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Veggie food on the move

If you like to browse your recipes on the move, the new app from the Vegetarian Society could be just what you need. It has just been launched in time for National Vegetarian Week which this year takes place between 19-25 May 2014.

The app features a range of recipes for all abilities and has a handy binder function so you can save all your favourite recipes for easy look up.

So, whether you need inspiration for a butternut squash a lonely can of chickpeas or simply to search for some scrumptious puddings, the app is sure to be a help.  It is available free of charge from the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store.

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A chance to win a short break in Harrow

How do you fancy a one night stay with dinner and breakfast for two at the lovely Grim’s Dyke Hotel in Harrow?

If you help PhD student Pedro Longart with some research, you could be in with a chance of winning this.

Pedro, who is undertaking his PhD at Buckinghamshire New University has been in touch to tell us that he is currently conducting academic research into the consumer decisions associated with restaurant selection. As part of this, he is running an on-line survey to help gather information on the decision making processes of restaurant goers.

He’d like to get the views of as many people as possible and wonders if some of our followers might be interested in helping him?

As a way of thanking those who are willing to spend a few minutes answering his on-line questionnaire, Pedro has secured the support of the Grim’s Dyke Hotel in Harrow.  On offer is a free glass of wine at the hotel for all respondents, plus the chance to win a prize draw to win a one night stay at the Grim’s Dyke Hotel with breakfast and dinner for two people.

If you’d like to help with the research and be in with a chance of winning his prize draw, please go to his on-line survey where you’ll need to create your own user name and password which will allow you to return to complete the survey whenever you want.  You then need to tweet Pedro @pedro_longart so that he can send a coupon for the glass of wine.

The deadline for responses is 15th March 2014 and the prize draw is due to take place on 31st March.

Please note UK Dining has no affiliation or involvement in the survey, incentives or prize draw, we are simply giving a helping hand to Pedro in his search for respondents!

A taste for tea

Beautiful cakes accompany afternoon tea at The Waldorf HotelCan you believe that British folk sup their way through 165 million cups of tea every day?  In fact, despite the high street chic of coffee, apparently, we still drink  more than twice as much tea as coffee.

Of course, the Chinese have been drinking it for centuries – the story goes that the delights of tea drinking were an unexpected discovery made by Chinese Emperor and herbalist Shen Nung, when some tea leaves fell into his boiling cauldron; he tasted the brew and the rest is history.  It reached our shores in the mid 1600s at a time when coffee drinking was already popular and once it became affordable to the masses, it took off in a big way.

While tea aficionados get a bit sniffy about tea bags, they now account for about 96% of the tea we drink.  There’s an understandable popularity about them because they’re so quick and convenient, but the flavour truly is a world away from some of the finest loose leaf teas that are now quite easily available from specialist importers.  We’re currently working our way through the delights of some first flush Darjeeling black tea and a divine white tea with an incredibly delicate flavour, so we know first hand that compared to a standard tea bag brew, it’s like comparing chalk and cheese!

The tradition of taking ‘Afternoon tea’ is credited to the wife of the 7th Duke of Bedford, Anna Maria, who was allegedly partial to a cup of tea and a bite to eat during the mid afternoon to bridge the gap between lunch and dinner and the habit was copied and adopted as a social occasion by many other ladies of the era.  It became synonymous with drinking tea from the finest china cups, accompanies by dainty portions of food such as sandwiches, scones and cakes presented on beautiful crockery.

If you want to get fancy about your tea, a proper afternoon tea is an event to be savoured even today and is a perfect way to while away an afternoon after some retail therapy (especially if you go the whole hog and splash out on a champagne afternoon tea!)

Top places for afternoon tea in London

Afternoon tea at the Waldorf Hilton with its historic pedigree, this has to be one of the most prestigious places to head for afternoon tea in London. And there’s no telling who you might be in the company of – all sorts of stars have passed through their doors over the years, Gertrude Lawrence, Elizabeth Taylor, Pavarotti, Pierce Brosnan, the list goes on…

Afternoon tea at the Goring the famous hotel that achieved glittering status when it was selected as the base for the Middleton family wedding party before the Royal Wedding in 2011.  For a taste of the ambiance you can tuck into a traditional afternoon tea in Garden Bar and Terrace.

Afternoon tea at Curve restaurant bar– with the afternoon tea for 2 for £30 offer they have at the moment, this is a good one for the budget conscious to enjoy a bit of indulgence whilst overlooking the waterfront at Canary Wharf and there’s even a glass of champagne thrown in.

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