Beer, coffee, Ice

February 16, 2011

Ready to go - Leicester Beer Festival

A couple of quick parish notices.  Firstly it’s time to dust off your Bellowhead T-shirt again for the 2011 Leicester Beer Festival. It takes place at  the Charotar Patidar Samaj, just behind St Margarets Church on the edge of the city centre, from Wednesday 9 to Saturday 12 March. It’s a very sociable event and will this year feature some 220 beers, around a third of which come from within a radius of 25 miles, 35 ciders and perries and food including curries, pork pies and stilton cobs. Entrance at various times is  either free, £2.50 or £3.50 and you’ll need to buy an official festival glass which can either be kept as a souvenir or returned for a refund. Full details available here.

Second, after a couple of recent visits I’ll give a further recommendation to the Yesim patisserie on Leicester’s Narborough Road. It’s a comfortable, comforting kind of place, where old fellers drop by for a game of backgammon, but you’ll also see business people and a wide range of the local community enjoying the delicious sweet and savoury Turkish pastries and excellent coffee. Service is delightful. Pictured right with some of their produce are Melek and Elif who kindly helped us out with a little photoshoot for GFLR.

Finally, those of who frequent Farmshops maybe interested in the launch of a new loyalty card  that offers cash rewards for shopping in independent farmshops around the country.  The Ice card works in a similar way to the Nectar card and the like, earning points  by spending with selected  retailers that can be then used for money off further purchases. It’s all geared around low carbon and sustainable business practice and as well as farm shops it can be used with various ecofriendly energy suppliers, clothes manufacturers and so on.  There’s no Leicestershire farmshops signed up to the scheme yet  but it only launched last month and I understand at least one major local farmshop is currently in discussion. More details here.


2 Responses to “Beer, coffee, Ice”

  1. Charlotte said

    Coincides quite nicely with national pie week… Or perhaps it’s only going to be pie week up here.

    C x


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