Railway station pub gets a major makeover…

Working for Concorde BGW, I recently photographed the refurbished Three Guineas pub at Reading Station.  Once the booking office for GWR, this Grade II-listed venue has been transformed by Concorde BGW into an amazing new space for Fuller’s.  The ground floor restaurant/bar space is bright and grand, the perfect place for a pre-train coffee or a bite to eat.  Downstairs is a complete suprise.  A new cellar bar named Firefly has been created.  A new drinking den perfect for private functions, events or just somewhere to escape to for a few drinks surrounded by the exposed brick work and taxidermy.

Here are a few of my images from the shoot…

 

All images © Ben Carpenter Photography

Another Lost & Found makeover…

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of photographing the new Lost & Found venue in Knutsford.  What they have done to this Old Town Hall is both stunning and sympathtic to the original design of this beautiful listed building.  As with all their other venues there is a secret and here it comes in the form of a hidden intimate cocktail bar up.

Here are a few shots from the shoot…

 

A new bar for Edinburgh…

Earlier this year I travelled up to Edinburgh to photograph a new bar on Queensferry Street.  The Foundry 39 specialises in amazing cocktails and craft beer alongside great burgers and pizzas. Who could resist a burger with a massive chunk of salt beef or black pudding?!

The Beasts hit Edinburgh again…

A few months ago I had my annual delight of photographing the publicity material for Beasts’ new comedy show which is now playing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.  These guys never fail to make the shoot enjoyable, if a little unusual!  This time I turned up to the studio in East London to see an array of tight leotards hanging up on the rail, some missing their rears as they had raided the shelves of Soho.  Bizarrely, this didn’t surprise or shock me.  It’s something I come to expect from these boys.  Our theme and the premise to their new show was ‘Mr Edinburgh 2016’.  After getting the ‘hero’ shot for the poster and publicity material it seemed a shame to waste the selection of lycra we were yet to use so we threw up a lovely pink background and snapped a few more shots.  Thought I’d share these with you now.

You can go and catch these Beasts (instead of all those bloody Pokemon) for the whole of August at the Pleasance Queen at 7pm in Edinburgh.  Book soon though as they tend to sell out and are already getting great reviews.

Poster graphic design by Arsalan Sattari

A new hotel for the New Forest…

My job takes me all over the place and it’s great to find and photograph little gems like the swanky Huntsman of Brockenhurst in the New Forest.  This is another addition to the Revere Pub Company‘s portfolio and what a make-over it’s had.  Stunning contemporary design and furnishing make this the perfect place to escape to for a few days.  Beautiful hotel rooms and a great bar, restaurant and coffee shop (with skittle alley) means you can base yourself here before exploring what the New Forest has to offer.  This is one place I’ll be returning to before long…

The Dram & Smoke boys are back!

For those of you who follow me on Instagram and Twitter, I’m a MASSIVE fan of Dram & Smoke (they even did the food for my own wedding last month).  Good news… they’re back.  This time they will be cooking up some dreamy food in Edinburgh at the Biscuit Factory for the whole month of August!  As I usually go up for the Edinburgh Festival I’m sure I will be swinging by at some point to try out their delights!

Here’s a few shots from their last project at The Leather Tannery in South London to wet your appetite…

Curious Pig in the Parlour

Working for regular clients is always fun.  I’ve been photographing Revere hotels and pubs for some time now and it’s always lovely to see what changes they make to their great venues.  This shoot at The Curious Pig in the Parlour in Copthorne is no exception.

Glamping Under the Stars

I was recently asked to visit Dimpsey shepherds hut in the hills of Somerset and to blog about my stay for the wonderful Twins that Travel.  It was my absolute pleasure as it’s a hidden little gem.  To read my full blog visit – http://twinsthattravel.com/glamping-under-the-stars/

Here are a few of my photos from our stay…

Guest spot for Twins That Travel

I was asked to do a guest blog about my recent trip to San Sebastian for the wonderdul Twins That Travel.  These girls share amazing shots from their trips around the world so they are well worth checking out over on Instagram or Twitter.  You can catch my full blog on their website now!

An evening of flumgummerie!

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of photographing the new menu and venue for Dram and Smoke’s latest pop-up project in Hackney Wick.  It’s located in the awesome Swan Wharf situated smack bang alongside the Olympic Stadium (and the old Big Breakfast house!).  I was very excited about this shoot as I grew up in Scotland as a kid and remember fondly my Gran’s Scotch Broth and my mums Stovies.  On Wednesday, I finally got time off to go and experience the evening for myself and, my God, it was worth the wait!  These guys certainly know how to do a pop-up.

Arriving at the old sofa warehouse we were handed a sweet and delicious Monkey Shoulder and apple cocktail, which went down a treat.  We played various games in the bar area which some of my party took a little too seriously (me!) before heading into the the large dining area nextdoor.  I love Nick and Paul’s idea of communal eating as we got to know our neighbours and settled in for the 5 course menu.

I really can’t fault the menu.  It’s hard to pick a favourite but the Potted Duck with Tattie Scone and Marmalade was an unexpected gem.  I could have quite happily eaten that all evening and for breakfast the following morning.  The Salt Baked Lamb Shoulder was something special.  It was great to get everyone involed in breaking the salt and carving together.  Thankfully there was plenty to go round the hungry diners at our table.  In fact we went back for seconds and thirds.  I should also mention the tasty Lemon Hot Toddy Tart which was the ideal way to round off a top notch dinner.

After we’d filled our bellies, we went back into the bar to drink more cocktails and play games until the wee small hours of the morning!

This is a pop-up not to be missed but you better get in there quick as it finishes on 16th May.

www.dramandsmoke.com/menu/

All images © Ben Carpenter Photography and must not be used without prior permission.