Friday, 11 December 2009

The launch of Patron Silver Reindeer

The Actor and I went along to the launch of the fantastic Patron Silver Reindeer at the Big Sky Studios just along the road from St Pancras Station. The "one weekend only" Christmas feasting restaurant is open from Thursday to Sunday for lunch and dinner.

We were greeted by our fabulous hosts, Pablo and David then went straight to the drinks reception at the back of the huge and stunning studio space before we sat down to dinner. It was full of our friends and we all had a marvelous time catching up with everyone and sampled a range of David Waddington's Patron Tequila cocktails.

The dining room

Lit up

One of David's Patron Tequila cocktails

David and Pablo looked extremely dashing in Jil Sander velvet smoking jackets and David was sporting a bow tie. We were serenaded on the grand piano by Xavior, who was the pianist at the original Reindeer and plays at Bistrotheque at weekends.

British fashion was out in force, most of them straight from the British Fashion Council Awards on Wednesday night. The tequila cocktails soon perked them up!

Fashion's most wanted set designer, Gary Card

We all sat down to dinner on long tables inside a vast set of cut out giant snowflakes. The stylish and contemporary Christmas set was designed by the extremely talented Gary Card.

Patron Silver Reindeer is a feasting restaurant. We were brought huge silver platters of delicious dressed crab on a bed of salad, foié gras paté with melba toast and Beetroot, celeriac and orange salads for us to share.

Roasted quail with bacon

Mixed beets and orange salad with horseradish cream

Honey roast pheasant

This was followed by more trays full of mouth-watering roasted quails, pheasant legs in honey and wonderfully tender English ham, sweet roasted carrots, perfectly cooked brussels sprouts and beautifully rich Dauphinoise potatoes. The Actor was in his element! He finished everything on my plate too.

Next came some Tequila sorbet which was wonderful but much more dangerous than it first appeared!

Dark chocolate tart with salted caramelised pistachios, served with a salted caramel sauce was delicious

Tequila Tiramisu cocktail - so wonderful it could be my new drink of choice!

We had such a great time, the atmosphere was fabulous. We all sat around chatting for ages after the food was finished. There were bottles of Patron Tequila everywhere and we were all given a bottle to take home with us. I bet there were a few sore heads on Friday!

Here are some of the lovely people who joined us

Bistrotheque's Pablo Flack and the gorgeous Lulu Kennedy from Fashion East. Holly Fulton had won Swarovski's Emerging Talent Award for Accessories the previous evening for Fashion East

Phoebe Arnold from LOVE and the fantastic designer Roksanda Ilincic

Alistair Allan from Dazed and Confused. Alistair's an amazing photographer and was giving me tips on how best to take and pose for photos. I will do a blog with Alistair's tips soon

David Waddington and the wonderful Stephen Jones

Super Stylist Mr Judy Blame

Gorgeous Katie Hillier who'd won Accessories Designer of the Year at the British Fashion Awards the night before and Melanie Rickey from Grazia

A very lovely couple; the Clash's Paul Simonon and Serena Rees

Fabulous Alison O'Brien who creates stunning thing with Giles

My gorgeous friend, Restaurateur Jeremy Lee from the excellent Blue Print Cafe

International Herald Tribune's Alice Rawsthorne wearing a Balenciaga jacket, Miu Miu brooch and Giles skirt

Fantastic Man's Charlie Porter

Looking great in red; Sara Blonstein

Verbal from the Teriyaki Boyz

Yoon from Ambush

Stylist Richard Sloan and designer Louise Gray

Olivia Hegarty wearing a Tour de Force headpiece

The lovely Brix Smith-Start

Xavior looking fetching in pink trousers, socks and matching hair on the piano

Bistrotheque Head Chef Tom Collins who made our amazing dinner

Serena Rees, fabulous in a Vivienne Westwood dress. Serena has opened a great new chocolate shop, I shall be blogging it here soon

Mr Gary Card

The fabulous James Jeanette

Jeanette's boots

Abby Bennett from Mandi Lennard Publicity's fab boots

I loved Roksanda Ilinic's gorgeous shoes by Nicholas Kirkwood

Line of the night - I was taking a picture of Serena's Westwood dress and Mandi Lennard shouted out "Forget Serena's dress!! have you seen Judy's turd necklace?!"

Pablo and David have pulled off yet another well deserved success. Thank you to you both for a exceptional night xxx

More pictures on the LOVE magazine blog, link below

The professional photographs with a blue tint are by Morgan O'Donovan
The rest are by myself.

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