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Escape Exclusively devoted to our guests and teams

Issue 3 2021

Perfect Moments

AFTERNOON TEA TRAIL Join us at our fabulous hotels


THERE’S A NEW TEA IN TOWN! Why Tea at The George is the new place to be

SURYA CHRISTMAS Fantastic food and first-class hospitality

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Contents 26 Dragonfly Hotels


06 Style & Living

Indulge in some retail therapy with our luxury fashion and shopping ideas

18 Top 10 Coastal Walks

Take in stunning views as you walk along the UK’s spectacular coastline

49 Tom Peppers, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex 50 Fryatt Hotel, Harwich, Essex / Bricklayers, Colchester, Essex BUSINESS & PEOPLE

33, 39 & 42 Local Attractions

12 The Tea in Teamwork

Make the most of your stay and visit our selection of super local attractions

We chat about how Tea at The George was created

34 An Unforgettable Wedding

30 ‘Never Throw Away Old Bananas!’

Your wedding with us will be a day you remember for ever

44 Heritage Reinvented

Laura Ashley is synonymous with beautiful design that has stood the test of time HOTELS & LEISURE

32 ‘No Day is Ever the Same’

We catch up with Surya Hotels’ Marketing Manager, Charlotte Black FOOD & DRINK

13 Exclusive Offers

Don’t miss our great autumn offer!

A Christmas to Remember at…

22 The Mill Hotel, Sudbury, Suffolk / Duke’s Head Hotel, King’s Lynn, Norfolk

8 Tea at The George

24 Kingscliff Hotel, Holland-on-Sea, Essex / Great Hallingbury Manor, Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire 25 Thatcher’s Hotel, East Horsley, Surrey / Hog’s Back Hotel & Spa, Farnham, Surrey


The historic George Hotel opens its doors to Essex’s new lavish tearoom Enjoy the most quintessential of Great British traditions at our fabulous hotels

28 Chef ’s Corner

Find out what’s cooking and try for yourself

36 Let there be Light

Global foods leader Surya Foods to launch a UK Diwali-exclusive range

40 Vegan Wonders

Check out these plant-based recipes from our top chefs


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14 Afternoon Tea Trail

23 The George Hotel, Colchester, Essex / St Nicholas Hotel, Colchester, Essex


The George’s Head Pastry Chef, Helena Brodie, shares her greatest cooking hack

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Escape Exclusively devoted to our guests and teams

Issue 3 2021

Perfect Moments

AFTERNOON TEA TRAIL Join us at our fabulous hotels

THERE’S A NEW TEA IN TOWN! Why Tea at The George is the new place to be


SURYA CHRISTMAS Fantastic food and first-class hospitality

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Welcome Hello and a warm welcome to our third issue of Escape magazine – how time flies!

There’s no doubt that we have faced the most difficult trading conditions in recent times. But adversity is an opportunity for creativity, and we have flexed our creative muscle to maintain and improve our offers to you, our valued guests. It’s been an extremely busy time since lockdown lifted; good weather and optimism have brought significantly more guests to stay at our family of hotels since reopening. Our dedicated teams have driven through every challenge along the way, and we are now welcoming more guests than we did pre-pandemic – brighter times are ahead! It is an absolute pleasure to see you enjoying our facilities once again – whether that’s sipping a cool beer by the water meadows at The Mill, indulging in cocktails at our stylish cocktail bar, Massey’s at The Duke’s Head, or dining in the new outdoor pod at Kingscliff Hotel. Thanks to our new partnership with Burgers, Wings and Ribs, you can tuck into delicious food at The Bricklayers, or experience the Moroccan-inspired ‘Secret Courtyard’ at our freshly refurbished and reopened flagship hotel, The George in Colchester. We are also delighted to welcome happy couples back to celebrate their weddings with us and we’re set for a busy few years ahead. There are some great value staycations with us available throughout the autumn and into the winter, with Christmas 2021 offers and party nights already on our website. For more information, please contact a member of our Events teams or visit – don’t miss out! For now, it’s time to sit back, relax and read about our amazing new tearoom, Tea at The George and much more.

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This stylish bag is crafted from an eco-canvas fabric made from a unique blend of PET polyester (recycled plastic bottles) and recycled cotton giving this oversized bag a soft, tactile feel. The tote is ideal for days out, trips to the coast and is the perfect travel companion for holidays. Its generous size means it is roomy enough for an overnight stay or a simple day trip. Features include button-fastening, short handles and a long strap for increased flexibility.

The Classic Silk Scrunchie Gift Set, The Silk Collection, £40 This luxury silk scrunchie gift set contains four of the brand’s best-selling silk scrunchies, hand-packaged into its signature gift box. Silk scrunchies offer a luxurious yet caring option for your hair – silk’s smooth texture helps to prevent split ends, kinks and frizz. This is the perfect gift set for effortless haircare and style.

Travel Wallet, Noble Macmillan, £80 The new luxury Classic Travel Wallet with suede lining. It has separate leather tab pockets for passports, tickets, documents and other, with a zipped pocket for currencies. Available in navy blue and pale blue calf leather, it is perfect for the traveller and families alike, and can be personalised with initials or a message. Dimensions: W23 x H14cm Colours: Navy Blue, Light Blue – gold engraving on tabs, beige suede / Light Pink – gold engraving and black suede. / 07

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Historic George Hotel opens its doors to Essex’s new lavish tearoom, laced in over 500 years of history.

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olchester’s newly revamped historic George Hotel has opened its doors to an eclectic Afternoon Tea room this month: Tea at the George.

The exquisite tearoom serves a luxurious afternoon tea in sumptuous arty surroundings, adorned with panelling, mirrors, cherry blossom and lavish flowers, inspired by London’s finest tea houses. The menu features an array of beautiful, handmade and quirky fancies curated by the Pastry Chef, sustainably sourced, award-winning fine artisan teas (served in fine china and bespoke, locally made teapots) and a matching Champagne, Cocktail and Gin list – all carefully selected for the Victorian inspired tearoom.

