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One thing we really love, is collaborating with small producers, suppliers, venues, pubs, breweries. Being part of the London street food community is a rich experience, which has introduced us to many of our suppliers, such as Vadasz Deli and his amazing ferments and pickles, Square Root London, the most generous and ingenious soda factory in Hackney, our neighbours Dark Arts coffee who fill the air with wonderful roasting smells! Working with these creative small businesses has meant our product is fresh, interesting and delicious. And long may it last!

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  • Brisket For Sale

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  • 2016...Year of the Bagel.

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    Salt Beef Bagels a plenty in Shoredtich! We're keeping it simple this year. At least thats the plan, it probably won't be simple at all, as there are so many new and exciting opportunities that come our way and they are just too good to refuse! The Barley Mow, Deliveries & Supper Clubs 2015-10-15 11.53.16 Focus will be very much based around our ongoing residency at The Barley Mow. We're well and truly settled in for the long term in the kitchen of this fabulous little Shoreditch pub. We are in the kitchen Mon-Sat . If you live or work within a 2mile radius of Shoreditch you have 3 delivery platforms to choose from: Deliveroo Take Eat Easy (use code KXKV for £10 discount) Just Eat Alternatively just call the pub to pre order for collection: 020 7729 3910 We are also keen to invite other food concepts, chefs and street food traders to use our upstairs dining room for collaborative supper club evenings. Private Events & Trailer Hire

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    Don't forget about the Whoresbox! You can either dry hire the trailer, unbranded for you to use yourselves, or hire The Bell & Brisket branded trailer to cater at your events. Or just call us up and we can work around any kind of venue and menu requirements! So the bottom line is, you can pretty much get yer brisket anywhere, anytime and how. Happy New year and may 2016 be blooming brilliant! x

  • Hire the Barley Mow for your Christmas Party

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  • #BrisketAtTheBarleyMow

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    Incase you weren't already aware, The Bell & Brisket has once again found a roof for the winter. We've popped up in many pubs over the past few years, The Grafton, The Crown & Anchor, The Queens Head and our longest, award winning residency at The Dukes Head. We love a pub. Probably something to do with the easy access to beer, no no! We are much more professional than that. (we're not really). So as the nights of 2015 start to draw in and we hunker down for winter, we have found ourselves possibly the cosiest  pub in Shoreditch, The Barley Mow. We are serving up our usual classic stacked salt beef bagels and black rye buns. The menu offers up a few more variations than usual, including large sharing platters, smoked Mackerel, sweet potato and beetroot fries, and a new addition of Buffalo chicken wings, which are great for those sharing and caring nights! 2015-10-04 16.43.56 2015-10-02 08.20.49 2015-10-19 15.37.50-1 And...this is the even better news...we are now listed on Deliveroo and Just Eat, so you can get a Lord Rupert delivered to your door. Unbelievable times. Here's the current menu, you can also book the upstairs function room for intimate parties of up to 25. So give us a shout if you feel a Christmas party coming on... Slide1

  • Coming Soon...

    Coming Soon - The Bell and Brisket at The Barley Mow

  • Brisket Oop Norf @ Trinity Kitchen

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    We've ventured out of London for a 7 week pop up in the rather swanky Trinity Kitchen in Leeds. The Whoresbox has been lifted up onto the first floor of the shopping centre and for the next few weeks we will be serving our salt beef sangers to the people of Leeds. Alongside our old London pals Baba G and Pembermans, as well as some local street food traders, we strike an interesting pose, street food inside. And why not.

    Curated by Richard Johnson of The British Street Food Awards, Trinity Kitchen has been rotating street food traders for the last 18 months to great acclaim. So it may seem like a long way to come, but it's worth it!

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  • Limited Edition Ticket booking for The Brisket Spit Roast 15th Feb

    We have limited tickets available for the lovely upstairs bar at The Grafton on Sunday. There are two sittings to choose from. Reservations and walk ins are also being accepted for the main downstairs bar.

