All posts by: Fiona Smith

30 Oct

Thames Lido opens today in Reading

The long-awaited Thames Lido opened today on the site of the historical Kings Meadow Baths in Reading. After 43 years in a state of disrepair and near demolition, the team behind the award-winning Lido in Bristol have spent over four years renovating the Grade II listed baths into a spa, outdoor pool, restaurant, bar and […]

11 Oct

Skinner’s Brewery collaborates with Freddy Bird

Award-winning Cornish brewing company, Skinner’s Brewery are partnering with chef Freddy Bird. The two have joined forces on an exciting collaboration bringing together their mutual passion for great food and ale. Freddy and Skinner’s have already been seen together at several high-profile events recently including Port Eliot and the Abergavenny Food Festival showcasing brilliant food […]

21 Sep

The Sportsman launch at Noble Rot

Monday saw the good and great from Whitstable and beyond descend on Noble Rot on Lambs Conduit Street to celebrate the book from the chef of the No 1. Restaurant in the country (for the second year in a row). The Sportsman is the highly-anticipated debut cookbook from Stephen Harris, the chef who transformed what […]

18 Sep

Abergavenny Food Festival 2017

We’ve just returned from the outskirts of the Brecon Beacons, full of delicious food, too much wine and a lot of laughs after the Abergavenny Food Festival. Fiona kicked the weekend off with a lunch at The Walnut Tree – the amazing dishes from Shaun’s Hill restaurant featuring fresh halibut and delicious scallops. Ella opted […]

02 Aug

Port Eliot 2017

This weekend we were lucky to be involved in the 2017 Port Eliot Literary Festival in St Germans in Cornwall to look after a variety of authors, events and clients. Despite trying to ignore the weather forecast all week and be the ever-optimist – I had no choice but to pack various waterproofs, wellies, walking […]

22 Jul

Freddy Bird appears on Saturday Kitchen

Lido Executive Chef, Freddy Bird made his debut appearance on BBC1’s Saturday Kitchen this morning. Hosted by friend, Matt Tebbutt, Freddy shared the limelight with chef Paul Foster, wine expert Peter Richards and special guest Judy Murray – together they made a lively show. Freddy looked like a natural while he cooked up Squid and […]

13 Jun

The Sportsman Visit

  September sees the publication of Stephen Harris’ first cookbook. Published by Phaidon, The Sportsman tells the story of self-taught chef Harris who transformed what was once called a ‘grotty rundown pub by the sea’ on the coast in Kent into a Michelin-starred restaurant. The restaurant has earned a global reputation and only this week […]

21 Apr

These Islands launch at Sunspel Marylebone

  The team behind the bi-annual international travel and style magazine Cereal launched their first book at Sunspel in Marylebone last night. These Islands is a portrait of the British Isles told through powerful imagery, prose and poetry. It is the first book from Francis – the newly formed publishing house and creative studio by […]

27 Jan

Great Dixter Press Day

On a crisp January morning, press, buyers and the Phaidon team travelled to Great Dixter – the historic house and garden located on the borders of Kent and Sussex. The sun greeted us as the train pulled into Etchingham and remained with us throughout the day. The event was all in celebration of the forthcoming […]

19 Dec

Tim Hayward at Divertimenti

    Award winning food writer, restauranteur and broadcaster Tim Hayward was at Divertimenti in Knightsbridge last week signing copies of his critically-acclaimed book Knife. Knife is a love letter to the most treasured of culinary tools and explores the culture, craft and cult of the cook’s blade.   Tim travelled to Divertimenti to sign […]

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