Welcome to this week’s News Bites. It has been another bumpy week of alarming headlines – if only the level headed Professor Jonathan Van-Tam was allowed to write them!  So, we continue to try and bring some lighter news in our weekly round-up.  And do let us know if you have any good news stories you’d like us to share:

Feel like a porn star or a taste of Manhattan?

With the doors still firmly shut on our favourite restaurants, this year’s Valentine’s Day comes with a twist as demand surges for home deliveries.  A couple of weeks ago we shared a list of the best at home meal kits, and today we shaken things up with letterbox cocktails.  So, whether you fancy something sweet and sensual or bitter and twisted this Valentine’s, there’s something for everyone.


Wendy’s makes welcome return to the UK

Our new client Wendy’s is one of the USA’s largest fast food burger chains and it is now returning to the UK having exited 20 years ago to concentrate on its North America base.  It is due to open its first site in Reading very soon and this week has announced it will also be opening a branch in Oxford.


New names for Black Boy pubs

We applaud Greene King who have taken steps to rename pubs within its estate with racist connotations.  The first two Black Boy pubs in Bury St Edmunds and Sudbury to be given new names were announced this week after a public vote.  From now on they will be called the West Gate and The Lady Elizabeth respectively.


Landlady Teresa named Rose of Northamptonshire

The Swan & Helmet pub landlady, Teresa McCarthy, has won a public vote to be crowned Rose of Northamptonshire for starting a food bank distribution service for those struggling in Northampton during Covid.  Despite facing her own hardships due to the pandemic, Teresa and her team of volunteers have helped over 30,000 people since last March.







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