Restaurant grant programme returns for its third year, backing small, independent operators in both London and Manchester
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by Lucas Payne
2d ago
American Express-supported grant programme aims to highlight the important role independent restaurants play in their communities and provide valuable support. Small independent restaurants in London and Manchester can now apply for a share of £220,000 to help grow their business as an American Express-supported grant programme returns for a third year to the UK.  Run by the International Downtown Association (IDA) Foundation in partnership with the Association of Town & City Management (ATCM) in the UK, the global Backing International Small Restaurants programme has expanded to nine ..read more
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DISCOVER, TASTE, AND NETWORK AT IMBIBE LIVE 2024
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by Lucas Payne
3d ago
LONDON, APRIL 2024: Imbibe Live, the UK’s premier event for the drinks industry, promises to captivate and educate attendees with an array of newly curated content. Set to take place at London Olympia from Monday 1st to Tuesday 2nd of July 2024, Imbibe Live will serve as an unmissable hotspot for drinks professionals eager to enhance their craft and propel their businesses forward. This prestigious two-day event is perfectly tailored to quench the on and off trade’s thirst for knowledge, networking, and next-level trends. Imbibe Live has announced an innovative masterclass programme filled wit ..read more
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SUAVE – the world’s suavest Tequila – goes national in the UK
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by Lucas Payne
3d ago
Suave Tequila has announced the national roll-out of the brand across the UK. The sustainable, additive-free, luxury brand has signed with JBE Imports for nationwide distribution following a soft launch in London. The Suave Tequila collection being sold in the UK comprises four expressions: Suave Blanco (36.4% ABV; RRP £95) Suave Lunar (36.4% ABV; £109) Suave Reposado (36.4% ABV; £160) Suave Ultra Añejo (36.4% ABV; RRP £2000). This impeccable collection is created for sipping. The liquids are smooth, complex, full-bodied, additive-free, Kosher certified, and Butterfly Mark certified through ..read more
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TOVARITCH! advances on UK as it is named the world’s most highly awarded vodka
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by Lucas Payne
3d ago
TOVARITCH! Premium Vodka has garnered 145 industry awards, making this 100% European brand the world’s most highly awarded vodka. Now the brand is set to make advances in the UK where, until now, it’s been little known. Don’t be misled by the Russian brand name. The word ‘tovaritch’ means ‘friend’ or ‘buddy’ in Russian. The name reflects the recipe’s 200-year heritage and forms the basis of the brand’s ethos. The brand owner immediately switched to European production over two years’ ago, in February 2022, as soon as the attacks by Russia on Ukraine began so that TOVARITCH! is European through ..read more
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Desi Daru Unveils Culture Colliders Cocktail Competition
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by Lucas Payne
3d ago
Desi Daru, the award-winning vodka brand that blends the best of Indian and British ingredients, is thrilled to announce the launch of their new cocktail competition: Desi Daru Culture Colliders. This new competition aims to bring together the best bartending talent from across the UK to showcase their creativity and skill in crafting innovative cocktails, with a twist. Desi Daru Culture Colliders is more than just a competition; it’s a celebration of cultural fusion and artistic expression in mixology. Bartenders are invited to create unique cocktails using the brand’s multi award-winning Des ..read more
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50 HOSPITALITY LEADERS TAKE ON A 230KM CYCLE ACROSS NORTH DEVON’S ROLLING HILLS IN THE RETURN OF PEDALLING 2 PUBS: UK EDITION
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by Lucas Payne
3d ago
APRIL 2024: After the incredible success of the debut Pedalling 2 Pubs ride in 2023,  the epic industry bike ride and sibling fundraiser to Pedalling for Pubs, is returning for another year, having raised over £25k so far for two vital industry charities; Only A Pavement Away and the Licensed Trade Charity. This year’s Pedalling 2 Pubs team will set off in just over a month, with 50 hospitality professionals cycling 230km across the rolling hills of North Devon from the 16th – 18th May 2024, all for a fantastic cause. Pedalling 2 Pubs launched last year ..read more
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New Mezcal Showcases Michoacán’s Distinctive Terroir for UK Market Debut
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by Sam Cole
6d ago
Spirits less ordinary, Zacal, steps beyond the typical Oaxacan landscape, with a duo of mezcals designed for an intentional generation of drinkers. Zacal, a new independent mezcal brand born from the wild spirit of Michoacán, Mexico, is making its UK debut. Zacal’s two expressions, a complex Ensamble (and a delicate Manso Sahauyo are crafted from the region’s unique agave varietals and volcanic terroir, offering a fresh take on the familiar and inviting exploration of the lesser-known region.  Zacal is an artisanal mezcal launched by four friends with a passion for the spirit in part ..read more
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More than half of bar-goers actively avoid venues without inclusivity policies after experiencing discrimination
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by Sam Cole
6d ago
The UK’s biggest RTD brand in the on-trade category, VK, has announced a partnership with charity Ask For Clive, in an effort to support venues in creating welcoming spaces for LGBTQ+ customers. Founded in 2019, Ask for Clive is a charity that partners with venues to promote inclusion and to create welcoming environments for the LGBTQ+ community. The charity notably launched ‘Pub Pride’, to give venues the opportunity to celebrate Pride locally.  As part of the partnership, VK’s has commissioned research on the topic of inclusivity in venues, revealing just how important em ..read more
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2024 London Wine Competition Winners Announced
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by Sam Cole
6d ago
The results of the 2024 London Wine Competition are out. The 7th edition of the International London Wine Competition was held on March 18-19, 2024 in London. The competition which is now the world’s most relevant wine competition where wines are judged for end consumers by quality, value and package and that is known for its quality of judges is excited to share the results of the 2024 edition. CAT AMONGST THE PIGEONS FAT CAT TAWNY from Australia was awarded wine of the year. Comprising a line-up of some of the most esteemed and highly-regarded professionals in the hospitality sector, the jud ..read more
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The Burnt Chef Project’s second gala dinner proves to be a roaring success
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by Sam Cole
6d ago
More than 360 people from across the hospitality profession joined together to celebrate, recognise success and highlight the importance of mental health at The Burnt Chef Project’s second gala dinner, aptly titled, Love Hospitality, in March, raising thousands of pounds in the process.  The glamourous event which took place in London on Monday 25th March 2024, the first night of the Hotel, Restaurant and Catering Show, in partnership with Unox, brought together suppliers, operators, training and education providers and others from across the sector. Hosted by internationally renowne ..read more
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