Cracking Christmas Cooking!
If you know Joyce Guiness, you know how much we love our food! We think that Christmas time is the perfect time to ditch those diets and start sampling all the delights that come at this time of year. We are going to give a run down of our favourite, festive foods and how to create them!
PIGS IN BLANKETS
To kick start, we are going to do a popular, much loved choice at Christmas- Pigs in Blankets. To find the best recipe we have called on Jamie Oliver who gives us a mouth watering version.
- Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF/gas 4.
- Working one at a time, lay the bacon out on a board and run the sharp side of your knife along the length of the rasher to stretch it out – this will make it even crispier.
- Dot with a few herb leaves, then place a sausage at one end and roll the bacon around it until it’s totally wrapped up. Place in a roasting tray and repeat till they’re all done.
- Cook for 30 minutes, or until golden, gnarly and cooked through.
- Using a fish slice, scrape the pigs in blankets from the bottom of the tray, leaving them in there, then add the Worcestershire sauce and give it a good shake, scraping all that sticky goodness from the bottom of the tray.
- Drizzle in the honey, then place on a medium heat on the hob and bring to the boil until caramelised, shaking continuously to coat. Serve immediately.
- 12 rashers of higher-welfare smoked streaky bacon
- a few sprigs of fresh woody herbs, such as sage, thyme, rosemary
- 12 higher-welfare chipolata sausages
- 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1-2 teaspoons runny honey
PEARS, BLUE CHEESE AND PROSCIUTTO
If your house is like mine at Christmas, there will be plenty of cheese lying around the place. We have found this simple, easy crowd pleaser to use up the cheese and to enjoy as a starter to the meal.
- In a large bowl, toss the pears and lemon juice.
- Layer a slice of pear, an arugula leaf, and a piece of cheese on a piece of prosciutto and roll up.
- 2 pears (such as Bosc or Bartlett), each cut into 8 wedges
- 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 cup arugula
- 3 ounces blue cheese, cut into small pieces
- 6 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto, cut in half lengthwise
BLOODY MARY BEEF
This recipe is a twist on the traditional British Beef stew. We absolutely love it, it also ties in well if you are entertaining lots of people between Christmas and New Year and need an easy, tasty recipe to keep them full. Again, Jamie (our favourite) has given us inspo for this!
- Preheat the oven to 130ºC/250ºF/gas ½. Place a snug-fitting casserole pan over a medium heat to get hot. Season the brisket all over with salt and pepper, then add to the hot pan with a splash of olive oil and cook for about 10 minutes, or until gnarly and browned all over. Meanwhile, trim and chop the celery into 5cm chunks, reserving the yellow leaves for later, then peel and quarter the onions. Add the chopped veg to the pan, reduce the heat to low and cook gently for 5 to 10 minutes, or until slightly softened.
- Combine all of the Bloody Mary ingredients in a large jug, then pour into the pan with 250ml cold water and a good pinch of salt and pepper. Make a bouquet garni by tying the thyme, rosemary and bay together with string, then add to the pan and bring everything to the boil. Take the pan off the heat and cover with a cartouche – this is basically a scrunched-up piece of greaseproof paper that you place directly on the surface of the food. Cover the pan with tin foil and cook in the oven for 5 to 6 hours, or until the beef is tender and falling apart.
- When there’s about 30 minutes to go, peel and slice the potatoes into 2.5cm chunks. Add to a large pan of cold salted water, place over a high heat and bring to the boil, then cook for 10 to 15 minutes, or until tender. Meanwhile, if using, remove and wash the outer green leaves of the cabbage, then roll them up like a cigar and finely slice. Add the sliced cabbage or curly kale to a pan of boiling water for 3 to 5 minutes, or until tender, then drain.
- Drain the potatoes in a colander and leave to steam dry, then return to the pan and mash well with the butter and horseradish. Season to taste, and add a little more horseradish if it needs it. Divide between plates and spoon over the greens, then pull the beef apart with two forks, pile on top and finely grate over a little fresh horseradish. Scatter over any reserved celery leaves, drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and serve.
