Chef’s festive favourites: tofu and beetroot Wellington from Andrew O’Connor

The festive season is well and truly upon us, with twinkling fairy lights, baubles and the familiar scent of mulled wine sweeping across the nation.

With its delicious combination of succulent filling, flaky pastry and warming trimmings, the much-loved Wellington makes for perfect culinary fayre this festive season.

If you are looking to wow guests with your cooking wizardry this season, but need a helping hand, The Brewery has you covered.

Our Executive Chef, Andrew O’Connor, has compiled an easy to follow recipe for you to create a mouth-watering vegetarian version of this dish in your own home.

You can even download the recipe, as we have no doubt this will become a dish you will want to add to your festive repertoire each year!

Tofu and beetroot Wellington from Andrew O’Connor

A mouth-watering festive favourite

Enjoy!

Download the recipe card here

The Brewery Christmas recipe card

If you are looking for more culinary inspiration, why not book a Christmas party in 2020 at The Brewery? Delight in the very best bespoke cuisine created by our talented chefs and enjoy spectacular themed events with your closest friends, right in the heart of London.

Click here to find out more or use our enquiry form to discuss next year’s Christmas party booking with our expert team.

Christmas in London

Red bauble at ChristmasIt’s the most wonderful time of the year, and what better place to enjoy the festivities than in the bustling hub of the nation’s capital?

Here at The Brewery, our love of London lasts all year through, but when it comes to festive fun, you are spoilt for choice.

We’ve compiled a list of our favourite seasonal activities to help you make the absolute most of what the capital has to offer this Christmas.

Winter Wonderland

Get wrapped up and head to Hyde Park for a true festive spectacular. Opening on 21st November, this year’s event is brimming with new attractions for the whole family including:

The world’s tallest Observation Wheel

‘A Christmas Carol’ theme at the Magical Ice Kingdom

Seasonal ride pass

Paddington on ice

New comics at the Winter Wonderland Comedy Club

Showcase your skating skills on the UK’s largest open-air ice rink and enjoy a leisurely visit by day.  Watch Hyde Park transform by night into a glittering spectacle, the perfect setting for sipping on festive drinks and enjoying the atmosphere with friends.

Find out more and book attraction tickets here.

Christmas shopping

Christmas in London wouldn’t be complete without a visit to one of the many department stores the city has to offer.

The festively decorated shop windows of Harrods, Selfridges and Fortnum & Mason look Christmas card perfect, while many have delightful Santa’s grottos inside them, making them well worth a festive visit.

You never know, you may even spot that perfect piece of clothing to show off on Christmas Day or to make an entrance with on New Year’s Eve.

Syon Park’s Enchanted Woodland 2019

What could make for a more romantic festive experience than a visit to this year’s winter Enchanted Woodland event at Syon Park?

Now in its 14th year, enjoy a truly magical spectacle as the woodland surrounding the West London manor house is transformed by light.

Witness lasers, strobe and flood lights in a rainbow of colours illuminating the historic arboretum, enjoy the mile-long romantic trail and visit the picturesque ornamental lake.

Christmas in London surrounded by splashes of mesmerising colourful light – perfect.

Christmas markets

If you’re a sucker for a mince pie and swig of mulled wine, a visit to London’s Christmas markets are an absolute must.

The capital boasts an array of pop up festive markets that guarantee an enjoyable wintry experience. Grab those gloves, your favourite Christmas jumper and enjoy Christmas in London – market style and visit:

Leicester Square

Kingston Christmas Market

Hampstead Village Christmas Fair

Belgravia Christmas Sunday (December 1st only)

Southbank Centre’s Winter Market

Get your skates on

Re-enact your favourite festive movie scene and take to London’s jaw dropping ice rinks this season. Christmas in London wouldn’t be complete without getting your skates on and attempting your best figure skating moves.

There are a host of pretty pop up ice rinks at locations across the city, including:

The Natural History Museum

Canary Wharf

Somerset House

Hampton Court Palace

Many venues are open from October through to February, so you’ll have plenty of time to practice your pirouettes!

