Try out recipes from Jo Pratt’s new Flexible Family Cookbook

Images above: Jo Pratt's Sweet & Sour Meatballs & Chocolate brownies Chiswick resident and prime mover in the Cookbook Supper Club, Jo Pratt, has a new book out this autumn: the Flexible Family Cookbook. The acclaimed TV cook specialises in 'sensible and simple but sensational' recipes for all the family, easily adapted to please and designed to deliver flavour. S

Cookbook kitchen raises money for the Felix Project

Images above: Jo Pratt and her Flexible Family Cookbook The Cookbook kitchen (formally Cookbook festival) are re-introducing their charity supper clubs on Thursday 12 November at the Airdale Bar at the Hogarth Health Club. The money raised will go to the Felix Project, which stops food waste by collecting surplus food from retailers which is still fresh and nutritious but canno

Bunting made with love – you can tell

Image above: Chiswick Flower Market in September; photograph Frank Noon When the Chiswick Flower Market was launched in September 2020 - the first new flower and plant market in London in 150 years - the organisers went all out to celebrate its birth. "Hang out the flags" went up the cry. The team begged and borrowed bunting and hired flags. The flower market has been set up as

Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants at Chiswick Flower Market

Chiswick Flower Market is delighted to welcome Hardy's Cottage Garden Plants to the market on Sunday 1 November. Rosy Hardy is recognised as the most successful female exhibitor at Chelsea Flower Show, with 24 Gold Medals to her credit since she built her first display at the show in 1992. She started out growing plants in her back garden and selling them at car boot sales with her husband

Time to have a close and critical look at your wardrobe?

Images above: silk camisole and gold cuff from Gill Davies' Prescribe:London collection Wouldn't you like to have a functional wardrobe? One in which things go together and fit you and look flattering as outfits? This is Gill Davies' mission. A personal stylist who often works with Harvey Nichols' Style Concierge, her aim is to add "responsibility" and "value" to your clothes. '

Harriet’s Kitchen Menu 27 October 2020

Treat yourself with some delicious home booked food. All you have to do it warm it up

Harriet Benton launched Harriet's kitchen during lockdown as a way of helping neighbours in Bedford Park. With more than forty years in the catering business, she has a well tried repertoire of delicious dishes, which her team will deliver to your door, with no charge in Chiswick, and with a 10% disco

Trufflehound Dining Club Menu 27 October 2020

Chiswick Calendar freebie

Images above: Chiswick author Diane Chandler; Her latest book Only Human I've just finished reading Diane Chandler's book Only Human, a very engaging novel on the Maeve Binchy end of the spectrum which starts when a Chiswick resident, about to celebrate her 20th wedding an

Trufflehound Dining Club Menu 20 October 2020

Trufflehound Catering launched their Dining Club in autumn 2020, offering fine dining meals delivered to your door. Each week a new menu is unveiled on Friday with two or three-course options for either £40 (two courses) or £45 (three courses). Local delivery (W4, W6, W12) is free. No minimum order. Clients have the weekend to consider their selection before placing

Harriet’s Kitchen – menu 20 October 2020

Treat yourself with some delicious home booked food. All you have to do it warm it up

Harriet Benton launched Harriet's kitchen during lockdown as a way of helping neighbours in Bedford Park. With more than forty years in the catering business, she has a well tried repertoire of delicious dishes, which her team will deliver to your door, with no charge in Chiswick, and with a 10% disco

Harriet’s Kitchen – menu 13 October 2020

Image above: Alan Weavis & Harriet Benton, who are Harriet's Kitchen Chiswick catering businesses are adapting to the challenges of the pandemic by creating a new trend for fine dining at home. If you're shielding, anxious about eating in restaurants, or just can't be doing with the whole mask and social distancing palaver, you can now eat top quality meals produced by experien

