New recruit at Blackberry Grove

Blackberry Grove in New Brighton, Merseyside has recently welcomed award-winning Andy Jones as its new head chef.
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Yes peas!

It’s time to celebrate the humble pea as part of Great British Pea Week, which is celebrated from 10-16 July.
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An evening with Michael Caines

Head out of town for an evening with two-star Michelin chef Michael Caines on 12 July at Palé Hall Hotel in the Dee Valley near Bala.
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Grub’s up!

Food fair Grub has recently launched at Manchester’s Mayfield Depot, assembling some of Manchester's best street traders at the derelict railway station.
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Out on The Fairway

Formby Hall Golf Resort & Spa has a new-look restaurant, The Fairway Grill, which has recently launched its summer menu.
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Eat it up, and drink it in

There is a host of food and drink events taking place in the Samphire region over the next few months. Here are a few highlights.
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Up on the roof

Step above it all and escape to The Roof Garden overlooking Chester’s famous racecourse to enjoy refreshing drinks with a view.
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Summer on a plate

Edible flowers are more than simply a pretty garnish; they can add a vibrant touch of summer colour and some subtle flavours.
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Party time

Book a meal for ten or more people at Canaletto Restaurant in Chester and receive a voucher for a free meal for two.
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The Times top North West Restaurants

Three local restaurants have made it to the Times Top 100 Best Restaurant’s list for 2017.
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Gin is a tonic

Online gin retailer, The Gin Parlour, has a special Manchester treat in store for its customers this month.
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Happy weekends

Street on 1st is a bar and restaurant designed for the people of Manchester which currently has a special offer on weekend cocktails – three cocktails for £20. 
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Pack up a picnic

Picnics are on the rise in the UK, with more people choosing to spend time away from phones and other devices to enjoy eating outside with friends and family. 
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Summer sharing

Sample Blackberry Grove's new Mediterranean sharing boards. One of many delicious options from its new summer menu.
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More than a simple salad

Take salads to the next level with this new book by food enthusiast Belinda Jeffery who shares some new ways with fresh produce.
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Live at The Clive

Renowned Shropshire restaurant with rooms The Clive is going live with music on the last Friday of every month.
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A wine bar with a difference

Award-winning Chester wine and spirits specialists Corks Out has unveiled its new and improved wine and champagne bar.
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And the winners are...

At a recent celebration, over 300 of the food industry’s finest representatives in Cheshire packed in to the Pavilion at Chester Racecourse to find out the winners of the 2017 Taste Cheshire Awards. 
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The king of vegetables

The fabulous flavour of Jersey Royal new potatoes, which are in shops now, arises from the unique growing conditions on the island that produce a true seasonal gem.
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A taste of Cuba

Head to Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle this summer for taste of Cuba. Finca, the city’s popular pop up Cuban-style bar and street food outlet, is operating its first full restaurant in an outdoor space at Constellations on Greenland Street. 
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Midweek Manchester treat

Michael O'Hare's Manchester restaurant Rabbit in the Moon has launched a new mid week menu for a more casual dinning experience.
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Vegging out

The British asparagus season is at its peak with an abundance of this coveted vegetable currently available.
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American friends

A team of star chefs from Los Angeles and New York have been building links with North Wales producers and restaurants during a recent tour of Wales.
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Titanic Hotel launches new Sunday lunch menu

Titanic Hotel has stepped into spring with the launch of its new Sunday lunch menu, which brings together traditional family dining and the iconic surroundings of the city’s leading, luxury destination.
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Bathed in gin

Gin has undergone something of a renaissance in recent years and, if it is your tipple of choice, head to Manchester’s Victoria Baths for a specialist Gin Festival.
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Rachel Allen's Recipes from my Mother

Best-selling author Rachel Allen shares her culinary inspiration passed down through the generations, a stunning fusion of recipes from her Icelandic mother and her childhood in Ireland
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Rhubarb, rhubarb

March marks the start of the rhubarb-harvesting season providing an ingredient that is surprisingly versatile in its uses.
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Congratulations to The Hip Hop Chip Shop