Essex’s new leading destination to enjoy afternoon tea with friends is open for bookings from Wednesday to Sunday,12pm to 5pm. There are a range of menus to choose from including Traditional, Vegan, Gluten Free and Vegetarian, as well as seasonal special menus. The tearoom will be hosting a Trick or Treat Afternoon Tea week for Halloween as well as a festive offering in the lead-up to Christmas. It can also hold events such as a baby showers, birthday parties and hen ‘do’s. Those who want to treat a friend can buy gift vouchers available on our website. Enjoy a cup of history as you discover an unforgettable tea party, perfectly located within The George Hotel: a newly / 09

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refurbished Grade II listed building. The George has recently reopened after a major £10 million refurbishment showcasing its new bold interiors, redecorated throughout while preserving its rich historical features. The developer Flying Trade Group, behind the Surya Hotels brand, announced plans for the refurbishment and expansion of the George Hotel site, including the establishment of this fantastic tearoom. Flying Trade Group CEO Suki Dulai says, “The George Hotel is a beautiful and nationally rare building, filled with heritage, and it is incredibly exciting to be opening Tea at The George. The tearoom was inspired by the 500-year-old history of The George Hotel, which we were adamant to preserve during the recent refurbishments. “The menu has been carefully curated by our expert chefs and we are delighted to have partnered with an award-winning British tea brand, The Tea Makers of London, who specialise in authentic, specialty teas with exceptional flavours. All teas are

sustainably sourced from independent artisan tea farms.” He adds, “There are few things so quintessentially British as the tradition of Afternoon Tea and it has now become a special occasion in which to enjoy finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones, cakes and pastries. The opportunity to sit down and enjoy a cup of tea has become a luxury in our busy lives, and we are delighted to play our part in this and create a stunning space on Colchester’s High Street for our customers to enjoy an unforgettable tea party. The specialist tea served in bespoke, locally made tea pots and our expert chefs’ carefully curated menu will not disappoint.”

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The Tea in Teamwork

We put the kettle on and chat with Surya Hotels Marketing Director Kiran Dulai, left, and Marketing Manager Charlotte Black but also had its own separate entrance to have a unique offering added to the high street. Colchester is our home town, and we loved the idea of having a place that people could come along and have an Afternoon Tea that was different and special, set in a fabulous setting without venturing into London.

Why have you decided to open a tearoom? We recently were involved with the refurbishment of The George Hotel which reopened in May 2021. This area is part of the hotel,

With the pandemic, more people are staying in rural areas and need places like this for special occasions – whether it’s a birthday treat or a baby shower celebration. The tearoom is not just for afternoon tea as it is also available for private hire for any special events up to around 35-40 people. Where did the idea for the decor come from? We were inspired by places in

London, such as Sketch and Botanica Kensington. The decor still links well to The George itself with luxury velvets, Farrow & Ball paint colours, soft furnishings by local company, Amor Interiors, and quirky, eclectic artwork similar to that in The George Hotel. What can guests expect in terms of food etc? We wanted to do something different from the current Afternoon Tea offerings in the area. Something a bit more ‘Instagrammable’, but also great value and a unique experience for our customer. Our pastry chef has created some amazing food and even the jam is made inhouse. Our personal favourite sweet treat on the menu is ’The Strawberry’, which has a glorious, red glaze and, once cut into, is a delicious cheesecake.

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Enjoy the most quintessential of Great British traditions at our fabulous hotels.

The Duke’s Head King’s Lynn, Norfolk

Years of heritage sets the stage for The Duke’s Head to be your perfect location for Afternoon Tea. Whether it’s a catch-up with friends or a celebratory occasion, our team will create an atmosphere for you to relax, unwind and enjoy. Sandwiches and cakes evolve with the seasons, but our tried-andtested scone recipe certainly stands the test of time, serving up scrumptious warm treats every time.

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The Hog’s Back Hotel & Spa Farnham, Surrey

Afternoon Tea is a time-honoured tradition made famous by the Victorians and now served in style at The Hog’s Back Hotel in the Garden Room and Restaurant. Birdcage afternoon tea stands and vintage crockery help set the scene for a truly memorable occasion. Enjoy warm, freshly baked plain and fruit scones served with strawberry jam and clotted cream, a selection of classic finger sandwiches and a variety of cakes and sweet treats, together with a selection of teas, fruit and herbal infusions or speciality coffees. Why not add a glass of chilled prosecco to celebrate and while away the afternoon in style?

Great Hallingbury Manor Great Hallingbury, Hertfordshire

Set in the beautiful Hertfordshire countryside, a stone’s throw from Bishop’s Stortford, Great Hallingbury Manor provides a range of Afternoon Tea experiences to suit any occasion. Smaller groups can enjoy the view of our lake from the Lakeside Restaurant or sit in the sun on the patio. Larger groups can take advantage of the Oak Room; an oak-panelled private dining room that overlooks our rabbit garden and pond. All our afternoon teas include a selection of delicious sandwiches, cakes, patisserie, and homemade scones, or why not upgrade it with a glass of prosecco or premium gin and tonic? The only real question is… cream or jam first?

Thatcher’s Hotel East Horsley, Surrey

Treat yourself to Afternoon Tea at Thatcher’s Hotel, nestled in the heart of the peaceful Surrey countryside. This charming Tudor-style hotel provides a tranquil setting. Afternoon Tea is served in Thatcher’s Restaurant, where diners can relax and indulge in a selection of delicious sweet and savoury treats in a relaxed environment with offering of content made inhouse. Between Guildford and Leatherhead, and just under an hour away from London, Thatcher’s Hotel is the perfect city escape in which to enjoy Afternoon Tea, £19.95.

Kingscliff Hotel

Holland-on-Sea, Essex Here at the Kingscliff, we can offer three different types of Afternoon Tea – whether it be a cream tea for a light afternoon snack with a friend or our ‘bubbly’ afternoon tea to celebrate a special occasion. Our Afternoon Tea comes with a selection of finger sandwiches, homemade scones with clotted cream and jam, and finished with delicate sweet treats. Enjoy one of our unique afternoon teas with friends and family in our new Lounge.

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The Mill Hotel Sudbury, Suffolk

Here at The Mill, Afternoon Tea is a tradition which is ever popular with our many guests. Tea can be taken Monday to Saturday, from midday to 4.30pm, in our restaurant or on our restaurant terrace in the summer months. With all the history and surroundings of our beautiful setting, we couldn’t think of a better place to practise this great tradition, which can also make a wonderful gift for all celebrations. So, why not buy your friend or loved one the gift of Afternoon Tea?

Dragonfly Hotels

Bury St Edmunds Colchester King’s Lynn Peterborough

Come along to our family of Dragonfly Hotels in Peterborough, Bury St Edmunds, Colchester and Kings Lynn, and join us with friends and family for one of our luxury afternoon teas. We serve an elegant selection of light, fluffy cakes, finger sandwiches and an abundant selection of teas along with local, brewed coffee. We also offer an extra luxury option which includes a glass of prosecco or a gin and tonic. We have a variety of freshly made sandwiches served on bloomer bread, with the option of choosing if you have any dietary and lifestyle choices. Our sweet treats include a selection of cakes and warm buttery scones with clotted cream and jam. If you would like to book one of our luxury afternoon teas for yourself or as a gift, please contact our hotels direct for more information.

