AUTUMN NEWS 2018
Introducing New trouser brands Toni and Brax
Animal print, modesty dressing, tweed and checks, boots
FASHION TRENDS Autumn Wedding Dilemmas
Letter from Annie
Autumn fashion week
Marc Cain roadshow
Joseph Ribkoff shows
Two new trouser labels
Autumn Wedding Dilemmas
Dressing across the generations
Connock - The beauty of discovery
Front cover by Luisa Cerano
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Editors Letter Having had such a fabulous summer, in a way I am looking forward to the autumn. The changing colours in the landscape are always reflected in the clothes but this autumn there is a real fashion element to the collections. That may sound a little odd as we are a fashion business but sometimes you get coasting seasons where a particular trend takes hold and stays for a few years. This autumn there’s a difference. Noticeable key fashion looks that you can embrace wholeheartedly or dip a toe in the water until you feel comfortable with it. You can see our season’s highlights on page 6. Our big birthday feature continues, this time with Jacky reflecting on turning 50.
The hotel has not only travelled around the world with the theme nights but our monthly Friday drinks offer (6-8pm) has been a very popular start to the weekend with Prosecco, Pimms and white Sangria all making an appearance. Look out for September and October offers on our website. Bread is baked daily in the hotel and pastry chef Amina gives us one of her delicious bread recipes to create at home (page 33).
Anne Furbank Director
Richard Furbank Director
Debbie Daniels Sales Director
Rebecca Furbank Managing Director PS I did make it paddle boarding!
Jacky Maskell Assistant Manager
This autumn I will be: • Walking the Inn Way in the Yorkshire Dales • Definitely wearing checks • Adding brocade to my footwear 4
Editor: Rebecca Furbank Design & Print: Right Click Creative www.rightclickcreative.co.uk
It wouldn’t be me if I didn’t set myself a challenge for my birthday and so at the end of the year I am cycling in Cambodia. While cycling is not really my thing I am starting to put in the miles because I have no doubt this will be a truly wonderful experience.
I have to confess I wasn’t looking forward to being 70. I had two choices - bury my head in the sand until the day passed or make it an excuse to have some fun. So have some fun I did and by doing so I came to realise that really it is just another day.
When I am not in the shop you will see me on my bike!
I was still the same person I was at 69 and 364 days! The birthday celebrations started the day before my birthday with a night out with the girls from the shop, continued the next day with a lovely lunch with close family and friends and carried on at the end of May with a fabulous family trip on our narrow boat.
Pat in 2018
Spotted... Patricia Litchfield celebrated her 70th birthday this year with a big party for family and friends. She wanted a special dress and, as she likes to dance, wanted one that she could feel comfortable in on the dance floor. She chose to have an Olvi dress made for her with a few little personal tweaks so that it was just perfect for her occasion. There were many fabulous pictures taken on the evening but this one semi re-creates one that was taken when she was 18 - although this time round she didn’t fancy getting down on the floor!
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Pat in 1966
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Fashion Week Key looks, styles and colours
As with every season the fashion brands like to introduce a newness, an exciting lift to our wardrobes. It doesn’t mean to say that all the items in your wardrobe have to follow the trend but it is a great way to freshen up what you already have.
Brush off any preconceptions you may have about animal print because it is back and it is big and bold. You will have seen it on the catwalks of Paris and London from the likes of Calvin Klein, Givenchy and Tom Ford. We’ve picked it up from Marc Cain, Gerry Weber and Marc Aurel.
The trends this season are broad enough to capture everyone’s heart, it’s up to you which direction you take it or whether you go the whole hog and embrace all the elements. Here are the key trends we have seen from catwalk to collection that are ready to take the leap into your wardrobe.
brush off any preconceptions you may have about animal print because it is back and it is big and bold.
Modesty dressing Hemlines have lengthened slightly and necklines have moved up with rollnecks and bowed blouses. Tailored jackets are teamed with jeans and casual trousers to give a modest deconstructed suiting look. Riani and Oui are doing this look really well with Oui adding athleisure stripes to suit trousers to give an even more sporty look.
