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Addendum pork burger

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Addendum Pork Burger

OUR IDEA

Our head chef Darren Thomson at Addendum Restaurant has been on a mission to source the finest, top premium quality meat. After much research, Darren and his team have purchased two of the finest pigs from Purely Pork at Ord Mains Farm in Berwick-upon-Tweed in order to serve the best locally produced pork in the United Kingdom.

Purely Pork are renowned for their care and attention to detail in where traditional native pig breeds are slowly grown in family groups, in low-density and low-stress outdoor conditions. It’s through these conditions that the pigs can live closer to the way that nature intended and therefore exhibit natural behaviours in grass and woodland environments. The direct advantage of all this care and attention to detail results in bacon, sausages and joints which provide exceptional taste and quality.


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OUR PIGS

Darren has selected a Middle white breed, which is a traditional pig that has been improved by the introduction of Chinese bloodlines in previous centuries, resulting in quicker weight gain and a distinctive broad face. The Middle white used to be known as the London Porker as thousands were sent to the capital every week to supply the pork trade between the two world wars. They are gentle pigs, grazers rather than rooters and produce succulent, quality pork.

The second pig is the Tamworth, which is an old breed from Staffordshire that have roots in Ireland. The Tamworth is a large breed, which is slow maturing and is known as the ground hound of the pig world due to its running ability. Tamworth's tend to be noisy and boisterous pigs who aren't slow to tell you they are hungry.

The Middle Whites tend to produce succulent flesh and the Tamworth slightly more gamey. Darren has selected these rare breeds as they are far more superior in taste and texture to the commercial hybrids.

OUR PORK BURGERS

Through his own tasting experiences, Darren has created a sumptuous burger recipe to compliment these specially selected pork flavours. Throughout the World Cup we will we running a daily special where you can enjoy a delicious British Ale & British pork burger for £14.50. To make a booking you can call us now on 02079779500.

London June 2014

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What's on in London in June 2014

Event of the month | City of London Festival
(14 – 19 May)

London

Every summer the City of London Festival reveals the City's unique buildings and outdoor spaces with a wide-ranging artistic programme of film, music, visual arts, walks and talks. The festival celebrates some of the Square Mile’s best kept secrets as the City reveals its unrivalled collections, buildings and heritage like never before.

The City of London Festival has established itself as one of the UK's leading public events and best of all most of it is free to the public! The three week festival will entertain and excite all those that live, work and visit this extraordinary City of London, with exclusive events and world-class artists performing in stunning surroundings.

The City of London Festival will be offering over 100 free events across a wide range of art forms set to truly celebrate the City of London and demonstrate to everyone that it’s not just the London West End that has all the fun!

Location: Various Locations across City of London, EC2V 6BN

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Trooping the Colour - Queen's Birthday Parade (14 June)

oin in with the Queen's birthday celebrations and observer the impressive display of pageantry. Dating back to the 17th Century during the time of Charles II, the custom of Trooping the Colour is carried out to celebrate the Sovereign's birthday by her personal troops and the Household Division. Get ready to see the Queen herself and witness that iconic wave.

Location: Horse Guards Parade, St James, London SW1A 1DH

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Romeo and Juliet at the Royal Albert Hall (11 - 22 June)

The English Ballet returns to the Royal Albert Hall with the ambitious production of Romeo & Juliet. This performance is entangled with passion, love and tragedy as the glorious staging is brought to life with over 120 dancers, actors and swordfighters. Following on from the success of Swan Lake, this production has been universally acclaimed by critics and audiences alike.

Location: Royal Albert Hall, London, SW7 2AP

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Wimbledon Tennis 2014 (23 June - 6 July)

The world's most famous and celebrated lawn tennis event returns to Wimbledon once again. Wimbledon is famous for its green grass and white clothing, making the heritage of Wimbledon almost as alluring as the game itself. All eyes will be on British contender Any Murray to see if he can repeat his achievement for the second year running.

Location: The All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, London, SW19 5AE

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Udderbelly (until 13th July)

The large upside-down purple cow returns to London's Southbank centre for its 6th incredible year. Featuring a program crammed with the greatest circus, comedy, family shows and performances Udderbelly is the pop up festival to check out this summer.