Tea at The George Colchester, Essex

We invite you to join us and be served up a cup of history as you discover an unforgettable tea party, inspired by Victorian elegance and eclectic design. Tea at The George is set within the historical 500-year-old George Hotel and not many places have stories to tell such as ours. Stylish and elegant, the tea room is adorned with paneling, mirrors, cherry blossom, and lavish flowers, showcasing Colchester’s historic charm and history. Our chefs have expertly handcrafted quirky fancies, delicate finger sandwiches, homemade buttery scones, and strawberry preserves to take you on a unique and personal gastronomical experience. We’ve kept this a secret for too long so don’t forget to #spillthetea

A rich tea history

Drinking tea dates as far back to 3000 BC in China and became popular in England during the 1660s thanks to King Charles II and his Portuguese wife, Catherine de Braganza, but it was not until later that ‘afternoon tea’ took off. During the early 19th century, it was customary to only have two meals a day – breakfast and dinner. It was around this time that Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford, a close friend of Queen Victoria, is said to have complained of “having that sinking feeling” during the late afternoon and would reach for a pot of tea and a light snack as a pick-me-up. Afternoon tea usually comprises sandwiches, cut into fingers, scones with clotted cream and jam, cakes and sweet pastries. Scones only became popular as part of the ritual a century later.

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TOP 10 COASTAL WALKS Coastal walks do not just offer hard-to-rival scenery but a great way to get close to nature while boosting your fitness – which is very important in the autumn and winter months when the temptation is to hibernate.

Whatever the season, there’s nothing quite like breathing in fresh sea air and taking in stunning views as you walk along the UK’s spectacular coastline.

But which coastal treks are the nation’s favourites? We take a look at the top 10, courtesy of comparison website SaveOnEnergy*. *Based on TripAdvisor reviews and given a weighted rating out of five. For a full ranking of the top 20 UK coastal walks, visit highest-rated-coastal-walks/


Gower Peninsular, Swansea, Wales: Rating 4.86/ 5 Not only was Gower the first destination in Britain to gain the title of an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’, its famous cliffs and woodlands are also laced with hidden coves, miles of golden sand and rich archaeological history, luring tourists, surfers and hikers to marvel at the views.

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St Brelade’s Bay, Jersey: Rating 4.85/ 5 This beach received a top three spot in the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice awards of 2019 – not surprising since the bay is sun-soaked for most of the day! Boasting breathtaking turquoise seas and a haven of sand, it offers a perfect coastal retreat.


Quiraing, Isle of Skye: Rating 4.84/ 5

While not directly situated on the coast, this walk offers jawdropping views of the coastline in all directions. Quiraing covers a distance of 6.8km and houses hundreds of unique rock formations for hikers and climbers alike to enjoy. Gorgeous grasslands, dramatic cliff edges and a fascinating history dating back to its use by the Vikings.


Dunnottar Castle, Stonehaven, Scotland: Rating 4.79/ 5


Causeway Coastal Route, County Antrim, Northern Ireland: Rating 4.80/ 5

The Causeway Coast is made up of spectacular cliffs, rich farmlands and wonderful waterfalls, but also offers suitable walking routes for both novices and advanced walkers. In fact, those that hike the entire coast way often spend two or three days observing the magnificent views.

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Perranporth Beach, Perranporth, Cornwall: Rating 4.74/ 5


As you journey across the miles of honey-coloured sand, you will find a wide range of amenities, such as pubs, restaurants, and water sports. However, it is the endless sand dunes, secluded coves, and unique wildlife that most entices hikers from across the globe to visit this awe-inspiring coastal site.


Llandudno Promenade, North Wales: Rating 4.61/ 5

Spanning almost two miles, the Llandudno Promenade is a popular coastal destination for hikers and tourists. Despite its reputation as a seaside resort, this retreat offers the same tranquillity as many other coastal spots with a stunning Victorian aesthetic.


The White Cliffs of Dover, Dover, Kent: Rating 4.64/ 5

The dramatic and bright landscape showcases an iconic white chalk face that carries connotations of freedom, home, and wartime defence. Those that visit the natural landmark for a stroll can enjoy not only geological rarities, but also historic tales – such as Roman arrivals and the return of the British Forces following Dunkirk.


Culzean Castle & Country Park, Ayrshire, Scotland, and Lulworth Cove, Dorset: Rating 4.59/ 5 According to the National Trust for Scotland, this opulent masterpiece, perched on the Ayrshire cliffs, was once the playground of David Kennedy, 10th Earl of Cassillis. Extremely opulent, the park is planted with conifers and beech, which edge around miles of cave-lined coastline. Lulworth Cove, forming part of the world-famous Jurassic Coast – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – is hugely popular with walkers for its pebble beach and blue waters.

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Step it up! Outdoor walking has numerous benefits for both mental and physical fitness.


Beachy Head, Eastbourne, East Sussex, and Brownsea Island, Dorset: Rating 4.63/ 5 Not only is Beachy Head home to the highest chalk sea cliff in Britain, towering 162 metres above sea level, it has also provided the backdrop for many blockbuster film scenes. Joint eighth is Brownsea Island in Poole Harbour, which is perfect for those looking to explore thriving natural habitats, enjoy stunning waters, and discover more about a unique and colourful history of daffodil farming, cattle rearing and ceramics.

Sam Gregory, Co-Founder of F45 Stratford (, explains why we should all dust down our walking boots and gives his top tips for making the most of every step. Benefits of walking From warding off obesity to reducing symptoms of anxiety, walking has some great health benefits. One of the major benefits of walking is that it helps to increase your ‘NEAT’, which is the nonexercise, automated thermogenesis that helps you to burn extra calories outside of going to a fitness class or seeing a personal trainer. Walking also has huge mental health benefits. Getting out into nature and out of the gym or your house and immersing yourself in an unfamiliar environment can help you to switch off from everyday pressures, clear your head and relieves stress. How many steps do you have to walk? I always set everybody a minimum target to hit – 15,000 a day. Should I work up to it if I’m unfit? We’re all humans, and we have the capability to walk 10,000 steps a day. I would set that as a bare minimum target to begin with and then aim for 15,000. Will the intensity of my walking matter? Yes it will. You can use walking as a form of HIIT [high-intensity interval training], for example 30 seconds nice and slow, then 30 seconds, fast for 20 minutes or half an hour. This will make a massive difference to the amount of calories you burn. How long do I have to walk for? I would start for half an hour a day, alternating the paces. I like to use a fitness tracker to track my steps, but most mobile phones or smartphones have a step counter, so you don’t need to buy one. Personally, I find that it’s a more effective way of knowing how far you’ve walked and also a way to help keep you responsible and accountable if you can see the numbers come up on the screen. It’s also good to see if you have reached your step goal for the day or not. Is there a walking workout you recommend for beginners? Set yourself a target of 30 minutes – 15 minutes out and 15 minutes back. I would start with that, then once you feel comfortable, just add a couple of extra minutes every time you go out. You will soon feel the benefits!