- 1 x 1 kg piece of beef brisket
- sea salt
- freshly ground white pepper
- olive oil
- 1 head of celery
- 4 small red onions
- a few sprigs of fresh thyme
- a few sprigs of fresh rosemary
- 2 fresh bay leaves
- 1.6 kg Maris Piper potatoes
- 1 large Savoy cabbage , or 400g curly kale
- 1 knob of unsalted butter
- 1 tablespoon jarred grated horseradish , or 3cm piece of fresh horseradish, finely grated, plus extra to serve
- extra virgin olive oil
For The Bloody Mary Mix
- 1 x 700 g jar of passata
- 1 tablespoon jarred grated horseradish , or 3cm piece of fresh horseradish, finely grated
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- a few drops of Tabasco sauce
- 3 tablespoons vodka
- 1 tablespoon port
- ½ a lemon , juice of
VEGETARIAN NUT ROAST (WITH A BLUE CHEESE TOPPING)
Here at Joyce Guiness, we pride ourselves on catering for everyone, that doesn’t change when it comes to our recipes! This is our fool proof nut roast. Tried and tested with the verdict of nothing short of yummy!
- Preheat the oven to 180C/350ºF/gas 4.
- For the nut roast crust, roughly chop the pistachios, then spread out on a baking tray with the seeds, then toast in the oven for 5 to 6 minutes.
- When the time’s up, transfer to a food processor, along with the chestnut purée, suet and maple syrup, and blitz until the mixture comes together into a ball. It will be very sticky to begin with, so stop and scrape the sides as you go.
- Place a large sheet of baking parchment on a work surface and sit the dough on it. Then, with lots of gluten-free flour on your hands and rolling pin, roll out the dough as thinly as possible (less than 5mm).
- If you’re making individual tartlets, oil and flour four 10cm loose-bottomed tart tins, then cut out the pastry to size. Or, roll out the dough and cut to the size of a large baking tin, then transfer to the tin using a fish slice.
- Prick the dough all over with a fork, cover with baking parchment, fill with baking beans or uncooked rice and bake blind for 12 to 15 minutes. Leave to cool completely in the baking tray, as it will be quite delicate straight from the oven. Keep the oven on.
- For the topping, chop the sweet potato into cubes, then place on a baking tray. Toss with a little oil, then bake for 25 minutes, or until soft.
- Melt the butter in a frying pan over a medium heat, slice and add the mushrooms along with 1 teaspoon of cracked black pepper, and sauté for 6 to 8 minutes, until the mushrooms brown.
- Blitz the roasted sweet potato in a food processor with the crème fraîche, nutmeg and ½ a tablespoon of cracked black pepper (or to taste) to a smooth, creamy consistency.
- To assemble the tart, crumble the blue cheese over the base, arrange the sautéed mushrooms on top, then finish with the sweet potato mix.
- Sprinkle with linseed, roughly chop and scatter over the pistachios followed by the sunflower seeds, then add a drizzle of rapeseed oil, and pop back in the oven for 6 to 7 minutes until it just starts to brown. Serve hot with gravy and roast vegetables.
- 50 g shelled pistachios
- 50 g linseed
- 50 g sunflower seeds
- 100 g chestnut purée
- 50 g gluten-free vegetarian suet
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- gluten-free flour , for dusting
BLUE CHEESE TOPPING
- 400 g sweet potato
- rapeseed oil
- 20 g unsalted butter
- 250 g chestnut mushrooms
- 100 g crème fraîche
- 1 good pinch of ground nutmeg
- 75 g Dorset Blue Vinny , or vegetarian blue cheese
- 1 teaspoon linseed
- 1 teaspoon shelled pistachios
- 1 teaspoon sunflower seeds
RASPBERRY/CRANBERRY & WHITE CHOCOLATE CHEESECAKE
Christmas would not be Christmas without plenty of sweet treats! Our take on the Good Housekeeping recipe means that we are keeping with the festive theme! This is the ultimate Christmas recipe and will not disappoint the fans.
