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In the Press | E N K I
Thrilled to bits to be featured in the wonderful Enki – the home of design & architecture – this month & in their beautiful blog as well.
“Founded by Sophie Coryton, a former barrister and mother of two with a penchant for travel, good food and impeccable design, The Room Service is a website you’ll definitely need to bookmark this spring…”
Read the full article HERE and have a peek at the beautiful pieces from Otis Ingrams, Lucia Fraser, Nicole Heidaripour, John Julian and Ren London that they wanted to put on their wish list.
Thank you, lovely Enki. x
Book of the Month | The Golden Thread by Kassia St Clair
I whooped with delight when I found this beautiful book under my Christmas tree – a present from the ever-so-lovely Nix and Orla of Harding & Read. As I untied the red ribbon and unfurled the brown paper it was perfectly wrapped in, I knew straight away that this book would be my perfect fireside companion for the coming winter nights. I had admired its beautiful cover in Foyle’s only weeks before and put it on my Christmas list as soon as I heard it being read on Radio 4 as their Book of the Week, to much aplomb.
When we talk of lives hanging by a thread, being interwoven, or part of the social fabric, we are part of a tradition that stretches back many thousands of years. Fabric has allowed us to achieve extraordinary things and survive in unlikely places, and this book shows us how – and why. With a cast which includes Chinese empresses, Richard the Lionheart, Bing Crosby – even Michael Phelps – Kassia...
Timeless Interiors Part I | Interview with Tiffany Duggan
We asked four friends of The Room Service to nominate an interior from any age that they would define as “timeless” – and to tell us what they would love from The Room Service collection for their own spaces in 2019.
Tell us about your favourite timeless interior, and why do you love it so much?
When it comes to timeless interiors, I immediately thought of Carolina Irving’s supremely stylish apartment in Paris. It is one of my all time favourites and is an absolute masterclass in the art of layering. It is a look which appears to have evolved over time, a heart-felt collection of textiles, furniture and artwork which tell the story of the owner in a riot of colour and pattern.
By mixing periods and styles in a way that feels cohesive and considered yet totally relaxed, the space feels personal without looking overly staged. Ruffled skirts, chintz, mudcloth, ikat, antiques, ceramics and objet are all thrown...
ROSEHIPS + RIBBONS | Natural Present Wrapping
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...
STIR UP SUNDAY | Nigel Slater Christmas Pud Recipe
The Christmas Chronicles. Nigel Slater describes this wonderful gem of a book as ‘notes, stories & recipes for midwinter‘. In our house we call it the ‘Christmas Cooking Bible’. Seriously, no kitchen should be without it at Christmas, or from October onwards. Find over a hundred recipes for warming dinners, quick midweek meals and Christmas classics. There are midwinter cakes and baking, mincemeat and puddings, vegetarian suppers, the Christmas roasts, crisp winter salads, main course soups, pickles, chutney and marmalades. All mouthwateringly delicious, heartwarming and food for the soul.
Most importantly as the time has come for ‘Stir Up Sunday‘ – the centuries old tradition of spending the last Sunday before advent stirring up one’s Christmas Pudding – there is a recipe for the main event: The Christmas Pudding. Get your wooden spoon at the ready and start stirring…
Nigel Slater’s Christmas Pudding
WANDER | New London Restaurant
“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...
C R A E F T | Our Book Of The Month
It’s official. We’re captivated by Craeft – and by Alexander Langlands. A regular face on television, you may know him from the BBC or Channel 4, but we stumbled across this wonderful archaeologist, historian, writer and broadcaster at the Port Eliot Literature Festival.
One of the reasons this glorious festival happens to be our hands-down-favourite festival – year on year – is because of the promise of speakers just like Alexander. For 45 minutes we were swept away into Alexander’s glorious search of the mysterious lost meaning of cræft. Through a vibrant series of mini-histories, told with his trademark energy and charm – both in his book and on the stage – he resurrected ancient craftspeople who fused exquisite skill with back-breaking labour and passionately defended the renewed importance of cræft today. We were enchanted with tales of weaving, bee-keeping, thatching and basket-making – not least his own personal endeavours to learn and master these skills.
In Craeft, Alexander reminds us that, in a period of meaningless mass manufacturing, our growing appetite for hand-made objects, artisan...
S U N D O W N E R S | With An Organic Twist
Weather this balmy calls for sundowners. There is no two ways about it. The sound of the ice cubes clinking immediately soothes your soul and you can’t help but smile as something delicious puts into your mouth to mark the end of the day.
We don’t want to make just any sundowners though, we want to tickle tastebuds in ways they have previously only dreamed of – so we turned to our old friend Chef Dan Cox – Roux-Scholar, formerly executive chef at Fera at Claridge’s, master of all things delicious and organic – to help us conjure up the perfect drinks.
The First: The Rhubarb Spice.
A non-alcoholic sundowner crafted with organic ingredients and Seedlip: the world’s first distilled – and organic – non-alcoholic spirit, served in some of the world’s best cocktail bars, Michelin starred restaurants & luxury hotels. As you might expect, this was just our cup of tea.
50ml Seedlip Spice 94
30ml Rhubarb Shrub
80ml Ginger Ale
THE ROSE | A Boutique B&B Colouring Outside the Lines
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...
NORDIC FEASTING | A Supper Club by Caro x Hana
We love a good collaboration, and this might be our favourite of the summer so far: Caro x Hana. Otherwise known as Natalie – the creative brains behind the wonderful concept store Caro in Bruton – and the super-talented stylist Hana Snow. Everything that these ladies touch is beautiful and effortlessly stylish, and their first event together- a Nordic Supper at The Space at Caro in Bruton – was no exception.
A feast for the senses and a feast for the soul in equal measure, this was more than just a supper party. Inspired by windswept walks through Nordic forests, finishing on a grass-strewn beach, it was a considered journey through a Nordic landscape which was beautifully reflected in everything from the ingredients used to craft the menu and the pieces that graced the table.
The linen napkins had been slowly dyed with cloves, a key ingredient to the menu for the evening; the restorative Nordic fare was the perfect Husmanskost – a natural and honest...