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Your perfect Christmas dinner revealed Wine News

The perfect Christmas dinner, according to Telegraph readers, includes: roast potatoes, gravy, turkey, carrots, sage and onion stuffing, parsnips, Brussels sprouts, pigs in blankets and cranberry sauce.

The most controversial ingredients, which split the vote down the middle, are bread sauce, red cabbage and Yorkshire puddings.

However, the ingredients which will clearly not be found on the plate of Telegraph readers any Christmas soon are: chips, jackfruit, fish, vegetable wellington and boiled potatoes – shocking!

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With the FIFA World Cup in Qatar now heading into its final stages, pubs and bars are filling up with fans keen to catch the last of the action.

This year, the vibe has been different in a great many ways. But for fans still desperate to get their football fix, a trip to a bustling, multi-screened pub is familiar at least – even if there’s a roaring fire in the corner.

It’s a good sign for the industry, too. According to analysis by Simply Business, the World Cup could provide a £155m boost to Britain’s pubs at a time when the hospitality sector is struggling.

Whichever team you’re rooting for, here are the best spots to watch the action.

North London

The Hemingford Arms, Barnsbury

If you like your pubs with extensive wood panelling, bags of charm and a great pint of Guinness, then this old-school boozer in north London is the spot for you. It’s been serving locals since the 1850s and doesn’t appear to have changed much, although these days there’s a cracking Thai menu to enjoy during the games.

158 Hemingford Road, London N1 1DF;

South London

Hope & Anchor, Brixton

Young’s pubs are always a safe bet to watch football, but the Hope & Anchor is a particularly good choice for south of the river. I once watched an England match on a tiny, hastily erected screen above a door in a crowded pub – I didn’t see much of the action. But with a full 24 screens at the Hope & Anchor, you’re guaranteed a perfect view wherever you sit.

123 Acre Lane, London SW2 5UA;  

Central London

Valderrama’s, Angel

This small-ish sports bar is the ideal spot for those looking for a comfortable view. You’re never far from one of the big screens at this bar, named after the legendary hirsute Colombian footballer Carlos Valderrama. With chef James Cochran’s Caribbean-inspired fried chicken in the kitchen, Valderrama’s is great for grub, too.

163 Upper Street, London N1 1US;

West London

The Cross Keys, Hammersmith

Cask-ale fans will be at home at the Cross Keys, where there’s always a decent range of traditional beers alongside lagers and craft ales. With 10 screens it’s a premium location for World Cup games without feeling like a sports bar.

57 Black Lion Lane, London W6 9BG;


The Butcher’s Tap & Grill, Marlow

Tom Kerridge is perhaps most famous for his two-Michelin-starred pub, the Hand & Flowers, in Marlow. But he runs two other pubs in the town, the Butcher’s Tap and The Coach, and both will be showing all the action, with some stellar pub classics on the menu. Note that The Coach isn’t open on Mondays or Tuesdays.

15 Spitall St, Marlow SL7 3HJ;


The Potting Shed, Crudwell

The Potting Shed is a classic country gastropub, with pork chops and venison stews on the menu. But for the World Cup its dedicated match-day ‘shed’ is a prime Cotswolds location: with cosy fires, sofas and a wide array of beers.

The Street, Crudwell SN16 9EW;


The Gloucester, Weymouth

This seaside favourite has several indoor and outdoor screens and plenty of space so it’s not too hard to find a table. Although it’s not a summer World Cup, you can still (hopefully) enjoy England’s success by the sea.

85 The Esplanade, Weymouth, Dorset DT4 7AT;


The Rose & Crown, Stratford-upon-Avon

There’s been a pub on site since 1596, and this Tudor inn has bags of charm and atmosphere. Not only that, but it has plenty of screens making it a top choice in Shakespeare’s home town.

15 Sheep Street, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6EF;


The Deansgate

Reopening after a brief hiatus, this city-centre pub has a number of screens over three floors, making it a convenient spot to catch the action where you’re likely to get a table.

321 Deansgate, Greater Manchester, M3 4LQ;



If you’re after a pure sports-bar vibe, then there’s nowhere better than Hennesseys, which boasts 20 screens across five rooms. With a capacity of over 1,000 people, expect a raucous atmosphere when England are playing.

30-31 Allison Street, Digbeth, Birmingham B5 5TJ;


The Long Shot

A large sports bar on the Royal Albert Dock, The Long Shot pairs a great match-watching experience with delicious food, including an array of brilliant sandwiches, from a roast beef French dip to Vietnamese banh mi.  

