The pub isn’t dead, it’s different…

As the Government relentlessly increases the tax on beer, pubs are suffering the most. According to the Campaign for Real Ale, 46 London Pubs have been turned into supermarkets, and a further 2,400 pubs have vanished completely from the capital. But it’s far too early to call time on the local. In London, many of our grand Victorian gin venues are being preserved and beautifully restored, as well as being revolutionised. A brand new breed of beer loving entrepreneurs are stripping back old pubs and revealing their bare essentials and restoring them to their former glory. But Sky Sports and cheap beer are nowhere to be seen. Craft Beer pubs around London can show just what can be achieved by disconnecting the old PA system and replacing it with micro brewed beers. London is witnessing the most active breweries and chain brands since the early 1900’s; but it isn’t just about the beer. The food has improved, nightlife has had life pumped into it – you are never far away from a quiz night, live music or open mic comedy nights. And now, to really outdo the competition, many pubs are hosting in house hairdressers, knitting groups and even vintage fashion boutiques are propping up the bar. With many reasons to stay in on a Saturday night, London’s pubs are offering reasons to get off the sofa and down your local. 

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Kindness UK

The London 2012 Olympics was the epitome of patriotism, sincerity, pride and British culture and attitude. When something big happens, we all come together and share the experience.  And we are sure that Great Britain will share this enthusiasm for the upcoming Paralympics also!

The legacy is the next topic of discussion, and whatever is decided, the London 2012 Olympics and the British attitude should continue, and Kindness UK are making sure that it will.

Kindness UK, a non-profit humanitarian organisation with the sole endeavor of sharing, promoting and uniting kindness, are soon hosting a General Assembly of the World Kindness Movement at their Cricklewood Headquarters from the 18th – 20th September 2012. The conference will bring together kindness movement from across the world including Australia, China, Dubai, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, the USA and obviously the UK. Chosen members of the public will join the delegates and Dr. David R. Hamilton PhD, a world expert in Oxytocin (the Happy Hormone) will be presenting.

David Jamilly, founder of Kindness UK said; ‘we are incredibly excited that London can once again be the forefront of developing a brighter and kinder future.”

 

 

Booking tables Vs. Reservation free

Booking tables Vs. Reservation free has been a debate that has been going on for years. Which way do we prefer to dine? Do Brits prefer to book in advance at a known restaurant so there are no surprises, or do we prefer to be spontaneous and go where we find?

Sometimes life is thinking outside the box and leaving your comfort zone, and not knowing exactly where you are going to eat. This can lead to some of the best restaurants, and some of the worst. But isn’t life all about trial and error and trying new things. How can you taste new experiences if you visit the same restaurant and order the same dish every week? Would you go on holiday and eat British food the entire time? No booking required not only gives you restaurant leverage and life experience it also gives dining an edge.

However, queuing half an hour for a table is not fun, and unless you visit an unpopular restaurant, then queuing and waiting are the ultimate sacrifices. It is a great feeling when the maître d finds your name and ushers you efficiently to your waiting table. There is also a quality of dining, which can only be achieved when reserving a table, and this is beneficial when you bring guests and business prospects. Familiarity of a good venue and great food provides a relaxing experience without any unwanted hiccups.

There are strong arguments for and against, and it is all about individual preference and situation. Finding new restaurants can be just as exciting as dining at old ones, but the comfort and recognition within a good restaurant cannot be beaten. What do you think? Do you prefer booking or reservation free?

 

The Great Book Migration

Here at Through the Door Promotions, we all enjoy relaxing with a well-made cup of team and immersing ourselves with a good book. There is nothing better than entering another world and being introduced to an entire range of heroes, heroines and villains and being told their stories regardless of whether they are fact or fiction; realistic or unbelievable.

So that is why were extremely happy to hear that according to a poll of 2000 people, the average UK resident spends 7 hours and 54 minutes reading a book each week. Over 53% of the nation welcome a good book and read on a daily basis for at least an hour, and 7 out of ten people will have heard of an E-reader.

But what do you prefer, the convenience and efficiency of an E-reader or the feel, smell and representation of a book?

The same poll also revealed that the average UK bookworm will get through two and three quarter books each month. The most popular reasons for picking up a book are escaping the everyday stresses and problems of reality and to broaden ones knowledge. However, for some, reading books hide ulterior motives.

