Veganuary 2018 with Clearspring

Veganuary 2018 with Clearspring: January 2018

Veganism is a hot trend for 2018 and increasingly becoming a lifestyle choice for many.  So much so that the official “Veganuary” charity has been set up to inspire people to try vegan not just in January, but throughout the rest of the year too.  With more vegan product choices than ever before, a growing awareness and concern for Animal welfare, eating with a conscious is easy, enjoyable and exciting, as vegan foods need not be dull and lacklustre.

Clearspring have impressively achieved 18 food awards since 2010.  An ethical brand that supports sustainable organic farming which benefits local communities.  Pack out your cupboard with their range of Vegan Organic goodies including; rice cakes, crackers, rye crispbread, snack packs, brown rice flour, brown rice pasta, Pasta sauces, beans, protein powders, apple cider vinegar and omega oil.

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Veganuary 2018 Top Picks by Forkward Thinking Foodinista

Veganuary 2018 Top Picks by Forkward Thinking Foodinista

Veganism is a hot trend for 2018 and increasingly becoming a lifestyle choice for many.  So much so that the official “Veganuary” charity has been set up to inspire people to try vegan not just in January, but throughout the rest of the year too.

With more vegan product choices than ever before, a growing awareness and concern for Animal welfare, eating with a conscious is easy, enjoyable and exciting, as vegan foods need not be dull and lacklustre.  Excitingly, the following featured twelve brands offer a range of vegan friendly products that are convenient, healthy and vamp up your Vegan menus.

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Veganuary 2018 with Mia Tui Vegan Accessories

Veganuary 2018 with Mia Tui Vegan Accessories: January 2018

Veganism is a hot trend for 2018 and increasingly becoming a lifestyle choice for many.  So much so that the official “Veganuary” charity has been set up to inspire people to try vegan not just in January, but throughout the rest of the year too.  Why just change your diet, you could look at also introducing ethical Vegan friendly accessories into your life.

Founded by, business women and busy mum, Charlotte in 2010, while living in Vietnam, the award-winning Mia Tui bags are still produced in Vietnam in her friend Van’s factory where team work is a core value and together they aim to provide quality products at affordable process and deliver exceptional customer service.  Their bag range are vegan friendly, as they do not use any animal based products which gets big thumbs up from me.

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Losehill House Hotel & Spa Review

Losehill House Hotel & Spa Review: January 2018

The privately owned Losehill House hotel & Spa is located in an enviable postcode in the heart of Derbyshire’s Peak District.  Perched in an idyllic countryside spot, offering breathtakingly amazing views, the Losehill House Hotel is ideal for a walk to Mam Tor or why not be adventurous like we did and go caving in Speedwell Cavern, but don’t forget your hard hats.  What about Chatsworth house, the lovely villages of Castleton and Hope or the caves of Blue John.  The choice is endless and all conveniently on your doorstep.

First impressions count, and you will not be disappointed. The entrance is impressive with a traditional stone arch way, an enormous wonderful wooden door with an equally large glass panelled window which allows in masses of light and gives an airy yet cosy feel.

The house has that intimate home away from home feel with a clever mix of traditional and contemporary fixtures and fittings, where any renovations, that have been carried out, have clearly been sympathetic to retain the charm and character of the original building.

Our divine deluxe room had the most incredible view, through the lovely country cottage windows we could see trees, hills and greenery for miles.  The cosy and comfortable bed, with a picture of the Losehill house Hotel proudly in place above the bed, alongside a plush two-seater sofa, makes for a cosy stay.

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Bredbury Hall Hotel and Country Club Review

Bredbury Hall Hotel and Country Club Review: January 2018

Bredbury Hall and Country Club is situated within, the Goyt Valley local nature reserve, an area of natural beauty located in Stockport Cheshire.

With stunning views overlooking the countryside along with a wonderful water foundation feature, this really is the place for a break away.

The inviting entrance has an eclectic quirky feel with a traditional red phone box, street lamp lights and stain glass windows.

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Leon Restaurants Manchester Piccadilly Review

Leon Restaurants Manchester Piccadilly Review: January 2018

The three musketeers, Henry Dimbleby, John Vincent and chef Allegra McEvedy, aka the founders of Leon Restaurants, have combined their wealth of knowledge and skills to take the world by storm with their fab fresh fast food philosophy and started their own foodie revolution.

In 2008 Allegra was awarded with an MBE for services to the hospitality industry.  He was described as “a caterer with a conscience” by the Independent, has over 20 years’ experience and has worked as a broadcaster appearing on Channel 4, The Good Food Channel, BBC and has published 6 cook books.

Henry’s expansive background includes being a commis chef with Michelin-starred chef Bruno Loubet, a gossip columnist for The Daily Telegraph, appears as a regular panellist on BBC R4’s Kitchen Cabinet, has written for the Telegraph, the Guardian, the Times and the Sun and worked at Bain & Company where he met John.

John did business trouble-shooting at Bain & Company, has created dance events with innocent drinks founder Richard Reed and has led the turnaround of various brands.  If it can be improved John is your man.  Leon was named after John’s Dad, inspired by his mum’s positivity and the “Sunshine that radiates from every LEON team member”

In 2013 Henry and John produced the School Food Plan, where school menus were given their biggest healthy overhaul in generations and due to their combined successes both Henry and John were awarded an MBE in 2015 for services to school food.

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Cottonopolis Manchester Northern Quarter Review

Cottonopolis Manchester Northern Quarter Review: January 2018

The Japanese inspired Cottonopolis restaurant is located in a gorgeous grade II listed building in the heart of Manchester’s Northern quarter.  Boasting Manchester’s iconic symbolic Bee, as their logo, which is proudly etched on the buildings windows.

The name Cottonopolis, that means a metropolis focused on cotton trading that serviced the cotton mills, has been inspired by Manchester’s historical past, as the international centre of the cotton trade during the 19th century.  This too is reflected in the choice of bespoke décor which combines traditional with the contemporary while remaining sympathetic to the buildings original features.

Exposed brick work, industrial chain features, cast iron columns, plush tan leather seating & booths, original floorboards, cool copper light fittings which add warmth along with the natural light.  A cool, chic and classy grown up hub to hang out in and the open kitchen created a calm yet buzzing hive of activity.  Owner and architect Nick Muir really has done an outstanding job.

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