Enchanted Eltham 2019
Be truly bewildered by the winter lights trail at this year’s Enchanted Eltham Palace. The exquisite grounds will be transformed into a true spectacle, with the beautiful grounds lit with thousands of stunning fairy lights.

Enjoy a delicious festive hot chocolate or mulled wine and watch in awe at the light spectacular this Christmas.

Christmas parties at The Brewery

If you are keen to head to London and host your own 2020 Christmas celebration, contact The Brewery today.

Our team of experts create a unique themed event each year, from Golden Palm Las Vegas to this year’s Goodnight Cabaret theme, each Christmas is nothing short of spectacular. With six event spaces, a delicious selection of food and delicious drinks, we’ll help you mark Christmas 2020 in true style. Click here to make a booking.

Why London is the best city in the world to see in the New Year

London – the nation’s capital, an eclectic hive of activity, brimming with culture and excitement. And, of course, a true spectacle on the global stage when it comes to ringing in the New Year.

Boasting heritage, charm and an all-year-round buzz, there’s always something to see and do in this bustling city, and when it comes to New Year’s Eve celebrations, you are spoilt for choice.

See in 2020 with a bang, chant Auld Lang Syne in spectacular style and discover the best spots to welcome the New Year in iconic London.

London fireworks display

The Shard

Get your New Year off to a flying start by ringing in 2020 from the very top of London’s tallest structure, The Shard. Towering over the city, The View at The Shard boasts spectacular panoramic views over London’s skyline and offers the chance to witness the capital’s firework spectacular surrounded by sheer sophistication.

Party the night away and indulge in ultimate glamour by sipping on a flute of champagne as Big Ben strikes midnight. Don’t miss the chance to see in 2021 on top of the world for a once in a lifetime celebration.

Skylon

Wave goodbye to 2019 and enjoy spectacular views, luxury cuisine and delicious cocktails in one of London’s iconic hotspots on the South Bank.

Enjoy an indulgent five-course meal, followed by a glass of champagne on the Royal Festival Hall’s terrace – the ultimate spot to witness the stunning midnight fireworks display.

Dance into 2020 with live entertainment, a five-piece band and DJ. What better spot to welcome the New Year?

Ace Hotel

Witness London’s illuminated skyline from the comfort of the Ace Hotel’s chic rooftop restaurant. The Breakfast Can Wait New Year’s Eve event includes a welcome drink, a three-course dinner and an after party taking place across two rooms until 3am.

Toast to 2020 and enjoy London’s famous fireworks sipping on bubbly in this bustling cosmopolitan setting.

Radio Rooftop

Chic and sophisticated, the ME London Hotel’s swanky open-air bar, Radio Rooftop, is hosting a New Year bash to remember.

Promising to deliver stunning views of the midnight fireworks from across the river, this is a great spot to nibble on luxury canapes, enjoy DJ tunes and party into 2020 in sheer decadence.

Parliament Hill

Looking for something laid back and away from the city’s hustle and bustle? Parliament Hill offers a perfect location to witness the official New Year’s Eve fireworks by the London Eye, as well as other displays illuminating the city. Enjoy breathtaking views without the crowds associated with some of the official London parties.

Sip on some fizz and be in awe of London’s illuminated sky and enjoy the stunning view this New Year’s Eve.

Alexandra Palace

If you’re up for the challenge of climbing Alexandra Palace’s hill, the spectacular view of the city skyline is a visual feast of a reward. Be enchanted by witnessing the firework displays the city has to offer from the top of the hill and enjoy a magical New Year’s Eve amongst stunning scenery.

Stunning events in London at The Brewery

So that’s New Year’s Eve 2019 in London taken care of, but if you are looking to host your own event, wedding, conference, fashion show or product launch in London and are in pursuit of the perfect venue, contact The Brewery today.

Our team of experts will create a perfect event completely tailored to your requirements. With six event spaces, a delicious selection of food and delicious drinks, we’ll help you plan the perfect occasion, whatever you’re imagining. Click here to get in touch.

