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The Perfect Cheeseboard

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

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To help you achieve a thoroughly delicious cheeseboard, we've pulled together these top tips:

Pick a champion chutney! The English Provender Co. has a scrumptious selection!

Select between three and five cheeses of different types and textures, including hard, soft and blue.

Always serve the cheese at room temperature to ensure maximum flavour and perfect texture. 

Serve with natural ingredients, like sweet green grapes, cherry tomatoes, parsley and celery. Apples are another traditional favourite; crisp varieties are best, such as Cox, Pink Lady or Braeburn.

For something different - try with peaches, sliced into thin slivers, which will really cleanse the pallet. 

Offer the cheese alongside biscuits or crackers that don’t taste too strong or salty. 

Match up The English Provender Co. chutneys with the following suggestions to experience them all at their best!

The English Provender Co. on TV!

Friday, December 06, 2013

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We are delighted to announce that The English Provender Co. has taken its maiden

voyage onto TV, with the sponsorship of ITV's Christmas on Daybreak. 

Our films feature the most magicial of festive food pairings for a thoroughly

scrumptious Christmas feast!

Take a peek below.

Wild Cranberry Sauce
& roast turkey...Plum Chutney & honey glazed ham!


English Mint Sauce with Balsamic Vinegar
 & succulent roast lamb...

Sweet Tomato & Chilli Chutney
 & a feastive cheeseboard - champion!

Hot Horseradish
 & perfectly roasted beef...

Caramelised Red Onion Chutney
 & a creamy goat's cheese tart.

Simply splendid!

BBC Good Food 2013

Thursday, December 05, 2013

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We're back home & rested up from a truely champion & chutney filled week at the BBC Good Food Show!

A huge thanks to the English Provender volunteers & to all the seriously friendly customers we've met - it was great to chat with so many lovely people!

Here's some of our favourite pics - enjoy :)

Paul & Mary open the show on Friday!

The weekend team - ready & raring to go!

Morning numero uno!

Pippa & our marvellous hamper competition!

We've got lots more pictures on our Facebook page too, if you fancy a little perusal: 

Win a Downton Inspired Weekend!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

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To celebrate the release of Downton Abbey Series 4, on DVD & Blu-Ray on November 11, we are giving you the chance to live like Lord & Lady Grantham for two whole nights!

1st prize: A luxury weekend at Stoke Park, Europe’s leading 5 star Country Club, Spa & Hotel

  • Two nights’ accommodation in a Mansion or Pavilion room
  • Enjoy a three course dinner on both evenings
  • Full English or Continental breakfast each day
  • Use of health and racquet facilities
  • Two £90 spa vouchers
  • Luxury Stoke Park hand-selected chocolate box
  • A basket of seasonal fresh fruit

Runners up prizes: Runners up could win 1 of 10 copies of Downton Abbey Series 4 DVD & a hamper stuffed full of The English Provender Co. goodies.

Click here for more details and to enter the competition.

Win tickets for Oxford Foodies!

Friday, August 16, 2013

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Our bunting & wellington boots are at the ready, & we've crossed our fingers for some sunshine as we prepare for Oxford Foodies & Jamie Oliver's The Big Feastival!

If you fancy a food & fun filled weekend, come along & make sure you pop by to taste all of our champion chutneys, curds & condiments! 

Oxford Foodies is taking place in the gorgeous South Parks Oxford on the 24-26th of August, & will feature a Drinks Theatre & even a Chocolate Theatre, as well as top restaurants from the local area.
Why not take a look at the website for more details, click here.

To celebrate what's set to be a delicious (& hopefully sunny!) bank holiday weekend, we're giving away x4 pairs of tickets!For a chance to win, simply comment on this blog telling us what makes your perfect picnic sandiwich! We'll pick our 4 favourite winners by 21/08/13.
Win Tickets to Hampton Court Palace Foodies Festival

Friday, May 17, 2013

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We're very excited to be going to the Foodies Festival, Hampton Court Palace! We'll be setting up stall & welcoming you to come along & taste all of our champion chutneys, curds, condiments & salad dressings.

