CRAFTY NECTAR // CIDER ADVENT CALENDAR

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THE WORLD’S 1ST CIDER ADVENT CALENDAR IS BACK  

CIDER SAVIOURS Crafty Nectar are back and ready to wave goodbye to 2020 with Ultimate Cider Advent calendar. Yes, we’re bringing you the joy of summer to dreary December with ‘24 ciders, 24 days of discovery’!  

What’s included in ‘our best in snow’?
– 24 award-winning ciders from the UK’s top craft producers – you can’t get these ciders in the supermarkets!
– Free ‘How to Taste Cider’ guide 
– Interactive tasting notes & reviews 
– 16 of the ciders are brand new and 6 are exclusives

We have a range of different cider styles from award-winning producers from the likes of Kentish Pip in the Eastern counties to the best of the West country including one of the world’s best cider makers, Tom Oliver. We even have some exclusive ciders that have never been on sale before from the Newt in Somerset and our very own Crafty Nectar No.9 – Blackberry and Hibiscus Co-Ferment cider with Once Upon Tree

All our ciders are made from 100% fresh pressed juice, from traditional cider makers with real stories, plenty of passion and not available in supermarkets. Whatever your tastes there is a cider for everyone and lets not forget all these ciders are vegan-friendly, have no added flavourings and are gluten-free. What’s not to love? 

Whether you’re cider lover or a newbie, this cider advent calendar will take you on a voyage of discovery across the UK. Yes, ‘yule be sorry’ if you miss out! 

And remember kids ‘cider is for life and not just for Christmas!’



“Last year we brought you the world’s first cider advent calendar and we sold out within the first week. 2020 is the year to discover different styles of cider, whether it be Eastern Counties style cider, made using dessert apples producing a sharp, acidic zing or the traditional West country bursting with fruity, bold and banging tannins. 

Our goal is to make full juice, craft cider accessible for all, to help modernise the tired, old image of cider with ground breaking ciders from the UK’s best producers. ” (Ed Calvert CEO Crafty Nectar) 

SOCIAL STORIES CLUB // CHRISTMAS CAMPAIGN

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Social Stories Club Christmas Campaign ‘Christmas with an Impact’.
Gift-boxes That Support Social Enterprises and Create the Ultimate Social Impact.


Social Stories Club, a socially impactful gift-box social enterprise has decided to make this Christmas as socially conscious as possible, they have curated a campaign to have ‘Christmas with an Impact’. Social Stories Club have been shining a light on social enterprises and their incredible
stories of impact for two years, through their exciting gifts supporting lots of social causes such as creating social mobility for the Dalit community of India, supporting reforestation, and providing education for girls. This Christmas they are asking the UK public to buy a socially impactful gift and make this Christmas as Impactful as possible.

Victoria E, a buyer and receiver of a Social Stories Club gift-box wrote: “I received one of these hampers recently, and loved it! I had to then in turn get one as a gift for my friend for her birthday. It’s such a treat! What a brilliant initiative, supporting brilliant companies with great visions for making a positive impact. What’s not to love?!” These positive statements are what empowers the small Social Stories Club team to keep finding new and inspiring social enterprises and to promote the creation of social impact. Since Social Stories Club was created they have created over £30,000 in positive impact across the world.

Karis Gill – Co-Founder, Social Stories Club; has over the past couple of months realised that the
public is thinking more about the types of businesses they support and how they spend their
money, during difficult societal and financial periods. During COVID-19, there was a push to
support local businesses, especially ones with a more socially conscious focus. Karis created the very popular‘ A Hug-in-a-Box’ gift box in May to ensure people still felt connected in the difficult months. As it has become more unstable towards the festive period Social Stories Club has
reaffirmed their commitment to not only creating social impact, but making social groups still feel connected.

In September, Social Stories Club launched a successful crowd-funder campaign raising £4000 with gift boxes filled with products from small social enterprises. They created this after they realised they can struggle to produce mass orders over busy periods; therefore, they created a pre-
order scheme for September to ensure they were supported and had enough production time for the festive period.

Social Stories Club are not only shining a light on these amazing brands, they are also providing a route to market for social enterprises. The social enterprises they feature are shared on their social media and also their stories are told in the story booklets included in our boxes. Many of
those featured have gone on to receive large orders from corporates and other businesses.


About Social Stories Club.
Karis came up with the idea for Social Stories Club on her 21st birthday. She knew at this point that she wanted to combine her interests in entrepreneurship and charity, and social enterprise was the answer. Karis led the events team of her local Social Enterprise Club and became
fascinated with all the social enterprises she met and their incredible stories of impact. Karis was so inspired by these stories she wanted to share them with the world. When Karis came back to Edinburgh for her final year of university, she dedicated her dissertation to researching social
enterprise. Aayush, who is the other co-founder, grew up in India and his first flight out of Asia landed him in Edinburgh to start university. Aayush’s background is in finance, charity and operations. In his first year at university between 2014-15, Aayush raised over £11,000 for four different
charities. To encourage university students to get involved, he designed several creative events to raise funds including pillow fights for mental health. In August 2019, Aayush was shortlisted as the ‘Social Enterprise Champion ’by Social Enterprise Scotland. In their 4th year at university Karis sat in Aayush’s kitchen and they discussed their future. Aayush was struggling applying for graduate jobs and Karis had her plan for Social Stories Club. The conversation was short and beautiful Karis asked Aayush if he wanted to join and immediately he said yes.

Karis Gill
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/karisgill

Aayush Goyal
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/aagoyal

http://www.socialstoriesclub.com

HOTEL CHOCOLAT // CHRISTMAS RANGE

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We’ve decked the halls, trimmed the tree… the only thing missing? The Christmas chocolates — the advent calendar to count down the days, the warming hot chocolate to come home to, the ribbon-wrapped Christmas chocolate gifts for your Nice List. How long until December 25th? Yes, we’re thinking of Christmas already!

