14 November 2011
10 November 2011
As you may not know, the landlady, the lovely Col, is running the London Marathon next year to raise cash for the NSPCC,
As a result of that, over the - ahem - occasional pint, Giles and I have been thinking of other things we could do to raise some money for this very worthy cause. And when you do that surrounded by loads of cookery books that you realise you've NEVER ACTUALLY COOKED ANYTHING FROM, eventually the penny drops. And that's why we're holding the first Great Coach & Hoses Charity Book Exchange & Sale on November 19th 2011.
Entry: £5 (all proceeds to the NSPCC) which will include a welcoming drink, nibbles and a raffle ticket. (More tickets will be on sale at very reasonable prices. And all proceeds will go to the NSPCC.)
When: November 19th 2011, at 4pm
The Exchange / Sale: We've all got cookery books we just don't use. How about turning them into new books while doing something for a good cause? Bring your unwanted cookery books along and our panel of experts - ahem - will value them. You'll receive a percentage of the value - typically 25% of face value - in C&H 'tokens' which you can then spend on other books that have been brought in / donated.
These will be on sale for slightly more than we "purchased" them (around 50% of face value) and you can pay the difference in tokens or in real cash.
The difference in cash then goes directly to the NSPCC. We'll also encourage bidding on popular titles to drive prices up. We like doing things like that.
You can also spend tokens on food and drink at the Coach and Horses instead, either on the 19th (there's a special menu available) or during January and February 2012.
If you have any questions, please drop me a line / comment here. If you've got lots of books to exchange, shout and I can even collect by car in the next few days. Support so far has been amazing. As well as the signed books mentioned above, the lovely people at delicious have donated a whopping 14 boxes of lovely new books and today The Observer Food Monthly contacted us and have donated a fabulous collection of recent review titles. Cheers all.
6 November 2011
This year has been perhaps the best year I've ever had in terms of memorable culinary experiences. There have been amazing opportunities, amazing flavour combinations, amazing skills in amazing countries from all sorts of amazing chefs. Man cannot live by Michelin Stars alone, however. Sometimes man just fancies ham, egg & chips - especially if it comes with a pint of Doom Bar and the company of my Dad.