Platinum Jubilee celebrations aplenty: time to bring out the bunting

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It is a whole new experience to have Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd June as bank holidays. It is for a very special occasion though.

Jean Hill shares a few tempting treats to savour over the Platinum Jubilee weekend.

Whittard of Chelsea

Whittard of Chelsea

Whittard of Chelsea has developed a leading range of tea and has been expanding the collection for the past 136 years. For 70 of those years, the Queen’s reign has been an intrinsic part of British culture.

Linda Lisser, Tea Buyer at Whittard, commented: “We are delighted to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with this special edition Regal Blend. A smooth, rich loose leaf black tea blended with sumptuous Madagascan vanilla and a royal flourish of red, white, and blue petals. This blend is unique, with the new Royal limited-edition packaging.

The Platinum Jubilee will be the perfect time to celebrate with friends around a pot of refreshing Regal tea, a few scones and lots of Union Jacks.

Linda also said, “Here at Whittard, we sell a range of over 130 tea blends. This means there is something for everyone; whether you are a tea novice or practised in the art. Everyone is welcome to enjoy a cup of Whittard tea this Platinum Jubilee.” 

Whittard of Chelsea is a traditional British brand, selling the finest tea since 1886. Teas from all over the world end up as Whittard blends, from the traditional English Breakfast to the exquisite Cherry Blossom.

Afternoon tea at 360 Sky Bar at INNSiDE, Old Hall Street

Gino D'acampo

Just in time for the Jubilee celebrations (to continue afterwards), Gino D’Acampo has introduced afternoon tea at his 360 Sky Bar, at INNSiDE Liverpool.

A beautifully presented afternoon tea is served in the 18th floor venue with stunning panoramic views of Liverpool and beyond part of the treat. Afternoon tea at Gino D’Acampo 360 Sky Bar combines the best of British tradition with a taste of Italy.

Available from 12pm to 5pm Sunday to Friday and 12pm to 3pm every Saturday, there are three options to choose from: Afternoon Tea (£29pp), Franciacorta Rosé Afternoon Tea, served with a glass of Ferghettina Rosé Brut (£35pp), and Champagne Afternoon Tea, served with a glass of Lallier Grand Cru Brut NV (£37pp).

Presented on a stylish gold tiered platter, the Italian chef’s take on afternoon tea delivers the perfect balance of savoury and sweet. That includes a deli selection, freshly baked scones, and four picture-worthy sweet treats.

A pot of loose-leaf tea completes the menu with guests invited to choose from English breakfast, earl grey, camomile, green and peppermint. Advance reservations are required, with guests kindly asked to book a minimum of 24 hours in advance.  Reservations can be placed by email at:

For those looking to extend the occasion and let the day slip into night, guests are invited to take a seat at the bar. There they can enjoy an extensive selection of premium Italian and international wines, cocktails, spirits and beers. 

Pull up a seat between 5pm and 7pm, aperitivo time, and guests can enjoy a wonderful selection of complimentary cicchetti to accompany the view. The panoramic view includes the most incredible sunsets that see the bar bathed in a wash of gold.  Local resident DJs further add to the atmosphere and make it a destination in its own right.

Gino D’Acampo Old Hall Street restaurant and 360 Sky Bar set a new bar for Italian drinking and dining in Liverpool and is part of a hospitality empire creation between INNSiDE by Meliá and Gino D’Acampo Hotels & Leisure. 

For further information or to make a reservation, guests are invited to get in touch at: / 0151 832 4517

Say It With Diamonds creates a limited edition mini collection for the Queen’s Jubilee

Say It With Diamonds

The Liverpool based award-winning, affordable luxury jewellery company has launched a special mini collection to mark the Platinum Jubilee. There are five beautiful pieces in celebratory spirit, all available to purchase online. Or you can visit the Say It With Diamonds, Liverpool store in The Met Quarter.

The collection includes a beautiful sterling silver ‘Tennis Bracelet’, £30.50, which is a timeless classic. It is a subtle yet beautiful piece of jewellery that can be part of a classy day look or adorn a more formal outfit. Perfect for the Jubilee weekend and Bank Holiday events. The bracelet contains a high-quality claw set of cubic zirconia stones, giving the illusion of real diamonds.

There is a stunning sterling silver ‘Crown Ring’, £47.50, decorated with cubic zirconia stones. Or cast your eyes over a sterling silver ‘Cathedral Dress Ring’, £88, (dazzling cubic zirconia stones on a sterling silver band) a look-alike of the more expensive 2 carat diamond version.

To complete the collection, the jewellery brand has a pair of  classic claw set earrings, £58, an ideal piece of jewellery for transforming a simple everyday look into something special, the silver studs feature cubic zirconia stones and butterfly backs.

The final piece is a timeless diamond hinged bangle in stainless steel, £45.50, featuring a hollow diamond decoration across an oval-shaped bracelet. It is hinged and easily clicks shut It also features the Say it with Diamonds logo, and free engraving is available to make the piece extra special.

On the launch of their limited edition mini collection, Charlotte Donoghue, the owner of Say It With Diamonds, said: “There’s a lot of excitement around the Queen’s Jubilee which is a huge celebration for the whole of the UK. We wanted to mark this historic occasion with a beautiful, limited edition mini collection including rings, a bracelet, bangle and earrings so that everyone can get into the celebratory spirit.”

Stirling Distillery launch limited edition Platinum gin to celebrate Jubilee

Stirling Distillery, situated in the shadow of Stirling Castle, has launched their limited edition Platinum gin. Stirling Distillery, established in 2015, is steeped in Scottish history. Located in the shadow of Stirling Castle, central Scotland, it is the city’s first legal distillery. The distillery is open daily for gin experiences, tastings and a weekly gin school. 

Created to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, there will be only 500 of these special bottles of Platinum gin created. Gin lovers can pour themselves a G&T fit for a Queen and party at Jubilee celebrations across the UK with this eye-catching bottle.

Stirling Distillery wanted to pay homage to Her Majesty and her incredible 70 years of service with this striking bottle of their nettle-based classic gin.

Designed by graphic designer Megan Raine and distillery co-founder June McCann, the bottle celebrates the Stirlingshire nettles that gives their gin the unique flavour. The gin is presented in a regal laurel wreath design with royal crowns hidden through the design. Tthose who get their hands on a bottle can win tickets to a gin tasting at the distillery if they find the crown locations and tag @Stirlingdistillery on social media.

Hand-dipped in a platinum coloured wax seal, the bottle is filled with Stirling Distillery’s signature nettle gin. Made with carefully chosen botanicals including basil and citrus peel to create a complex spirit, the smooth, lingering finish carries a peppery tang that is both spicy and dry. By using local nettles the distillery are working to provide a sustainably sourced spirit.

On the 2nd and 3rd June, all distillery gin tastings in the Old Smiddy will be presented in beautiful tea sets for celebratory ‘G and afternoon tea’ tastings. Sip their Bloody Scotland cocktail in a china tea cup as Stirling Castle – the childhood home of Mary Queen of Scots – looms above you. Book a tour online:

Stirling Distillery is well known for celebrating the rich history and folklore of the famous Scottish city through their product range. Their Gin Blue Line forget-me-not infused gin raises vital funds and awareness for police mental health charities. Shop online at

You may also enjoy: Drifts of blossom, a spectacular crimson sunset and the new spring/summer menu at Gino D’Acampo’s restaurant in Liverpool.

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