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Paws for thought… an interview about canine etiquette.

Here at BinTwo we love dogs… L-O-V-E them!  We’ve always welcomed them on the terrace as well as in the shop and even provide a little drink for our canine buddies.  The word is obviously out as we’ve seen a growth in the number of four legged customers who come and visit us.  Our pooch pals rarely cause us any problems.  Here we speak to The Great Rustini, canine chum of our good friend Sean, about how they should make sure that their humans behave…

“Mr Great Rustini, thanks for joining us.  That’s quite a mouthful of a name by the way”.

“No problem and you can blame my human.  I mean, WHO would give a dog a name better suited to a magician?  Just call me Rusty.”

“Thanks Rusty.  And I’m glad you touched on the eccentric behaviour of humans.  Y’see… we need to talk.”

“So I’m not in trouble?  I thought it might be about when I was last in your place.  I was a bit sandy from the beach and had to… clean myself up.”

“No – it’s not that.  We welcome your… personal hygiene.  You’re a dog – licking… everywhere is what you do.  I just need you to have a word with your human.  They love you very much and sometimes it makes them do things that seem a little… a little bit…”

“A little bit mad?”

“No!  Not mad… obviously.  Clearly that’s not what I meant to suggest, Rusty!”

“Well you should.  They’re bonkers – all of them.  I mean, there’s a range of nuttiness, but they’re all on the fruit loop scale somewhere.”

“Look – that’s not what I’m saying, I just meant -“

“Seriously – they are!  My mate from down the park… his humans have created his own Facebook page!  They write posts in his name and everything.  All a bit offensive really – full of lots of canine stereotypes.  And the outfits they make him wear for his profile photos – you wouldn’t believe the trauma they put him through.  He hates Christmas – all those silly hats and the Christmas cards to his mates signed “from Max” – bonkers…”

“Riiiiight.  Anyway, I’m definitely not suggesting that you and your mates’ humans are in any way mad.  My point is that they just love you all very much and occasionally… very, very occasionally, some of them lose sight of the fact that not all humans love you as much as them…”

“…………….”

“Rusty?…”

“So you hate dogs then.”

“NO!  I love dogs!  Especially you obviously.  But some folk are allergic to dogs (my wife included) and some people just don’t want to play with you like your owners do.  I’ve got to look out for those sorts of humans too so we need a few simple rules”.

“I get it – I mean you and all the other dog haters out there have a massive hole where your soul should be, but I get it… and have you thought about finding a new wife?”

“I DO NOT HATE DOGS! (and yes, frequently)”

“Alright – keep your hair on.  I’m just kidding – I get what you mean.  Down on the beach the other day there was this dog who was jumping all over a little kid.  Kid was clearly terrified and the dog’s human turned up laughing saying the dog was “only being friendly” – that’s not on is it?”

“Exactly that – that’s the sort of thing I’m talking about!”

“Honestly we can get away with anything… A-N-Y-T-H-I-N-G.  As long as I stick my tongue out, smile and wag my tail then I’m untouchable.  My human would let me off with eating that kid on the beach as long as I looked cheerful while I’m doing it.  Right – what rules shall we agree then?  We like coming to your gaff.  Not everywhere welcomes us and, in fairness, you’re pretty cool about letting us in alongside everyone else.  I’ll have a word with my mates in the park – in between a bit of important sniffing of each other obviously – and we’ll get the message through to our humans.  Shoot”

“Thanks Rusty – I’d appreciate that.  It’s really awkward when we raise it – your humans love you so much they sometimes take it personally.  OK – first up we’d like you to be kept on your lead and under control.  Clearly I know that you’re the boss in the canine/human relationship…”

“You’re damn right I am”

“… but you and your friends tend to go exploring when you’re off the lead and that means us and others might step on you or trip over you when we’re charging around serving people.  Also we’ve had some dogs come wandering round behind the counter and into the food preparation area.  I mean, who doesn’t like a Scooby Snack but that’s not on”.

