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C&B fights food waste

June 30th, 2022|

Chicken & Blues has partnered with Too Good To Go, an organisation that has been launched to fight food waste internationally.

Every day, delicious, fresh food goes to waste at restaurants around the world. The Too Good To Go App lets you buy and collect this food – at a great price – so it gets eaten instead of wasted at the end of the night.

You won’t know exactly what’s in your order until you pick it up – it’s all part of the surprise. We’ll have a limited amount of ‘Magic Bags’ available at C&B restaurants, daily.

Other brands that currently work with Too Good To Go include Yo Sushi, Costa, and PRET.

“Reducing food waste is one of the most important things we can do to reverse global warming.”
– Chad Frischmann, Climate Change Expert

Learn more at https://toogoodtogo.co.uk/en-gb/movement

C&B heads to Bristol!

June 23rd, 2022|

C&B has announced that it will be taking up a 6-month residency in Bristol, in partnership with Deliveroo. Mama’s Home Cookin’ will be available from the beginning of August, delivering to an audience of over 400,000 Bristol residents.

Joshua Simons, co-founder of C&B: “We’re delighted to be taking Chicken & Blues to Bristol. Deliveroo has given us the opportunity to set up shop in a vibrant city with a dynamic independent food scene. Our partnership has grown steadily since 2015, and as such we’re excited to see how the Bristol Editions kitchen can further strengthen C&B’s brand in the south west of England”.

Chicken & Blues are now recruiting Chefs for Bristol’s launch in August. For further information, e-mail Operations Manager mark.brown@chickenandblues.com.

At last, we’re buildin’ it!

June 23rd, 2022|

We’re excited to announce that in just a few months’ time, the C&B truck will land in Bournemouth. It’s been a long time coming, and as we’ve been inundated with requests over the years to cater for local events and festivals, we’ve decided to go for it with a ‘proper’ all singin’ all dancin’ truck.

We’ll be focusing on Dorset-based events, from private events such as weddings and birthdays, to public events of various kinds. We’re ready to fire up any occasion with Mama’s Home Cookin’!

Learn more, and make a booking enquiry, HERE.

C&B partners with Bournemouth Bobcats

June 8th, 2022|

Chicken & Blues is delighted to announce that it has formed a partnership with local American Football team, Bournemouth Bobcats.

The Bournemouth Bobcats have a rich and proud history. Playing as a the premier American Football team on the South Coast between 1986 and 1991, the Bobcats won the Budweiser Premier Bowl in 1987, and competed at the top level of the game in the UK from 1988 to 1991.

After a long and colourful journey since the 1990’s, this year sees the Bobcats take on the challenge of Division 1 football and a 10-game schedule!

Keith Barnes, Bournemouth Bobcats Manager: “More than just a team, we are a family. Our focus is not on winning but being the best versions of ourselves – teammates and brothers. Once we had accomplished this, winning came as a by-product. We fight to make ourselves and each other better players, teammates and people. We are a Bobcat family – proud, inclusive, supportive and there for one another, on and off the field. We’re delighted to have joined forces with Chicken & Blues to help spread our message to the great people of Bournemouth and Poole, and hope to see some Patrons supporting us at the upcoming games. We look forward to welcoming you!”.

Joshua Simons, Chicken & Blues: Keith and his team are doing a fine job representing Bournemouth in one of the top divisions of American Football in the UK. We share their inclusive and supportive family values, and are excited to follow their progress for the rest of this season, as well as providing the players with their favourite Mama’s Home Cookin’!

Learn more about Bournemouth Bobcats HERE. #Fightlikeabobcat

 

C&B launches limited time special!

May 25th, 2022|

We’re excited to offer Patrons our first ‘limited time special’ as part of our brand new ‘Global Guests Series’, where C&B welcomes international flavours and specialist ingredients, taking inspiration from around the world.

Expect carefully considered and curated dishes, using the highest quality products available, and made with love – as is C&B’s distinctive style!

