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GAUCHO FURTHER STRENGTHENS ITS POSITION WITH THREE NEW OPENINGS FOR 2023 AND A RECORD-BREAKING TRADING YEAR

Rare Restaurants, the 22-strong restaurant group consisting of Gaucho and M Restaurants headed up by Martin Williams, announces further expansion of its modern Argentinean steak-house brand. Three new Gaucho sites will open in the next three months, including its first London opening since 2009. These openings come following a record-breaking year with double digit ebitda on turnover of £73m, up from £55M.

Love Island villas you can book for an unforgettable holiday

Pocket Wanderings compiles the best Love Island style villas you can book for an unforgettable luxury holiday with friends – including two of the actual villas featured in the popular reality show.

phs Greenleaf appoints Stephen Dieppe as Managing Director

phs Greenleaf has announced Stephen Dieppe as its Managing Director after four years with the group.

Stephen joined the phs Group in 2018 as Head of Sales for Hotel, Retail and Catering in the hygiene division, before being promoted to Sales Director for phs Greenleaf in 2020.  

Pan-Asian restaurant Gura Gura opens in The Yards, Covent Garden

Brand new pan-Asian restaurant Gura Gura has quietly opened its doors late last month in The Yards, Covent Garden. The restaurant, from experienced restaurateur Gobind Chona, offers a modern menu with flavours from across Asia spotlighting Japanese, Thai and Chinese elements alongside a playful cocktail list. The dramatic dining areas and downstairs bar are designed by Orphic Design Studios.

Defying Gravity: How To Make a Wickedly-good Gravity-defying Cake

A special occasion calls for pulling out all the stops, especially when it comes to cakes and treats! If you haven’t yet stumbled across a gravity-defying cake on social media, prepare to have your mind blown…

Four Mug Mocktails You Need to Try Today

Mixology is an exciting activity that anybody can do from the comfort of their home. What we should keep in mind, however, is that cocktails don’t need to be boozy. Substitute the alcohol for something else and you’ll get the same delicious drink minus the hangover.

Maybe you’re teetotal, or perhaps you just fancy trying something new. Either way, you can still have fun with at-home mixology! Here we explore four tea and coffee mocktails that you can make today.

Can I Keep My Garden Furniture Outside All Winter?

As brownish leaves twirl down from the trees and the sun starts to descend in the early afternoon, your garden suddenly looks far less hospitable than it did in the warm summer months. Winter may indeed be on its way, but it does not mean that your eco-friendly gas BBQs or outdoor reunions should come to a halt altogether.

With miserable, unpredictable weather on the agenda for the next foreseeable future, it is only natural to have some doubts and concerns about your outside furniture. Will it survive the rain, the frost and – possibly – the snow?

Here we look at what you can do to ensure that your garden fittings are not hampered by the hostile winter climate.

Top 6 Most Popular Coffee Cocktails and How to Make Them

Whether you want to impress with your new cocktail skills or have a craving for an espresso martini that you cannot shake, knowing how to create the perfect coffee cocktails at home can help bring that bar atmosphere to your dining room. Adapt recipes to your liking, such as using amaretto coffee to increase flavour intensity or practice presentation with garnishes, serving up class and style.

New Mediterranean-style student residence at Les Roches Marbella

As part of its 25th anniversary celebrations, Les Roches Marbella has officially unveiled a brand new Mediterranean-style student residence.

The new Bahia student accommodation is located in the direct vicinity of the campus and offers students individual and double rooms, as well as junior and superior suites with en-suite bathrooms and technological amenities. Also available are 34 apartments with fully-fitted kitchens, air-conditioning and smart TVs. Four restaurants are open to students on-site.

Backcountry Ski Holiday Fun Starts with Avalanche Education

As an avid skier or snowboarder, you know how tempting the off-piste sections can be. Free from crowds and bestowed with fresh powder and breathtaking views, they are like heaven for those who dare to tackle them.

While skiing off-piste is extremely fun and adrenalin-inducing, it can also be dangerous. One of the biggest threats is an avalanche. The good news is that avalanches can be predicted as long as you have the right knowledge about them.

Drink Spiking: Key Signs and Preventative Steps for Hospitality Venues

Drink spiking is a pressing issue across the UK. In fact, according to a recent survey by YouGov, one in nine women and one in 17 men have reported having their drink spiked. There has also been a rise in the number of injection spiking incidents, with the National Police Chiefs Council documenting 274 cases in the UK during September 2021.

