New independent Tea Room opens in Peterborough
Last month, a new independent tea room opened its doors in Peterborough. Becket’s Tea Room set in Becket Chapel in the tranquil Cathedral Precincts will serve freshly prepared, locally sourced meals, homemade cakes, light lunches and afternoon teas, all with table service. A takeaway menu will also be available.
The Tea Room is a collaboration between Venture Catering, a division of Peterborough Regional College (PRC) Ventures, and Peterborough Cathedral. Its aim is to provide high quality food and excellent service to city centre customers, including Cathedral visitors. All the profits from the enterprise will go to support both the Regional College and the Cathedral.
Furniture for Becket’s Tea Room has been provided by the Peterborough based furniture company AHF, who have not only donated tables and chairs, but also sofas for a relaxed seating area next to the main Chapel.
An additional entrance to the Tea Room will be opened later in the year, supported by funding from Perkins Engines Limited. The Tea Room also offers free wi-fi, a children’s menu and an outdoor terrace overlooking the West Front of the Cathedral.
Hotel Felix, an independent, four-star hotel located in Cambridge, is encouraging guests to explore the historic with its exclusive spring and summer offer – Punt and Stay.
Back by popular demand, the Punt and Stay package includes an overnight stay at Hotel Felix, a three-course dinner in the award-winning Graffiti restaurant, full English breakfast and two tickets for a punting tour along the backs of the River Cam from £180 (based on two people sharing).
The Punt and Stay offer is available for bookings now until 31 May and then will be available again over the summer holidays between 24 July and 3 September.
Craft Beer & Ale Crowned as the ‘Tipple of Choice’ in the East of England in 2017
British attitudes towards pubs in 2017 have evolved to encompass current social trends whilst retaining classic British traditions, including the discovery that craft beer & ale is now the top tipple of choice within the East of England.
Over half (54%) of residents would choose to enjoy their pint with British television royalty, Sir David Attenborough, over Her Majesty the Queen, and when given the choice between having a wide selection of craft beer & ales, gin, whisky or soft drinks behind the bar, residents overwhelmingly voted in favour of craft beer & ales with a majority of 63%.
The survey conducted on behalf of Nicholson’s Pubs, who operate The Mitre in Cambridge, also discovered that, despite social media feeds being flooded with shots of the newest food trends, people still chose to opt for more traditional British dishes. Fish & chips won the popular vote with 48% choosing this classic dish over current health-led trends such as a quinoa salad, which only garnered 3% of the vote.
Although British tastes have remained traditional, reasons for visiting the pub have shifted in this increasingly digital world, with almost three quarters (72%) of respondents from the East of England stating the top reason they would pop into a British pub in 2017 is for free WiFi.
Galvin Green Man crowned ‘Best Pub In Essex’ National Pub & Bar Awards 2017
Judges from the National Pub & Bar Awards have crowned the Galvin Green Man, Howe St, as the county’s top local boozer. The pub was launched last November 2016, by Essex-born chef brothers, Chris & Jeff Galvin.
The Galvin Green Man will now compete against five other county winners for the best in their region title, at the National Pub & Bar Awards grand final at BAFTA London, on Tuesday 23 May. On the night, the overall National Pub & Bar of the Year will also be announced, with 94 county winners in the running.
The National Pub & Bar Awards – East of England County Winners 2017:
- Essex – Galvin Green Man
- Bedfordshire – The Fancott
- Cambridgeshire – The White Hart, Ufford
- Hertfordshire – The Fox at Willian
- Norfolk – The Crown, Pulham at Market
- Suffolk – The Turks Head