Hotel Chocolat has just launched over 30 new Christmas chocolate products – from advent calendars and stocking fillers, to Christmas hampers packed with both savoury and sweet festive treats. With gluten free and vegan options, there’s choice for everyone.

The award-winning Chocolat Cream Liqueur is back by popular demand; full-bodied 70% dark chocolate mixed with vodka and lashings of cream – what more could you ask for? A perfect stocking filler for adults who struggle to choose between booze and chocolate! £22.00 for 500ml

With all things Christmas due to hit the shelves soon, Hotel Chocolat boast a whopping 9 advent calendars already – from white to caramel, milk to dark – and even ones with festive tipples! Advent calendars start at £12.50 for individuals, and £26.00 for couples who don’t mind sharing that window-peeling moment. TheGrand Advent Calendar (which is as extra as it sounds) is set to be a sure favourite too, with its included cacao tea, gin, hot chocolate and truffles.

This year, Hotel Chocolat are pleased to offer a Christmas hamper for all budgets; starting at £20.00 for their chocolate and gin gift collection. Speaking of gin, their award-winning festive tipples have been placed in a bundle; a collection of its Cacao Gin, Chocolat Cream Liqueur and Salted Caramel Vodka Liqueur sits at £18.00.

KELLY BRONZE TURKEYS // CHRISTMAS LEFTOVER IDEAS – BOXING DAY TURKEY WRAP

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Paul Kelly’s Boxing Day Turkey Wrap

Ingredients

  • Brussel sprouts
  • Mayonnaise
  • Tortilla wraps
  • Leftover stuffing
  • Leftover KellyBronze turkey (and skin)
  • Kellybronze hot cranberry jelly

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.
  2. Lay the cooked turkey skin flat in a baking tray and cook in the oven for approx. 10 minutes or until crispy.
  3. Grab a wrap and spread the mayonnaise and cranberry sauce in the centre. Add the brussel sprouts, turkey, stuffing and once crisped, the delicious turkey crackling.
  4. Fold over one side of the wrap, followed by the bottom and finally roll over until the filling is fully enclosed.
  5. Slice in half and enjoy!

KELLY BRONZE TURKEYS // CHRISTMAS LEFTOVER IDEAS – CROQUE MADAME

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Ingredients

  • 2 sprigs of thyme
  • 3 eggs
  • 10g unsalted butter
  • 200ml whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 6 slices of white bread
  • 100g Wensleydale cheese (with cranberry)
  • 100g Gruyere cheese
  • 1 jar of KellyBronze hot cranberry jelly
  • 400g leftover KellyBronze cooked turkey

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.
  2. To create the bechamel sauce – add the butter and thyme leaves to a saucepan on a low heat. When the butter has melted, stir in the flour and leave to cook for two minutes. Then add the milk and whisk until smooth (no lumps!) Increase the heat and leave to simmer for a few minutes until the sauce has thickened.
  3. Remove pan from the heat and add the mustard and Wensleydale cheese. Return back to the heat for 30 seconds until cheese has melted.
  4. Slice the bread into six 1.5cm thick slices. Spread the cranberry sauce onto three slices, then add the bechemel sauce and grate on some gruyere cheese. Add the turkey, some more gruyere and then sandwich together with the remaining slices. On the top of the sandwich, add a little more béchamel, a sprinkle of gruyere and bake in the oven until the cheese has melted and is golden brown in colour.
  5. Whilst the sandwiches are in the oven, grab a frying pan, add a knob of butter and fry three eggs until the whites are cooked but the yolks are still runny.
  6. Remove the sandwiches from the oven when golden brown, and place one egg on top of each.
  7. Eat and enjoy!

THE MOUNT (CHINGFORD) // CHRISTMAS MENU

Tonight we are visiting The Mount in Chingford to try out their new festive menu (below). We cannot wait to share our thoughts!

THE DUKES HEAD (BILLERICAY) // FESTIVE MENU

Tonight we are visiting The Dukes Head in Billericay to try out their new festive menu (below). We cannot wait to share our thoughts!

THE GEORGE & DRAGON (EPPING) // FESTIVE MENU

Tonight we are visiting The George & Dragon in Epping to try out their new festive menu (below). We cannot wait to share our thoughts!

THE MOUNT (CHINGFORD) // CHRISTMAS MENU

If you’re looking for a meal a little less formal & definitely on a lower budget then this is your answer! The Mount, situated on Chingford Mount is ideal for a quick catch-up & bite to eat over the festive period. This is somewhere we have eaten before & can recommend!

CAFE BRAZIL // CHRISTMAS MENU

We’re treating you to another Christmas menu – this time it’s Cafe Brazil’s festive offering! This is one I’m going to be checking out- I think it’s great value for money, & you will also receive a complimentary glass of fizz – what’s not to love?!

DUSK (BRENTWOOD) // WHAT’S ON

LIVE DOSA // CHRISTMAS MENU

Today, we have another Christmas menu for you! Live Dosa is a really lovely family owned & run restaurant in Chelmsford. The team here will do all they can to accommodate & make you feel welcome, so again, another one to consider over the festive period.

BANANA TREE // CHRISTMAS MENU

Christmas Party-booking season is upon us & it can be very daunting not knowing where to go! Whether it be a Christmas catch-up with friends or an office party, it really can be baffling & often difficult when working on a budget at such an expensive time of year. We have taken it upon ourselves to find some of the best menus & best deals out there, & to start, we have the wonderful Banana Tree. We have visited this restaurant & we thoroughly enjoyed it, so we are confident in saying that their Christmas Menu is definitely one to be considered.