Meet the Chicks: Sophie

Welcome to the first blog post of our ‘meet the chicks’ series. Our team is made up of some amazing girls who we feel you should get to know a little better.

First up is Sophie Fox who is one of senior account executives.


Sophie Fox

Sophie Fox

Hi Sophie, let’s start off with you telling us a little bit about yourself.

I’m originally from Kent, near Bluewater Shopping centre (shopaholic), but as I’m on the boarder I’m always in and out of London. I went to St Mary’s University in Twickenham to study Psychology which I absolutely loved. I toyed with the idea of doing a masters and even almost went on to do a PGCE after doing some teaching, before I fell in love with PR! In my free time I am usually eating out (shock!), playing with my new little kitten or at a gig.

So how did you go from studying psychology to ending up in PR?

I was of the Zoella era, obsessed with beauty blogs, videos; you name it- my Saturday job at Superdrug meant that I was always buying the latest lippy. I remember googling jobs in and around beauty and that’s when I stumbled across PR. I did an internship and loved it. My friend then recommended me a brilliant PR agency where I worked with Waitrose, Lakeland and more and that’s when I became a real foodie, discovering new launches and chefs.  After a few agencies and dabbling with restaurants, I knew my next move had to be into the restaurant PR and marketing industry.

What excites you most about your job?

I would have to say a super passionate client, who knows exactly what they’re offering and do it well. Also just seeing something launch and becoming successful, rave reviews and great journalist feedback never gets old. Especially landing that national!

What has been the best client event that you have attended or organised?

We did an amazing influencer evening at Zela, where their chef did a tuna masterclass- he showed us all the different (raw) cuts, letting us taste the difference before we sat down to a meal with love music, including sushi and delicious fusion Japanese-med food. I love when you find out things you didn’t know during an event.

Do you have any advice for someone wanting to pursue a career in PR?

Have thick skin- and be prepared to talk lots! It’s all about relationships, but also not taking anything too serious. PR not ER as they say…

Who or what inspires you the most?

It may be cliché but I would have to say my mum. No matter what life throws at her, she just gets through it and with a smile on her face. She can be super sassy sometimes too, when need be!

Describe your happy place?

Paris with my husband Ben and wine on tap with cheese!

Since we are a PR agency specialising in food, it wouldn’t be right to not ask any food questions, so what item of food could you not live without?

This is tough, as it depends on my mood! I can name two- pasta and cheese. Although I do eat about 5 cucumbers a week!

If you could have dinner with any celebrity, who would it be, why and what meal would you cook them?

I definitely wouldn’t cook for them as I can only bake (just), so, maybe an afternoon tea, with David Attenborough.

And lastly, when making cereal do you put the milk first or the cereal?

Milk after! What kind of person does milk before? You’re just asking for spillage!

 If you enjoyed finding out more about Sophie, make sure you keep an eye out for more blog posts on the other chicks.

 

Bank Holiday: Things to do and places to go

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There’s nothing more exciting than realising that there’s a bank holiday weekend on the horizon. The thought of turning off all your alarms, catching up on sleep or watching a box set or two, is a feeling that can’t be matched.

Although we’ve already had four bank holidays, arguably, the summer bank holiday trumps them all. It’s the weekend that hosts Europe’s biggest street party- Notting Hill Carnival, it’s the last break before the kids go back to school and if you’re a Christmas enthusiast then it means the countdown to the festivities are even more imminent.

However, the good news doesn’t end here because we are expected to have temperatures of up to 29 degrees! Can I get an Amen? Surely, this is even more of a reason to ditch the pj’s, the box sets and get out and about?

Well luckily for you we’ve compiled a list of things to do and go this bank holiday weekend.

Notting Hill Carnival

Notting Hill Carnival

Notting Hill Carnival

If you love to a good party then you’ll definitely not want to miss Britain’s biggest one yet! For two days only, the usually dormant streets of West London will be awoken by the music and parades of Notting Hill Carnival.  It’s a chance for everyone, young and old, to embrace the rich, vibrant and diverse Caribbean culture, from the music, to the food and the impressive colourful costumes.  Not to mention, the tropical weather expected, which means we’ll all get to experience the Caribbean right here in London.

When: 25-26th August

Where: Notting Hill, London

Price: Free

Squeg and Bonez

Squeg and Bonez

Squeg and Bonez

The carnival celebrations continue this weekend, with Squeg and Bonez celebrating the event with their very own Caribbean inspired vegan menu, along with two special-edition cocktails. So, if you’re looking for somewhere to eat on the 24th and 25th of August head down to the restaurant.

