Street Food at The Swan

March 29, 2017 · 0 comments

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Since last December we have been popping-up on a monthly basis at The Swan at Streatley. Their restaurant is currently closed for refurbishment and we have been invited with our friends at The Wandering Feast to bring along some fantastic street food on the first Thursday of the month.

I have been meaning to write a blog about this for a while but my experience of the evenings is very different to that of a customer, I work in a 3m x 2m kitchen, come home smelling of burgers and the music I listen to is Ed’s singing. These are different posts: ‘How to work in a tiny work space with you significant other’, ‘How to keep your hair looking good when you work in a food truck.’ Let me know if you would like to read either.

So I asked Debs from Writer Hiker to hijack the blog and tell us about her experience of Street Food at The Swan:

“Hi, I’m Debs and I’ve hijacked this blog to tell you a little bit about the amazing Street Food at the Swan event I went to a few weeks ago!

The Wandering Lodge, in all its glory

It was a chilly evening, the clocks hadn’t gone forward, and it was dark. Pulling into the carpark and being greeted by the friendly sight of The Wandering Kitchen’s Wandering Lodge with its warm wooden panels and twinkling lights immediately set the tone – we were in for a lovely evening. Jo and Ed provided us with some pretty delicious treats; a Halloumi Burger for me with roasted red peppers, sun dried tomatoes, and red onion chutney (which was exactly what I needed); and some shredded beef brisket for my partner – both of these came with amazing chips.

The Wandering Kitchen’s Halloumi Burger

We made our way into the cosy bar with our respective burgers and found ourselves somewhere to sit. Bev Blackburn’s gorgeous voice was already filling the room and there was a buzz of relaxed laughter in the air. The newly refurbished bar itself is lovely – classy but comfortable – and we soon felt right at home tucking into our dinner. After Bev’s set finished, Sharon Murphy came to the mic and filled the room with more wonderful music that had the audience captivated.

The fabulous Sharon Murphy

Even though I was still full from my Wandering Kitchen burger, I couldn’t possibly pass up on pudding so it wasn’t long before I sent my partner back outside in search of pancakes. Two tubs stacked with Hack the Stack pancakes duly arrived, over flowing with toppings – I went for the Peanut Butter Cup and my partner had The Mess at Eton. The pancakes themselves were light, fluffy, and utterly delicious; they really have Hacked the Stack! I’m not ashamed to say that I scoffed the lot.

Two pots of Hack the Stack goodness

All in all, it was a really lovely evening and I’m very much looking forward to the next event which I understand will feature the return of GelARTo with their amazing ice cream. I was lucky enough to try some of their salted caramel gelati at a Wandering Feast event last summer and I cannot wait to get my hands on more! I also hear their Gin & Tonic sorbet’s pretty special…”

So there you have it, in a nut shell Street Food at The Swan is all about great food, great music and a great atmosphere. The next Street Food at the Swan event will be happening on Thursday 6th April, food is from 7pm until 10pm, but the bar is open later. There will be gourmet burgers from us, ice cream from GelARTo, acoustic sets from Bev Blackburn, Sharon Murphy and Zach Johnson and drinks from the bar. You can find out all about it on Facebook. See you at The Swan.

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The last supper

February 18, 2016 · 0 comments

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As a business owner, I have learnt that you have to be adaptable and be able to make changes to your business model. The reason why I am telling you this is because Ed and I have made the decision that we are going to stop The Village Restaurant events after our upcoming tour.

When we started The Wandering Kitchen we didn’t really know what was going to happen, but we knew that we had to get people to eat our food and so The Village Restaurant was born. I can’t say too much at the moment but amazing opportunities and new adventures have been presented to us and it means that once they are in play we won’t have the time to do The Village Restaurants after this Spring.

I am a great believer of ending something on a high and we have really enjoyed our time doing The Village Restaurant events and we are very grateful to everyone that has supported us, eaten with us and given us encouragement.

But this does mean that you only have six more chances to come and eat our food in your villages, so if you are one of those people that has been saying, ‘We’ll go next time’, you need to act fast and book your place (please see dates and links below).

One feature we will be changing for these last events is that we are asking you to bring your own booze. That means you can enjoy your favourite tipple with your meal. We would recommend a visit to Ian the Wine Man in Yattendon; he has our menu, so can advise on something to accompany your meal perfectly.

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See you at The Wandering Kitchen,

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A belated Happy New Year

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It feels a little bit too late to say Happy New Year, but in the world of The Wandering Kitchen, February is our New Year. We decided to take some time off in January off and recoup, readdress and also heal a little bit. I started 2015 writing a very optimistic blog about how our […]

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Street Food Wednesdays come to Harwell

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Our mini street food festival at Harwell Campus was a rip roaring success, all the traders sold out and we were swamped by hungry punters. We decided that Harwell Campus likes Street Food and so Street Food Wednesdays were born. This means that from next week (5th August) we will be having a Street Food […]

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Stop saying yes to everything

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In business, it is always good to take a break and reflect on what has worked, what has been enjoyable and equally what hasn’t worked so well. Ed and I did a lot in 2014, we built a kitchen, a trailer and did various types of events. It was our first year trading and our […]

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Lunch at Elsevier

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When Ed and I started The Wandering Kitchen we wrote our mission statement and worked out the values that we wanted the business to portray. Once you get up and running you hope that these values will come across to your customers. Our values included, excellent customer service, top quality ingredients and freshly cooked food […]

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Happy sad news – Wantage Market & Rosie’s

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In this crazy world of business you sometimes have to make tough calls, there are no crystal balls and sometimes two buses come along at once. That is the position we were in last week when we were offered a regular slot with The Wandering Lodge at Wantage Market every Wednesday and every other Saturday. The […]

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September at The Wandering Kitchen

September 1, 2014

It has been a long time since I left school but there is still something about September that means new beginnings. It is definitely the start of a new things at The Wandering Kitchen and there are a few changes happening as we gear up to move into Village Restaurant season. Firstly and a little sadly […]

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Goodbye Big Bang Oxford – Our tribute to Max Mason

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Last week Oxford lost one of its great restaurants, The Big Bang, a bangers and mash restaurant in the Castle Quarter owned by Max Mason. I thought it was fitting to write a little piece to commemorate the loss but also to write a little tribute to the owner, Max Mason. The reason being that without […]

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Special themed nights for Rosie’s

July 3, 2014

What lovely weather we are having at the moment! It has been amazing for Ed and I as we have been doing lots of outdoor events and it is so much nicer in the sunshine. I thought I was looking very brown but someone asked me today if I tan, so obviously I am not […]

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