The annual and prestigious Best Fish and Chip Shop Awards for 2017 include a much-loved establishment in Manchester
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Oktopus reaches out to city diners

A series of pop-up teaser events will take place during February and March to herald the
addition of brand new experimental restaurant Oktopus to Liverpool’s food and drink
scene.
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New beginnings

2017 may still be in its first few weeks but Manchester and Liverpool are already buzzing with a host of new restaurants openings.
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Going like hot cakes

A recently opened bakery is proving such a hit that customers are queuing for up to an hour to sample freshly baked sourdough, cruffins and croissants
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More than a bit on the side

The potato has been gracing our dinner plates for centuries but this versatile vegetable can be so much more than just a side dish.
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Let's do brunch!

Perhaps the greatest export to Britain from America, brunch is the perfect ‘inbetween-y’ meal to fuel your weekend or indulge in much-needed hair of the dog. Starting Saturday 4 February, 1539  will be serving brunch every Saturday and Sunday*.
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Dining with a difference

Sticky Walnut founder Gary Usher, invites Liverpool diners to decide the cost of their bill with innovative pop-up and potential fourth restaurant, Wreckfish Bistro.
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Burger Shed is coming to North Wales

Following on from the success of the Chester site, Burger Shed 18 is is due to open in February on Wrexham Street in Mold. 
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What's new for 2017?

Discover what you expect to see in shops and restaurants in 2017 as Samphire explores the predicted food trends for the year ahead.
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Peckforton Castle welcomes chef, Jason Hodnett

It’s all change at this enchanting historic country house hotel with a new chef who brings with him the promise of exciting culinary changes.
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Charitable restaurant bookings

A recently launched booking platform offers restaurant goers the ability to give to charity at no extra cost every time they make a reservation.
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Here for the beer

Raise your glasses in celebration of some of the nations best beers and ciders at the largest festival of its kind in the north of England.
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​A glass of cheer

Newly opened Covino in Rufus Court is breaking the mould of the traditional bar offering. The cosy setting is primarily a retail space with a choice of over 100 specially selected wines from small vineyards around the world plus a specially blended olive oil. 
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A new face at The Vicarage

Steven Tuke, formerly at The Chester Grosvenor with Simon Radley and Head Chef at the Oddfellows Hotel, has joined Flat Cap Hotels in the role of Executive Chef.
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A new face at The French

Newly appointed head chef at The French restaurant, Adam Reid, is already making his mark with an inviting lunch menu.
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Be at One serves up new cocktails

Fancy an Apple Pie with a tequila twist or a Kinder Bueno that’s not for kids? Be at One has both sweet treats on its new cocktail menu, along with 12 other quirky creations perfect for the party season.
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Sweet chestnuts

“Chestnuts roasting on an open fire…” the melodious tones of Nat King Cole perfectly embody the comforting appeal of chestnuts at this time of year.
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Vegging out with Antonio Carlucci

In his most recent book, Vegetables, renowned Italian chef, Antonio Carluccio, turns his attention to his favourite vegetables with an original collection of recipes.
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Give a gift that lasts

A voucher for a cookery course could be the answer to any present dilemmas and there are plenty from which to choose that will delight any foodie enthusiasts in the family.
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Just Thai Kitchen - Bangkok beautiful

Nooch and Miles Tufft from Just Thai Kitchen are bringing a slice of Bangkok foodie culture to Cheshire with their range of handmade, authentic Thai ready meals. Re-launched this year with a brand new range of mains and starter dishes, the mother and son team are passionate about Thai food.
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The new way to buy gin

The Gin Parlour is a newly launched website for gin lovers to buy quality, small batch, artisan gins produced in the UK and abroad.
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Enjoy a hearty festive feast at Fazenda

To welcome darker evenings and winter nights, award-winning Brazilian restaurant Fazenda will be offering festive and seasonal treats.
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Enjoy music and food at the Opera

The newly opened Opera Grill on Pepper Street in Chester provides a unique dining experience with live music as you dine.
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A bite of the apple

That most British of fruit is celebrated in October with the annual Apple Day which offers a chance to revisit this familiar favourite.
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Pep up your pasta

Brits are boosting their favourite dish of spaghetti Bolognese with a variety of additions including chocolate.
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Get good breakfast habits

Breakfast is often considered to be the most important meal of the day and a new book, Spoon by Annie Morris and Jonny Shimmin, has tips to make it tasty.
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The heart of the home?

