Welcome to The Cotswolds!

I love the English Cotswolds and think everyone should visit this beautiful place at least once in their lifetime. Having lived all over the world and traveled as much as possible, I still think that this little part of England is one of the world's greatest treasures. This site is dedicated to helping spread the word and encourage sustainable travel to the Cotswolds.

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Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Tewkesbury Mustard Scandal

This story caught my eye and is something I really think needs broadcasting around the world, so please share with as many friends as you can.  Something simply must be done!

An Outraged Robert Boazman

(April, 2011 - Gloucestershire, The Cotswolds)
WHEN Robert Boazman bought a jar of his favourite condiment, he found its ingredients just didn't make sense.

The 69-year-old, of Upper Lode Lock, near Tewkesbury, was horrified to see that Sarah Darlington's Tewkesbury Mustard contained 85 per cent Dijon Mustard.

He believes Tewkesbury Mustard ought to contain English ingredients and certainly not be made of mostly French mustard. He said: "There are other foreign ones calling themselves Tewkesbury Mustard, but they should be based on the original recipe. The original mustard was made from mustard seeds collected locally and horseradish."

The precise recipe for original Tewkesbury Mustard is said to have been lost but the modern day product normally contains wine, mustard flour, horseradish, honey, lemon juice and sugar.

Sarah Darlington, who is based in Cheshire, said she was supplied with Tewkesbury Mustard made in Glasgow. She said she would look into changing the ingredients as a result of Mr Boazman's complaint.

Follow Up Story
(June, 2011 - Gloucestershire, The Cotswolds)

A FIRM can carry on selling Tewkesbury mustard, much to the disgust of a town resident.

Earlier this year, Robert Boazman, 69, was annoyed to find Sarah Darlington's Tewkesbury Mustard contained 85 per cent Dijon mustard.

He had bought a jar in the town, without knowing about its French ingredient.

He believes the product ought to contain English ingredients in order to be like traditional Tewkesbury mustard and so complained to the Cheshire-based firm.

Now, after seeking advice from trading standards officers, Sarah Darlington has written to Mr Boazman. She said her jars would, in future, make it clearer that Dijon mustard was used.

But Mr Boazman is still not happy, saying: "What gets me is that they can still call it Tewkesbury mustard. It's all wrong but there's nothing I can do about it."

Saturday, 7 April 2012

The Chap Launches Petition to Save Savile Row

This may be a little 'off piste' from the usual Cotswolds-themed posts, but the cause is just too worthy to ignore. And we have to do our bit to support our friends over at The Chap and, more importantly, the legendary tailors of Savile Row. Read on....

In response to the appalling news about Abercrombie & Fitch proposing to open a children’s store on Savile Row, The Chap has decided to take a stand.

We have created a Petition, targeted at Wesminster Council, which we will present to them when enough signatures have been collected. We urge you to sign – it takes about three seconds and by doing so, you will be contributing in no small part to preserving 200 years of bespoke tailoring tradition on Savile Row.

A letter has also been written to London Mayor Boris Johnson, in the hope that he will understand how foolhardy this move could be, not only for the future of bespoke tailoring but also for the London tourist industry. Visitors to the capital do not come all the way here, put up with overpriced hotels and an appalling transport system, only to roam aimlessly around the same dull chainstores they can find in any other city in the world. Many of them come to London to see where Beau Brummell had his waistcoats made – which we are pretty certain was not Abercrombie & Fitch.

Honestly, what's next... a bloody McDonald's in The Dorchester?

Sign the petition here: www.petition.co.uk/save-savile-row-from-abercrombie-fitch