Mangetout – a great restaurant with a huge heart….

Mangetout Grill and Smokehouse is a restaurant to be found at 9 London Road, Southend-On Sea in Essex. Having recently moved to a bigger premises Mangetout have kept all of the characteristics that people loved from the old site but introduced some great new ideas that will definitely draw the diners in.  Mangetout is certainly a restaurant that we would recommend and in fact we held our opening launch party at the old site in September 2017 and Chief Banana Matt also held his 21st birthday there so we are already big fans of the restaurant. We feature good news and positive articles so just saying how great a restaurant is wouldn’t normally fit our criteria but when we read about Mangetout’s amazing deal we felt we just had to pass on this good news.

Mangetout are offering all Emergency Service men and women including people volunteering at the local Coastguard station a 20% discount off food not just for them but also for a friend.

As you can see from their Instagram post they are recognising anyone who are, in their words, the backbone of Britain and they recognise how their bravery is inspirational. We definitely agree with these sentiments but it is also nice to see this being recognised in such a positive way. To find out more about Mangetout then #mangetoutgrill or their website is

You definitely won’t be disappointed with everything that they  have to offer.

Looking through all the Facebook posts and comments about the offer it is amazing to see all the positive comments that are being made and we hope that everyone that goes enjoys the experience as much as we have done every time we have been. Thank you Mangetout for recognising this inspirational group of people.

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Great News and a huge thank you …..

A few weeks ago, our very own Chief Banana was invited along to a meeting at the Southend Round Table where he met their Chairman, Matt Pinnock and other members from the Round Table.

After presenting his case about Banana Crumble and how we were trying to help raise funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, Matt was given the great news that The Southend Branch were going to be donating £500 to our monies raised. This huge amount will now take our total raised to just under the £3000 mark which is absolutely brilliant and we do hope that these funds can go along way to help with treatment and finding a cure to CF.

From Banana Crumble we would all like to say a huge thank you on behalf of The Cystic Fibrosis Trust for your donation.



Banana Chat – meet Matt Pinnock

I’m Matt Pinnock and, this year, I am Chairman of Southend Roundtable 106; this is a charitable organisation raising funds for local good causes while providing fun and fellowship for men aged 18-45. We organise the Big Beach Bang in Shoebury and the Colourthon in Chalkwell Park.

My focus for my Chairmanship is fundraising and I have set myself a target of £3,000. If this is met I will lose the beard! So, if you want me to beard-off then please visit

You can find out more about Roundtable at If you’re interested in meeting us and/or helping at our events then please contact me on

What is your favourite joke?
What sounds does a drum kit make when it falls off a cliff. Ba-boom-tish.

What makes you smile?
Satisfaction of a job well done, helping people, the sound of a cricket ball hitting stumps (not when I’m batting….)

What is your favourite good news story?
I think any demonstrating/reaffirming faith in humanity. There’s a lot of negativity out there and it’s nice to see something different, someone beating the odds or people being community minded

What inspires you?
Being able to help people.

If you could change one thing in the world what would it be?
An eighth day of the week would be good, but I would most likely fill it up….

If you could have one superpower what would you choose and why?
Does cricket ability count?

What is your favourite food?
Quite partial to a chicken madras. 

What is your favourite drink?
Ale. I’m spoilt for choice with the number of local craft breweries that are popping up.

If you are going on holiday what luxury item would you take from home?
It’s usually the pile of books that need reading.

If you could make one law, what would it be and why?
Boring, I know, but remove the domicile rule from taxation. Currently you can avoid tax on certain things by making another country your home even though you reside here.

Give us a random piece of information about you that people wouldn’t know?
I was filmed on TV falling over on Countryfile.

What is your favourite phrase or saying?
Þæs ofereode, þisses swa mæg.

What cause, project or event would you like to promote?
I’d like to promote Roundtable and my year as Chairman (as above).

Who is your favourite music artist?
Reel Big Fish

Who is the person that you feel has shaped your life most?
There are many, but my wife usually knows best…

PJ’s or Not?

Hot or cold? Cold

Cat or dog? Dog

Blue or pink? Blue

Tea or coffee? Tea

Glass half-empty or glass half-full? Half empty…

Pyjamas or not? PJs

Night out or night in? Mostly in, these days …!

Pizza or pasta? Pizza

Biscuits or cake? Biscuits

Wine or beer? Beer

Football or rugby? Rugby

Cinema or theatre? Cinema

Gym or TV? TV

Naughty or nice? Bit of both..

Silver or gold? Gold

Tent or hotel? Hotel

Bath or shower? Shower

Starter or pudding? Pudding

Sheets or duvet? Duvet

Love Island or Game of Thrones? Neither, but more likely GoT

Finally, apple or banana? Banana.


‘The Novel Coffee Shop’ is run by Southend Mencap – what a novel idea…

A new coffee shop has opened in Southend, Essex which has been set up to provide training and work experience opportunities for adults with learning disabilities.

‘The Novel Coffee Shop’ is run by Southend Mencap. The Novel Coffee Shop opened it’s doors on Wednesday 11th April at 98 London Road in Southend. It offers a variety of freshly ground coffees, served by barista trained staff, as well as a range of teas and plenty of homemade cakes. They are also offering cream teas and are looking to introduce special afternoon teas in the future.  Also within the cafe there is a chance to look for a book/DVD/Vinyl/CD.

There is outside seating that is available in the warmer weather where customers can enjoy their drink and cake.

The thing that made this new cafe stand out to us was when we heard that it will provide training and work placement opportunities for adults with learning disabilities. These opportunities are often hard to come by so it is always great when you see businesses becoming all encompassing. There are opportunities for people to volunteer at the shop also.

The cafe is always on the lookout for  any good quality books, CDs and/or DVDs. If  you wish to donate them then you can take them direct to the cafe.

Opening times are Monday-Saturday 9.30am-4pm and you can also find them on Facebook as well by clicking the link – The Novel Coffee Shop Facebook