One hospitality venue is leading the way, creating a welcoming space for party goers across the nation. The Night Owl goes above and beyond, training its staff to spot key signs and conduct preventative measures against spiking. With anti-spiking drink toppers, spiking test strips, and schemes, customers can feel safer in these venues. 

École Ducasse and Enderun Colleges renew academic partnership for next 10 years

École Ducasse, a network of schools dedicated to the transmission of outstanding French expertise in culinary and pastry arts, and Enderun Colleges, a premier four-year undergraduate management school in the Philippines, have announced the renewal of their academic partnership for the next 10 years.

The collaboration, which has already been running for a decade, offers Enderun Colleges’ students the opportunity to be trained in line with the gastronomic standards and excellence of École Ducasse, founded by multi-starred chef Alain Ducasse, as well as to extend their curriculum in France and undertake internships in the institution’s partner establishments.

Drinking without Drinking: The Sober Bars You Need To Visit

A recent report found that a third of pub visits are now alcohol free. With more brands bringing out non-alcoholic alternatives of their most popular beverages, and bars adding more mocktails to their menus, customers now have more non-alcoholic choices than ever when they don’t want to drink as much. 

With this in mind, Fentimans, the botanical beverage brewers, have looked at some of the highest rated sober venues on Trip Advisor you can visit across the UK and Ireland .

Sustainability in hospitality: the key challenges and opportunities

The hospitality industry is already making solid progress on conserving energy and reducing waste. Now hoteliers have an opportunity to lead the wider travel and tourism sector towards a more sustainable future.

CHARLES ARTISAN BREAD OPENS SECOND SITE IN STRATFORD

Providing simple, honest and no fuss freshly baked goods to locals and visitors

Clapton’s popular micro bakery Charles Artisan Bread, has opened its second site in Stratford, providing simple, honest and no fuss freshly baked goods to locals and visitors.

HARVEY NICHOLS ADDS CÔTES DE PROVENCE ROSÉ TO ITS PREMIUM RANGE

Harvey Nichols launches Côtes de Provence Rosé 2021, available in stores and online RRP £19.50.

Hospitality given welcome boost by UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 

Leading discovery and booking platform DesignMyNight reports a surge in interest as England’s Lionesses progress to the Final of Euro 2022. 

NEW AND UNIQUELY INNOVATIVE, HERITAGE-STEEPED BRAND GAINS FIRST AWARD AND EXPANDS ITS OPERATIONS

  • Spirits Business Gin Masters 2022 Silver Award – London Dry Gin.
  • New product launch – SIXTOWNS Pink Gin – August 2022.
  • New facility – relocated distillery, with enhanced operations, at the iconic World of Wedgwood.

Get Perfect Skin by Changing Your Diet – No Matter Your Skin Type

Perfect skin is not far away and your journey to reach it is almost up. You have your skincare routine corrected to perfection; the ingredients and methods are just right. You’ve perfected removing dirt and make-up so that only beautiful, clean skin remains and your nightly routine includes everything from SPFs and moisturizers to serums.

Did you know you can enhance your skin even further without adding products to your routine?

Fancy Going Plant-Based This BBQ Season? Here’s How You Can Do It

As the weather gets warmer, so does the natural appeal to stick on an apron and head for the garden to cook every other meal. But if you’re on the hunt for a healthier and more sustainable summer of food, you may be tempted to reach for a veggie patty rather than your usual butcher’s choice.

This doesn’t need to be a total switch around, but it could be the first step in reducing your meat consumption and an opportunity to try new recipes and experience new flavours — all with a plant-based twist.

3 Unusual Family-Friendly Holidays You Need to Consider

Picture it: you and your kids are sailing down a river, surrounded by a gorgeous Nordic forest at sunset.

That sounds a lot more entertaining than a standard resort holiday, doesn’t it?

Bringing Your Side Hustle to Life at the Local Market

Local markets are quickly becoming a staple Sunday activity for young and old folk alike, following their reinvention with miscellaneous gifts, ethical products, and authentic food and drink.

In fact, their popularity has enjoyed huge rise in the last ten years, peaking in 2015. While suffering during the pandemic, their recovery is now back on track for continued growth. In 2022, Google searches for ‘Sunday markets’ in the UK were 13% higher than its 19-year average.

The Skin Care Routine to Get You Day Drinks Ready

We’ve been on quite the journey with our skincare. From wipes to double cleansing, harsh ingredients to barrier-boosting ones, we’ve got our routines nailed thanks to advice from derms on TikTok.

One of the key things they’ve taught us is how important SPF is. Not only does it prevent skin cancer – the most common in the States – but it’s also the key to a youthful complexion.