UK’s First Beetroot Yoghurt Launched By The Collective

The UK’s fastest growing yoghurt business The Collective is launching Britain’s first ever beetroot yoghurt with a daring root vegetable limited edition.


Traditionally pre-cooked, pickled and served with salad, The Collective is providing Brits with a completely innovative way to enjoy this versatile vegetable. Its striking, deep purple colour and rich earthy flavour produces a unique yoghurt unlike anything else available on supermarket shelves in the UK.

A double layer of sharp, fruity compote made with a blend of naturally sweet beetroot juice and tangy British blackcurrants is folded through The Collective’s signature thick and creamy gourmet yoghurt.

Free from any artificial colours, flavours or preservatives, and suitable for vegetarians or those with gluten-free diets, the yoghurt is packed with live cultures and contains just 5% fat.

In 2013 The Collective created the UK’s first alcoholic yoghurt with its Raspberry & Amaretto Limited Edition.

The Collective’s new Blackcurrant & Beetroot edition is available nationwide from Waitrose, Ocado, Wholefoods, Nisa and Booths, with an RRP of £1 per 150g pot.








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Dispensary Scoops CAMRA Award For East London Pub Of The Year

The newly refurbished Dispensary Pub & Dinning Room at Aldgate East has been named CAMRA’s East London Pub of the Year, largely because of its appeal to female beer drinkers.

The Dispensary Pub & Dining Room, 19a Leman Street, London E1 8EN

The Dispensary Pub & Dining Room

With period features dating back to when it was the ‘Eastern Dispensary’ hospital for poor Eastenders in the 1870s, now updated with contemporary furnishings and subtle shades of Farrow & Ball paintwork,

The pub’s appeal endures, despite its historic links with “Jack the Ripper”.  One of the prime suspects in the unsolved serial killings was Queen Victoria’s surgeon, Sir John Williams, who practiced medicine in the building and only a few hundred yards from where most of the murders took place.

Eschewing the more usual spritzers, insipid Pinot Grigios and bland Chardonnays, The Dispensary serves real  ale and craft beers.

Glass for glass, beer is less calorific than wine, with a half pint of beer with 90 calories in a pint of compared to around 160 calories in 250ml glass of red (150 calories of white wine).

Chef David Cambridge’s new menu features carpaccio of beef “Harry’s bar” style; escalope of chicken cordon bleu  served with boulangere potatoes, homemade ground steak burger with relish and hand cut chips. Desserts include the delicious sounding Mars bar cheesecake and Coconut panna cotta chocolate shot.

For three days in October, real ale drinkers of both sexes will be able to sample an extensive array of Paulanier beers when the pub hosts to its own Oktoberfest. The Dispensary will be transformed into a Bavarian ‘bierstube’, complete with the ‘Bavarian Strollers’ oompah band and traditional German food.  Tickets are £15.

Open: Monday to Friday 11.30am – 11.00pm

The Dispensary Pub & Dining Room, 19a Leman Street, London E1 8EN

T: 020 7977 0486 Tw: @dispensarypub

ABA – Anything but Almonds: Wedding Favours at Yumbles has launched a range of different wedding favours such as handmade marshmallows & bespoke bride and groom cake pops, artisan jams, personalised biscuits and even a cake in a can  –  all selected from the UK’s best independent producers.

Food and drink marketplace decided to introduce the product category after receiving an increasing number of requests from wedding planners and brides-to-be looking for an alternative to sugared almonds and other, more traditional favours.

A stylishly designed can containing chocolate cake ingredients. You make a delicious cake in the can in 15 minutes simply by adding water £4.99

You make a delicious cake in the can in 15 minutes simply by adding water £4.99


London Bridge Open Kitchen on 24th July

Bermondsey Street and London Bridge come together at White Cube Bermondsey to present London Bridge Open Kitchen. London’s hottest restaurants including Pizarro, Constancia, Brigade, The Garrison, Tanner & Co, Aqua Shard, Hutong and Village East come together to offer diners a selection of their most popular dishes. Drinks enthusiasts will have the opportunity to check out a showcase of locally crafted beers and the ‘Bermondsey G&T’ summer gin cocktails to quench their thirst.

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Team London Bridge

Known as ‘London’s Larder’ London Bridge was the heart of the capital’s food industry for many years with its Conrans  and in recent times it has taken firm strides in recapturing this reverence.

Time & Date: 6.30pm to 9pm on the 24th July

Location: White Cube Bermondsey , 144-152 Bermondsey Street , London SE1 3TQ

Tickets: £6 entry, plates and drinks start from £4 – cash only.

Ticket price includes live entertainment and welcome summer cocktail on arrival




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#Carnaby #StreetEat One Day International Food Festival London

Carnaby Street Eat – a FREE One Day International Food Festival

Sunday 20 July, 11am – 6pm.

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  • 40 of the area’s best restaurants, bars and cafés will bring their dishes and concepts out onto the streets of Carnaby
  • £5 taster dishes and on-the-day offers
  • Over 15 global cuisines
  • A series of expert cooking demos, led by presenter and foodie Hardeep Singh Kohli
  • Live music and entertainment

International Cuisines

From Hawaiian to Indian, Italian, Japanese and pan Asian, there will be the chance to experience the sights, smells and flavours of over 15 international cuisines.