Location: Southbank Centre, London SE1 8XX

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Gun Salute at the Tower of London (10 June)

To celebrate The Duke of Edinburgh's birthday a gun salute by the Honourable Artillery Company will take place where 62 rounds will be fired to mark the Royal anniversary. The unique commemorative firings will take place at the Tower of London, on the Gun Park located on the Wharf. The good news is you do not need a Tower ticket to watch them as they can be viewed on Tower Hill.

Location: Tower of London, London EC3N 4AB

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Cirque Du Soleil's "Dralion" (4 - 8 June)

The world renowned circus troop Cirque du Soleil is back at the O2 with "Dralion". The astounding performance will be a mix of choreographed dance with aerial stunts and death-defying acrobatics. Drawing inspiration from the 3,000 year old tradition of Chinese acrobat arts, each of the elements (water, air, fire and earth) will be represented, bringing man and nature together as one.

Location: The O2, London SE10 0DX

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Greenwich & Docklands International Festival (20 - 28 June)

The Greenwich & Docklands International Festival returns this summer with some of best acts from all over the UK and the rest of the world will bring astonishing sights and sounds to Greenwich and East London. Expect the unexpected this year with the festival showcasing breath-taking night-time exhibitions, spectacular theatre productions and captivating dance performances.

Location: : Greenwich, London SE10 8RE

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The London Wonderground (Until 28 Sep)

Roll up, roll up - The London Wonderground returns to the Southbank Centre, setting London's summer activities for the city. Featuring the epic circus show LIMBO as well as performances from cabaret and circus shows that are set to enchant and amaze. Set alongside bars, sideshows and outdoor performances The London Wonderground is helps puts London on the map this summer.

Location: Jubilee Gardens, SE1 8XX

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Edinburgh June 2014

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What's on in Edinburgh in June 2014

Event of the Month | Edinburgh International Film Festival
(18 – 29 June)

 Scotland has a rich film tradition

Come to Edinburgh and experience the world’s longest running film festival. Now in its 68th year, the Edinburgh International Film Festival will be bringing its usual mix of cutting edge feature films, documentaries, shorts and animation.

Edinburgh really is the place to be for film enthusiasts this June, and the EIFF is the perfect opportunity to see exciting new films and explore Edinburgh’s unique cinema venues. If you want be at the heart of the action, why not stay at our Apex International Hotel or Apex City Hotel? Located just 5 minutes away from the Filmhouse, you’ll be perfectly located to enjoy this exciting film festival.

Location: Various locations around Edinburgh

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Edinburgh Farmers’ Market (Every Saturday)

The Edinburgh Farmers’ Market has become an Edinburgh institution. Held every Saturday, and located a short walk from Apex International Hotel and Apex City Hotel, you’ll find a fantastic array of Scottish produce to tickle your taste buds.

Location: Castle Terrace, Edinburgh. EH1 2DP

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Meadows Festival (7 – 8 June)

If you’re looking for a friendly festival featuring music, gift stalls, food and fun activities for the whole family, look no further than The Edinburgh Meadows Festival. Now in its 40th year, the Meadows Festival is a perfect way to unwind and relax in Edinburgh’s picturesque Meadows Park.

Location: The Meadows, Melville Drive, Edinburgh. EH9 1JU

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Whisky and Cheese Tasting (Various Dates in June)

No visit to Scotland is complete without experiencing its national tipple. Discover your favourite dram, and book this Whisky and Cheese Tasting package at Whiski. You’ll get the chance to taste some great whiskies, matched with the finest cheeses.

Location: Whiski Rooms, 4, 6 & 7 North Bank Street, Edinburgh. EH1 2LP

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Avenue Q (10 – 14 June)

Don’t miss the opportunity to catch this TONY award-winning musical at the King’s Theatre. This is a puppet show with a difference; a musical about growing up that features some colourful characters, and that is definitely one for the adults. Tickets for this will show will sell fast so be sure to book your tickets now.

Location: King’s Theatre, Leven Street, Edinburgh. EH3 9LQ

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Magic and Variety Gala Show (27 June)

Held every year as part of the Edinburgh International Magic Festival, this exciting gala performance features an exciting mix of magical talent from across the globe. The Lyceum is a short walk from our Apex International Hotel, and is an ideal location to base yourself during the Edinburgh International Magic Festival.