You will have seen it on the catwalks of Paris and London.
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Tweed and checks This has got to be one of the big trends for the autumn. Take your pick which piece you choose to embrace the trend. Jackets, trousers, skirts and even knitwear have the heritage look about them. Luisa Cerano, as seen on our front cover, softens the tweed look with pretty floral prints on dresses and blouses.
Tweed and checks â€“ this has got to be one of the big trends for the autumn.
Can boots really be an autumn fashion trend? Absolutely! They have moved from not only being an essential, functional part of the autumn wardrobe but a fashion statement in themselves. Patent toe caps and metallic heels from Michael Kors add glamour, as do satin bows from Kennel & Schmenger.
Monday 10th - Saturday 15th September
We can tempt you with images in our magazine but the pages are limited and there is no better way to see the new seasonâ€™s collections than in the flesh. So for true inspiration across the brands join us at one of our catwalk shows during our Autumn Fashion Week. There are two shows on each of the catwalk days, one at 10am and one at 2pm â€“ Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. Please note it is the MARC CAIN ROADSHOW on Wednesday and there are no shows on Thursday.
You can reserve your seat by calling the shop on 01480 811333 or emailing email@example.com
For those who received our wonderful leather card and coin purse last autumn you will be delighted to read that we have beautiful leather tassel to match. The tassel can be used as a keyring or bag adornment and comes in its specially designed box for Anne Furbank.
To receive yours during our fashion week, simply book your seat at one of the shows and it will be waiting on the chair for you.
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Bang in the middle of our Autumn Fashion Week the Marc Cain Roadshow is coming to town. On Wednesday 12th September the team from Germany will be arriving in Buckden to give all you Marc Cain lovers your own runway show. This is your chance to see the Autumn collections as they arrive in store as well as being treated like a celebrity at London Fashion Week with Marc Cain fizz, music and professional compere talking you through the collections.
We will also have direct access to their stockrooms for any special orders and there will be a wonderful Marc Cain gift with any purchase made on the day.
This event is popular so do make sure you book your seat by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling the shop on 01480 811333
Autumn Collections Leo Love 10
Leopard print is a key feature in Leo Love but, mixed with Millefleurs prints and modern plaid, the fusion is truly expressive. Dresses, jackets, trousers and coats in leopard print give you so many options on how feline you want to go.
Autumn Sport Game On
Circle and Lines Eye-catching reds blend perfectly with the corals from the Catwalk collection and add graphic circle and line prints over a background of clay and panna colours. Dresses play an important part in this collection along with beautiful lightweight wool coats.
Snakes in vibrant patterns slither through the striking sporty styles, weaving their way through graphic lines and shining sequins in a modern colour combination of green, dusty rose, black and white. Down jackets, sweatshirts and sweat dresses are key looks along with techno-stretch trousers and zip up jackets.
I Wanna Rock Catwalk Aptly named, as playful cats embellish tunics, trousers and skirts in exciting fresh colours for the autumn of coral, smoky blue and orange. This modern play on colours is featured in monochrome looks and harmonious colour mixes with cute kitty prints.
The king of the animal kingdom, the lion, hits the spotlight in this collection. Lush velvet and chiffon dresses add the softness to the wildness of the lion print. Parkas, biker style jackets and sporty cotton tops add to the whole clash of fabrics and styles.
Electric Blue This radiant shade of blue helps create a striking, feminine, powerful look. Sweater dresses and midi skirts feature and studs decorate twinsets and jersey dresses. Hot pink adds a punch of colour and flashes of lime shine through on the prints.
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fashion Who knows what the weather gods will bring us this September? A month of transition between seasons. We could be spoilt with some glorious warm days as the summer tries to cling on but invariably as the weeks progress and the days get shorter, autumn does start to take hold. So what does this mean for our wardrobe? Think ‘transition’. You don’t need to jump into hibernating under black clothes just yet. In fact, this season the brands have made it easier to make that transition from summer to autumn as there is still colour around. Corals and greens arrive with some of the earlier autumn collections and there are some fabulous floral prints in soft pinks and sage greens.