Unit 3 Britannia Pavilion, Albert Dock, Liverpool L3 4AD;


Brudenell Social Club

This Leeds institution is famous for music – Franz Ferdinand and the Kaiser Chiefs have played here. But it’s also an ideal, atmospheric spot for the football, with quality local cask ales on tap, too.

33 Queens Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS6 1NY;


Akenside Traders

This popular sports bar in the historic Quayside area of Newcastle upon Tyne boasts several large screens, pool tables and excellent beer. What more could you want?

Dean St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1PQ;


The Old Arcade

A proper sports pub, packed with memorabilia, this is the place to cheer on Wales in their first world cup since 1958. A menu featuring all the pub classics will keep you well fed, too.

14 Church St, Cardiff CF10 1BG;


The Pear Tree

Scotland may not have qualified but football lovers will still, no doubt, be searching for somewhere to catch the action. Housed in one of Edinburgh’s most historic buildings, the Pear Tree, which claims to have the biggest giant LED garden screen in Scotland, is just that place.

38 W Nicolson Street, Edinburgh EH8 9DD;

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The best foods to cook in an air fryer – and the ones to avoid Wine News

Roast potatoes

Cut floury potatoes into chunks and parboil then shake them; allow to dry and drizzle with a little oil. Air-fry for about 25 minutes on the highest setting, turning twice, until golden and crisp.


As long as they don’t have lots of sauce, leftovers are often better reheated in the air fryer than the microwave. They’ll regain their crisp edges rather than going soggy.


If you have an air fryer with a paddle, like the Tefal ActiFry or the De’Longhi MultiFry, it will have a solid base rather than a rack, meaning you can cook more liquid food, including a proper stirred risotto.


The small space means it won’t dry out and smells are limited. Rub lightly with oil or pané with breadcrumbs and air-fry until crisp and golden.


Gets crisp and stays juicy, though it’s worth checking with a digital thermometer that it has reached 74C before eating. Rub with the seasoning of your choice and bake for nine or 10 minutes per side.

Roasted root vegetables

Cut into chunks, toss in oil, salt and smoked paprika, and roast for 20 to 25 minutes. Add chunks of onion or leek after 10 minutes, as these darken quickly.

Kale chips

Spray trimmed leaves with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Lay in a single layer and cook for four or five minutes at 190C, shaking the pan after two minutes. Cool and crisp on a rack as you cook another batch.

What foods won’t cook well in an air fryer?

Deep-fried foods 

You can make good ‘oven-baked’ versions, but don’t expect dishes to have the thick crust or unctuous quality of food dunked in hot oil.

Battered foods 

Wet batters will drip off before they have a chance to set.


Fresh cheese will slide around, so even within a toastie you need to weigh it down, hold in place with a toothpick or use frozen slices.

Doughnuts and churros

You can bake a bready dough in some air fryers, but runny doughs and churros are a non-starter.

Leafy greens 

Spinach and chard tend to turn to mush.

Best air fryers to cook food in 2022

The multicooker

Foodi 7-in-1 Multi-Cooker, £199.99, Ninja

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‘It has been the best buy of 2022’ – Telegraph readers defend the air fryer Wine News

‘Air fryers eliminate the horrible smell of fried food’

@Stephen Thariyan:
“I barely read the instructions for my air fryer, yet chips, sausages, bacon, and salmon have turned out perfectly with the minimum of turning or shaking. Furthermore, it’s up to 50% more energy efficient than conventional ovens.

“My daughter is at university, sharing a house with seven others. They micromanaged their tiny subsistence budget, bought the cheapest air fryer and shop religiously at budget supermarkets and now air fry items such as crispy kale. Healthy, fun, cheap and energy efficient. Air fryers also eliminate the horrible smell of fried food and are a lot easier to clean than an oven.”

@Nicholas Moore:
“Air fryers work best with fat saturated stuff, sausages, that sort of stuff. Fish fingers dry out. Good steak becomes rubbery. However, a really fatty piece of rib eye steak, cooked hard fast and high, comes out great.

“Chips, yes, but they need to be pre-microwaved and sprayed in oil, or tipped into a plastic bag with oil and water in it to coat them evenly. It’s blasting it with very hot wind at proximity. Low fat, it’ll come out like cardboard. George Foreman grills are the same, expelling the fat the meat becomes tough and dry.”

‘I estimate my electricity usage has now halved’

@Andrew Luck: 
“I had, until last summer, avoided air fryers like the plague as I had also thought they were large sized units with a tiny cooking capacity.