Glen Dillon-Lee, our Head of Food, features in this video, where he presents our Korean BBQ Wings, which are available for just over 1 month – from Thursday 26th May, until the end of June, 2022.

Enjoy lightly coated wings, which are fried and then shaken in homemade Korean BBQ sauce and mango drizzle, before being topped with spring onions and sesame seeds. Sold in portions of 5 or 10, for dine-in, takeaway, or delivery.

Let us know your feedback at cluck@chickenandblues.com.

C&B announced as no.1 most popular in Bournemouth!

May 9th, 2022|

Message from the founders

Dear C&B community,

Deliveroo this week announced the most ordered dishes in Bournemouth on their platform, and C&B’s Southern Fried Chicken Wrap came out on top, beating Wagamama’s Chicken Katsu Curry into 2nd place, Five Guys’ Bacon Cheeseburger into 3rd place, Roosters Piri Piri’s Chicken Wrap into 4th place, and Taco Bell’s Quesadilla into 5th place.

It goes without saying that great publicity like this is owed to the many C&B fans across the area who order from us so regularly. The support you continue to show us is incredible, especially over the last few years of the pandemic, where at times we wondered what the future would hold.

Also, we’ve grown to learn that we’re not just in the business of Chicken. More importantly, we’re in the business of people. Every member of our Team (over 60 of them in total) work hard day in day out to passionately represent the brand. We’re committed to making C&B a great place to work and progress your career in hospitality.

We’re a Bournemouth-born business, and these crazy stats, mixing it with brands that we’ve always looked up to, proves to us that we’ve come a long way since we opened our first little shack in Boscombe all those years ago!

Of course, there’s a long way to go…

Cheers all.

Josh & Steve 🙂

Here’s a link to the article: Click HERE.

Joshua Simons & Steve Crawford
Co-founders
Chicken & Blues
E: josh@chickenandblues.com
E: steve@chickenandblues.com

We caught up with boxing champ Chris Billam-Smith over a ‘knockout’ lunch at C&B!

May 5th, 2022|

We were delighted to welcome Chris Billam-Smith to Chicken & Blues in Bournemouth this week for a ‘knockout’ lunch following his recent stellar performance against Tommy McCarthy. Chris beat Tommy for the second time, with a clinical knockout, to retain his Commonwealth and European belts. Thanks to Chris, Bournemouth is now officially on the professional boxing map.

C&B is always super keen to feature and support home grown talent!

Here’s our 10 questions with the champ…

Chris, thanks for sitting down with us for a chat after your lunch! We have prepared 10 questions for you, to give C&B fans some insights into your life as a boxer… So…Firstly, how did you originally get into boxing?

I met my mate Dean Perkins at college and started training with him. I went and watched him fight and we were all chanting his name as he made his ring walk and I just stopped and thought that must be an amazing feeling having your name chanted by all your friends and family. So I decided that I wanted to get in the ring and have a fight.

You’re nicknamed ‘The Gentlemen’, where does this come from?

Shane (Mcguigan) my coach came up with it. I think I just said please and thank you more often than the other lads as I was very grateful for the opportunity they had given me.

You’re now part of Shane McGuigan’s stable of fighters, based in London. How did this come about?

I got offered to spar George Groves and I went and sparred and did well. Then they kept asking me to come back and spar George and David Haye. Then when I decided to turn pro I asked Shane and thankfully he said yes

Give us an insight into what a day of training entails for you?

We do punching 4-5 days per week, then the 2nd session of the day will be a run, strength + conditioning or circuit. Thankfully Shane is new school in the sense that we don’t have to get up stupidly early!

Who is your biggest sporting inspiration?

George (Groves) was huge for me in boxing. I loved watching him and now to have met him and become mates is awesome. I admire LeBron James and the way he continues to perform at top level consistently due to the way he looks after himself.

What makes a great fighter?

The biggest thing is the mindset. I’ve seen fighters with 85/90% of the attributes and they couldn’t make it. The mind is the most powerful tool in every single thing we do in life.

On top of that, you have to tick all the boxes and some are out of your control like having a good chin.

