Walking is fast becoming the leisure activity of choice for those in the know. And new research by Air New Zealand with YouGov, just out, found more than a quarter (29%) of the adult UK population have been inspired to do more exercise and increase their fitness following the Olympic and Paralympic Games, with walking talking gold as the most popular exercise of choice. The new walking craze isn’t all down to the after-glow of Team GB’s gold medal glory – tight budgets could also have their role to play. A separate survey among Londoners revealed more than half (53%) walk because it’s free!
Do you think you could keep up?
If you’re up for the challenge or and fancy a wonderful trip, Air New Zealand has launched a global search to find Britain’s greatest walker for the chance to tackle New Zealand’s nine famous Great Walks in just nine weeks. To win a place on this wild adventure, entrants upload either a short YouTube video or a Pinterest board of inspiring images.
Air New Zealand’s search for The Great Walker is being run in association with New Zealand’s Department of Conservation (DOC) and will see four global winners take on New Zealand’s premier DOC tracks; Abel Tasman Coast, Heaphy, Kepler, Lake Waikaremoana, Milford, Rakiura, Routeburn, Tongariro and Whanganui Journey.
The four Great Walkers will fly Air New Zealand to the southern most point of the country to and then make their way north conquering one track each week for nine weeks. Ambassadors will also enjoy other Kiwi outdoor experiences including local wildlife encounters and adventure activities such as mountain biking, canyoning and jet boating.
The group will be joined along the way by Air New Zealand and DOC staff and celebrity guests. Each winner will share their journey with the world via regular blog updates.
Air New Zealand Head of Community James Gibson describes the trip as a once in a lifetime experience. “New Zealand is internationally renowned for its stunning scenery and we’re thrilled to be able to offer people the chance to come and see it for themselves. Whether someone is a nature lover, has a curiosity for the great outdoors or fancies themselves as the next Bear Grylls, we want to hear from them,” says Gibson.
DOC Director Commercial Business Unit Dave Wilks says: “We are looking for 'Great Walkers' with the total package - people with personality, creativity, a knack for blogging and story telling as well a passion for outdoor adventure.”
Entries for the Great Walker are now open at www.greatwalkernz.com until Monday 22 October, 2012. Entrants will then be shortlisted on the website and four winners chosen as judged by an official judging panel and by the public through the website. The Great Walkers will then travel to New Zealand in
February 2013 to complete the epic Kiwi adventure of a lifetime.
For further competition details and to apply, visit www.greatwalkernz.com.
For information on DOC’s nine Great Walks, visit www.greatwalks.co.nz.
NATIONAL STOCKINGS DAY IN SUPPORT OF BREAST CANCER CARE 19 OCTOBER 2012
On 19 October 2012 Charnos
Hosiery National Stockings Day in support of Breast Cancer Care
takes place, with activity in London, Manchester and Glasgow. This year the theme is you ‘Can Can’ wear stockings, highlighting the feel good factor of donning feminine hosiery to help you feel better.
The excitement starts with a photo call at House of Fraser
Oxford Street at 8am, which will host three performances throughout the day of amazing Can Can dancers, who will entertain visitors to the store with a flurry of colour, frou frou petticoats and of course beautiful hosiery. With whoops and cartwheels they will draw the crowds whilst stocking clad lovelies move about the store with collection tins raising money for Breast Cancer Care
Another performance will be taking place simultaneously in the House of Fraser
Glasgow store, whilst in Manchester a team of hosiery clad lovelies will be visiting landmarks in the city with their collection tins. Charnos
Hosiery will also be revealing the results of its latest survey on the attitude of women to wearing stockings and beautiful hosiery.
Breast Cancer Care’s Director of Fundraising and Marketing, Judy Beard said, “1 in 8 women in the UK will develop breast cancer in their lifetime and many women feel that they lose their femininity during treatment. Charnos National Stockings Day is a great excuse to get together with your friends, have fun and treat yourself by wearing beautiful stockings, while helping to raising awareness about breast cancer. Breast Cancer Care wants to be there for anyone affected by breast cancer and we couldn’t do this without the support from companies such as Charnos and their customers, so thank you.”
Isabel Keith, Buyer for Hosiery & Lingerie at House of Fraser: “It is a fantastic opportunity for us to add our support to such a great cause and give our customers an enjoyable experience whilst raising money for Breast Cancer Care. We are very excited to host a great performance at our Oxford Street and Glasgow stores!”
PARKINSON’S ATHLETE COMPLETES 3,500 MILE CHALLENGE TO RUN, ROW, CYCLE AND SWIM ACROSS THE US
Alex Flynn, a 40 year old father of three and a sufferer of Parkinson’s Disease, has completed his Trans America Challenge which saw him run, row, cycle and kayak 3,500 miles across the United States.
The British lawyer-turned-fundraiser and adventurer began his epic adventure in Santa Monica, California, on 5th September and finished in New York City on 10th October as part of his global mission to raise £1 million pounds for research into Parkinson’s by covering 10 million metres.
