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Chicken Mulligatawny Soup

We made this hearty, warming soup in the Spenlow kitchen in St. Albans on a cold, rainy and grey Tuesday – just the antidote to such dreadful weather. Simple ingredients, very straightforward to make and gluten and dairy free – what’s not to love? This soup would make the perfect lunch or light supper on a chilly…

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Melanie Williams

Bespoke Interiors

Melanie Williams Bespoke Interiors is a design studio specialising in architecture, interior design and bespoke furniture design. Melanie works personally with each and every client to ensure that all projects are a real collaboration and works on projects in London but also as far afield as New York. Melanie set up her business after years of…

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Park Chinois


Park Chinois on Berkeley Street in Mayfair is a lavish, bi-level, 15,200 square foot fusion of gourmet Chinese restaurant and club by the legendary Alan Yau. With interiors designed by Jacques Garcia that celebrate a mix of French and Asian Chinoiserie from 1920’s and 1930’s Shanghai, think red velvet with black and white inlaid marble floors, pillars of mirrored…

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Chilli, Garlic and Ginger Chicken Noodles

This is such a great summer recipe – fresh, delicious and light which makes it perfect for lunch or a light supper. We cooked the chicken in the Miele main oven a fan setting at 180C with 3 bursts of steam. The moisture plus function on the Miele main oven means perfect roasting results can be…

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Sub-Zero French Door Over-And-Under Refrigerator / Freezer

We are so delighted that our newly refurbished Spenlow kitchen in the St. Albans showroom has the brilliant new 914mm Sub-Zero French door refrigerator/freezer. From the brand that pioneered built-in refrigeration, we love the sleek aesthetic of this model with its clean design, exceptional build quality and distinctive louvred grille. The built-in units by Sub-Zero come in…

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The Great Eight Phantoms

A Rolls-Royce Exhibition

In celebration of 92 years of the illustrious Rolls Royce Phantom, an exhibition of some of the most notable models will be held at Bonhams from 29 July until 2 August 2017. Eight of the most historically significant Phantoms will be displayed at Bonhams international flagship saleroom on New Bond Street, London, including the long-awaited New Phantom. A selection…

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Cooking with Miele

Mushroom Risoni Recipe

Risoni, or orzo as it’s more commonly called in the UK, is quicker and easier to cook than rice so this recipe for mushroom risoni is perfect for a super fast alternative. We made this recipe in our Spenlow kitchen using the Miele induction hob and it took no time at all. I N G R E…

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Bulgari Hotel

Milan, Italy

On a private street in downtown Milan, between Via Montenapoleone, Via della Spiga, La Scala and the Accademia di Brera, in a tastefully renovated 18th-century Milanese palazzo is the Bulgari Hotel Milano, a five star hotel situated in the cultural and commercial heart of a city that, behind its austere façades, hides delightful and unexpected…

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A Day in the Life

Charlotte Wood, Wild Wood London

Charlotte Wood runs Wild Wood London, a bespoke floral studio based in Wandsworth, South West London that specialises in florals for weddings, events, press days and fashion brands. They also provide one to one tuition and workshops including a combined calligraphy and bouquet making as part of a collaboration with Pale Press London. We caught up with Charlotte…

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5 of the best rooftop terraces in London

Few things in life beat the feeling of relaxing in the afternoon / early evening sunshine and for those working through the summer in London, nothing beats an aperitif at one of London’s best rooftop terraces – here are a few to add to your list… 1.   A V I A R Y  ,…

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The Dead Rabbit at Claridge’s

Voted No 1 at the World’s Best Bars 2016, New York’s celebrated Irish drinking tavern The Dead Rabbit is coming to London this summer at Claridge’s Bar for an exclusive week-long pop-up. The multi award-winning 19th-century-style bar will be authentically recreated and will be complete with ragtime piano playing and authentic New York-style service designed…

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Aubergine Parmigiana Recipe

Aubergine Parmigiana Recipe On our Lacanche Chalonnais range cooker in our Felsted showroom we have an electric plancha which is a fantastic option on these bespoke cookers. You cook directly onto the hot plate which is perfect for recipes like this aubergine parmigiana which requires you to cook the aubergine in batches… Ingredients 3 large…

