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  • 17 Jun 2024

    Padstow Vodka

    Coastal spirit. Padstow Distilling, the Cornish spirits brand known for its small-batch approach and foraged and farmed ingredients, has re-released its vodka. Padstow Vodka is distilled from barley grown in the fields just above the beach at St George’s, just a mile away from the distillery. This is a smooth sipping vodka and has won...

  • 14 Jun 2024

    Celebrate Father’s Day with the Perfect Pairing

    Apothic Red and a BBQ! This Father’s Day the weather could be good enough for a summer BBQ. If it’s not, then a heaping platter of roast beef could be in order. Both would be complemented by a bottle of rich Apothic Red Winemaker’s Blend. We are all feeling the pinch these days, but we...

  • 13 Jun 2024

    Boutique-y Whisky for Dad

    You’ll be the Favourite. Come on! Use some imagination. Dad deserves more than socks or chocs for Father’s Day. Present him with That Boutique-y Whisky Company Deer-Licious Tasting set and get a year’s worth of sibling rivalry bragging rights. That Boutique-y Whisky Company is an award-winning independent bottler of whiskies from around the world. They...

  • 12 Jun 2024

    Choose Continental for National Picnic Day With European Cheeses

    International Picnic Day. Food often tastes better when eaten in the sunshine and International Picnic Day on Tuesday 18th June is the perfect opportunity to put together some delicious European alfresco snacks.  If you are looking for inspiration for your summer snacking, below are a few tips for the perfect picnic so you’re all set for 18th...

  • 12 Jun 2024

    Trivento Argentina Reserve Malbec 2022

    Versatile Red. The name Trivento is derived from the names of the three local winds: polar, zonda and sudestada. They have helped to create the ideal conditions for the production of this Trivento Argentina Reserve Malbec 2022 and other polished wines from the respected Trivento stable. Mendoza’s high-altitude vineyards in the foothills of the Andes...

  • 10 Jun 2024

    The Grey Horse Kingston

    Marvellously messy BBQ. It seems to me that there are only a few good eating opportunities in Kingston, but The Grey Horse, a Smok’d BBQ Pub, is a cut above, and well worth a look. The Grey Horse has all the elements of a traditional pub but with a contemporary twist. It has great cocktails...

  • 10 Jun 2024

    Two Strangers (Carry a Cake Across New York)

    Tim Johanson Productions, Glass Half Full Productions and Jamie Wilson Productions present. ​  Sam Tutty and Dujonna Gift in Two Strangers (Carry a Cake Across New York) Photo by Tristram Kenton •        NEW BRITISH MUSICAL TWO STRANGERS (CARRY A CAKE ACROSS NEW YORK) WILL EXTEND AT THE CRITERON THEATRE UNTIL 31 AUGUST 2024.​ •        STARRING...

  • 07 Jun 2024

    Hidden Covent Garden Pizza

    Doughnation Thin Crust. A new pizza destination called Doughnation has just arrived at 3 Henrietta Street in bustling Covent Garden. It occupies the ground floor of this historic townhouse where Gentlemen Baristas could once be found, and there is terrace on the piazza, too. 3 Henrietta Street is a five-storey building in the heart of...

  • 06 Jun 2024

    TOVARITCH! Vodka

    The Friendly Spirit. Despite its Russian name, TOVARITCH! is made from 100% European wheat and is bottled in Latvia, part of the EU. The name means ‘friend’ and we all appreciate those. Although this vodka was originally made in Russia, in response to the war against Ukraine the company’s Swiss owners have moved production to...

  • 04 Jun 2024

    White Miso from Japan Centre.

    Savoury Shiro Miso. We have been enjoying Japanese food in restaurants for years and now we have easy access to online ingredients from Japan Centre. Miso is an iconic food, and its delicious umami enhances so many dishes both European and Japanese. But what is Miso? It is a nutrient-rich, flavourful and versatile paste and...

  • 03 Jun 2024

    Ole & Steen

    Danish for Fine Bread. Oh, the joy of finding a first-class bakery without needing to search for a passport. Ole & Steen is a favourite. One can wax lyrical about French bakeries but this Danish bakery, in my opinion, is a cut above. Ole & Steen have a remarkable collection of breads and rolls as...

  • 03 Jun 2024

    SodaStream ART™

    Add some Sparkle. We know we should drink plenty of water, but it isn’t something we crave. But a glass of something effervescent is so much more tempting than a glass of plain water. SodaStream ART™ offers sparkling water in beautiful fashion. SodaStream ART™ is part of the celebrated SodaStream range which has been gracing...

  • 31 May 2024

    Trivento Reserve Malbec Rosé 2023

    Summer Blush! It’s getting there! Summer is on the way and with that comes the prospect of al fresco entertaining. We look for wines with crowd appeal and beautiful impact in the glass. Trivento Reserve Malbec Rosé 2023 ticks the boxes. This pale blush-pink wine is crisp and refreshing. It’s perfect as an aperitif alongside...

  • 30 May 2024

    Elevate Father’s Day with SUAVE Tequila

     The Ultimate Gift. This Father’s Day, honour the remarkable man in your life with SUAVE Tequila,  one of the finest spirits around, exuding sophistication and distinction. The sustainable, additive-free, luxury brand is, as the name suggests, a suave, ultra-premium range of sipping tequilas. This collection of spirits is a testament to the time-honoured tradition of...

  • 29 May 2024

    My National Gallery from 4th June 2024

    Coming to Cinemas Nationwide.  The National Gallery is full of famous artworks, an endless resource of history, an endless source of stories. But whose stories are told? Which art has the most impact and on whom?   Telling the story of one of the world’s greatest art galleries in a new light, MY NATIONAL GALLERY, LONDON...

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