Archive for March, 2010

Day Out in London – Sipsmith Distillery Tour

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

Back in January, on a snowy winter’s day, some of the guys from Urban Beach and Reef left the seaside behind and ventured up to the big city. The morning was spent trying coffee at various coffee shops (particular mention to Monmouth Coffee shop) and then we headed over to West London to Hammersmith & award winning Sipsmith Independent Sprits Distillery. Located behind a blue garage door in a quiet residential street & only operating since Spring 2009, once a home to whisky expert Michael Jackson, we were warmly greeted by Fairfax and Jared the

The team at Sipsmith distilleryin front of Prudence

The team at Sipsmith distilleryin front of Prudence

Sipsmith Founders. They openly shared with us how they handmade in small batches London Dry Gin & Barley Vodka using carefully selected botanicals, barley and pure water from Lydwell Springs. Then with a little help from ‘Prudence’ their handmade copper-pot still-  the 1st in London for 189 year – an intense, aromatic & pure spirit is created. Their passion & enthusiasm was evident & inspiring to us and we feel proud to sell their product at both bars. Please come try them! Of course the rest of the day was not spent sitting by a log fire in a rustic London pub drinking London Pride or having snow ball fights!!


Where have all the Fish Gone???

Saturday, March 6th, 2010

Some of you will remember that about six months ago we sponsored the viewing of a movie called the ‘end of the line’ at a cinema in Christchurch. We were joined by the producer ‘Claire Lewis’ and held a Q and A session at the end of the movie.

It’s a very hard hitting film about fish, fishing and the state of our oceans. It had a dramatic effect on how we do business and how we source the fish that we sell.

I can’t recommend enough that you take a look, draw your own conclusions and eat fish responsibly. If you get a bit depressed halfway through, hang in there, since it does get a bit more positive by the end as to what we can actually do and what is getting better.

I don’t think enjoy is probably the right word, but take a look and be interested at least.

Details of the screening are below:

Saturday 6 March, 19:15 – Channel 4

Rupert Murray’s acclaimed film looks at the imminent, devastating consequences of unchecked, unregulated sea fishing across the globe.

You can also find a lot more about fish, fishing and the state of our oceans on their website:

THE END OF THE LINE - Where have all the Fish Gone???

THE END OF THE LINE - Where have all the Fish Gone???