Monday, 25 July 2016

Happy Birthday Skyfall

As Skyfall is approaching their first birthday, we thought it was time to try out the restaurant located on the busy Church Road. Having just appointed a new head chef Brian (who has been there since the opening but is now running the kitchen himself) we were lucky enough to try a new set menu which is a taster of what will be launched this summer.


We had an amuse- bouche to start which whetted our appetites for the delicious 3 course meal that followed. This was a lovely touch and impressed us. The starter was a Crab and Courgette Cannelloni which was a fresh taste of the sea - very handy as the restaurant is located only a few minutes from the beach!

The main was a combination of melt in your mouth succulent lamb noisette and a crispy, rich, lamb croquette placed on potato puree and summer vegetables.

Our dessert was white chocolate cheese cake with cherry sorbet with a delicious surprise of meringue underneath. All the dishes were beautifully presented and all the produce is locally sourced.


Skyfall is not only a restaurant serving elegant modern cuisine but also a live music lounge showcasing local talent. What better way to spend your weekend than ordering a cocktail, sitting back and listening to some acoustic, soul or jazz music in a stylish and relaxed setting. 

We particularly liked the interior. They have gone for a rustic understated but colourful style. We sat next to contemporary tiled wall art and opposite an amazing wine rack feature on the wall.

Skyfall is a refreshing addition to Hove, bringing with it the a creative and passionate chef, a stripped back bright and funky interior and an exciting new summer menu which we cannot wait to experience again. 






Wednesday, 20 July 2016

British Airways i360 opening soon! #bai360

The city, and the country's, newest attraction has today announced their official opening date.... *drumroll*

British Airways i360 will open on Thursday 4th August 

We are uber excited and cannot wait to take flight!

I started working at VisitBrighton almost 11 years ago (gasp!) and I remember that it was not long after I started that the idea of an observation tower on the seafront was first discussed. To be honest there were times when I thought it wasn't going to happen so it's fantastic to hear that in just over two weeks visitors will get to experience this brand new attraction right here in Brighton.

For those of you who are wondering what I'm talking about I should explain that the i360 will be the world's tallest moving observation tower. It will be a vertical cable car, with a pod that can hold up to 200 people. The pod will glide 450 feet into the air for 360 degree views across Brighton & Hove, showcasing the sea, the city and the countryside with views of up to 26 miles.

Tickets are now available to buy from the British Airways i360 website.


Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Meet the Maker: The Emperor's Old Clothes @FlockBrighton

The beautiful vintage & handmade boutique Flock in the North Laine has been running a Meet the Maker series on their blog recently, introducing us to the talented people behind the stunning creations. 

Read on to learn more about Cecily Blondel of The Emperor's Old Clothes and to see more from the Meet the Makers series visit the Flock blog... 

Where are you from?
I’m originally from Bristol but have been living in Brighton for nearly 8 years now.

How long have you been running your label?
We have been going since November 2012; the team has changed over the years but The Emperor’s Old Clothes has always been my project and I’m really excited to have such a great little team now including Charlotte, Louisa & Ella!

What materials do you use?
We use beautiful mainly vintage and end-of-roll fabrics. It’s important to the ethos of our brand not only in terms of sustainability but also because the history of these often antique pieces really add to the personality of each new item of clothing. I’m always on the hunt for ‘new’ vintage fabrics whether I’m away in Paris or closer to home – I’m often pouncing on the newest stock from Pick Up Sticks Vintage in Flock – meaning there’s generally lots to choose from at the Emperor’s Studio.

What is your making process?
It depends on the type of piece I’m making: if its a bespoke or custom piece its very much customer-led. I work really closely with each individual from helping them to develop their garment idea – whether it be mens tailoring, bridal, formal or casual-wear – to designing the item and advising or sourcing their perfect fabric. If it is a ready-to-wear piece that we sell at Flock or online then often the look and feel of the fabric dictates what type of garment it will eventually become. We have four main dress designs the Amy, Catherine, Susa & Lottie (below), as well as other seasonal pieces like our high-waisted shorts and men’s waistcoats which we create in different fabrics. I design and pattern-cut all the Emperor’s pieces and then I or one of my team cut, sew and hand-finish the piece ready to hit the shop floor/our online stores.

Do you offer customised pieces?
Yes our dresses can be ordered in different sizes, fabrics and styles in store. With a whole studio of amazing fabrics customers have a hard time choosing but its always really interesting to see which combinations they go for and how similar or different they are to something we might have done! It’s great because people often order these pieces for special occasions like weddings or parties so you know you’re helping them feel confident for their important moments with a piece that no-one else will be wearing.

What is your favourite material to work with?
Probably cotton as its so malleable and easy to sew although we recently had a bridal customer who choose the most beautiful silk dupion which was gorgeous to work with!

Where do you work?
We have a studio downstairs at Flock where we hand-make all our clothing and accessories as well as run customer appointments and fittings.

Photo by Light Trick Photography

What’s your best seller at Flock?
Recently its definitely been our high-waisted shorts & braces! Our little purses are also always popular and make great gifts.

What’s inspiring you right now?

Although it feels like the summer is only just beginning I’m starting to get excited about jackets and coats for this winter! Having sourced some gorgeous wools recently I can’t wait to get stuck in. Also looking forward to creating some more mens’ smoking jackets this autumn/winter. Plus we have our next themed A/W collection in the pipeline which we’ll be releasing more details about in the next couple of months…

Where do you sell online?
Via our website & our Etsy shop