meat pies

Who ate all the pies? Why Brits love meat pies

National Pie Week 2018 got us thinking about pies. Whether you’re partial to a Pork Pie, a Scotch Egg or a good old Steak Pie, us Brits love our meat pies. The aim of National Pie Week is to promote all that pastry goodness and get us eating all the pies! Traditional pie 'n' mash The humble meat pie has been a staple of Britishness for decades. Who hasn’t been to a chip shop and plumped for a slightly soggy-bottomed, but somehow still tempting, Pukka Pie? Made in Leicestershire, this family-run company churns out over 180,000 pies a day. And...

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Billingsgate Fish Market London

Billingsgate Fish Market – Our definitive guide for visitors

Whether you love eating fish, or just want to see a slice of the ‘real’ East End market trader lifestyle, nothing can beat a visit to Billingsgate Fish Market in London.

Billingsgate is a wholesale fish market for fishmongers, restaurant owners and the like, but it is actually open to the public. If it’s your first time it can perhaps be a little daunting if you don’t know the ins and outs, so here’s our definitive guide to visiting Billingsgate Fish Market.

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Bread, Bladerunner and Gladiators

So there we were just adding a new promo deal for our London bread making classes to our website (down from £99 to £39 - bargain!), when we started getting all nostalgic about that famous Hovis advert. You know, the one with the young boy who trudges up the steep hill with his bicycle to deliver the bread? Here's a reminder for you.. After watching it again and loving that countryside scene from a bygone age accompanied by that atmospheric music (World Symphony by Dvorak), it was no surprise to learn that this rather quaint commercial was voted Britain's all...

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Disco time on the Thames!

[caption id="attachment_2712" align="alignright" width="250"] See London by night on these River Thames disco cruises[/caption] If you're planning a night out in London, you should think about indulging in a little river cruise and disco combined with our new Thames Disco Cruise events! Heading out to a restaurant with friends is all very nice, but if you fancy doing something different, these river disco cruises are just the ticket. You head off from Westminster pier at either 19:00 or 20:00 and you'll cruise along the Thames on a this small double-deck vessel that can host up to 120 people. The lower...

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Food, glorious food..and a nice view too!

[caption id="attachment_1267" align="alignleft" width="250"] Sit back, relax and enjoy good food, music and views of the Thames[/caption] It's not every day you get to see the sights of London from the water, so we were really excited when we were invited on the Thames Dinner Cruise experience. After a busy day in the Into the Blue HQ, a small select group of ITB staffers got changed into our glad-rags and headed into the big smoke for our evening cruise. On arriving at the Embankment Pier, the first thing that you remark on is the size of the boat. It's one...

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