On completing his Trans America Challenge, Alex, who says at times his “body feels like it is encased in concrete”, said: “I’m thrilled to have finished what has proved to be my toughest and most epically gruelling challenge yet. I hope it inspires others to believe that they can achieve anything and overcome obstacles to keep moving.”
“I would also like to thank my fantastic support crew and all my core sponsors, including the deVere Group, the world’s largest independent financial advisory firm, who were pivotal in helping make this epic challenge a reality.”
Nigel Green, the deVere Group’s chief executive, comments: “We’re absolutely thrilled for Alex for completing this mammoth challenge which is part of his personal fight back against this cruel disease which affects millions of people around the world. Alex’s incredible achievement of running, cycling and rowing across the States in just 35 days is testament to his indomitable character.”
More information on Alex can be found at his website www.alexflynn.co.uk
NEW YORK, MILAN, PARIS… BATTERSEA
High fashion for abandoned dogs as top designers dress Battersea’s finest
Battersea Dogs & Cats Home is officially the new stop on the fashion circuit, so prepare for Westies in Westwood, Dachshunds in Deacon, and Staffies in Stella. The world’s top designers are swapping the catwalk for the the dogwalk for one night only to help unwanted and abandoned dogs stride out in spectacular style for a truly unforgettable and never been seen before fashion event.
After previewing their new season collections, fashion’s biggest names are preparing to dress the canine residents of the world-famous animal refuge by designing exclusive dog coats and accessories which will be auctioned off in aid of the charity. At the Collars & Coats Gala Ball on Thursday 8 November 2012, the sleek, the shaggy, and the wet nosed will swap their Battersea kennels for the dogwalk to model world exclusive canine couture by a stellar list of fashion designers. The first glimpse of these incredible creations is hotly anticipated and guests at the event will have the first opportunity to bid on the one-off pieces of fashion history.
Designing dog coats and canine accessories for Battersea are:
Giles Deacon, Ben De Lisi, Faberge, Jeremy Hackett, Henry Holland, Stephen Jones, Derek Lawlor, Julien Macdonald, Stella McCartney, Mulberry, Jenny Packham, Gareth Pugh, Trevor Pickett, Zandra Rhodes, Philip Treacy, Matthew Williamson, and Vivienne Westwood.
The wow factor continues with international supermodel David Gandy leading the canine fashion pack for a fundraising event all about celebrating Battersea dogs. Battersea’s first Ambassador will partner with leading fashion journalist and stylist Hilary Alexander to present the designs at the Gala Ball taking place at Battersea Evolution.
Claire Horton, Chief Executive of Battersea says: “This will be the most wonderful and unique fashion fundraiser and we know our dogs will really enjoy it. Front row at Collars & Coats will be the place to be on 8 November and we can’t wait to see Battersea dogs groomed and dressed in canine couture by the most influential and iconic designers from the world. To have David Gandy and Hilary Alexander presenting these hotly anticipated canine creations makes it even more unmissable. It’s incredible to be working with such world-class talent and we’re immensely grateful to everyone who is supporting our dogs and our cats through this collaboration.”
Henry Holland, one of the designers involved says: “I am extremely proud to support the dogwalk, I have always been a dog lover and this initiative is such a brilliant way to use fashion as a way of highlighting such a great cause.”
Battersea’s star-studded Collars & Coats Gala Ball is now in its fourth year and this year’s spectacular event will be hosted by Paul O’ Grady MBE and Amanda Holden. Every ticket brought will help give thousands of dogs and cats a second chance in life. For more information or to be part of this truly amazing evening visit www.collarsandcoats.org.uk. Booking line 020 7627 9309.
THE FIFTEEN CORNWALL AUTUMN FARMERS’ MARKET SATURDAY 20TH OCTOBER – 9AM TO 4:30PM - WATERGATE BAY
What better place to showcase the county’s finest harvest produce than at the Fifteen Cornwall Autumn Farmers’ Market. Now in its sixth year, this renowned farmers’ market will be bustling with seasonal produce, from autumn veggies and Cornish fish, to local meat, artisan cheese and bread – it has it all!
Fifteen Cornwall’s hugely talented local suppliers will be on show so you can try first-hand the great food and produce Fifteen Cornwall uses in its own kitchen. You can also meet the team behind cornishfoodmarket.co.uk, key sponsors of the event and specialists in delivering locally produced food and drink to Cornish homes.
Become a pasta perfectionist…
If there’s one thing the team at Fifteen Cornwall knows all about, it’s how to make perfect pasta. Cooking Italian inspired food is at the heart of everything it does and if you’ve ever tried their Mafaldine alla bolognaise or Tortellini of English pea and ham hock, you’ll know what we mean!
At this year’s farmers’ market, you’ll have the chance to learn the tricks of the trade with Fifteen Cornwall’s pasta-making workshops. Head Chef, Andy Appleton and his team of talented chefs will be showing off their pasta making prowess, so if you’d like to become a pasta perfectionist then simply sign up for a course.
