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Four Fantastic Food Bloggers to follow: September 2020

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Four Fantastic Food Bloggers to follow: September 2020

The Home Counties is home to some of the finest places to eat in the UK. It is also home to some of the best up-and-coming food bloggers who are pushing food envy to new levels. 2020 has been a unique year and if there is one thing that we as a nation have done right this year, it would be appreciating good food.

We have handpicked four fabulous food bloggers who are worth following. From amazing recipes to insider knowledge of the finest places to dine, these foodies need to be on your feed.

Jess | Food Travel Fitness @girlwhobrunches

Girl Who Brunches – instagram.com/girlwhobrunches/

1. What’s your favourite place to eat?

Locally, @Lussmanns – has the most amazing and sustainable fish menu. For all things sweet, it has to be @thepuddingstop.

2. Favourite meal/type of food?

Thai or Italian – you can’t beat freshly made pasta or Neapolitan style pizza.

3. Favourite drink?

Chai latte (I’m a minority in the fact that I don’t really like coffee). Alcoholic – amaretto sour.

4. Most recent/ favourite recipe book bought?

Ottolenghi Simple – a lockdown purchase. really easy but tasty Middle Eastern recipes. Everything I’ve made from this book so far has been a winner.

5. Which food blogger would you recommend following?

For cooking inspiration as well as restaurants – @mybossbuysmelunch – Lori has really smashed these two types of content over lockdown and has inspired me.

St Albans Foodie | nibblesanddribblesstalbans

Nibbles and Dribbles St Albans – instagram.com/nibblesanddribblesstalbans

1. What’s your favourite place to eat?

We are completely spoilt for choice in St Albans, which is exactly why I do what I do, so I find this a really tough question! I think my absolute favourite is Dylan’s on George Street, especially for a roast dinner but their small plates are all beautifully put together and make for a really special meal.

Their sister pub ‘The Plough’ has a great vibe in the summer, especially with their pop-ups. Another favourite is The Bishop’s Cave. The selection of cheese and charcuterie is just amazing and the wines are also great. Staff there are so knowledgable if you ever have a problem ordering; I’ve always had a great night when I’ve been there.

2. Favourite meal/type of food?

I get asked this question a lot and I find it so difficult to answer. I decide one thing and then feel as though I am cheating on another! I don’t think I could live without Italian food however food with Asian influences are definitely one of my favourites. Vietnamese food has a very special place in my heart and I am so grateful that St Albans has Anne from ‘Taste Of Vietnam’ cooking up authentic Vietnamese treats each week! You also can’t beat a good old Sunday Roast!

3. Favourite drink?

Espresso martini. No question! Although I’m partial to a J2O in a pint glass, topped up with lemonade – so refreshing!

4. Most recent/ favourite recipe book bought?

The most recent cookery book I have bought was the Hertfordshire cookbook, of course! I absolutely love that lots of my local favourites have been featured in this. It’s really nice to be able to try and cook up some of my favourites at home!. Next on my list if the fish cake from Lussmanns!

5. Which food blogger would you recommend following?

I love these two accounts: @reenee_eats and @hitchinfoodie both of them have a lovely mix of meals out and their own home-cooked food. They’re both so talented and they capture their dishes beautifully, I could scroll their feeds for hours!

Berks & Bite : Addicted to doughtnuts

Berk & Bite – instagram.com/berkandbite

1. My most favourite place to eat ever is Bar Iberico in Nottingham.

Down south I love Clay’s in Reading – they’re not open now due to Covid but launched a nationwide curry postal service!

2. Favourite meal/type of food?

I absolutely love Mexican food or Spanish tapas. I think I really love that style of eating where you get everything in the middle and share. Plus I’m super indecisive so it means I get to try lots of things from the menu. I’m also absolutely addicted to doughnuts and am making it my mission to try them from doughnut shops all over the UK.

3. Favourite drink?

Coffee. Without a doubt, great coffee is my absolute favourite. I also love an espresso martini when I go out.

4. Most recent/ favourite recipe book bought?

The most recent book is Flavour by Ottolenghi which is an entirely vegetarian cookbook. Ottolenghi is one of my most recent favourite chefs – his recipes are from the Middle East and are so tasty.

5. Which food blogger would you recommend following?

I recommend following @hellocuppies. She is a food blogger and Baker. She posts amazing recipes and recently opened her own cake cafe!

Bucks Foodie - Eating my way through independents / small chains

Bucks Foodie – instagram.com/bucksfoodie

1. What’s your favourite place to eat?

My favourite place to eat has got to be @bluegrassbbq I love their breakfasts just as much as their main menu. It’s one of those places that I’ve never been disappointed at & the food is ALWAYS delishhh!