The average dinner table will endure over 2,400 family meals, 100 roast dinners, ten Christmas lunches, 132 arguments and 93 ‘bombshell’ revelations new research reveals.
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Something to celebrate

There is much to celebrate in the Samphire region this month with a host of prestigious accolades being awarded to local restaurants and bars.
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Say hello to halloumi!

The UK is the biggest consumer of halloumi cheese outside of Cyprus, with Waitrose customers buying enough packs of halloumi last year to stack 206 times the height of The Shard in London.
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For the chocolate lover in you!

The recently published Chocolate contains everything you need to know to become a bean-to-bar expert – and let's face it, it's all about chocolate, so what's not to love!
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Time for tea

The humble cuppa is set to undergo a radical transformation over the next decade and we could find ourselves taking our tea via jelly, tablets or even spray, according to experts.
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C'est bon!

A recently published book, C’est Bon, contains recipes that are perfect if you love tasty food and healthy eating but are short on time.
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A feast for the eyes

An extra dimension has been added to Manchester’s Buy Art Fair with the addition of a pop-up restaurant by Bangers and Bacon.
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Chips ahoy!!

One of the nation’s favourite foods, fish and chips are perfect for enjoying outside in summer, but where are the best shops?
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Moving with the foodie times

Staple foods such as bread, rice and pasta are disappearing from British dinner tables and are being replaced by alternatives such as quinoa and flatbreads, new research reveals.
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A taste for honey

In recent years the decline in bee numbers has been a cause for concern, but what can be done to help this most important of insects?
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A flying start for El Gato Negro

One of Manchester’s most anticipated 2016 restaurant launches, El Gato Negro has been crowned one of the top three Manchester restaurants, along with Manchester House and The French, in the National Restaurant Awards.
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For the love of ice cream

The award-winning north Wales ice cream producer Môn ar Lwy – Taste of Anglesey – offers more than simply a tasty snack to be enjoyed at the beach with its Dairy Beloved bespoke service.
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The Vikings have landed!

TV Chef Simon Rimmer has finally opened the doors on his latest pub venture, The Viking Pub and Bakehouse (www.thevikingpub.co.uk), on Black Horse Hill in West Kirby on the Wirral. The refurbishment, which cost £1.1m, has taken on a Scandi theme to reflect the Viking Heritage of West Kirby. 
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Seasonal selection

Eating and cooking food when it is in season and produced locally makes sense for so many reasons, and at this time of year there is an abundance to choose from.
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Pasta perfect

That British lunchtime favourite, the sandwich, is facing competition from pasta as the quick and tasty midday snack of choice.
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Veggies for pints at The Lord Clyde

The chef patron of The Lord Clyde in Kerridge, Macclesfield has launched a new project to swap veggies for pints.
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A taste of Germany

If you are a fan of The Great British Bake Off take a look at Bake to Impress, a new book by Christian Hümbs, who is a judge on German version of Bake Off as well as German Patissier of the Year 2014.
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Crafting with confidence

In the north-west of England and north Wales we are fortunate to live in an area that not only has a long tradition of beer production but also boasts many new and exciting independent producers. 
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New beginnings

Check out the new restaurant openings taking place in the Samphire region, led by talented award-winning chefs, which will undoubtedly add to the rich selection of local eateries.
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Cook happy and healthy with Fearne Cotton

One of our best-loved TV and radio presenters, Fearne is also a busy mum who has amassed a selection of quick, simple and healthy recipes that she’s now shared in her first cookbook Cook Happy, Cook Healthy. 
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Are super foods really super?

