanut Butter Fudge, and Orange and Cranberry flapjack, made with British oats and with flavourings all sourced from the West Country.

Nestled among the chunks are bite sized flapjack bags of Clotted Cream flapjack; Chocolate Dipped Oranges - slices of zesty orange dipped in decadent chocolate and to add a touch of festive charm;  a chocolate Christmas tree - perfect for adding a sprinkle of holiday cheer to your surroundings; Mixed Honeycomb and Fruit and Nut Clusters, a mixed fudge bag and a hot chocolate spoon for a sublime mug of hot chocolate.

Santa's Christmas Treats Hamper (from from £30.00)

Flapjackery's Christmas Treats Hamper is a true delight. Inside, you'll find giant slabs of Raspberry Millionaires Flapjack, Rudolph Flapjack, and Chocolate Tiffin Fudge Flapjack, each bursting with incredible flavours. Accompanying these indulgent treats are bags of Chocolate Honeycomb Clusters, Mixed Fudge, and a pyramid chocolate bar. 

Friday 10 November 2023

‘Say No to Socks, Get a Gift You'll Remember’ - Age UK Lambeth Launches Christmas Fundraising Campaign

‘Older Londoners are 50% more likely to experience food insecurity than the rest of England'

As the festive season approaches, Age UK Lambeth is pleased to announce the launch of its Christmas fundraising campaign ‘Say No to Socks, Get a Gift You'll Remember.’ 

Are you tired of receiving unwanted, dust-collecting presents year after year? This festive season, why not make a meaningful change by receiving gifts that truly make a difference? 

Ask family and friends for donations instead of naff gifts and make it a year to remember!

‘24% of older Londoners (over the age of 50) live in poverty’ (Age UK London - Poverty amongst older Londoners October 2023)

The cost of living crisis has hit our older population particularly hard. Rising energy bills and soaring food prices have placed a heavy burden on older individuals, many of whom live on fixed incomes. Age UK Lambeth is committed to ensuring no older person in our community is left behind during the holiday season.

‘Older Londoners are 50% more likely to experience food insecurity than the rest of England. Additionally, 58% of people in fuel poverty in London are over 60 (Age UK London, 2022).

This year's campaign is dedicated to addressing the profound challenges faced by older adults in our community due to the ever-increasing cost of living by asking people to replace those unwanted and forgettable presents with something that matters most: support for older adults in our community who need it. The funds collected will go towards essential services, including:

Winter Warm Hubs: With winter approaching, many older people will struggle to stay warm in their homes. Age UK Lambeth will provide a winter warm hub where they can come and stay warm, get a meal, and make friends

Energy & Money Support: Age UK Lambeth will offer advice and support to help people with their energy bills, benefits, and other essential issues that older people often face during the winter months.

Friendship Services: Loneliness and isolation are significant issues for older individuals, especially during the holidays. The campaign will fund our MYneighbour and MYsocial services to ensure the most isolated older people have someone to talk to and share the joy of the season with.

"Christmas is a time for joy and togetherness, but for many older adults in Lambeth, it can be a time of great hardship. The cost of living crisis has left them struggling to make ends meet, and we believe that no one should have to face these challenges alone," said Paul Coles, CEO of Age UK Lambeth

How it works:

Set up your Just Giving page which will connect directly to their Christmas campaign

Share the link with family and friends and ask that they donate there instead of buying you a Christmas present this year

Watch as you raise life-changing money for older people in Lambeth

Direct donations can also be made to our Christmas campaign through our website, by calling 07749 850058 or by emailing

They are also looking for volunteers to participate in their MY ho ho ho campaign. They are asking local volunteers to cook and deliver an extra Christmas meal for an older person in Lambeth. For more information please visit our website

For more information about Age UK Lambeth's Christmas fundraising campaign and how you can get involved, please visit or contact James on 07749 850058 or email

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Delicious Christmas Stocking Fillers from Bonne Maman

Bonne Maman Delicious Spreads make a lovely Christmas stocking filler. Made with simple ingredients and containing no palm oil, these jars are perfect for foodies this Christmas.

Pop a prettily wrapped jar of the new Bonne Maman Chocolate & Orange Spread into a Christmas stocking to give a gift of joy and indulgence. Rich and smooth, Chocolate & Orange Spread is made with 39% crushed oranges and orange zest stirred into melted dark chocolate. 

A zesty and cocoa flavour combination to add to the Christmas spirit… especially when topped on a buttery shortbread biscuit!

