Birthday boy the gorgeous Mr Waddington
Yesterday my great friend David Waddington co-owner of East End restaurant, bar and cabaret Bistrotheque gave a lunch for forty close friends and family to celebrate his 40th Birthday. It was also the seventh anniversary of Bistrotheque's opening.
Even after seven years Bistrotheque still has no sign outside just this painted on the wall in entrance
It was lovely to catch up with everyone, most of us have known each other for a very long time and they're all wonderful.
We started off with Pol Roger Champagne and rock oysters in the bar. The Actor loves oysters and I think he ate most of them!
Chef Jeremy Lee who runs the fantastic Blue Print Café on the Thames and Giles Deacon. Giles got off a plane from Italy on Friday morning and had a cold so we told him to go to bed rather than coming to watch the wedding with us, although his lovely sense of humour was missed. He was dosed up to the eyeballs at lunch and he's off to New York today. The poor boy sees more airports in a week than I see in a year!
Wonderland magazine's Fashion Director Grace Cobb wearing Givenchy
PR Mandi Lennard (I love her Daniel Palillo shirt) and Bistrotheque co-owner Pablo Flack
Bistrotheque head chef Tom Collins
DJ Jonjo Jury and writer Daryoush Haj-Najafi
Fashion Director of Ponystep magazine Phoebe Arnold and Adrian Bower
Architect Frans Burrows and DJ Nathan Wilkins
Pablo and LOVE Fashion Editor Jean Marc-Masala
Hazel Robinson who works for Giles and Loewe and Loewe's head designer Keith Warren
LOVE Editor-in-Chief Katie Grand, Grace Cobb and photographer Liz Collins
The Oak Room at Bistrotheque
We all went upstairs to The Oak Room for lunch. I was too busy eating and chatting as usual and I forgot to take pictures of all the food.
We started with English cured ham, beetroot and horseradish coleslaw, Stichelton (blue cheese) with chicory, pine nuts, apple and baby leaf salad. The main course was a choice between Duck confit with wild mushrooms and green beans or cod and chips served with pea pureé and homemade tartare sauce. Pudding was a caramel tart with Ivy House Farm jersey cream from Neal's Yard which was amazing and Kirkham's Lancashire cheese from Neal's Yard with oatcakes and Yorkshire chutney. I absolutely loved it, the cheese was fabulous.
I shouted at them all to look up
I caught a few of them off guard. There's David's lovely dad on the left waving
David and fashion designer Sophie Dammann
Stylist Richard Sloan and actress Gwendoline Christie
Phoebe remembered to take a picture of the caramel tart just before I polished the rest off
Kirkham's Lancashire cheese, oatcakes and Yorkshire chutney. I could eat this all over again
A rare picture of me, I usually manage to swerve them. Phoebe said something so I turned round and she caught me just as I was about to stuff some cheese in my mouth. Look at the face on me!
Siobhan Griffin Kelly wearing a vintage Laura Ashley maxi dress
Sophie Dammann and her gorgeous daughter May
Liz Collins and David
What a brilliant day and evening. We had such a great time and I know everyone else did too.
Happy Birthday my darling! xxx
Today The Actor and I sat around drinking tea in the garden. Amazingly I didn't have a hangover even though the drink flowed day and night. The Actor had to get back to Manchester to carry on filming, I was sad to see him go but he's home again on Thursday. I'm glad he came back for a little bit of the weekend, he didn't want to miss David's Birthday.
I laid about reading the papers, it was lovely and sunny again, not that I actually sunbathe but it's nice to be outside. I was too lazy to cook so I called Bistrotheque for what we call "posh meals on wheels". A taxi arrived with my lunch/dinner...
Asparagus and garlic soup with warm bread - lovely!
Roast chicken with all the trimmings which was great! It took me two goes to finish it. That plate is massive too.
I haven't even switched on my laptop this weekend until now which is rare. Look forward to catching up with everyone later. I hope you've all had a fantastic weekend so far. Love, Christina xxx