Over a third of people admit that they have hidden behind a book to check on someone they admire, avoid a conversation or simply sit back and indulge of a spot of subtle people watching.

This national joy of reading has prompted laser eye surgery specialist, Ultralase to launch the campaign, The Great Book Migration with the support of former athletic – and patient – Jonathan Edwards. The campaign will track 100 books, and their travels, across the UK. The titles will vary from classic horrors such as Dracula to modern day romances such as One Day. The titles can be found in a range of public places with ‘Read Me’ labels attached to their covers. Those who find one of the marked books will then be invited to join the migration and using social media and mobile technology such as QR codes will be able to let followers know where they found it. Let us know what you think about this!!

If you want to find out more information about The Great Book Migration please visit www.on.fb.me/JX5CR4

 

 

Marley Coffee

The Gourmet Coffee Company – Marley Coffee, which was founded by Bob Marley’s son, Rohan has recently launched three premium organic blends of coffee in the UK.

Rohan adopts the ITAL standard, ‘Rastafari’ for all things pure, True and Vital, meaning that all the coffee is ethically produced.

Marley Coffee’s unmistakable taste puts the free spirit back into the coffee drinking experience. It will definitely go down a treat with the UK’s general public.

Marley is releasing three blends of Coffee, ‘Marley Coffee One Love Organic Coffee Blend’ – Medium Roast, which is full of floral notes and revealing hints of blueberry, cocoa and spice. It is a well-rounded coffee and tantalizes the pallet.

‘Marley Coffee Buffalo Soldier Organic Coffee Blend’ – Dark Roast – This earth blend is sultry, smoky and deliciously smooth. The dark chocolate and berry undertones leave a rich, lingering finish.

‘Lively Up! Organic Coffee Blend’ – Espresso Roast – This is an exquisite espresso blend that is a full-bodied and well-balanced coffee offering hints of cocoa, candied fruit and sweet caramel.

The great thing about this coffee is that a portion of all profits will be given to support Licks for Cause, a foundation that aims to build a playable football field and football camps for children of the coffee producing communities around the word, this aims to enrich their lives through sport. The Marley Coffee UK is also a supporter of the One Love Foundation.

Marley Coffee is currently available via – www.marleycoffee.co.uk priced at £6.99 (including UK delivery), amazin.co.uk as well as via UK delis and independents including Selfridges with prices starting at £5.99

The recipe for summer

Strawberry Daiquiri is a popular drink originating from Cuba, where it is known as a Fresca daiquiri. Making a strawberry daiquiri is really easy.

This is the recipe for the frozen version of this amazing cocktail, which is made by blending all the ingredients.

The Strawberry Daiquiri is a popular cocktail originating from Cuba. Below is a recipe for a Strawberry Daiquiri sorbet. This sorbet is refreshing and delicious.

Ingredients:

  1. 400g strawberries, hulled and chopped
  2. 1 lime, pips removed and cut into small chunks
  3. 120g caster sugar
  4. Pinch of sea salt
  5. 4 tbsp white rum

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pass through a fine sieve.

Churn in an ice cream maker for 40 minutes.

Eat straightaway or freeze for later.

The days of wine and roses are over

Forget wine, abandon the jug of Pimms and put down that chilled bottle of beer, because the must have drink of summer 2012 is the Strawberry Daiquiri. Sales are up 28% on last year alone and it is expected that Brits will drink more than nine million will drink the sweet, crowd pleasing cocktail this summer. The trend is the result of improved weather conditions and an increase in home made cocktails. Wimbledon is also a major factor as it incorporates strawberries.

According to cocktail experts Funkin, Strawberry puree sales are up by 27.62% which is the equivalent of 9,049,700 individual cocktails (or a great weekend) and the Strawberry producers have seen an increase in strawberry harvesting this year.

Funkin also reports that the demand for strawberries has increased massively and strawberry growers have harvested 52,000 tons of strawberries.

There has been a definite rise in cocktail culture, however, it has moved from the bars to groups of friends socialising and recreating their favourite cocktails at home. The days of pouring a simple gin and tonic or participating in the simple act of removing an ice cold beer from the fridge has been replaced with more sophisticated options including the classic cocktails like the Daiquiri. With summer of events now underway and lots of occasions for entertaining, people are deciding to become their own bartenders.

Britain’s second favourite flavour is Rasberry, with 6 million cocktails being made, where Passion Fruit has seen an increase of 29%.