For the Chocolate Spread lovers, Bonne Maman award-winning Hazelnut Chocolate Spread is a deliciously festive treat to add to a stocking. It also makes a lovely Christmas gift when presented with a box of homemade Thumbprint Shortcakes, just neatly stack them up and tie with a ribbon.

New Caramelised Apple Spread also makes a delightful stocking addition with the flavours and aromas that fit perfectly during the cosy Christmas season. Made with 80% apple plus butter, giving a rich and buttery texture - delicious spread on a toasted brioche on Christmas morning.

Vegan Society has launched first Vegan Trademarked Christmas Hamper

The Vegan Society has announced the launch of their first Vegan Trademarked hamper, full of festive vegan treats. 

In partnership with The Goodness Project, The Vegan Society has launched a Christmas Hamper featuring a selection of festive treats, all registered with the society’s Vegan Trademark. 

The hamper showcases a thoughtfully abd carefully curated selection of vegan goodies, including Italian sparkling wine, vegan fudge, cookies, and more. This exciting collaboration brings together two organizations committed to ethical living and quality products. 

A sustainable and ethical Christmas treat 

With each product in the hamper proudly bearing The Vegan Society’s internationally recognised Vegan Trademark, consumers can purchase with absolute confidence, knowing the entire hamper includes no animal ingredients and that there was no animal testing.  

Also committed to high ethical standards and preserving the planet, The Goodness Project’s values align with The Vegan Society’s. Not only have The Goodness Project packaged the festive hamper in recyclable materials, but they have also committed to planting a tree for every Vegan Society Christmas Hamper that you purchase, contributing to a greener and more sustainable future for our planet. 

A brilliant gift for all 

Expressing the society’s excitement about the launch of their hamper, Client Relations Manager at The Vegan Society, Gabriela Chalkia, commented: “We’re absolutely thrilled and really excited to be launching our first hamper, which is chock full of fabulous Vegan Trademarked treats. This hamper absolutely perfect for the festive season; featuring a wide selection of goodies, there's literally something for everyone and we believe this will make a brilliant gift for vegans and also non-vegans alike!  

"It’s been really fantastic to work with The Goodness Project and a joy to see so many of our Trademarked clients featured in this beautiful Christmas Hamper. There will be some familiar brands, but also some perhaps lesser-known brands which is a great opportunity for people to try something new and different and it really showcases the variety in vegan options we now have." 

What’s inside? 

The hamper includes a delightful assortment of vegan treats and goodies that have been carefully chosen for their taste and quality. Featuring:  

Prodolce Italian Sparkling Wine 750ml: A delightful and elegant choice for your holiday celebrations. 

Whitakers Orange Cream 150g: Indulge in the creamy goodness of this exquisite vegan treat. 

Mrs Tilly’s Vegan Fudge 150g: Satisfy your sweet tooth with this delectable vegan fudge. 

Brown Bag Crisp Lightly Salted 40g: Enjoy the perfect balance of crispiness and flavour in every bite. 

Nibble Cheeky Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough 36g: Experience the joy of cookie dough in a convenient, vegan-friendly package. 

LoveRaw Nutty Choc Balls 28g: A burst of nutty and chocolatey goodness that's perfect for snacking. 

Brave Cookies and Cream Chickpeas 35g: An innovative sweet and savoury treat that will tantalize your taste buds. 

Mr Organic Grissini Breadsticks 150g: A crunchy and flavourful accompaniment to your holiday meals. 

The Vegan Society Christmas Hamper is available to purchase now through The Goodness Project.

And there's good news for members of The Vegan Society, because you will receive a 10% discount on your first order from The Goodness Project as part of your membership benefits. If you are a vegan and you aren't already a member, join up today! Or who not gift a membership to a vegan family member or friend?  


The Vegan Society is the world’s oldest vegan society whose co-founder Donald Watson defined the term ‘vegan’ in 1944. They are a registered educational charity that provides information and guidance on various aspects of veganism, including to existing and potential vegans, caterers, healthcare professionals, educators and the media. Their product registration scheme, the Vegan Trademark, is widely recognised as the global standard for vegan products, ensuring that products are free from animal ingredients and animal testing. 

The Goodness Project is dedicated to offering a curated selection of ethical, sustainable and vegan products. With a commitment to quality and compassion, The Goodness Project is a trusted partner in bringing you The Vegan Society Christmas Hamper. 

Thursday 9 November 2023

Fever-Tree's New Cocktail Mixers: The Ultimate Hosting Hack for Festive Fun!

Get ready to boost your festive hosting game with Fever-Tree's innovative cocktail mixers, new for Christmas 2023! 

