May 2021

Bone Soup is producing all the video content for footballer Marcus Rashford and chef Tom Kerridge’s new initiative to end child food poverty in the UK – Full Time Meals.

Every week for a year, Marcus and Tom are posting a brand new easy-to-make recipe tutorial on Instagram to help families get cooking at home.  Marcus is learning to cook using these recipes and a host of big-name celebrities have signed up to cook along too. Their efforts are being filmed, edited and posted weekly by Bone Soup.

“This project is for every child and I really hope parents and carers will benefit from having a bit of valuable time together in the kitchen when family activity is heavily restricted by financial restraints,” Marcus says.

Tom has created 52 delicious, family-friendly recipes as part of this 12-month programme. The recipes are simple and easy to follow with emphasis on limited equipment and inclusion of store cupboard goods with a longer shelf life.

No child should ever have to go to bed hungry. Today, far too many do. Before Covid-19 hit, 4.2 million children were living in poverty in the UK. Marcus Rashford’s ambition is to shine a bright light on this urgent national issue, but more importantly to equip children with vital life skills to support and help them as they navigate into adult life. The Full Time Meals initiative focuses on food education and kitchen confidence with the help of Tom Kerridge who is now part of the National Food Strategy team.

Find more information about the campaign and all the recipe videos on Instagram #FullTimeMeals

Saving Britain’s Pubs with Tom Kerridge

Thursdays 12th, 19th and 26th November 2020 at 8pm on BBC TWO

British pubs, known the world over, have been part of our way of life for centuries. At the neighbourhood ‘local’, generations have unwound after a hard day’s work, toasted their victories and drowned their sorrows. To this day it remains the beating heart of our communities.

But this great British institution is in crisis. Between 2000 and 2019 over 13,000 pubs called last orders for ever. That’s one in four of our beloved boozers lost, never to return.

In late 2019 Tom Kerridge, landlord of three innovative pubs, decided to fight back on behalf of the industry he loves. He found four pubs in peril and threw his energy and business know-how into securing their long-term futures.

When Tom came on board, The White Hart, a remote Cornish freehouse, was barely staying afloat despite the support of its loyal locals. The landlords of the Prince Albert, a popular music pub in Gloucestershire, were hampered by the terms of their tenancy with a big pub company. The Golden Anchor, a once-vibrant leasehold in South London, had been left behind by neighbourhood gentrification.  And the Black Bull in Gartmore, Scotland, had just been bought by its local community in a bid to save it from property developers.

Tom urged these pubs to modernise and diversify what they were offering to suit the changing demands of pub-goers. He worked shoulder to shoulder with the publicans to make their businesses fit for the future. Things were looking up.

But, without warning, everything they were working towards came to a shattering halt with the arrival of Covid-19. All 47,000 pubs in Britain were forced to close. Now Tom’s own pubs faced a fight for survival too.

‘Saving Britain’s Pubs’ dramatically reveals the nation’s love of pubs and the compelling reasons why we must protect them.