What to serve at a daytime wedding reception

More couples than ever before are getting married during the day and extending their celebrations way into the evening. After all, as one of the biggest days of your life, it’s certainly worthy of a big celebration.

However, many couples struggle to know what to serve at daytime wedding receptions. This is because they don’t want their guests full, tired and unable to enjoy the evening entertainment, nor do they want them too worse for wear too soon!

From menu choices through to drink choices, we have you covered. So, if you’re struggling with your daytime wedding reception plans, you have certainly landed in the right place.

Prosecco tray served at weddings

Cocktail hour stations

When it comes to planning a wedding today, there are no rules. An increasing number of couples are becoming more adventurous and stepping away from the norm when wedding planning.

A great way to introduce light drinking into the day’s celebrations is to set cocktail hour stations where your guests can enjoy their favourite tipple. Prosecco trucks are also becoming increasingly popular.

All about the canapés

If you are having an evening meal later in the evening, it’s important that you keep any rumbling tummies at bay during the day. Wedding celebrations can go on all day and night.

Canapes served at weddings

Say, I brew!

Everyone loves to celebrate with their favourite pint and it’s becoming more and more popular for couples planning their wedding to serve a whole host of craft beers on their special day. You could even have a special craft beer bar at your reception.

Pop up food outlets

If you’re looking to add a fun dimension to your wedding celebrations, incorporating pop-up food outlets is a great way to offer your guests unique choices with novelty appeal as well as great quality food.

We provide a range of street food options including traditional burgers, maple glazed hot dogs, homemade nachos and delicious tacos. There really are lots of ways to mix up your wedding menu when it comes to pop-up food outlets.

The traditional three course meal

Just because you are getting married during the day, doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to enjoy a traditional three course meal.

The majority of wedding venues offer extensive menu choices and are able to accommodate a range of dietary requirements.

Food and drink is a huge part of any wedding celebration, so always make sure you do your research and get more than one quote when choosing your wedding menu and drinks menu.

Dessert served at weddings

If you would like to find out more about making your dream wedding a reality at The Brewery – including a day of food and drink to savour –  our team of passionate experts are on hand with the help and support required to help shape your special day. Contact us today or discover more.

The Knowledge Guild – How To Prepare For Unprecedented Change

Will they or won’t they? The saga that is Brexit finally reached The Brewery last night, for a hotly tipped debate between four leading broadcasters, journalists and economists who discussed the trials and tribulations of the UK’s current political landscape in front of a live audience.

Yesterday’s installment (28 October) of The Knowledge Guild – our discussion series with Speaker’s Corner – even coined a new term, ‘Brexstay’, and welcomed the introduction of ‘Flextension’.

But as the country prepares for unprecedented change, the 80 guests in attendance saw poised introductions from speakers Declan Curry, freelance journalist, news presenter and businessman; Sonia Sodha, chief leader writer at the Observer, and deputy opinion editor at the Guardian; and Tim Marshall journalist, author and broadcaster, who between them looked at what Brexit means for the economy and society; from whether we’re facing a new financial crisis, civil unrest across the globe, the rise of AI and demands to change the way we work, to the impending general election and Britain’s global reputation. Who says you can’t achieve a lot in a short space of time…?   

Knowledge Guild speaker in the Smeaton Vaults

The evenings master of ceremonies, BBC journalist, Christian Fraser later brought the speakers together for an engaging Q&A, with live audience participation and questions delivered through the Glisser app system, which brought the evening’s debate to a rounded close (or as close to a conclusion as you can when discussing Brexit).     

With the clocks having gone back at the weekend, the evening was an opportunity for guests to also sample some winter dishes from our new Christmas standing menu, which featured:

  • Vegan to-fish, chips, wally, pea puree and tartar
  • Sticky beef crumpets, chive and currants
  • Pie, mash, liquor and malt vinegar
  • Jaffa cake  stacks

While we couldn’t solve the Brexit puzzle in one sitting, Knowledge Guild once again turned into a night of intrigue, conversation and feasting, which is pretty good for a cold Monday evening.

