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April: Hungry’s top 5 design loves from the world of food….

Each month I will quickly blog about my 5 design loves  from the food and drink industry that I have spotted on my travels. These could be anything from interesting menu designs, to unique logos or a sexy new food concept or just simply something that makes me laugh.

So here goes for the month of April that seen the nation eagerly await the arrival Kate and Williams royal baby. I was out there falling in love with these creative ideas:

1.  Menu Design: A menu in a plant pot such a simple yet effective idea  and could be quite cost effective for small food businesses such as restaurants, bars and cafes.

All Bar One have kept there creative very simple and I think actual plant should be more of the herb variety and the word ‘peckish’  maybe shouldn’t be used as it might encourage the eating of the plant (see below). Great concept could just work a little harder.

Spotted at: Allbarone at Euston Station

All Bar One - Plant Menu
All Bar One – Plant Menu
Hungry getting Peckish
Hungry getting Peckish

2. Food ideas – Tacos:  The beauty of the meat tacos street food dish stopped me in my tracks, the vibrant combinations of colours and lovingly stacked piles of meats, vegetables and pickles was something I hadn’t seen before.  Beautiful and unexpected.

Spotted at: Served by Smoqued at the Seasonal Market, Birmingham

Smoqued Tacos
Smoqued Tacos 
Smoqued menu
Smoqued menu

3.  Interior Design: A fried egg lamp shade anyone? This lamp rocked my world when I entered the The Breakfast Club Cafe not only does it supports the breakfast theme for obvious reasons it enhances the 80s vibe. It brought total joy to my day.

 Spotted at: The Breakfast Club Cafe, London Bridge 

Fried Egg Lamp Shade - The Breakfast club cafe - London Bridge
Fried Egg Lamp Shade – The Breakfast club cafe – London Bridge

4. Drinks promotion:  Virgins Tilting Ale. An ale that makes you tilt? Brilliant – bring it on.  The ale named after Virgin’s tilting pendolino trains reviews are pretty good but I didnt know if a ‘titling’ ale promoted sensible drinking . Or maybe it’s me just over thinking the word tilting,  Anyway it caused for a giggle on the way home!

Spotted at: London – Rugby on a Virgin (Tilting) Train 2015-04-07 22.58.34-2

 

5. Signage: Just add sparkle. I loved this sign by the Hungry Toad as mentioned in my blog at the Birmingham Spring Market. One effective sign brought the whole stand to life.

I would have never put the glitter signage with the Hungy Toads branding. But it just worked… Well done guys! May be should just all add sparkle.

 Spotted at: Seasonal Market, Birmingham

Hungry Toad signage
Hungry Toad signage
Hungry Toad
Hungry Toad

Fab look back through April. I will keep spotting design loves and who knows what May will bring. Exciting times ahead.

The Nooks got us slightly hooked…

Where else is one to go on a Saturday afternoon with my oldest and dearest friend than for a delightful visit to the famous, Nook on the Square, Rugby.

The cafe was recently featured on primetime TV show – The Restaurant ManKate James and Alex Woodcock opened The Nook in January of this year, just a few months after filming the BBC Two programme . In the television show Russell Norman sees that the sisters have spotted a huge gap in the market in the quiet little village of Dunchurch.

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The Nock – outside
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Famous salmon square quiche

Katie decided to turn the downstairs of her house into a cafe after seeing a gap in the market.  The Nook serves a simple menu which features  a variety of breakfasts including a hearty vegetarian, for lunch -there are homemade specials, seasonal soup and a cream tea served after 12pm.

After watching the programme I spent weeks dreaming about the famous square quiche (I really do have a thing about quiche am wondering if its my age!), it lived upto everything I had dreamed about it was out of this world and all homemade that morning! I went for the smoked salmon and asparagus quiche and my friend the goats cheese option – I definitely picked the winner!

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Menu

The Nook has a strong square logo and is reflected subtly throughout everything even down to the food – the square quiches and the square scones.

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The Nook – inside
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Milk bottle vase

The cafe itself could be the perfect set for a 1940′s movie.  The Nook ticks every vintage box with the mix and match of furniture, chandelers,  white washed walls, tea sets on marble fire places and quirky touches that make you feel at home yet still in a modern vintage tea room.   The atmosphere is lovely it’s the perfect place to spend an afternoon with an old friend, the food is great and the service is friendly.

Now all I need to do is find out how to make those quiches am totally hooked!

Visit: The Square, Dunchurch, Rugby Warwickshire CV22 6NG

Call: 01788 312459

Website: thenookonthesquare.co.uk

Menu: thenookonthesquare.co.uk/menu-july.pdf

TV programme: http://bbc.in/1duBXAT