“Well that one’s obvious – I imagine it’s creates some issues with your food hygiene inspections.  No problemo.  Rule number one – we stay on the lead and under control.  Got it… go on.”

“You’re right about the food hygiene inspections.  I have had one dog owner explain to me that canine saliva is cleaner than human saliva but the county council don’t really see it that way.  Secondly, and this is the one that really upsets some of your humans, we’d like you to stay off the seats unless your owner’s brought some sort of blanket or other cover for you”.

“Hmmm.  Not sure about this.  I sit on the sofa at home and it’s damn comfy.  The floor at your place – well… it’s not”

“I get it.  I really do.  But that’s your home and your human’s choice.  A lot of people come into BinTwo all dressed up ready for a nice night out and they shouldn’t really have to worry about getting covered in hair.  And, before you jump in, I know you’re not a breed that sheds hair.  Nonetheless some people feel it’s not really hygienic for you to be sitting on the seats as your… your bits are obviously all a bit… naked.  We’ve also had some damage with claws tearing the upholstery and it’s not cheap to fix when that happens”.

“OK.  Can’t say I’m happy about it, but I get where you’re coming from.  I’ll sort them out – they won’t give you any hassle.  Rule number two – we stay off the seats.  Anything else?”

“Just one thing more and you’ve already touched on it Rusty.  It’s just asking your humans to be thoughtful and to not let you be a bother to other customers.  Some people will love you just as much as your humans.  But not everyone will.  Some people are even… cat people”.

“Nooooooo!”

“Yes, I know.  Anyway, it’s that scenario you spoke about on the beach.  Some people are wary of dogs.  Hard to believe I know, but true.  They might be happy to say a friendly hello but they don’t want to play.  Just occasionally your humans are so in love with you they don’t read the signs from other people.  Can you help?”

“OK.  So if I’ve got this right, we’re talking about three rules:

1. I stay on a lead and under control.

2. I stay off the seats.

3. I don’t bother people who don’t want to play.

Is that it?”

“Yep – it’s that simple”

“And if me, my mates and our humans stick to those we can all still come into the shop and hang out?  You’ll give us the water and everything?”

“Of course”

“Well that seems fair.  Deal!”

“Thanks Rusty.  The moment you walked in I could tell you were a smart cookie.  Now just go and sell the plan to you human for me”.

“Done – mine is a particularly odd one though isn’t he?”

“You’re damn right”.

 

Natural, Organic, Biodynamic… WHAT DOES ALL IT MEAN? Ten on-trend buzzwords that you need to know…

 

I’ve always found that BinTwo customers are interested in the stories behind our wines.  But generally within the trade there’s increased interest from customers in the way the wines they buy are made.  This has encouraged, in some instances, an almost cult like reverence for terms such as natural, organic and biodynamic.  But it’s often far from clear what these terms mean and whether winemakers are applying them consistently.

Over the winter we’ve worked hard to source some great wines that are organic, biodynamic and even vegan.  Although we’ve struck up partnerships with some fantastic new suppliers and winemakers along the way, it perhaps shouldn’t have surprised me that some of our existing winemakers have been quietly making wines that fit into this space for some time.  They just haven’t marketed them as such because no-one’s been that bothered.

If you’ve read our interview with Joe Fattorini about natural wines, then you’ll know I’m not convinced about that particular ideology.  But we’ve tried to get under the hood of these increasingly common terms to help us make smarter choices about the wines we can offer to those of you who are interested.  What hasn’t changed is that we continue to hunt down interesting wines that taste great, that are made by people who love what they do and that have a compelling story to tell.

Here, writing for Imbibe, freelance wine writer Darren Smith does a first rate job of de-mystifying ten on trend wine trade buzz words.  If it’s fired up your interest, then look out for our upcoming events featuring biodynamic wines on 26th May and minimal intervention wines from South Africa on 15th June…

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Five things you can help us do to save the world!

Alright, I’ll admit it.  “Save the world” might be stretching the headline in order to drag your attention to the article, but there are some things that we’re doing to try and help the environment that you can support us with.  We may not single handedly clean the oceans or save the polar ice caps, but doing your bit is the bit you can do and all that…

So here it is.  The five things we’re doing to do our bit that you can support us with.