In a year where approximately 64% of consumers are enjoying cocktails at home, busy hosts can now have it all. Serving Mojitos, Margaritas, and Espresso Martinis has never been easier, ensuring your gatherings are filled with festive cheer without the hassle of complicated ingredients and kitchen clutter. 

The line-up: 

1. Fever-Tree Classic Mojito Mixer: Fresh Mexican Limes meet Moroccan Mint for a zesty, refreshing twist. Just add rum and ice, stir, and craft a mojito masterpiece.  

Did you know? Mojito was named the number one At-Home Cocktail (CGA Mixed Drinks Report Q3 2021). 

2. Fever-Tree Classic Margarita Mixer: Packed with fresh Mexican limes, sweet Italian Blood Orange, and a hint of sea salt. Add tequila, shake or stir, and savour an authentic margarita.  

Fun fact: Margarita is the most Googled cocktail in the UK! (mgn Events data 2023). 

3. Fever-Tree Espresso Martini Mixer: Indonesian Coffee extracts blended with vanilla for a rich, smooth delight. Shake with vodka over ice and indulge in the UK's favourite cocktail (as named at the Cocktail Awards). 

Available now at your nearest Tesco, Sainsbury's, Waitrose, and online at Ocado, all for just £4.50. 

When it comes to mixers, Fever-Tree is renowned for using the finest naturally sourced ingredients from around the world and no artificial sweeteners.  

These delicious cocktail mixers are perfect for any features on parties, hosting, easy festive cheats, and drinks round-ups.

Doggy favourite Peamutt Butter launches the perfect festive gift for 2023

Peamutt Butter is launching the ulti-mutt Christmas gift pack for your fur baby this 2023 festive season – available exclusively in Sainsbury’s.

To say, “Yappy Christmas,” Peamutt Butter has launched the perfect treat-and-toy combo that promises to keep your pooch entertained this Christmas.

The gift box includes a specially designed ‘snow scene’ winter jar of Peamutt Butter (340g) that sits alongside a festive red treat dispenser. The toy is designed to be stuffed or smothered in Peamutt Butter.

Peamutt Butter is a delicious and affordable high protein treat for your pampered dog, a tasty snack for your four-legged friend, and contains heart-healthy fats, vitamin B, niacin and vitamin E.

Lace your Christmas Kong with Peamutt Butter and keep your dog entertained for hours – with lots of nooks and crannies to get stuck into it is perfect present for dogs that love to chew and play.

Available exclusively this Christmas in Sainsbury’s stores, the Christmas gift pack will be available for purchase nationwide from October 2023, MRRP: £8.00 while stocks last.

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Looking for the perfect stocking filler? Peamutt Butter will also be issuing a festive labelled jar for the holiday season. The Winter label will feature loveable brand mascot Peamutt sledging into Christmas.

The Peamutt Butter (340g Jar) will be available across all stockists, including Morrisons, Pets at Home, ASDA, Tesco, Sainsburys, Morrison’s, The Range, Amazon, Jollyes and a host of independent retailers priced from around £2.50.

Peamutt Butter can be used for doggy home bakes, such as biscuits, pancakes and cakes for Christmas. It is also the perfect incentive treat for agility or puppy training classes.

Duerr’s Manchester, established in 1881, is a family business barking mad about the health and happiness of dogs.

Famed nationwide for its delicious household jams and marmalades, Duerr’s is the biggest producer of peanut butter in the entire UK. Peamutt Butter was crafted by this family of dog lovers to ensure everyone in the family can enjoy the joys of the nutty treat.

For more information, Peamutt Butter recipes and stockists head to or follow them on Instagram @peamuttbutteruk.

Just in time for Christmas! Thatchers Announce Apple and Blackcurrant Cider - a Juicy Addition to Their Cider Range

Just in time for Christmas, Thatchers Cider has introduced a delicious new Apple and Blackcurrant flavour to their range of ciders.

A rich, refreshingly fruity cider, created with the sweetest dessert apples, a fresh berry aroma and bold natural blackcurrant flavour, welcome Thatchers Apple and Blackcurrant Cider.

New from the Somerset cider maker, this latest addition to their award-winning range has an ABV of 4% and is available in both 440ml and 330ml can packs, as well as single 500ml glass bottles.

Joining Thatchers best-selling Blood Orange, Cloudy Lemon and Rosé in their fruit range; Gold, Haze, Vintage and Katy in their apple cider selection, Thatchers Apple and Blackcurrant is crafted at Myrtle Farm in Somerset by their fourth-generation cider making family.

Fourth generation cider maker, Martin Thatcher says, “We know this is a flavour style that is sought after by British cider lovers, so we've worked hard to give it a Thatchers twist that will help it stand out!”