- Preheat the oven to 170C/150C fan/gas mark 3. Butter the base and sides of a 23cm spring-form cake tin. Make sure the base is upside down, so theres no lip and the cake can slide off easily when cooked.
2. For the biscuit base: Place the cookies in a food processor and whiz until they form coarse crumbs. Add the melted butter and whiz together until mixed. Alternatively, place the cookies in a plastic bag and crush them using a rolling pin, then add to the pan with the melted butter and mix together to combine.
3. Tip the crumb mixture into the prepared cake tin, spreading it out evenly to cover the bottom of the tin and pressing it down firmly.
4. For the topping: Place the white chocolate in a heatproof bowl and set this over a pan of just simmering water, stirring occasionally until melted.
5. While the chocolate is melting, purée the raspberries in a clean food processor, or simply mash them with a fork, then push them through a sieve, discarding the seeds.
6. Using a handheld electric beater or an electric food mixer, mix the cream cheese and sugar together until smooth and fluffy. Beat in the flour, followed by the eggs, one at a time, then beat in the cream, vanilla extract, puréed raspberries and melted white chocolate.
7. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin, spreading it evenly over the biscuit base, then bake on the lowest shelf in the oven for about 1 hour 30 minutes, or until the cheesecake is softly set in the middle. It should wobble a little when you gently shake the tin and the top will be slightly cracked.
8. Allow to cool down fully in the tin, then place in the fridge and leave to set for 2 hours.
9. To serve, loosen around the edges using a small, sharp knife, then unclip and remove the sides of the tin. Use a palette knife or metal fishslice to loosen the bottom of the cake from the base and ease the cake onto a plate. If you dont feel brave enough to slide the cheesecake off the base of the tin, just leave it on and place it like this on the serving plate. Dust with icing sugar to serve.
FOR THE BISCUIT BASE
- 250 g Oreo cookies, coarsely broken
- 75 g butter, plus extra for greasing
FOR THE TOP
- 175 g white chocolate, finely chopped
- 350 g fresh or frozen raspberries
- 900 g cream cheese
- 300 g caster sugar
- 25 g plain flour, sifted
- 4 eggs
- 2 tbsp single or regular cream
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- icing sugar, for dusting
DEEP FRIED SPROUTS WITH GOAT’S CHEESE AND BLACK CHILLI FLAKES
The clue is in the title, this is Christmas yumminess at it’s best! Lots of people are anti-sprouts, but, even the most avid sprout hater will love them with this recipe. What a great substitute for the boring, boiled Brussels recipe!
- If your sprouts need washing, pat them with kitchen paper, making sure they are really dry. Then score both ends, from the top to almost halfway down.
- Mash or blitz the goat’s cheese with the olive oil and mustard. Add milk until a thick drizzling consistency is achieved. Season with salt to taste – fried food takes a lot of seasoning, so make sure that the flavours come through really well.
- Deep-fry the brussels sprouts at about 165-170C/330-340F, until the outside few layers of leaves are going golden brown, but the inside is still green.
- Drain and tip on to kitchen roll and leave, preferably in a warm place, for a minute or two. Season with fine salt.
- While the sprouts are resting, wash and chop the parsley, arrange the sprouts on a big plate, drizzle with the goat’s cheese dressing and sprinkle with chilli flakes and the parsley. Serve while warm.
30-35 sprouts, bases trimmed, outer leaves removed
4 tbsp soft goat’s cheese
1 tbsp olive oil
¼ tsp grain mustard
A dash of milk
2 sprigs of parsley
Black chilli flakes, or red chilli flakes
We hope that you enjoy cooking and sampling these as much as we did! Have a great Christmas everybody!