Learn how to make the perfect pasta dough, how to flavour and fill pasta and how to create all the different fiddly pasta shapes. You will learn the difference between pappardelle, ravioli and farfalle (and how to pronounce them) and the experienced Fifteen Cornwall chefs will be on hand to answer all your pasta related questions and pass on a few secrets.
The workshops will be running throughout the day starting at 9:00am and each will last for an hour. As part of your workshop you will also get some Fifteen Cornwall pasta recipes and be able to impress your family and friends with the fresh pasta that you’ve made on the day and the new skills you have learnt.
The classes cost £30 per person. Contact the restaurant’s reservations team on 01637 861 000 to book your place or visit www.fifteencornwall.co.uk/pasta-making.htm.
What else is there to see?
Andy will be demonstrating the latest Fifteen Cornwall dishes and explaining how to get the most out of the excellent produce on sale, as well as other local guest chefs – including:
• Tom Pryce, Porthminster Beach Café
• Ryan Venning, Red Herring
• Emily Scott, The Harbour, Port Isaac
• Dave Jones, Origin Coffee
And don’t forget to say hello to the Fifteen Cornwall apprentices, who will be competing against each other in the Apprentice Challenge. The seventeen apprentices have now been at Fifteen Cornwall for almost a year and are ready to begin the final phase of their training. For the challenge, they will be split into three teams and will go head to head in the big sell off. Who will be crowned the winner? You decide, but the one thing to be sure of is that there will be lots of delicious food for you to try.
What if I live out of Cornwall?
Why not make a weekend of it with a stay at the Watergate Bay Hotel. With daily direct flights into Newquay airport, there is no excuse – just make sure you have enough baggage allowance for all the treats you will take home with you.
The Fifteen Cornwall Autumn Farmers’ Market will take place in the Extreme Academy car park in front of the restaurant at Watergate Bay. Entry is free and there is ample car parking in the local area.
Keep up to date with Fifteen Cornwall on Twitter @FifteenCornwall or at Facebook to here all the latest news: www.facebook.com/fifteencornwall
SONIC EDITIONS ISSUE COMMEMORATIVE BOND COLLECTION
Sonic Editions unveils rarely seen, limited edition images to celebrate 50 years of Bond
Sonic Editions, the online retailer that specialises in affordable limited edition photography has curated a unique collection of inspirational photography to celebrate 50 years of Bond films ahead of the release of its 23rd installment, Skyfall. The hand framed, professional prints capture the spy’s greatest moments.
The series features a number of iconic images from past Bond films over the past fifty years. Limited edition images are available in editions of 495, from £45 upwards.
Sonic Editions uses its substantial archive to democratise art, making rarely seen images affordable and accessible for the first time.
For further options, please see the Sonic Editions website:
FULL STEAM AHEAD WITH CHRISTMAS SHOPPING THIS DECEMBER
Get your glad rags out this Christmas and begin the often dreaded task of Christmas shopping by stepping aboard the sophisticated and luxurious surroundings of the British Pullman. For one day only on Thursday, 6th December, the bedecked vintage 1920’s carriages of the British Pullman will be home to an array of the best of British luxury retailers, displaying a selection of their products and offering advice for festive gift ideas.
Back by popular demand and for the second year running, Christmas Shopping on the Rails, will see guests welcomed onboard to enjoy a delicious festive four course lunch whilst travelling through the scenic Kent countryside. Afterwards, they will be free to wander through the carriages, each with unique Art Deco marquetry panels and brass or chrome fittings and a fascinating history.
In each carriage, passengers will discover enticing displays from some of Britain’s greatest luxury brands, including Ettinger, ESPA, Cocorose London, Alex Monroe, Signature Boutique by Orient-Express, Harrods, Daniel Sandler and Johnstons of Elgin, ready to assist with ideas for beautiful festive gifts.
