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National Coffee Day celebrate South Indian Coffee

During the Christmas break I travelled to South India and as an avid coffee drinker was delighted to see the coffee plantations and find out a little more about growing coffee. One of the main area’s within southern India for coffee growing is Wayanad which is an area known for its national parks, wild elephants […]

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fresh honey dessert

Fenchurch bees & honey

Believe it or not we have 2 hives on the roof at our venue at Fenchurch Place and last week I was fortunate enough to get a visit. So after getting kitted out with my full bee keepers outfit, ensuring every zip and piece of skin was covered out we went onto the roof for […]

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Ethos vegetarian eating in the West End

  We are always striving to keep up with the London trends and make sure our offerings in the venues reflect that. Today we visited a brand new opening on Eastcastle Street in town and the entire menu is vegetarian, but as they state on their web site this isn’t your average falafel, risotto fare this food […]

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Inspirational dining trip to Peruvian restaurant Andina in Shoreditch

On Thursday 7th January ’16 the chefs from our Monument venue went out for lunch to get some inspiration and ideas for the upcoming months menus for Monument. With the emphasis of catering for the healthy eaters and special dietary needs in mind, we chose to visit Andina, a Peruvian restaurant in Shoreditch. We were […]

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Shoreditch Food Tour

Working at etc venues 155 Bishopsgate and being right on the doorstep of shoreditch it’s absolutely criminal that none of us had taken time to visit it’s nooks and crannies.  The last food tour some of our chefs took was in Soho and all of us guys missed out on that tour as business comes […]

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3 simple Cep’s

Its been a while since i have posted on the blog and now is a very exciting time to kick start again.  The mushroom foraging season has kicked off this weekend. Yaldy! Last weekend I paid a quick visit to a few favourite spots to check if we had any activity and speaking to good […]

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Hannah’s Mad Hatter Tea Party Experience

If you want to experience a magical afternoon whilst indulging in the most exquisite afternoon tea; Mad Hatters Afternoon Tea at the Sanderson Hotel is definitely worth a try!   Upon entering the courtyard, you are surrounded by the most wonderful tea stands and bespoke crockery created by Luna & Curious.   Once seated you […]

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Afternoon tea at The Royal Crescent Hotel

Meeting up with an old friend who I first met over 30 years ago deserved a special place for a reunion so we decided to spend the weekend in Bath and to treat ourselves to a Champagne afternoon tea. After looking at various options such as The Pump House and Bailbrook House we decided to […]

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“Not Afternoon Tea” @ OXO Tower

On Sunday, myself and some friends went to the Oxo Tower for their ”Not Afternoon Tea” which is their alternative offer to traditional high tea – you choose a dessert plate from a list of four and it is served with a bespoke cocktail that compliments the items on your chosen plate. The choices which were presented on an ‘Alice […]

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IACC Copper Skillet Competition

Our Marble Arch venue had the pleasure of hosting the annual IACC Copper Skillet cooking competition on Friday afternoon. The venue’s restaurant was transformed into a master chef like kitchen with various stations and a selection of condiments, ingredients and herbs for the chefs to choose from. 20 chefs entered the competition including 4 of […]

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