The Love Greatest British Hospitality #GiftToShareExperiences campaign.
A hospitality industry initiative to support chefs, venues, producers and creatives during COVID-19.
STOP PRESS: We are delighted announce, that with your help, we have already raised over £500 for the Hospitality Action #WeveGotYou appeal, since our supporting campaign launch. Read the latest newsletter hear. Please help by contributing below.
Hospitality is one of the many British industries suffering during the lockdown, so this initiative aim to connect industry professionals with you, the customer, to bring a range of rewards and opportunities for all involved.
Buy a certificate with an open-ended expiry date for one of our unique GourmetXperiences today, to be redeemed once venues re-open, and 10% of your purchase will go immediately to Hospitality Action, a national charity supporting hospitality workers in immediate need.
Once the lockdown is lifted and you book your experience, the venue will receive 100% of the certificate value. In return, we’re putting together some delicious articles, ideas, tips and recipe ideas from some of the UK’s leading names in hospitality – many of whom, like Michelin Star chefs Cyrus Todiwala OBE, Shaun Rankin and Michael Wignall are supporting this campaign.
For you, our valued customers, it means you’ll not only have something exciting and rewarding to look forward to when restrictions lift, but that you’ll be supporting the hard-working chefs and venues when they need it most.
Follow the hashtag #GiftToShareExperiences on social media and sign up to get access to this fantastic content and stay up to date on tips and recipes from top chefs, venues and producers who are backing the campaign.
Scroll down to view gourmet experiences and purchase your gift certificate today.
Cyrus Todiwala OBE supports Hospitality Action Campaign
Take part in our ‘Gourmet Britain Survey 2020’ to receive a £10 E-Gift and be entered into a £200 prize draw for a cookery masterclass or home-hamper!
SHOP & DONATE: Books For Cooks We are adding more chef and recipe books to our campaign, now featured on our dedicated ‘Books for Cooks’ page here.
Each donating Minimum 10% of ALL book sales or £5 per book, as indicated. The ideal -cook-at-home treats, or a ‘Thank You’ gift to someone who has gone the extra mile in recent times.
Signature Chefs Recipes.
As a thank you for taking time to read this charity appeal page, we’ve teamed up with our partners at Signature Chefs Recipe Books to bring you a free digital version of their book on the South West and Channel Islands, which normally retails at £25.
Packed with 50 scrumptious recipes from chefs like Michael Wignall, David Everitt Matthias, Mark Hix MBE, Paul Ainsworth, Shaun Rankin and Alex Bluett, this striking book features a foreword by chef Angela Hartnett MBE of the LimeWood Hotel Group. You’ll also find guides to the region over 200 beautifully illustrated pages.
And if you’re looking for a little instant inspiration, we’ve listed a selection of seasonal and adaptable dishes to try at home. If you get stuck, why not message the chef on social media and ask them a question? Their social media links are included on the ‘Signature Chefs Website’ recipe page links below. Don’t forget to tag #GiftToShareExperiences
Hospitality Action is the industry charity offering a crucial lifeline to people of all ages, both working and retired, from the hospitality industry. Established in 1837, it is now supporting the industry in the most challenging year of its history.
“A wave of kindness meets a deluge of desperation”
During the past weeks, following the unprecedented changes to our lives and businesses brought about by the rapid spread of COVID-19, the industry have experienced an outpouring of support, the likes of which they have never seen before.
Hospitality Action said it was heartwarming to see this level of support, with chefs like Tom Brown, Raymond Blanc, Simon Rimmer and Tom Kerridge taking to the airwaves and their social media platforms to reach out to their audiences and ask for help. The donations poured in, with customers donating the price of a meal and fellow hospitality workers giving whatever they could to help colleagues in a more perilous position than their own.
Businesses across the UK also reached out to the appeal. Donations are being added to home delivery drinks, food kits and Gift certificate purchases across the UK as the out of home market moves in-home. Over £250,00 was raised in the first two weeks alone! Hospitality Action then allocate ‘COVID-19 Grants’ in batches of £250 to those who are in dire need and fall short of Government support.
Here are a few comments from recent recipients of the grant:
“You have no idea how much this will help me. I was already struggling to make ends meet. Now I can pay my bills and ensure my son has the best birthday possible”
“Thank you so much, you have just made the next few weeks a little bit easier for me and my family, we feel blessed to have your support”
“We have just had a massive weight lifted off our shoulders. A MASSIVE THANK YOU to all the kind people who have donated, you have made us as a family forever grateful”
The Greatest British Company is helping to support this campaign. The first donation of £250 was made on Easter Monday, from direct purchases of our Gift Certificates, with more to follow. Every £250 we raise, with your help, will go directly towards an individual in need by way of a support grant. 100% of what you spend on gift certificates, we will pay to your chosen business in need, whilst you enjoy a unique experience with them. We aim to raise enough donations via sales of our #GiftToGiveHospitality appeal to support up to ten COVID-19 Grants.
