McVitie's is joining forces with charity initiative Time to Change, to help promote conversations around mental health on Time to Talk Day today.
The biscuit brand is supporting this year's event by donating up to 12,000 vouchers for its McVitie's Biscuits range, offering consumers £1 off packs to redeem at grocery and convenience retailers.
The vouchers will be included in Time to Change's 'Chatter Boxes' , physical boxes filled with resources, tips and tricks designed to facilitate conversation around mental health distributed to thousands of workplaces and community groups around the UK.
Emma Stowers, Brand Director for McVitie's at pladis UK&I, comments: “The McVitie's brand purpose is about enabling everyday moments of real human connection. That's why getting behind Time to Talk Day, which promotes open and honest conversations about mental health, was so important to us. What better way to get people talking over a cup of tea and the nation's favourite biscuit?"
Jo Loughran, Director of Time to Change added: “We are delighted that McVitie's is contributing to our Time to Talk Chatter Box initiative, helping us provide the right tools for people to open up to mental health problems, talk and listen. We believe that biscuits are one of the perfect ingredients to help break the ice and potentially start difficult conversations so this tie-up feels like the perfect fit.”
The St. Ermin's Hotel has launched a delicious new children's 'Mini Gardener' Afternoon Tea.
The younger members of the family can enjoy their very own teatime delights and go on an adventure to see the Hotel's 350,000 Buckfast Honeybees hard at work on the third floor Bee Terrace. St. Ermin's Hotel are proud to have their own Rooftop Garden in addition to the busy bee colony and the new afternoon tea has been created to showcase the best fresh produce of the season.
The new menu includes a variety of sandwiches and seasonal sweet treats including a marshmallow lollipop dipped in milk chocolate, banana sponge with milk chocolate and caramelised peanuts and an apple, blackberry and custard slice. A 'decorate your own gingerbread' provides a creative activity to keep your busy bees entertained. Kids also receive a sweet gardening pack from Mud & Bloom including organic seeds to take home and plant in the garden. All teas are served with freshly baked scones, clotted cream and homemade jam.
Afternoon Tea is served daily in the pretty Tea Lounge, with children's tea available during school holidays and at weekends.
Nordés, Spain's fastest growing premium gin, wants to challenge British drinking habits. Nordés believes its gin's herbal and highly aromatic flavour profile makes it the perfect accompaniment to a wide range of savoury and sweet dishes.
Named after the north-easterly wind, Nordés Atlantic Galician gin is produced in a small distillery close to Santiago de Compostela, Galicia's capital in North Western Spain. White albariño grapes are distilled with selected botanicals. Verbena is paired with laurel, samphire and mellow sage, warmed up with a pinch of juniper, cardamom, ginger, hibiscus and black tea. This results in a gin with gastronomic notes of eucalyptus, laurel and mint and delicate flavours of white fruit.
Don't have traditional tapas to hand? No matter. Nordés suggests pairing a well-made gin and tonic alongside a smoked salmon starter or spicy sausage. As a main, match the gin with Thai cuisine to bring out the lemon verbena notes. For dessert, try pairing it with a summer fruit sorbet and a sprig of mint to bring out the sweeter aromatics. Soon, Nordés will have you asking: “Red, white or gin?”
Nordés gin (70 cl) ABV 40% - RRP £35 - is available nationwide at Amazon and Master of Malts.
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