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Chef Adam Handling declared champion on cooking show
The owner of the Adam Handling Restaurant Group which includes the Ugly Butterfly in St. Ives, Cornwall and The Luch & The Tyne in Windsor successfully made his way through to the banquet in this year's highly popular Great British Menu on BBC Two. Following a vote from the banquet guests - members of the British animation and illustration industries - Adam's trifle-inspired 'Food Fight' dessert was declared the best dish at the dinner, resulting in him becoming the Great British Menu Champion of Champions 2023. The dessert was inspired by Dundee publishers, DC Thomson, to mark the 80th anniversary of the Beano and Dandy. With trifle being his favourite dessert, it was only natural for Adam to recreate the chaos with his throwable custard, smashable cake and wobbly jelly. Adam's dishes throughout the 18th series of the programme are based on both classic and contemporary works, with deep-rooted links to his native Scotland. Throughout his menu, Adam created dishes which demonstrate his commitment to sustainability and reducing food waste.
Posted: 2 May 2023
New restaurant opening in Plymouth, Devon
Popeyes®, the famous American fried chicken restaurant, is opening its doors in Plymouth. The new restaurant will officially open at 11 am on Thursday 6th April 2023 at 10 New George St, in the heart of the city centre. Fried chicken fans are advised to come along early, as queues for the famed chicken restaurant, the ideal place to celebrate a hen or stag gathering are expected from the early hours. Early queuers will even have the chance to win a year's supply of Popeyes'® legendary Chicken Sandwich, awarded to the first three people in the queue on opening day (Thursday 6th April 2023). To celebrate the landmark launch, the first 25 in the queue will all be given a signature Popeyes® Chicken Sandwich as well as exclusive Popeyes® merch. A Mardi Gras-style band will get toes tapping as the doors open, bringing with it the magic of the restaurant's home city of New Orleans in Louisiana.
To further applaud this significant new opening for Plymouth, Popeyes has launched a competition to design a mural for the new restaurant in return for a £1,000 cash prize, as well as Free Chicken Sandwiches for a year. The winner's work will be featured in the restaurant for the first two months after opening, providing the opportunity for the winner to have their work showcased locally and to bring the spirit of New Orleans to life through their piece. Applications are welcomed from both established and aspiring artists over the ages of 18. More information is available at popeyesuk.com/plymouth-mural-competition
Posted: 4 April 2023
Hop along to the Bucket & Spade to meet the Easter bunny
For a memorable family breakfast on Easter Saturday 16th April or Easter Sunday 17th April, hop along to the award-winning Bucket & Spade Café in Shaldon, South Devon for some Easter indulgence and fun. Priced at £10 per adult and £8.50 per child early booking is advised. A delicious Easter lunch will also be available this weekend (two courses for £20 and three courses for £25 per person). A cracking set breakfast menu, which includes a traditional cooked English breakfast with vegan and vegetarian options, will be available between 9.30 am and 11.00 am during the Easter weekend. For a decadent treat, choose the Bucket & Spade's Easter pancake stack, topped with Cadbury's Crème Eggs and Mini eggs. All children will receive an Easter gift and a surprise visit is planned from none other than the Easter bunny!
Posted: 12 April 2022
Award wins for the team at Ugly Butterfly in St. Ives, Cornwall
Ugly Butterfly's sous chef, Connor Blades, won UK Young Chef of the Year 2021 at the prestigious Young Chef Young Waiter UK 2021 competition. Junior sous chef Ali Halbert also performed excellently in the competition final, achieving second place, demonstrating exceptional talent in the kitchen at Ugly Butterfly in St. Ives, Cornwall.
The competition is renowned for recognising some of the best talents UK hospitality has to offer and was judged by, among others, Tom Kerridge and Ugly Butterfly's Adam Handling as head chef judge and Simon King as head waiter judge.
