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Sloe Gin Champion

Sloe Gin Champion


Glasgow-based “liquid deli” Demijohn has been crowned Sloe Ginster World Champion for 2014. The annual competition is hosted by The George Inn in Frant near Tunbridge Wells on the Kent/Sussex border.

Demijohn, which also has outlets in Edinburgh, York and Oxford took the award from among professional entrants, ships its liqueurs worldwide through its mail order operation

Winner of the Home-Made category was Grace Winey, originally from from the Portuguese Azores islands, who travelled down from her home in Bury-St Edmonds in Suffolk, with her American husband to attend.

Sloe Seduction based in Marden, Kent was named Gold Medal Winner for South East England. Sloe Seduction is also known for its award-winning sloe gin chocolates, sloe gin marmalade and sloe gin chuntney.

Demijohn’s sloe gin costs £30.50 for a 50cl bottle. A 20cl bottle of Sloe Seduction gin is £11.95.





Relish the Moment

Relish the Moment


The Minnis Bar & Restaurant in Birchington, has been selected as one of the county’s top dining destinations to represent the best of Kent in the new Relish South East cookbook. The beach-front restaurant is known for its home cured, pickled and smoked dishes using local seasonal produce.

The high quality, 420 page saddle-stitched, hard back edition of Relish South East will be published in January 2015. It will devote 10 pages to The Minnis, its chef-patron and his team. Costing £20, the book will be available at Harvey Nichols, at leading book shops including Waterstones and online. Signed copies will also be available at The Minnis.

The other Kent restaurants included are TV chef Richard Phillips’s Michelin-starred Thackeray’s in Tunbridge Wells, Reads in Faversham, The Swan in Malling and ABode in Canterbury.

“It’s a great honour to be invited into the company of such exalted chefs and is testimony to the quality of the fresh local produce available in Thanet that we are able to put on our menus,” said Jason.

Jason’s featured recipes are a starter of Home Smoked Local Wood Pigeon with Black Pudding; main of Jacobs Ladder – a short rib of Kentish Beef; with the “Best Chocolate Tart Ever!” to finish.

These dishes will be served at a special dinner at The Minnis Friday 27th February 2015 to help launch the book. The three course dinner with matched wines will cost £35 a head, and includes one signed copy of Relish South East for each couple.

The book also includes recipes from other top restaurants in the South East including Drakes and Terre a Terre, Brighton ; Chequers Inn and South Lodge in Horsham; Abinger Hatch, Dorking; The White Horse, Romsey; Boulters Riverside Brasserie, Maidenhead, Deans Place Hotel , Alfriston; French Table, Surbiton; Earl of March, Chichester; Montagu Arms, Beauleiu; Dysart, Petersham; and Ockenden Manor, Haywards Heath.

“Relish South East promises to be one of our best ever publications, featuring outstanding recipes, great locations and passionate chefs,” said Relish Publisher Duncan Peters.”

The book will launch at Ockenden Manor on 26th January, bringing together the region’s leading lights and some of the most talented chefs in the country for a one day celebration.



Lovin' it

Lovin' it


McDonald’s global like-for-like sales decreased by a much higher than expected 2.2% in November with comparable sales down by 4.6% in the US, 2% in Europe and 4% elsewhere in the world. To restore momentum, McDonald’s US response is to enhance marketing, simplify the menu, to “increase relevance with consumers.” McDonald’s shares fell 3% premarket on Monday after the company also warned that weakening sales would “significantly pressure” margins in the quarter.

Analysts on average had predicted a decline of 1.7% rather than 2.2. The company admits the supplier scandal in China would reduce its profit for the quarter ending 31 December by 7-10¢ per share. McDonald’s US like-for-like sales have not increased since October 2013. McDonald’s shares have fallen 5.5% in the past six months.


Pot Noodle

Pot Noodle


As an alternative to the post Christmas panto, Clown Director Holly Stoppit and Finland’s Maksim Komaro, are presenting 'Noodles' by NoFit State Circus – “a sea of irreverent chaos and a world of knots, wires and spaghetti” in a surreal cooking show in which “loses the plot as “noodles take over”.

The production promises a “fun, funny and fantastic” show suitable for all ages.

It features an international cast of top circus artists, aerialists, hand-balancers, wire-walkers, contortionists and musicians twist who and “spin reality in an original and inventive show that challenges your preconceptions about circus”.

Noodles makes its London premier at Jacksons Lane, Archway, 27th-31st as part of the London International Mime Festival 2015.



Orange Moon

Orange Moon


Moon Down the rural crafts and activities company located based near Tunbridge Wells, is to run marmalade workshops with acclaimed author, preserver, tutor and “judge of all things marmalade” - Vivien Lloyd.

Lloyd will guide participants through the process of preparing organic Seville oranges, enabling them to make their own marmalade from prepared fruit at home the following day.

Moon Down will provide the fruit, sugar new jars and lids to make around 4.5lbs of marmalade.

Sessions also include refreshments, goodies, recipes and a jar of marmalade to take away. A choice of morning or afternoon workshops will take place on Saturday 7th February at a cost of £60 per person.



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