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4 In 10 Britons Say That Cost Is The Most Important Factor When Choosing A Holiday

A survey has revealed that 4 in 10 Brits consider cost to be the most important factor when choosing a holiday. Over 36% of the respondents stated that cost is their top priority. This is clearly reflected in the number of holiday price comparison websites that are now on offer, as well as the range

Bell Street Pub Celebrates Award Win With Easter Sausage Fest

A sausage created especially for Brakspear’s Bull on Bell Street has been awarded a medal in a Sausage and Pie competition, and to celebrate the pub is staging a Sausage Festival on Good Friday, offering the winning banger and other award-winning sausages to Henley residents. The Brakspear Triple Banger, made using the brewery’s Triple Ale,

L’Enclume Sous Chef Wins Roux Scholarship 2014

Tom Barnes, sous chef at Simon Rogan’s two Michelin-starred L’Enclume in Cartmel, Cumbria, has won the 2014 Roux Scholarship. He beat five other finalists who all prepared Chartreuse of quail and sweetbreads with grape sauce at the cook-off held at Westminster Kingsway College in London on April 14. Barnes, who was a finalist in last

Local Authorities To Test For Lamb Meat Substitution

The FSA has today announced an additional programme of priority testing of lamb dishes from takeaway restaurants across the UK following evidence of ongoing substitution of lamb for cheaper meats such as beef and chicken. Businesses could face prosecution if food is found to have been deliberately mislabelled. An FSA review of local authority sampling

4 In 10 Britons Say That Cost Is The Most Important Factor When Choosing A Holiday

A survey has revealed that 4 in 10 Brits consider cost to be the most important factor when choosing a holiday. Over 36% of the respondents stated that cost is their top priority. This is clearly reflected in the number of holiday price comparison websites that are now on offer, as well as the range of travel companies that specifically specialise in last minute holidays and cheap deals.
The travel industry is fiercely competitive. Travel companies across the UK go head to head in an effort to provide potential consumers with something that their competitors are not.

In order to find out what the British public really wants when it comes to their next holiday, Holiday Gems has surveyed 1,000 people to ask ‘What’s the most important factor when you’re deciding where to go on holiday?’ The results were very revealing. The top five answers include cost, weather, destination, activities and accommodation.

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Bell Street Pub Celebrates Award Win With Easter Sausage Fest

Pubs-Sausage-FestA sausage created especially for Brakspear’s Bull on Bell Street has been awarded a medal in a Sausage and Pie competition, and to celebrate the pub is staging a Sausage Festival on Good Friday, offering the winning banger and other award-winning sausages to Henley residents.

The Brakspear Triple Banger, made using the brewery’s Triple Ale, is a collaboration with Rob Chasteauneuf, head chef at the Bull on Bell Street, and award-winning Hampshire butcher Alf Turner.  It won an award at the Great Hampshire Sausage & Pie Competition for Young Butcher, Tom Morgan, who made the sausages for Alf Turner.

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L’Enclume Sous Chef Wins Roux Scholarship 2014

L Enclume-Sous-ChefTom Barnes, sous chef at Simon Rogan’s two Michelin-starred L’Enclume in Cartmel, Cumbria, has won the 2014 Roux Scholarship. He beat five other finalists who all prepared Chartreuse of quail and sweetbreads with grape sauce at the cook-off held at Westminster Kingsway College in London on April 14.

Barnes, who was a finalist in last year’s competition, battled against fellow chefs Scott Dineen from Goldman Sachs, London, (Baxterstorey); Sabrina Gidda, AIG Group, London, (Restaurant Associates); Richard Pascoe, Oulton Hall, West Yorkshire, (De Vere Hotels); David Salt, BNY Mellon, London, (Restaurant Associates); and David White, Barclays Wealth, London, (ISS).

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Local Authorities To Test For Lamb Meat Substitution

The-FSAThe FSA has today announced an additional programme of priority testing of lamb dishes from takeaway restaurants across the UK following evidence of ongoing substitution of lamb for cheaper meats such as beef and chicken. Businesses could face prosecution if food is found to have been deliberately mislabelled.

