These best restaurant lists are usually heavily biased towards the London scene, seemingly leaving the rest of us stuck at home with no hope of a decent meal out. Pah. We all know this is obviously rubbish but here, at last, is a list for the whole of England and Wales (apologies to those in Scotland and Northern Ireland, you sadly missed the cut) and best of all, it's PUBS! Albeit fancy ass ones. Don't let that put you off though as many of them serve proper food (no foams or weird stuff) but of a very high quality. I'm excited to try out a few of these this year.
Get your creative juices flowing for this exciting Pieminister competition - you have the chance to design a vegetarian pie that could be stocked nationwide for British Pie Week next month! Pieminister are pretty big in the world of pies with little stalls and cafes all over the country; they've been a favourite of mine since that first, horrendously muddy Glastonbury Festival back in 2007 where they were one of the only saviours in a very soggy weekend. You only have until Sunday to get your entries in so get going! You could be a famous pie person! Yeeeeah.
This is an amazing new project that ticks just about every ethical/environmental box it could possibly tick. And then some. Read their story, it tells it better than I will. The short version is that they collect waste bread, turn it into beer and churn their profits back into combating food waste with a final aim of going out of business because there will be no more wasted loaves. Love this a lot. Buy the ale online or at a selection of pubs and restaurants.
Errr veggan?! Really? Apparently, well, according to The Guardian, this is an actual thing - there are eggs you can buy that are laid by old battery hens who would otherwise be killed, so some vegans are breaking their animal fast and frying up some omelettes. Can you still call yourself a vegan, that is the question debated here.