The term ‘superfood’ is often used to describe foods with allegedy special health-related powers. These include blueberries, broccoli, garlic, raspberries, goji berries, tomatoes, oily fish and chocolate. 
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Find a feast for free

As the summer progresses and the fields and hedgerows are burgeoning with greenery, flowers and fruit, it is the perfect time of year to forage for food. 
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Let's celebrate with home-grown fizz

English sparkling wine has grown in popularity in recent years and is now proving to be a serious competitor to traditional French champagne 
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Pack up a picnic

Whether you are heading to an open-air concert, a sporting event or simply a day on the beach, picnics are the perfect way to celebrate summer. Simple planning and preparation will ensure your alfresco feast is a success.
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For the love of food

Chef Patron Aiden Byrne is uncompromising in his attitude to fine dining, guaranteeing a place on the foodie map for Manchester House. He reveals why it’s the customers and not the critics who matter most to him 
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Come and see us at The Royal Cheshire County Show

One of the most highly anticipated summertime agricultural events in the North West region, The Royal Cheshire County Show 2016 will once again be returning to Tabley for another fantastic outing – and we’re going to be there!
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Meet our local food heroes

The Robinson family has worked the land of Gazegill Farm for over 500 years, but it was under the care of Ian O’Reilly and Emma that it converted to being completely organic
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That’s the spirit

The craze for bespoke, small-batch spirits shows no signs of abating, fuelled in part by the current renaissance in classic cocktails. Faux speakeasies are popping up across the region, Negronis are back in force, and even Daniel Craig’s most recent incarnation in the James Bond franchise is getting in on the action – inventing his own twist on the classic Martini using both gin and vodka. 
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A great day out in Chester

Offering something for everyone – from history to fashion, food and drink – Chester is the perfect destination to make the most of the sunshine. 
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We do like to be beside the seaside...

No day out to the seaside would be complete without a enjoying the catch of the day – and Dylan’s is the perfect place to sample some of the best locally caught fish on the Welsh coast.
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Speedy desserts to feed a crowd

If you want to create some fabulous home-made desserts but don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen then give one of our speedy desserts a try.
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A little bit of what you fancy…

Not everything that’s good for you has to be dull. And luckily, delicious dark chocolate packs a significant health punch. Full of iron, fibre, magnesium and antioxidants, there’s every excuse to keep a bar in your bag.
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Perfect pie tips from Higgidy Pies

If you want to avoid a soggy bottom and get perfect results every time then follow the top tips of Camille Stephens, founder of Higgidy Pies
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Liverpool good pub guide

With many pubs now providing restaurant quality dining in warm and welcoming surroundings, they’re becoming the perfect places for friends and family to meet up and spend time together enjoying carefully selected fine wines, craft beers and hearty home-cooked food. We’ve highlighted one of the best in Liverpool and suggested some others that are worth seeking out...
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Budget-beating basics

You can produce fantastic home-cooked meals without spending a fortune – and cheaper ingredients doesn’t always mean compromising on taste. We’ve put together a list of some of the must-have stand-by products that are always worth having in the store cupboard and they won’t break the bank.
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Best burgers ever

Whether you love a burger packed with a fabulous combination of beef and chorizo, prefer to opt for the tastiest chicken burger ever or prefer the veggie option, we’ve got it sorted. So take your pick from our amazing burger recipes – or why not cook all three? 
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Rum-tastic!

Rum has come a long way over the last few years. Far removed from its beginnings as the go-to grog for drunken sailors and pirates, this sweet liquor – made from the byproducts of sugarcane – is now a star ingredient at the helm of cocktail culture. Read on for where to find the best selections of this tasty tipple. 
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Another great day out...

Falling inside Cheshire’s Golden Triangle, Alderley Edge is one of the most sought after and expensive locations to live outside central London – and one of the best places to eat and drink
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Perfect preserve

With rhubarb coming into season this sweet yet subtly spicy rhubarb and ginger jam will make the perfect teatime treat. And there’ll be plenty to share a jar or two with friends and family! 
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What’s hot in the foodie world for 2016?