“However, when the 9-litre versions finally appeared on my horizon, I looked again, as I was also hugely drawn to the claimed money-saving potential of these devices. I estimate that my electricity usage has now halved.

“What I hadn’t anticipated was the superiority of meals cooked in this way and was so amazed by how much better everything tasted – I purchased a second unit a few weeks ago, primarily to help cook my wife’s vegetarian meals separately from my meat-based ones. They are both Ninjas, one a double oven (2 x 4.5-litre) and the other a single 9-litre unit.

“Since the summer I have not used my old oven, I’ve hardly used cooking oil of any kind and I have lost about half a stone despite not dieting. Our food is healthier, tastier, faster and cheaper to cook.”

@David O’Neill:
“I’ve got various air fryers – wings come out a treat, but I’ve also proved and baked sourdough in it. Roast potatoes and veg with minimal extra oil. I have even done a roast joint and whole chicken. We also always use it for breakfast. Tip: chips and sausages cook at different rates, so put the sausages on a raised rack and put them in a bit later in the cooking process.

“I think a healthy dose of reading the instructions and using some of the provided recipes first to get used to the appliance is best at first, especially if general cooking knowledge isn’t that great.”

‘I chickened out from buying the air fryer’

@Jo Slow:
“We wondered a while back, so borrowed one (which had a stirrer like a bread maker) added 3 tablespoons of oil as advised by lender, not the recipe books, and made chips. They were OK, but prefer the chippy. Tried some other stuff, but came to the conclusion wasn’t for us. Might be handy in a caravan? Anyway, for those that love them good luck to you, certainly safer and healthier than a deep fat fryer or a pan of oil.”

@Susan Kirby:
“I cook my chips in my chip pan, and they are better than any air fryer will ever produce. I eat them once a week with my fresh crumbed fish which also get fried and served with fresh lemon wedges, a pot of tea, bread and butter on the side -cannot be replicated.”

@Neil O’Brien:
“Whilst I don’t own an air fryer, I did contemplate the purchase of one a year ago at my local John Lewis and was given all the information as to how clever it was. However, when comparing what my trusty 3-in-1 microwave / convection oven / grill does and the beautiful chips it produces, which my equally trusty deep fryer gives me, I ‘chickened out’ from buying the air fryer. That said, I wouldn’t knock the air fryer itself, as much will surely depend on one’s lifestyle in terms of meal preparation.”

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Best UK supermarket delivery services and how to get Christmas delivery slots from Tesco to Waitrose Wine News

  • Minimum spend: £10
  • Cost of delivery: From £1.99
  • Earliest delivery: 10 minutes

Brand new on the scene, Getir launched in the UK in 2021, and delivers in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Brighton, Bristol, Cardiff, Liverpool, Southampton, Portsmouth, Nottingham, Cambridge, and Leicester. The super fast delivery service promises to delivery groceries to your door in 10 minutes, with a choice of more than 1,500 products. It all operates via the Getir app which can be downloaded on Apple’s App Store and Google Play.

The app was founded back in 2015 in Turkey and has since expanded across Europe and the US. Minimum spend is £10 and delivery starts at £1.99, but varies depending on your location.



Which supermarket has the lowest minimum spend for delivery?

Asda, Gorillas and Weezy are the only online grocery sites to offer zero minimum spend for delivery. Others, like Ocado, have minimum spends up to £40. Asda’s minimum spend does have a caveat, as orders less than £40 cost an additional £3. With cost of low-priced essentials up by as much as two-thirds this winter, shoppers are looking for cheaper delivery services to balance out the cost of online shopping.

Which supermarket does same day delivery?

Asda, Tesco, Amazon Fresh, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, Iceland, Morrisons, Gorillas and Weezy all offer same day delivery. It’s certainly a growing trend in supermarket delivery in this era of convenience, but make sure to read on below as most come with extra cost.

How to get a supermarket delivery slot

In the case of most supermarkets, it’s simply a case of heading to the preferred website and clicking through to book a slot online for your chosen time, choosing your groceries, making sure you’ve received a confirmation email, and then waiting for delivery. Lots of supermarkets these days are also available via takeaway delivery apps like Deliveroo, Just Eat or Uber Eats. They haven’t replaced ordering on supermarket websites, they’re just an addition.

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This notice was published: 2023-01-03 15:19:34

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The best low-alcohol and non-alcoholic beers of 2023 Wine News

  • 0.5 percent ABV
  • 25 calories per 100ml

All the beers recommended here are either refreshing, complex, or outstandingly tasty. The Erdinger ticks all those boxes and passes the “aaah” test better than any other. 