Iconic British landmark store Harrods, established in 1834, is renowned for its grand shopping space which stocks the very best luxury items throughout its 330 different departments. The famous Food Halls include every gastronomic indulgence imaginable and Harrods expert food buyers source only the highest quality products. Harrods will be exhibiting a selection of the famous Harrods food and wine Hampers and giving advice on choosing the ideal assortment of delectable treats from the Harrods Food Halls to suit individual tastes. www.harrods.com
Signature Boutique by Orient-Express
The Signature Boutique of Orient-Express features unique gifts, accessories and luggage inspired by the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express and its sister trains, hotels and cruises worldwide. Items include beautiful pieces of jewellery, items for the home, tote bags and bespoke items of luggage, to name a few. The collection was introduced in 1982 to mark the launch of the revived Venice Simplon-Orient-Express and British Pullman trains. Since then, further travel experiences have been added, and with them new gift collections. All have inspired collections that reflect local cultures and feature fabrics and workmanship for which their destinations are famed. www.orient-expressboutique.com
Royal Warrant holding luxury leather goods and accessories company, Ettinger, designs and hand-crafts an extensive range of leather goods items and accessories which are handcrafted in the UK by Ettinger craftspeople and come in a wide variety of leathers and colour-ways. Ettinger will have on display a selection of products from its extensive portfolio of bags, photo frames, leather covered note and address books, jewel boxes and jewel rolls, as well as men’s and ladies’ accessories, wallets, purses, key and card holders. www.ettinger.co.uk
With 20 years experience and an award winning cosmetics range to his name, British talent Daniel Sandler is considered a leader in his field. Daniel has worked on high profile fashion shoots for top glossy magazines, backstage on a number of major fashion shows, as well as with high profile celebrities for red carpet events. Daniel spent over four years developing his self-titled cosmetics range, drawing from his experience as a professional makeup artist to create products of the highest quality that simplify makeup for women of all skin tones. On show will be a range of the new Autumn Winter colour collection along with hints and tips on how to wear it from Daniel himself, as well as Daniel Sandler’s first venture into the luxury candle market with the Daniel Sandler ‘In Love’ candle, made in collaboration with artisan candle crafter Jonathan Ward. www.danielsandler.com
ESPA are to be found in prestigious spas across five continents and are dedicated to producing results-driven, natural skincare that is a pleasure to use, ensuring your skin looks at its best at every stage of your life. To ensure the highest standards, ESPA products, as unique as they are effective; are tested each and every day by a highly trained global network of therapists based in 55 countries. ESPA are proud to be a British company who manufacture their products in their own state-of-the-art factory based in the UK, guaranteeing quality from ingredient sourcing right through to delivery. It is this combination of expertise and rich spa heritage that creates a unique brand that has won over 125 coveted awards in the last 3 years and ensures ESPA is a brand you can trust. www.espaonline.com
The Alex Monroe brand was established in 1987, when Alex set up his first studio in South London to design and make jewellery. Over twenty years on, the demand for Alex’s jewellery is now worldwide, and available on-line alongside fashion institutions such as Liberty, Harrods and Net-A-Porter. Alex’s love of wildlife transcends into instantly wearable pieces, which are always right on-trend, and stores and boutiques across the UK frequently report sell- outs, with many pieces gaining waiting list status. The simple beauty of nature features throughout Alex’s collections, which makes his detailed designs a firm favourite with the A-list, worn by style mavens Carey Mulligan, Emma Watson and Sienna Miller, the fashion pack, and women all over the world – of all ages. 2012 has been an incredibly exciting year for Alex Monroe, with the opening of his first stand alone shop, in London Bridge. www.alexmonroe.com
Established in 2007, Cocorose London’s boutique, designer collections of luxury foldable ballet pumps offer women a stylish alternative to wearing high heels. Designed by Founder and Creative Director Janan Leo, Cocorose London’s innovative and unique concept was inspired by what Janan terms ‘modern luxury’ and marries first-class design, superior comfort and practical functionality. Cocorose London is honoured to be an Official Gift Partner to the annual Orange British Academy Film Awards since 2010 and proud to have collaborated with the world-famous Royal Ballet to launch a capsule collection which debuted globally in Spring 2012. With a passion to help revive the heritage and tradition of making shoes in England, Cocorose London launched their ‘Luxury Heritage’ collection of beautifully hand-crafted, non-foldable ballet pumps last AW11. Cocorose London will showcase their signature ‘Classic Elegance’ range of foldable ballet pumps and their ‘Luxury Heritage’ made in England range of ballet shoes. www.cocoroselondon.com
Johnstons of Elgin
Johnstons of Elgin have been experts in cashmere and fine woollens since 1797. The last remaining vertical mill in Scotland to take cashmere from raw fibre to finished product. Johnstons of Elgin boasts heritage and provenance with outstanding craftsmanship. They have achieved an enviable position, through superlative quality, design and delivery of supplying some of the world’s best luxury brands with knitwear, accessories and cloth under the Made In Scotland label. www.johnstonscashmere.com
With such an array of outstanding British brands displayed in the unrivalled setting of the British Pullman carriages, guests will be spoilt not only for choice, but spoilt with the superb service of the liveried stewards, the delicious cuisine and accompanying wines, making this special shopping trip one to remember, for all the right reasons.
Glamorous and full of joie de vivre, the vintage Art Deco 1920’s carriages of the British Pullman provide nostalgia, fun and a dash of adventure as the train heads out of London on day trips encircling the British countryside to destinations including great cities, glittering social events and sporting occasions. Champagne flows and gourmet cuisine is served—a truly elegant experience and a once in a lifetime journey.
The ‘Shopping on the Rails’ trip costs £350 per person and departs from London Victoria on Thursday 6th December 2012. For further details and reservations visit www.orient-express.com/uktrains or call 0845 077 2222
CELEBRATE THE FESTIVE SEASON AT CANARY WHARF
With a fantastic line-up of wintery events, Canary Wharf’s Christmas offering is second to none, highlights include a magical Grotto, stunning ice rink, festive fashion shows, and activities such as ice sculpting, face painting and glass decorating. Over 240 shops, bars and restaurants complete the picture to make Canary Wharf the perfect Christmas destination for all the family.
