Waste Not, Want Not – Real Junk Food Manchester Opens Its Doors

Waste Not, Want Not – Real Junk Food Manchester Opens Its Doors

It is estimated that around 15 million tonnes of perfectly edible food is thrown away each year in the UK alone. When so many people across the country are going hungry, this really is quite a difficult fact to comprehend. In the heart of Manchester, an establishment is looking to make a difference…

The Real Junk Food Project is a not-for-profit model that intercepts and uses food that would otherwise be thrown away. Founded in Leeds, the project has gone on to host successful pop-ups across the country. With a focus on providing nutritious meals to those who might not be able to afford it, their eateries operate with a ‘pay-as-you-feel’ policy.

The Manchester branch has been running since 2014 and has now found a home at 85 Oxford Street with the unique eatery opening its doors to anyone and everyone through a soft launch taking place from Tuesday 5th September. With an admirable ethos, it is no surprise that volunteer electricians, plumbers and artists were quick to answer the call and get the 40-cover restaurant space looking spick and span for its opening. Sticking to the sustainable spirit, much of the restaurant’s furniture has also been upcycled.

As a beautifully hand-illustrated mural on the wall espouses, the project wants to ‘feed bellies, not bins’. Commenting on this very real problem of discarded (yet usable) produce in the UK, director Corin Bell sets out a mission statement – “While there is food being wasted, we’ll do our best to use it”.

Five days a week, Real Junk Food Manchester will provide a constantly changing breakfast and lunch menu with meals entirely composed of ingredients that were set to be wasted. Experienced chefs will transform the food that was destined for dumping into healthy, hearty recipes for all to enjoy. Ethical coffee, provided by local firm Second City, is also available on the street level seating area.

Here at Stephenson’s, we are happy to be supplying such a great cause and implore you to go down and take a look. Opening times will be 12-3pm, Tuesday – Friday for the first week (5-8th Sep), with extended operating hours due to follow shortly. Real Junk Food Manchester is open to the public, with those attending merely asked to pay what they can afford. For more information on this terrific project, please visit www.realjunkfoodmanchester.co.uk.

Churchill Blue Willow China

Churchill Blue Willow China

  • Churchill Blue Willow china range
  • Embroiled in history having originally been made in 1820
  • Inspired by a romantic Chinese fable which is illustrated in the Churchill Blue Willow oriental pattern
  • Quintessentially British heritage collection
  • From Stephensons catering equipment suppliers

View the Churchill Blue Willow range

Churchill Blue Willow China

Churchill Blue Willow is arguably the most distinctive china range ever produced. Originally made in 1820, this heritage china collection has been constantly manufactured for almost 200 years.

Embroiled in history, Churchill Blue Willow china is as popular now as it ever has been. This fantastic collection of china is perfect for afternoon tea and is well suited for superb food and drink presentation.

The elaborate pattern of Churchill Blue Willow stands out against the tabletop whilst the rich blue and white colourway is easily recognisable and guaranteed to impress guests.

Not only is Churchill Blue Willow stylish and distinctive, it is also well suited to meet the rigorous demands of the catering and hospitality industry.

Churchill Blue Willow products are microwave safe, dishwasher safe and have been made with super vitrified bodies to ensure maximum strength.

The pattern of Churchill Blue Willow takes inspiration from an ancient Chinese fable which is depicted across the range in the Blue Willow pattern.

Churchill Blue Willow Plate

The legend of Blue Willow:

Once in ancient China, there lived a rich Mandarin man whose beautiful daughter was betrothed to a wealthy old merchant. Her affections, however, lay elsewhere – on her father’s poor but handsome secretary. When their secret meetings were discovered the girl was imprisoned in her father’s pagoda. From there she concealed messages in coconut shells and floated them downstream to her lover.

The Mandarin man, sensing something was going on, hastened the wedding arrangements, but the secretary and daughter promptly eloped.

In a small boat, right in the middle of the sea, the Mandarin man caught them. In his parental wrath he decided to beat them to death when divine intervention caused them to turn into a pair of turtle doves.

The Mandarin man, his plans foiled, returned to his pagoda, whilst the turtle doves flew freely above.

This Chinese fable is depicted in the pattern of Churchill Blue Willow and offers a charming recount of this thrilling tale.

View the Churchill Blue Willow china range

The Stephensons Churchill Blue Willow range includes plates, bowls, cups, saucers and teapots.


Villeroy & Boch Janda fine china crockery

Villeroy & Boch Janda fine china crockery

Catering equipment suppliers, Stephensons now stock and supply Villeroy & Boch Janda fine china crockery.

If you’re looking to renew your fine china crockery collection for the start of the New Year, there isn’t a more fitting choice than Villeroy & Boch Janda.

Airing fresh sophistication, Villeroy & Boch Janda fine china denotes crisp contemporary design inspired by traditional artistry.

The two patterns – Janda Leaf and Janda Diamond – will bring a warm touch to any modern establishment and a hint of cosmopolitan freshness in more traditional surroundings.

Both patterns reveal a fascinating, raised texture which will elevate your cuisine. Combine the stylised leaf pattern with the discreet and timeless diamond pattern for a chilled, harmonious setting.

Catering durability goes without saying – each piece is dishwasher safe, microwave safe and salamander safe.

The Villeroy & Boch brand is highly regarded in the world of tableware, affiliated with quality and innovation.