Thatchers Apple and Blackcurrant is currently available in selected branches of Tesco, Budgens, Londis and Premier stores across the UK, as well as online from Look out for further stockists early next year.

Thatchers Apple and Blackcurrant is made with dessert apples including Fuji and Gala, with natural blackcurrant flavour to give a delicious and rich fruity character, featuring the provenance and refreshing quality that drinkers love from Thatchers.

Thatchers Apple and Blackcurrant cider has a recommended retail selling price of £5.89 for a 4x440ml can pack, £2.25 for a 500ml glass bottle, and £12.00 for a pack of 10x330ml cans.

Have Yourself a Merry Local Christmas: Discover Delicious Food, Drink & Gifts at Hampshire Fare's Christmas Chalet

Hampshire Fare, the county food, drink and craft group, is running its popular 'Shop Local' Chalet from Monday 4th to Thursday, 21st December, at Winchester Cathedral's Christmas Market. 

The Hampshire Fare Chalet showcases a continually changing choice of quality local produce, perfect for Christmas feasting and gifting, while providing artisan producers with the opportunity to have a presence at one of the best Christmas markets in the country.

Natasha Dochniak, Commercial Manager, Hampshire Fare, says: “The Hampshire Fare Christmas Chalet is a really great example of what Hampshire Fare does, by providing support and opportunities for food, drink and craft producers to grow their businesses. Many of our producers return to the Hampshire Fare Chalet year on year, while others, encouraged by the success of a one-day pop-up, have gone on to run their own stalls at the Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market.”

The Hampshire Fare Chalet has a rota of 19 different local producers popping up and taking over the Chalet for one day. A wide range of local produce includes ales, alpaca coats, apple liqueurs, cheese souffles, cider, coffees, fudge, gins, meads, non-alcoholic cocktails, rums, smoked trout fillets and pâtés, and Hampshire sparkling wine, of course. Producers come from across the county, including Andover, Basingstoke, Bordon, Meon Valley, New Forest, Petersfield, Portsmouth, Southampton, Test Valley and Winchester.

Natasha continues: “The Hampshire Fare Chalet is very popular with visitors as buying food and gifts that have been made locally is part of the Christmas Market experience. At Hampshire Fare we have seen a growing interest in conscious consumerism, and local produce is increasingly sought out as one of the greenest and most sustainable options. By shopping local at the Hampshire Fare Christmas Chalet, visitors are also helping to support local businesses and communities, and making a difference while enjoying a wonderful seasonal experience at Winchester Cathedral's Christmas Market.”

The Hampshire Fare Christmas Chalet for 2023 includes exciting new members and returning favourites:

Monday 4th December:

Watership Alpacas, Thruxton: alpaca wool coats

Tuesday 5th December:

Portsmouth Distillery: award-winning rum and gin

Wednesday 6th December:

Growling Gibbon, Hursley: craft beer

Thursday 7th December:

Blackmoor Estate, Selborne: Gospel Green sparkling cider

Friday 8th December:

River Coffee, Winchester: speciality coffee

Saturday 9th December:

Longdog Brewery, Basingstoke: handcrafted real ales

Sunday 10th December:

Fordingbridge Fudge, New Forest: homemade all-butter fudge

Monday 11th December:

Red Fox Cheese Souffles, Broughton: souffles to bake at home

Tuesday 12th December:

Hogmoor Distillery, Bordon: small batch gin and rum

Wednesday 13th December:

Forest Edge Roasting, New Forest: locally roasted coffee

Thursday 14th December:

The Flower Pots Brewery, Cheriton: cask ales and beers

Friday 15th December:

Hambledon Vineyard, Hambledon: fine English fizz

Saturday 16th December:

ChalkStream, Romsey: fresh and smoked trout

Sunday 17th December:

Gorilla Spirits, Upton Grey: award-winning craft spirits

Monday 18th December:

Kimpton Apple Press, Kimpton, near Andover: apple liqueur

Tuesday 19th December:

Big Hand Little Hand, Southampton: ethically sourced coffee

Wednesday 20th December:

Mavrik Drinks, Winchester: non-alcoholic cocktails

Thursday 21st December:

Butler Country Estates, Winchester: smoked trout fillets, pâtés and gravadlax

You will find the Hampshire Fare Christmas Chalet at No59, Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market. To find out more about shopping local visit

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Tuesday 7 November 2023

Fill their stockings with Readly magazines this Christmas: an affordable gift all the family will use!

With the Christmas countdown on, it’s time to choose a gift that really does go the extra mile and will be used well beyond the festive season.  