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A Christmas to remember Celebrate at The Mill Hotel, Sudbury, Suffolk

Positively packed with all the essential ingredients for a great festive season, December at The Mill has everything on the menu for a veritable banquet of celebration.

menus are teeming with delicious, seasonal dishes. Christmas Day offers five wonderful courses crafted by our culinary experts and delivered by our friendly, professional team.

Our historic watermill, set against the picturesque Suffolk water meadows on the edge of the market town of Sudbury, lends a beautiful setting for a stunning festive break.

If you’re looking to celebrate with friends or colleagues, there’s a special menu for that too. Why not indulge in an overnight stay or let us take the work out of your Christmas by staying for a three-night break? The perfect Christmas home from home.

Christmas-themed afternoon teas are served in the restaurant while the

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Celebrate at Duke’s Head Hotel, King’s Lynn, Norfolk for two to 150 guests or you simply want a break away from it all, we have something to suit your needs. The Duke’s Head Hotel has earned a firstclass reputation for serving the highest quality food and entertainment along with a friendly, professional service. Why not join us on Christmas Eve for a three-night stay? Make the most of being just a short distance away from the Sandringham Estate and enjoy our fantastic four-course Christmas Lunch. Here at the Dukes Head Hotel, we love Christmas as much as you do! We are delighted to offer an array of packages especially designed to give you a truly memorable experience over this magical season. Whether you’re looking to book a party night

Sit back and relax while playing board games until you join us again for an evening buffet and a festive film in our events suite ‘cinema’ with popcorn provided. And for those of you with a competitive streak, we will host a seasonal quiz to put your knowledge to the test.

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Celebrate at The George Hotel, Colchester, Essex Be the first to celebrate Christmas at the newly refurbished George Hotel. For hundreds of years, our walls have been the number one choice to party the days and nights away over the festive period. From mid-November, we will be dressing The George to the nines and we are delighted to showcase a host of packages designed to give you a truly memorable party experience. Surround yourself with friends and

family in our cosy, fire-lit, traditional beamed bar and lounge. Whether it’s for two or larger groups, we can accommodate all parties and have a beautifully decorated private dining room, The Tudor, which can accommodate up to 24 people – or maybe get together and enjoy a festive Afternoon Tea at Tea at The George. Whatever your choice, make it with us at The George.

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Celebrate at St Nicholas Hotel, Colchester, Essex Part of The George Hotel, located opposite on the High Street, the former St Nicholas House and church has been completely refurnished as part a major refurbishment project – and guests can enjoy the benefit of both places during the festive season! Step inside this 44-bedroom hotel and the accent is on modern comfort

and spacious, light-filled bedrooms with all the amenities you require to make your stay enjoyable. The location could hardly be better – historic Colchester is on your doorstep. Soak up the seasonal atmosphere in a wide array of shops, cafes and bars, as well as Colchester’s famous Roman Castle, just a few minutes’ walk away.

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A Christmas to remember Celebrate at Kingscliff Hotel, Holland-on-Sea, Essex At the Kingscliff, Christmas is a special time for all our guests and staff, and it is our pleasure to welcome you all once again for this year’s celebrations. We take great care and pride in our menus, decorations and offerings to ensure every guest who chooses our hotel for their special occasion enjoys a one-of-a-kind experience that will be remembered for years to come. Over the years, we have earned a great reputation for the highest food quality and service. Whether you’re planning a festive Afternoon Tea or Christmas Day Lunch, we are sure to have the perfect package for you.

This winter, we are delighted to be able to offer our new Lounge to host private groups in addition to our traditional festive lunches and dinners in our restaurant. And to cap off the festivities, we hold our New Year’s Eve celebration – so join us and enjoy one of the best events in our whole calendar year!

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Celebrate at Great Hallingbury Manor, Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire Based in a Tudor manor house nestled in the beautiful Hertfordshire countryside, Great Hallingbury Manor knows how to make Christmas special. Join us for a festive Afternoon Tea, complete with a prosecco cocktail, capturing the flavours of Christmas. A chance for indulgence and the perfect respite from hectic festive preparations.

Before Christmas trees were a common sight Before Scrooge was visited thrice in one night Before Father Christmas was a jolly man with reindeer in flight (And long before the X-factor Christmas Number 1) The Tudors knew how to do Christmas right!

Alternatively, sit by the lake wrapped in a cosy blanket enjoying a glass of warm, spiced cider or mulled wine, and a slice of delicious cake. Or really treat yourselves with Champagne and chocolate truffles. Perhaps it’s more of a company affair you’re looking for – there’s nothing quite like reconnecting with workmates over a two-course Christmas inspired lunch complete with paired wines and terrible cracker jokes.

If you need a longer visit to lift the spirits, take a festive staycation with us. Available throughout December, our Christmas breaks include a tasting-menu dinner, a stay in one of our beautiful rooms, and a buck’s fizz breakfast – and you can visit one of the many Christmas markets nearby. Speak to our friendly team about options and availability – there’s no time like Christmas to spoil yourself! Great Hallingbury Manor Hotel Tilekiln Green Great Hallingbury Bishops Stortford CM22 7TJ 01279 506475 greathallingburymanor/

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Celebrate at Thatcher’s Hotel, East Horsley, Surrey Let us make your Christmas celebrations memorable for you and your guests – whether it’s for close friends, all the family or an office gathering, you can leave the planning to us.

• Festive Lunch and Dinner – 3 course £27.95, 2 course £22.95

The team look forward to welcoming you and wishing you good health and happiness at Christmas and for the New Year.

• Party Nights – 3 course Dinner & disco, £37.95 per person

Renowned for our warmth, we enjoy hosting a wide range of festive events from a quiet afternoon tea to Christmas parties, residential Christmas breaks, Christmas Day Lunch or even a gala dinner dance to welcome in the new year in style. Festive celebrations with good food and a great party atmosphere.

• Festive Afternoon Tea – £24.95 to include a glass of prosecco

• 2/3 Night Break – 2 nights £225, 3 nights £285 • Christmas Day Lunch – £89.95 per person • NYE Party Night – Gala dinner £95.00 per person (includes glass of fizz/canapes on arrival, 3 course dinner and disco plus fizz at midnight) • NYE Getaway – Gala Dinner, 1 night Bed & Breakfast £139 per person

For further information, please call our events office on 01483 280 572 or email Thatcher’s Hotel Guildford Road East Horsley Surrey KT24 6TB 01483 280 500 thatchershotel/

Celebrate at Hog’s Back Hotel & Spa, Farnham, Surrey and would like to wish you happiness and good health this Christmas and for the coming year.