It’s a weissbier, an increasingly popular beer-type from Bavaria. Containing wheat as well as barley malts and top-fermented using special yeasts, weissbiers have a sour tang and fruity aroma, usually compared to bananas and cloves, that wakes up the taste buds. 

Erdinger Alkoholfrei is as good as any of them, despite the lower ABV. It pours with a deep, lacy froth that brings a pleasant sherbet fragrance when you sip. It’s slightly salty on the lips, with a fresh-baked bread taste that goes well with German fare like sausage and mustard but also suits a Greek salad. Impressively, it doesn’t leave the slightly cloying aftertaste that can be the case with full-strength weissbiers.

Erdinger present it as a “refreshing isotonic drink” which I’m not entirely swayed by. Though it has half the calories of fruit juice and does contain vitamins B9 and B12, which play a role in the immune system, I think it might raise some eyebrows if you cracked one open at the gym. 

But it definitely works as a reward to yourself on getting home.  It’s also one of the most widely available of the beers tested here, found in most big supermarkets. I’d say anyone who hasn’t tried low-alcohol beers should start here.

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The six best pancake recipes for Shrove Tuesday Wine News

With Pancake Day finally here, it’s time to prepare for the big occasion. Traditionally the day where rich, fatty ingredients like eggs, milk and butter are used up before Lent’s fasting, the custom has endured, becoming one of the most popular events in the culinary calendar. 

There are countless pancake recipes, and so many possible topping combinations that no two pancakes are the same. Light and fluffy; thin and crispy; sugary sweet; fruity sweet; savoury; savoury and sweet (see: bacon and maple syrup). 

But it’s not a simple dichotomy between French-inspired thin ones and American-influenced fat ones. Shrove Tuesday should be a day to celebrate these, of course, but also to experiment with the myriad versions available around the globe, from South Indian dosas made with a fermented batter of lentils and rice to Vietnam’s rice-based bánh xèo to the Brazilian tapioca.

Here we bring you six delicious pancake recipes, from Mary Berry’s traditional-as-they-come recipe to a vegan option, a classic dosa and some ultra indulgent numbers. 

“Do not worry if the first pancake or two is a failure: it acts as a test for the consistency of the batter and the heat of the pan.” 

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The best dishes to celebrate St Patrick’s Day 2023, from Irish stew to chocolate Guinness cake Wine News

I once interviewed the Irish chef Richard Corrigan, and when I talked to him about the food of his childhood, he prefaced nearly every memory with the phrase, ‘I know it sounds romantic, but…’ That’s the problem I also have when I write about Irish food – not least on St Patrick’s Day. It’s hard not to sound as if I was brought up carrying pails of creamy fresh milk between a cool, quiet dairy and a warm kitchen (my grandparents were dairy farmers). 

Not everything was idyllic. Corrigan remembers that the bacon, which they ate with big platefuls of cabbage, was too salty, but he can still tell you, his eyes shining, about getting hold of rabbits and roasting them with good butter and wild garlic.

I grew up in Northern Ireland and we were very aware of food, though not in the extreme way people can be now; it was just part of life. My memories are of eating wheaten bread with raspberry jam so soft it ran off the edges, of shelling Dublin Bay prawns – their flesh so sweet you got a hint of vanilla – bought at the local fish market, and of making mayonnaise to eat with a wild salmon someone had delivered, wrapped in newspaper, to my dad.

The greengrocer would tell you which variety of potato was in. Family friends made preserves. My mother kept tins full of home-made cake and ‘tray bakes’. Not everyone was a great cook – my paternal grandmother turned the Sunday beef into leather – but, by and large, home cooking was very good. People actually cooked, and they cooked food that was local and seasonal. I put this down to the fact that we had no big supermarket chains (there wasn’t a Tesco in my home town until 1997). The only food available was local and seasonal.

We weren’t particularly proud of our food because the Irish have a tendency to think less of themselves and their produce than they should. Much like the Scandinavian countries at the time, we didn’t have a restaurant culture. Restaurants tended to be ‘grill rooms’ that sold good steaks and average prawn cocktails. Fancy ones, in Dublin or Belfast, were French. A vibrant restaurant culture – with chefs who care about the terroir – makes a country look at what it has. Consider what René Redzepi and his ilk have done for Scandinavian food. Not everyone is cooking with moss, but he has inspired pride across the region.

