Posts Tagged ‘reception’

Revel & Reveal at Church House Conference Centre

Posted on: April 27th, 2015 by chandco

It seems like many moons ago that we were wrapped up in our winter coats and excitedly heading to Church House Conference Centre for our first meeting about their annual showcase event.

After months of planning, our collective designs came to life on Thursday 16 April as more than 200 event organisers gathered for a night of fabulous food and entertainment.

The aptly named Revel & Reveal event invited guests to sample highlights from our brand new menus at Church House Conference Centre. Breaking with tradition, the annual gala evening traded its usual sit down dinner for an interactive and experiential reception as guests were taken on a food-led journey through the venue.

Guests were immersed into the streets of London, with food stalls representing Brick Lane and its vibrant street food scene, Borough Market’s local suppliers and distinctively delicious produce, Fish Island with hundreds of freshly shucked oysters and Foreman’s cured salmon. We also paid tribute to best of Bermondsey with a traditional East End pie and mash stall; a nod to Manzes Pie & Mash, a family business that’s still going strong after 100 years in trading.

To top the night off, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) Cabaret brought in a cast of 12 performers to celebrate the history of the West End as our team served bite sized puddings to guests.

Robin Parker, General Manager of Church House Conference Centre, commented: “We decided to do something a little different for our gala evening in order to take guests, especially those who are new to Church House, on a tour of the venue both in terms of the event spaces and culinary experience. Doing this gave us an opportunity to add an experiential element by showing the many different concepts and ways in which the catering provided by Church House and Harbour & Jones Events can be tailored to any event. Entertaining both existing and potential clients is something the whole team can get involved with, and our aim was to celebrate the best of London within the unique surroundings of Church House, and from all the comments we have received it certainly seems we achieved that.”

As in previous years, instead of providing guests with goody bags Church House made a donation to Dreams Come True, a UK charity for children and young people with serious and life-limiting conditions.

We are delighted to have been a part of such a fantastic evening, and you’ll find all of the photos from the night on the Church House Flickr gallery.

We’re also thrilled to present the new menus that are available now to event bookers. The perfect setting for events of all sizes, contact us to find out more about holding your next event at Church House.






Mods and Rockers get a taste of Middle Temple Hall

Posted on: March 12th, 2015 by chandco

We had the pleasure of hosting a ‘Mods and Rockers’ themed dinner last week (7 March) at Middle Temple Hall.

The dinner formed part of the London City Selection experiential weekend, with the annual gathering being a chance for event-booking agents to sample hospitality at a number of London venues. After a drinks reception at The London Stock Exchange, guests came together at Middle Temple Hall for a gala dinner inspired by days by the British seaside – a fitting tribute to the Mod classic film Quadrophenia, and the album of the same name by The Who.

On arrival at Middle Temple Hall, part of the Harbour & Jones Events Collection, guests were greeted with a drinks reception and tempting canapés including popcorn crayfish cones, quail Scotch egg lollipops and Cropwell Bishop cheese doughnuts.

Taking their seats at the imposing, Hogwarts-style banqueting tables, guests sampled sharing platter starters, aptly named ‘a taste of the Great British seaside’ with potted shrimps, Dorset crab and Foreman’s smoked beetroot cured salmon all vying for attention.

To a sound track of classic rock music, the platters were cleared to make way for perfectly pink honey glazed Gressingham duck, and truffled potato gnocchi all served up with giant sharing dishes of hotpot style potatoes and spring greens.

As drinks flowed, the mood became playful as a flash mob took to the floor, delighting diners with an impressive dance routine set to well known anthems.

Harbour & Jones Events Director of Food, Gary Mckechnie finished the evening with an incredible pudding of chocolate delice, caramelised banana, honeycomb rocks, served on mod targets

We invited up-and-coming food blogger, Joe Teng from Food Punk Joe to join us at the table. Get the inside scoop from the event on his blog.

Theming is a great way to add a touch of informality to your events. We have some great ideas, and the creativity and flair to make them happen. Enquire now and let our Creative Director, Jules Heckman-Hughes and her team make your next event one to remember.

Join us for a showcase breakfast at Cutty Sark

Posted on: January 21st, 2015 by chandco

Are you looking for venue inspiration, but short on time?

Join us for a showcase breakfast at Cutty Sark on Friday 6 February at 8am

In just over an hour, you will…

…and you’ll be back to work in no time!

Places are limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.

To reserve your place please contact Lucy Mears, Sales & Marketing Manager.

#Venueinspo #HandJEvents

First event held in Cutty Sark’s Master’s Saloon

Posted on: June 24th, 2013 by chandco

Harbour & Jones Events hosted the first event in Cutty Sark’s Master’s Saloon since the ship re-opened to the public in April 2012. The Saloon was last used by the Master on the vessel’s final voyage as a cargo ship in 1922.

The unique space is located on the top deck and in its previous working life was used by the ship’s master to entertain guests while in port, or to study the charts while at sea.

Starting at 7pm on Tuesday 4th June, guests were greeted with a champagne reception and canapés in the glorious sunshine on the weather deck with expansive views over the Thames.

Exploring its history, curator Jessica Lewis took guests on a tour of the ship’s rich and famed history before seating for dinner in the saloon at 8pm.

Harbour & Jones Events, who also runs the Even Keel café at Cutty Sark during the day, brought in its special event chef, Steve Fitzgerald who cooked up a starter of pea veloute, white truffle and Parmesan crisp, followed by mains of sea trout confit with Dublin Bay prawns and fillet of Aberdeen Angus with oxtail ravioli. Finishing off the meal was new season’s Yorkshire rhubarb, Sauterne jelly with rhubarb juice and mascarpone.

Adding an extra touch of magic, guests were served coffee and petits fours on the weather deck to watch the sun go down over the iconic buildings of Canary Wharf.

The intimate saloon seats a maximum of 10 guests and already looks set to become one of the most sought-after and unique event spaces in London.

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If that’s you, email your CV to: jobs@harbourandjones.co.uk