2. Favourite meal/type of food?

My favourite meal is probably homemade sweet & sour chicken with egg fried rice. My dad taught me how to make sweet & sour sauce when I was about 14 & it’s been a big favourite ever since. I love Chinese food in general. It is such a comfort food to me, when I’m sad, when I’m celebrating, when I’m hungover 🤣 there’s also SO much choice – what’s not to love!!

3. Favourite drink?

If we’re talking alcoholic I love a Cosmopolitan – Carrie Bradshaw is, and always will be, my idol! Otherwise, a classic cup of tea is my go-to drink – all day every day.

4. Most recent/ favourite recipe book bought?

Jamie Oliver’s 5 Ingredients: Quick & Easy Food! It is an amazing book & perfect if you’re on a budget, or fancy something easy. I’ve used the recipes for date nights and dinner parties, they always go down a treat!

5. Which food blogger would you recommend following?

@litestyle_choices & @a_foodie_eats are two of my personal favourites. They both post great recipes that are healthy & look delicious, as well as showcase what Buckinghamshire really has to offer in the foodie scene!


Four Fantastic Food Bloggers to follow

Each and every month, we will be featuring four new food bloggers to follow. If you are a food blogger and would like to be featured. follow us on Instagram and drop us a DM.

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Leighton Buzzard businesses launch Fiver Fest deals this June

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Fiver Fest hits Leighton Buzzard

Local businesses in Leighton Buzzard are getting behind the fifth annual Fiver Fest initiative launched by Totally Local. With normality returning to Bedfordshire high streets and market towns, it is exciting to see more people visiting local shops and restaurants that were hit hard during the lockdown.

Totally Locally, a grassroots voluntary community organisation run by Edwina Osborne that promotes and supports independent local businesses and community events. The overall goal is to make Leighton Buzzard even more vibrant and welcoming to locals and visitors from outside the town. There are a lot of great businesses in Leighton Buzzard and by bringing them together for Fiver Fest, they can help promote what’s happening in Leighton Buzzard to a wider audience.

Five Fest Board

What is Fiver Fest?

Fiver Fest is a huge national celebration of Britain’s fantastic small businesses and shops, many run by families or individuals, but ALL contributing massively to the economy of the UK and the wellbeing of our towns.  Towns and High Streets taking part put on special £5 offers for either one week, sometimes two weeks, to show the diversity and value of what they sell, and to say thank you to the communities that support them.

Businesses getting behind Fiver Fest Leighton Buzzard

Below are just a selection of the offers available from the independent businesses in Leighton Buzzard during Fiver Fest.

  • Nature’s Harvest – A selection of best selling health foods at 3 for £5
  • Mimic Gifts – Two classic bath bombs for £5
  • Ali’s Paper – Hand-marbled bookmarks with free personalisation for £5

You can review of the full list of 90+ offers from Leighton Buzzard independent businesses here.

Fiver Fest hits Leighton Buzzard this week

About Totally Locally

TOTALLY LOCALLY is a grassroots voluntary community organisation that promotes and supports independent local businesses and community events making our town even more vibrant and welcoming. We are doers and brimming with ideas. We operate by the rule of ‘get it done’ and ‘be positive’.

Keep informed about Totally Locally Leighton Buzzard on Facebook, Twitter and also on Instagram.

WATCH OUT FOR FIVER FEST RETURNING IN JUNE 2021! Keep following social media for list of businesses taking part and available offers!

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The Swan Salford & Black Horse Woburn open with new Spring menus

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The Swan Salford, The Swan is an attractive Edwardian pub in a lovely village setting, just 10 minutes from central Milton Keynes and just 1 mile from junction 13 of the M1.

If, after months of being inside, you’re planning to make a beeline to your local pub garden when they re-open, here are two fantastic options you won’t want to miss to sit outside and embrace the joys of Spring!

The Swan at Salford near Milton Keynes and its sister pub The Black Horse in Woburn have both now re-opened, offering a warm welcome to anyone who visits and the chance to raise a glass and celebrate being back at the pub.

Both pubs are back with plenty of the good stuff, with new menus for Spring and lots of new arrivals on the drinks list.  Both are celebrating great British produce, from grass-fed beef and free-range pork and chicken to fish and top quality British cheeses. Cellars are well-stocked with real ales and the wine is chilling.

The Swan Salford, The Swan is an attractive Edwardian pub in a lovely village setting, just 10 minutes from central Milton Keynes and just 1 mile from junction 13 of the M1.