Even the knitwear has lightness about it with Repeat adding stars and hearts to some of their sweaters. Boots will undoubtedly start to be worn but then for a lot of people that is a blessing from a comfort point of view!
fashion As October hits, this is the time to be bold with monochrome blacks and whites, particularly as checks are a real trend this season. Feel free to keep it a very clean look with a sharp black polo neck but if you want to have a bit of fun add in the strong colours of deep purple and emerald green. Itâ€™s also a good month to invest in a new winter bag, with oxblood being this seasonâ€™s new colour to have. Both Abro and Michael Kors feature the colour so, bag or purse, you will find something to suit.
Joseph Ribkoff continues to be one of ours, and your favourites. It’s secret? Great design and great fit. Anyone who has been to one of our Ribkoff fashion shows will have heard me say that it really does go across the ages and the sizes. My daughter, Alex, is a big fan and at the age of 19 she has plenty more shopping years with Ribkoff left in her. My mum at the age of 75 is also a fan and looked fabulous in her Ribkoff dress at her niece, (Eve’s), 18th. My mum, Linda, with my brother, Matt.
I don’t know how Joseph Ribkoff manage to create clothes that have such broad appeal but they do - and we are very happy that they do! As soon as you try Ribkoff you will go back to the brand again and again. Wonderfully comfortable, very striking, easy care and perfect for packing. With deliveries coming in all year round there is always something new to look at but with autumn on our doorstep there is an excuse to add something new to the wardrobe. We thought you might like a bit of inspiration, so on Saturday 8th September join us for our Joseph Ribkoff shows, one at 10am and one at 2pm. You need to reserve your seat.
to view the new season Joseph Ribkoff on the catwalk at Anne Furbank.
SATURDAY 8TH SEPTEMBER SHOWS AT 10AM AND 2PM Book your seats by calling 01480 811333 or emailing email@example.com Alex (second from the right) with her friends in her Ribkoff trousers.
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Two new trouser brands – introducing Toni and Brax
As we wave goodbye to Michele we give a very warm welcome to two new trouser brands, Toni and Brax. Toni is a German trouser label that has been around since 1834 and although it has been very popular on the continent it has never ventured across the channel to establish itself in the UK. Now, under the wing of Cathy Vandeputte at the Partners in Fashion Agency, this is likely to change. Cathy, as many of you know, has been to the shop each year for our ‘Trouser Day’ representing the Michele brand, I knew exactly what was needed when a replacement brand had to be found.
‘I am very confident and excited that Toni is the ideal replacement for Michele. They have been contacting us for a number of years to represent them in the UK but out of loyalty to Michele we couldn’t introduce the brand,’ said Cathy.
Toni’s history speaks for itself. They have a wide range of fabrics and fits; ‘the fabrics used are of the highest quality with premium denims and premium wools; they have certain styles they carry all year round; the fits cater for all shapes and sizes and their colour palette is very extensive,’ said Cathy. The Relaxed by Toni is a sub collection of the Toni brand and concentrates on the comfort aspect with all styles having an invisible elastic waistband and slightly more generous thigh measurement.
I am very confident and excited that Toni is the ideal replacement for Michele
Anne-Lydia Halewood has been working for Brax for 20 years. Before moving over to the wholesale side, Anne-Lydia started her career in retail, working for Benetton, managing shops in Swansea and Cambridge and then training as a buyer with House of Fraser and moving to buy for Fenwicks in Bond Street. Brax are a huge global brand with a turnover of 317 million euros, a brand that has stood the test of time, originating in 1888.
â€˜What I love about Brax is it never stands still. It is always looking to the future , with new innovations in technology, exclusive fabrics and designs to cope with the ever changing market but always keeping an eye on its core strengths of quality and fit using beautiful materials to create a smart and stylish collection,â€™ said Anne-Lydia.