33FDA53D-8498-4E30-BD66-AEF02594DE7EReducing our use of plastic.

We’ll be critically reviewing the extent to which single use plastic is present in our supply chain.  We’ll encourage our suppliers to eliminate it where we find it and we’ll take simple steps such as supporting the Final Straw Cornwall which aims to eliminate the use of plastic straws (even the compostable ones which don’t break down if they make their way into the ocean).  We’ll be offering paper straws on request to lovers of gin and tonic and tiny tots guzzling apple juice.

What do you need to do?  Nothing – we’ve done it for you (easy innit?)

Smug rating: 1 (C’mon all you need to do is not moan about not having a straw!)

 

 

 

F81700CE-CC3B-4EF3-A0E6-DD10C6D3AD15Encouraging the use of reusable water bottles.

When we took over BinTwo four years ago we stopped selling bottled water (even though doing so is quite lucrative) and offered free tap water instead.  The whole process of bottling, transporting and selling water in a country with safe, clean water supplies has always sat a little uneasily with me.  We’ve now signed up to Refill Cornwall which means we’ll offer to refill people’s water bottle with fresh Cornish tap water.  We’ve always done this when asked but now we’re shouting it from the on-line roof-tops!  It’s a free service and no purchase is necessary.  Through this we hope to reduce the use of single use plastic water bottles.  If you turn up with a plastic Evian bottle that you’re re-using then thank you – good job!  If you go one stage further and turn up with a “proper” reusable water bottle then you may even get the added warm glow that only comes with a subtle nod of approval from the BinTwo crew.

What do you need to do? Not much really (I didn’t say this was going to be a stretching list of tasks!)  Just hang on to your empty bottle and come to us for a refill rather than buying another bottle of mineral water.  Simple.

Smug rating: 2 (rising to 3 if purchasing a reusable bottle).

Switching to compostable coffee cups.

In theory our current takeaway cups are recyclable but the lamination that makes them (and all other “regular” cups) waterproof means they can only be recycled in specialist facilities.  You’ll have seen the headlines – 2.5 billion disposable coffee cups are used in the UK each year and only a tiny percentage get recycled properly.  The remainder go to incinerators or landfill.  So we’ll be switching over to Vegware takeaway coffee cups and lids which are made from plants not plastic.  The clever thing about Vegware is that it can be recycled with food waste which will eventually produce nutrient rich compost.  As an extra Brucie Bonus, the process for producing Vegware coffee cups also uses 72% less carbon than the alternatives.  Imagine how much more satisfying your next flat white will be now that you know all this!

What do you need to do? Just pop your used coffee cup and lid in a food waste bin (or your own compost).  Maybe enquire with your own local coffee shop if they’ve thought about switching to Vegware (don’t be all aggressive and challenging though – you don’t want to be “that” person).

Smug rating: 1 (rising to 2 if you dispose of properly and 4 if you bring another coffee shop on board).

2FDDC2A3-F3E4-4676-8FF0-F295D19A5E53Introducing reusable coffee cups (available from March).

Even better than the warm glow that comes with using one of our new Vegware cups is the smug sense of being on the cutting edge of environmental awareness AND high fashion that can only come from buying one of our funky new reusable coffee cups!  Our BinTwo branded Stojo reusable cups are collapsible and fold down to a sort of hockey puck sized package that fits handily into a coat pocket or bag.  They have a secure lid which, in my own field trials, means that those last few drops of coffee won’t leak into your pocket or bag once you’ve finished your drink.

We’ve opted for these over the more commonly seen KeepCups as I’ve always found that I never have mine with me when I need it due to them being a bit bulky.  I’m gambling that some of you might be in the same position – particularly when you’re off to the the beach on foot once you’ve picked up your flat white from us.