Mark Lewis, Hospitality Action Chief Executive commented:“The hospitality industry is at the forefront of social engagement. Removing this for understandable reasons, also removes the ability for us all to share and re-assure with others. This initiative helps provide a positive solution to the current challenges we all face, whilst delivering immediate support for the industry, alongside on-going inspirations and ultimate celebrations and rewards for all, once restrictions are lifted. We are delighted to support Greatest British Hospitality ‘GourmetXperiences’ and welcome industry involvement.”
You can donate directly to Hospitality Action, the price of a meal or even just the tips you are saving, to help people in need now.
OR purchase one of our Love Greatest British Hospitality GourmetXperience certificates below.
10% of your net purchase will go directly to hospitality action. You can also donate more at point of purchase. 100% of the remainder will be yours to invest at your chosen venue on your unique GourmetXperience when they re-open. They will receive the full amount – we will charge no commissions on these monetary gift certificates. As a thank you, they will add value to your GourmetXperience with elements money cannot normally buy!
You’ll also receive exclusive content from our partners direct to your inbox whilst in lock down, to help you choose where to invest and share your unique GourmetXperience, with your guests, when freer times allow.
STOP PRESS:We are delighted to announce we have made our first £250 direct donation to Hospitality Action for a COVID19 grant to help someone in crisis. Thank you for purchasing your ‘Love Greatest British’ Gift Experience purchases. Let’s help raise even more. Purchase yours below.
As our hospitality sector faces the potential loss of over 1 million jobs and immeasurable financial damage, The Greatest British Experiences Company have launched a new campaign called ‘Love Greatest British Hospitality Experiences’, which aims to lend immediate and future support to those affected by the COVID-19 lockdown.
The campaign will run throughout the restriction period and will bring hospitality sectors together in a bid to generate financial support for venues and chefs in association with industry charity Hospitality Action, as well as creating unique content to inspire consumers to engage with brands during and after lockdown.
Consumers will be encouraged to purchase Love Greatest British GourmetXperience gift certificates to redeem when possible, with 10% of those funds going immediately to Hospitality Action, and 100% of the monetary ticket face value being paid to venues once they re-open.
Throughout the campaign, we’ll also be using the hashtag #GiftToShareExperiences across social media, which aims to unite and support the industry suppliers, freelance creatives and chef operators working in hospitality. This will work as follows:
Critical to the initiative is hospitality industry suppliers, who can play an important role by sponsoring the activity generated on behalf of the chef operators, which will see funds split between industry creatives and Hospitality Action. Direct donations of £300 per brand are being sought, donated from the reduced pro-active brand support fees. Sponsors will also benefit from association brand exposure throughout the initiative period. Participating brands will be announced shortly.
Our own service providers and external partners operate as freelancers and in turn engage with external freelance providers. Therefore, we’re also seeking to engage with creatives who work in the hospitality industry, including writers, graphic designers and videographers. An allocation of the funds raised from suppliers will help to financially support the creatives throughout the crisis, in return for helping to create content to highlight British chefs, venues and producers.
Chef Operator Support
Led by industry leading chefs including Cyrus Todiwala OBE, and two Michelin Star chefs Shaun Rankin of Grantley Hall, and Michael Wignall who recently took over the Angel at Hetton, Yorkshire, are appealing to independent chefs across Britain who operate unique venues and work within destination hotels, who are each invited to support the campaign, simply by agreeing to accept the gift certificates and receiving 100% of the value when they re-open. We also ask partnering chefs, cookery schools, venues and producers to create unique online content, along with our creative team, to be shared via ours and their social media channels and direct emails during lockdown. This content will focus on encouraging consumers to support the initiative by interacting with content and purchasing gift certificates. There are no inclusion costs for chefs and venues.
In readiness of opening their doors once restrictions are lifted, chefs are also invited to create a unique food-led experience for consumers to enjoy. The experiences will be packaged as Love GREATEST BRITISH Hospitality GourmetXperiences, and marketed to customers by The Greatest British Experiences Company on your behalf. On redemption, each venue will receive 100% of the certificate value, helping to ensure the future stability of their operation.