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  • The Brisket Spit Roast @ The Grafton 15th Feb

    Our last day of the Grafton is going to be a big'un . We're teaming up with meaty legends Spit & Roast for a Roast dinner of epic proportions. Early bird tickets can be snapped up to ensure your seat via Eventbrite: https://eventbrite.co.uk/event/15591096389/?utm_source=eb_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=new_event_email &utm_term=eventurl_text Or call to reserve. 0207 482 4466 Or just rock up. We'll be serving 12-6pm. IMG_0364 [mc4wp_form]

  • Reviewed by Fashion Foie Gras

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  • The Grafton Menu 21st Jan-15th Feb

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    We're really looking forward to our residency at the lovely Grafton in Kentish Town. Its giving us the opportunity evolve the menu further and stretch our wings a bit. We're also excited to introduce hot desserts from Toastess and a special guest appearance from a certain infamous street food fried chicken outlet. Here's what we're planning on serving up you lucky folk of NW5!Slide1Slide2 grafton-exterior1DSC_0406_00014  DSC_0389_00006 DSC_0377_00003 [mc4wp_form]

  • The Bell And Brisket to be the final street-food pop-up at The Grafton

    The Bell And Brisket to be the final street-food pop-up at The Grafton.  

  • Happy New Year!

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    http://youtu.be/OAoFF3n9u1E 2014 turned out pretty damn good in the end! Its definitely paved the way for 2015 where we plan to make our next steps into a fixed premises, its time to make the leap. In the meantime, with slight awareness of a Gwyneth Paltrow at the Oscars moment, I want to thank everyone who's been involved and supported us so far, all our fabulous customers who fortunately like lots of meat in their lives; The Dukes Head for letting us squat in their kitchen for over a year and really establish ourselves more than ever before,the love runs deep my friends. Kerb for being continuously amazing at giving us the best street food trading locations in London; Toby at Broadgate Market gave us a short but very sweet time in a fabulous location, now the foundations of some massive skyscraper---I buried  bagel there as a memorial to the market; And of course to all my gang who have worked so hard for me for so little return! Charlie Whatley...the don of the Dukes Head Kitchen, and who's photos are in the video (not the crap ones, they're mine); Craig Ballinger for some exemplary catering and writing skills & Pel as always for being totally unhinged; James "I'm vexed" Otton,  Joe "I spent the night at the Dukes" Toal. Noura "works her arse off" Al-Salem And Nick Vadasz for clearing up after me most of the time. x Oh and Time Out for all the attention they've given us this year, amazing. x So here's a slide show! The really good photos are by Charlie Whately , the really bad ones are mine. please excuse that and the cheesy music. Happy New Year. http://youtu.be/OAoFF3n9u1E

  • Oh My Lord!

    Just when we thought 2014 couldn't get any better; Time Out London pin this amazing accolade to our humble lapel. Our old favourite The Lord Rupert has been voted #8 in the top 10 best dishes in London...yes that's the whole of London, from street food to major restaurants. We are quite literally speechless...and a little bit chuffed to say the least. Thank you Time Out! Please note that since this has been published we are no longer at The Dukes Head, but there's a new residency in the pipeline and we'll be at The Real Food Christmas market outside Kings Cross, 17th-23rd December, so keep checking in for news of where we are! IMG_0342.PNG

  • Weekend Notes - Blogging about Brisket.

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    Thank you to Praneel for a very flattering blog from the summer.

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  • Time Out - Best Restaurant in Highgate!

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    Thanks so much for voting everyone, we're very happy to be recognized alongside the lovely Dukes Head, its been an amazing year up in N6!!! Champagne!!!! http://www.timeout.com/london/things-to-do/highgate-a-locals-guide time outwinner

  • D.I.V.O.R.C.E P.A.R.T.Y 29th Nov. And you are all invited.

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    IMG_0312.JPG It's been an amazing year at our residency in The Dukes Head, but the time has come to let someone else have a go at feeding those ale loving Highgate dwellers. So in times of sadness it's always worth having a massive party to cheer us all up a bit. So we're inviting you all to come along to our last night at the Dukes, and basically eat the place dry. The portions will be huge, the beer will be excellent, Bel will be sobbing into her gin at the bar and Charlie will be running a photo booth to capture the whole event. We have a late license so food will be going on till 12am. Sunday will be a shambles. See you there! The Dukes Head, 16 Highgate High Street. N6 X

  • Love London, Time Out Awards

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    IMG_0305.JPG It's voting time again folks, this time its a local theme, voting for the best restaurants, pubs, shops etc in your neighbourhood. We've had a fabulous year in our residency in The Dukes Head in Highgate, and it's earned us a nomination for Best Restaurant in the North London category. http://www.timeout.com/london/things-to-do/time-out-love-london-awards-voting-north Follow this link and tick the Highgate section, and don't forget to vote for The Dukes for Best Pub, and us for Best Restaurant! Also incase you weren't aware, Highgate Stationers is by far the best shop, there is nothing you can't buy in there! There will be a MASSIVE party at the Dukes if we both win, and you are all invited! Thank You! X

  • Out Of Home - Article by Richard Piper.