To sweeten the deal when you buy one of our cups we’ll throw in a coffee for free if you have it there and then.  Thereafter when you buy a takeaway coffee from us       using our (or any other) reusable coffee cup, we’ll deduct 15p to reflect the saving made through not having to use a Vegware cup.  We also guarantee not to roll our eyes when you ask us to rinse your reusable cup before filling it!

What do you need to do? Buy one of our reusable cups of course!  But if the collapsible thing doesn’t work for you then do consider buying another brand – it’ll pay for itself in no time.

Smug rating: 5 when using a BinTwo cup (falling to 4 if using someone else’s because… well just because).

Upping the ante on our recycling.

We’re already pretty tight on this with recycling our bottles and cardboard (in vast quantities!)  But we’ll be trying even harder to make sure that things than can be recycled don’t end up in general waste during the heat of service in the busy season.  Call it working on the final 10% if you will.  We’ll also develop a way of offering up our used coffee grinds to customers to use in their compost or as a slug repellant.  I admit that this may be of limited interest to holiday makers (although you’re welcome to take some home with you) but hopefully we may be able to do our bit to keep the slugs at bay from the allotments of Padstow!

What do you need to do? Come and grab some coffee grinds… please!

Smug rating: 0 (but you’ll at least see off some slimy invertebrates so have a Slug rating of 5!)

CHRISTMAS WINE ORDERS

 

It’s not too late to place your orders from our Christmas Wine Tasting.

Below you will find links to our full Christmas Tasting list and an order form.  If you’d guaranteed availability of all of the wines listed, please ensure that you have emailed your order to wine@bintwo.com by no later than noon on Wednesday 6th December.

We can accept orders later than that but we can’t guarantee that all of the wines will be available (but we’ll happily help guide you to alternatives that we can supply in time for Christmas).

The dates for free local deliveries are Thursday 14th December and Friday 23rd December so please be sure to indicate your preference when placing your order.

The last date that we can dispatch wines by mail order is Monday 18th December.

Christmas tasting list 2017 FINAL

Christmas Order Form 2017

 

Barber on the Harbour Part 2 – Sunday 22nd October

I love it when a plan comes together

Mike love it when a plan comes together

After the hugely successful inaugural Barber on the Harbour charity fundraiser last year we’ll be repeating the event this year!

On the evening of 22nd October from 6pm we’re turning BinTwo over to the care of menfolk.  You work hard, you play hard and it all takes its toll.  Let us look after you and tend to your manly needs… because you’re worth it.  And, as if you needed further persuasion, proceeds from the evening will be going to charity – we’re viewing it as a pre-fundraiser for Movember that starts on 1st November.

BinTwo will be cracking the seals on bourbons and whiskeys and we’ll break out the cigars (yes that’s right chaps… cigars…but only for smoking outside!) and our regular terrace menu will be available to those who don’t wish to endure a hangover as impressive as the one Mike nursed after last year’s event…

 

So whether you fancy adopting the demeanour of an Edwardian Sea Captain or if you just like the idea of a beard tidy in a suitably masculine environment, BinTwo will provide a safe space where the aromas of cologne, coffee, bourbon and tobacco blend to create “essence of man”…Grrrr.

Trim this? Pass the shears...

Trim this? Pass the shears…

Ladies – calm down.  You’ll still be most welcome into our little den on the night to either join in on the whiskey and cigar vibe or imbibe something from our usual selection of wines and fizz.  All that while you wait for your man to be transformed into something that positively fizzles with raw animal magnetism.  Our BinTwo menus will even double up nicely as improvised fans to keep those burning flames under control (you are after all…only human).

Olly and his lovely wife Claire are the brains behind Gents Quarter (all the way up in Yorkshire) designing heritage inspired hair and beard designs for gentlemen.  All drawing inspiration from an age where the barbershop was a place to relax and enjoy a cigar and a snifter in a suitably leathery environment.

So whether you fancy adopting the demeanour of an ELook into my eyes...dwardian Sea Captain or if you just like the idea of a beard tidy in a suitably masculine environment, BinTwo will provide a safe space where the aromas of cologne, coffee, bourbon and tobacco blend to create “essence of man”…Grrrr.

