World Cup 2014: Pubs able to open longer for late England kick-offs

Extension of licensing hours initially only applies to Italy opener, but could come into play if team reach knockout stagesPubs will be able to stay open beyond normal hours this summer to show England's World Cup matches that have late kick-off times, the home secretary has confirmed.The national extension of licensing hours will initially only affect the team's opening game against Italy, which kicks off at 11pm on 14...

Heston Blumenthal to fly Fat Duck south to Australia

Three Michelin-starred restaurant and staff to move to Melbourne while Berkshire base is closed for renovationsAs if introducing snail porridge to the British palate, juggling a combined six Michelin stars and overseeing a self-branded range of supermarket produce was not enough work for one man, Heston Blumenthal has decided to take on an even more unusual culinary challenge: relocating his flagship restaurant 10,000 miles to Australia.The Fat Duck, the three Michelin-starred Berkshire-based temple to molecular gastronomy opened by Blumenthal in 1995, is to relocate to a hotel in Melbourne for six months from February 2015, the chef announced on...

How to eat: a ploughman’s lunch

This month, How To Eat is in a country pub trying to enjoy a ploughman's lunch. But an argument is raging about what that means. Ham? One cheese or three? Is pate OK? Are pickled onions edible? Is this a sharing dish or best enjoyed solo?This month, not for the first time, How To Eat is in the pub. The blog considering the best way to eat Britain's most beloved dishes has a pint settling on the bar. It is time to pick over the ploughman's lunch.Pedants will take great pleasure in pointing out that this "classic" was only actually given a name and a PR push in the 1960s, by the Milk Marketing Board, but people, including some ploughmen, had been eating bread and cheese with beer for aeons. Therefore, no matter how it has been glossed, this stands as a much-loved British meal, and one which people feel passionately about. As Tommy Cooper once put it: "I had a ploughman's lunch the other day ... he was...

Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck to close for six months in Melbourne move

Celebrity chef to temporarily relocate restaurant to from village of Bray, near London, to Melbourne casino Celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal says he will shut down his Fat Duck restaurant and temporarily relocate it to Australia for six months next year.There was speculation about the move last week but on Monday, Blumenthal unveiled his plans for the restaurant, which will be moving to Melbournes Crown Casino in February...