MAPLE – MADE FOR A PARTY

Always keen to explore the latest new venues, we headed west to the recently opened Maple. It was a worthwhile journey and not even the lure of Westfield shopping centre could make us lose focus on our mission. Maple is the newest in a long line of quality ETM Group venues and judging by the flavours we tasted, they’ve gotten the recipe right again.

Maple Westfield

This premium venue boasts stylish furniture tastefully arranged around a bright and airy space. Shiny brewing tanks were hoisted high, reflecting the tank-fresh pedigree of the group. With lofty ceilings, booths of various sizes and ample alfresco space, we saw potential for a variety of private and corporate events. Maple would be ideal for parties, breakfast meetings, large corporate functions and private dining events alike. The staff were efficient, attentive and perfectly charming. As for the food, it was spot-on!

Maple Restaurant

We tasted the Octopus salad special and the Tuna tartare to start. These were instragram ready dishes, with the Tuna especially bringing a pleasing aesthetic to the table. Both were as delicious as they were pretty. Our herb crusted Peterhead cod was well cooked and nicely paired with gremolata and courgette. However, it was understandably overshadowed by the succulent cut of Cumbrian Longhorn Sirloin. Char-grilled to perfection and accompanied with peppercorn sauce and thick hand-cut chips, this is sure to be a crowd pleaser. A massive deconstructed Pistachio cake with chocolate fudge and crème fraiche filled whatever space we had left.

Westfield is already a popular destination with shoppers. Now that Maple has opened their doors, we anticipate the party and private dining scene may have found a new star location too. For more info on hosting your private or corporate function at Maple, get in touch with Flavour Venue Search.

Maple: Westfield Square, White City, London W12 7HB

 

CHART A COURSE TO THE SAIL LOFT

Life as a London Venue finder is certainly busy, but who says work can’t be fun? Mr Flavour and I do love a good research trip and decided to check out some riverside spots. With the chilly winter breeze nipping at our noses, we hopped on a boat to Greenwich for an afternoon of discovery and indulgence.

We picked the right day for a jaunt down the river. The Greenwich Christmas market was in full swing and Mr Flavour proved his Hunter-Gatherer status by grabbing us some warming mulled wine. We strolled along the riverfront to the pleasing tones of the Christmas Choir. Up ahead we spied the Sail Loft. This magnificent venue sits on two floors, with huge glass windows offering splendid views of the City, Canary Wharf, The 02 Arena and the mighty Thames. The interior is fittingly decorated to reflect the Maritime history of the local area. Ship-shape with lacquered woods and rigging rope, this grand and airy space invoked memories of summer holidays by the seaside, even if it was too cold to sit outside.

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We dropped anchor at the bar, crewed by the cheeriest of bar staff who were more than happy to offer drinks recommendations. Mr Flavour sipped his favourite pint of London Pride, while I sampled the English Garden cocktail. The pretty colours and flavours of  Tanqueray No. Ten Gin, cucumber and citrus were almost vivid enough to bring the Summer sun back out. With whetted appetites, we ventured upstairs to the first-floor restaurant and were shown to the table by our delightful Italian waitress.

We were so captivated by the view from our table that we barely noticed the arrival of the menu. Our starters were lovely: Grilled Squid with coconut & cauliflower purée and curry butter spliced sea and spice to create a tasting-first for us. The miso glazed Ox cheek with Jalapeno puree ticked Mr Flavour’s slow cooked and spicy boxes. We were off to a great start!

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Moving onto the mains, we chose a seasonally appropriate Gressingham crispy duck leg with potato, gin compressed blackberries and juniper jus. The rich meatiness of the duck paired beautifully with the Rioja Crianza Marques del Atrio wine. The Chalcroft Farm Beef Burger, with pulled brisket, oak smoked cheddar, chipotle ketchup and Russian Sauce belonged at the Captain’s table. Piled high with prime lean beef and juicy spiciness, I had to work fast to get a taste before Mr Flavour condemned it to the watery depths of his Leviathan belly.

Already chock-full with deliciousness, we were going to take a pass on desserts, but the tantalising menu had other ideas. We ordered a white chocolate marquis with cherry compote and the chocolate brownie with salted caramel & vanilla ice cream, dulche de leche and peanut butter crispies. Both dishes were decadently sublime and reassured us we’d be coming back again for future indulgence. Pleasantly full, we resigned ourselves to having a few more drinks as the setting sun cast a soothing orange glow over the Canary Wharf skyline. London sure looks gorgeous when viewed from The Sail Loft.

