7 of the World’s Most Bizarre Fertility Rituals

Although the population is growing, England and Wales saw birth rates drop by 3.2 per cent in 2018. In 2012, there was also a drop in the peak by 9.9 per cent. This drop can be due to a range of reasons. The most common reason is likely due to couples deciding to focus on their careers and start a family later on when they have more money.

This isn’t the case for all couples, however. Unfortunately, the reason is fertility. According to the NHS, while 84 per cent of couples will conceive naturally within a year if the have regular unprotected sex, one in seven couples may struggle to conceive. While some may go down the route of IVF, others may choose to have surgical procedures to help treat infertility. There are also supplements available for both partners to take to help boost their fertility levels. Coenzyme Q10 boosts fertility by improving sperm quality. But, while these are all ways to try to increase our chances of conceiving, there are many bizarre fertility rituals evident across the world. Here, we explore.

Family Half -Term Fun With Macdonald Resorts

With the festive break a distant memory for many, the February half-term break provides families with another opportunity to spend quality time together. With many purses not quite recovered from Christmas, Macdonald Resorts is offering half-term discounts on all holiday accommodation at their resorts throughout both the UK and Spain.

LGH Hotels Management Ltd Storm VenueVerdict Awards for the Fourth Consecutive Year in a Row

LGH Hotels Management Ltd has emerged as the top winner at the prestigious VenueVerdict Awards for the fourth year running, securing four major awards for the best group and highest rated hotel.

LGH secured two Group Awards for 2019: No. 1 Large Group (for those who host 15 properties or more), and the Gold Standard Group Award, given to the hotel group with the highest number of venues achieving VenueVerdict Gold Standard Accreditation.

Stratford hotel offers doggie bags with a difference

Some guests at a Stratford-upon-Avon hotel will find themselves receiving a doggie bag with a difference – if they have a four-legged friend with them.

Traditionally used by diners to take ‘leftovers’ home to feed to their pets, doggie bags provided by the Swan’s Nest Hotel are an extra welcome treat for canine guests.

Valentine’s Day at Kanishka – Will you be popping the question this year?

When it comes to Valentine’s Day, some of us like to go all out on the romance. For those that do, Kanishka in Mayfair is the perfect spot to let that special person know just how much you love them.  Not only has Atul Kochhar devised a beautiful Valentine’s Menu, but this year, Kanishka could be just the place you ask that all important question.

For those who book in advance, the team at Kanishka will happily hide your ring inside a heart-meltingly gorgeous chocolate sphere filled with decadent chocolate mousse and passionfruit granita. Who could possibly say no to that?!

Billesley Manor announces plans to donate furniture from ongoing refurbishments to The Shakespeare Hospice

A luxury Warwickshire hotel, Billesley Manor, has announced it will be supporting local charity, The Shakespeare Hospice, during its extensive refurbishment programme, which is currently underway.

The hotel has revealed that it will be donating furniture and fixtures from a total of seventy one renovated rooms between now and next year to the hospice, which last year supported over 1,000 adults and young people across South Warwickshire and the surrounding areas. The Shakespeare Hospice will be able to sell the furniture to raise much needed funds to continue to provide its range of specialised services, including a Day Hospice, Hospice at Home service and pre and post bereavement support for families, young people and children.

Children’s charity will be the real winner at Bristol hotels’ awards night

A charity which cares for children with life limiting conditions – and their families – is set to be the real winner in a glittering awards gala in Bristol next month.

Final preparations are being made for the third annual Night of the Stars, which is organised by the Bristol Hoteliers Association (BHA) to recognise and celebrate those who have gone above and beyond in support of the city’s hospitality industry.

These Drinks Will Dominate Instagram in 2020

For the food and drinks industry, Instagram is an unescapable source of advertisement. Whether your brand has embraced social media or not, your plates and glasses will be popping up in someone’s Story feed — if it’s aesthetic enough, of course. This potential crowd of eyes can be so beneficial in spreading the word about your products, even more so if it goes viral!

According to Deliveroo, the trend of Instagrammable food is not only here to stay, it’s rising. The takeaway giants highlighted a number of delicious items that are most likely to get snapped, including the always-popular milkshake. But what other drinks trends are sent to take 2020 by storm? Stay ahead of the competition and make sure you’re serving the right stuff in 2020!

We’ll tak a cup of’ kindness yet, at The Cauldron this Burns Night

The team at the world-famous Cauldron Magical Cocktail Experience is raising a glass to Scotland’s Bard this Burns Night, to celebrate the bar’s success in the Capital.

After opening in Edinburgh as a temporary pop-up bar in autumn 2019, the team has extended its contract and will be staying in the city for the foreseeable future.

Make the most of the Valentine’s Weekend with DoubleTree by Hilton London Kingston-Upon Thames

DoubleTree by Hilton London Kingston-Upon-Thames are allowing you to make the most of the Valentine’s weekend with a host of romantic packages, ensuring you and your loved one have an experience to remember.

This sumptuous hotel is offering you the chance to treat your Valentine with a night away, an afternoon tea, or maybe a romantic three course meal.

Compass Group UK & Ireland announced as lead partner of Hospitality Action’s workplace mental wellness programme

Leading food service provider, Compass Group UK & Ireland, has joined forces with Hospitality Action (HA) to support the industry charity’s major new mental health awareness programme.

Today is Blue Monday, widely recognised as the saddest day of the year, when post-festive season finances are at their worst and many new year’s resolutions have fallen by the wayside. Hospitality Action and Compass are working together to make sure that from today onwards the rest of 2020 looks brighter by calling upon the whole industry to have a year-long focus on protecting the mental health of its workers.

Resolve to take a bite out of climate change

Throughout January, millions of people across Europe will be making resolutions to get healthier in 2020, but by committing to changing food habits to improve health and wellbeing, they also have the power to save the planet at the same time.

Cool Food, a digital tool designed to recommend and capture commitments from individuals to change their food habits, has created simple challenges to help people make healthier food choices whilst simultaneously making a noticeable CO2 saving. Cool Food is the result of a collaboration with Al’Terre Breizh and PECT. The project has been co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund via the Interreg France (Channel) England Programme, which promotes cross border co-operation.

Top chef holds Cornish dinner in London in aid of air ambulance appeal

Michelin-starred chef Paul Ainsworth hosted a Cornish-themed dinner in London this week to raise money for Cornwall Air Ambulance.

The chef, who is an ambassador for the New Heli Appeal, was joined by André Garrett, Executive Chef at Corinthia London, and their awarding-winning teams to create a three-course feast for diners showcasing stunning Cornish produce.