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  • Double Whammy. Part 2.

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    We are definitely on a roll. Or at least a small bap. We've just scooped two awards in a row! Whoop! Most recently for Best Street Food Vendor at the prestigious London Lifestyle Awards and two weeks ago for The Lunch Business Awards in the same category. We're getting a bit smug it has to be said. Especially as we are also nominated in the Time Out Love London awards, Highgate category which will need your voting fingers again please, and don't forget to tick The Dukes Head in the best pub section! While we are flying high we just wanted to send a big thanks to everyone who's supported us this year, 2014 has been a goody, and its not over yet! x love london to

  • We Won!!!!

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  • Flybe Flight Time. Issue 01

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  • Double whammy Shortlists!

    We've been shortlisted for two awards in the same month...must be an omen.

    The first is for the Lunch Business awards "Best Street Food offering" which is judged internally, so finger crossed for that one.

    The second is for The London Lifestyle Awards, London Street Food Vendor of the Year. We need your help with this one as its open to a public vote. So get voting! 

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  • The London Lifestyle Awards: Vote Brisket!

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    "A celebration of London's lifestyle, awarding the talented individuals and companies that make London the greatest city in the world."

    We'd love to win "best street food vendor" this year. Help us get there by registering your vote via the London Lifestyle website, and don't forget to click the follow up email link! 

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  • Time Out best Cheap Eats of the week. That's us!

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  • Kerb Spitalfields

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  • Hitchcock's Blackmail 25th July.

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  • City Pantry

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    We're very excited to be part of City Pantry, a brilliant idea that brings street food to your desk. So if you are yearning for brisket in the middle of the day but can't leave the office, just call it in. Check out their website there's some great lunch choices there...including us of course!

  • Fair In The Square

    Fair In The Square June 14th leaflets A5 This Saturday we'll be representing The Dukes Head at Highgate's Annual Fair in The Square. Located in Pond Square. http://www.fairinthesquare.co.uk/

  • Dates for the diary!

    Things are hotting up in the world of Street Food and here are some of the big style events we'll be slinging our beef at. We'll still be in The Dukes Head seven days a week, but if you're out and about then here's our main events on the street for next next couple of months. Kerb Gherkin Thursday 5th June, Image Kerb Southbank 6th-8th June, 4th-7th July, 1st-3rd August, 5th-7th Sept Image Fair In The Square - Highgate Image Calling Festival. Aerosmith & Stevie Wonder!!!!!! Image Pop Up Festival 2014 Image   Wilderness Festival 7th-10th August wilderness-home-eflyer                                               Kerb Saturday 16th August saturdayspagebanner             End of The Road Festival 29th -31st August eotr

  • Ooh Fame at last!



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  • The Dukes Head and The Bell & Brisket - a review and life-changing experience

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  • Bell & Brisket, Evening Standard top 5 bar residencies.

    Bell & Brisket, Evening Standard top 5 bar residencies.

  • MENU @ THE DUKES HEAD

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  • The Dukes Head Highgate. Menu Starting Friday 8th November

    The Dukes Head Highgate. Menu Starting Friday 8th November

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  • Home for Winter! Salt Beef Residency in Highgate Village

    Starting this November 8th, we will be gracing the Dukes' kitchen with our beefy presence. Every Thurs-Sat until Christmas and maybe beyond.

    The Dukes Head is a cosy pub in Highgate Village, recently under new management, and specializing in a fabulous menu of Craft Ales. We're looking forward to complimenting their beers with our pickley creations. brisket5-copy

  • Catering and Bartering in The Secret Garden - Part 2

  • Pickle of the week.

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    I've decided that 2013 is year of the Pickle. Which means I'm pickling everything in sight, beef, veg, you name I'm pickling it. Stand still long enough and you'll be covered in brine and stuffed in a jar. Due to the fabulous produce on offer at Harringay Market, where we trade every Sunday, I'm going to produce a different pickle each week, made from some of the incredible Bio-dynamic vegetables available from the Perry Court Farm stall. They are organic, seasonal and harvested less than 24hrs before being delivered to the market. In this weeks haul I've opted for Jerusalem Artichokes and Fennel. I think because of the distinctive flavor of the fennel, it'll work well against the nutty crunch of the artichokes. I hope. You'll need to pop in to Harringay next weekend to see how they turn out! jerusalem Planning ahead, I've ordered some brisket from Deborah who runs the Marsh Produce stall, she'll be bringing me some of her best Sussex beef which I'll then brine for several weeks before serving on Salt Beef Sundays @ Harringay Market. See you next week!

