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Bishop's Stortford businesses Twisted Cellar and Coco's back winter night shelter and food bank



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Two Bishop's Stortford businesses are using the festive season to offer a charitable alternative for customers.

Twisted Cellar, the wine bar and café in South Street, is holding a series of hot toddy masterclasses to raise money for the winter night shelter at Holy Trinity Church.

Hallam Tweddell, Twisted Cellar's head of 'hedonistic outreach', said: "We have a number of volunteers that pop in for a drink after their shifts at the shelter and we admire their work so much – it seemed like the least we could do to try and support their efforts.

Lucy Wood (Twisted Cellar) and Katie Bradshaw (Coco's).
Lucy Wood (Twisted Cellar) and Katie Bradshaw (Coco's).

"They'll be mini tastings at just £20 per ticket, with £5 from each ticket sold being donated to the night shelter. Think mulled wines, hot gin and tonics among other concoctions!"

A hot toddy is a mixture of a spirit (usually whisky), hot water and honey or sugar. Additional ingredients such as cloves, a lemon slice or cinnamon can be added.

The tasting dates are:

  • Sunday December 15 at 2pm
  • Thursday December 19 at 6.30pm
  • Friday December 20 at 6.30pm.

Coco's, the Belgian chocolate, jewellery and gift shop in Palmers Lane, repeated its alternative Black Friday promotion during the Bishop's Stortford Christmas Fayre on Saturday, donating a grocery item to the town's food bank for every purchase.

Owner Katie Bradshaw said that the first instalment generated 48 sales over Black Friday and Cyber Saturday at the end of November and in the end she donated 78 products to the food bank based at the Methodist Church in South Street.

She added: "Unfortunately the Christmas market affected our sales on Saturday. However, we still managed 36 transactions on the day. We'll be making a donation of 45 items to the food bank – that's a total of 123 including last week's donation."



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