Somewhere between hunting lodge and horsebox, our private dining room is tantamount to a country escape. Secluded from hubbub of the Cafe but for a couple of grazing horses, the space seats up to 14 for meetings, meals, parties and whatever you might not like to share with everyone else.
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What we're listening to
With the sun out and the bank holiday barely a roof-terrace away, we couldn’t resist making a list of daytime, bouncy fun tunes. Swimming pool disco or something like that.
So happy you’d think Cyndi Lauper had been let loose in the ball room at Ikea.
Tell us what you like, share your favourite tracks, or send us a list and we’ll stick it up.
No holds barred fridge adulteration from all around. Lonely, abandoned fridges. Bountiful fridges. Funny fridges. Fridges with people in them. On them. Fridges on adventures and fridges that once were but maybe aren’t anymore.
There are a lot fridges. Image quality ranges from phone snap to breathtaking. Worth ten minutes of time wasting particularly if you’re avoiding spending too much time near yours this month.
In the morning
When once we only saw 9am on the wrong side of a night out, now the promise of fluffy pancakes, Eggs Royale and flat whites somehow keeps us all in line. Oh, and a chorizo hash brown for when it all goes horribly wrong.
M-F: 7.30am to 12pm
S-S: 9am to 11.30am
S-S: 11.30am to 4pm
M-F: 12pm to 3.30pm
S-S: 12pm to 4pm
M-S: 6pm to 10pm
Sun: 6pm to 9.30pm
All day menu available throughout the afternoon.
ON AN ON, MON 20th MAY
How convenient that our new favourite nFS band have a gig in London, just as we’ve discovered them off the back of a SXSW playlist (obviously not actually off the back of SXSW, we’re not that cool). Formed from the relics of the now-defunct indie poppers Scattered Trees, we’re much happier with their new sound of rolling snares and scratchy distortion.
Though Cargo on a Monday night isn’t the most inspiring venue, it’s got pretty good sound, a top-notch garden and one of those fun ID-scanner machines that projects your angry DVLA endorsed picture to everyone before the big check mark to tell them you’re definitely old.
There’s bacon, a boss name and the opportunity to say “on the halfshell” without referring to Ninja Turtles. Ranking up there in the awesome stakes.
6 large Cherrystone clams
20g lardons of pancetta
20g chopped red pepper
10ml olive oil
1 tsp chopped parsley
1 clove chopped garlic
1 finely chopped shallot
25g grated parmesan
- Melt the butter in the olive oil, add the pancetta and cook gently until soft.
- Add the red pepper, shallot and garlic, and cook without colouring.
- Add breadcrumbs and cook until soft.
- Take off the heat and add the parsley and parmesan once cool.
- Steam the clams open and remove half of the shell, top with breadcrumb mixture and bake for 10 min.
FUCK YOUR NOGUCHI COFFEE TABLE
Someone’s grumpy. Well grumpy. It’s the equivalent of 23 year old art students getting up in your face about their Dalston not being what it used to be. (On that note, Vice has some suggestions for where we might find Nouveau E8)
But, even if these artistically-accidentally staged homes make you want to rearrange your bookshelves by Pantone colour rather than fly-tip all your belongings in favour of a 3-piece DFS job, you won’t be able to quiet that little voice telling you these design trends have been ruined for you forever.
The official blog of 8 Faces magazine is a love letter to beautiful typography and lettering wherever it may appear: in lighting, on postcards, crockery, bath bombs, saws and, of course, as bikes.
Makes you remember it’s not always what you say, but how you say it.
DAILY CAKE QUOTIENT
Everyday, our kitchen brings us a jar of cookies. Or sometimes a pretty little cake stand with a banana loaf. Macaroons. Meringues. Depends how they’re feeling. But everyday, regardless, there is a new batch of home made treats to eye up on your way in and have with a cup of tea.
At the sharing table
WHO DID YOU MEET?
Once upon a time, we chatted to strangers, brought jams to neighbours in times of plenty and said hello to passersby. We hear it still happens up North.
We also hope one might choose to shoot the breeze with fellow diners at the sharing table. Maybe you might debate current affairs; maybe you share a secret haunt; maybe you might just pass the pepper.
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THE BRIDE & THE BACHELORS, 'til 9th JUNE
As any GCSE year art student knows, Marcel Duchamp’s ‘objet trouvé’ was one of the most game-changing moments of 20th century art. Rather than exploring his legacy to the art scene, this exhibition examines his relationship to four influential men: composer, John Cage, choreographer, Merce Cunningham, and visual artists Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns.
Each artist encountered Duchamp’s work early on in their careers and used key elements in their own practice, giving way to the advent of Pop Art.
Cleverly arranged by contemporary French artist Philippe Parreno, the show combines art, dance, music, theatre and film in a dynamic, multi-disciplinary experience with key pieces from each artist and live dancey-type events on Thursdays.
NEW ORLEANS FIZZ
Frothy and light, rich and then some. The key is in the shaking.
50ml Beefeater gin
30ml double cream
15ml lemon juice
15ml lime juice
20ml egg white
2 drops orange flower water
2 drops orange bitters
5ml vanilla sugar
Shake together everything but the soda over cubed ice. Then shake a bit more. HARD. Strain into a highball (no ice) and top up with soda.