Tag Archives: England

Chain Gets Backlash for Cold-blooded Tipping Policy That Makes Servers Pay to Work

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Servers in southern England are tearing into their employer for imposing what amounts a literal “pay to play” scheme. To wait tables, Italian chain Aqua allegedly forces servers to pay the restaurant 3 percent of their nightly sales total, no matter what customers tip. Staff took complaints about …

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Parliament Proposes ‘Latte Levy’ to Curb England’s Cup Waste

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High-street coffee may be ethically sourced, but the British government says the unrecyclable cup it’s served in is an environmental scourge. The House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee in Parliament wants a “latte levy” imposed on coffee cups — a move members believe will show citizens how much waste …

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Chef Resigns After Bragging That She ‘Spiked’ a Vegan’s Food

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The British chef who claimed that she secretly fed animal products to a vegan, and subsequently received death threats, has decided to step aside at her restaurant. Laura Goodman, co-owner with her fiancé of the Shropshire Italian joint Carlini, seemed to relish on Facebook that a “pious, …

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Chef Gets Death Threats After Bragging She ‘Spiked’ a Vegan Meal

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An Italian chef in the U.K. is trying to escape the wrath of every meat-avoider with internet access after openly suggesting she’d served animal products to a vegan customer. Laura Goodman, chef and co-owner of Carlini in Shropshire, posted a Facebook message following an apparently frustrating night on December …

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Gordon Ramsay Calls Renowned Chef Michel Roux an ‘Old Fart’ for Banning Photos

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The Waterside Inn in Bray is an OG powerhouse of British fine dining — it’s held three Michelin stars since 1985, longer than any restaurant outside France. If you assume that makes it a little old fashioned, you’re right, as diners were recently reminded: News broke this week …

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One of England’s Greatest Restaurants Has Banned Diners From Photographing Its Food

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The Waterside Inn, a British restaurant that’s continuously held three Michelin stars since 1985 — 12 years before Ferran Adrià’s El Bulli got three, and 13 before Eleven Madison Park even opened — has decided to ban photography inside the dining room altogether. Michel Roux, who co-founded the restaurant …

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England Shaken to Its Core After Great British Bake Off Winner Gets Leaked Early

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Chances are pretty good that Great British Bake Off judge Prue Leith regrets getting out of bed this morning. The popular show’s eagerly awaited finale airs tonight, but several hours ago, Leith — who, it must be said, replaced beloved veteran Mary Berry for Channel 4’s “modern

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‘Rooffee,’ the First Coffee for Dogs, Raises Plenty of Questions

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An enterprising London businesswoman says she’s created “the first coffee in the world suitable for dogs.” Agota Jakutyte, who already co-founded Shoo, a beauty company for pets, initially alarmed several journalists when she cold-pitched her product. Rooffee may roll off the tongue onomatopoetically (ruff!) and technically …

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Chef Blasts Gordon Ramsay’s Crusade Against Cocaine As ‘Out of Date’ and ‘Laughable’

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A British chef says that Gordon Ramsay — whose latest British TV mini-series is a self-proclaimed exposé on restaurant workers’ coke abuse — has morphed into “a terrible fucking ambassador” for their industry. Ramsay’s brand-new ITV show, literally called Gordon Ramsay on Cocaine, calls cocaine use the service industry’s …

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Who’s Ready for Pink ‘Sparkling’ Milk?

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In today’s extremely competitive beverage market, you essentially have two options to make your product succeed: add bubbles, or add booze. Carbonate some water, and people will commemorate it with works of art. Make root beer alcoholic, and it’s no longer a grandpa drink. Since …

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This Organic, ‘Zero Waste’ Supermarket Doesn’t Sell Anything in Packages

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Here’s a guilt trip for the food-waste conscious: Do you even hand-grind your own nut butter into Mason jars, or are you still stuck recycling the empty plastic ones? If you do the latter, perhaps it’s time that you moved on to shopping at Earth.Food.Love, Britain’s only zero-waste …

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The Great British Bake Off Is Back — But Is It Still Good?

