National Poetry day Competition

To celebrate National Poetry day, we are announcing a brand new competition for all you wonderful popcorn lovers! We are partnering up with another fantastic local brand, Beaumont & Bear, to offer you the chance to win some of our delicious popcorn and a cosy Beaumont & Bear sweatshirt to enjoy it in!

At both Portlebay and Beaumont & Bear we are passionate about exploring the outdoors so this year for national poetry day we want to get people inspired by writing a poem about their favourite adventure or most loved place to visit. To announce our competition we’ve created our very own poem to get your inspiration flowing…

 

Portlebay Poetry

 

So if you fancy winning a cosy Beaumont and Bear sweatshirt and some Portlebay Popcorn for your next adventure make sure you get writing and send your entries to Letspop@portlebaypopcorn.com by the 17th October 2018.

Good Luck!

 

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COMPETITION T&CS

  1. Portlebay Popcorn Company Ltd (reg no. 10551352) whose registered office is at The Poppery, Unit 7, Meadow Close, Langage, Plympton, PL7 5EX.
  2. The competition is open to residents of the United Kingdom aged 16 years or over, except employees of Portlebay Popcorn Company and their close relatives and anyone otherwise connected with the organisation or judging of the competition, whose entrants are null and void.
  3. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.
  4. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.
  5. Route to entry for the competition and details of how to enter are via Facebook and Instagram.
  6. Only one entry will be accepted per person, per platform. Multiple entries from the same person will be disqualified.
  7. Closing date for entry will be 17/10/2018, at Midnight. No further entries to the competition will be permitted after Midnight on the 17/10/2018.
  8. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.
  9. The rules of the competition and how to enter are as follows:
    • To enter the competition, one poem created by the submitting individual can be submitted through posting it in the Facebook competition announcement post or emailing it to letspop@portlebaypopcorn.com.
    • Both @portlebaypopcorn and @beaumontandbear must be followed by the entries either on Facebook or Instagram.
  10. Any comments or interaction featuring scenes of violence, nudity, substance abuse, pornographic images or images used to incite hatred will be blocked and banned from the competition.
  11. Portlebay Popcorn Company Ltd. reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice in the event of a catastrophe, war, civil or military disturbance, act of God or any actual or anticipated breach of any applicable law or regulation or any other event outside of the promoter’s control. Any changes to the competition will be notified to entrants as soon as possible by Portlebay Popcorn.
  12. Portlebay Popcorn is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected with this competition.
  13. The prize consists of: 18 bags of Portlebay sweet & salty popcorn 25g, 18 bags of Portlebay Chilly and Lime popcorn 25g, 18 bags of Portlebay Crispy bacon & Mapel syrup popcorn 25g and one Beaumont and Bear sweatshirt.  The prize is as stated, and no cash or other alternatives will be offered. The prize is not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.
  14. The winners will be chosen and verified by Portlebay Popcorn.
  15. The winner will be notified by email and/or DM on Facebook/Instagram within 28 days of the closing date. If the winner cannot be contacted or does not claim the prize within 14 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.
  16. Portlebay Popcorn will notify the winner when and where the prize can be collected/is delivered.
  17. Portlebay Popcorn’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  18. The competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by English law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England.
  19. The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material, as well as their entry. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current UK data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent.
  20. The winner’s name will be available 28 days after closing date by emailing the following address: letspop@portlebaypopcorn.com
  21. Entry into the competition will be deemed as acceptance of these terms and conditions.
  22. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or any other Social Network. You are providing your information to Portlebay Popcorn and not to any other party.

 

 

World Photography Day

At Portlebay we believe that life isn’t purely about large, exciting day trips or hugely memorable land marks like a birthday or wedding (although these are pretty important!), it’s also about cherishing the little moments and the simple, tiny things that bring joy to your every day life (like munching on your favourite flavour of popcorn). A very wise photographer once said:

“Taking pictures is savouring life intensely, every hundredth of a second.”
— Marc Riboud

For us this quote reminds us to be grateful for even the littlest things that make us smile and also allows us to admire the amazing talent of photography. Since today is world photography day, photography guest blogger Sarah (Checkered_photography) spoke to us about her photography journey and gave us a few top tips on how to take photos that do truly allow you to savour life in one of the most wonderful ways!