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Halloween is fast approaching and with this comes longer nights and colder days, so why not make the most of this change in season and this upcoming spooky evening to do something different. London is a city full of surprises and hidden treasures, so explore them! This year there is a whole host of things that you can do to get your heart pumping and your blood boiling; from doing night tours of cemeteries to a themed boat trip on the Thames. With an array of chilling attractions and haunted venues, make your Halloween extra gory by looking at our selection of things to do! If you are looking for something particularly spooky to do and want to get you sufficiently frightened or if you’re looking for a great venue to dance the night away with all the other ghosts and witches, then look no further. London caters for all of those on and around the 31st of October – no need to miss out on all the fun because Halloween is on a work night! If you don’t have the luxury of celebrating Halloween on the day, you can celebrate it over the weekend with an array of things happening all over the city. Why not get yourself tickets to the Halloween Ball at the Mansion, where tickets range from £30-£750, but come best dressed and there are prizes..
Oct 16, 2018
The fourth Invictus Games are upon us and next week our MD, Pip Cox, is swapping the office for the stands as she goes with her family to support her brother Spencer Bull who will be competing in the GB team at the games in Sydney. Spencer will be competing in the swimming, sailing and shot put. The Invictus Games were started by Prince Harry four years ago and is for wounded, injured or ill servicemen and women who have served their countries in conflicts and have been affected physically or non-physically whilst doing so. The games are used as a way to encourage these people to incorporate sports into their rehabilitation programmes. They celebrate the strength of these people and all that they have done for their nations as well as raises awareness of the injuries caused by war. Invictus is Latin for the word ‘unconquered’ and the games show the fighting spirits displayed by those taking part. J J Chalmers, who is presenting the games on the BBC this year and is an Invictus Games gold medallist has said, “The games have changed my life so I live for the opportunity to help showcase them, especially as they continue to grow, educate, inspire and entertain”. In the UK alone, 1,100 people showed an interest in the games and 400 contestants competed to make the 72 person strong team..
Jun 13, 2018
It’s no secret that London can be expensive, but there is still a lot of fun to be had in this wonderful City and the good news is, it won’t cost you a thing! Here are just a few ideas that we have put together to help inspire you. So forget the cash - the only thing you’ll be short of is time! Royal Opera House Ballet Trafalgar Square WC2 26th June 2018 As a part of the BP Big Screens Festival, The Royal Opera House is screening the famous La Boheme on the 26th June in Trafalgar Square. One of our team went to see the Swan Lake performance on the 12th June and LOVED it and would highly recommend. What a treat! So put those dates in your diary as it’s definitely not to be missed! (See the top Photograph) Event Website: #Ballet #TheRoyalOperaHouse #Ballet #BPBigScreensFestival #London #Productions #Culture #Outside #Summer #OpenAir @ROH West End LIVE Trafalgar Square 16 & 17 June 2018 Saturday 11am-5pm Sunday 12pm-5pm Be dazzled by free performances from the top West End musicals and shows in Trafalgar Square. Returning of the iconic location for the 14th year come and see the best performances from the West end over the weekend. The line-up includes: Aladdin, Mamma Mia!, Les Miserables, Wicked and The Lion King as well as newer shows such as Bat Out of Hell, TINA – The Tina Turner Musical, Chicago, Kinky Boots and Everybody’s..
May 18, 2018
The prettiest event of the year is next week and you won’t want to miss it! London is already bursting at the seams; bouquets of colour everywhere you look. If you have missed getting your ticket but still wish to surround yourself with flowers during the RHS Chelsea Flower Show...then here are some hay fever free beautiful hangouts. The Blue Bird Not only has the blossom carried colour to the streets, it has also brought floral wonders to the menus and cocktails at The Blue Bird. They will be introducing a Royal Garden Cocktail. This delicious drink is full of rose-petal gin, maraschino, rhubarb liqueur, lemongrass cordial, fresh thyme, raspberries and topped with sparkling wine! So why not sit in the stone courtyard looking onto the King’s Road catwalk while sipping your delicious cocktail? The Ivy You can't miss a visit to The Ivy on the Kings Road. It’s walls completely hidden with cascading bright yellow and white flowers. Gentle music floating through the windows makes it irresistible to walk by. If you are looking for somewhere for lunch, drinks, afternoon tea or dinner The Ivy is defiantly one to consider. With inspiration taken from the Chelsea flower show, they have added two bespoke refreshing summer cocktails to tantalise your taste buds! To top it all off, their garden is squirrelled away at the back and something not to be..
