WESTON HOSPICECARES BIG CREAM TEA
JUNE 15TH 2011
Despite shocking weather a good crowd turned out to support Weston hospicecares BIG CREAM TEA where we raised £190 for this great cause.
THE ROYAL WEDDING GARDEN PARTY
Thank you so much to everyone who helped us celebrate the Royal Wedding. We had a fantastic day starting with the screening of the wedding in the sports bar leading into a great afternoon with families and friends bringing their picnics and enjoying the atmosphere in the garden. The weather stayed fine albeit a bit breezy and the day came to a great climax with live music from THE MOONDOGS a beatles tribute act who got everyone singing and dancing.
MACMILLAN COFFEE MORNING 2010
Thank you to all of our customers who helped us to raise £92.00 for this great charity.
10TH ANNUAL BEER FESTIVAL - BEST YET!
The 10th annual Beer Festival was the best yet. We had three lots of great music, 16 real ales, 2 local ciders, BBQ, great weather and above all a terrific crowd of people, alot of which were there every day. The proceeds of the raffle this year went to the Cheddar Youth Trust and they received the great total of £245! So thanks to everyone who supported this great cause.
A charity football match between a team made up of staff and customers of the Riverside/Sherston and Cheddar football team raised £110 for Sport Relief! A sunny morning played host to a good match which ended with a 6-6 draw, unfortunately the football team pipped us to the post with a 2-0 penalty shoot out. Well done everyone.
9TH ANNUAL BEER FESTIVAL IS A GREAT SUCCESS!
The 9th annual Beer Festival was held at the Riverside on 24th - 26th July. The weekend was a great success, and despite the rain on Sunday, our customers turned out in their hundreds to support us. We are pleased to be able to donate £1000 to Cheddar Youth Trust as a result of the weekends fundraising.
RIVERSIDE JOINS IN WITH THE FIRST NATIONAL FAMILY WEEK
The Riverside Inn showed its support for the first National Family Week by launching a "Family Specials" menu for the duration of the week (25th - 31st May). Experts believe that families who spend quality time together are both healthier and happier. The Riverside encouraged families to make some time to sit down together and eat a meal. The week was a great success, with many families enjoying some quality time together, letting the Riverside take care of the cooking!
PUB FUNDRAISER PAYS OFF FOR YOUNG RUGBY TEAM
Former England rugby captain Lawrence Dallaglio is leaving his perch at the Riverside Inn in Cheddar after helping to raise £230.
The life-size cardboard cut-out proved popular with patrons during the Six Nation Rugby Tournament, with customers donating £115 and the bar matching the sum for Cheddar Valley Junior under-16s rugby team tour.
Bar manager Craig Hoskins said: "We have very generous customers who never hesitate to dig deep in their pockets when we are fundraising."
Grease was the word at the Riverside Inn, Cheddar, with a theme night where customers enjoyed an American menu and music from the classic movie. Many customers got into the spirit by coming in fancy dress and raised £250 for Comic Relief.
PUB LAUNCHES MORNING FOR MOTHERS
Mums can now relax with their babies while watching CBeebies in the pub.
A Mum's Morning is to be launched at the Riverside Inn, Cheddar, where mums – and dads – can relax in the sports bar, enjoy coffee and make use of baby-changing areas.
For the tots there is an outdoor play area, activity packs and children's programmes on the plasma-screen TVs.
Spokeswoman Sarah-Jane Ritchie said: "I saw a piece on the news about businesses diversifying in light of the credit crunch, and they featured a pub that had started doing a range of coffees.
"Due to the current financial situation we have been looking at opportunities to offer different products and services."
The Mum's Morning will run every Thursday from 10am, beginning on March 12. Contact the Riverside Inn on 01934 742452.
FUNDRAISING IS LEGENDARY
Rugby legend Lawrence Dallaglio was looking a little flat when he was spotted in Cheddar on Sunday.
The former UK rugby captain – or rather a life-size cardboard cut-out of him – was at Sharpham Road playing field on Sunday morning in support of Cheddar Valley Junior Under-16s rugby team.
With the Six Nations Tournament starting on Saturday, Cheddar's Riverside Inn is combining the popular rugby event with a fundraising mission to help the next generation of Cheddar players.
Charity buckets will be scattered throughout the pub with games being played live on the pub's plasma screen televisions.
All money raised will be matched by the pub and presented to the team for their junior rugby tour.
Two premiership rugby match tickets will be up for grabs thanks to Guinness, along with polo shirts and fleeces.