  • Batch and Brisket @ The Shop NW10 19th Dec 2012

    shopposter5As we slide gently towards Christmas, we're squeezing in one more pop up. Bell & Brisket is joining forces with Batch Bakery and their insanely delicious brownies. An indulgent excuse for some great festive food and the added bonus of cocktails as supplied by The Shop NW10, who's kitchen we are invading for a one night only Street Food takeover. Any excuse for a party in someone else's house. This weds 19th Dec, street food comes in from the cold. Venue: The Shop 75 Chamberlayne Road  London NW10 3ND. 6pm onwards See you there for our special menu: Salt Beef, Deep Fried Brownies & Cocktails. (make sure you ask for a "pickle-back") shop menu http://www.facebook.com/events/177485659064065/

  • Batch&Brisket @ The Grafton NW5

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    For One Night Only. Friday 30th Nov. Salt Beef, Brownies & Beer

  • The Movember Broadcast

    I know...before you say it, there was no October Broadcast. I have no explanation so don't ask me why. Moving swiftly on. First and foremost and without further ado. It is November 1st which means its Movember!!! Possibly my favorite time of year where men are men and women are women, I know that goes for rest of the year as well, but I do love a plethora of facial hair and ruggedness from our more hirsute fellows. Personally I'll lay off the Immac and see how the ladies slimline version stands up to the chaps. Its not a good look but it is for charity. Mo Sistas play a big part in the process ...http://uk.movember.com/get-involved/mo-sistas/ I conjunction with the 'tache activities, Bell & Brisket is debuting at Kerb Kings Cross, every Monday of the month, and we're offering a 50% discount for all you MoBros out there. Just flash your profile on your phone as proof of your MoBro status. Also, I'll be trialing a new product. Actually two new products, starting this weekend at Harringay Market and Mondays at Kerb One is a bespoke Black Rye bap, which will be replacing the sliced rye. Its bloody delicious and looks amazing as well. Using this bread I'm going to be offering a limited edition of Bell & The Beast - A hybrid sandwich of Ox Tongue, Salt Beef, Pickled Cabbage and melted cheddar. Its mega. There will only be about 10 portions so first come first served. Photos will be uploaded next week. In other news... The trailer, yes don't forget the trailer, the project is still on going and watch this space for up coming developments. Hoping for a new year launch of the B&B wheels. There will definitely be a party, so prepare yourselves. Not sure how, just be ready. For a party. Or something.   So this is how the calender is looking for November, if you're out and about in the big smoke this is B&B's whereabouts so far: Every Sunday @ Harringay Market Every Monday @ Kerb Kings Cross Nov 17th @ Camden Town Brewery Nov 22nd @ The Gherkin - (New Kerb Venue) Sat 1st Dec @ Camden Town Brewery (my birthday, you ALL must be there) Thats all folks. Over & Out. Toodle Pip Bel.x

  • The Trailer Project Crowd Funding - Plan B

    When I embarked on this project I had no idea what to expect, whether it would be well received and everyone would want a piece of it, or if it would be a hard sell and a slow burner. So far it has been the latter and I would love to get some feedback from those of you who have pledged so far or have looked at the page and decided not to.  What did you find appealing about it or what does it lack to inspire you to pledge your hard earned cash? It’s a tricky project to pitch, especially when no one really has any cash to spare on altruistic projects such as this, and maybe equity crowd funding would work better than reward based funding. My intention was to connect directly with my customers, who would be basically putting a down payment on future purchases, or for booking the trailer for their parties or event. Does this come across clearly in the PleaseFund.Us page? However we still have 2 weeks of the campaign left so let me know if there’s anything I can do to make it more appealing, I'm hoping its like Ebay and everyone wait to the last minute to bid! In the meantime, business must go on so I have to think of plan B. Plan B is basically how to I get this trailer into existence in case the £9k from the crowd funding doesn’t materialise. The answer is slowly and resourcefully. I’m thinking there is a 3rd type of crowd funding. Make use of skilled friends and contacts who you know can help make a project happen, not financially, but by contributing their vocational skills. Instead of raising money, I’m raising skills. I takes longer to convert a trailer piece by piece; instead of  giving it to one company to do the whole lot I’m going to need to source metal workers, electricians, scenic painters, carpenters, and generally imaginative nutters who would want to help build this fabulous trailer. It then becomes a project with personality and stories. I like this idea. I have already make the first step. I have bought the trailer itself… it was love at first sight; I wish I could have the same success in meeting a man! But she is a lovely one, really clean and well maintained, we bonded instantly. So now the hard work beings…slowly turning it into this...   Actually the real first step is when I pick it up on Tuesday...I've never towed a trailer in my life. Slightly terrified to say the least. Stay tuned for the next installment. And do please let me know your feedback on the crowd funding page. Thank you!!! Bel.x

  • The Brisket September Broadcast.

