Mulled beer recipe: Hiver comes (a-)wassailing

Here we come a-wassailing
Among the leaves so green;
Here we come a-wand’ring
So fair to be seen.

Going wassailing (wishing good health) during Yuletide isn’t as common as it was in medieval England, but we still enjoy the hot punch that was drunk as part of the ceremony.

There are several versions of the recipe out there: Hiver’s take on the traditional kind uses their Hiver Honey Beer in this sweet, lightly-spiced recipe.

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Friday Twitter Chat: Britain’s Next Top Supplier Shortlist

Congratulations to the 50 brilliant suppliers shortlisted for Britain’s Next Top Supplier 2015! We’d like to invite all of you who have been shortlisted to a Twitter chat this Friday to showcase your business and promote your application.

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SALSA Twitter chat this Wednesday

Join us and @SALSAfoods live on Twitter this Wednesday from 2pm and learn all about SALSA’s food safety certification scheme, designed especially for smaller producers.

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Hiver Beers – A year on from Britain’s Next Top Supplier

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Hannah Rhodes, founder of Hiver Beers and winner of Britain’s Next Top Supplier 2014, talks about her experience and how participating in this year’s competition could help your business grow.

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Ice, Ice, Baby: Britain’s Next Top Supplier


As the days get longer and the sun teases us with the promise of warmer days, what better way to celebrate than with ice cream? Here are three cool brands that became listed on ocado.com last year in our third instalment of Britain’s Next Top Supplier: Class of 2014.

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Guest post: Great British Butcher

Britain’s Next Top Supplier entrant, The Great British Butcher, made it to the final fifty with their tasty meat rubs in vintage-style tins. And now they’re available at Ocado. I caught up with the guys to find out more about what makes their rubs so special.

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Q Congrats on getting listed at Ocado after making our Britain’s Next Top Supplier Top Fifty! How did you find the competition?

It was passed on by a friend in the retail industry – it seemed too perfect for a British family business with roots in the butchery trade not to enter. The competition was great – despite having a flourishing food scene in the UK it’s rare to see the large retailers actively supporting and celebrating British brands, and we jumped at the chance to take part. Everyone we’ve met at Ocado has been genuinely passionate about offering customers something truly unique and we’re proud as punch to get our GBB brand listed.​

Q Tell our customers about your product in five words.

A Quality flavours for quality meat.

Q What’s your favourite Great British Butcher flavour and what do you do with it?

It’s got to be the Bloody Mary Rub. We found that the heady flavours of the infamous cocktail work wonders as a punchy spice mix rubbed into a beef ribeye or flash-fried with some thick cut smoky bacon for the ultimate hangover-busting bacon sandwich.

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Q Why should Great British Butcher make it into our customer’s trolleys this week?

A Our family’s been crafting seasonings and sauces for the British butcher for nearly 40 years. We want to help bring the cooking world and butchery a little closer with quality, all-natural flavours that pack a real punch and help home cooks experiment with a whole new world of meat.

Give us an interesting fact about the Great British Butcher range.

A Our rubs and crumbs are used in Windsor Farm shop on meat from animals reared on the Royal Estate. We like to think the Queen has great taste in flavours!

Well, you can’t argue with Liz. Grab a tin this week whilst they’re on offer – you can save 1/3 on the range if you order by 19th August.

Interested in following the chaps at Great British Butcher? Find them below:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GreatBritishButcher

Twitter: https://twitter.com/tgbbutcher

Blog: http://www.greatbritishbutcher.blogspot.co.uk/

Naomi, PR and Marketing Executive

Britain’s Next Top Supplier profile: Marcus from Nutshot

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I’ve been kicking back with the lovely Marcus from Nutshot, finding out about his entry for our Britain’s Next Top Supplier competition. Read on to find out more…

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Britain’s Next Top Supplier 2014

Britain's Next Top Supplier judges Tom Kerridge and  Sir Stuart Rose At Ocado we believe in nurturing British suppliers, so we’ve made it our mission to source the UK’s very best small producers. We love discovering exciting new products for our customers to enjoy and over the years we’ve supported hundreds of new, up-and-coming brands like Yorkshire Provender, G’nosh, Muddy Boots, Higgidy and What on Earth.

Now, with the backing of retail legend Sir Stuart Rose and chef Tom Kerridge, we’ve launched ‘Britain’s Next Top Supplier’, a nationwide search to find the next big thing in food and drink.

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