We enjoy Christmas as much as you do! This festive season, we look forward to the opportunity of welcoming you, your friends and colleagues to celebrate this magical time in style. We are delighted to showcase a variety of packages especially created to offer you a truly memorable celebration. Whether you’re enquiring about an intimate meal for two or a party for up to 150 guests, we will be on hand to offer you the warmest of welcomes. The team at Hog’s Back Hotel look forward to hosting your celebrations

Over the years, the hotel has earned a first-class reputation for offering the highest quality of food, service and entertainment for our festive party goers. During the festive period we are pleased to be able to offer a variety of dates for both private and joiner parties, in addition to more traditional party lunches and dinners. Join us on Christmas Day or New Year’s Eve to celebrate in style and be part of what promises to be a very special occasion this year. Packages start from just £22.95 per person and there is something to suit every budget. To make an enquiry please call our sales office on 01252 784 889 or email

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A Christmas to remember Celebrate at Dragonfly Hotels

Dragonfly, Colchester, Essex 01206 230900 A12/A120 Ardleigh Junction Colchester, Essex CO7 7QY dragonflycolchester/

Dragonfly, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk 01284 760884 Symonds Road, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP32 7DZ dragonflyburystedmunds/

Celebrate the season of goodwill at our Dragonfly Hotels and make the most of nearby picturesque towns offering Christmas markets, lights and Abbey services.

party nights start at £19.95 per person and include a three-course meal and disco, and we will serve a carefully curated new Christmas menu for all the family to enjoy.

Whether you want to whisk your loved ones away and tuck into a hearty, festive dinner or simply leave the madness behind, we can offer the perfect place to spend Christmas and enjoy afternoon teas, mulled wine and minced pies.

Don’t fancy cooking after a full day of Christmas cooking and washing up? Make the most of our special Boxing Day lunch where you can sit back, relax and enjoy time with friends and family.

Whether you want a cosy night in or to let your hair down with one of our party nights, we can organise a getaway that’s just right for you. Our Christmas

Our hotels are offering incredible discounts over the festive season for both short and long stays. If you want to find out more about Santa’s special deals, please contact our Dragonfly Hotels direct.

Dragonfly, King’s Lynn, Norfolk 01553 771707 Beveridge Way Hardwick Narrows, King’s Lynn Norfolk PE30 4NB dragonflykingslynn/

Dragonfly, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire 01733 564240 Thorpe Meadows Peterborough, Cambridgeshire PE3 6GA dragonflypeterborough/

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Chef’s Corner Try this mouthwatering recipe from Helena Brodie, Head Pastry Chef at The George Hotel, Colchester, Essex.

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MILK CHOC AND LIME MOUSSE Ingredients • 200ml semi-skimmed milk • 200ml double cream • 80g egg yolk • 40g caster sugar • Zest 3 limes • 300g 40% milk chocolate • 225g UHT whipping cream • Zest of 1 lime

Method: Place the first cream, lime zest and milk into a pan and bring to the boil. Mix the sugar and egg yolk together. Pour the boiling liquid over the egg mix and return the mix to the pan.

Once at 118C, whisk in softened gelatine and pour over whisking yolks. Keep the yolks whisking till completely cool. In a separate bowl whisk the cream till just holds shape. Mix the puree into the egg mix. Fold the cream in bit by bit till fully incorporated.

Once frozen, use a melon baller to scoop round balls and place back in the freezer.

Cocoa biscuit Ingredients:

At the same time melt the chocolate over hot water.

Slowly add the cream mix to the milk choc beating in till incorporated.

• 100g soft butter • 105g caster sugar • 45g soft light brown sugar • 5g salt • 5g vanilla • 3 egg yolks • 115g plain flour • 85g coco powder

Lightly whip the cream till it just holds shape.


Fold in the whipped cream bit by bit. Place into piping bags and set in fridge.

Cream butter and sugars together. Mix in yolks and vanilla.

Banana parfait Ingredients: • 320g yolks • 400g sugar • 300ml water • 4 gelatine leaves • 600g banana puree • 550ml double cream

Add rest of ingredients and combine well. Roll biscuit between sheets and cut shapes out. Place shapes on baking paper on tray. Bake at 160C dry fan 2 for 10/15 mins.

Method: Place the gelatine in ice water to soften.

Roast peanuts in the oven till golden. Place sugar in a pan and bring to a dark caramel. Once at this stage, add peanuts. Stir in quickly and spread onto greaseproof paper. Once cooled, break apart peanuts.

Pipe into tray and freeze.

Bring the mix to 83C while stirring continually.

Pour the cream mix though a fine sieve.


Banana caramel Ingredients: • 100g sugar • 25g butter • 150g chopped banana • 60g cream • 75g water • ½ lime juice

Method: Bring sugar to caramel. Stop the caramel with the butter. Add the banana and cook down for 2 minutes. Add cream and cook for further 2 minutes. Add the water and lime juice. Once cooled, blend together.

Chantilly Ingredients: • 150g cream • 20g icing sugar • 5g vanilla

Method: Caramelised peanuts

Place yolks in electric mixer and whisk till pale.


In a pan put the sugar and water and bring to 118C.

• 150g peanuts • 120g sugar

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‘Never throw away old bananas!’ The George’s Head Pastry Chef, Helena Brodie, shares her greatest cooking hack and talks about the inspiration for her dishes.

What are your earliest memories of cooking? At around eight years old, my mum showed me how she made her classic chicken soup. She still makes it every winter and it still tastes as good as it did when I was young. When did you first realise you wanted to become a chef? I always say I became a chef by accident. I was meant to go to university to study sport science. But with two weeks to go, I changed my mind and ended up falling into a job in a kitchen. How would you describe your cooking style? Traditional with a modern twist. I try to make something that’s old, new and relevant again. What inspires you in the kitchen? Ingredients for sure. I love taking different ingredients and seeing what I can create with them. Who is your culinary hero? I think for me its Gordon Ramsay.

Which one ingredient would you take to a desert island? Sugar, as you can use in so many different ways, not just in desserts. Which starter, main course and dessert is your favourite? For starter, I really appreciate a well-made soup. For mains, my mum’s pie and mash. For dessert, chocolatey or sorbet, depending on how full I am. What would be your ultimate menu showstopper? Apple crumble with a twist. It includes toffee apple centre, apple mousse, crumble, sour apple, vanilla crème patisserie and white chocolate. The dessert itself looks like an apple. Which is your greatest cooking hack? Never throw away old bananas. Roast them before making into banana bread as you get so much more flavour. What’s your recipe for being a successful chef? Work hard and remember every day is a learning day, no matter what level of chef you are.