    News just in… Bell & Brisket have been asked to provide food for the Food Blogger Connect event on 28th September. So we will be surrounding ourselves with all you bloggers out there on the Friday evening 7-9pm in the Market area. And the really good news is that A Head In A Hat will be providing us with a keg of his finest ale to       accompany your salt beef sarnie. Harringay! Every Sunday until the end of time! This market is really beginning to make a mark. It gets better and better each week with regular visitors and new comers. Amazing quality food traders and even the odd celebrity wandering around! Camden Town Brewery: We are now trading every other week at Camden Town Brewery,  8th & 21st September. We’re loving it there!  The Secret Event. B&B will be trading at this amazing looking charity event in aid of F.R.O.D.O. It’s a vintage extravaganza….we will all be wearing moustaches.         The Trailer Project. We’ve got 37 days left to raise the cash for the trailer via the crowdfunding site. I have a few irons in the fire in terms of marketing this further, but please do spread the word. If you know anyone who would love the trailer to cater at their parties or events, then they can put a down payment on this service via the PleaseFund.Us site. B&B is being asked to do more and more corporate and private events, but we’re still having to use the gazebo. We’ve got to get these wheels on the road!   Thank you a for your support so far! Bel.x

  • Brisket Promo

    http://youtu.be/nwRkZ26hyaw This is the promo video for the Bell & Brisket crowdfunding project which is currently in its 3rd week. We've got until the 15th October to raise the required amount to get this trailer built, so September is a really important month. Big push here we come! http://www.pleasefund.us/projects/the-bell-brisket-trailer

  • The trailer project goes live!

    My crowd funding journey has begun. Today the Trailer Project went live on Pleasefund.us. My fingers are certainly crossed, it'll be so fabulous if I can raise enough to get the trailer built, and to raise it in such an unusual way. I'll be very happy to be able to do the one finger salute to the banks. Vive La Revolution! Ok calm down, but it is very exciting. So, here's the link to the project, please pass on to all your friends & family, Basically anyone who loves salt beef, street food & beer! http://www.pleasefund.us/projects/the-bell-brisket-trailer I'll be updating everyone with the progress! x

  • Is crowd funding the way forward for the Bell & Brisket?

    I've been asked by Crowd Funding News to write an article on why I have chosen crowd funding as a route to financing my business. This is the article: Is Crowdfunding the way forward for The Bell & Brisket? When I left my job a couple of years ago, I was armed with what I thought was all the knowledge I needed to set up a restaurant brand with multiple branches, and “National Treasure” credentials. This gung ho attitude kept its momentum for quite some time. They say you need big ‘Balls’ to set up your own business and at that time mine were massive! (I use that analogy, as there doesn’t seem to be a female version of that expression; saying I have ‘massive breasts’ conjures up the wrong message entirely). You know what I mean, so moving on… My previous job had been with a small but ambitious takeaway business that grew very fast and fell very heavily. Yes it picked itself up again and again but it cost and lost a lot of money (my own included). It was funded entirely by private equity investors, about 15 at one point, all prepared to take a punt on a great concept. Too many city boys spoil the broth? In a nutshell, this experience taught me that I should try and hang on to the equity in my business for as long as possible; to be bold but with informed caution; and to take care of the tiny details, the price of a piece of packaging is as important as the cost of your core product. In the last 18months I have been trading The Bell & Brisket in I suppose a slightly non-committal way in terms of location and financial commitment. My past experience has taught me that location and delivery style of the concept is key, so I’ve tested it out in a series of low / no overhead locations, market stalls, shopping centres, pubs, pop ups; searching for the right place, right style and right time, before outlaying any significant cash. I now believe this product, in the way that I deliver it, works best as a street food concept. This decision is not just a business decision, but a life decision as well. I make more sense to myself in that environment than I do sitting in a boardroom of hedge funders. So now is the time to commit. How do I make this business significant within the now rampant street food revolution? In this world its not just about how good your food is, trust me, my food is good, but its how fabulous you look as well.  This is when I had the light bulb moment. I used to ride horses and until recently my parents had an old horse trailer rotting in their back yard. Why don’t I make this trailer in a mobile Bell & Brisket and make it look like a pub? Because its going to cost about £15k and I don’t have any capitol? Good point. I am instinctively reluctant to turn to the banks for help, not only because of the current economy, but just because I don’t want to borrow money at this stage. The business is so small and needs to be able to find its feet without the burden of a monthly payment to Barclays. I stumbled across crowd funding quite recently and loved the altruism it inspires in a community to get a business off the ground. Small business makes the world go round, so to invest in one without direct financial gain is such a refreshing idea. Street Food and Social Media go hand in hand, and what I really like about crowd funding how it creates a communal support network, where your investors are also your customers. I am currently preparing my profile to go up on the PleaseFund.Us website which will be going live soon. I propose to offer rewards for investments from £10-£500 ranging from discounts on the food, “Horny Bell” T-shirts, a name plaque on the side of the trailer, to catering for parties for free. In all cases no matter how much someone invests, they will get a credit, a thank you, their name in lights in some small way on my website. I’m already compiling a hall of fame to include the people who have helped me get this far. My fingers are crossed. Image  