Molecular gastronomy and brinner is so last year! So what’s top of the trend lists for foodies to look forward to for 2016?
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Your complete guide to herbs

Herbs can completely transform a dish from something ordinary into something amazing, and with pots (either fresh, frozen or dried) available from most supermarkets it’s worth keeping some on standby on your kitchen windowsill  – or in your store cupboard – to brighten up your midweek meals.
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Creating the perfect pizza

Forget takeaways! We’ve got the ultimate home-made pizza and once you’ve tried it you’ll never eat shop-bought again. And the best bit? You can make the sauce in bulk and then freeze it down so you can have pizza any time! It’s also perfect for pasta and as a base for lasagne and moussaka – so that’s supper worries sorted! 
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A great day out…

Stuck for ideas for something to do this weekend? We’ve mapped out the perfect day for food and drink lovers based in and around Liverpool – helping you make the most of the Baltic Triangle. Enjoy! 
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The good pub guide for North Wales

With many pubs now providing restaurant quality dining in warm and welcoming surroundings, they’re becoming the perfect places for friends and family to meet up and spend time together enjoying carefully selected fine wines, craft beers and hearty home-cooked food. We’ve highlighted one of the best in North Wales and suggested some others that are worth seeking out...
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7 things you need to know about mushrooms

Are mushrooms one of those vegetables that you can take or leave? Well read on to discover why they’re the must-have ingredient for all-round good health. So this weekend why not whip up an omelette, add an extra topping to your pizza or make the most of them in a fabulous risotto. Your body will thank you for it!
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The science of taste

Our sense of taste is an amazing accomplishment of biology and evolution, and for good reason: it steers us toward nutritious, energy-rich foods (sweet, savoury) and biologically necessary building blocks (salty), and away from potentially harmful foods (sour, bitter).
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Six great gadgets to make life simple

Cooking is one of life’s simple pleasures and there are some great kitchen gadgets that take some of the legwork out of your food preparation and cooking. We’ve put together six of the best that you’ll wonder how you ever managed without!
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Create the perfect cheeseboard

If you’ve gone to all that time and trouble to create a carefully thought-out menu then it makes sense to plan the grand finale of your cheeseboard. We’ve got a traditional combination that should keep all your guests happy and something a little more adventurous for those who want to try something different.
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Meet our local food hero

Under the watchful eye of Lord Newborough, the Rhug Estate’s farming practices have been switched to organic – a change that consumers are now enjoying through the quality of their meat
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The good pub guide for Manchester

With many pubs now providing restaurant quality dining in warm and welcoming surroundings, they’re becoming the perfect places for friends and family to meet up and spend time together. We've highlighted one of the best in Manchester and suggested some others that are worth seeking out...
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How to cook the perfect steak

A well-cooked steak served with all the trimmings is a well-earned weekend treat, but if you struggle to cook yours to perfection then follow our foolproof guide.
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Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum!

Think of rum and you can’t help but think of pirates causing chaos on the high seas. But the liquor is more popular than ever and there are even dedicated rum bars to indulge a love of the liquor…
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Chef in focus - Matt Worswick

Matt Worswick is something of an anomaly. Young, tall and super confident, he is disdainful of what he describes as ‘old-fashioned attitudes to food’, yet talking to him it’s clear that he actually holds many traditional values that other chefs would never willingly admit to.
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Your simple guide to grains

There are so many new and unusual grains available in supermarkets at the moment – all providing a great alternative to rice and pasta. Here’s a round-up of our faves…
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Live life with relish

It’s the time of year for preserving the glut of fruit and vegetables by making chutneys and relishes. You can then serve them with your festive feast or give them as very special Christmas presents. Here are two of our favourite recipes...
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7 reasons to say cheers to gin

Once derided as the scourge of 18th century Britain, gin is enjoying a huge resurgence in popularity and with good reason…
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Say cheese

Cheeseboards have come a long say since the days of a random selection of bland varieties. We met up with cheese aficionado Jay Hickson to create the ultimate cheeseboards that will provide a fabulous finale for any meal...
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The wine connoisseur

From being able to spot what you like on the supermarket aisles to memorising obscure French terroirs, learning about your favourite tipple can be as simple or complex as you want it to be. Our wine expert Tom Young reveals all you need to know about the heady world of wine...
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