Spooktacular Halloween ideas for your next corporate event

Halloween season has well and truly arrived, with the emergence of pumpkin-carved creations, spooky costumes and eager enthusiasts flocking to buy trick or treaters sugary surprises.

With Halloween celebrated across the nation, it is easy to see why it has become the third most popular festival in the UK.

And it’s not just the youngsters who like to get involved in the frightening fun. The trend for Halloween-inspired corporate events is growing, with many wanting to host their own ghoulish get togethers.

If you’re thinking of getting involved in the Halloween fun, we’ve compiled our top spooky selection of Halloween-inspired ideas for your next event.

Scary clown character featured at a Halloween corporate event at London venue The Brewery

Monsters’ ball

Nothing screams Halloween season more than a monsters’ ball, and this is the perfect event to get your workforce into the scary spirit.

A winning concoction of fun fancy dress, deliciously tempting food and drink and spooky decorations, and you have the recipe for a perfectly spellbinding Halloween celebration.

Halloween cup cake

A themed monsters’ ball is the perfect opportunity for your colleagues to socialise, descend on the dancefloor and enjoy the atmospheric ambience.

Treat your team to delectable drinks and fun finger food during your Halloween bash, judge the best fancy dress and dance the night away to the soundtrack of your favourite spooky seasonal sounds.

Murder mystery dinner

Perfect for the scary season is a classic ‘whodunnit’. What better way to mark Halloween than by organising your very own murder mystery dinner?

Delight in witnessing colleagues transform into character and enjoy watching them play the roles and act out a dramatic storyline.

Feeling creative? You can even write the script yourselves, a fantastic team building exercise, or purchase kits which come with character ideas and storylines included.

Character at The Brewery Halloween Party

Enjoy delicious cuisine, be sure to have your very best Poirot crime-solving hat on, and mark Halloween in style by trying to catch the killer.  

Horror film screening

If your workforce are movie buffs, why not organise a horror movie screening as part of your next team building event?

Select a sinister horror film, such as The Shining, Poltergeist or A Nightmare on Elm Street, and enjoy movie snacking in between screams!

Our generously-sized Porter Tun space boasts original features including an antique wooden floor, exposed King Post timber roof and true historical charm, making it a perfect movie screening venue. As one of the largest and unobstructed event spaces in London, it makes the perfect home to your Halloween horror screening.

The Porter Tun Halloween Party

Whichever Halloween-inspired event you choose to organise, The Brewery is the perfect venue to host your spooky soiree.

With a selection of bespoke mouth-watering food and drinks options, an array of event spaces and a centrally located venue in the heart of London, The Brewery is the perfect choice for next year’s Halloween monster mash.

Creeper card player at The Brewery London venue for Halloween corporate events.

Book next year’s monster mash with The Brewery  

If you are looking to host a devilishly delightful Halloween event next year, contact The Brewery today.

Our expert team will help to shape your event and make it one to remember. Let The Brewery team help create your next Halloween event…it’s sure to be a thriller.

Picture story: Chef’s favourite dishes

Here at The Brewery, our handpicked team of expert chefs live and breathe culinary excellence. We adore nothing more than the creation of delectable cuisine using the very finest ingredients. Our exceptional food and drinks menu will tempt any palette.

To give you a flavour of some of our mouth-watering culinary creations, we’ve served up a gallery of some of our chefs’ favourite dishes, a showcase of just a few of the many delicious creations close to our chefs’ hearts.