And thanks to Greene King Brewery, patrons are invited to wrap their shoulder around Dallaglio's cardboard twin and have their photo taken in exchange for a charity donation.
PUB LAUNCHES CREDIT CRUNCH LUNCH
The January sales have struck into a new market – the pub.
For one month sister pubs the Sherston Inn, Wells, and the Riverside Inn, Cheddar, have slashed the prices of premium brands like Fosters, Kronenbourg 1664, select ciders and guest ales between 4pm and 7pm every day.
The pubs have also launched a new 10am to 7pm menu called the Credit Crunch Lunch, where two meals from ploughman's lunches, burgers, lasagnas and more can be bought for £10.
Pub spokeswoman Sarah Ritchie said: "We're using the tagline 'Because this one's on us' because we want to give something back to our customers. The current financial situation is affecting a lot of people, but we think people still deserve to be able to treat themselves. Shops are running sales at the moment so we thought why not join them."
RIVERSIDE STAFF IN THE PINK!
The Staff at the Riverside Inn swapped their usual black for pink today as they dressed up to raise money for Breast Cancer Campaign. There were pink specials on the menu and limited edition pink sparkling wine for sale. The Riverside donated £1 from every sale of the pink wine and the pink specials to the charity, and along with the Sherston Inn, raised £102!
MACMILLAN COFFEE MORNING
THe Riverside took part in the Macmillan Coffee Morning again this year, serving coffee and cakes to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. The morning was a success and enjoyed by all who attended, raising just under £100 for the campaign!
RIVERSIDE BEER FESTIVAL SUCCESS
The Riverside Beer Festival took place from 18th - 20th July, and was a great success. The sun shone for most of the weekend and with 16 real ales to try, and live entertainment every day, the weekend was enjoyed by all. We would like to thank our customers who supported the event, and also the many local businesses who kindly donated prizes for our raffle. We raised a total of £2,000 for Cheddar Fire Brigade and First Responders over the course of the weekend.
THE RIVERSIDE LEADS THE WAY IN SOMERSET
The Riverside Inn & Restaurant is the first establishment in Somerset to partner a key education initiative which introduces young people to the hospitality industry.
The Schools Hospitality Project helps pupils throughout the country understand the growing importance of the sector and also informs them about the many career paths on offer. At the same time, the scheme encourages young people to adopt more responsible attitudes to alcohol.
Huw Davies, of The Riverside confirmed he is pleased to support such an important initiative, particularly as millions of young people go on to part-time or full-time employment in the hospitality sector. It is therefore vital that they understand how the UK depends upon tourism, catering and other areas of the industry.
Huw also supports the projects emphasis on good customer service as a key ingredient of success in any hospitality-based enterprise.
Moreover, as a business active in the licensed retail sector, The Riverside is delighted that the classroom material distributed free to schools encourage young people to adopt responsible attitudes to alcohol.
As a result of The Riverside’s involvement, classroom materials and pupil prizes have been sent to Kings of Wessex Secondary school in Cheddar. Staff at the school have expressed their delight and gratitude for the nomination.
The School’s Hospitality Project is delivered in partnership with teachers but is not a government initiative. Its success is due entirely to the support of BII members across the UK. BII is the professional body for the licensed retail sector. With over 17,500 members, it promotes high standards, good employment practice, and social responsibility within the hospitality industry.
Cathie Smith, Director of BIIAB said, “We are very grateful to The Riverside for this support which allows us to help teachers in a practical way while also raising awareness of the hospitality industry.
“As the project builds, our aim is to help young people understand that with hard work, a friendly approach and professional training, they can benefit greatly from a wide range of employment opportunities and, if they choose, go on to build an interesting and rewarding career in a thriving sector of the economy.”
Patrick Gaffney, Director of the Schools Project, added his thanks saying “We can only make a difference in schools if we gain the support of the wider community. I am delighted that The Riverside has decided to lead the way in this important initiative.”
BUSINESS CLUB PRESENTS CHEQUE TO LOCAL HOSPICE
On the 30th of October the Riverside Inn in Cheddar hosted an evening event for all of the members and partners of the Riverside Business Club to socialise, have an evening meal and listen to a presentation from guest speaker, Communications Director of Yeo Valley Organics, Graham Keating. The Riverside Business Club is a group of local businesses which meet on a fortnightly basis to network and exchange cards to help promote their business over breakfast in order to provide business for themselves and each other. Every occasion that the Business Club meets, a £1 donation is made by each business from their attendance fee towards a locally based charity. During the course of this year, £400 was raised for Weston Hospicecare. Assistant Manager, Bruce Harvey, said upon presenting the cheque, "It's great that we can get local businesses to come to the Riverside Business Club to not only help their own business but also to provide local charities with a donation that they so richly deserve.