 

Barber services will be offered in exchange for a charitable donation into the Movember pot, and cigars will be available to purchase separately to be smoked outside on the terrace.

No booking necessary – just pop along (by which I mean swagger in manfully) on the night.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flight Club #8 Loire Friday 4th August

The much anticipated Flight Club #8 Loire is happening on Friday 4th August at The ARC, Hawksfield at a cost of only £30 per person!

As a huge and graciously received thank you for all their hard work, we sent Kate and Harriet off to France to personally source the wines for this event. If you’ve seen either of them since, you’ll know that they had way too much fun for a ‘work’ trip!

But, does what happen in Loire stay in Loire? Of course not! They’re going to tell you all about their adventures whilst tasting the fantastic wines they chose to bring home. Accompanied by a casual canape supper this informal tasting is guaranteed to raise a few smiles (or nervous giggles from K & H – both self-confessed non-public speakers!)

You may be forgiven for thinking the Loire is all about Sauvignon Blanc with familiar names such as Sancerre and Pouilly Fume. But with the resurgence of Muscadet, incredibly lush Chenin Blanc and vastly understated Cabernet Franc, there is so much to discover.

Tickets are only £30 per person so BOOK NOW to join us on Friday 4th August from 7pm at The ARC, Hawksfield. Don’t forget, if you’re coming from Padstow let us know and we’ll arrange return taxi transport for you.

Read below for a little insight in to their trip…

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Us girls, we went on a trip to France
Being more specific, we went to Nantes
Sent to Loire on a quest for great wine
Technically ‘work’ but we had a fab time

Thoroughly spoilt for the whole of our stay
We were plied with great food and Muscadet
Thinking we knew this particular grape
48 on one list surprised even Kate!

The weather was fair and warm in Loire
And particularly good for some terroir
But really not so in the case of Goulaine
Where the moat was bone dry, they really need rain!

We arrived at the Chateau where we met Pierre-Jean
What a character he was, Mr Sauvion
From 4 generations of wine ‘creators’
He referred to himself as a ‘pleasure maker’

His vineyard awaited, he called it his garden
He filled us with facts but avoided the jargon
Then on to the ‘house’ to taste lots of wine
Full of excitement for what we may find

There was plenty of choice amongst the wines
But we thought long and hard, overlooking the vines
Melon de Bourgogne or lush Chenin Blanc
Or Harriet’s favourite Cabernet Franc?

We made our decisions throughout the trip
And nearly missing the flight was the only blip
Over all, the trip was a huge success
So join us at Flight Club and be our guests

  vineyard group tasting table group

Lazy Sunday with Oysters & Wine – Sunday 16th July

Prior to headlining the stage at Port Eliot Festival in July, alongside the likes of Nathan Outlaw and Gizzi Erskine, Katy Davidson ‘The Oyster Lady’ will be joining us at The Arc, Hawksfield on Sunday 16th July for a lazy afternoon of Oysters and Wine from 2pm.

Those that attended our Champagne Flight Cluboysters-slate last year will know just how passionate Katy is about her work. For those less familiar with the oyster evangelist, she has converted thousands of oyster doubters at festivals and events around the world and is a leading expert in her field. Katy is currently working on her first recipe book dedicated solely to oysters and setting up the inaugural London Oyster Week to raise awareness of oysters and raise funds for oyster education and restoration projects.

Between 2-4pm, Katy will be taking you through a “hands on” masterclass in the art of oyster shucking and passing on her top tips for maximising the pleasure of eating them. There will be plenty to go round so a great opportunity to enjoy them in both their classic fresh state with clever accompaniments during ‘class’ and cooked on the BBQ too, following the main event. We will, of course, be picking out some suitable wines to match these racy little bivalves throughout the afternoon.

As well as learning all about shucking and eating Oysters, you will be taught how to make (and drink!) Katy’s favourite ‘Shipwrecked Mary’ cocktail to pair with the shellfish delicacy and get to take home your shucking knife to show off your new skills to family and friends.