The festival is taking place on the 25 - 27th of May in the beautiful Palace grounds, & will feature a Cake & Bake, Drinks & even a Chocolate Theatre (we can't wait to take a peek at this!), as well as top restaurants including Jamie's Italian & Masala Zone.

Why not take a look at the website for more details: http://foodiesfestival.com/event/hampton-court-palace/

To celebrate what's set to be a delicious (& hopefully sunny!) bank holiday weekend, we're giving away x4 pairs of tickets! For a chance to win, simply comment on this blog telling us what new flavour of chutney you'd create. We'll pick our 4 favourite winners by 28/05/13.

Good Luck & hope to see you at the show! Make sure you come & say hello :)

Thanks to everyone who entered! All the suggestions sound utterly scrumptious!

Our winners were Mel, Judith, Lindsey & Rebecca - I've emailed you all directly. Congratulations & hope to see you at the weekend!

Celebrate Spring with Rococo & English Provender Goodies!

Monday, April 15, 2013

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Finally, a glimpse of spring! To celebrate our friends at Rococo Chocolates have put together 3 sets of  picnic goodies for you to win!

Entering is Easy!

For a chance to win, simply tell Rococo: what is your recipe for a Great British Picnic?

Let Rococo know by posting in the comments on their Facebook or Twitter pages by 29th April so that they can get you your prize in time for the Bank Holiday weekend.

 10% off online at Rococo and English Provender Company

That’s not all though! We're offering a 10% discount on our online shop until 30th April 2013. To get your discount, enter the code ProvenderRococo10 at the checkout.  AND Rococo will be offering 10% off at the Rococo Chocolates online store until 30th April 2013. Just enter the code PICNIC10 at the checkout (offer valid online only).

Take a peek at Rococo's blog here: 

Rococo, Chutney & Curds Winners

Friday, March 08, 2013

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Thanks so much to everyone who entered our competition!

The suggestions were really & truly fabulous, there was even a poem! Though it was tricky (& our mouths were seriously watering) we did manage to pick out three lucky winners & they're delightful entries are below:

Your chocs and chutneys sound really yummy, 
Just what I'd love for my yummy mummy,
My girls love their mum, and I love "my bird",
And sure she'd love your ginger curd!

For a fresh cream homemade ginger and pear trifle. Sandwich some Victoria sponge together with the curd. Top with tinned pears in juice (optional sherry), then chocolate custard. Whipped cream sprinkled with chopped pecans, crystalised stem ginger and grated dark chocolate.

I'm a simple girl. I'd brew a big pot of tea, toast some doorstops of white bread, spread liberally with good butter, and top with generous spoonfuls of lovely, golden, indulgent ginger curd.

Thanks again to all!

Win heavenly Rococo chocolates, curds & chutneys!

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

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To celebrate Mother's Day we're giving away this marvellous prize!

Including our new Luxury Lemon & Ginger Curd, three of our favourite chutneys, & some utterly delicious Rococo chocolates - it's foodie heaven!

Rococo chocolates really are rather special! Beginning in London in 1983, they've been sharing their chocolate dream ever since; making award-winning, eclectic, beautiful & always deliciously tempting chocolate treats! 
And to tops things off, the lovely folks at Rococo, have also given us a rather special treat too.... 

10% off Rococo’s online shop !

Simply enter
ENGLPROV when prompted in the checkout process to get your discount*.

TO ENTER TO WIN this delicious prize, simply comment letting us know

how you’d use our New Luxury Ginger Curd! 

We’ll pick our favourite 3 suggestions to win! Competition draw will take place on 08/03/13 at midday. Good Luck :)

* Rococo 10% off code valid from 04/03/13 – 25/03/13, to be used on one order only

Cheese & Chutney...a match made in heaven?

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

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To celebrate Valentine's Day & the perfect pairing that is cheese & chutney, we've got a lovely little giveaway coming up soon! Head over to our Facebook page on the 14th for a chance to win!!

