8 May 2022 Bare Bones and Kernels

Good afternoon everyone,

One of the great pleasures of running Hamblin is visiting our suppliers. These opportunities have been limited in recent years but in the last few weeks we've been making up for lost time. Over Easter we went to Bare Bones chocolate factory in a converted railway arch in Glasgow and were treated to a full tour and explanation of the bean-to-bar process (with a hot chocolate thrown in). There was also a fair amount of tasting, with their new Philippines bar being a particular highlight - with tasting notes of pecan pie and creme brûlée, it might just be our favourite and is now available to order.

This week, our travels took us to Bermondsey and our friends at the Kernel Brewery. As they sell 90% of their wonderful beer in London it's a case of filling up the boot. We came away with their new Pilsner, the classic, cask ale inspired Table Beer, and a fruity Damson Saison.

Let's hope for a sunny week - a few more and I might be able to persuade Kate to get the ice cream sandwiches back.

Very best wishes,

Kate and Hugo