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Stay. Explore. Discover.

We are now accepting enquiries for

Christmas 2021 Over the festive months it will be a pleasure to welcome you & your guests to celebrate this magical season with us at Surya... we have some celebrating to make up for!


Please keep updated on our website & socials for all our festivities and releases on our Christmas brochures, menus & packages- for any enquiries please fill in our form on our website

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“ NO DAY IS EVER THE SAME!” We catch up with Surya Hotels’ Marketing Manager Charlotte Black, who has played a key role in the launch of Tea at The George.

Tell us a bit about yourself and career to date. I previously worked in hospitality for around six years before going to uni. I studied Interior Design and Decoration for three years at Southampton University where I graduated with a first in 2018 – my studies included wallpaper and fabric design, photography and spatial interior design. I also started my own small side hobby where I designed wallpapers, prints and sold cushions and stationery. I then went into an artwork and wallpaper design role in Colchester, where I designed and supplied artwork and wallpapers for hospitality companies, including restaurants, hotels, offices and many more.

When did you join Surya Hotels and what was your previous role? I joined Surya Hotels in February 2021, as the Marketing Manager for the group. In my previous position, I was an account handler for FDM Artwork, Ardleigh – this involved artwork design, wallpaper design and interior styling. I completed jobs for numerous companies, including the likes of Fever Tree, Mitchell & Butlers, Green King, Stonegate and Browns – I had also started working on The George Hotel for Surya Hotels. What does your day-to-day job involve? No day is ever the same – I could be working on menu designs, leaflets, brochures, magazine spreads, web design, social media presence, creating a brand identity, photography, photo editing, external advertising or inhouse advertising and promotion, and more! We have recently been working on The George Hotel and its refurbishment where we have also undertaken the design of the new tearoom, Tea at The George – this has been a huge part of my role since I started at Surya Hotels. What do you love most about your job? I love being creative and I like to be busy with a variety of challenges and tasks to complete.

I have been able to use my previous skills and knowledge to assist with the refurbishment of The George and the tearoom and have really enjoyed being involved. It’s also been great to see how other sectors of the business work, such as sales, front of house… and gather a deeper understanding of hospitality. I also enjoy learning new skills and developing my knowledge of the marketing industry. Describe yourself in three words 1. Creative 2. Hardworking 3. Ambitious It’s been a very tough year for hospitality – what are you most excited about now that venues have reopened? It has been great seeing hospitality reopening and being able to push that from a marketing perspective. It’s almost allowed businesses to reinvent themselves and be recreated from a “we’re back” perspective, and it’s great to show that through marketing and new challenges. Pushing new ventures like the tearoom are exciting and something I can’t wait to continue to work on!

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Go wild! Answer the call of the wild at Chessington World of Adventures Resort - gasp, giggle, shriek and scream as you see and do things you’ve never seen or done before. Feel your heart pound as you journey on your first wild ride and stare wide-eyed encountering endangered animals.

Chessington offers so much: • A theme park with over 40 rides and attractions • A zoo with more than 1,000 animals, plus a Sea Life centre • Two themed hotels and explorer glamping



Brave a drop to release a cursed crocodile on a new adventure at Chessington – jaw-dropping new ride, Croc Drop. Explorers will plunge 25m into the giant jaws of a crocodile, Sobek, the ancient Egyptian Crocodile God and protector of the Nile, who has been possessed by evil spirits, transforming him into a cruel deity. With the once fertile Nile laying stagnant, riders must take part in a ceremony to banish the evil spirits from Sobek, plunging into the crocodile’s soul and releasing the waters back into the Nile. Only at Chessington too can you step straight into the

pages of some of your favourite bedtime stories – join everyone’s favourite, patchwork elephant Elmer, as he and his friends take flight on Elmer’s Flying Jumbos, before helping Witch and her Cat find her lost belongings in Room on the Broom – A Magical Journey. Discover endangered Amur tigers in Land of the Tiger and encounter these majestic animals as they roam above you in Europe’s first overhead trails. Meet Chessington’s other creatures and critters too – plus, get lost beneath the waves in an underwater world full of sharks and jellyfish at the Sea Life aquarium.


Pre-book your tickets by visiting the website. 01372 731 657 Chessington World of Adventures Leatherhead Road Chessington Surrey KT9 2NE / 33

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An unforgettable wedding venue The Duke’s Head Hotel, King’s Lynn, Norfolk

Photography Nick Collison

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Your special day

We know that your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life. At the Duke’s Head Hotel, we pride ourselves on ensuring that your wedding with us will be a day you remember for ever. From our spacious, modern Walpole Ballroom to our Nelson room steeped in charm and history, we have the perfect space for your celebrations and our dedicated events team will be on hand every step of the way to make sure your day is exactly how you imagined.


With 79 rooms just up the stairs, what could more convenient – not to mention comfortable? Your guests can celebrate with gusto knowing they have somewhere stylish to settle into a few steps away while you steal away to your suite, or perhaps the family apartment.

Wedding Breakfast

Give your guests a culinary experience to remember. Whether it’s a lavish silver service dinner or a less formal affair, our seasoned chefs like nothing better than crafting a menu with a difference – creating something unique to you.


Whether you envisage a simple civil ceremony or an altogether more lavish affair, our team advises on

every detail to ensure arrangements run smoothly – from dressing the room to signing the register, you couldn’t be in better hands.

Picture perfect

The sweeping staircase, elegant exterior and King’s Lynn’s historic quayside just down the street – the heart of a distinguished town makes the perfect backdrop for a wedding album to treasure.

The Lord Nelson Room

Imbued with a sense of history, its wood panelled walls dotted with paintings of seafaring scenes, the Lord Nelson Room is a handsome space flooded with natural light through elegant sash windows. Looking out over historic Tuesday Market Place in the heart of King’s Lynn, it’s a charming setting for more intimate ceremonies and select receptions.

The Walpole Room

With sweeping dimensions, soft, neutral tones and abundant natural light, the Walpole Room is a statement space perfectly suited to lavish receptions. Seating up to 150 guests and presided over by a unique minstrel’s gallery perfect for musicians, it also has its own entrance, bar and lounge area, and an expansive dance floor. For more information about our packages, contact us on 01553 774 996 or / 35

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Let there be light Global foods leader Surya Foods to launch a UK Diwali-exclusive range as supermarkets embrace the Indian festival.