Trufflehound Dining Club Menu 13 October 2020

Take your pudding home with you

Annie's restaurant has come up with a novel way to beat the coronavirus restrictions. Owner Lorraine Angliss prides herself in creating an atmosphere in her restaurants where customers can relax and feel at home. Being chucked out at ten o'clock before you've had a chance to consider the dessert menu doesn't really chime with the vibe which has become her usp. So to encourage diners not to be put

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Three Little Words

A short story by John Haycock

The radio went on as usual just before 6:30am on a dull Friday, no light in the sky as yet. It was, in fact, just over a dozen days to go to 31 December. “. . . and finally, our

Trufflehound launches Dining Club

Independent cinemas “shielded” from the blockbuster effect

Image above: Cinema at Watermans A string of postponements of what should have been blockbuster movies from the autumn 2020 schedule has hit the cinema industry hard, but independents are to some extent shielded, Watermans arts centre Marketing Director Erica Weston tells Matt Smith. On Sunday 4 October Cineworld announced the temporary closure all of its UK venues, with the com

The cinema-going experience is “a casualty of Covid” says Andy Harries

Image above: Daniel Craig in No Time To Die

No Time To Die release postponed till April 2021

The news that the release of the new James Bond film No Time To Die has been delayed for a second time has come as a blow to the cinema industry. The release, already delayed from April to November 2020 because of the pandemic, has now been put back until April 20

Turnham Green Terrace Traders blame traffic restrictions “mayhem” for a dramatic drop off in trade

Open air markets all the rage this autumn

Shopping ain’t what it used to be. What used to be a carefree and enjoyable experience (well, sometimes) is now no longer something you’d really do for pleasure – except that is, if it’s out in the open air. Image above: Chiswick Flower Market; photograph by Frank Noon

Chiswick Flower Market

London’s markets are coming into their own. Chiswick Flower Market –

Tidy Coaching – Does your home ‘spark joy’?

Piaf Remembered – Thursday 1 October

Jazz at George IV – Dom Pipkin

Smokin’ Boogie, Bad Boys, Bourbon & The Big Easy

Jazz at George IV is back in the Boston Room of George IV on Thursday 17 September with Dom Pipkin's show: “Smokin’ Boogie, Bad Boys, Bourbon & The Big Easy.” The renowned pianist and raconteur Dom Pipkin brings his highly successful West End Show paying homage to the music of New Orleans. A regular on the jazz scene,

Chiswick Flower Market will have a flower ‘crèche’

An oasis of calm

One of the little unexpected pleasures of this summer has been the emptiness of Chiswick Business Park. The Chiswick Calendar has reported in the past on the concerns of locals about the flood pf people morning and evening to and from Gunnersbury Station causing dangerous overcrowding, but since so many people have been working from home the Business Park has become an oasis of calm. It is b

Chiswick Flower Market traders – Jacques Amand

Chiswick Flower Market traders – PlantBe-Studio

Images above: Karolina Kondratowitz; Plant Be plant holders Karolina Kondratowitz and her friend Erica Luke met while working together at the Palace Gardener, the garden centre at Fulham Palace. Erica was the centre's assistant manager, while Karolina looked after the gift department. Together they have a fair amount of knowledge about plants and what kind of 'plant accessories' ar

Shopping in the fresh air at The Food Market – Dukes Meadows

Shopping in the fresh air at The Food Market - Dukes Meadows

14 August, 2020 / by Matt Smith The Food Market at Dukes Meadows offers the chance to buy direct from farmers and artisan producers, every Sunday 10am to 2pm. Buying direct, means you can find out how your food is produced. Ask March House Farm about their native breed; cattle, sheep, pigs and turkeys. The farm is

Chiswick Flower Market traders – Pepperpot nursery

Image above: Mint Apple (Mentha suaveolens) Who knew there were as many as 40 different types of mint? I discovered this talking to Catherine and Neil who run Pepperpot nursery, one of the traders who will be at the launch of the Chiswick Flower Market on 6 September. They just sell herbs. I say 'just'. That still gives them a range of 200 or so vatieties that they grow at their