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ROSEHIPS + RIBBONS | Natural Present Wrapping

November, 2018

If you are looking for a way to slow down frantic preparations for the festive season, natural dyeing is a beautiful process that produces equally beautiful results. Here, Ros Humphries of The Natural Dyeworks shows The Room Service how to naturally dye silk using locally foraged ingredients. The result is a spool of stunning, sustainable ribbon that will make your gift wrapping – and giving – all the more special this season.

“The best thing about natural dyeing is that it forces you to look at the nature you’re in,” explains Ros. “Every time I walk the dog, I’m monitoring what’s finishing, what’s coming in. I look for elderberries in September, sloes in October, hawthorn and rosehips in November and alder cones and acorns throughout winter. I’m so immersed in the seasons: it’s wonderful.” 

For this project, Ros – who supplies her ribbons to florists and stylists across the UK – is using rosehips. “I love rosehips,” she says. “I love their colour and they smell so good...

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WANDER | New London Restaurant

October, 2018

“I always have pavlova on the menu,” says Alexis Noble. “It’s simple, it’s light, it’s fun. It’s an Australian dish (although Kiwis might tell you otherwise.) It’s not a cheffy dish, but it just makes people super-stoked, which is essentially what we are meant to do in this industry: make people happy.”

Alexis, who is from Sydney, serves her dessert on plates by the Australian designer, Lilly Perrott. Underneath each mound of seasonal fruit, organic cream, sugar, egg whites and air, diners will find one of four Australian mammals clutching a lolly or ice-cream. It’s a combination that elevates the dish from a pleasing dessert, to an experience steeped in nostalgia.

Alexis is the chef-proprietor of Wander, a restaurant in North London that is celebrating its first birthday this weekend. Although there is whipped vegemite butter on the menu, Alexis doesn’t describe her offering as strictly Australian, rather influenced by the dining experience in Sydney. “It’s hard to define, because Australia is such...

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THE ROSE | A Boutique B&B Colouring Outside the Lines

July, 2018

The Rose sits three roads back from the sea in the coastal town of Deal. The gilt signage on the double-fronted facade reads: Family and Commercial House. It’s a handsome Victorian building that the current owners – two families with homes in the area – had coveted for some time. “I found I had a family link with the area,” says co-owner Christopher Hicks, whose great-grandfather managed the Thompson & Son Brewery, which owned The Rose up until the 1950s. A vintage enamel sign for the brewery hangs in the bar area, a testament to the building’s heritage and the story of its transformation.

On entering, there’s an immediate sense that something different is happening behind the red-brick exterior. A year ago, the owners enlisted the skills of architects Mad Atelier and interior designers Harding and Read to transform the tired high street boozer into a restaurant, lounge and eight-bedroomed hotel. Together with the owners input, they have created a vibrant, off-beat interior that defies categorisation. “We don’t...

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