When: 24th-25th August

Where: 171 Mare St, London E8 3RH

Foodies Festival, Oxford

Chop Shop at The Foodies Festival, photo taken by @sophlouisep

Chop Shop at The Foodies Festival, photo taken by @sophlouisep

The UK’s biggest food festival returns to South Park, Oxford, after making the rounds in Bristol, Birmingham, London and Edinburgh. You can expect the day to be filled with live music, workshops (for adults and children), and of course top chefs to be in attendance, including MasterChef Finalist 2019 Delia Maria Asser.

When: 24th-26th August

Where: Oxford

Price: Children under 12 and dogs go free. Visit their website for ticket prices: https://foodiesfestival.com/oxford-food-festival/

The Big Feastival

The Big Feastival

The Big Feastival

Dubbed as ‘your go-to family festival’, the Big Festival ensures that every family member has a weekend to remember. The jam-packed itinerary includes live acts from the likes of Rudimental and Jess Glyme, as well as family favourites such as Peppa Pig and Paw Patrol. Aside from the entertainment, the festival has a line-up of top chefs, variety of food and activities to keep you all occupied.

When: 23rd-25th August

Where: Alex James’, The Cotswolds

Price: Visit the website for more details on single day and weekend tickets: https://thebigfeastival.com/tickets



Make the Most of Afternoon Tea Week

When you think of afternoon tea, what is the first thing that pops to mind? To many, it is fancy dress codes with overly pretentious codes of conduct and multi-layered tea trays displaying copious amounts of food that is only to be nibbled.

There certainly is a pretentious flair to afternoon tea, but truly there is more folklore than fact when it comes to how this British tradition is being portrayed. With National Afternoon Tea Week coming up between 12th and 18th August, check out a few of the best places to go to if you are thinking of debunking some of the tea-related urban legends out there…

 

KALIFORNIA KITCHEN (Fitzrovia) – A MODERN SPIN FEATURING CBD OILS

This all-pink, vegan and waste-conscious joint is a health foodie’s paradise right in the centre of London. Not only is it a fabulous place to have delicious and nutritious brunches, lunches or dinners made of clean ingredients, but it has recently upped its game with an all-round CBD infused afternoon tea menu. Standing by the various health benefits of CBD, the non-psychoactive part of the cannabis plant, Kalifornia Kitchen’s afternoon tea menu features a variety of cakes, pastries and drinks that will be sure to please even fussy eaters! For a full menu and prices, look no further.

Kalifornia Kitchen puts a modern spin on afternoon with an all-CBD everything menu. (photo source: Kalifornia Kitchen)

Kalifornia Kitchen puts a modern spin on afternoon with an all-CBD everything menu. (photo source: Kalifornia Kitchen)


LAS IGUANAS (nationwide) – A LATIN REINTERPRETATION

If you need something to really knock down your preconceptions about the classically British afternoon tea, head straight to Las Iguanas. If Latin American cuisine tickles your fancy, their afternoon tea menu is going to leave your mouth watering. Every day (bar Saturdays), from 2 to 5 pm, you can treat yourself to delicious 7-year-old Havana Club Rum fruity tea plus a choice of two fresh sandwiches served in a Smoking Cuban Cigar box. To please the sweet tooth, a selection of Alfajores cookies made of shortbread and dulce de leche, rolled in desiccated coconut is also included. If all of that does not quite meet your expectations for a luscious afternoon treat, then top up your options with a cake stand of tapas and sweet treats for just a tenner more! For the official menu and prices, check out this link – you will definitely want to make room for this indulgence!

Indulge in Las Iguanas’s new finger-licking sandwiches, served in the Smoking Cuban Cigar box. (PHOTO SOURCE: LAS IGUANAS)

Indulge in Las Iguanas’s new finger-licking sandwiches, served in the Smoking Cuban Cigar box. (PHOTO SOURCE: LAS IGUANAS)

COWORTH PARK (Ascot) – AN UNFORGETTABLE VIEW

Adam Smith, Executive Chef at Coworth Park, finds inspiration for his work from the seasons and his surroundings, something which transpires throughout the Meadow Afternoon Tea menu. With Coworth Park’s surroundings in full bloom this time of year, the afternoon treats on offer are sure to convert even the most stubborn afternoon tea sceptic. For £38 pp, visitors can indulge in a selection of fabulous sandwiches including smoked and poached salmon with lemon verbena, smoked chicken with cucumber and lovage mayonnaise, and roast Windsor Estate beef with meadow herb salsa. Also on the menu you’ll find freshly baked scones served with peach, meadow honey compote, raspberry jam and clotted cream. All of this can be enjoyed Monday to Friday alongside a cup of heritage British teas, Coworth Park’s special collection of teas, limited edition tea offers or a glass of Veuve Clicquot Champagne for £12 extra. For more details on this phenomenal treat, check out their website.  

