Thursday, 31 July 2014

Our Pick: The War and Peace Revival

This wartime and vintage themed festival is held every year in the South east of England, this year at Folkestone Racecourse for 5 days. The largest gathering of military vehicles on the planet, we mainly go for the vintage side of things in the Peace part. This year the weather created a quagmire amongst the army paddock but equipped with wellies and rain macs we set off for a day out.

Rows of mocked up 1940's style shops line the old stables, complete with real life shop keepers in full period outifts.

Even if you don't like the Military side of things, this show is a must visit for vintage lovers with many stalls selling random bits and pieces.

This stall even offered an ugly woman discount of 50%! Outrageous!!

This war time pub boasted a parked vintage motorbike which caught our eye. Many more vintage motorcycles were scattered around the show, some for sale and some to lust over. If you like the military side of things then there are full-scale choreographed battle reenactments everyday.

I particularly loved the row of mocked up shops and we spent a good half an hour wandering into each of them.

A full on vegetable garden complete with hen and Anderson shelter.

An RAF encampment with spitfires, army tents and chaps in full uniform drinking tea. All very British!

This French cafe was in the middle of the show as a display, the lady in the entrance looked rather scary with her gun! Many visitors to the show were dressed in their favourite period costume, lots of soliders and military personnel as well as lasses in vintage tea dress with victory rolls and chaps in smart 40's cut suits. We enjoyed people watching whilst taking a break to have some lunch from one of the many catering vans.

Last but not least were the 1940's style tearooms in this beamed barn. The hour long wait for a table left us tea less but the tiers of petite sandwiches and cakes and scones looked so delicious. Next year we will definitely get here early!

22 - 26 July 2015
Folkestone Racecourse

Friday, 18 July 2014

Whitney: The Blue Boar

It was on a road trip to the Cotswolds with friends that we stopped off in the pretty town of Whitney, near Oxford for some lunch. Wandering around the town we spotted and liked the look of The Blue Boar with its cream painted exterior and fresh blue window frames so went in.

Inside is a very trendy looking bar area with informal seating. A friendly young lad asked if we would like a table and led us through to the back where the restaurant style seating is laid out. Taking our drinks order he left us all with menus whilst the eight of us chatted and decided what to eat.

The food choices range from Mediterranean inspired food to traditional pub classics as well as some modern British dishes. They serve food from breakfast through lunch to dinner and also do an afternoon tea.

It feels very up market with a high quality interior. Lots of honey hued wooden beams, open brick fireplaces alongside modern tables and stylish seating. The atmosphere is relaxing and informal with the feel of being somewhere exclusive. The loos are super swanky too! We all sat at a side round table with its curved bench seat and high back. It felt very cosy and private.

Having made up our minds on what to have for lunch, the lad was back to take our order and refill some drinks. The kitchen is an open plan theatre affair at the back of the dining area where you can watch your food being cooked. They have a unique charcoal fulled Josper grill giving an aromatic char grilled flavour to fresh meat and fish dishes. All meat is 100% British and is sourced through the three times winner of the 'Ethical Meat Supplier of The Year' Aubrey Allen.

A short while later after lots of wine and laughing from us, our food arrives presented on wooden boards with chips in a mini wire dish. I went for the Lime & Chilli Chicken in a toasted bap with chips. It was delicious, just the right portion size but rather pricey at £11.95.

The Verdict?
A great spot for a celebration meal in a plush pub with great atmosphere. It is pricey but this is a pricey area. The staff were super friendly and accommodating, the food all tasted very good and is all sourced ethically. They use good quality ingredients, the presentation is great and overall we had a very enjoyable lunch.

28 Market Square
OX28 6HB

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Our Pick: 5 Cool Catering Conversions July

Here are a handful of cool vans that have been converted into catering use.

1. VW Camper

As long as it didn't rain then this cute VW camper conversion would make an eye catching coffee camper. On eBay for an asking price of £11,000.

2. Ford Escort Mk4

Now this is what we call eye catching! An classic 1990 Ford Escort van has been given the make over of a life time as a Batmobile ice cream truck. On eBay with starting bids at £4599.

3. Austin A35

This 1966 Austin van has been fully converted into a coffee van which can turn over 800 cups of tea and coffee on a weekend. All ready to start trading, it can even come with a trading pitch. On Gumtree for an asking price of £12,500.

1966 austin A35 coffee van- great opportunity  East Sussex Picture 2

1966 austin A35 coffee van- great opportunity  East Sussex Picture 3

4. Citroen HY Van

A 1963 Citroen HY diesel horsebox which has been converted into a catering van with a wood fired pizza oven. For sale on Car and Classic for £32500 you'd have to sell of lot of pizzas to make your money back!



On Car and Classic, this long wheel base Citroen H van has had a full restoration into a fully functioning catering van. It has a griddle, grill, hot and cold water, bain marie and can be painted with your choice of colour all for an eye watering £50,000. Blimey!

Vintage Citroen food truck  For Sale (1980)

Vintage Citroen food truck  For Sale (1980)

Our Pick: 5 Vintage Events

We love a vintage fair and are planning on attending lots this summer so we have rounded up a handful that are happening in the South East in case you fancy it too!

1. Firle Vintage Fair

When: 9th and 10th August
Where: Firle Place, Firle

The village of Firle in the parish of Lewes in East Sussex means in old-English 'overgrown Oak'. Dating back to the Domesday Book when it records Firle as being valued £44, it was amongst the highest valued in the country. The vintage fair is held at Firle Park and even has carriage rides!

When: 16th - 20th July
Where: Folkestone Racecourse, Stone Street, Westenhanger, Hythe

This 5 day military and vintage festival at Folkestone Racecourse is an amazing day out. There is a massive vintage scene with a dedicated Vintage Village with rows of vintage stalls and my favourite vintage hair and make up saloons where you can get some victory rolls put in. History groups as well as individuals dress up in the style of 1930 to 1960 making it feel like you are stepping back in time. 

War &amp Peace military vehicles and battle re-enactment poster

When: 20th July
Where: Belmont, Belmont Park, Throwley, Faversham

Held in the gorunds of Belmont House in Throwley near Faversham, they'll have everything from retro sweets to kitchenalia, vintage clothing to handmade gifts. There will be a tea tent serving delicious homemade cakes alongside tea. 

When: 12 - 14 September
Where: Goodwood, Chichester, West Sussex

Many revival visitors go to many lengths to recreate their favourite look from either to 40s, 50s or 60s. It is like stepping back in time with a revival hair saloon, vintage shops and vintage cars racing.

When: 20th and 21st September
Where: The Historic Dockyard, Chatham, Kent

A truly vintage do with spitfire displays, an air raid reenactment, 1940s village square, anti aircraft gun display, garden picnics,  vintage pop up tearooms and vintage clothing shops.