On Saturday we enjoyed a mega feast of beer, food and cheese at the Tap Room at London Field's Brewery, I don't think I've ever drank or eaten so much all at the same time. They invited me for a meal for two in exchange for some pictures I gave them from an event I went to last year and my gosh were our bellies full by the end of it.
We ate and drank so much and of such variety that I'm not sure I can talk about each thing individually for fear of my belly grumbling too much but the porter poached hot dog, deep fried mushy peas with goats cheese and the banoffee pot were real stand outs for me. Steven loved the cider braised puy lentils with the goats cheese and he thought the pairing of the cheeses with the beer were really spot on. The chef spoke to me about what she is doing with the menu - simple British food but with attention to detail - and where she wants the direction of the Tap Room to go and it sounds so exciting, she is SO passionate about what she does, it was very inspiring. The majority of their menu has beer in it at some point, whether its beer batter for the onion rings or beary cheese on toast and the beer pairings on the menu are really useful too, I often find it can be a little overwhelming when going into a brewery and knowing what to order.
The Tap Room's is really a lovely place to go and just have a drink too, it can get pretty full and loud at certain points especially after a brewery tour but it doesn't last too long, it's definitely one of East London's little treasures.
*I'd just like to point out that although I got this meal for free, I was in no way obliged to write a blog post on it. I did because it was really good and we had such a good time that I wanted to tell you all so you make sure you go. So go!
On Saturday morning I was lucky enough to visit Aldwych underground station as part of a Google City Expert's event (thanks for organising Zoë!). The station stopped running services in 1994 and has since been used in a number of film and TV shows - included Creep, Mr Selfridge, Sherlock and the video for Prodigy's Fire Starter, I'll not give too much away incase you manage to get a ticket (be quick, they sell like hot cakes!) but it was a really interesting tour with plenty to see. Before I went I read on so many websites that they are very strict on people taking photos and you're only allowed to take a phone camera, so I left my camera at home but the two lovely ladies who did the tour were very relaxed and allowed us to snap away as much as we wanted, I'm not sure if every tour is so lucky. I loved the old posters on the platform level and did a little gasp when I saw them but alas they are not original, they were left there after some filming as they are in keeping with the station but we were assured that they are authentic posters from that time (1942 I believe?). I'm glad I've managed to tick it off the list, I never thought I would as I've never been quick enough to get a ticket - and at £25 too!
London, every time you start wearing me down you really know how to pick me back up again.
Ohhh lovely long weekend, where did you go?
After visiting family up in Yorkshire for a couple of days (just look at that view!) we were a little burnt out and mainly pottered around eating all the chocolate that crossed our paths, I ate so much I can't look at it any more. For the first time in a long time I tried a new recipe out, I made creamy spaghetti with red onion, quorn and tomatoes, it felt very special as we never have creamy pasta. I think I may have started something I'm going to regret...
Steven got himself a beautiful new camera, I'm looking forward to more pictures of us both and all the little bits I miss because my camera is too heavy to lug about. I'm really excited to get my hands on it too!
Hope you had a good Easter break, only a four day week ahead of us, be strong!
Holy crap, the wedding I photographed in Spain last year for our friends Amy and Terry is featured on Rock n Roll Bride today. I found out a few weeks ago this was happening and have been struggling to keep my trap shut as I really really didn't want to jinx it, but here it is and now I want to tell everyone who will listen.
I'm so happy that the first (and only) wedding I have photographed has been featured, obviously the majority of it is owed to Terry and Amy looking pretty darn suave but I'm over the moon that my pics are on there!
Their wedding was of epic DIY proportions which needs to be shared with the world and I'm so glad it has been - the 3 tiered cake of cheese, her beautiful dress (and shoes!) and all the delicious food her mum cooked for all the guests, pop over and have a read about their day in more detail.
I'm so pleased they let me photograph their wedding even though they knew I hadn't done one before, it was pretty daunting (for both of us!) but I learnt so much and looking back on the pictures I'd do a few things differently which has definitely put me in good stead for the weddings I'm photographing later this year, I'm so excited!
I'm really hoping there are many more to come too...
This weekend mainly involved visiting a venue for a wedding I'm photographing later this year, the building and the grounds are so beautiful and I'm very excited to shoot here. I met the family afterwards and they were just the sweetest and so very welcoming, I know their day is going to be just perfect.
Other than that I had a pretty quiet one and suddenly it's Monday morning again, this year is just flying by.
Only a four day week though... we can do this!
Continuing with my 'bloggers at their desk' project, the lovely Flora from The Accidental Londoner kindly let me into her beautiful flat to take a few pictures of her. The light was so bright and natural and because she blogs in a few places around her flat we were able to try out different areas to see which worked best.
It was so nice getting to know Flora - that's the thing with meeting fellow bloggers for the first time, you feel like you've been friends for years!
If you would like to take part in my bloggers at their desk project (just a few pictures of you at your desk), then please do get in touch - I'm really hoping to make it a big, ongoing project and would love as many as possible to take part.
Barnyard is the newest restaurant to grace Charlotte Street which is a firm favourite of mine in Central, it's super cool inside - bearded waiters, wooden seats/walls/floors and a meat heavy menu. They have sneaky cocktails on the menu disguised as shandies and some seriously tasty chicken, so good that I woke up thinking about it this morning. The sausage roll was ok, nothing special which I was a little disappointed with but the piccalilli was really good. Not only was the food pretty special but I loved the atmosphere and how friendly the staff were. I'd definitely recommend going but get there early as when we left at around 7.30 the guy on the door had already got the dreaded waiting list clipboard out.