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Blog #7: Three of our Favourite Local Cycle Routes

August 2014

- Romsey to Southampton - 14 Miles   This is a great shorter route for people who...shall we say...might need to give the bike a dust over before hitting the road. This route starts you off at the small market town of Romsey and takes you south-east along the A27. Theres a...

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Blog #6: Ideal Collection wins the Daily Echo's 'Commitment to the Region' award


All of Ideal Collection are very proud to have won this award! Here is the extract from the Daily Echo: 'Ideal Collection was hailed as a "worthy winner" by the judges, who praised the form both for its commitment to the South and its ongoing growth plans. Ten...

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Blog #5: In Conversation with Oliver Weeks - Managing Director of Ideal Collection

April 2014

AN IDEAL TIME FOR GROWTH   AT A time when five or six pubs nationally have been closing every week, Southampton’s Ideal Collection has bucked the trend and doubled in size.    What started as a small group of restaurants and pubs based in and...

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Blog #4: Local Produce Show - By Jim Hayward

March 2014

I was asked by Hampshire Fare & Business Solent to sit on an expert’s panel at the Local Produce Show. I thoroughly enjoyed the day, and it was great to speak to some other chefs who were on the panel, including; Luke Holder of Lime Wood Garden, Andy Lazenby of Waitrose’s...

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Blog #3: Q&A with Jim Hayward - Group Development Chef

February 2014

How did you get where you are now? A lot of blood, sweat and tears!   Who is your greatest inspiration? Got into the whole river café ethos pretty early on in my career, love a bit of HFW and Skye Gyngell and what they all stand for.  On a...

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