In Ireland, a similar pride grew – much more slowly – primarily because of the late Myrtle Allen at Ballymaloe House in County Cork. She was a home cook who, in 1964, made part of her home into a restaurant. She was surrounded by farms and great fish were landed at nearby Ballycotton. Instead of serving French food, she just cooked the best local produce and did as little as possible to it. There were French things on the menu – you’d get Hollandaise with asparagus, for example – but they were minimal. 

The first time I ate at Ballymaloe I had an extremely emotional response. Big floury potatoes that collapsed like snow under your fork, carrots that were cooked whole and tasted as if they’d just been pulled from the ground (they usually had – there were wellingtons at the back door so chefs could get more veg from the garden during service), these tasted intensely of what I knew. Myrtle had the same philosophy as Alice Waters – simple and seasonal – but she was expounding it over a decade earlier. In the late 1970s, new great Irish cheeses – Milleens, Gubbeen, Durrus – appeared, and since then there’s been a steady rise in the number of food producers and great chefs.

When I was weaning my first child, the health visitor expressed shock that he wouldn’t eat potatoes. ‘Imagine!’ she exclaimed. ‘And you Irish!’ 

Believe me, even on St Patrick’s Day, Irish food is about much more than potatoes.

Best Irish dishes to celebrate St Patrick’s Day

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How, when and where to host a Coronation street party or Big Lunch: everything you need to know Wine News

How, when and where to host a Coronation street party or Big Lunch: everything you need to know

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Every recipe you need for your Eurovision party food Wine News

Known for winning the first ever Eurovision song contest, and then drafting in Celine Dion to take them to a second victory, Switzerland’s entries tend to be pretty hit and miss. This year’s song, Watergun by Remo Forrer, seems to be a response to the Ukraine war, which is an interesting choice given they’re competing with actual Ukrainians, but there we have it. Maybe stick with the tartiflette next time, Switzerland…

Where to watch Eurovision if you don’t have a party to go to

If you’re not in the mood to cook, there are plenty of bars and restaurants offering Eurovision screening parties with themed dishes and cocktails. Here are a few of our favourites… 

Eurovision Screening at Jubilee Square, Brighton

Eurovision 2023 will be shown on a big screen at Jubilee Square in collaboration with the Great Escape, Brighton’s annual new music festival. The area will host a variety of food and drink stalls, plus you can bring your own picnic inspired by some of the recipes above. Free entry.

Eurovision Disco Brunch at Ducie Street Warehouse, Manchester

From 11am until 4pm, Manchester’s best-loved brunch spot is hosting a DJ playing all the biggest Eurovision hits from over the years. Bottomless drinks, chicken wings, shakshuka and more are on offer. Plus there’s a watch-party at 8pm as the show starts with sharing platters of nduja sausage, salami, and burrata, as well as bar snacks like truffle mac and cheese and fries. £40pp, book via OpenTable.

Boxpark’s Eurovision Party, Croydon, London

Sponsored by Absolut, Boxpark’s huge watch-party offers exclusive cocktails for all ticket holders, plus you can get tokens for the unique food and drink offers at the venue. Try Amo La Pasta, Dough Bakehouse, and Smoky Boys for some brilliant European street food. Tickets from £10

The Big Boom Bang A Bang Eurovision Party, Edinburgh

Though they missed out on hosting this year’s contest, Edinburgh is throwing a big viewing party at the Grassmarket Community Centre featuring complimentary bucks fizz (fittingly) on entry and European-inspired snack platters. From £16.96

Eurovision Fanzone, Millennium Square, Leeds

Opening at 4pm on Saturday May 13, the official Eurovision fan zone in Leeds will feature European food trucks and a licensed bar so you can dance the night away with fellow Eurovision obsessives. Tickets free but must be booked in advance. 

Eat Drink Ukraine by Olia Hercules at the Royal Albert Dock, Liverpool

Even if you didn’t get arena tickets, there’s plenty of Eurovision fun to be had in Liverpool. From May 1-13, visitors to the Royal Albert Dock can visit Maray, Madre and Lunyalita to enjoy syrnk – a Ukrainian cheesecake topped with caramelised apples based on a recipe by Ukrainian chef Olia Hercules. Visitors to the One O’Clock Gun, Revolucion de Cuba, Tate Liverpool Café, The Beatles Story’s Fab4 Cafe, Madre and Lunyalita can savour a Ukrainian kompot spritz – a fruity cocktail blending berries, rhubarb and sour cherries with Ukrainian vodka, prosecco and soda water. Also check out Gino D’Acampo’s European afternoon tea at INNside and Eurovision cocktails at Mamasan, Liverpool. Priced individually. 

This article is kept updated with the latest information.

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