 Baked Alaska, green tea panna cotta, salt baked pineapple, kaffir lime foam and vanilla ice cream
 Tender Korean lamb served on a bed of Asian leaves, BBQ cucumber and asparagus.
 Our succulent rib of beef is served with watercress, Grelot onions, truffle buttermilk and asparagus
 Sesame prawn toast served with sweet and sour jelly, salt baked celeriac and pineapple with a sweet miso sauce.
 Our smoked baby leeks are served on a vegetarian parmesan custard with ash and hot house herbs
 Tempting chocolate mousse wrapped in chocolate jelly, chocolate soil and finished with freeze-dried raspberries
 Strawberry bubble gum mousse served with a strawberry bon-bon, candyfloss, berries, meringues, cherry cola jelly and strawberry lace
 Summer fish pie served with mussels, calamari, spring vegetables, caper and herb cream sauce and finished with a Yukon gold crisp

Summer fish pie

Summer fish pie
A fine dining twist on a firm family favourite, our summer fish pie is served with mussels, calamari, spring vegetables, caper and herb cream sauce and finished with a Yukon gold crisp.

Sesame prawn toast

Sesame prawn toast
Sesame prawn toast served with sweet and sour jelly, salt baked celeriac and pineapple with a sweet miso sauce.

Rib of beef

Rib of beef
Our succulent rib of beef is served with watercress, Grelot onions, truffle buttermilk and asparagus.

Korean lamb

Korean lamb
Our tender Korean lamb is served on a bed of Asian leaves, BBQ cucumber and asparagus.

Smoked baby leeks

Baby leeks with vegetarian parmesan custard
Our smoked baby leeks are served on a vegetarian parmesan custard with ash and hot house herbs.

Smoked chocolate roll

Chocolate roll
This tempting chocolate mousse is wrapped in chocolate jelly, chocolate soil and finished with freeze-dried raspberries.

Strawberry bubble gum mousse

Strawberry bubble mousse
Calling those with a sweet tooth! Our strawberry bubble gum mousse is served with a strawberry bon-bon, candyfloss, berries, meringues, cherry cola jelly and strawberry lace.

Baked Alaska

Baked AlaskaBaked Alaska, green tea panna cotta, salt baked pineapple, kaffir lime foam and vanilla ice cream.

Now we’ve got your stomach rumbling, let’s talk food! Whether you are interested in a fine dining experience, looking for a bespoke and tailored menu for your next event or want to find out more about our exquisite menus, we are sure to fulfil your every need and more than satisfy your appetite.

Contact the team today to find out more about how our dedicated expert chefs will craft a food and drinks menu sure to impress at your next event.

Be captivated this Christmas as the Goodnight Cabaret performs for one last time

Christmas Party at The Goodnight Cabaret

Be captivated at The Brewery this Christmas with a glittering homage to a long-forgotten theatre, brought mysteriously back to life as the Goodnight Cabaret performs for one last time.

Autumn is just around the corner and Christmas celebrations are in our sights. This year, enjoy a spellbinding resurrection of historical legend and be transported back in time as The Brewery is transformed into the mysterious Goodnight Cabaret’s forgotten theatre.

Experience a captivating cocktail of mystery, magic, theatre and nostalgia, and make your 2019 Christmas event one your party will never forget.

The legend

In the early years of the 20th century there were whispers on the streets of London of a magical clandestine cabaret.

People spoke of outrageous performances, intoxicating music and spellbinding nights, the likes of which the city had never seen. As London fell on hard times, the cabaret disappeared.

Some dismissed it as urban legend told as a whimsical reminder of better times, but others knew they were not of this earth.

This December, The Brewery will become the broken down, forgotten theatre brought mysteriously back to life by the spirit of entertainment and the soul of music as the cabaret performs for one last time.

Christmas Party at The Goodnight Cabaret

Discover more about our spellbinding Christmas parties here.

Party packages

Our two party packages have been created to cater for your party’s every need. From exclusive room hire and striking themed venue design to a sparkling cocktail reception, a delicious three-course menu and an after-dinner DJ, your 2019 Christmas event has it all.

Christmas Party at The Goodnight Cabaret

Find out more about what’s included in our party packages here.  

The menu

Each year, we delight in serving our guests the very best drinks and sumptuous cuisine in The Brewery’s classically stylish setting, and this year’s Christmas party theme is no exception.

Specially crafted by our expert chefs, this year’s menu is carefully designed to appeal to a broad range of tastes, all using the very finest festive ingredients.