  1. How did your passions for photography initially come about?

When I was younger my dad was always really good at photography he then passed me down one of his cameras and I have been addicted ever since.

2. How long have you been taking photos for?

I have had my own photography business now for 5 years.

3. What is it you find so wonderful about photography and why do you love it?

I am actually quite a shy and reserved person, but photography allows me to show other people what I see and allows me to express my feelings through the imagery that I produce, along with giving me the confidence to talk to anyone when I have my camera in my hand.

4. What is your favourite genre of photography and why?

I don’t actually want to pin it down and say I have a favourite. As you can imagine living here in Cornwall it allows me to be on the beach whenever I wish to be, so a lot of my photography is based in and around the sea.

5. What would be your top 5 photography tips?

  1.             Always be original, never set out to copy someone else you need to have your own style.

  2.            Stay relaxed. I can be way over critical of my work.

  3.           Keep learning, you can never take too many photos.

  4.            Stay confident. I have had a lot of tough life situations but my photography has always got me through them.

  5.   Be aware of your surroundings. Take in as much as possible when you are photographing, it will shine through in your imagery

 

To view more of Checkered Photography’s images visit their website at www.checkeredphotography.co.uk.

Some of Our Favourite Local Cream Teas!

Today is a very, VERY important day. We’re sure you all know, because it’s just one of the most wonderful days of the year, but just incase you don’t… IT’S NATIONAL CREAM TEA DAY! WOO! Grab the jam, grab the cream, it’s time for a West Country party.

As we are from the home of Cream Tea’s, we decided we best let you all know where to find some of the best spots in Devon, to feast on a traditional Cream Team!

Also, do help us settled the ever ongoing argument of cream or jam first?! It’s certainly a debate here at The Poppery and we need to put it to bed for once and for all! Are you a Devon Cream Tea-er or a Cornish Cream Tea-er? (See the image below to distinguish a Cornish and Devonian scone.)

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Avon Mill

The first spot that we would like to introduce you to is Avon Mill. Avon Mill, is primarily known for being a really rather gorgeous garden centre, with a few little boutique shops, a gallery and a very lovely cafe (that serves a deeeelicious Cream Tea!) This is a great place to visit if your looking to have a mooch around and a munch! Opposite the garden centre is also a gorgeous grassy area with a pretty river- perfect for a sunny visit!

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The Avon Mill Cream Tea!

The Two Bridges Hotel

Next on our delicious Cream Tea list is the Two Bridges Hotel. Situated in the breathtaking Dartmoor National Park, the Two bridges Hotel is a very beautiful place to visit. With plenty of magnificent walking routes nearby, you can easily spend a whole day enjoying the scenery and after treating yourself to a well deserved Cream Tea! (Sounds like a perfect plan to us!) Oh and for those of you that like to take a pup with you when you walk, the Two Bridges is also dog friendly and will warmly welcome any four legged friends.

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The Two Bridges Hotel cream Tea!

Dart Marina Spa & Hotel

Another venue that hosts a magical Cream Tea is Dart Marina Spa & Hotel, in Dartmouth. Situated right by the River Dart, the gorgeous Dart Marina Spa & Hotel offers a lovely outdoor space to soak up the sun and watch the boats come and go; the ideal setting to enjoy a very delicious Cream Tea. Dartmouth is certainly the perfect location on a sunny Saturday- explore the town on foot, explore the sea via kayak or take the ferry across the water and experience a very scenic coastal walk- then a Cream  Tea to finish! YUM!

 

We hope you make the most of National Cream Tea Day wherever you are and make sure you let us know whether you eat your scones in the Devonian or Cornish style!

If you enjoyed this post, have a look at our post Vessel Beer Shop- Plymouth!

Behind the scenes- Surfs up!

Wednesday 13th June saw some of the Portlebay team journey down from our modest little Poppery to the beautiful and vast beach at Bigbury-on-sea. We were excited for a hot and sunny day at the beach before being reminded that we live in Devon after being greeted by a heavy sea mist, but this simply couldn’t stop our fun!