‘Ice Rink, Canary Wharf’ - 3rd November - 13th January
Once again, Canary Wharf is to home to a stunning ice rink, nestled among the skyscrapers of Canada Square Park. This year ‘Ice Rink, Canary Wharf’ will be better than ever with tailor-made ‘skate and dine’ packages offering a wide range of Christmas menus option and the new rink will feature London’s first ‘skate path’. Lessons are available from The National Ice Skating Association and a calendar of on-ice events will take place throughout the festive period.
Winter’s Most Wanted - 29th November
Canary Wharf’s annual festive shopping event returns on Thursday 29 November with exclusive fashion shows, entertainment and store discounts of up to 20% throughout the day. Don’t miss the fashion shows in Canada Place and Jubilee Place where a selection of Canary Wharf’s leading brands will be showcasing inspirational ideas for your festive wardrobe. Canary Wharf branded goodie bags will also be distributed on a first come, first served basis in Jubilee Place from 5pm to those customers who produce a receipt showing a minimum spend of £10 in a participating store on the day.
Santa’s Grotto and Santa’s Showtime – from 1st December
Launching on 1st December, Santa’s Grotto in Canary Wharf’s Jubilee Place this year returns with a rather whimsical and magical theme! Open every weekend in the run-up to Christmas, excited children can meet Santa in his Grotto and whisper their wish list for the big day*. Meanwhile, Santa and his ‘Little Helpers’ will take to the stage in the East Wintergarden, keeping the kids (and adults!) entertained with a series of shows on 1st and 2nd December. *All donations for Santa’s Grotto and Santa’s Showtime will be provided Variety, the Children's Charity and Richard House Children’s Hospice, respectively.
Children’s Festive Activities – from 1st December
Wind your way around Canary Wharf on the Magical Treasure Trail or enjoy a splash of Festive Face Painting - in Cabot Place, Canada Place and Jubilee Place. Taking place throughout the shopping malls, Canary Wharf also allows you to get in touch with your creative side with some Cooking and Cupcake Decorating with Sweet Couture, or perhaps the little ones could beautify a Treasure Chest or Love Heart Box before making their own unique Stained Glass Creations. Throughout December, children can also spend the weekends enjoying Canary Wharf’s Enchanted Mirror installation. The mirror installation provides endless fun for young ones, whilst adding to the magic and sparkle of Christmas.
Carols & Candles Service - 11th December, 5:30pm & 7:30pm
Canary Wharf hosts its annual faith service, delivered by Canary Wharf’s Chaplaincy, in the East Wintergarden for those working in and around Canary Wharf and their families.
Sing a Long a Christmas Song - 18th December, 6.30pm (doors 6pm)
Come along to the sing a long and belt out your favourite Christmas tunes, for free! Be part of Canary Wharf’s wonderful festive fever and spend a festive evening at the East Wintergarden, singing to some of the all time Christmas classics with friends and family in this new festive concert. Space is limited so come along early to avoid disappointment.
London Ice Sculpting Festival, 11th - 13th January
To welcome 2013 make sure you attend Canary Wharf’s London Ice Sculpting Festival as it showcases world-class sculpting, chiseling and carving in stunning ice displays. Over the three days professionals will compete to create impressive works of art, displaying their incredible talents for all to see. Should their work inspire you, take advantage of the free masterclasses, taking place in Canary Wharf’s shopping malls and at Wood Wharf, and learn the basic techniques of ice sculpting under the watchful eye of trained sculptors.
Those looking to warm up chilly toes should visit ROKA for their popular Weekend Brunch (a spectacular array of dishes, including Roka’s acclaimed dessert platters!), Boisdale of Canary Wharf for their ‘Christmas in Vegas’ package, Iberica Canary Wharf for Sunday’s ‘Ole Kids’ entertainment or the vertiginous Plateau Restaurant Bar and Grill which overlooks the glittering ice rink below.
Camille Waxer, Chief Administrative Officer at Canary Wharf Group plc comments: “With so much on offer for children as well as adults, Christmas is always a really exciting time for Canary Wharf. From festive fashion shows to ice skating, face painting and treasure trails, Canary Wharf is a must-visit destination in the run-up to Christmas.”
POP THE CORK! CHAMPAGNE CONNOISSEURS TAKE CENTRE STAGE AT THE ANTHOLOGIST
“My only regret in life is that I didn’t drink enough Champagne” John Maynard Keynes.
For one month only, grower Champagne connoisseurs, French Bubbles, will be launching a boutique pop-up shop, plus a series of masterclasses at The Anthologist, so City folk can indulge in their favourite tipple, Champagne!
From 15th October to 14th November, in a series of hour-long evening masterclasses, French Bubbles will share their expert knowledge, teaching you how to get to grips with grapes and the differences between regions, producers and production techniques.
