Bens Blog

15 May 2018

Raise a glass of English Fizz

There’s a bit of a do on this weekend – we’ll be open as usual for celebrators ...
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13 Mar 2018

Being realistic about bacon

I’m probably shooting myself in the foot drawing attention to ‘Yes, bacon really is killing...
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15 Feb 2018

Two very different Bakewells

The news is full of links between so called ‘ultra-processed’ food and cancer, with another...
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15 Jan 2018

Ben’s take on Veganuary

Veganuary will be over soon but, let’s not kid ourselves, things aren’t going to return to ...
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15 Jan 2018

The minefield that is food packaging

As a business we are constantly striving to do our bit to cut carbon emissions and reduce w...
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28 Nov 2017

Festive goodies

Without the stress of making thousands of organic mince pies for the Riverford veg boxes, w...
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30 Oct 2017

The grass is greener – or is it?

It seems ‘grass fed’ is becoming more and more of a buzzword – used at every opportun...
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10 Oct 2017

Prices and provenance

Pass the butter please – if you’re lucky enough to have any. Now that we’ve all accep...
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01 Sep 2017

The peril of wellness diets

The other summer food news that won’t go away seems to have been around the perils of so-ca...
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01 Sep 2017

Organic or not, food is more than just a commodity

It might just be me but the summer news season seems to have been particularly weak, with t...
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18 Aug 2017

The real problem behind Southern Salad’s demise

I talked last week on the blog about food security and how the fall in the pound, post Brex...
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11 Aug 2017

Why we need to dig potatoes

One thing all Watsons have in common, despite loving our food, is that we don’t like to spe...
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04 Aug 2017

The chicken or the egg? Either way it’s a scandal

Did you know that the average chicken has more room in the fridge or oven than it ever did ...
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28 Jul 2017

No chlorine chickens here

I’ve spent twelve months not mentioning politics (in general) and BREXIT (in particular) bu...
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19 Jun 2017

Thinking Aloud!

Please excuse the rather self-indulgent nature of the following – it’s me think...
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27 Apr 2017

It’s Happened!

The new signs and website are up. Everything else is the same so I hope you’ll agree that i...
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20 Apr 2017

An ode to Begude

With twelve of the Domaine Begude wines (including magnums of the top Chardonnay and Pinot ...
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24 Mar 2017

Ben’s Wine & Tapas Update

We’re still feeling our way but, judging from the feedback, we’re doing most things right. ...
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24 Mar 2017

More About The Name Change

Things are finally happening on the renaming front. New signs will be going up in the next ...
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24 Mar 2017

Natural Cure Bacon

From the butchery at Staverton, is our ‘Natural Cure’ bacon. Ali seems to have got it down ...
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24 Mar 2017

Wine News

At Ben’s Tapas & Wine Bar, we also want to sell bottles of wine to take home. It’...
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16 Feb 2017

Plastic Dilemma

Thanks to Lucy Siegle for highlighting the plastic dilemma in her Observer column. It’s suc...
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16 Feb 2017

Valencian Citrus

Courgettes and lettuce might have been suffering but the more traditional seasonal harvest ...
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13 Feb 2017

Ben’s Wine & Tapas is Open!

BEN’S WINE & TAPAS opened on 9th February. If this is news to you, we’ve taken over wha...
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