Friars Blog

21/06/2018

The Lake District Pound

The Lake District Pound (LD£) is our region’s new local currency – designed to celebrate everything you love about this place, and help keep our region special.   We will be accepting the Lake District pound in our shops when it launches. £1, £5, £10 and £20 Lake District notes will be exchanged one for one with sterling, but can only be spent in participating businesses that are locally owned, trade locally and were either founded in, or unique to the area. Lake District Pounds can be spent, respent, or... Read More

07/06/2018
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Father’s Day Gift Guide 2018

We see this day as an opportunity to spoil the men in our lives (whether they deserve it or not!). It’s all too common for our dads to refuse a gift or say that they’re happy with anything, so we’ve created our Father’s Day gift guide to help you all out. We love that there’s a day carved out just for the leading men in our lives and we want to show them just how much we love them. This year we’ve included gifts for every type of dad. From... Read More

13/05/2018
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Win 100 Chocolates of Your Choice

This is quite possibly our greatest competition ever! We are giving you the chance to win 100 chocolates of your choice from our taster collection. Will you choose our new brownie chocolate? Or maybe our kirsch soaked dark chocolate cherry liqueurs. Perhaps two of every flavour…the possibilities are endless! It’s FREE and easy to enter all you need to do is CLICK HERE and subscribe to our newsletter. With new data protection laws in place later this month, we need your permission to stay in touch in a way that... Read More

04/05/2018
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It’s A Gin Thing

It is believed that 47 million bottle of gin were bought in 2017 in the UK. We have contributed a little to that with our best selling gin truffles. The white chocolate truffle gets rave reviews as the mellower chocolate allows the gins floral notes to come through more strongly. Following this success we are now launching our very own gin sweets. Which really are fabulous ‘little circles of joy’ was what one of our team members called them! We have had a fantastic response to our prosecco sweets that... Read More

16/04/2018
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Our New Goldkenn Swiss Liqueur Chocolate

We are proud to go into partnership Swiss chocolate maker Goldkenn and now stock eight of their premium liqueur bars. Goldkenn is a leading luxury Swiss chocolate confectioner, renowned for its traditional chocolate-making expertise and beautifully packaging. As precious as gold, Goldkenn chocolates carry the prestigious Swiss made label, the ultimate mark of Swiss quality. Goldkenn was founded in Geneva (Switzerland), on the shores of Lake Geneva, in 1980, and has been based in Le Locle (Switzerland) since 2011, a UNESCO world heritage city known throughout the world for its... Read More

04/04/2018
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Pink Prosecco Truffles & Gin Sweets

Now that Easter is over it surely means it’s summer! And whilst everyone has been busy eating a wide array of chocolate bunnies, eggs and hot cross buns; here at Friars HQ we have been planning to make it an extra tasty Summer. Chocolate dinosaurs, train sets and pirate ships are coming to jazz up our kids range. By they way…our pirate ship comes with a chocolate treasure chest and parrot! What’s not to love. With the hot weather just around the corner (I’m sure it will happen) we will... Read More

14/03/2018
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Competition – Win A Chocolate Easter Bunny

Win our fantastic chocolate Easter bunny and chick couple. Starting from 15 March 2018. Go to our facebook page and comment on the photo saying who it reminds you of. Best answer wins! We’ll pick a winner on 27th March 2018; just in time for Easter.    

08/03/2018

A Friars Easter Hunt

Looking for that perfect hiding spot for the kids Easter Eggs this year? Well here at Friars, we have come up with a few ideas of our own to create that magical hunt for all the children to enjoy! Plus, as we know what the English weather can be like we have gone one step further, and come up with some ideas for hiding spots indoors. Have fun!!! Outdoors: 1. Place inside of toy wagons or wheelbarrows 2. Perch on a swing 3. Hide on or under a garden chair... Read More

20/02/2018
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Gin – Mother’s Ruin

During a long (and enjoyable) day at Friars HQ there was a discussion regarding gin and how we just can’t get enough of it. Which lead to the phrase Mother’s ruin being mentioned. After some research it turns out that gin has always been in, but for slightly different reasons. In the mid-eighteenth century Gin started out as a medicine – it was thought it could be a cure for gout and indigestion, but most attractive of all, it was cheap. In the 1730’s notices could be seen all over... Read More

13/02/2018

Buttered Brazil Steeped In History

The history of buttered brazils is a bit of a mystery, it is believed they were first made in Scotland by John Buchanan & Bros. They started making sweets in 1869 but quite when the first buttered brazil was made is unclear. Buchanan’s Confectionery Works in Cowcaddens, c 1940s   We have been selling buttered brazils for the last 40 years and it truly is one of the great nostalgic British sweets. Whole Bolivian brazil nuts wrapped in a brittle and buttery toffee shell; making for the perfect combination of... Read More