Jan 3, 2018
We hear you, it was the day after Boxing Day, you were sitting there in a food coma and slightly champagne’d out. The thought of New Year resolutions were swirling through your head and it was then that you decided you would stop eating sugar, never drink again, become a gym bunny and look for a new job. Here at Joyce Guiness, we love helping people and this blog is going to give you top tips for sticking to the New Year Resolutions! From gym classes to finding New Jobs we are here to help! GYM CLASSES When it is dark, cold and rainy it is easy to make excuses why either you cannot go to the gym before work or that you are too tired to go after work. One way to combat this is to sign up for a class. If you drop out, you are not only letting the instructor down, but also someone else who might have gone! There are plenty of amazing classes in London to suit everyone’s needs and even if you just do one once you have to see what you are missing! BARRE CORE Barre Core is Clare’s favourite! It is set apart from most classes because it uses a barre to tone and shape all your muscles. In their words you will leave the class feeling like ‘bambi’. PSYCLE LONDON Psycle..
Dec 6, 2017
At this time of year London comes into its prime. There are beautiful lights on every street, Christmas music blaring out from shops and restaurants as well as the most fun, funkiest pop up fayres and pop ups. We are going to tell you our favourite ones that we think you must visit before the festive period is over… Winterland Do you remember way back to the summer, we kept telling you about the amazing little gem called Neverland? Well, they have replaced that summer hotspot to a winter paradise and it is better than you can imagine. Based on Wandsworth Bridge Road, there is something for everyone. For those that want to sit back and relax there are amazing little igloos which you can sit in and look out across the Thames. My personal highlight for Winterland is the games that are available to play. They can range from Prosecco Pong (how can you resist?!), table tennis and even curling. Perhaps you and your friends could be in the Olympic curling team 2018! Similar to Neverland, the food at Winterland is nothing short of delicious. There are fondues, steak frittes and raclette burgers, something for everyone. Kew Gardens Light Display Although personally I have never visited the Kew Gardens light display, it fills me with jealousy when I come across people that have. I am sure, like..
Nov 28, 2017
OUR NIGHT WITH KIKO MATTHEWS We have been talking about Kiko on our social media and blogs for quite a while now. So when Kiko asked if we wanted her to do a talk we absolutely leapt at the opportunity. If you have read our blogs on her before, you will know that we completely admire and respect what she is doing. Having heard her talk we are now in utter awe of her! Last night, we had such a great evening at the Marquis of Westminster with our candidates, clients and good friends. The prosecco was flowing and chips (sweet potato we’ll have you know) were being eaten. We were all there to listen to Kiko Matthews talk about her incredible solo transatlantic adventure in 2018. Our guests were all transfixed on the enormity of her row. The talk was factual, fascinating and hilarious! For those that don’t know, in January 2018, Kiko Matthews is aiming to row the Atlantic solo. She also wants to break the Women’s world record by 10 days, therefore completing the 3000 miles in 45 days. This would be no mean feat for anyone to achieve, but Kiko is doing it having overcome Cushing’s disease, as well as having the tumour raise it’s ugly head again, a few months ago, with just six months to go until the big row. In 2009, Kiko..
Nov 27, 2017
ADVENT COMPETITION RULES This year, Joyce Guiness is running an advent competition! It is not just your average competition, as the prize is A JO MALONE CANDLE! There are three up for grabs for the lucky winners and you will be eligible to have your name entered into the draw if you answer all 14 questions correctly. Answers must be sent to along with your name, phone number and email address. You can either email your answers daily or collate them and send them with your name, email and number before 11am on Wednesday 20th December. The format of the questions will be similar if not identical to this: The Rules There are 14 questions in the competition and in order to have your name entered into the draw to win a Jo Malone Candle you need to answer all 14 correctly. Questions will be posted across all Social Media Channels. (Twitter/Instagram/Facebook). Questions will be posted daily (morning) and there will be a recap of all the questions asked on Tuesday 19th All questions will be posted on our competition blog everyday that they are released. You can either email your answers daily or collate them and send them with your name, email and number before 11am on Wednesday 20th The questions will start on 1st December up until 19th December, inclusive (EXCLUDING WEEKENDS). Answers need to be..