BinTwo at the ARC logoThe Arc will be closed to the public throughout the masterclass but will reopen again once the main event has finished at 4pm. Katy will then be running an Oyster BBQ (OPEN TO ALL) with the ARC serving wines by the glass to enjoy alongside.

Spaces for the masterclass are limited to 16 so book early to avoid disappointment.

Priced at just £60pp, tickets are available via Katy here >>> **BOOK NOW**  Spaces can also be reserved in person at the ARC, Hawksfield (cash only).

Ticket price includes: Hands on Masterclass, Wine Tasting flight, ½ dozen oysters per person, Shipwrecked Mary cocktail, Shucking Knife, Q&A with The Oyster Lady

*A % of all profits goes towards oyster education and restoration efforts.

 

BinTwo Pop-Up at Little Petherick Little Food & Drink Festival

Down in the garden amongst the trees, overlooking the gently flowing stream, lobster roll in one hand and a flute of local sparkling in the other with its bubbles dancing in the sunshine… This could be your Bank Holiday tale as you join us on Sunday 28th May at Little Petherick Little Food & Drink Festival.

Between 12-6pm at The Old Mill House, Little Petherick, we will be serving local fizz by the glass alongside our delicious ‘Maine’ style Lobster rolls. With free entry and parking, chef demos, a local brewery, distillery AND winery showing off their fantastic produce plus a variety of street food offerings, it’s the only place to be. Follow the festival event page on Facebook for more details.  See you there!

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Wild Bake Pop-Up – Friday 5th May

pizzaAfter the success of our recent Italian Flight Club with Wild Bake, Lewis the wood-fired wizard is back with his horsebox contained inferno!

On Friday 5th May we will be hosting a Wild Bake pop-up at Hawksfield where you can indulge in both pizza AND wine either with us in our social hub or to take-away to enjoy in the comfort of your own home.

A selection of wines will be available by the glass and bottle to accompany a menu of delicious wood fired pizzas. If you fancy just pizza or just wine that’s fine too. All are welcome and tables will be available on a first come, first served basis.

Friday 5th Mayseangee-5
5pm-8pm
BinTwo, Hawksfield, A39,Wadebridge 

www.wildbake.co.uk

 

 

Ladies Night: Laughter is the best medicine Friday 31st March.

Ladies, it sure is fun to share a good laugh but did you know it can actually improve your health? The age old saying of ‘laughter is the best medicine’ comes from an abundance of research proving that not only is laughter a powerful antidote to stress and pain but it also boosts the immune system and cardiovascular health too.

Laughter is also an incredible tool for encouraging social bonding. It’s proven to helplife is better when you're laughing you release your inhibitions, let go of defensiveness and express your true feelings. So whether the health benefits sound appealing or you’re just up for a good old giggle and meeting new friends, this is one for you.

We’ve teamed up with the lovely Katie White from The Best Medicine in Falmouth to bring you a night of Laughter Yoga, bubbles and a bit of down time with like-minded ladies. Founded in India in 1995 by Dr Madan Kataria, Laughter Yoga is the name given to a series of exercises that encourage laughter through playful activities and group interaction.

katie white“When we force laughter we’re releasing the same endorphins as we would if genuinely laughing at something funny. At first we’re tricking our bodies into feeling good and through the practice of some simple techniques, real laughter is likely to emerge which can be contagious and sometimes difficult to stop” – Katie White

The evening will begin with a 45 minute Laughter Yoga workshop with Katie, followed by a glass of fizz. The bar will then be open until around 9.30pm to give you plenty of opportunity to regain composure and enjoy another glass or two of something delicious. We’ll also have a selection of your favourite bottles available to take away.

Ladies Night will be held at 7pm on Friday 31st March at our Hawksfield Hub.champagne glasses This isn’t ‘yoga’ in its traditional sense so no gym kit needed but comfortable/relaxed clothing is advised.

Ticket price includes Katie’s workshop and a glass of fizz. At just £15pp BOOK NOW to make sure you get the last laugh!