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Food & Drink

30 08, 2015

Putting Surplus Food to Good Use

A unique experiment is underway right here in SE16. Our biggest Tesco – the Surrey Quays Extra – is trialling the FareShare FoodCloud app enabling local charities and community groups to access good surplus food. Tesco and FareShare have a three-year partnership to make good use of surplus food from across the food giant's business. [...]

23 08, 2015

How to butcher a lamb

Simon Bell has been working as a butcher for most of his life. He ran a meat stall on The Blue for decades and delivered wholesale to butchers around London and out into Kent. Two years ago he took on his current shop next to the Old Bank pub in the Market and now has [...]

18 08, 2015

Why are our pubs closing?

Pubs were once the social centres of Bermondsey and Rotherhithe but all that seems to be changing. The British Beer and Pub Association estimates that about 30 pubs are closing each week across the UK. The closures in SE16 are legion and the blame is passed around from the high taxes on beer, competition from [...]

16 08, 2015

Lawrence Lingard and Simplicity Restaurant

Simplicity restaurant has been an established part of Rotherhithe village for nine years. Its proprietor and chef Lawrence Lingard has also become something of a celebrity having starred in two TV series about his round-the-world Clipper race in 2013. Lawrence hails from Manchester and moved down to London some 20 years ago. He came to [...]

9 08, 2015

Making Cheese in SE16 – Kappacasein

There is no mistaking what is made at Kappacasein! The wonderful aroma of cheese wafts into your nostrils as soon as you approach the place. But a cheese producer in the midst of urban SE16 seems a little out of place. Not so, when you find out the history and practice of Bill Oglethorpe who [...]

29 07, 2015

Bermondsey Craft Beer Mile

Craft beer is lovingly made in small independent breweries around the world and SE16 is one of the best-known UK centres of this craft. Employing traditional methods, our breweries have built on the long tradition of brewing in Bermondsey but moved from the riverside to the railway arch. Today’s SE16 brewers are still making bespoke [...]

12 07, 2015

Ramadan and Eid

The month of Ramadan is celebrated across the world by Muslims as a time of fasting and prayer. The Islamic lunar ninth month has played a key part in Muslim life since the time of the Prophet and fasting and prayer during Ramadan is one of the pillars of Islam. Fasting (sawm) begins at dawn [...]

3 06, 2015

Getting the Right Nutrition in Place

Have you ever wondered what your food and drink does to your body and mind? Well, nutritional therapist Claire Ward is in a great place to tell you as she has recently come to practice in Canada Water. When I met up with Claire, we started from the issues her clients bring to her sessions. [...]

31 05, 2015

The Thames Path

Bermondsey and Rotherhithe sit alongside one of the greatest rivers in Europe, the River Thames. And along that river runs one of sixteen National Trails, the Thames Path. Running from the source of the Thames near Kemble in Gloucestershire (below right) to the sea at the Thames Barrier at Charlton (see above), the Thames Path [...]

21 05, 2015

Bermondsey Community Kitchen – Your vote counts!

Vote today for the Bermondsey Community Kitchen at Aviva Community Fund! Mike Donovan is born and bred Bermondsey. He's been successful in several lines of business and now runs Dun's Deli on Market Square in The Blue. But he's also a man on a mission! He's keen to put something substantial back into his home [...]