Surfer Sarah Ashley and photographer Alex Tucker rocked up in their casually cool surf van full of all the essential bits and bobs for any beach bonanza. We met them in the car park that overlooks this stunning beach armed with heaps of delicious popcorn all eager get get some sand between our toes! After navigating ourselves down the steep rock face to the beach we couldn’t help but be awe struck by this beautiful location! Perfect for long beach strolls, paddle boarding and a quiet day when the sea is flat and a buzzing,  great surf location when there’s a few waves, Bigbury beach seemed to have it all. If you haven’t visited Bigbury-on-sea yet it’s a definite must for coastal lovers in Devon!

The beach provided multiple areas to get some wonderful snaps of both Sarah and the popcorn which was tucked into happily by all of us throughout the afternoon! Both Sarah and Alex particularly enjoyed the Lemon Sherbet flavour and admired this quirky but delicious take on summery popcorn (almost as much as we do!).

Our team really enjoyed gaining tips from Alex’s photography talent and chatting to Sarah about her surfing experience, we are even tempted to try and give it a go ourselves this summer, as long as we know there’s a yummy packet of popcorn waiting for us back on dry land to tuck in to after!

Here are a few behind the scenes photos from our wonderful little afternoon:

Introducing Pretty Local

We are delighted to introduce you to one of our very wonderful stockist, Pretty Local. Based just down the road from us in Kingsbridge, in sunny Devon, you can find the lovely Andrea and the Pretty Local HQ!

Pretty Local provides the option to have your weekly shop delivered right to your door with minimum food miles. The company offers everything from fresh seafood and meat, to fruit, veg, freshly cut flowers and all your cupboard essentials; all from a selection of trusted producers located in South Devon.

So why did Andrea start Pretty Local? “There is an abundance of wonderful food being grown, harvested or caught within a few miles of my home, but no easy way to buy it all at once. I created Pretty Local to provide a one-stop shop supporting the fabulous producers, farmers, fishermen and growers on our doorstep and bringing their produce closer to our community.” Says Andrea – and we utterly adore this idea!

Whilst living in the USA, Andrea unfortunately fell ill with Lyme disease. With no medical care, she decided that eating better would be her road to recovery. Sugar, processed foods, gluten and dairy were all eliminated from Andrea’s diet, as she focused on being healthier. This highlighted, to Andrea, the importance of sourcing her food. However, when she returned to Devon, the local produce she was looking for just wasn’t that easy to get a hold of…until now. Pretty Local became the solution to our’s, your’s and Andrea’s food sourcing struggle and we think it’s pretty amazing!

Pretty Local currently deliver to locations within the South Hams, but not to worry if you aren’t quite in the delivery territory, Pretty Local also have multiple collection points for you to pick up your delicious goodies! Have a peek here for further delivery and collection info!

Surfs Up! – How we celebrated international surf day

Saturday 16th of June saw international surf day take place, a day that celebrates the surf life style and the importance of environmentally conscious movements along our coastlines. It is an especially celebrated day in key surf locations such as Hawaii, California and Cornwall which was established in 2005 and is becoming increasingly popular, especially along the beautiful South-West coast.

This years international surf day theme was ‘Protect and Enjoy’ which is an ever increasingly important message within the surf community and modern day as we see the build up of plastic pollution in our oceans.

This day of celebrating surf is inspiring to us as we admire the talent of those in the international surf league and even those local surfers catching a few waves on our favourite beaches, however, it also reminds us to reflect on the products that we use and the huge difference we can make from little acts such as picking up rubbish we find on the beach.

To celebrate International surf day here at Portlebay we caught up with surfer Sarah Ashley to chat about her surfing experience and enjoy a few packets of our popcorn on one of the most beautiful beaches around (in our opinion) Bigbury-on-sea! Here’s what she had to say:

1) How did you first get into surfing?

I have always loved being outdoors and by the sea. On it, in it. Any excuse to breathe salt air into my lungs. I grew up by the ocean and on boats, so surfing seemed to be a natural progression for me. Back home in South Africa one of my closest friends was an SA champion! But it wasn’t until I moved to the UK that I learnt how to surf. I was lucky enough to have a friend from school take the time to teach me. From the dawn surf missions to late night sessions after work – from then on I was hooked! I owe you Harry!