As exclusive distributors of Villeroy & Boch, we’re proud to offer our customers a range of premium porcelain, including the new Villeroy & Boch Janda range.

For more information contact our Customer Services team on 0161 483 6256 and don’t forget to like our facebook and twitter pages to keep up to date with the latest news, products and offers.

In the spotlight: rustic terracotta plant pots

In the spotlight: rustic terracotta plant pots

New, innovative food presentation terracotta plant pots are now available from Stephensons catering equipment suppliers.

We love it when we find something new and inspiring, and these new rustic terracotta plant pots will really bring out the creative side of food presentation.

If you’re on the lookout for a truly unique food presentation concept then these rustic, terracotta plant pots fit the bill perfectly!

These re-styled plant pots are perfect for serving sides and bar snacks such as pop-corn, chips or onion rings – they co-ordinate perfectly with wooden boards and trays too.

Alternatively, these flower pots are great for storing cutlery on individual tables or even as an ashtray topper in the beer garden.

Serve a variety of food in these terracotta pots with greaseproof paper. Take a look at our wide range of greaseproof paper and find the perfect option to suit your restaurant – we think the red gingham greaseproof paper looks great with these pots!

These food presentation flower pots, which are available in a number of variations, are the latest trend to hit the industry which has seen an authentic, craft touch with everything from paper straws, mini milk bottles and the return of traditional Falcon enamelware.

For more information contact our Customer Services team on 0161 483 6256 and don’t forget to follow us on twitter and to like our facebook page for the latest news, products and offers.

In the spotlight: disposable plastic glasses

In the spotlight: disposable plastic glasses

Catering equipment suppliers, Stephensons offer a wide range of quality disposable plastic glasses for amazing low prices!

OK let’s be honest it was a wash-out bank holiday weekend but it’s still August (just) and, according to the latest media reports, summer is set to make a brief return thanks to Hurricane Cristobal which will see a burst of warm air from the Caribbean.

Now that summer is back on the cards, with warmer weather returning at the start of September, you might want to stock up on those all important disposable plastic glasses!

Here at Stephensons, we stock and supply a wide range of plastic glassware and disposable glasses which are perfect for busy bars and pubs. As a trusted supplier of disposable glassware, we distribute affordable, quality plastic glasses to large organised events and venues across the country. 

Come rain or shine, plastic glasses offer a safe, practical and convenient alternative to traditional glassware. But surely, I hear you ask, a plastic glass is a plastic glass, right? Wrong. How many times have you split your beer by simply trying to hold your plastic beer glass? How many times have your plastic glasses split and cracked only to render them useless? It’s all to do with the quality.

We’ve been hard at work, stringently testing out a wide range of beer glasses and other disposable plastics to ensure that we are able to offer quality, style and great value. Check out this video to see what we found and why we would suggest the Cryovac disposable plastic pint glass offers the best value without compromise on quality – a small amount of beer was consumed in the making of this video, for testing purposes of course!

And for when a pint just isn’t enough, this two pint reusable plastic tumbler should keep your customers happy with fewer trips to the bar!

If, however, it’s a premium plastic glass that you’re after it just has to be a Katerglass disposable plastic glass, available in a range of sizes. Injection moulded, these disposable glasses are extremely rigid for a secure hold.

If you need further help and advice in choosing the right glassware solution for your bar, pub or party, contact our Customer Services team on 0161 483 6256. Don’t forget to like our facebook page and to follow us on twitter to keep up to date with the latest industry news, products and offers.

In the spotlight: Polyscience smoking gun

In the spotlight: Polyscience smoking gun

The revolutionary handheld smoking gun is available at Stephensons catering equipment suppliers.

If, like us foodies, you were up Saturday morning watching the BBC’s Saturday Kitchen, you will have seen Chef, James Martin use a curious piece of kitchen equipment to gently smoke lobster.

The dish, warm smoked lobster salad with radish, and a lime vanilla mango dressing was, overseen by British singer-songwriter and actress Paloma Faith. In her usual eccentric style and as she waved away excess smoke, Paloma asked James where a smoker could be bought from. Slightly startled and in true live TV style, James quickly threw a vague reply back, ‘err – a shop, the internet!’ At this point our Customer Services Manager, Peter Crossen, was shouting Stephensons at his TV. And no, Paloma, it’s not complicated at all!

In fact, with the Polyscience handheld smoker you can quickly finish foods with natural cool smoke and create a whole host of amazing flavours. In comparison to traditional smokers, which use heat and require a long smoking time, this smoking gun results in a lighter infusion and / or a subtle finish of smoke. This smoker is perfect for smoking food such as meat, fish, vegetables and even delicate foods such as cheese and butter.

Here at Stephensons, we also supply a wide range of smoking wood chips to enhance a variety of food with a natural smoked flavour. Choose from Oak, Alder Wood, Apple Wood, Hickory Wood, Mesquite Wood, Cabinet Barrel and Bourbon soaked wood chippings.

The smoking gun is also great at the bar for adding cool smoke for dramatic cocktail presentation; take a look at our Science cocktail glasses for inspiration!

Go to the BBC Food Recipes website for the full list of ingredients and the preparation method of James Martin’s warm smoked lobster salad.

Contact our Customer Services team on 0161 483 6256 for more information and don’t forget to like our facebook page and follow us on twitter!