If you could have one dream fight with anyone, who would it be?

To fight for a world title at Dean Court. That for me is the ultimate dream. I love Bournemouth as a town and I love the football club. It’d be an honour.

What’s next for Chris Billam-Smith?

Fatherhood. Baby Billam-Smith is imminent so that is where my focus lies currently. My team are great and are working behind the scenes to sort my next fight.

What do you want to be remembered for at the end of your career?

Being an exciting talented world champion who people enjoyed watching.

Lastly, and most importantly of course, what do you enjoy eating and drinking when you visit C&B?

Not sure if you’ve got enough space for this in the article! Double Chicken, Chipotle Original Wrap, BBQ Wings, Waffle Fries (to dip in BBQ Wings sauce) and Mac and Cheese bites. All washed down with a Bundaberg Ginger Beer.. All of this is out of camp of course! In camp, some Chicken and Sweet Potato Mash or the amazing Chicken Caesar Salad!

Well… that about wraps things up this time! Many thanks to Chris for taking the time out to speak to us ahead of what promises to be an exciting year, both in and out of the ring!

Follow Chris on his Instagram account HERE.

 

Chicken & Blues nominates MYTIME Young Carers as Charity of 2022

March 30th, 2022|

C&B will be contributing funds to enable a minimum of 45 children to be taken on a ‘memory making day’.

C&B is delighted to announce that MYTIME Young Carers, a local charity with a mission to level the playing field for young carers, will be its nominated charity partner for 2022. A number of fund-raising activities will take place throughout the year, before the Chicken & Blues Neighbourhood Fund makes a donation to MYTIME Young Carers in December.

MYTIME offers many projects and activities to young carers to provide them with the support, friendship and opportunities that every child deserves. There are an estimated 700,000 young carers in the UK. You’re a young carer if you’re under 18 and help to look after a family member with a disability, illness, mental health condition or drug or alcohol dependency.

MYTIME helps young carers in several ways, for example, by providing:

• Opportunities to meet with other young carers on Making Memories days out

• Once in a lifetime stays at MYTIME’s amazing R & R Retreat Centre on the Jurassic Coast

• Chances to connect with other young carers through an online youth group

• Support to schools, so that school staff can recognise and meet young carers’ needs

• An Employability Programme to help young adult carers find work, training or further education

Chicken & Blues is taking on the challenge of raising enough funds to send a minimum of 45+ young carers on a Making Memories day out, as well as C&B Team Members being given paid time off from C&B in order to volunteer for various MYTIME projects throughout the year.

Joshua Simons, C&B: “Since opening our first C&B restaurant in Boscombe nearly 10 years ago, it has been one of our core values to support the local community whenever possible. During the pandemic, we decided to set up the Chicken & Blues Neighbourhood Fund as a vehicle for this – and with the generous donations from our business partners and Patrons across Bournemouth and Poole, we were able to contribute meaningfully to front-line workers and those in need. This year, we thought it best to partner with one nominated charity on some focused fund-raising. Having met with Krista and Penny at MYTIME, and discussed various ideas with our Teams, we are motivated to raise as much money as we can for the fund throughout 2022”.

Krista Sharp, MYTIME Young Carers: “We’re thrilled to have been chosen as this year’s Chicken & Blues charity partner. As a charity, we receive no government funding at all, so we rely on our local community to get behind us. C&B have made some incredible commitments to support the charity already, and the partnership is sure to help raise awareness of the important work we do at MYTIME, as well as much-needed funds. We’re really excited to see what the year ahead has in store.”

Read more about MYTIME Young Carers HERE

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C&B presents the Cake Shake!

March 25th, 2022|

Chicken & Blues is excited to announce the launch of a new Signature Dessert. The Cake Shake features a generous slice of traditional and delicious Alabama Chocolate Fudge Cake, covered with chocolate fudge icing, and spun with Vanilla Shake. The result? Pure indulgence! Please note, you are also welcome to order a slice of Alabama Chocolate Fudge Cake on its own.

Check out the video…

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