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All in all, this was a successful afternoon of discovery. We’re sure our clients will love The Sail Loft: Prime location, stunning views, tons of space, lovely food and a tasteful Maritime theme. It’s no wonder they’re so popular. With our mission complete, we set sail into the crisp winter darkness, charting a course for the nearest pub. Anchors away!

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http://www.sailloftgreenwich.co.uk/

The Sail Loft
11 Victoria Parade
London, SE10 9FR
020 8222 9310

 

 

GREAT TIMES AT GREENWOOD

Fridays generally mean dressing down and an early finish for most Londoners. In the world of Mr & Mrs Flavour Friday means work, work, work. Fortunately, our work is all about discovering London’s coolest venues. So, I headed to Victoria for a fact-finding client lunch at the majestic Greenwood.

This mega-venue dwells within the Nova building at Victoria and is a mixture of pub, restaurant and sports lounge set across 2 giant floors. I certainly had my work cut out, in a good way of course. We met at the bar for a fizzy Friday Prosecco and a catch up on all things events related.

Following such a busy week, we deserved a hearty reward and I’d heard the food here was great. Apparently, I’d heard correctly! I was craving something crispy and opted for the Chilli squid with aioli. It was perfectly fresh and satisfying, even better with a chilled glass of Picpoul. My client was suitably impressed with her saucy Korean chicken wings with sesame seeds. I couldn’t help but take one from her plate, Mr. Flavour would have helped himself to a few more.

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The menu has a tempting selection of pizza and burgers, but I’d heard Greenwood sources the freshest fish. With this in mind, I chose to tuck in to Teriyaki Salmon with broccoli, bean sprouts and red pepper. True enough, the fish was beautifully moist and tasted absolutely delicious. My companion enjoyed a Falafel burger with harissa, tahini mayo and grilled halloumi. She described it as being subtly seasoned with an exotic warmth. I’ll be trying that next time!

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As a Friday treat, we decided to order the European cheese board, quince chutney and oats. We chose to forgo the obligatory port, opting instead for 2 naughty Espresso Martinis. They shake them just right at Greenwood!

With our hungers sated, we were given the grand tour of the establishment. The ground floor is made up of the main bar and lounge area, plus some swanky private spaces of varying sizes, available to hire privately. We headed upstairs to check out the Sports lounge, complete with shuffleboards, pinball machines, several TV screens and 2 American 8 ball pool tables. I still have a pool trophy at home and have shown Mr. Flavour who’s boss on many occasions. However, there was no time for pool today as work was calling. I can’t wait to come back to spend a lot more time at this exciting and versatile venue.

Greenwood

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Greenwood
Pub, Restaurant & Sports Lounge

170 Victoria Street
London, SW1E 5LB
www.greenwoodlondon.com

GRACE HALL TRULY DOES HAVE IT ALL

We do love discovering exciting places and London is never short of fresh adventure. We’d heard about a new event venue opening and we were there with bells (and cameras) on. Our good friend and talented photographer Vojtech Bartonicek helped us capture the spectacle of Grace Hall.

We popped in to see this event-specific space on their launch day. After a quick glass of bubbly, we were taken on a tour and Vojtech absorbed the beauty of this place through his lens.

Grace Hall Hire

Grace Hall breathes new life into the former Grace & Co Bank building. The tasteful art deco stylings are testament to its history of wealth. The Main Hall boasts high ceilings, bolstered by mighty pillars rooted on a lavish marble floor. A beautiful setting for memorable weddings, impressive launch parties and spectacular dinners.

Descend into the Grace Below room, this one will really impress your guests. The visually striking wallpaper teems with life; a beautiful tapestry of vivid foliage that made us want to redecorate our home immediately. This room can be set for long lunches, dinners and cocktail receptions guaranteed to dazzle your lucky invitees.

Grace Hall Wedding Venue

We scaled the spiral staircase to find the Director’s Observatory. This gorgeous room features an ornate window overlooking the historic Leadenhall Market. You can gather here for private dining experiences, meetings and more intimate events.

Grace Hall London

You can bank on Grace Hall being perfect for special occasions.

Fancy booking Grace Hall for your unique event? Flavour Venue Search is ready to help you with all your venue finding requirements. www.flavourvenuesearch.com

Big thanks to photographer Vojtech Bartonicek for getting some beautiful shots on the day. If you’re looking for a savvy snapper with a keen eye, contact him on: www.photovb.com