Fancy some afternoon tea put together by a Michelin-Star chef? Then Cosworth Park is the place to be. (PHOTO SOURCE: COSWORTH PARK)

Fancy some afternoon tea put together by a Michelin-Star chef? Then Cosworth Park is the place to be. (PHOTO SOURCE: COSWORTH PARK)

BROWN’S HOTEL (Mayfair) – THE ULTIMATE CLASSIC EXPERIENCE

If you are an afternoon tea purist and just want to experience royal delights, then Brown’s is the place to be. Their English Tea Room, which is where Queen Victoria used to participate in tea receptions, is renowned for its sophisticated interior design, with wood panelling, ornate fireplaces, a stunning Jacobean detailed ceiling and original artworks. Offering no less than 17 fine teas, the menu also includes a selection of succulent finger sandwiches, an assortment of delicate pastries, freshly baked scones with clotted cream and strawberry preserve, all of this at the price of £55 pp, or £65 with a glass of chilled Ruinart champagne. For more information about this glorious afternoon escape, head here.

Queen Victoria herself used to attend the ‘tea receptions’ held at Brown’s English Tea Room. (PHOTO SOURCE: BROWN’S HOTEL)

Queen Victoria herself used to attend the ‘tea receptions’ held at Brown’s English Tea Room. (PHOTO SOURCE: BROWN’S HOTEL)

Top five 'Instagrammable' restaurants in London

London is one of the greatest cities for all things food; because of its multiculturalism and its progressiveness, the city is a hub for unconventional and aesthetically pleasing dining experiences. With the rising demand for Instagrammable food and interiors, London is a centre for foodies and influencers alike. We’ve compiled a shortlist of some of the greatest London restaurants and bars that may ever bless your Instagram feed.


The Courtyard

££

Address: 4 Fulham High Street, Fulham, London, SW6 3LQ

Website: www.thecourtyardfulham.com

Social: Instagram, Facebook

The Courtyard is a hip cocktail bar located in West London. Stranger Things fans, in particular, will enjoy this spot, as they have their very own Stranger Things room, decked out with the iconic alphabetical Christmas light set-up from the show’s first season. Guests are free to take all the pictures they want while enjoying their delicious Stranger Things cocktail. The bar also has an oasis-like outdoor area where you can sip on some bubbly under the sun.


Kalifornia Kitchen

££

Address: 19 Percy Street, London, W1T 1BZ

Website: www.kaliforniakitchen.co.uk

Social: Instagram, Facebook

A pink, vegan paradise awaits you in Fitzrovia. Kalifornia Kitchen is a restaurant that prides itself on healthy eating. Its beautiful interior and brightly coloured cuisine is perfect if you want to add a pop of pink to your feed. We recommend you dine in the upstairs area which has an Instagrammable neon sign reading #HealthyIsSexy.


Zela

££££

Address: Me London Hotel, 336-337 Strand, WC2R 1HA

Website: zelarestaurants.com/london/

Social: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter

Zela is a Japanese-Mediterranean fusion restaurant in the West End. Its interior matches the unique style of the food it serves, with the calming atmosphere of Japan blending with the lush greenery of the Mediterranean. Zela also has some of the prettiest cocktails in London, like the Tiramisu Martini, and the sophisticated Coco Chanel, made with raspberry liqueur and topped with fresh lychee.


Polo Bar

£

Address: 176 Bishopsgate, London, EC2M 4NQ

Website: polo24hourbar.co.uk

Social: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter

Up for a challenge? Polo Bar is a café located in the heart of London which offers some of the tallest stacks of fluffy pancakes you may ever experience. Snap a pic of their 12-pancake-tall tower before participating in the Tower Challenge in which you must finish the stack in 15 minutes or less. Polo Bar pancakes covered in syrupy fruit and whipped cream are sure to attract fellow foodies to your Insta page.