For just £34.95, you’ll be able to taste three different Champagnes, with classes tailored towards different grapes and styles such as blanc de blanc, blanc de noir, rosé, demi sweet and vintage, and Champagnes on offer including Collin Blanche de Castille, Champagne Lacroix Brut 2005 and Pertoise-Moriset Rosé Grand Cru NV.
Each Champagne will be matched with carefully selected cheese or canapés, such as Thai beef skewers, tempura crispy squid, salmon ceviche and crispy shredded duck, all courtesy of The Anthologist which champions delicious, locally sourced food.
French Bubbles, who are passionate about sourcing quality Champagne from small, independent producers, will also be selling their pride and joy by the bottle, with prices starting at just £25. So if you fall in love with something you taste, you can take more of it home!
Masterclasses will be available from Monday to Wednesday at either 6pm to 7pm or 7.30pm to 8.30pm.
58 Gresham Street
London EC2V 7BB
0845 468 0101
London WC2E 7DD
MORE SIMPLY FISH IN THE SEA
Only a month since it opened its doors, Camden-based restaurant Simply Fish is already creating a stir in North London. Customers are flocking here to enjoy the relaxed, convivial atmosphere and spectacular menu of fish and seafood, delivered daily from its own merchants in Cornwall and then transformed with a range of Mediterranean, Asian and Middle Eastern influences.
Indeed Simply Fish’s user friendly and versatile concept has proved so successful that owner Chris Singham is to fast track his plans to expand the brand.
Simply Fish will open in St Paul’s on 13th February 2013, whilst a third outlet will launch in Chiswick in the summer.
“The reaction to Simply Fish has exceeded all our expectations,” reveals Singham. “Customers seem to love the flexibility of being able to choose their own fish or seafood and then deciding how they want it cooked and accompanied. Our deli offering has also been extremely well received, with time-pressed Camdenites really appreciating the extended opening hours.”
Having ‘road tested’ the Simply Fish model in Camden, Singham is confident that it will work in very varied locations. “We are naturally aware that St Paul’s, with its weekday trading and business and tourist oriented customer base, is very different to Camden, but we believe diners will be equally receptive to what we have to offer. In addition, Chiswick will also be an important development, helping us grow the brand in purely residential areas.”
Singham realises that Simply Fish may have to modify its offering to meet the needs of customers within three such distinct areas, but is adamant that its core values will remain unchanged. “What is important to us at this stage is to demonstrate Simply Fish’s versatility. We are determined not to be pigeon-holed as being suitable for a particular market only.”
Once Simply Fish has launched in St Paul’s and Chiswick, the plan is to continue to expand, not just in the capital but beyond.
You could just say that the world is Simply Fish’s oyster!
Simply Fish, 4 Inverness Street, London, NW1 7HJ ?
RESTAURANT WITHOUT RECIPES: PIPSDISH POP-UP GOES PERMANENT AT THE GARAGE
A self-styled ‘restaurant without recipes’, it’s all farm fresh ingredients, daily-invented impromptu dishes and home-cooked food with a modern twist at PipsDish @ The Garage – set in an old Citroen repair workshop.
Originally created as a temporary dining experience by former BBC producer, cook and author Philip Dundas – who penned the antidote to paint-by-numbers celebrity cookbooks, ‘Cooking Without Recipes’ – the Islington pop-up is here to see us through to the festive season. Together with his ‘kitchen soulmate’ Mary Doherty, the space has created a foodie fanfare with people returning again and again to the place where you just eat what you’re given.
Ironically, it was where Philip used to take his car to be serviced before he saw the potential of the concrete floors, exposed brickwork and vaulted corrugated roof to create a no–frills, function-over-form dining room. It provides the perfect theatre for Philip’s cooking to take centre stage. Sitting at old wallpaper pasting tables on old Sunday school chairs and benches, supper is just £30 for canapés and three courses of modern country cooking conjured up by Philip and Mary on the day. It’s bring-your-own, too, with no corkage making for a smiley supper indeed.
The creativity that takes place in the kitchen eschews lists, measurements and timing in favour of simplicity, flavour and innovation; not only does it keep things interesting for diners, but also for Philip and Mary who don’t need to replicate cookie-cutter recipes each and every night. On any given evening, diners can expect the likes of Cumbrian black-face lamb with chicory & anchovy dressing; Shorthorn boeuf bourguignon with rainbow chard; squid stuffed with chorizo & tomato sauce; spiced roast shoulder of mutton with fennel; and hake with cavalo nero & romesco. Sweet is just as good as savoury, with decadent delights such as baked plum amarettini with marscapone & vanilla ice-cream, lemon creams with shortbread and baked peach Alaska with Chantilly ice-cream. And with everything delivered from trusted Islington supplier Farm Direct, diners are assured of rare produce that is fresh, seasonal and very British.