Winner Connor's inspiration comes from his surroundings in Cornwall and he uses innovative techniques to create delicious dishes that take advantage of the huge variety of fresh and seasonal local ingredients.
Adam Handling tells us, "Judging chef of the year has been super exciting. I didn't have voting rights in the competition as two of my team were in the final ten, so it makes it even more special that my fellow judges not only picked Connor as the winner but Ali in second. Connor really cares about the industry, cooks amazing dishes and works beautifully in a team. I always think of the relationship between chefs and waiters as being quite romantic, and the partnership he created with the waiter team was inspiring. Connor Blades is the future of hospitality, and I know for a fact that he's the future of my restaurants."
Posted: 24 February 2022
The Tamar in Plymouth hosts T Factor karaoke competition
What's On in Plymouth this month? The Tamar pub is hosting its very own X Factor-style karaoke competition called the T Factor with a £500 prize for the winner where contestants will be able to perform two songs and two contestants from each week will go through to the semi-finals on November 26th and December 3rd. Michael Jonas, general manager at the Greene King pub, said "Hosting great events for our locals to enjoy is really important to us as a pub at the heart of our local community. We look forward to seeing both old and new faces and hearing their best singing voices at our T Factor."
Posted: 21 October 2021
Popular Plymouth pub the Golden Hind has appointed a new general manager
Popular Plymouth pub the Golden Hind has appointed a new general manager, Joanne Purchase, who previously worked at the Tamar pub in Plymouth for four years as an assistant manager. Speaking of her appointment, Joanne said: "It has always been a dream of mine to run a pub and I couldn't have wished for a better one. The locals and staff have made me feel so welcome and part of a massive family. I have lived in Plymouth for ten years now and thanks to the people around me I feel so at home." The Golden Hind has recently launched a new menu featuring a range of dishes including small plates, Alabama BBQ bacon burger and katsu curry.
Posted: 14 October 2021
The Bucket & Spade Cafe in Devon offers the ideal spot during an autumn staycation
Early autumn is the ideal time for many young families and couples to enjoy a staycation. From discovering the quieter beaches and meandering around the pretty coastal villages to devouring delicious locally produced food from cafes and restaurants, Devon offers something for everyone. With spectacular panoramic views across the Jurassic coastline, the Bucket & Spade Cafe in Devon exudes a distinct holiday ambience as soon as you walk through the door. Catch the last of the summer rays, relax and unwind on the stunning terrace and sample the recently updated menu that includes popular family favourites at lunch and dishes served in the evening with a focus on locally sourced produce with many vegan and gluten-free options available. Fresh and local fish dishes, and West Country beef, feature on the menu alongside light bites and healthy salads with their popular traditional Sunday lunch. A wide selection of artisan local beers, wines and spirits are also available from the well-stocked bar.
Posted: 5 October 2021
The Bucket & Spade cafe, kitchen and bar reveals new chef and menu
True to its name, the Bucket & Spade cafe, kitchen and bar in Shaldon, Devon exudes a distinct holiday ambience as soon as customers walk through the door. It boasts spectacular panoramic views across the South Devon coastline from its terrace and has recently appointed a new chef, Graham Coomber, and tasty new menu.Situated on the Coast View Holiday Park, it's a popular destination for breakfast, lunch or dinner or a mid-morning coffee and cake, or afternoon tea for residents and non-residents.
Posted: 7 September 2021
The Ivy Exeter has opened, located in the heart of the city, and the 128-seat restaurant offers all-day dining in a beautiful setting. Open seven days a week from morning until night, The Ivy Exeter is also home to an intimate private dining room for up to eight guests, as well as an outdoor terrace. Guests can expect a taste of glamour that The Ivy establishments are well-known for, with tasteful interiors complementing the eclectic dining and drinks menus. Vibrant floral and bold patterns, soft furnishings, stylish gold fittings and a colour palette of green and red match the quintessential Ivy design.
Posted: 29 June 2021