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iwali, also known as the ‘festival of light’, is beginning to reach a much wider audience in the UK, increasingly celebrated in schools, restaurants, supermarkets and other businesses. Its growing presence reflects a receptive and open-minded UK audience, keen to celebrate and embrace diversity. This year, as more major supermarkets increase the Indian festival’s in-store presence, the Laila brand is launching a UK ‘Diwali-exclusive’ range. The indulgent range features traditional Diwali favourites, which are deeply entwined with the festival’s history, and includes luxury chocolate gift boxes, authentic spiced nut selections and celebratory party food snack packs – all featuring lavish gold packaging in honour of the festival of light’s glittering nature. Dating back to ancient times, Diwali or Deepavali, Sanskrit for ‘festival of light’, is celebrated by millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains across the world and is marked by beautiful displays of candles and lights in the home. The festival, which coincides with the Hindu New Year (November 4, 2021), falls in October or November each year, depending on the cycle of the moon. Spiritually, Diwali symbolizes ‘victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance’ with the festival widely associated with Lakshmi – the goddess of wealth and prosperity. Lakshmi is central during the festival and, legend has it, she will not enter a dark home, which is why those who observe the festival fill their houses with lamps – known as Diyas.

UK SUPERMARKETS MARK FESTIVAL OF LIGHT WITH STUNNING DIWALI DISPLAYS This year Laila is preparing stunning Diwali displays, which will feature in UK supermarkets and across independent retail, to bring the festival to more people’s attention in the hope it will foster greater awareness. Speaking about the new range, Surya Foods Managing Director Harry Dulai says: “Diwali is very much the South Asian Christmas. It is a time to dress in your finest clothes, spend time with family, cook feasts, exchange gifts and fill the home with light. With its own wonderful history and stories, it is a great way to explore South Asian culture. We are delighted to be part of a move aimed at raising awareness of this important festival to bring it to the attention of more people across the UK. “We all know that food is a great way to discover new cultures. No matter who we are, or from which culture we come, food is at the heart of every society. Trying new and exciting foods has universal appeal and naturally results in a greater understanding of other cultures, encouraging us to celebrate diversity. We hope this range will inspire more people to try some popular South Asian-inspired treats this Diwali.” Diwali is one of a handful of Indian religious festivals beginning to enjoy wider appeal in the UK. Holi, also known as the festival of colour, is another Hindu tradition that is increasingly attracting audiences of all faiths with Holi events taking place at parks across the country. / 37

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Creamy Asian Rice Pudding (Kheer)

Vegetarian, South Asian Dessert Recipe by Anneka Samra Prep Time: 35 Minute Cooking Time: 25 Minute Serves: 6 Rice pudding is a warming, UK winter favourite, but if you want to add some wow factor to this time-honoured dessert, why not try out this classic Indian Kheer – basically rice pudding with an aromatic twist! Kheer is a popular treat at Diwali. This version is made using Laila Sticky Glutinous Rice, but you can whip this recipe up using several varieties of rice from the Laila range, from classic aromatic Basmati, Pudding Rice or even Arborio. Each version will treat you to a subtle change in flavour which guarantees you will never tire of this creamy, dreamy classic.

Ingredients • 1 1/2 cup Laila Sticky Glutinous Rice (this can be adjusted based on the size of your party) • 1 tbsp ghee/butter • 4/5 crushed cardamom pods • 1.25 litres of full fat milk (more can be added for a slightly runnier consistency) • 1/2 cup condensed milk • 2 tbsp rose water • 1/2 cup sugar (can be altered to taste)

Method 1. Wash your rice until the water runs clear. 2. Soak the rice in clean water for 20-30min. Drain the water from the bowl of rice. 3. Add ghee to a pan on medium heat. Allow it to melt before adding the soaked rice and the crushed cardamom pods. Stir the rice and cook for 2-3 minutes while continuing to stir the contents of the pan. 4. Next add the milk and the condensed milk into the pan. Bring the milk to a boil and continue to stir. 5. Allow the milk and rice to simmer for 15-20 minutes on low heat or until the rice is soft and cooked. 6. Add the rose water and the sugar and stir. All done and ready to enjoy hot or cold?

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A story of survival Home to the Bedingfeld family for 500 years, Oxburgh Hall is an imposing, brick manor house surrounded by a tranquil moat that was built in 1482 as a statement of power and prestige. Today, it remains their family home and is open to visitors to explore. Oxburgh and the family have endured turbulent times. Through religious persecution, civil war devastation, near dereliction and threatened


demolition, Oxburgh’s story is one of survival. Now in the care of the National Trust, the building is undergoing a major roof project to safeguard its future and the collection within, so it might look a little different when you visit. The work is due to be completed in January. Step inside to discover the legacy of the 6th Baronet who created much of what you see today, from the Victorian Gothic interiors to the ornate architectural additions that reflect a romantic view of Oxburgh’s medieval past.

Outside, the gardens are a mixture of formal and wilderness, with the walled garden and French parterre adding colour and seasonal interest. And for those wanting to explore further, you can follow one of the estate walks through woodland and along the River Gadder – keep your eyes peeled for otters. While you’re there, why not enjoy a bite to eat in the café or call in at the bookshop to stock up on your next novel?


For more information and the latest opening arrangements, visit the website. 01366 328258 Oxburgh Hall Oxborough Nr Swaffham Norfolk PE33 9PS / 39

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Vegan wonders

Check out these flavoursome, plant-based recipes from our top chefs…

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KOREAN CAULIFLOWER Serves 4 Ingredients: Batter • 42g plain flour • 64g Water • 1 teaspoon baking powder • 1 tablespoon cornflour • Salt Korean chilli sauce • 6 tablespoon Korean goujang chilli paste • 4 tablespoon ketchup • 4 tablespoon maple syrup • Water • 1 tablespoon cornflour Vegan mayo • 50ml chickpea water • 4 limes • 200ml vegetable oil Carrot slaw • 5 carrots • 3 cloves garlic • 2 shallots • 1 coriander bunch

Others • 1 cauliflower • 2 bunches spring onion • 1kg panko breadcrumb • Sesame seeds • Coriander cress if available

Method: 1. For the Korean sauce, combine the Korean paste, maple syrup and ketchup, then dilute this to your taste with water to thicken. Put this mixture on the stove and combine the cornflour with a little water and whisk through the sauce – the mixture will start to thicken – check the sauce for seasoning as it may require salt. 2. For the cauliflower, combine the dry batter ingredients and add water, quarter your cauliflower and dip into the batter, let the excess batter drip away and coat in the breadcrumbs. 3. For the carrot slaw, chop the shallot and garlic and cook for 3-4 minutes with no colour, peel the carrots and cut into small ribbons, chop the coriander and mix with the carrot, onion, garlic, and season (this is best done the day before if possible).