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Chicken Milanese Recipe

Chicken Milanese Recipe This is our version of Chicken Milanese which we cooked in the Lacanche Chalonnais in our Felsted showroom. We had the choice of cooking it in either the convection or static oven and chose the convection – it turned out perfectly! If you want a more garlicky version add a clove of…

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SuperYacht Gallery at the Saatchi

As the first exposition of the yachting world ever presented in gallery format, The SuperYacht Gallery at the Saatchi promises to reveal all facets of the industry, from craftsmanship to lifestyle; innovation to marine exploration. Taking place over three days from 1 – 3 June 2017, the seven themed gallery exhibits at the gallery will be;…

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Las Alcobas, Napa Valley

There is a farm house at the top of a hill in Napa Valley, the Acacia House and now that California’s world-famous wine region has added this Georgian Revival farmhouse to its portfolio, Las Alcobas beckons us to beautiful understated interiors designed by award-winning international design firm Yabu Pushelberg. With custom furniture, Rivolta Carmignani linens,…

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Wolf Range Cooker

Using the Temperature Probe

One of the reasons we love to cook using the Wolf range cooker is the precision and accuracy of the temperature probe. Having family and friends over for Sunday lunch is such a lovely tradition and probably one of the best ways to spend a Sunday. It can, however, be a little stressful trying to cook…

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Baron’s Cove

Sag Habor, The Hamptons

After a two-year renovation, Baron’s Cove is a far cry from its former motel identity and with Cape Resorts hotelier Curtis Bashaw and his sister, decorator Colleen Bashaw, overseeing the project it’s little wonder that the final result is nothing short of perfection. The new resort maintains the name and footprint of the original structure, which…

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Aged Brass Perrin & Rowe Taps

If you’re reading this the chances are you’ve seen our kitchens either on our website, in magazines or via social media so it’s a fairly safe bet to say you’ve clocked that we love installing Perrin & Rowe taps in our sinks. We’ve talked about Perrin & Rowe taps before on the blog before here…

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The Palazzo Venart Hotel


A luxury hidden gem in the floating city, Palazzo Venart Hotel, Venice is the perfect place to spend a weekend away. This 16th-century Venetian palace opened last summer with a new lease of life: marble furnishings, parquet flooring and antiques and artworks are layered to marvellous effect throughout the hotel. Boasting a prime Grand Canal…

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Open Plan London Nickleby Kitchen - Humphrey Munson

How to order a Lacanche range cooker

If you’ve seen our kitchen projects on the website, you may have noticed a distinctive range cooker that we love to install in our projects. For over 200 years, the Lacanche range cookers  have been handcrafted in a foundry in the small village of Lacanche in the Burgundy region of France. They are revered by some of…

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Made in Britain Auction

The Made in Britain auction by Sotheby’s is dedicated showcase of the very best in modern British art in the 20th century across the disciples of paintings, work on paper, print, photography, contemporary and studio ceramics and design. Taking place on the perfect opportunity to acquire pieces from  the biggest names in 20th century art.…

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Château St Pierre de Serjac, France

This magnificent Château estate with vineyard, hotel, restaurant, spa and luxury self-catering properties is set in 200 acres of beautiful Mediterranean countryside in the Languedoc, South of France. Stretching lazily along the Mediterranean from the Cote d’Azur to the Spanish border, the Languedoc retains all of the authentic charm and timeless appeal of the South of…

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All natural cleaning products

Launched in late 2016 by sisters Angelika and Anastasia Brozler – an investment banker and herbalist / fragrance expert respectively – Tincture create natural and cruelty-free cleaning products based on ancient monastic knowledge of active botanical ingredients. After international careers in business and the fragrance industry, Angelika and Anastasia settled down in London with their families…

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Lympstone Manor, Devon

Michael Caines, one of Britain’s most celebrated and best known chefs, is set to open the luxury country retreat Lympstone Manor in Devon in April 2017. Located on the southern edge of Lympstone village, between Exeter and Exmouth, the Grade II listed Georgian mansion is set in 28 acres with unrivalled views overlooking the Exe…

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Dexter Beef Ragù & Pappardelle

One thing we love during these cooler winter months is our dual control 3 oven AGA in the Longford kitchen in Felsted. We have it on all the time and it’s so perfect for slow cooking. We’ve made this ragù recipe a lot over the winter – the recipe yields masses of delicious slow cooked…

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