This time of year heralds many fine noises: jingling bells, carol singers, the slightly panicky gobble of turkeys and the distinct sound of knives being sharpened as the awards season grinds into gear. Up and down the land, sales and PR bods wear their fingerpads to the bone conference-calling favoured and not-so-favoured clients, wooing them with promises of shiny gold statues – or perhaps carrots – to display in reception, testament to their excellence in toilet hygiene or decor aesthetics. But, frankly, does it make a difference to you? Read full post
Posts Tagged ‘good food guide’
And so it came to pass that the gastropub, that once-mighty bringer of semi-decent pub grub throughout the land, was no more. Or so The Good Food Guide says. It claims that the term is no longer relevant; once used to distinguish pubs serving food from pubs serving crisps and pork scratchings, now the gastropub label is actually deriding that which it once elevated.
The concept of the gastropub arrived on the foodie scene with the launch of The Eagle in East London in the mid-1990s. Suddenly their casual, Med-inspired dishes served alongside elevated pub booze became, quite literally, the talk of the town and the pub was reinvented. Boozers, to differentiate, were for old men; everyone, darling, was eating out in gastropubs – they were cheaper, more ‘real’ and often offered more eclectic choice and quality than many restaurants. Read full post
We’re bang in the middle of sleepy summer and you’re probably dying to get out there and soak up those rays (ha!) so this time we’re making it snappy and bringing you a round-up of watercooler news and gossip:
Obviously the sight of our cities burning has not been a cause for celebration, but it has prompted a good-news impulse from restaurants offering ‘post-riot’ promotions to encourage you back on to the streets and through their doors. So far Leon and Giraffe are on board – keep your eyes peeled for more and support (what’s left of) your high street. Read full post