Christmas party food at The Brewery

Christmas party organisers are also invited to attend our annual tasting event, the perfect opportunity to try the menu, sample the wine and upgrade options, as well as to be wowed by our table layout.

Unlimited beer, wine and soft drinks are included in both packages as well as a themed cocktail and sparkling wine drinks reception for your guests to enjoy.

We also have a host of upgrade options including canapes and unlimited spirits which can be added to your package at an additional cost.  

Book your 2019 Christmas party at The Brewery
Step into the mysterious world of the Goodnight Cabaret and book your Christmas party 2019 at The Brewery. Make an enquiry by calling us on 020 7638 8811 or complete the contact form and discover how we can accommodate your party this Christmas.

Control your plate, control your weight

One of the main behaviours that is responsible for weight gain in recent times is a lack of portion control. In the last twenty years alone, daily calorie intake has increased by over 400kcal, on average, and part of that is down to the lack of control we have towards our portion sizes.

Not only does a bigger portion help us pack on the pounds, but it can also contribute towards increasing waste; when you cook a larger portion of food and don’t eat all of it, that food normally ends up in the bin.

While we can all be guilty of overloading, it doesn’t have to be this way. Contrary to popular belief, it’s pretty easy to regulate your portion sizes and trick your brain into thinking that your plate is bigger than it is with some simple tips.

Judge portion sizes using your hands

Your hands can work as a very simple measure for several different foods, allowing you to calculate exactly how much you need without having to buy all the measuring cups and scales. Not to mention that using hands is a perfect way to scale portions for bigger and smaller people – children have smaller hands so will portion less, while men often have larger hands and will therefore receive a larger portion.

If we take pasta as an example, you can measure how much you need by simply scooping up an amount that fits comfortably in both hands. If it’s spaghetti, measure it through the hole your fingers make when creating an “OK” gesture with your thumb and forefinger.

For many portions, the consensus seems to be that women should have one of these measurements, while men have two, such as:

  • High-protein foods should be measured using the palm – women have one palm-sized serving, while men have two
  • Vegetables and salads are measured as a fist – one fist for women and two for men
  • High-fat foods are measured using the thumb – one thumb-sized portion for women and two for men

Choose the right snacks

Choosing the right foods to eat is also a crucial way to manage your portion control. More and more often, people are overloading on calories, sugar and fat from snacks which, due to their smaller size, seem to fall under their radar. It’s much better to snack on healthy, filling options, like fruit or nuts, than unhealthy snacks like chocolate or sweets that are more likely to cause a sugar crash, making you snack even more.

Also, when you are choosing snacks, make sure to measure yourself out a portion instead of eating straight from the packet. It’s a lot harder to regulate your portion size when you don’t section it out, and people are more likely to eat more out of the packet when compared to an allotted bowl or plate.

Eat off smaller plates

Have you heard the saying “you eat with your eyes”? That’s truer than you might think and it’s one of the other ways that your portion sizes can get a little out of control. As humans, we love the idea of a full plate – we know that when a plate is full, whatever is on there will fill us up. However, portion issues come from the fact that, if a large plate is used, excess food is added to make sure the plate looks full, even if it is over the portion size.

To combat this, try serving your meals on smaller plates, or plates with a wide rim to reduce the surface that should be covered. Before you know it, you’ll be eating less, and you won’t even realise it.

Save leftovers

Finally, if you do overcook a meal, don’t try and eat all of it – save some leftovers for the next day. This is a great way to ensure you’re getting a heartier lunch and, as such, you’ll be feeling fuller and be less likely to snack.

However, don’t serve all the food onto your plate and then save whatever you leave – you’ll be much more likely to eat more if it’s sitting right in front of you. Instead, make sure to portion out the food before you sit down to eat and pop the leftovers into storage containers to save.

Food at The Brewery

At The Brewery, we take our food seriously. Under the masterful eye of our Food Director, Tom Gore, everything we create is perfectly balanced in both flavour and portion size. If you’re planning an event and would like to hold it somewhere were the food is a focal point, take a look at what we can do at The Brewery.

