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A KuPP half empty @KuPP_Exeter

London lifestyle and the choice of food outlets are the two factors which make the capital so vibrant.

What are customers attracted by? The vast menus and the layout/decor of stores – whether it is a business selling shoes, hats or a restaurant.

KuPP Paddington seems to have the winning formula. Great location, view, menu, interior design. Some people like to say “it is like eating in an IKEA store”. When you think that there are meat balls on the menu… what else can we ask for?!

The “Food Drink Coffee Store” concept is like everything under one roof if you are after that Scandinavian themed eaterie. It all goes from breakfast through lunch to dinner and cocktails if you fancy a bit of a social late night around a beer or homemade drink.

As there was a buzz about a second KuPP venue, we made our way down to Devon. Exeter Queen Street dining quarter is where things have been happening.

Various new restaurants have opened their doors: it is about pizzas, burgers, chicken, lebanese food and… KuPP Exeter.

We headed towards the newly developed Guildhall Shopping Centre. KuPP is encased between the back of GBK and WHSmith. There are no real views when sitting inside.

We arrived late morning and the place was quiet… a few people were having their morning coffees. Of course Devon is a bit more laid back than London…a different pace. A few members of staff were all standing around the bar, almost ignoring us. We still stepped in and asked whether the restaurant was open for service.

We were relieved to know that everything was fine and a table was given to the four of us as well as the lunch menus – the waiter made us aware that breakfast is served until Midday then lunch would start. We had a mini lunch menu (12pm to 5pm) as well as a bigger version (12pm to 10pm), with more dishes available.

Then a waitress came to see us asking if we were here for coffee or to eat!? A confusing question as we all had the lunch menu in our hands – after all she was just checking that we have been looked after.

Time was ticking (15 minutes) and no sign of our waiter. A team member, seemingly a supervisor, said “hello” and when we asked if someone could take our orders, he replied that he will oblige as the waiter was on his lunch break!

Not too sure that such timing is the best way to run a restaurant – aren’t waiters suppose to work when guests are arriving and break to be taken before or after peak times?! The first impression wasn’t exactly what we expected.

Anyway, food orders were taken and send to the open kitchen. Great to see professional chefs preparing your food. We had a second visit from the waitress (same person as mentioned above) who just stopped and apologized as she didn’t know if someone looked after us/took our orders.

At that point, no one was certain if the food we ordered would be served by a fourth member of staff. We could clearly see that the Fika corner was the focus point – as the barista was dealing with take-away hot beverages, fresh juices as well as serving cappuccinos to other guests sitting nearby.

We were excited and impatient to get our open sandwiches with Gravlax, crushed avocados and torn chicken… At least we could all share different flavours.

Eventually, an “army” of staff brought our lunches. It was a battle to determine which was which as the waitresses told us that they haven’t seen those dishes before…

Everything was rather tasty, beautiful to the eyes… the service was painful to watch and a certain lack of confidence was visible. We will certainly return to KuPP Exeter hoping that we won’t leave with the feeling of a KuPP half empty.

scandinavian design and cinnamon swirl

scandinavian design and cinnamon swirl

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Affairs

When Harry met @rwc2015exeter

On 7th October 2015, Prince Harry visited Exeter.

The coincidence is that we were in the county as well for our annual escapade.

Exeter has been buzzing for a while as three rugby matches took place at Sandy Park during the exciting Rugby World Cup 2015.

Here are a few pictures of “Harry” during his visit in the Westcountry ahead of Namibia Vs Georgia.

Prince Harry and Exeter Chiefs - Sandy Park 2015

Prince Harry and Exeter Chiefs – Sandy Park 2015

 

Prince Harry and RWC2015 in Exeter

Prince Harry and RWC2015 in Exeter

 

Prince Harry visiting Sandy Park Exeter

Prince Harry visiting Sandy Park Exeter

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From Exeter Revival to Goodwood Revival

Just a month ago we visited sunny Devon as there was something vintage involving stylish classic cars: TLB Revival 1st Edition this was.

Not an easy task to organize such type of event because when there is a first edition – whatever the topic – it can be hit or miss/ make or break.

Turner Locker Barnfield being a commercial property letting agents and consultants in Exeter the challenge was even more exciting. Having setup a dedicated Facebook page explaining in details what it is about to classic/vintage vehicle owners and other passionate, no one exactly knew how many roaring engines would turn up.

There was music, food, beverages (hot and cold) as well as a stall with vintage clothes, just in case people attending were after that accessory to give a final touch to their look. The response was rather pleasing as passers-by dropped in to contemplate the beautiful machines (cars and motorbikes).

It really gave Exeter a sense of Goodwood for a day.

Mark Turner (“obsessive petrol head” as stated on his social media profile bio @marktlb) didn’t stop his trip back in time with his own event. He took the road and went to the real thing: Goodwood Revival.

TLB Revival at Goodwood Revival

TLB Revival at Goodwood Revival

What was also interesting: not only people in their 40s or 50s where there but also younger generations. What does this say to us?

TLB Revival at Goodwood revival - generations

TLB Revival at Goodwood revival – generations

Despite of all the technology around us – not mentioning the iPhone6 – most open air vintage gathering will attract a wide range of participants and visitors. There is an ongoing passion even in the 21st century for stylish vehicles. It is not just about the car manufacturers but it is also a family fun day out where it is possible to re-discover the beauty of some bodywork and solid chrome features on wheels as well as handmade burr walnut dashboards & comfortable leather seats.

There is a real sense of community when being part of these annual meetings. It can be compared with Royal Ascot or The Boat Race. In general, a certain type of people are going there. Same goes with football, cricket or rugby. In other words, you won’t see a football supporter at a rugby match and vice versa.

There is something subtle and unique for each manifestation.

The feeling of being part of such group is almost comforting with a certain cachet too.

It is not about being pompous or arrogant about it, but just happy when such celebration is on the map.

Life can be stressful: either about work or family matters. There must be room for leisure too, which gives a certain escapism to our daily obligations.

Whatever your job position, financial situation or background, taking time away from work – even for a few hours – will give you a certain boost to recharge these batteries.

When meeting up with other people it doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from – what counts is about the passion and the reason of showing up. Sharing the same interest for something almost exclusive will bring different cultures together and this is what it is all about.

In the meantime, we are already excited about TLB Revival 2nd Edition in 2015 – according to what we heard it will be better and bigger.

To be kept informed and know “what’s on” follow the updates via social media channel (https://www.facebook.com/TLB.Revival).

Dress and style at Goodwood Revival

Dress and style at Goodwood Revival

 

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