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We probably expect too much from our food shows. It’s not sufficient for a host to mug his way through the pancake palaces and greasy spoons of America — that person must be Guy Fieri, who represents the sentient id of a deep-fat fryer. A host can no longer teach …

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Pigs Rescued From Fire Turned Into Sausages for Firefighters Who Saved Them

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One minute you’re rescued from being cooked by a fire, the next you’re being turned into sausages to be cooked by the people who saved you. Back in February, Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service firefighters were called to a farm in the English village of Milton Lilbourne, …

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Sold-out Cheese Festival Runs Out of Cheese, Infuriates Attendees

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A festival celebrating cheese is facing serious backlash for running out of it, something the weekend-long event’s organizers apparently didn’t “anticipate” a “demand for.” This Fyre Festival–level fiasco was held in the English city of Brighton and, it’s also worth noting, had sold out beforehand. It’s part of …

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Poop Bacteria Detected in Ice at European Branches of McDonald’s, Burger King, and KFC

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Fecal coliforms: That’s the secret ingredient in the biggest fast-food chains’ iced drinks. An investigation by the BBC consumer series Watchdog found that United Kingdom locations of Burger King, KFC, and McDonald’s all serve ice contaminated by the bacteria. Out of ten samples tested at each of the three …

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There May Be a Little Poop in Your Starbucks Iced Coffee

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The ice at Starbucks — it makes your summer beverage so refreshing, and also might contain a tiny bit of feces. The BBC’s consumer series Watchdog ran some tests on the ice used in several coffee chains’ cold drinks, and fecal coliforms turned up in everybody’s, unfortunately. According to …

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McDonald’s Pulls Ad Saying If Your Dad Dies, You Just Need a Filet-O-Fish

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McDonald’s has decided to stop airing a new British TV ad that seems to insinuate a Filet-O-Fish helped a boy feel less distraught after his dad’s death. The 90-second spot has been running since Friday, allowing it to accumulate a whole weekend’s worth of outcries from …

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England Could Introduce ‘Barista Visas’ to Keep Cafés Fully Staffed After Brexit

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It’s established fact that England’s restaurant industry would grind to a halt without foreign workers. Pret a Manger actually said earlier this year that just one in 50 job applicants is from the U.K., partly because citizens no longer see restaurants as a “desirable place to work.” …

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U.K. Grocery Chain in Hot Water After Chairman Labels White Men an ‘Endangered Species’

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Tesco, England’s largest supermarket chain, is facing a boycott, after its chairman John Allan told a group of conference-goers that white men are becoming an “endangered species” in corporate boardrooms. Also, his timing was outstandingly bad — he did it last Thursday, the day after International Women’s Day.

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U.K. Farmers Warn Brexit Could Make Their Crops ‘Rot in the Fields’

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Here’s a familiar-sounding argument: British farmers say the impending Brexit, which will reduce immigration significantly, could send their industry into a free fall, since about 20 percent of the workers in their fields are foreign. As a result, England’s largest farmer union is pleading …

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British Supermarket Chain Will Use Delivery Trucks Powered Entirely by Food Waste

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Upmarket British supermarket chain Waitrose is already one of Earth’s greenest. It hasn’t put any food waste into landfills since 2012, and last year it introduced gluten-free pastas that reuse the leftover scraps for the packaging. Its latest eco-friendly move, though, takes aim at …

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The British Are Panicking Because Supermarkets Have Started Rationing Vegetables

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It’s a bad week to get a salad craving in England. Grocery stores over there have had to start rationing lettuce, broccoli, zucchini and eggplants (“courgettes” and “aubergines,” in British-ese), and other vegetables because of bad weather in southern Europe, where most of those items are grown. According …

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Jamie Oliver Claims Brexit Is Forcing Him to Close 6 Failing Restaurants

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England’s vote to leave the E.U. started kneecapping its once-booming restaurant industry practically on Day 1, and today Jamie Oliver says his empire of Italian eateries is the latest to be victimized by Brexit. Six Jamie’s Italian restaurants in England and Scotland will shut their doors …

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As If We Didn’t Have Enough to Worry About Today, Toblerone Went and Messed With Its Candy

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A lot is on the line today, what with that election thing and all. Somehow, against all odds, Toblerone has managed to make the situation even worse. The classic chocolate-and-nougat bar is known for its weird and unnecessary shape. It’s one of modern life’s constants, like chefs screwing up ketchup …

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