The Swan in Salford

The Swan is a great gastropub with a gorgeous garden in a lovely  village setting just minutes from Milton Keynes.  Its sunny terrace is a great place to sit back and relax as is its big garden. Here, you’ll find beautiful new round tables that seat six comfortably, perfect for an alfresco lunch or supper.

In front of the pub is a spacious stretch tent with plenty of spots for sitting and enjoying morning coffee or a sundowner, with stylish wooden tables and rattan chairs piled with comfy cushions and fleecy throws.  At night it glows under warm white festoon lights with lanterns and wood-burning chimineas making an ideal setting for a candle-lit dinner.

Right in the middle of the pretty village of Woburn is The Black Horse.  Behind its eighteenth century terraced frontage lies a secluded courtyard garden that’s an excellent sun-trap.  It has comfy chairs and tables under cover of giant umbrellas, with new lighting and heating for cooler evenings.

Both pubs are welcoming groups of up to six people from any number of households or groups of two households, for good food and drink and great hospitality. So whether it’s a midweek lunch with friends, a family roast or a gathering to mark a special occasion, book a table today.

Delicious food is being served all day, from breakfast to dinner and everything in between.  There are deli plates for sharing, seasonal main course dishes and a good choice of vegetarian and vegan options.

It’s easy to order either from the pubs’ friendly teams or by using your mobile.  Pick up a card when you arrive and you’ll be just a few clicks away from something tasty to eat or refreshing to drink.  And if you want it to go, you can also pick up your evening Supper or Sunday roast.

Peach Partner Frazer Sutherland who looks after the pubs says, “It was a long time coming but the great day when we could at last welcome people back finally came, and what a day it was,” says Peach Partner Frazer Sutherland. “The changes we have made at the pubs mean we can do just that and do it really well, whatever the weather. We’ve created the ideal setting for people to celebrate getting back together again and enjoy being back at their local.  Make sure you come and see us soon.”

The Swan playing host to #lunchNbloggers

The Swan playing host to #lunchNbloggers

Both pubs are now taking bookings outdoors for groups of up to six, or up to two households and are open Monday to Sunday from 12pm to 11pm.  The Swan serves food Monday to Saturday from 12pm to 9pm and on Sunday from 12pm to 8pm, while The Black Horse’s kitchen is open Monday to Saturday from 12pm to 8.45pm and on Sunday from 12pm to 8pm.

You can also enjoy some of your favourite dishes from either pub by treating yourself to a Peach at Home box, now available nationwide.  Starters, mains, sides and puds are all masterfully prepared and ready for you to finish in your own kitchen. Just the ticket if you’re celebrating, in need of a break from cooking, looking for a gift or simply want to have our great food at home. https://www.makinglifepeachy.com/peach-at-home/

The Swan is at 2 Wavendon Road, Salford, Milton Keynes, MK17 8BD. Tel: 01908 281008.  https://www.swansalford.co.uk/ for bookings.  The Black Horse is at 1 Bedford Street, Woburn MK17 9QB. Tel: 01525 290210. https://www.blackhorsewoburn.co.uk/ for bookings.

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Ware Food Festival returns in 2021 for 7th annual event

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WARE FOOD FESTIVAL RETURNS FOR 2021

As big foodies, we are excited to share the news that Ware Food Festival is returning for it’s 7th annual event.

Popular with traders, local residents and visitors from further afield, Ware’s 7th Annual Food Festival makes a welcome return to Tudor Square on Sunday, 13th June between 11am and 3pm.

Come hungry – there will be delicious street food on offer; from the Smok’n Greek, Maud’s Ice Cream, tacos from Healey’s Kitchen, Jamie’s Cakes & Coffee, Sweetlove Burgers and The Chef’s Table will be serving their famous sausage rolls & fried chicken. Tudor Square restaurant Manolya will be open and joining us outdoors serving their delicious Turkish food.

You can carry on later by taking a picnic for home with lovely produce from Hertfordshire Honey, Azahar Spanish food, Italian cheese & charcuterie and then top it all off with pudding from local chocolatier Kate Ashman or Ell Churros. Not forgetting a tipple from local artisan gin producer, Copper in the Clouds.

To complement this mellow, family day there will be some fishy goings on from The Fairly Fresh Fish Company and great music from Lip Service Brass Band.

Members from the TrendLife #lunchNbloggers team will be in attendance sampling the best of

All traders will be Covid secure, and visitors are asked to please be mindful of social distancing regulations in place at the time.

Ware Food Festival

Tudor Square
Ware
Sunday 13th June 11am – 3pm

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