If you are in business locally and you would like to attend the Riverside Business Club, or gain further information, please contact Bruce, Huw or Tracey at The Riverside Inn, on 10934 742452
THANK YOU FOR JOINING THE WORLDS BIGGEST COFFEE MORNING
The Riverside Inn, Cheddar, would like to thank everyone who took part in the World's Biggest Coffee Morning on Friday 28th September, raising a fantastic £130 for Macmillan Cancer Support. There were coffee and cakes available, and people enjoyed browsing the Phoenix cards and Cabouchon jewellery stalls, both of whom also donated their profits to the charity.
Every cup of coffee drunk at events like the Riverside's has helped raise money that will go towards providing practical, medical, emotional and financial support to those living with cancer.
RIVERSIDE PIRATE RAISES MONEY FOR LOCAL PRESCHOOL
On Wednesday 18th July, the resident pirate of the Riverside Inn, Cheddar, had a birthday party, and children from Earlybirds Preschool were invited to attend. 44 Children from the Cheddar preschool enjoyed party games, dancing and a pirate picnic before Captain Rumbletum himself made his grand entrance down the slide, before reading a story to the children and talking to them about his life on the high seas!
All proceeds from the party went to Earlybirds, and in total £130 was raised, which will be used to buy ne wplay equipment. Anna Rixon, Chair of the Earlybirds Committee said "Thank you to the Riverside for supporting us. All the children and their parents had a great time and the sun finally shone for us!"
RIVERSIDE AWARDED INVESTORS IN PEOPLE STATUS
The Riverside Inn, Cheddar, is celebrating achieving Investors in People status. Investors in People is an initiative which aims to encourage businesses to recognise the importance of staff in achieving success. Now in its 15th year, it is an internationally recognised standard showing that the business is committed to its staff and their development. The Riverside has been working towards this status for 18 months, wnding with a very positive assessment, where staff were said to be "enthusiastic about their work at The Riverside, clearly enjoying the friendly relaxed atmosphere." "Having achieved this status, we are committed to continue with further staff development," says Huw Davies, owner of The Riverside, "Our success is down to the staff and the management team that leads The Riverside."
RIVERSIDE ENCOURAGES CHILDREN TO MAKE HEALTHY CHOICES
With increased awareness of the importance of healthy eating, parents and children in the local area have been sharing their expertise to develop a new children's menu at The Riverside Inn, Cheddar.
As a nation, people are eating out more than ever, so the provision of healthy choices for children is essential. What our children eat now can influence their future eating habits, health and body weight, so encouraging children to make healthy choices at an early age is important. The Riverside has recognised the need to move away from the fryer, and to introduce a greater choice of fresh fruit and vegetables for its younger customers. To achieve this, The Riverside worked with the local community to develop ideas and to find out what parents really want to see on the menu. Local children also joined in, with a group of pre-school age children taking part in a tasting session, where they were able to sample a variety of new dishes and were encouraged to give their views. The children were very enthusiastic, with everyone enjoying their lunch in the sunshine! "We are really excited about the new menu at The Riverside," says Nicky Hann, whos two daughters attended the event, "It's refreshing to see so much thought being put into the choices available for children, rather than being constantly offered things like turkey dinosaurs, chips and beans."
The new menu has been created with this in mind, and includes spaghetti with a choice of sauces, sasages with "veggie mash", and children's tapas, where children are able to choose from a selection of fresh produce and accompanying dips. The aim is to not only provide healthy options for children, but also to encourage them to be part of the dining experience, and to make eating out and enjoyable activity for all.
RIVERSIDE INN SUPPORTS NATIONAL VEGETARIAN WEEK
With the 15th annual National Vegetarian Week just around the corner, The Riverside Inn has introduced exciting vegetarian options in their new restaurant menu.
National Vegetarian Week 2007 runs from 21st - 27th May and is co-ordinated by the Vegetarian Society, with the aim of the week being to raise awareness of vegetarian food and lifestyle. Vegetarian options when dining out are becoming better all the time, and people are taking much more of an interest in the food they are eating and where ist has come from. The Riverside Inn is launching a new menu in time to support National Vegetarian Week, which includes a range of meat free options, such as stir fried sweet and sour vegetables and muchroom and leek tagliatelle. It also aims to make use of locally produced ingredients wherever possible, including local strawberries, apples and cheese. "Why wouldn't we, when we have some of the best ingredients right on our doorstep?" says Huw Davies, owner.