With both brands we know we have a fantastic choice of trousers to suit all shapes, sizes and needs
From jeans through to tailored bottoms and the great quality we would expect from all our brands.
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Autumn wedding dilemmas
Cold Church Make sure your coat is as fabulous as your outfit. Christina Felix and the re-birth of Basler will add glamour to an outfit and you will feel cosy warm to boot!
We try and solve them
Black – yes or no?
Annie in D’exterior
It depends on who you talk to. Most experts now say that, as guest of a wedding you can wear black as long as it has style. As a ‘mother of’, all over black isn’t such a good idea but monochrome black/white or black/ stone can look very sheek and stylish.
Black Tie Wedding – long or short? Either is the simple answer. Unless the invitation specifies long you can do short but make sure it is glamorous. Add sparkle and choose luxurious fabrics like velvet and fur and you won’t go wrong.
Winter colours It doesn’t have to be a colourless affair - purples, reds, berry and electric blue are all great colours for autumn/winter weddings.
Skincare As the seasons change remember to keep your skin in tip top form. Exfoliate and moisturise to avoid dry skin and chapped lips.
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Jacky on being... I remember the hot summer of 1976, I was 9! My Nan taking me to Stevenage town to buy my Mum an evening bag for her special 30th birthday. ‘How old!’ I thought. What is even funnier is that my Nan would only have been in her 60’s herself. Where have those years gone?! I was very lucky to still have grandparents well in to my 40’s, so I hope to have many years ahead of me too. I was a chef by trade but in 1993, when I met my husband, I’d had enough of that, so with my parents help I started my own business selling home accessories & gifts. I loved interior design and was passionate about the products and service. I worked a seven day week, six in the shop and one travelling to wholesalers to re-stock. I built up a very loyal customer base over 11 years. Thanks to the choice and the service. I have since realised quite a few were also customers of Annie’s and I have now helped many of you here! Within those 11 years, I was married, became a dog owner and became
an Aunty, twice, to my sister’s babies (she has since had another). So I now have 3 nephews, 1 niece and 2 great nieces and nephews! Unfortunately rents and rates in town became unsustainable but I knew I wanted to continue within a business that had the same ethics as I did. My husband, Cliff, already knew Annie, Richard and Becky through his own business and said ‘why don’t you write to them and see if there’s a position there?’
I did write but left out any connection with Cliff as I wanted to get the job (that wasn’t even advertised) on my own merit. A few days later I received a letter back requesting that I went in for an interview. Not realising when I walked in that who should meet me at the door and interview me but Debbie, one of my loyal customers! The rest is history! I fell straight into a new working life and was quickly promoted to assistant manager. Over the years (14 of them) I have had two birthdays with a nought on! Forty I was in Cyprus, and apart from being spoilt with gifts, flowers and cards it didn’t really have an effect on me. However, hitting the big 50 did, for all sorts of reasons! Some sad, but some funny and those ones I think are called menopausal moments haha! For instance - getting out of the shower, reaching for my deodorant with the turquoise lid but instead of smelling fresh as a pear and cucumber, my underarms were a shade of golden brown. I’d picked up my root touch up spray instead! In my defence they both have turquoise lids. Or the time I had a particularly ‘good hair day’ so decided to use harmony hair spray. Instead I sprayed my perfect hair with harmony mousse! In my defence they are also the same colour can. Having run my own business I have an appreciation for the very hard work involved, I see the ‘bigger picture’ from all aspects. Behind the scenes, the customer service, making sure the whole team here is a happy one. All of that reflects in the atmosphere of your shopping experience with us. I feel I have grown up at Anne Furbank, with my quick promotion and the responsibilities that come with it. My work colleagues are friends - we are like a family here. I am also very blessed with my home life - a wonderful husband, parents, sister and her family. They keep me going through tough times and good times. I am also very lucky to have my best friends living across the road. Here’s to the next ½ century!