Throughout the campaign, consumers are encouraged to purchase Love Greatest British Hospitality GourmetXperience gift certificates online now to add immediate support, each with open-ended expiry dates, to cover the period of restrictions. An additional 10% of all net sales will be immediately donated to Hospitality Action’s efforts. These unique GourmetXperiences will be promoted alongside our partners to UK foodies across multiple media channels.
Unique GourmetXperiences will be promoted via our own channels and those of our retail partners, jointly promoting to over 500,000 UK foodies!
We have also teamed up with the GREATEST BRITISH Cookery schools. Providing unique immersive cookery school experiences at their 30 accredited cookery schools Nationwide.
The Artisan BakeHouse. Sussex. Overnight sourdough baking course experiences. Eckington Manor: Organic Meat & AGA Cookery Experiences Demuth’s Cookery School: Plant Based Experiences Ashburton Cookery School: Immersive ‘Robert Welch Knife’ Experiences Bertinet Kitchen: Artisan Bread Making Billingsgate Seafood School: Sustainable Fish Experience Chewton Glen ‘Kitchen’ Cookery School James Martin Experience Edinburgh School of Food & Wine Wine Experiences & Matching Courses Edinburgh New Town Cookery School: Experience Scotland The Grand Cookery School. York. State of the art Cookery School & Chefs Table Experiences Leiths School of Food and Wine: Ultimate Cookery School Experience
Novelli Academy: Celebrity Chef Home Courses Padstow Seafood School: Ultimate Celebrity Seafood Experience School of Artisan Food: Speciality Food Experiences Season The Exclusive Cookery School: Ultimate Chef Experience Squires Kitchen International School: Bakery Experience Swinton Park Estate Cookery School: Country Estate & Weber BBQ Experiences Vaughan’s Kitchen: Cookery Experience Vegetarian Society Cookery School: Classic Vegetarian White Pepper Chef Academy: Devon Experience Wilmslow Kitchen Cookery School: Ultimate BBQ Experience Raymond Blanc Cookery School: Fully Immersive Michelin Experience
LOVE Greatest British GourmetXperiences Collection
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Old Downton Lodge is an eclectic mixture of medieval and Georgian architecture, surrounding a herb-filled courtyard that looks out over the Hereford hills. Home to a 3AA rosette restaurant, and this delightful retreat includes a five-course seasonal tasting dinner, a glass of English sparkling wine, a local cheeseboard, overnight accommodation in an elegant timbered bedroom. The perfect retreat to relax and reset, whatever the season.
Learn how to craft magical vegetarian meals at Greater Manchester’s ICSA-accredited Vegetarian Society Cookery School. Master everything from easy vegan favourites and dairy-free chocolate craft to vegetarian BBQs and international cuisine.
Take a trip to sleepy Oxfordshire village of Murcott, where you’ll find The Nut Tree Inn; the only Michelin Star pub in the county, with a notable wine list. Relax in the secluded gardens, where you’ll discover the abundance of home-grown produce used in their tasting menus, with English wine match option.
Delve into a decadent tasting menu experience from acclaimed superchef Cyrus Todiwala OBE, who heads up the ‘Love Greatest British GourmetXperiences’ campaign, hosting at his fashionable East London eatery, Café Spice Namaste, where you’ll enjoy a welcome Pomegranate Bellini followed by a sensational menu designed to balance taste and texture.
At the ICSA-accredited Billingsgate Seafood Cookery School, you can enjoy everything from an escorted tour of the famous morning market to mastering the art of cooking crustaceans and everything fish-related in between, including smoking and curing your own seafood.
Journey to the heart of the Hampshire countryside and you’ll find the Hattingley Valley Vineyard, a hidden gem which produces award-winning English sparkling wine. You’ll take an in-depth tour of their state-of-the-art winery, sample their current range and take home two bottles to enjoy!
Join Michelin accredited Chef Shaun Rankin at the decadent Grantley Hall Country House near Ripon in North Yorkshire, which recently won 5 AA Stars. Shaun’s restaurant serves up perfectly balanced dishes showcasing ingredients sourced exclusively from across Yorkshire.
Nestled in the stunning heart of the Cotswolds, the popular Daylesford Organic Cookery School runs a range of ICSA-accredited courses, from their Organic Meat Butchery Masterclasses and Artisan Bread Making Courses to Perfect Puddings & Pastries and the Fine Art of Afternoon Tea.
The Angel at Hetton Michelin Star Restaurant Experience by Michael Wignall Yorkshire
Verzon House Chase Distillery Dine, & Stay Experience Herefordshire
ALL sales generate 10% net donation to industry charity Hospitality Action. All redemptions pay 100% to venues. All sales commission FREE