An FSA review of local authority sampling data, from July to December 2013, found that 43 out of 145 samples of lamb takeaway meals contained meat other than lamb. In total, 25 of these samples were found to contain only beef. Other meat species identified included chicken and turkey. No samples were found to contain horse meat.

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Britons Wrongly Believe That Wine Is Healthier Than Beer

A  poll* carried out for CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, showed that people in the UK are five times more likely to believe that wine is healthier to drink than beer.  A survey of 1000 people showed that 67% thought wine drinking is most healthy, compared to only 13% for beer.

Professor Charles Bamforth of the University of California, Davis and author of Beer, Health and Nutrition1 said “The myth that wine is in some way healthier than other alcoholic drinks dates back many years to research carried out in France, a predominantly wine drinking country. This suggested that moderate wine drinkers were healthier than non-drinkers.  The crucial point is that it was a comparison with non-drinkers.  When similar studies 2 were carried out in the Czech Republic, a nation of beer drinkers, just the same protective effect was seen with beer. This study showed the lowest risk of heart attacks in men who drank “almost daily or daily” consuming between 7- 16 pints of beer a week.”

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Liverpool City Region Tourism Awards Shortlist Announced

The Liverpool City Region Tourism Awards has today announced its shortlist after a large number of quality entrants were received.

The awards, which recognise the very best in tourism that the Liverpool City Region has to offer, has completed the difficult task of selecting just 50 entrants across 13 categories to go forward to the final judging round.

The awards recognise those who have contributed to the Liverpool City Region tourism over the last 12 months and the shortlist reflects the very best of those contributors.

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TripAdvisor World’s Most Popular Travel App

Trip-advisor-LogoTripAdvisor®, the world’s largest travel site*, has announced it has reached the mobile milestone of 100 million downloads for its free app for iPhone and Android. The number of downloads more than doubled in the past year and is up 6x from 2011. According to data from Distimo, a global leader in business intelligence and app market data, TripAdvisor is now the most popular travel app based on total App Store downloads¹.

Essential companion for travellers

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Pub And Restaurant Groups Enjoy March Sales Surge

Britain’s pub and restaurant groups saw collective like-for-like sales grow 4.6% in March against the same month last year, according to latest figures from the Coffer Peach Business Tracker. Total sales, including the impact of new openings, were up 7.1% on this time last year. The results mark 12 consecutive months of positive growth for the sector.

“Much of the increase can be put down to significantly better weather this March than last, when snow and freezing temperatures gripped the country, but that is only part of the story,” said Peter Martin of CGA Peach, the business insight consultancy that produces the Tracker, in partnership with Coffer Group, Baker Tilly and UBS.

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Independent Scotland ‘Would Still Protect Customers’

Scottish-FlagPackage holidaymakers in Scotland would still have financial protection in one form or another in an independent Scotland, according to campaigners on both sides of the referendum debate.

At a seminar in Glasgow organised by the Scottish Passenger Agents’ Association (SPAA), travel industry leaders quizzed politicians and activists on the potential impact of independence.

There had been concern in some quarters that a break-up of the UK would mean Atol protection would be suspended north of the border.

Blair Jenkins, chief executive of Yes Scotland, said protection would be dependent on mutually beneficial and pragmatic decisions made during an 18-month period to prepare for full independence.

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Hotelympia’s Innovation Idols Gearing up for Day of Reckoning

Culinary masters, professors, futurologists, doyennes of design, celebrated chefs, multi-site restaurateurs and publicans, CEOs, OBEs, creatives, captains of industry – Hotelympia’s Innovation Idols are ready to face the music as the show’s Innovation Awards reach their nail-biting conclusion.

The Idols will square off against 26 finalists on day one of the show (28th April) in a behind-closed-doors Dragons’ Den-style pitch where only the four most innovative products – one each from the categories of Food & Drink, Tabletop & Design, Catering Equipment and Technology – will reign supreme.

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