Nov 21, 2017
BEST BARGAINS THIS BLACK FRIDAY This Friday is famously known as Black Friday. This is the day where shops reduce their prices for keen shoppers to get the best deals before Christmas. Black Friday originated in America and is always the day after US Thanksgiving. The tradition has crept across the pond and there are some great deals on the high street and online which are going to be very tricky to resist! Here at Joyce Guiness we love a bargain and thought that we would let you know our favourite bargains which are due to appear on Black Friday 2017! MONICA VINADER Who doesn’t love Monica Vinader. Her pieces of jewellery are so simple, yet elegant and really go with everything you are wearing. Whilst I would love to treat myself to her pieces everyday, I feel that on Black Friday it is more justifiable! They are offering a whopping 30% off for Black Friday, which is making it very difficult to resist. If your will power is better than mine, you could use the discount to buy jewellery for friends and family or get someone to get it for you for Christmas. MISSOMA Missoma is a favourite in our office, their quirky, cool jewellery is a real crowd pleaser and looks amazing. They are offering a black Friday deal, which must be amazing because when..
Nov 8, 2017
JOYCE GUINESS DO BRUNCH Here in the office, there is nothing we love more than a good weekend brunch. Judging by the queues outside our favourite restaurants at “brunch time”, the rest of London agree with us. We thought that it was high time Joyce Guiness shared with you our opinion of where the best places to go are. It has been tough, but we have managed to narrow it down to six (we couldn’t quite do five) must visit eateries. Mommi, Clapham High St Our first recommendation to you is Mommi on Clapham High St. This restaurant is a mix between South American and Japanese food. This might sound like an odd partnership, but it works- and is mighty delicious. The menu includes dishes such as: Huevos Rancheros, Brunch Sashimi Salad and for those with a sweet tooth- Cinnamon Waffle Churros. I can vouch and say they are all utterly brilliant! If you are feeling extra naughty you can pay an extra £30 and have bottomless bubbles to add to the fun! Dirty Bones, Shoreditch What a treat Dirty Bones is. I first stumbled across it by accident, it was pouring with rain and I ran into the closest place for shelter. The best shelter I could have found! Dirty Bones is an American style restaurant. Not only do they have a fantastic cocktail menu, but their brunch menu..
Oct 11, 2017
In case you hadn’t seen, today is International Day of the Girl! This is a celebration to recognise how hard women work to stand up for their rights. Before our morning meeting today, we were discussing which women inspire us and who we really look up to. There were so many past and present that were mentioned, but, we thought that we would mention just a few ladies that really stand out to us. Our Mothers Yes, our Mums. All of us decided that these are the women who we really look up to, trust and are able to really rely on in any situation. We completely admire their sympathy, compassion and although it is hard to admit, their brutal honesty on all matters (even if you don’t want to hear it at the time)! Thanks Mums! The Queen Does the Queen even need an explanation to why we chose her?! We think that she is totally amazing. At 91, she still has a full time job with the greatest dignity at every event, she is the figurehead of Britain and the longest reining monarch as well as still looking amazing in whatever she wears. We love her! Adwoa Aboah This 25 year old model is just an inspiration. As well as being a top supermodel for so many incredible designers, she is doing something which in our eyes is..