Plans for my 50s
To wear my glasses (I don’t want anymore “moments”!) To relocate nearer to my parents To carry on travelling (I’ve been to fabulous places from the Bahamas to Capri!) To write to manufacturers of foot-cream and toothpaste… in my defence! 21
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Dressing across the generations
This season alone the girls on the shop floor have helped women from the age of 16 to their late 90’s. We consider that a real honour.
Throughout the year on the shop floor we are lucky enough to dress women of all ages. I am sure you will agree that looking good and, more importantly, feeling good, at any age, is important for our self-confidence. This season alone the girls on the shop floor have helped women from the age of 16 to their late 90’s. We consider that a real honour. When Annie and I go buying we try make sure that we cover a whole host of styles, which is why we have over 40 brands in the shop today. It is amazing to see how all the different stories and styles complement each other as a whole.
BETH “At 18 I entered the shop for a week of work experience and although I knew my Nana was a regular customer, I had no idea what was behind the doors. At 24, I now not only help my Nana choose her outfits, but also have my very own Anne Furbank wardrobe too! We simply choose different pieces from the collections and wear them in completely different ways.”
Viv and Alice
GENERATIONS IN PICTURES
Grandma (Jill) and Mother of the Bride Viv looking stunning in their outfits for Alice’s wedding. Whilst at the shop, helping Mum choose her outfit, Alice decided to purchase her own honeymoon wardrobe too!
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Being fashionable doesnâ€™t have an age limit and there are certain pieces that will work throughout the ages: A Blazer
They have been around for many years, in fact you probably remember wearing one to school! A blazer is an essential piece that will work throughout the seasons. Be it classic and structured, casual and linen, worn with a smart skirt or worn with jeans, a blazer works across the ages. The difference is simply in the style chosen and how it is worn.
Debbie T often goes to the pink stripe Gerry Weber shirt in her wardrobe. The best part is that her daughter borrows it too! A shirt works for both smart and casual.
Jean Nowadays wearing a jean does not have to mean a blue denim jean. Many of the brands now offer cotton trousers in a jean style design that will work right across the ages. Our new brands Toni and Brax do just that.
Handbag A good quality classic leather handbag in a neutral colour will never date and is totally and utterly ageless. A timeless investment.
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Annie’s 70th Birthday was not just a one-day event. There were family parties, work parties, boat parties and so it continued…..
A wonderful evening out in the West End
A weekend away with the family on the canal 27
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Food & Drink
Luisa Cerano fashion show
Pasta and Prosecco evening
September Saturday 1st show at 11am
Joseph Ribkoff Day
Saturday 8th fashion shows at 10am and 2pm
Autumn Fashion Week
Monday 10th - Sat 15th shows at 10am and 2pm on Mon, Tues, Fri and Sat
Marc Cain Roadshow
Wednesday 12th shows at 11am and 2pm
Wednesday 12th choice of 3 pasta dishes,
3 desserts and a glass of Prosecco £21pp
Chinese theme night
Thursday 27th 2-courses and a glass of wine £21pp
Macmillan coffee morning
Friday 28th enjoy coffee with cake for £5. Have
a catch up with friends and we will donate half of the money to Macmillan. We will also have some cakes baked by our staff (hotel and shop) so you can offer a donation, take away and enjoy at home. All the money donated going to Macmillan.
Saturday 29th shows at 10am & 2pm October
National Seafood Week
Saturday 6th introducing new brands,
Friday 5th - Friday 12th
Toni and Brax shows at 10am and 2pm
two fish specials, Moules Frites or Seafood Pie with a glass of wine for £15.50. Available lunch and dinner.
Repeat fashion shows
International Gin & Tonic Day
at 10am & 2pm
Winter Warmer Saturday 27th shows at 10am and 2pm
Friday 19th celebrate with two happy hours
(6 - 8pm) from our Gin menu, all at half price.
Indian Theme Night
Thursday 25th 2-courses and a glass of
For all shows you must book your seat by calling the shop on 01480 811333 or emailing
For table reservations call the hotel on 01480 812300 or visit the website
The beauty of
Connock London is an award-winning British fragrance and skincare brand founded by Amanda Connock.
