July’s food news roundup – all the best finds

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Are you looking for a fun foodie experience? Or maybe a new refreshing summer drink?

Enjoying a day out with family and friends can be so much fun, especially when food is involved. However, trying to find nice restaurant option or some fun experiences can prove to be tricky. There’s so many options. Whether you’re situated in London or at the very northerly point in Scotland, here are some fantastic food options for next day out. Alongside some new releases that may tickle your fancy.

Academy of Cheese partnered with Paxton and Whitfield, London – £195

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The Academy of Cheese class

The Academy of Cheese have paired up with Paxton and Whitfield to offer a Level One Cheese Training Programme.

If you want to expand your knowledge and know your Gruyere from your Gorgonzola, this is the perfect experience for you. Or it could be a great present for a cheese enthusiast. During the day you’ll learn about the history of cheesemaking, followed by the class and a guide to tasting and selecting the right cheese for you. They are offering five dates from July to November, so make sure you keep some dates free.

Paxton and Whitfield 

The Avenue Cookery School, London – £125

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The Avenue Cooking school

Gather your friends and enjoy this sushi making and cocktail shaking class! Focused on driving your senses wild, this is a delicious and fun way to spend your evening.

You start the evening with a sushi demonstration, and then get stuck into the appetising journey of making your own sushi rolls. Alongside this, you have access to bottomless wine, just to make the experience even more heavenly.

After delving into a sushi feast, you get to take on making your own cocktails, Japanese style. Clink clink.

The Avenue Cookery School 

Borough Kitchen cooking classes, London – £115

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The Borough Kitchen cooking class

Borough Kitchen are offering their time to teach you how to incorporate nutritional and colourful food into your diet. A cooking class inspired by mindful eating and healthy cooking. With a variety of dates, spotted around London, this isn’t a deal you should miss out on.

Dishes from spiced beetroot and coconut soup to salmon and chia seed cakes will make your experience tasty as well as informative. You’ll engage with well experienced instructors, and keeping the class small allows them to be attentive and ensure you are getting the most from your experience.

Borough Kitchen- mindful eating

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The Borough Kitchen cooking class

A quick and easy pasta dish may be our go to meal for a night we can’t be bothered to cook. But there is so much more to pasta, especially when its home made. This experience will teach you everything you need to know to create delicious tortellini. Flour, eggs, a fork, and this hands-on class and you’ll be everyone’s favourite dinner host.

Spread over three hours, you will get to create the dough, roll the sheets, and fill the pasta. As well as learning the best ways to pair pasta with a delightful sauce. No need to stress if you have dietary requirements, this class can be adapted to your preference.

Borough Kitchen – pasta class

Virgin experiences Chocolate making, Shoreditch – £52

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Virgin Experiences Chocolate class

Do you want to be taught by some of the best chocolatiers in the business? Virgin Experiences are offering a Luxury Chocolate Making Workshop.

This chocolate making session will have you making your own chocolate martini, infusing, and decorating mini cream truffles and creating a giant flavoured chocolate button. All to be specially packaged to take home. This fun yet luxurious workshop if the perfect day out for a group of friends or a couple. A glass of bubbles on arrival and leaving with a giant chocolate button, refined to your liking, what more could you want?

Virgin experiences 

Read more: 6 reasons you should be eating dark chocolate

The most northerly Fish & Chips, Shetland

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Frankie’s fish & chips

Established in 2008, Frankie’s Fish & Chips holds the title for being the most northerly fish & chips shop in the UK.

With their seafood landing daily to their local market, don’t miss out on the fresh and high-quality fish. They have a family friendly environment ready to welcome everyone. Some of their staff have been with them since the opening, supporting the restaurant through 15 years of hard work. 

Frankie’s fish & chips

London Bridge to home UK’s first sake brewery/bar, London Bridge

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KANPAI brewery/bar

KANPAI, meaning cheers in Japanese, is UK’s first sake brewery, who focus on traditional Japanese brewing techniques.

Since having a bar in Peckham since 2016, they are now making a big move to a new premises in London Bridge. It will offer a modern taproom bar with 10 distinct sake draft taps, as well as seasonal Japanese cocktails and sprits.

This new opening is dedicated to expanding its brewery, whilst being easily accessible for visitors. When in London, make sure to schedule in a unique sake experience, learning about the rich history of sake and tasting the delicious small plates that KANPAI has to offer. With the move expected to happen over summer 2023, don’t miss out from Wednesdays to Sundays on this artistic experience.


French zero per cent wine brand Moderato makes UK debut, Club Soda tasting room – £20 entry

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Moderato wine from Club Soda

Soon to be available in Club Soda’s Covent Garden tasting room, shop, and bar is Moderato’s line of alcohol-free wines. Red, white, Rose, and Sparking wines costing £10-£11. Moderato have created an all-natural, low sugar range of wines, perfect for summer sipping.

To perfectly compliment this beverage, is a July Wine Club. Every second Thursday of the month you can attend the Tasting Room (tickets needed) where you will be welcomed with complementary drinks and cheese throughout the night. You’ll get the opportunity to engage with the makers of the innovative drinks and immerse yourself in the world of no/low wine.


Grab some food at the Ashmolean Museum rooftop restaurant, Oxford

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The Ashmolean Museum rooftop restaurant

Take a day trip to the beautiful Oxford to visit the relaunch of the roof terrace restaurant in the Ashmolean Museum.

Opening from the 2 July, the rooftop restaurant has extended its opening hours until 6pm, allowing guests to relax and enjoy the sun. Whether you want to sip on a glass of rose or share a food platter with friends and family, this is the best way to enjoy the scenic view of Oxford. Located right in the centre, it’s very easily accessible.

Ashmolean Museum 

CafePod Half-Caff Brunch Blend, online – £4.20

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CafePod coffee

CafePod, an independent coffee brand, specialise in Nespresso-compatible pods, varying in strengths and flavours. Their newest launch is the Half-Cuff Brunch Blend pod, a 50:50 blend of decaffeinated and a regular roasted coffee. Having a long day at work and going through three coffees may help. But drinking that much caffeine can have negative effects on our sleeping. This could be the perfect solution if you are looking to decrease your caffeine intake.


The Wasabi Company, Yuzu Lemonade, online – £2.65 

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The Wasabi Company Yuzu lemonade

We all love a summer refreshment, something to keep us hydrated whilst out and about. Why not try the new Yuzu Lemonade created by The Wasabi Company. A delicious drink with the perfect blend of being delicate yet enriching.

Made with four per cent yuzu juice from trees grown in Valencia, this fresh drink tastes like a cross between grapefruit and orange. As well as tasting delicious, this drink contains over 50 types of minerals, coming from Nagari. Nagari is the liquid left after salt has been precipitated and has huge health benefits when it comes to replenishing the body.

As well as being the ultimate drink for replenishment and rehydration, Yuzu lemonade comes in distinctive cardboard cans, so it’s great for the planet too! Being far more sustainable than other canned drinks, what a perfect drink for summer. 

The Wasabi Company

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About Ellie Mongey
Having a three month break from uni, where she's studying marketing, Ellie can normally be found in a coffee shop, on the beach or spending all her money on food. 

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