Or if you're looking for quite possibly the best ever Valentine's present, why not give one of our delightful natural hessian gift bags? It's the perfect gift for foodies, including 4 of our favourite chutneys for only £10!

Picture of Fetch the Cheeseboard - Chutney Gift Bag (x4)

Our Lovely New Flower Waters & Celebratory Baking!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

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We've redesigned our Flower Waters & made them a lot more colourful! What do you think? And to celebrate the lovely Lynne baked these beauties...fat free (amazing!!) Angel Food Cake with Rose Water, & Orange Water Madeleines, yum yum yum!

Win a Christmas Hamper!!

Monday, December 10, 2012

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We’ve teamed up with our friends at Ryvita this Christmas to offer you the chance to win 1 of 5 delicious hampers packed full of  delectable chutneys, condiments & a selection of  Ryvita Thins & Crackers for Cheese (& chutney, of course!). Simply follow the link for more details on how to enter the competition: 


Merry Christmas!

Children in Need Baking Bonanza!

Friday, November 16, 2012

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There's been some seriously delicious baking underway to raise money for Children in Need today! Has anyone else made anything scrumptious for Pudsey? Tantalise your taste-buds with these luscious home-made Lemon Curd cupcakes, chocolate cornflake cakes & ridiculously good fudgy chocolate brownies!

Has anyone else made anything delicious for Children in Need? We'd love to hear! :)

Win a pair of BBC Good Food Show Tickets & a Christmas giftbag!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

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We're delighted to be giving away a pair of BBC Good Food Show Tickets & a Christmas Condiment Gift bag to celebrate the upcoming show at the end of this month!

For a chance to win this lovely prize... simply comment on this post letting us know your favourite way to enjoy Chutney! Do you spread on it on your cheese on toast before popping it under the grill or eat it straight from the jar? We'd love to hear & will be picking our favourite suggestion to win! You can send any pictures to epcmarketing@englishprovender.com too! Good luck :)


*Website Competition entries will be open until 4pm Friday 16/11/12. The winner will be selected & notified by Monday 19/11/12 via the email address used to post.Tickets are for General Admission and exclude entry on Saturday.
*Facebook:We're also giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky Facebook winner who likes or shares our competition - all likes and shares between 12pm 13/11/12 & midnight 13/11/12 will enter into the random selection draw, from which one winner will be picked to win a pair of General Entry Tickets, excluding Saturday entry. Winner will be notified via their Facebook account by 15/11/12.
*Twitter ReTweet:We're also giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky retweeter on Twitter - all retweets between posts at  12:20pm 14/11/12 & midnight 14/11/12 will enter into the random selection draw, from which one winner will be picked to win a pair of General Entry Tickets, excluding Saturday entry. Winner will be notified via their Twitter account by 15/11/12.
General T&C: Tickets are general admission for the BBC Good Food Show, Birmingham NEC, valid for either the 28th, 29th, 30th Nov & 2nd Dec - excludes Saturday 1st Dec. Tickets are non refundable and non-exchangeable. Ticket terms and conditions apply. Tickets do not include a seat in the supertheatre. Entrants must not be related to any employee of English Provender Company or its related companies. Entrants must be over 18 and resident within the UK.
The winner must reply back within the 2 days of winning notification stating that they meet the terms and conditions. We respect your privacy and as such the personal data you provide will not be used by third parties. For more details see our privacy policy.English Provender Company cannot accept responsibility for any technical communication failure that results in any error occurring in entering this competition.


Win some lovely goodies!!

Friday, November 09, 2012

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To celebrate the soon approaching BBC Good Food Show in Birmingham this Novemeber, we're giving away a gorgeous hamper filled with English Provender goodies & beautiful plates from The White Company! Simply click the link below to enter, good luck! http://www.bbcgoodfoodshow.com/win-hamper-products-english-provender-co

Hope to see you at the show fellow chutney fans!