Location: Royal Lyceum Theatre, Grindlay Street, Edinburgh. EH3 9AX

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Brodies Champions of Tennis (19 - 22 June)

Get in the mood for Wimbledon and catch some of the sport’s greatest players in action as they return to Edinburgh for some exciting ATP Champions Tour action. John McEnroe, Tim Henman and Goran Ivanisevic are amongst the tennis stars already confirmed to appear. Book now to avoid disappointment.

Location: Edinburgh Academicals Football Club, North Park Terrace, Edinburgh. EH4 1HQ

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Dundee June 2014

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What's on in Dundee in June 2014

Event of the Month | Sing-a-long Grease
(7 June)

Grease

Celebrate (almost) the beginning of those Summer Nights with an evening of Greased Lightin’... “Tell me more, tell me more” I hear you say. If you enjoyed the movie then sing-a-long-a Grease is right up your street and it’s coming to the Dundee Rep Theatre for one night only on Saturday 7 June.

Your evening will begin with a vocal warm-up led by the sing-a-long-a host, who will also show you how to use your special Grease magical moments fun pack and teach you to hand-jive just like the T-Birds. The action then begins at Rydell High – join Sandy, Danny and the rest of the gang as you sing your heart out to those classic, show-stopping songs. For those who aren’t hopelessly devoted to learning every lyric before you go, all songs are fully subtitled so you can still sing-a-long-a to the songs you’re a little less familiar with.

Oh, and did we mention the host will also judge a fancy dress competition – will you be a stylish Pink Lady, a sweetheart Sandy or a rockin’ T-Bird? Dig out your leather trousers, pink jacket, wigs or poodle skirts for an evening where you are the Rock’n’Roll Party Queen. Wear your best Grease outfit to be in for a chance of winning and don’t forget Grease is the word. We would love to see your outfits so be sure to share them on our Facebook or twitter pages.

To celebrate, we’re giving away three tasty prizes – perfect if you’re going to Grease sing-a-long-a (but still a treat for those who can’t attend). Prizes include:

Coffee and cake for two A glass of wine and your choice of dish from our Bar Food menu A scrumptious three course pre-theatre dinner for two in Metro Brasserie.

Visit us on Facebook to enter this electrfyin’ competition.

Location: Dundee Rep Theatre, Tay Square, Dundee, DD1 1PB

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Wrestling Entertainment Awards (27 June)

Open to fans for the first time the Scottish Wrestling Awards are taking place in Dundee’s Black Watch Club. Join the stars of SWE for an evening of celebration. Wrestling fans beware - tickets are limited so please buy in advance to avoid disappointment.

Location: Black Watch Club, 20 Arthurstone Terrace, Dundee, DD4 6RS

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Planetarium Show (11 June)

Experience a journey through the night sky at Mills Observatory’s Planetarium Show. Discover the curiosities of constellations, the mysteries of meteors and the glory of galaxies as you are guided through the stars.

Location: Mills Observatory, Balgay Park, Dundee, DD2 2UB

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Wild About Nature (1 - 27 June)

Learn about the wildlife in your garden and how to create an idyllic environment for all the different species that live your local area. Camperdown also features wildlife such as lemurs, snowy owls and brown bears for you to see.

Location: Camperdown Wildlife Centre, Coupar Angus Road, Dundee, DD2 4TF

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Spirit of the Place (1 - 30 June)

For those who are passionate about fine art or simply want to be amazed by beautiful drawings, prints and photography – the Ellis O’Connor exhibit is certainly worth visiting. With a strong influence from Ellis’s passion of the Highlands and North West Scottish islands – the exhibit is filled with emotive large scale displays.

Location: Discovery Point Cafe Gallery, Discovery Quay, Dundee, DD1 4XA

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Dundee’s WestFest (8 - 14 June)

Dundee’s WestFest is a weeklong festival featuring the best of Dundee’s creativity, talent and history. Enjoy live music and entertainment; literary and film events; various food and drink stalls - there’s something for everyone. Showcasing the enthusiasm of Dundee WestFest is a memorable occasion for all the family.

Location: Various locations in Dundee

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