Sketch

££££

Address: 9 Conduit Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 2XG

Website: sketch.london

Social: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube

Sketch offers a quirky, Michelin-starred dining experience for those seeking artistic interiors and delectable food. There are five distinct restaurants and bars within Sketch, each with their own personality. Perhaps take a pretty in pink photo in the Sketch Gallery, then head to the fanciful Lecture Room for a picture that will exude a regal aura as you pose against the crimson velvet chairs. Next visit the Parlour, which is an eccentric tea room that converts into a cocktail bar when the sun goes down. After that the Glade will transport you to a fairytale-esque forest, complete with fluffy forest-inspired carpet. Lastly, the East Bar will give you a more tame experience than the rest of Sketch, but the stark white exterior is a perfect backdrop for a crisp looking picture.

Five hidden gem restaurants in London

The city of London is home to thousands of different restaurants, bars, pubs and food stalls for your choosing. With this vast amount of options, the food sector has become a little oversaturated. To save you some time from searching where to eat next, we’ve organised a concise list of some of the best hidden gems in the London restaurant sector.


Robata

££

Address: 56 Old Compton Street, Soho, London, W1D 4UE

Website: robata.co.uk

Social: Facebook, Instagram

Modern and traditional cooking techniques come together beautifully at this new Japanese restaurant in Soho. Robata opened in March 2019 and is already receiving shining reviews! Their meat and vegetable skewers are tender and flavourful and the interior offers a tranquil atmosphere to enjoy your meal.

This place is unbelievably nice! I’m usually rather closed minded when it comes to food, but decided to branch out and try the various meat and veggie dishes. Boy, am I glad I did! The food was amazing and I’ve returned several times to continue making my way through the menu. Almost there!
— Lee Catlow

Fatt Pundit

££

Address: 77 Berwick Street, Soho, London, W1F 8TH

Website: www.fattpundit.co.uk

Social: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

Fatt Pundit serves some of the best Indo-Chinese cuisine in London. Their signature Momos, which are South Asian dumplings, are delicious and easy to eat, making them the perfect starter or meal on-the-go. The Lollypop Chicken - chicken wings served with Szechuan chutney - is also a customer favourite. The restaurant also offers several tasty vegetarian options.

Wow! This has to be my new favourite restaurant in Soho. The momos were beyond delish and the crackling spinach is a game changer. Great service, ambience, food and cocktails. Can’t wait to go back.
— Joanne Elliot

Island Social Club

£

Address: 258 Kingsland Road, Haggerston, London, E8 4DG

Website: islandsocialclub.co.uk

Social: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

Britain meets the Caribbean at Island Social Club. This restaurant serves up some deliciously tropical cocktails and Caribbean food that will transport you to a tropical paradise (despite being in a bustling city). Grab a mouth-watering roti and chill at this spot!

24 hours after eating and drinking at Island Social Club, I can’t stop thinking about how fantastic it was. The cocktails were fantastic (and apparently don’t give you a hangover) and the food was amazing. I’ll definitely be back for more coleslaw, wings and roti soon. Great to know that they are serious about sustainable sourcing too.
— Emily Mathieson

Shola

£

Address: 191 Wood Lane, London, W12 7FQ

Website: www.sholakitchen.com

Social: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

Shola, which means ‘spark’ in Urdu, is a new Pakistani restaurant in West London. Inspired by the cuisine found in Karachi, Pakistan, Shola’s dishes are colourful, flavourful and packed with satisfying spice. Their vegan bowls are generously priced and filling!

Nice and clean ambiance. Delicious food with reasonable prices. Total value for money. Anyone who wants the authentic Pakistani food must visit SHOLA.
— Tanveer Iqbal

Latteria

£

Address: 56 - 58 Essex Road, London, N1 8LR

Website: www.latteria.co

Social: Instagram

A small restaurant tucked in Essex Road, Latteria is one of the cosiest new food spaces to open this year. The restaurant serves authentic Italian classics like pizza and pasta, with many of the dishes being made with ingredients sourced directly from Italy.

Beautiful interior, tasty menu, great for breakfast or a simple meal throughout the day. Very authentic Milano feel. Staff are friendly and attentive and the coffee is one of the best around - much closer to the original Italian version than the New Zealand style flat whites other places offer. The menu offers plenty of pastries, many varieties of eggs, salads, etc. It’s a lively atmosphere with a certain buzz. If you fancy it, get a seat at the long bar with the food displays. Highly recommended.
— Roman Dahl