With a background in horticulture and biochemistry, Amandaâ€™s parents, Alan and Elizabeth Connock, used their 12 years of technical experience in the industry to set up the family business A&E Connock in 1973.
After completing a University degree, Amanda joined the family business where she gained valuable knowledge and experience in sourcing speciality cosmetic ingredients and working with producers from all over the world.
Amanda spent her childhood sampling perfumes, making scented bath salts and creating floral waters in buckets from rose petals and cherry blossom with her siblings.
Amanda realised that there was an opportunity to create a legacy beyond the family business and develop products using the experience she had gained over the years and family heritage in the world of beauty and fragrance. And so Connock London was born.
Alexandra Our new Front of House Supervisor excelling in her new role at the George.
Promotion satisfaction After only a few days in her new position as Front of House Supervisor, Alexandra Movileanu, was surprised with an AA inspection. As with all AA visits it is done unannounced so that the inspector can see the true workings of a hotel. It was obviously the right promotion for Alexandra as the inspector’s report was full of praise for the George in particular the service which the inspector quoted as ‘Service was delivered smoothly and at times exceeding expectations at this grading’. An AA inspection marks the hotel on every aspect from the facilities to the functioning. From the moment a booking is made, either online or over the phone,
the marking starts. Its presentation, décor, facilities, cleanliness, upkeep and comfort all come under the marking scheme alongside the menu choice, the taste, the service and knowledge of staff. Obviously it is a team effort to make sure standards are maintained, from housekeeping to kitchen, maintenance to front of house and the resulting award is a credit to the whole team. However, for Alexandra it was a real pat on the back for being at the forefront of an inspection. As a result of this inspection, the hotel continues to achieve Three Stars with a Merit Score of 88% and Silver Award (there is no Gold Award for hotels).
*The only rating above silver is red which is given to hotels deemed by the AA as being the finest in the British Isles.
From the inspection report “The charming former coaching inn still impresses”
“All team members were found to be friendly and polite, especially at dinner and reception experiences” “The dishes taken, demonstrated skill, flavour balance and were well executed and remain worthy of the current Two AA Rosette Award for Culinary Excellence.”
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London Wine fair with Katie, Alex & Filipe It may involve unsociable hours and hard work but there are some perks to working in hospitality – Katie, Alexandra and Filipe visited London Wine Fair.
Held at Olympia, this is no small tasting! There are 14,000 wines from 40 different countries, from large scale operations to new small scale producers. ‘It was a really great fair and we managed to speak to a lot of producers,’ said Katie. ‘The English Exton Park was a real find, not only their white but the Rosé as well.’ Filipe was equally impressed with the English wine, ‘I wasn’t expecting the Rosé to be as good as it is difficult to grow good red grapes in England. I think even the wine maker was taken by surprise. We made a lot of connections and there is much more interest in organic wines.’ So what can we expect to see at The George? Exton Park has already made it onto the wine list and some of you will have been enjoying it over the summer months. It is here to stay for a while longer. Exton Park vineyard is located on the rolling chalk slopes of Hampshire’s South Downs and mirrors the terrain of the champagne region. It grows three main grape varieties – Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes that have helped produce award winning wines.
‘The English Exton Park was a real find, not only their white but the Rosé as well.’ Organic wines can also be found on our autumn wine list and are identified as such through strict certification. However many wines are produced organically but are not officially organically certified and tend to use the term ‘natural’ as the organic production is not independently verified. If in doubt then ask one of the George’s team and they will be happy to help.
