Saturday, 28 November 2009

The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret

Just watching this new comedy and it starts off with him in Gracelands cafe, College Road!

Update...Now they've find a suspect bomb (the lead character's luggage) and have blown it up in College Road.

New things(ish)

I see the ex flower shop by the Overground station has got new windows and looks like it's going to be something new, or at least got into a condition in order to let it out. Also the pizza place opposite Tesco has closed for refurbishment, which was probably overdue.

Not a lot else going on. Miros deli under new ownership superficially looks just like it used to, but I thought perhaps the produce was a little more 'everyday' which is no bad thing.

There's various Christmas fairs and things I must get around to posting.

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Charity event

A reader has written in to notify us of this Kensal Rise charity fundraiser. Taking part are:

Some of the guys behind the Bestival Festival on IOW (Kieth did the swim to Bestival across the Solent this year), Nick Pring (who co-owns The Mason's Arms and North London Tavern) and a load of Chamberlayne regulars. All but 2 of us are first time marathoners and none of us are athletes.

They're also looking for local businesses to sponsor their race vests and winter training gear (which will be visible on the runners around the area a lot for the next six months).

Details and how to sponsor them are here.

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Minor update

Thanks for the comments about the Olive Branch, it seems most people like it. We haven't been yet, but we do quite like the pizza place in Queen's Park. Talking of which, it looks like Gail's Patisserie is about to open, and the deli Salusbury is closed for another week for refurbishment. I think Queen's Park was hit quite hard by the recession, or perhaps just bad luck, in having both Baker & Spice and the place that was Pizza Teca and the Nikki Noodle closed at the same time, so it's good to see things picking up.

There's various Christmas fetes that I feel I should mention - will have to look up the details as I've forgotten them.

Anything else going on? Miros deli was closed when I passed on Tuesday so I wonder if it's gone for good? I've seen no news about 'The brasserie' on Station Terrace since the licensing application was made in August.

Sunday, 1 November 2009


A commenter gives a Facebook site for Verandah, the shop on Chamberlayne Road near the junction with Wrentham Avenue. It's a nice site and joins the Kensal Rise groups (here and here).

Not much else going on - I see what was Baker & Spice looks like it'll be opening as a Gail's Patisserie (as on Portbello Road) within the next month, and the deli opposite which is part of the pub is closing down for two weeks for refurbishment.