Oct 3, 2017
Last week, you probably would have seen the huge number of social media posts and blogs written about the Langman Cup Polo Tournament which took place last Saturday. What a day it was! The Cup was being played in honour of Roy Langman and was organised by his daughter and Ingrid’s sister Charlotte. We arrived at Epsom Polo Club, and the ground had been transformed with food and drink stalls with a few classic cars! Whilst sipping our champagne and swallowing our oysters the first event of the day started. This was a classic Alfa Romeo racing one of the polo ponies, I thought that it was obvious the car would win, but, I could not have been more wrong! With the car skidding in the mud, the horse ran to victory in front of a big crowd! There was such delicious food to keep us full through the day. There was a Farmyard Kitchen offering everything from burgers and chips to fajitas, for more of a snack there was a focaccia van and of course there was the amazing Oyster bar for those who fancied something a bit different! Tattinger were keeping us hydrated all day with their very drinkable champagne… The first polo match took place; it was the HAC against Epsom Polo Club which was a really well fought match and Epsom Polo Club just managed..
Sep 26, 2017
Here at Joyce Guiness we are getting very excited about Saturday. The first Langman Cup is being held in honour of Roy Langman at Epsom Polo Club. In anticipation for Saturday, we thought that we would give you the rules of polo for you to mull over. For more information on the day visit our previous blog post: So… What do you need to know about polo? The objective of the game is to hit the ball down the field and score as many goals as you can. After a goal is scored the teams switch side. There are four chukkas (periods of play) in a match and each one lasts seven minutes. A Polo Ground is 300 yards long by 200 yards wide although if it is boarded it need only be 160 yards wide. The goalposts, open at the top, are 8 yards apart. Play starts with the umpire throwing in the ball between the two teams lined up in front of him. In the same way play is restarted after a goal is scored or if the ball goes out over the side boards. If the ball goes over the back line there is a hit-in by the defenders. There is no offside in polo nor is there a corner, instead a 60 yd hit from the back line is taken by the attacking side opposite..
Sep 8, 2017
The end of September can be a depressing time of year. The summer weddings and parties are drying up, the days are getting shorter and winter is very much on the horizon. But don’t worry Joyce Guiness are giving you one more thing to keep clinging on to Summer 2017- The Langman Cup Polo Game. This polo game is being organised by Ingrid’s sister and we are proud to be sponsoring the event! It is being held at the Epsom Polo Club and we truly believe that it will be an amazing day. There will be at least two polo games, the first being the famous HAC (Honourable Artillery Club) and Epsom Polo Club, they have a famous rivalry so be sure not to miss out. Not only will there be polo games, but, the local RAC Club is lending a classic car for a horse to race against. We have definitely not seen this before and we cannot wait to watch it! If the polo and car race does not win you over, we would hope that the Champagne and Oyster bar will. Taittinger are one of the other sponsors, there will be a bar and plenty of bubbles to fuel the day! The event is being held in memory of Roy Langman, tickets will be £5- bought on the door and all of the money will go to..
Jun 12, 2017
You may have read Lucy’s previous blog on charities and noted the incredible challenge which Kiko Matthews is going to attempt in January 2018. In fact, we were so amazed at the enormity of it that we have decided to support her. In this blog, I will give you a bit of information about what the challenge is, the reason for her taking part in the challenge and what you can do to help, as well as giving a bit of background on Kiko herself. In 2009, Kiko Matthews was diagnosed with a very rare illness called Cushing’s disease. This not only caused a tumour on her pituitary gland but also created many other life- threatening problems such as diabetes and muscle wasting. She made a remarkable recovery, and eight years on wants to see how she can push her body to the limit. In January 2018, Kiko Matthews is going to attempt to row across the Atlantic unsupported. Not only does she want to do this, she wants to be the first woman to row the 3,000 miles solo. Her aim is to do it in 45 days, if completed in that time, it would be 11 days quicker than the current world record. She believes that aside from the inevitable physical endurance, which up to a point you can train for, the other challenge faced will be mental...