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Make the most of the late summer evenings on the patio by enjoying a mocktail, cocktail or one of our delicious new gins. Cocktails
Mediterranean Collins ................................................ £8.00 Gin Mare, soda water, basil and lemon
Bombay Sapphire ......................................................... £3.35 Served with a lime wedge
Cosmopolitan ................................................................. £8.00 Vodka, Cointreau, cranberry juice and lime
Hendrick’s ....................................................................... £4.00 Served with cucumber and juniper berries
Espresso Martini..........................................................£10.00 Vodka, Kahlua, cacao blanc and coffee
Adnams Copper House ................................................ £4.00 Served with orange peel, juniper berries and star anise
Negroni............................................................................£10.00 Martini Rosso, Campari and Gin
Adnams Rising Sun ...................................................... £4.00 Served with ginger and coriander
Margarita.......................................................................... £8.00 Tequila, Cointreau, lime juice and salt
The Botanist ................................................................... £4.30 Served with thyme
Monkey 47 ....................................................................... £5.50 Served with lime peel and mint
Virgin Colada .................................................................. £5.00 Coconut milk and pineapple juice Dragon George ............................................................... £5.00 Fresh raspberries, ginger beer and gomme syrup
Gin Mare ........................................................................... £5.10 Served with rosemary Warner Edwards Rhubarb ........................................... £4.00 Served with orange Tonics See Fever-Tree tonic .................................................... £2.30
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Bread is one of life’s great pleasures and a basic loaf has just four main ingredients – flour, salt, water and yeast. It takes a bit of time, patience and muscle power but the end result is worth it. Providing the yeast with a source of food (the flour) and a warm temperature it quickly gets to work, producing carbon dioxide which causes the dough to expand and rise. A bit of kneading to help the gluten in the flour stretch and cross link, a bit of patience while it proves and a hot oven to bake it and kill off the yeast will give you one of the best foods there is.
Semolina bread 30g fresh yeast plus a little warm water, 1 spoon of strong flour, 15g sugar Mix together and leave for 5 minutes Mix together 750g strong flour, 25g semolina, 20g salt, 60g butter, 600ml warm water. Add the starter dough, knead and leave to prove for one hour. Fold and shape as you like. Bake in the oven (220’C) for 20-25 minutes maximum depending on the size of the bread you decide to shape. 33
FUN WITH Katie
Millions of fans from around the world proudly celebrate, with gusto, the build up to the annual event of the Eurovision Song Contest. Among those fans is Assistant Manager, Katie, who goes Eurovision crazy and has done for the last 12 years. ‘I always make a weekend of it with friends, usually somewhere with a hot tub,’ said Katie. ‘We have a buffet, with food from different countries and drinks to match. We have our own scoring system, although this year we got it completely wrong voting the 2nd from bottom as the winner!’
Eurovision facts 1) In which year was the first Eurovision? 2) How many countries took place in 2018 Eurovision? 3) How many people watched Eurovision around the world? 4) If you listened to all the songs in the competition (incl. semi-final) how long would it take you? Answers: 1) 1956 2) 50 3) 200 million 4) 72 hours
‘Of course there are sparkles, you have to have a bit of glamour for Eurovision and the bunting is always out.’
It’s a big 0’
He kept it quiet but General Manager, Richard O’Leary, celebrated his 40th birthday the same weekend as Annie celebrated her 70th. There was no joint celebration as Richard crossed the Irish seas to celebrate with friends and family. He was super cute ….
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The job that never ends The painting of the Forth Bridge, a job that is famously never finished, has come to an end due to materials that will last for 25 years. Unfortunately the same can’t be said for the George Hotel and Brasserie. Here the work to maintain the décor, the furnishings and the engineering of the place is never ending. ‘There is a constant list of jobs on the go,’ said Richard O’Leary. ‘As well as those that take us by surprise when things get broken or suddenly stop working.’ ‘We try to plan in the bigger jobs at the quieter times of the day, week or month to avoid any major disruption, which is quite a challenge as we are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.’ Alongside the general maintenance jobs there are the more visible jobs like new curtains in Eliot, a new colour for Mallory and polished new flooring in the foyer and bar area. It may be the job that never ends but with such a lovely building it is worth taking care of.
‘Alongside the general maintenance jobs there are the more visible jobs like new curtains in Eliot, a new colour for Mallory and polished new flooring in the foyer and bar area.’