Top Tips on Creating the Perfect Atmosphere in a Pub

UK PubWhat makes a great pub? Most people will agree that excellent food and a good selection of drinks are a necessity. But there is also something else that can be harder to pin down: a pub’s atmosphere. And yet a good atmosphere is critical to a pub’s success. Not only can it determine whether a customer enjoys visiting your pub but, more critically, it can predict how likely they are to want to return.
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Summer Sandwich Recipes

Summer calls for a change of fare and easy to make summer sandwiches are popular because of their light nature and quick preparation times.

Ham And Asparagus Sandwich

ham_asparagus_sandwichSimple to make and unforgettable, the ham and asparagus sandwich is a staple of the summer luncheon, tea or outdoor event.

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UK Delis Offering Healthy Eating Choices

A Changing Attitude To Eating Habits

Although the UK rate of obesity is below the rate in many other countries across the world, reducing levels of obesity has become an important government initiative. To identify unhealthy eating practices, the government funded a research program entitled Family Food. The survey involved information from thousands of households and restaurants. Data was collected from the year 2007 through 2010.

The final compilations were published in December 2011 by the government’s National Statistics Agency.

Regrettably, many UK residents are indulging in unhealthy eating practices. The increase in sodium intake is also an alarming prospect. The government uses these statistics from the family food survey to create a list of bad eating habits used by UK residents.
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Oxford: Multiculturalism and Food From Around The World

Food From Across The Globe In The City Of Dreaming Spires

Oxford FoodOxford is a beautiful city that draws attention from all across the world, partly for its beautiful location and history but also for its globally recognised University. The University hosts students from a myriad of different countries and backgrounds, and from that an exciting eclectic group of restaurants, eateries and cafes have blossomed creating a sense of multicultural food surrounding the city of Oxford.

A Guide To Oxford Food

Oriental and Asian Markets

Tahmid Stores
53 Cowley Road
01865 203202
Opening Times: 10am-7pm daily

Tahmid Stores offers an incredible range of exotic fruit and vegetables as well as fresh and frozen halal meats and halal dairy products and an impressive area for ground and whole spices.

Lung Wah Chong Chinese Supermarket
41-42 Hythe Bridge Street
01865 790703
Opening Times: 10am-7pm daily

Lung Wah Chong Chinese Supermarket stocks all the produce necessary for a genuine, tasty East Asian meal, with foods such as miso, Thai fish sauce, soy sauces, noodles and tofu. Most of the products are shipped all the way from Thailand, Japan and China and have genuine exotic flavour.
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Why Should We Eat 5 A Day?

Locally Sourced FoodThe concept of 5 A Day is to eat five portions of fruit and vegetables each day, based on advice from the the World Health Organisation which recommends eating 400g of fruit and vegetables daily as a way to lower the risk of health problems such as type 2 diabetes, obesity, strokes and heart disease. The World Health Organisation also found a connection between the nutrition defences of the Western world and adult cancers, 85% of which are avoidable.

However, the World Health Organisations recommendations are a mere guideline. If you were living in Australia you would be led to believe that seven portions of fruit and vegetables a day is necessary, in Greece they preach nine and in America it becomes more complex with children being recommended 5 a day, women recommended seven and men recommended nine. The United Kingdom have only settled on five portions of fruit and vegetables a day because it felt that it was a more realistic goal, especially as the Food Standards Agency survey found that the average adult Brit only eats between two and three portions a fruit a day.

Below is a list of reasons why you should include more fruit and veg in your diet:

They taste delicious and have a huge range of variety.

They don’t have to be costly, especially if you support your local community by buying from the nearest Farmer’s Market.

Fruit and vegetables offer a range of different minerals and vitamins that are essential for your wellbeing such as vitamin C, potassium and folate.

As mentioned above, fruit and vegetables can reduce the risk of some cancers, heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

Fruit and vegetables are a brilliant source of natural dietary fibre, although be wary of this if you eat too much. The dietary fibre in fruit and vegetables can prevent constipation and IBS as well as reduce the risk of bowl cancer and help maintain a healthy gut.

Fruit and vegetables are naturally low in fat and calories, therefore making them a brilliant addition to a healthy diet with an aim to maintain a healthy weight and heart.

Almost all fruit and vegetables can be frozen or dried, making it easier to store them.

Fruit and vegetables can be eaten in lone dishes, pureed, used as a side or blended into a smoothie- the options are limitless!

Research from Cambridge University found that eating a single apple a day reduces your risk of heart disease by 20%, add an orange and a banana and that statistic increases to 50%

It’s not just milk and dairy products that help bones, dark leafy vegetables like broccoli and kale contain calcium and, as proven by the University of Bern in Switzerland, a gram of onion a day can help strengthen your skeleton.

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Why Choose Locally Sourced Foods?

The Benefits of Freshness

Locally Sourced FoodGreat Britain loves fresh, locally sourced foods. The first time you taste real, fresh produce that has been cultivated on your doorstep, you will realise why it’s so popular!
Aside from the environmental benefits, the first thing you will realise is that fresh foods taste great! You will notice juicier, fuller-flavoured fruits and vegetables. Locally sourced food has spent less time in storage and transit, and will often taste much better as a result.
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Which Worktop Is Best For Baking And Cooking?

Whilst it’s important to think about the aesthetic beauty of your kitchen when picking out your worktop, the effect of the materials on your day to day cooking and baking is also something that needs to be thought through. Different materials have different reactions to heat, staining and hygiene when preparing your meals and its these factors that are going to affect your decision more than the look and style of your interior design.


Granite is much lower maintenance than your traditional wooden worktop. It’s heat resistant for up to 200 degrees Celsius which makes it an excellent choice for worktops surrounding the hob or oven. It’s high heat resistance means that you don’t need to worry about the clutter of cooling racks or extra trays and can easily place hot pots and pans straight onto the worktop. If you tried to do this with wood, for example, there’s a high chance you would scorch the surface resulting in hundreds of pounds worth of damage.
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Recipe: Two Tasty Winter Soups

Warming Winter Wonders

Winter Soup RecipeWe love our soups and in the Winter, they are an important sources of nutrients while enhancing every meal with warmth and hospitality. Here are two recipes that are easy to make and guaranteed to please.

Broccoli and Stilton Soup

Here is a blended vegetable soup that is smooth and hearty that can be used as the centrepiece of a casual meal or at an elegant dinner party.
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Two Must-Try Indian Recipes

fish curryIn Britain, Indian food has taken the country by storm. Indian restaurants are popular and the distinctive taste is tantalizing. But, Indian food is also fun to cook. One of our favorite recipes is Keralan Seafood Pies. The recipe is provided by Cinnamon Kitchen from The Cookbook by Vivek Singh.

The recipe is fashioned after a Keralan favorite, moily which is a fish curry made with coconut milk, curry leaves, green chilies and ginger. In many ways this is a simple recipe but one that relies upon the good preparation of all the working parts.

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Great Christmas Sandwiches

Christmas SandwichGreat Christmas Sandwiches

These recipes are great for any day during the Christmas season. Plan ahead and inventory a few of these basic supplies and you will be ready to entertain at a moment’s notice.

The Christmas Club Sandwich

This club is better than a turkey sandwich on Boxing Day. Great protein and rich in flavour makes every bite a tasty treat. This stack sandwich looks as good as it tastes. The recipe below serves two.
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