Sake & Champange with Hakata Tetsunabe Gyoza with Shoryu

Shoryu Ramen

Barbeque char siu pork belly hirata buns from Shoryu Ramen

Expect a variety of food trucks and stalls cooking up dishes, fresh in front of you.Highlights on Kingly Street will include hirata buns and gyoza from Shoryu Carnaby’s traditional yatai style street food stand and Wright Brothers Soho serving up Prosecco with smoked salmon, capers and chopped egg on toast or oysters – they’ll even show you how to shuck them.

SACRED Café will be celebrating their New Zealand heritage with mini pies and ANZAC cookies; Hawaiian grill Kua ’Aina will be serving their ‘sun in a bun’ burgers and sandwiches from their mobile ‘beach shack’ and check out the Pizza Pilgrims’ Margherita Bar, serving up authentic Margheritas with a selection of homemade flavoured oils as well as fresh rocket and basil.

The Rum Kitchen's take on a pina colada

The Rum Kitchen’s take on a pina colada

Masala Zone will be offering street food starters and Masala pot mains and at The Rum Kitchen Carnaby’s stall you can sample delights including roast pumpkin and chickpea curry, saltash fritter and jerk chicken wings. Round it off with a filter coffee from Speakeasy Espresso and Brew Bar.

Singapore Noodles at Cha Cha Moon Kingly Court StreetEat Carnaby

Singapore Noodles at Cha Cha Moon

On Ganton Street, Cha Cha Moon will be serving their sensational signature Singapore noodles and The Diner will have the Sweet Home Burger on offer –  a classic 100% USDA 5 oz cheeseburger, soft potato roll, pickle, bacon and French’s.

Cha Cha Moon

Cha Cha Moon

Head to the Newburgh Quarter for traditional French tartine from classy wine bar Antidote and Carnaby Burger Co. will be giving away free canapés and running a raffle with prizes including win a burger a day for a month.

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Whyte & Browne - craft beers and free range chicken

Whyte & Browne – craft beers and free range chicken

Visit The Urban Tea Rooms where they will be putting on a spread of perennial summer favourites including Pimms, tea cocktails and a selection of sandwiches and quiches; try a pulled chicken bap and craft beer from concept restaurant Whyte & Brown or a scone with iced tea from Camellia’s Tea House.


Made from white chocolate and then decorated by Choccywoccydoodah

Made from white chocolate and then decorated by Choccywoccydoodah

Sweet Treats

Those with a sweet tooth should get to the magical world of Choccywoccydoodah where they’ll be giving out free chocolate samples and a Kiss FM DJ will be spinning the decks, or head to Johnny Cupcakes store where you’ll find the Crumbs and Doilies market stall, selling a selection of cupcakes and copies of The Cake Book by Cupcake Jemma.

Stax at Kingly Court

Stax at Kingly Court



Stax Floats

Stax Floats

Brand new deep south American diner Stax will be showcasing their Duffin Sundaes, speciality ice creams and ice cream floats and espresso bar Mozzino will be teaming up with Katia Kitchen, who bakes authentic, artisan Italian recipes from her home town of Piedmont. They’ll be serving up her sweet treats alongside a cold press street brew of coffee.

Healthy Options

There will be plenty of healthy options from The Detox Kitchen who will serve wheatgrass shots and their best-selling salads and Triyoga’s new Retreat café. There will be proper Greek food from new Kingly Court resident The Life Goddess and real fruit and smoothie café Moosh will be offering tasters and special offers in store.

Look out for the roller skating Disco honeys and the Cirque le Soir performers; live music, a demo of detoxifying yoga poses from triyoga or just chill out in the deckchairs. Lomography will be running fish-eye camera workshops – a must for the foodie blogger.

Register on for a free event guide and entry into a prize draw to win one for five dinners for two.

@CarnabyLondon #Carnaby #StreetEat


Circus Arts Students present Hõp, at London Wonderground

Circus in the UK is going from strength to strength. The National Centre for Circus Arts was officially launched earlier this year, record funding was pledged to the Circus industry by the Arts Council in their recent announcement and more Circus is being watched than ever before.

See the stars of tomorrow from the National Centre for Circus Arts as they present their 60 minute BA Hons and Postgraduate ensemble show, Hõp, at London Wonderground.

The National Centre is the only place in the UK where it’s possible to obtain a Degree in Circus Arts and their graduates are truly outstanding – most go on to work for Cirque du Soleil, The Roundhouse and Les 7 Doigts de la Main. 


Place: London Wonderground, Southbank Centre site, SE1 8XX



‘Dairy’ Date – World Cheese Awards 2014 Will Take Place At BBC Good Food Show London

The 2014 World Cheese Awards, the largest gathering of cheeses under one roof, will take place at BBC Good Food Show, London Olympia on 14 – 16 November.

World Cheese Awards

World Cheese Awards

About 3,000 different entries will be judged by 250 experts from around the world, making this the largest and most comprehensive cheese competition offering a chance for visitors to see and taste the finest examples of cheese making skill in the world.

There will be cheese tours with BBC Radio 2’s Nigel Barden where visitors will be able to learn about cheese from across Europe and then get nuggets of information from Charlie Turnbull and John Farrand – both experts in matching cheese with beer, cider and wine.

cheese plate

Our own version of the cheese plate

 The main World Cheese Awards judging will take place on Friday, 14 November.

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