  • I could have been Jessica Ennis...

    I can hear anyone that knows me now, sniggering into their pint. I am fully aware that these days I am more pork belly than six pack, but I'll have you know there was time when I was a running, jumping type person. I never committed to it, but you just ask my mum. There was a very embarrassing school sports day, many moons ago when she was asked to present the awards to all the winners. It was a kind of Zara Phillips / Princess Anne moment except that I won practically every category and had to shake my mum's hand about ten times and then clatter home with a pile of engraved silverware. Ok, so I was 12 at the time. But my point is, that I look at Jess Ennis as she romps home with the Gold, making it all look so damn easy, and I think to myself "what if I'd gone for it?". I reckon I had a bit of a talent back then but if I'd have stuck with it, gone down the athletic route, where would I be now? Would I be a Dame Bel, sitting up in the BBC box with my muscle defined shoulders, commenting on Jess's amazing achievements and harking back to the 80's when I myself stormed home to Gold. Probably not...I'm not sure if its nature or nurture that has given me the body of an upside down Weeble Wobble, or maybe too many white bread & crisp sandwiches over the years. It's got to be in the genes, and I don't mean my size 12s from Topshop, but there is no way my body was ever cut out for streamlined lycra wear. Still, it will always be one of those questions I'll always ask myself, and kick myself slightly for not giving it a go. Make sure next time you see me, check if I'm wearing a sports bra, then challenge me to race you to the other side of the car park. Oh yeah! I've still got it going on. Might snap a hip or two in proving it, but sod it, I'll go for glory one more time! NB. In case you didn't notice this post was nothing about salt beef, but as I write I am sheltering from the rain under my stall at Harringay Market on an Olympic Sunday, and contemplating what my life could have been if I hadn't eaten all those sandwiches aged 15. So there is a link.

  • Ode to The Queens Head Kitchen

    I spent the first 5 months of this year operating B&B from a cosy pub in Soho, which included the use of a kitchen, a small windowless kitchen (we'd called it the 'panic room'), but a kitchen nonetheless. Yes it was small, with bad lighting, but it had everything we needed in one place; storage, refrigeration, decent cooking equipment, and all within reach of the bar, and just around the corner from the Pink Chihuahua, our favorite late night haunt. Now, as I return to the world of Street Food and in preparation for this weekend's markets (Street Feast & Harringay), I long for that little cell like kitchen. As my car fills to the ceiling with equipment and boxes, I swoon at the memories of the Queens Head; as my tiny home kitchen is overtaken by vats of pickled cabbage, pots of mustard and as the fridge bulges with a cow's worth of salt beef my own food is relegated to fester in the heat along side the tins of cat food as it makes way for this bovine invasion. My stairwell is blocked with more 'Stuff' that is queuing up ready to force its way into the car which now looks like a refugee fleeing from a war torn catering event. It's a battle of Space vs Stuff and Stuff is going for Gold. So as I venture back onto the streets, wrestling with teetering towers of tupperware, I constantly ask myself: "what the hell am I doing with my life?" My life is ridiculous, but if it means not having to work for someone else, then it suits me just fine. (I could do with a cleaner though).