2) What board do you use, and why do you like it?

I have tried out a few surf boards over the years to find what I am most comfortable with. From starting off with the stereotypical beginner minimal, to progressing on to a thruster. I now surf a 6’ fish as I believe this is best suited to British waves; especially over the summer when the temperatures rise and the swell drops. I currently own 3 surfboards though, including a thruster which I love for its ease of duck diving under waves. This is just for now though, I love board shopping and my surfboards always change as my surfing improves.

3) Where are your favourite surf spots in Devon?

Bantham is where I learnt to surf so it will always be a special place to me. It is also one of the most consistent surf spots in Devon (close to Plymouth, anyway) so it’s my go-to surf spot. I also love the Gastrobus at Bantham (food is always priority) and the views of Burgh Island are beautiful!

4) What’s the biggest wave you’ve ever ridden?

6 foot and I can honestly say I was in over my head (literally.)

5) Where is the coolest place you’ve ever surfed?
I went on a surf trip to Sagres, Portugal, this year and it has to be one of my favourite experiences to date. With southern, western and eastern coastlines to choose from, you can literally go wave hunting and there is always going to be surf somewhere. Surfers paradise! All within 30 minutes of each other too!

6) What advice would you give to anyone wanting to take up surfing or anyone who is just starting out?

At first, go with a friend. You want to feel comfortable and enjoy your first experience, I know for a lot of people their first try can be a make or break for them. Make a fun day of it and rent some foam boards. Don’t feel pressured to have to stand up on the board on your first day! As with everything surfing takes time and practice. When you get the hang of it and want to go on to purchasing the gear and really getting in to it – do your research! Beginners often make the mistake of wanting to jump to intermediate boards too soon and then stunt their ability to learn and progress. Ask the guys at your local surf shops for advice. More often than not they’re surfers themselves with loads of experience and industry knowledge to share! It sounds so cliche’ but surfing truly is a lifestyle. So above all, surf for the love of the sport and the tranquillity of being out on the water.

 

 

Check out Friday’s blog to see the ‘behind the scenes’ of our shoot and catch up with Sarah! 

Vessel Beer Shop- Plymouth

Vessel, located just outside the heart of Plymouth’s city centre, is a seriously cool spot for those of you that are looking for a different evening venue. With over 100 varieties of beer, from some of the best breweries around the world and regular events that allow you to experience various beer styles, what’s not to love?! (Just in case you aren’t all about the beer, Vessel do also have a lovely selection of cider, spirits, wine, soft drinks, tea and coffee too!)

Who are the geniuses behind this beer-illiance? The fabulous Sam and Katie! With a shared passion for beer, their interest in breweries grew, leading them to sample a great amount from across the globe. Now the lovely pair are sharing their beer knowledge with us all through Vessel!

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Not only does Vessel allow you to indulge in delicious drinks in a charming setting, it also offers the option to take your beverages home, to continue enjoying in growlers. A growler is a reusable glass bottle that prevents the air from coming into contact with the contents of the bottle, so your beer can remain fresh up to two weeks!- If you haven’t already drank it all that is!

Our Portlebay team heard all about Vessel when they recently became a stockist of our popcorn (and Sean our Sales Magician also LOVEEES the place and can be found there regularly) and of course, we just had to check it out! We made use of an evening one weekend and a handful of us popcorn lovers took to tasting some beers, gin and cider! We have to admit, we absolutely loved the place! With it’s modern interior and gorgeous display of bottles from around the world and not to mention the incredible drinks, how could we not have had a marvellous evening?!

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The specials menu from the event we attended!

The 10th June 2018, is the next great Vessel event! Sam and Katie recently visited Cascade Brewery whilst they were away in Portland, Oregon and decided it was certainly a brewery worth showcasing! Cascade Brewery specialise in barrel aged sour beers using fruit grown locally in Oregon. Tickets are quite limited for this event so make sure you snap them up and pop it in your diaries! (Here’s the Facebook event for more info!) Also, here’s a clip of Sam tapping one of the Cascade Brewery beers!- just click here!

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Our popcorn making an appearance!