Food isn’t the only focus at The Garage, however; above everything else is Philip’s love of people, which is exactly why on Wednesdays Philip’s team works on a social responsibility project with Age UK to provide nourishing free lunches for local Islington elderly. What’s more, the emphasis on people extends not only to what’s cooking but also the experience itself. Diners are introduced to the menu at the beginning of any given evening, with each dish explained and explored by Philip himself, and the open kitchen and shared tables lend themselves to a warm, convivial atmosphere that have most chatting as much with a stranger as with their friends. Says Philip: “The Garage is about stripping back all the barriers you find in conventional restaurants. Here it’s about people and food. How when they come together in authentic, hospitable surroundings it’s possible to create a homely dining experience with style.”
While it’s freestyle all the way in terms of food, The Garage’s four-day week does adhere to a loose schedule. Fish leaps fresh from the Cornish coast at the Thursday Fish Supper, while Friday and Saturday you can expect anything to be served, but you’ll never know until it hits the plate. “Not having a choice is what people tell us is their favourite part of the experience. It’s like going out but coming home,” says Philip. And the best of these is when all the family can gather at the epic Sunday lunches when kids under eight eat for free and those under 12 eat for half-price. The Garage is also a showcase for reclaimed furniture from vintage experts Old Albion and kitchen bric-a-brac Philip has collected over the years; and the book can be picked up for those who want to recreate similarly stress-free fare in their own home.
The Garage is just one part of the whole that makes up the PipsDish brand. With a second book in the writing and the search for more urban spaces with a twist, there is never a quiet moment for Philip. So for a culinary retreat from the city, park up at PipsDish @ The Garage this winter.
PipsDish – The Garage
133B Upper Street, N1 1QP
Tel. 07503 293 438
FALL FOR BUMPKIN’S AUTUMN MENU
For man, autumn is a time of harvest, of gathering together. For nature, it is a time of sowing, of scattering abroad." - Edwin Way Teale (Pulitzer prize winning writer)
The air is crisp, the trees are blazing with reds and oranges, and the nights are drawing in, signalling the arrival of autumn. To make the most of the seasonal glut of fruit and veg, British restaurant group Bumpkin has launched a brand new menu, filled with hearty, wholesome dishes made from the finest produce our green and pleasant land has to offer. So, wrap up warm and head to Bumpkin for cosy comfort food, guaranteed to keep your spirits high when the mercury is low.
With spots in Notting Hill, South Kensington and Westfield Stratford, the country-in-the-city style restaurants take sustainability seriously. From farm to fork, all the dishes are made using only the freshest seasonal British ingredients. Sourced from welfare-friendly farms, from the Isle of Wight to the Scottish Highlands, everything has been grown, reared and caught in harmony with the environment wherever possible, meaning it’s packed with bags of natural flavour.
Inspired by the season’s rich colours and flavours, executive chef Raymond Fulton-Corrie has created a menu bursting with feel-good dishes and reassuringly simple fare, where the bountiful, vibrant ingredients speak for themselves.
Little ones can join in too, with a dedicated children’s menu for £7.95. Pint-sized dishes include chicken casserole with creamy mashed potatoes, battered fish fingers with skin-on chips and Charter pie with free-range chicken, leeks, mushrooms and ham hock in a creamy sauce followed by a choice of ice-cream.
The onset of autumn means we bid farewell to barbeques and welcome back Sunday roasts, and there’s no better place to enjoy this very British tradition than Bumpkin. With menus starting from £17, choose between sirloin of beef from the Buccleuch Estate in Scotland, free-range whole roast chicken, outdoor reared pork loin rack or leg of grass-reared lamb, all served with a huge communal bowl of seasonal vegetables, roast potatoes and Yorkshire puddings.
Expert mixologists have created a selection of tempting tipples, made with the rich pickings of autumn fruit and berries, to keep you toasty during the colder months. Cosy concoctions include an apple and cinnamon or blackberry and mulberry martini, plum and liquorice sour and a morello cherry and chocolate martini. The environmentally friendly wine list has also undergone a revamp, with Master of Wine, Annette Scarfe sourcing an extensive selection of sustainable, organic or bio-dynamic bins. Logically listed and starting from a modest £16.95 a bottle, wines are grouped together according to depth and flavour. Supporting the blossoming English wine industry, the list also features several wines from closer to home, such as Limney Horsmonden Dry White, Gusbourne Rosé and Stopham Estate Pinot Gris.
Bumpkin Notting Hill
209 Westbourne Park Road
London, W11 1EA
Tel: 020 7243 9818
Bumpkin South Kensington
102 Old Brompton Road
London, SW7 3RD
Tel: 020 7341 0802
Bumpkin Westfield Stratford City
Westfield Stratford City
London, E20 1EN
Tel: 020 8221 9900
SUPPERCLUB PRESENTS HARDEEP SINGH
As part of their new supperclub presents evenings featuring famous chefs, celebrated DJs and performance art, celebrated chef Hardeep Singh will cook an exquisite Indian themed feast onFriday 2nd November at supperclub with a perfectly themed Bollywood themed evening of entertainment.
