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The Fox at Willian named winner Gastropub of the Year
Food Awards
England and Wales 2014

The Fox at Willian has been announced WINNER in the Gastro Pub of the Year, South and also Overall Winner for England in the Food Awards England and Wales 2014 awards. The award recognises and rewards pubs/inns or bars that have successfully combined the provision of enjoyable food, whether it is a hearty pub grub or a warm welcome with a high standard of management.

Thousands of nominations flooded in for the inaugural Food Awards England and Wales. Voted for by the public, the awards are designed to recognise the efforts of England and Wales restaurants, takeaways, gastro pubs, hotel restaurants, cafes and bistros, as well as shine the spotlight on the wonderful local producers who supply their delicious ingredients.

The Awards ceremony, the biggest in the English food calendar, was hosted by Miss United Kingdom Rachelle Perez at the Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel, on 17th of November 2014.
John Anderson, General Manager at The Fox said ‘To be recognised in the first Food Awards England and
Wales, is a great honour. To be announced Overall Winner in England, is an absolutely stunning achievement and we are more than delighted especially as the votes have come from the public and recognises restaurants that provide cuisine of a truly excellent standard, as well as demonstrating innovation, ambience and providing a high standard of hospitality. This success is a real reward for our enthusiastic team at The Fox.’
The Awards also helped raise over £1300 for the official charity partner, Make A Wish Foundation
UK granting magical wishes to children and young people fighting life-threatening conditions.

Yasmin Mahmood of event organisers Creative Oceanic commented ‘The Fox at Willian was a deserved winner and we must congratulate them on their success. We had a fantastic response from the English and Welsh food industry and public vote and we were delighted to welcome those who provide and supply us with gastronomic delights to our Awards ceremony.’ 
There are twenty-six categories to award on the evening, and a full list of finalists can be found on


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The Black Horse celebrates a milestone birthday in style

The Black Horse in Woburn is marking ten great years in the stable of the award-winning Peach pub company with a month of birthday celebrations to thank guests for their support and look back at all the good times in the pub. 

Manager Ben Paul and his team who run the village local will be arranging some special birthday surprises for guests who pop in over the coming weeks, with plenty of birthday cake and bubbly as well as some brilliant birthday competitions in the local media and on the pub’s Facebook page. 

They will also be asking people to recall some of the great moments they’ve had at the pub, milestones in their lives or simply memorable things that have happened, to share as part of the celebrations, as well as running some brilliant birthday competitions. 

“We’ve had ten wonderful years here in Woburn and have loved every minute,” says The Black Horse manager Ben Paul. “We’re really proud to be in Woburn and to be a local for the village and would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has supported us over the years.  We couldn’t have done it without them. 

“It’s an achievement to stay the course, and we’re proud to have done that too,” he says. “We’ve made some fantastic friends on the way and had so many good times.  Naturally we thought it was fitting that our tenth birthday should celebrate all of those good times, by asking people to share their memories of them with us, and we’ll be doing just that whilst raising a few glasses of course!” 

As well as joining in the celebrations, regulars who have special memories of the pub can have them recorded for posterity on The Black Horse’s Memory Wall.  This has been set up in the pub and is a space where people can share those important moments in their life, like a first date or a marriage proposal, or simply a significant happening which took place there by having them framed on the wall.  Anyone with a photo or a special story to tell can post them on The Black Horse’s Facebook page, or tweet it to @HorseWoburn.  The best ones will feature on here and on the pub’s memory wall.  

“Keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for news of our fabulous birthday competitions which will be happening throughout November and make sure you drop in to wish us Happy Birthday,” he adds.    

More information is on 

The Black Horse is at 1 Bedford Street, Woburn MK17 9QB. Tel: 01525 290210   


Have you ever wished you could create those wonderful,

 authentic Indian curries,

but don’t think you have the time or know how?


Well the Sticks may have the answer ……..

We tried out this amazing product

Bipin's Curry Fusion Masala Range

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Simply add Bipins fresh masala curry paste to freshly prepared meat, fish or vegetables. For a slightly milder experience use more of the core ingredient. Additionally, add vegetables to the meat such bell peppers or sweet potato. This will serve 4+ people as a main dish. Or simply use half the amount to serve 2 people and save the rest of the masala paste for later. Cook on low heat in a heavy pan keeping the lid on to prevent loss of moisture. Cook for about 20 minutes mixing occasionally. An option is to finish off by folding in about 2-3 tbsp of single cream, yoghurt or coconut milk. This will add a new dimension to the dish and make it saucy. Warm through and rest for 5 minutes and garnish with coarsely chopped coriander. Serve with plain boiled rice and green leaf salad with thinly sliced onions. There is no need to add any oil, salt or water or brown the meat. Keep it simple and natural, you'll be amazed how the flavours infuse into the meat/vegetables/fish. You'll be surprised as to the amount of moisture released from the meat/fish/vegetables, a truly tasty experience that makes you think it was made in a restaurant.

Bipin's masala is made from pure unadulterated fresh Indian herbs and spices to traditional authentic Gujarati recipes handed down through generations with a little sprinkle of innovation added through a scientific background to put the authentic experience in your hands. The result has been a unique highly aromatic deeply flavoursome blend of masala that everyone can use. There are just 100% fresh ingredients, no additives, no preservatives, no colourings and no flavourings. There are 6 main varieties of fresh Curry Sauces; Surti Masala, Jeera Masala, Methi Masala, Machi Masala, Grama Masala and Sheek Masala. In addition there are the Royal Korma Masala Chilli-heat-free and special limited addition hot masala. 

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