Get your skates on

22 Nov

Take a look outside. Chances are it will be raining. It is today and seems to be emptying more water onto our Purple Grape offices than I have seen for a very long time. This has reminded me that autumn has past and we are now into the chilly, darker months of the year where winter creeps its cold fingers over the land giving us all good excuses to wrap up warmly and eat some delicious food.

With the British winter, we get to see some truly beautiful sights; frosted covered hedges and fields glimmering silver in the early dawn (for those out in the countryside) or the bright Christmas lights strung up in the streets sparkling throughout the night (for the city based folk). I always think that Britain gleams in winter time, you just need to look past the black and grey to find it.

This is the time to seek out activities to bring you together with your friends and family. The nights draw in and it is in our nature to hibernate away from the world but as there is so much on offer it realty would be a shame to miss it.

Take Brighton – the Laines turn into intricate, secret tunnels leading to nestled away gleaming cafes or shops (try the Café Laziz for a warming atmosphere and good food), before herding you to the pier for a frenzied dash through the fun-fair where you can warm yourself with mugs of hot chocolate topped with frothy cream.

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How about the Forest of Dean? The forest gets a blanket of frost so that the pine trees glimmer and shine. The land around the lakes (Mallard’s Pike for instance) seems to hold its breath as you crunch your way around the paths and if you’re quiet too, you may glimpse the wild deer that live here. I always take a flask of the spiced butternut squash soup which our Purple Grape chefs make and has become a fast favourite in the office during the cold months.

What about London? An abundance of activities spring up in response to winter creeping in. Try ice skating at Somerset house or the Natural History Museum; taste hot mulled cider at Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland; take shelter from the cold in one of London’s best pubs and bars (we love Gordon’s wine and cheese bar); pretend you’re at Apres Ski by visiting the newly opened Bodo’s Sschloss restaurant and bar in the heart of Kensington for schnitzels and rye beer served by Lederhosen clad staff. You could try and do a different winter activity every day in London and still not scratch the surface of what is there to do.

For Purple Grape, the winter months mean that we go into full-steam event mode to bring our clients slices of warmth. As a microcosm of what is to come we have a 70’s dinner party with a smorgasbord of delicious items for the guests to choose from, a street-market offering guests a selection of finger foods in a nightclub and a private party at a client’s house offering guests a variety of Christmas canapés to salivate over. Needless to say, Purple Grape is looking forward to the busiest season of the year as well as all the activities that come with it in to keep the cold at bay and bring the fun in for all to enjoy.

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