Hardeep will be the third chef to take up residency at supperclub after celebrity chefs Aldo Zilli and Ian Pengelley took to the kitchen to create their own individually themed menus.
Diners on the 2nd November will all enjoy the same four course culinary journey which will include signature Singh dishes such as Autumn Vegetable Pakora with Slow Roast Tomato Sauce, Seared Tandoori Scallops with Cumin Fennel Puree, Braised Oxtail with a Grapefruit and Coriander salad and Cardamom plum crumble.
In honour of Hardeep, supperclub will be themed in true Bollywood style, guests will be whisked away to the heart of Mumbai. The staff will be dressed in Saris and Bindis and there will be some fanastic Bangra dancing to get the party started.
An experimental creative platform of dancers, singers, musician and acrobats will involve and inspire guests from the moment supperclub presents starts. There will be a musical feast later on in the evening with Internationally acclaimed DJs taking to the decks. Over the last few months alone, Danny Rampling, Norman Jay, Jazzie B and resident Mercury nominated Femi Fem have played at supperclub presents
Hardeep Sing is a Scottish chef who was runner-up on the first series of Celebrity Masterchef , which led to two series for UKTV Food, New British Kitchen and Chefs And The City. He has recently been appointed a Food and Drink Ambassador for Scotland.
Since appearing on Masterchef he has released a cookery book, "Indian Takeaway", nominated for an Independent Book Award and has also written for several food publications including Olive Magazine and Observer Food Monthly.
supperclub presents Hardeep Singh
Friday, 2nd November
£49 for four courses
12 Acklam Road,
London, W10 5QZ
T: 020 8964 6600
HUSH MAYFAIR INTRODUCES REFRESHING NEW ADDITIONS TO ITS COCKTAIL MENU
Hush Mayfair, one of London’s best kept secrets and most prestigious cocktail destinations, is launching a series of specially crafted cocktail spritzers as part of its new cocktail offering in time for the new season.
Created by award-winning mixologist, Pedro Solorzano, visitors to the newly revamped Hush cocktail bar amongst the cobbled streets of Mayfair will be able to choose from a range of four spritzers including the delightfully sweet Pinot Grigio & Strawberry spritzer to the refreshingly cool Chenin Blanc & Elderflower spritzer.
In addition to the new and exclusive spritzers, guests can choose from a wide variety of drinks ensuring there is something to suit even the most unusual of tastes; from vintage champagne and molecular cocktails to a range of homemade flavoured iced teas.
Those feeling a little peckish can also try Hush’s range of tasty food bites including their indulgent Aspen Fries (chips tossed in parmesan and truffle oil) and Duck Spring Rolls - the perfect accompaniment to any drink.
Commenting on the new cocktail spritzers, Pedro says: “At the moment, spritzers are very popular and I wanted to create a series of drinks which are a little more adventurous. Whereas traditional spritzers are an acquired taste and don’t have much variation, our new range of spritzers are tailored to individual tastes in wine, giving a more personalised drinking experience.”
Hush Mayfair’s iconic cocktail lounge has recently undergone its first major reboot in over ten years. Designed by Alex Michaelis of Michaelis Boyd, the first floor cocktail lounge provides an intimate yet atmospheric setting, tucked away in the cobbled streets of Mayfair.
For more information on Hush, visit www.hush.co.uk
Hush Mayfair, 8 Lancashire Court, Brook Street, London, W1S 1EY
TORTILLA RESTAURANT GROUP ANNOUNCES THREE NEW OPENINGS: STRAND, BLUEWATER KENT AND SOUTHAMPTON Tortilla, the largest fast-casual Mexican restaurant group in the UK and Europe, is launching three new UK sites this autumn, bringing their signature California-Mexican burritos and tacos outside of London for the first time and providing an exciting new dining option that is fresh, authentic and fantastic value for money. The first new restaurant, which opened at the start of October, is located at Crown Estate’s 460 Strand site in central London, adjacent to Trafalgar Square. The other new sites, which will open in October and November, are located at Bluewater in Kent and in Hammerson’s WestQuay Shopping Centre in Southampton respectively.
Tortilla was founded by managing director Brandon Stephens, who took his inspiration from the neighbourhood taquerias of Los Angeles and San Francisco back in his native California. The first restaurant opened its doors in October 2007 and since then Tortilla has become the UK’s biggest burrito and taco chain with a reputation as one of the capital’s most up and coming restaurant groups
Brandon commented: “Burritos are healthy, affordable and nutritious, and taste fantastic. We are excited about bringing them to the good people of Kent and Hampshire - why should Londoners have all the fun?”
Russell Loveland, Senior Asset Manager at Lend Lease, co-owners and managers of Bluewater, said: "Tortilla is a great addition to the line-up of brands in Bluewater's Wintergarden, which re-opens on October 9 following a multi-million pound redevelopment. Tortilla is an exciting brand that not only provides customers with great food, but does so with a real sense of theatre. They will play a key role in the social dining experience that the Wintergarden will launch."
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*Expected in stores and online from the 8th October
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