May 22, 2017
The sun is shining and summer is finally on its way! With these months looming, beach body preparations are no doubt underway! What better way to get fit than setting a challenge and raising some money for charity at the same time? With so many wonderful, worthy causes it is often hard to choose which charity to support as all of them need money raised. For me, I wanted to do it for a charity close to my heart.I think for most this is the root of the motivation to undergo a crazy mission! If you read our January blog, you would have seen some of the challenges which the other girls are taking part in this year. Recently we were privileged enough to meet Kiko Matthews who is single handedly rowing across the Atlantic (3000 miles!), she has set herself the challenge of, not only completing this mammoth mission, but also to become the fastest female to solo row unsupported! If you are interested, check out her website, it really is inspirational! If you fancy a challenge this June, Cancer Research are ‘Walking all over Cancer’ with setting the task of walking 10,000 steps a day through June. This is the perfect opportunity to get fit and at the same time know you are raising money to beat cancer sooner. From reading other blogs on charity and fundraising,..
May 10, 2017
There has been excitement in the Joyce Guiness office over the last week, due to London’s beach opening! We believe that London is the best city in the world and a beach is the only thing that could make it better. ‘Neverland’ is the pop up of the summer. It is an outdoor stretch of Thames beach on the North side of the river, south of Fulham and next to Wandsworth Bridge. It will have amazing street food and in true British style will have Beach Huts. Although Neverland is alcohol free, there is the opportunity to BYOB, they even provide mocktails for you then to create cocktails! Tickets to get into this event costs £5 with no corkage fee. The pop up starts on Wednesday 10th May and is open on weekday evenings and all day on weekends….If you need us that is where we will be… If you are not as keen on beaches as us, there are some other fab Pop Ups arriving this summer. Another great love of the Joyce Guiness office is cheese… So when we found out about the Cheese Bar opening in Camden Market we could not contain ourselves. There will be urban cheesemakers, Swiss fried cheese balls, special cheesy dishes as well as craft beers, live jazz and blues. Sign us up ASAP! Box Park in Shoreditch is under refurbishment and opens..
May 9, 2017
With the weather outside today you would not know that Summer is just around the corner. Not only does the Summer bring glorious weather (?!), BBQ’s and a whole lot of fun, it also is a time when sporting events come into their own. This blog is all about various British sporting events which are taking place over the Summer 2017. BADMINTON HORSE TRIALS Bringing in the summer is Badminton Horse Trials which is a four day, all-rounder event. It is great fun. The Thursday and Friday showcase the world’s best dressage horses, with some beautiful routines. Saturday is the most popular day, it is the Cross Country course. Not only is it fun to watch with the jumps getting harder each year, but you can also walk the beautiful course. Sunday is more of a relaxed day in comparison to the hectic Cross Country Saturday. You can sit and watch horses jumping to amazing heights, of course excitement is added as it is the culmination of the competition, and you can see the prize winner being given the amazing prize. Badminton is not just for the horse lovers. The shops which exhibit there are fantastic: gourmet food stands, specialist leather shops, clothes stalls even pet shops. I highly recommend it, a great day out watching riding and some retail therapy- what more could you want?! ROYAL ASCOT Staying on..
Apr 25, 2017
, a new scheme, funded privately by Singaporean investors is “a new way to live in London”, is the corporate answer to the issues facing new workers or students in the capital hunting for a flat and someone to share the costs. It claims to give tenants –“a hassle-free, collective life similar to a student hall of residence, but for people starting out on their career”. Sounds great right? Some agree but most say it’s a faze that can’t last, and won’t last. Most of the rooms are 10 sq metres in size only and relatively dear compared to the traditional flat-shares seen in London’s inner suburbs, but here you won’t find cockroaches, mice or untidy bedroom as the new set ups even come with cleaners, who are included in the cost of living there, either once a week or once every two weeks. Those that enquire and are keen to move there typically pay just over £1,000 a month for what the scheme has called a “Twodio”. For that they get a bed described as “double” – smaller than your average double bed, plus a private bathroom and access to a kitchen unit that is shared with one other tenant (let’s hope you get along!) Bedclothes are supplied free of charge (to fit the smaller beds) as is the gas, wifi and other bills too. The new in –..