Our Sponsored Charity
Just a Drop
Launched in 1998, Just a Drop is an international water-aid charity which aims to reduce child mortality caused through poor sanitation and unsafe water and ensure more people have access to a clean, safe and local water supply. Working with local partners - at a grassroots level – we design appropriate engineering solutions and support some of the poorest communities in the world. Our work includes safe sanitation and the construction of wells, boreholes, pipelines, hand pumps, sand dams and latrines. We also strive to improve health and sanitation education by encouraging the establishment of WASH (Water and Sanitation Hygiene) programmes to run alongside our work. To date, we have carried out over 100 projects in 31 countries and reached an estimated 1.5 million people from Afghanistan to Zambia. To support Just a Drop’s work and make a donation, please visit: http://www.justadrop.org/home/donate/
With thanks to our sponsors
For over 50 years Alaska has been a world leader in sustainability. In 1959, when Alaska became the 49th state of the USA, the state constitution mandated that all fish should be maintained sustainably.
All Alaska Seafood is wild, and all of it is sustainable. Each fishery is assessed annually and is given a total catch quota. Once that quota is reached the fishery is closed, to preserve stocks for future generations.
Entire communities have been intimately involved with the harvesting of Alaska’s seafood. Alaskans have always understood that the fishing industry cannot exist without a willingness to help enforce the sustainability practices set out by the State. Please like us on Facebook/Alaskaseafooduk and follow us on Twitter @AlaskaSeafoodUK For more information, please email email@example.com
Pommery & Greno was established in 1836 but it was the highly entrepreneurial Jeanne-Alexandrine Louise Pommery who made sure the Pommery name and reputation were recognised internationally, after taking over the running of the business in 1858.
Madame Pommery launched the first commercially successful ‘brut’ champagne in history, Pommery Brut Nature 1874. Today, the champagne is expertly crafted by Chef de Cave, Thierry Gasco, only the ninth cellarmaster to create Pommery champagne. Pommery is a name synonymous with elegance and finesse, freshness and vivacity.
Australia’s winemaking history of less than two hundred years is brief by European measures, though, like Europe, punctuated by periods of extreme success and difficult times. From the earliest winemaking days Penfolds has figured prominently and few would argue the importance of Penfolds influence on Australia’s winemaking psyche. Without the influence of Penfolds the modern Australian wine industry would look very different indeed. Sitting comfortably outside of fad and fashion, Penfolds has taken Australian wine to the world on a grand stage and forged a reputation for quality that is without peer.
Penfolds reputation for making wines of provenance and cellaring potential might suggest a mantle of tradition and formality is the preferred attire of a company with so much history to defend. But to label Penfolds as simply an established and conventional winemaker, would be to confuse tradition with consideration and to overlook the innovative spirit that has driven Penfolds since its foundation, and continues to find expression in modern times.
If there is anything traditional about Penfolds, it is the practice of constantly reviewing the wines it already does well and continuously evolving and refining styles as vineyards mature and access to ever older and more varied vineyard sites improves.
Taylor’s is one of the oldest and most prestigious port producers, founded over three centuries ago in 1692.
The company is family-owned and managed, and has remained independent since its foundation. Taylor’s is best known for its elegant and long-lasting vintage ports which are among the world’s most sought after wines. These are produced on the company’s own properties, the famous estate of Quinta de Vargellas and the ancient vineyard of Terra Feita. Taylor’s is the leading producer of Late Bottled Vintage, a style of port originally developed by the company, and is a respected shipper of aged tawny ports blended from the company’s extensive cask aged reserves.
The AA has been recommending and assessing hotels since 1908, creating the well established star classification system in 1912 and in 2008 celebrated 100 years in the hospitality industry. AA Hotel Services offers one of the UK’s leading accommodation recognition schemes. The knowledge and experience of the AA’s inspectorate is unrivalled, and an AA rating is one of the most trusted forms of recognition in the hospitality industry.
AA Hotel Services is recognised throughout the hospitality industry for its sound and reliable assessment of accommodation, signified by the familiar AA star rating, and food quality, signified by the much-coveted AA Rosette award for culinary excellence. AA recognised establishments can be found on theaa.com/bed-and-breakfast-and-hotel or download one of our mobile applications available for iPhone®, BlackBerry® and Android™
The Scotch Beef Club
Generations of experience have ensured that Scotland is renowned for producing some of the world’s finest beef. Scotch Beef is particularly well known for its outstanding quality and exceptional taste.
Whenever you see the blue Scotch Beef rosette and the yellow PGI wheel, this guarantees that the beef has been born, reared for all if its life in Scotland and then slaughtered in Scotland. Every step from the farm to the restaurant plate is monitored by strict quality schemes which guarantee the highest standards of welfare, traceability and animal husbandry.
The Scotch Beef Club, too, is unashamedly based on quality. We make no apologies for saying restaurants who become members of the exclusive club are a cut above the rest.
Members are ambassadors for fresh, well-produced Scotch Beef. They know where it comes from and will be proud to say its Scotch. If you too want to be sure – choose a Scotch Beef Club restaurant.