With a team of talented chefs and the ability to create a bespoke menu just for your event, you’ll be able to sit back and know that everything from the flavours to the portion sizes are well taken care of.

Meet our Wedding Planner, Milena Gorska (Part Two)

Your wedding is supposed to be the best day of your life and our Wedding Planner, Milena Gorska, is the perfect person to make sure everything is just as you have imagined. In the second part of our interview with her, we hear all about the most unusual detail she was asked to organise, what she carries with her on the big day, and her predictions for the top wedding trends in 2020.

Here’s the second part of our look behind the scenes with Milena Gorska, Wedding Planner at The Brewery. Discover the top wedding trends for 2020, what Milena brings to every wedding, and the most unusual request she’s ever had from a couple.

Wedding in the courtyard at The Brewery
Credit: Gomes Photography

Q. What order of priority would you give the different aspects of the wedding day?

A. “This is totally dependent on the couple and what is most important to them. From the initial stages of planning all the way through to the final meeting before the big day, I get an understanding from our conversations of what are the most important aspects for them. It is different every time.

“Most couples want the day to be effortless and to flow well, making sure their guests have a great time – this is managed by our efficient staff making sure that we keep to their schedule of the day, the service smooth and the glasses topped up!”

Q. What’s the most unusual thing you’ve been asked to organise?

A. “I had a couple who were into science, or more specifically planets. They wanted to create a solar system theme in one of the venue spaces, with planets hanging from the ceiling. That was a cool idea! For the ceremony, they wanted a drone as the ring bearer.”

Floral arrangement at Brewery wedding
Credit: Jeff Oliver Photographer

Q. What’s the biggest lesson or piece of advice you’ve received?

A. “This year I met with Kelly Mortimer, who is a wedding venue expert. With a background in luxury London hotels and destination weddings, Kelly has two decades of experience in the industry and she shared with me all her tips on wedding days and how to make them a success.

“One of the training sessions was on time management – and trust me with Kelly’s tips on how to structure my day, I have discovered how to have so much more time!”

Q. How do you find out what a couple wants for their wedding?

A. “From the first viewing, some couples already have a clear picture in mind of what they want and what is most important to them. I will have many planning meetings along the way – a good opportunity is at the menu tasting when the couple bring their parents or the Maid of Honour or Best Man and a lot of executive decisions can be made.

Couple getting married at The Brewery
Credit: Laura Lees Photography

“During the planning stages, I also share a wedding checklist with the couple, which is a lengthy document covering all aspects of the wedding day, and all the information we need to make sure we make their day perfect.”

Q. What do you make sure to have with you on the big day?

A. “A coffee, a clipboard with the wedding function sheet and lots of positivity. I always start the mornings listening to an upbeat track and having a dance to gear me up for the day ahead. Wedding days are long days, but when you love what you’re doing it doesn’t seem like work. And it’s great to see how it all comes together after a year of planning.

“As the day goes on, I like to stand to the side and watch all the special moments – speeches, cutting of the cake, the first dance and then seeing all the guests having a boogie on the dancefloor.”

Q. What are the big trends that are coming up for the 2020 wedding season?

A. “I am sure there will be more popping up towards the end of the year, but now the big one is sustainable weddings. With environmental impact and climate change being one of our everyday topics, it’s no surprise the modern Bride and Groom want to incorporate this in their special day. Many couples use recyclable wedding stationery and ensure their venue plays a role in sustainability by limiting food waste and moving away from single use plastic – something The Brewery has done!

“Another trend I see coming into play in 2020 is the use of more greenery, living plants and foliage for centrepieces, ceremony arches and bouquets. We seem to be drifting away from colourful, bold tall centrepieces. Green is a classic shade that goes with everything!”

Centerpiece at a Brewery wedding
Credit: Adam & Hannah

With six fully customisable event spaces, a talented team of chefs and the capable hands of our Wedding Planner, Milena Gorska, we’d love to make your wedding day the best day of your life at The Brewery. If you’d like us to host your special day, simply get in contact with us here.