Ingredients: Choc mousse

1. Blitz the bananas and sugar till smooth puree.

• 200g dark chocolate • 300g vegan cream • 75g sugar • 1 lime zest • 300g whipped vegan cream

Method: 1. Vegan cream, sugar and lime zest to the boil. 2. Pour over dark choc and mix till smooth. 3. Fold into whipped cream.

By Head Chef at The George, Jay Cole 4. For the vegan mayo, whisk the chickpea water and lime juice and zest until the mixture becomes white and stiff, then slowly add the oil to this while whisking, season and set aside. 5. Garnishes to complete the dish – slice spring onions very thinly and toast the sesame seeds until golden

To serve: Fry or deep fry the cauliflower until golden and roast in an oven at 180̊C for 20 minutes. Once removed from the oven, coat the cauliflower in the hot sauce and then toss the seasame seeds in so they stick to the coated cauliflower Spoon your vegan mayo on the bottom of the plate and put your cauliflower on top, place the carrot slaw around the cauliflower and scatter the spring onion and coriander cress if available.

By Head Pastry Chef at The George, Helena Brodie

2. Pipe mix into the middle of the chocolate pots.

Ingredients: Choc crumb • 100g soya butter • 150g caster sugar • 5g coffee powder • 5g vanilla • 110g plain flour • 90g coco powder

Method: 1. Cream butter and sugar together.

4. Place into piping bag and let slightly set.

2. Mix in the vanilla and coffee.

5. Pipe into pots.

3. Add rest of ingredients and combine well.

Ingredients: Banana puree

4. Line a tray with grease paper.

• 2 bananas

5. Bake at 160̊C dry fan 2 for 10/15 mins.

• 20g sugar

6. Once cooled, blitz to fine crumb.

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Mercury rising The Mercury Theatre in Colchester reopened this summer after being closed for two years for refurbishment. The redevelopment was part of a three-year campaign in which over £11.3 million was raised to reimagine the theatre. The building is now accessible throughout and energy efficiency has been improved with the use of LED lighting, converting to 100 per cent renewable electricity and the use of solar panels. Other features include: - A bigger and brighter foyer space which is open all day with a new café bar - Redeveloped main auditiorium with additional seats - New on-site rehearsal room - Revamped and extended backstage facilities

The autumn season features a fierce feminist take on the Greek classic, Antigone (1-16 Oct), a world premiere of local writer Kenny Emson’s play Sirens (28 Oct-6 Nov) and of course the Mercury’s magical pantomime returns and this year they take a journey to distant lands with Aladdin (27 Nov-16 Jan). There are also a series of Lates which are free to attend and take place on Friday and Saturday evenings in the café bar including Silent Discos, Murder Mysteries and Cocktail Cabarets. And that’s not all – visiting shows include The Three Musketeers (29-31 Oct) and a new adaptation of Dracula (9-10 Nov). So, whether you’re in Colchester for a weekend or staying for a week, we hope you’ll agree – the Mercury has something for everyone!


Tickets and further information are available from the Mercury Theatre website. 01206 577006 Mercury Theatre Balkerne Gate Colchester Essex CO1 1PT

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The Overtones Saturday 20 November

Daniel Sloss Friday 3 December

Boyzlife Saturday 4 December

Forbidden Nights Friday 10 December

Gary Meikle Saturday 8 January

Katherine Ryan Thursday 20 January

Martin Kemp Friday 28 January

John Bishop Saturday 29 January

Jason Manford Saturday 26 February

Omid Djalili Friday 4 March

Mark ‘Billy’ Billingham Saturday 5 March

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Heritage Reinvented

From its Victorian-style headscarf origins to the latest stunning collection of lighting and mirrors, Laura Ashley is synonymous with beautiful design that has stood the test of time.


nown for luxurious, unforgettable designs, Laura Ashley Home is the epitome of British interior design.

Founded in 1953, the brand is globally recognised for its classic, timeless, quintessentially English look. The Laura Ashley Lighting and Mirrors collection originates directly and exclusively from the där Lighting Group, which has designed signature lighting and chandeliers for Laura Ashley for over 20 years.

Collections are crafted and sourced with passion and creativity, combining the much-loved heritage design with contemporary elegance. Masters in lighting design and manufacturing since 1970, där Lighting’s expertise is conveyed within each and every Laura Ashley light. With over 65 years of design excellence, Laura Ashley is one of the world’s bestloved home and lifestyle brands. The story began when Welsh businesswoman, Laura Ashley was inspired to design and print women’s Victorian-style headscarves. Working

in partnership with her husband, Bernard Ashley, Laura Ashley soon expanded the range into homewares with tea towels being produced the same year the company formed. Founded on a rich design heritage and traditional values of quality and originality, the Laura Ashley brand has been nurtured to become synonymous with beauty and design. The style is constantly evolving to remain distinctive and inspirational, evoking the alluring beauty of the British countryside and a timeless mood of peace and serenity.

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Mary Buchanan, Creative Director of Laura Ashley Lighting and Mirrors at där Lighting Group, comments, “The fundamental difference of Laura Ashley Lighting and Mirrors is that it takes the best of the traditional and makes it contemporary; using beautiful concepts and lights that work in everyone’s home. A design could take inspiration from a stunning chandelier in the Palace of Versailles but still be a piece that ‘sits comfortably’ in contemporary homes. Laura Ashley products evoke easy living and relaxed style.” When asked about the process of designing new lights for the brand, she explains, “New ideas can come from anywhere. We travel the globe

for inspiration and no stone is left unturned. The places we stay, where we dine and the unique items we find along the way all have a place. I have a variety of raw materials such as pieces of metal and fabric around my house that I’ve collected from all around the world which I often turn to when I’m putting together the vision for a new collection. Each designer has a bottom drawer of items that they love, including textural finishes and colours.” The brand’s legacy is never far from the forefront of her mind. Buchanan continues, “We always make sure we also look back and revisit our legacy designs. One of our best-selling lights, the Vienna, was

designed over ten years ago. There’s now a whole range of Vienna lights for the home from orb chandeliers to chrome table lamps.” Talking of the future, she divulges, “I’m excited about the collections going back to where they began. Laura Ashley is an iconic brand, and the new collections are quintessentially British; wonderful products that stand alone. The mirrors beautifully accompany the lighting range, and personify the ethos and capture the character of the iconic Laura Ashley lifestyle. It is heritage reinvented.” The full range of Laura Ashley Lighting and Mirrors can be found at

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