A subscription to Readly, the digital magazine and newspaper app, is the perfect choice this Christmas. It’s guaranteed to inspire and entertain loved ones, environmentally friendly and kind on purse strings too. Win, win!

With a Readly subscription, you can browse and read 7,500  digital magazines and newspapers whenever you wish. Plus the subscription also includes regional newspapers, podcasts and a portfolio of Disney comics and magazines.  There’s something for all the family wrapped up in one app to read on your tablet or mobile wherever you may be. 

Whether you’re into interior design, travel, Pilates, tech, music, fashion, sport or gardening or enjoy reading business features, news or researching recipes, DIY tricks or looking for something to entertain the kids this Christmas, there’s a title for every occasion - all the latest issues and back issues too!

If you want to curl up on the sofa or read in a snowy log cabin or whilst travelling, you can download up to 500 titles and read in the offline mode too. 

And as Readly gives five profiles per household, the whole family can be entertained and inspired with the subscription. It’s unlimited reading of all your favourite titles and many more in a climate-friendly way,  wherever you may be!

Five reasons why Readly should be on every list this Christmas:

Inspire a new hobby: Support family and friends to fulfil their dreams and support a hobby or read about a new travel destination with the huge range of titles available! Whether mainstream lifestyle or niche, there’s a title for you.

Easy reading at home or on the go: as Readly can be read anywhere, anytime, friends and family can use their gift when travelling, cooking, sitting on the sofa, working out, commuting or in the garden. It’s perfect for every occasion!

With newspapers and podcasts as well as magazines - Readly has so many of the leading national, international and regional newspapers as well as magazines to read. Or tune in to listen to a podcast, it’s all there.

A sustainable way to read - Reading a digital magazine on Readly results in 86 per cent lower greenhouse gas emissions than reading the printed equivalent. 

You can read too!- a Readly subscription gives users five profiles per household so if you’re lucky enough to live with the person you’re giving the gift to, you can read too!

A subscription is just £9.99 a month and there is a range of Christmas GiftCards available for 3, 6 and 12 months, starting at £28.47. Visit for more information.

Tired eyes, baby's skin, teeth care? Some really practical Christmas presents

TheraTears Screen Eyes. TheraTears have launched TheraTears Screen Eyes, a first-of-its-kind product developed to treat computer and gaming eye strain. This innovative “one-stop drop” refreshes and hydrates dry, red or irritated eyes. 

Developed with clinical experts, TheraTears® Screen Eyes contains naturally derived ingredients including hyaluronic acid 0.1% to provide a lasting soothing effect by replenishing eye moisture, as well as Euphrasia, a natural plant extract that whitens eyes.

Did you know eye strain is the no.1 health complaint of gamers and computer users? So why not gift your gamer computer using friend or child some sweet relief this Christmas? Available at Boots, £5.99

Sudocrem Naturals – For those eco mammas out there, Sudocrem Naturals Nappy Cream formulation is 96% naturally derived, dermatologically tested with no synthetic fragrances or artificial colours, and suitable for normal, sensitive, and dry skin. It also comes in a recyclable, PICEA™ wood tube made from 95% renewable resources (recycled wood shavings) so it’s as good on the outside as it is on the inside! Available at Boots, £5.99.

Mum&You 100% Biodegradable wipes - Baby Wipes are a genuine parenting must, whether it is changing a nappy or wiping up a spill, they are always great to have on hand wherever you and little one go. 

With Mum&You’s 100% Biodegradable Baby wipes you can wipe with confidence knowing you are using wipes that don’t wipe out the planet! Available in Tesco,

DenTek’s Eco Flosser range - DenTek are using a bio-resin made from sugar cane plants to manufacture their Eco Cross Flosser, Triple Clean and Triple Clean floss pick products. Using this renewable material reduces carbon emissions by up to 80% when compared to plastic creation, and all outer packaging across the eco range is 100% recyclable. Available at Boots, Varying prices dependant on product. 

The world of self-care has taught us to take time and focus on our wellbeing. While this includes many aspects of our physical, emotional and mental health, one area that's often easily overlooked is eye care. And yet it impacts on all those other areas of life, from work and recreation to a good night’s sleep and our self-confidence. 

Wake up with refreshed and restored eyes with TheraTears® Dry Or Tired Overnight Restore eye drops. Using advanced cross-linked hyaluronic acid technology, they repair, restore and protect your eye’s surface while you sleep. TheraTears® Dry Or Tired Overnight Restore eye drops work through the night to restore any lost moisture to your eyes. With this one-stop drop, you can start each day feeling bright-eyed and bushy tailed. Available in Boots, £10.99.