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Thursday, 12 April 2018

THIS WEEKEND AMAZING EVENTS IN MILL HILL !

This weekend there are several huge events in Mill Hill.  This has to be the biggest Saturday so far in 2018.

TOWN SQUARE MARKET

From 11 to 4 there will be food and other items on sale in the New Town Square. This is a new monthly market.  Make sure you come down.

Stalls coming include :

SILMASTE the local Portugese bakery with some of the finest pastries and baked goods in North London.  We have tried several and they are totally brilliant.

PIZZA
Remember the pizza oven and car that arrived for the Christmas Market !! Well they are back.  Loads of people enjoyed their amazing authentic oven baked pizzas.  We did !!   and we can say they are excellent.

BREAD
There will be a bakery stall.....

Plus loads of favourites and new ideas for food and so on.   This will be a monthly market where you can get amazing food and will light up our Town Square through the year.  Please come along.

ARTS AND CRAFTS FAIR 

From 2p.m in the NW7 HUB and LIBRARY Building the second amazing ARTS AND CRAFTS FAIR will be taking place with around 30 stalls selling everything from art stuff to beauty stuff to cupcakes !

Last time it was absolutely packed with happy people - not suprising because entry is FREE and so once you have visited the TOWN SQUARE then head over to the LIBRARY where you can enjoy even more amazing shopping.

SARACENS LADIES/MILL HILL RUGBY CLUB

Are playing at ALLIANZ PARK this weekend,  For more information visit the websites of Saracens or Mill Hill Rugby ( Links in MILL HILL TODAY - see our links list on the right ( web version ) )

Please add your events below.

Remember BOBS CAFE is open for BRUNCH all day and their amazing main menu.  So why not come down to BROADWAY this weekend and make a real day of it.  Our shops and businesses are waiting for you.   Support these new SHOPPING INITIATIVES and then we will see more of them and better shops arriving into the few empty premises on the Broadway.

Unlike most shopping streets in London - Mill Hill Broadway has been improving over the last 5 years and now is more vibrant than ever.  Regular street markets - new indie restaurants and some established chains have all come to make their home.   With the new TOWN SQUARE and its monthly market - plus the ARTS AND CRAFTS fair on a regular basis - the shopping centre is catering for most needs.   Use it !  Keep it local.

REMEMBER FREE PARKING ON SATURDAY AT BUNNS LANE CAR PARK ( For details visit the NEIGHBOURHOOD FORUM FACEBOOK PAGE )




Wednesday, 11 April 2018

NEW SATURDAY MARKET ON BROADWAY

This Saturday a new monthly market starts in the new Town Square on the Broadway.

Featuring tasty food and loads of things you can buy like pastries and real bread.

Make sure you visit.  The square will also have its benches and planters in place from this week. So all we need is the sun.

Spread the word.

Why not combine it with a visit to the arts and crafts fair at the library /hub in the afternoon..... And brunch or dinner at Bob's Cafe.

Broadway is the place to be this Saturday!!!


Monday, 9 April 2018

REVIEW | BOB’S CAFE Launch Night + photos

We first read about Bob's Cafe coming to the Broadway on Instagram. After checking their website it was obvious that this was a top quality restaurant which would bring a new vibe to our lovely High Street.

Therefore we were very excited to be asked to come along to the launch night the day before the official opening.

The Launch April 9 2018

The first thing we noticed is that Bob's is welcoming. The branding, colour schemes, menus and ambience are all modern but with a homeliness. On arrival we were welcomed with smiles like friends into what was an already busy and buzzing venue.

Service was excellent, with attentive and helpful staff.  However, nothing could prepare us for the food. It was simply awesome.  We all had different dishes from the menu. Every single one looked lovely and tasted better. Bobs Cafe really do know what they are doing and their rave reviews on the internet sites are not hype... This is the real deal.

The Food

The Tiger Prawn starter was delicious and the spicy Korean chicken starter was hot and spicy, and both had dips.

The main courses are huge!  The Chicken Snitzel burger is a must have, a stunning burger with bacon which comes with fries. The steak frites was a superb dish with a large thin steak done perfectly, and the peri peri chicken kebab literally melted in your mouth served with Israeli salad and lemon spiced couscous.

Deserts likewise were large, and the carrot cake was very yummy. All looked fantastic.

Drinks are served from the attractive bar area. Wine is quality, from the cheapest on offer.  The coffee smooth and strong. Cocktails are fun and there is a good selection. There are also several beers and lagers available as well as smoothies and soft drinks.

Waiting staff were attentive all evening and made sure you were looked after. Not only that, they were obviously happy with being part of the Bob's Cafe team.  The standard here is high and anyone who visits can expect both food and service to be excellent.

We spoke to several others who were present and it was great to see local community leaders and councillors as well as the Neighbourhood Forum social media and litter picking leader Caroline seated nearby.  All were having a wonderful time.

Our Verdict

So in conclusion we think that Bob's Cafe will be a smash hit. Mill Hill Broadway is building a reputation for good restaurants and coffee shops. Bob's brings a new and unique flavour to the Broadway.  The verdict from everyone was a massive thumbs up.

So we can happily say that Bob's is a must visit restaurant.  It has all day brunches, plus a fixed price menu, and drinks offers between 5 and 7 on weekdays.  Dogs are welcome. There is outdoor seating for when the weather improves as well. See photos below for more.

Check out the menus on their website, and follow their Instagram, twitter and Facebook social media pages. 

Finally 500 lucky Mill Hill residents received a small plant and invite on their doorstep this week..... Showing that this restaurant wants to be part of our community and is willing to directly invite us to come along.   The Broadway is a better place this week because of Bob's Cafe, and it helps the street continue to improve and develop as an eating and shopping destination.  Please support Bob's and all our other businesses.















BOBS CAFE OPENS THIS WEEK ON BROADWAY

We are very pleased to tell you that the legendary Bob's Cafe are opening their superb cafe on the Broadway.

Featuring all day brunch,  celebrated steak frites and the best veggie and vegan food in North West London... As well as a fixed price menu plus half price drinks offers from 5 until 7.

The Broadway already boasts some amazing eateries and Bob's cafe is destined to add to why people travel to Mill Hill for food, shopping,  beauty, and great coffee shops.

Make sure you visit this week and welcome our New neighbours.




Sunday, 25 March 2018

LPAC CONCERT REVIEW | DVORAK/POULENC LIGHTS UP MILL HILL

LONDON PRO ARTE CHOIR
 SATURDAY 24 MARCH 2017
 ST MICHAEL's CHURCH, FLOWER LANE, MILL HILL
 DVORAK Mass in D POULENC Gloria
 REVIEW

The first concert of 2018 by the London Pro Arte Choir was an unfamiliar programme for many of the large audience which made their way to the lovely St Michael's Church in Mill Hill. However, an evening of thoughtful and beautiful music lay ahead.

 The audience faced East and the choir was set up in three blocks in front of the Choir Stalls. Accompanied only by the organ the programme started with introductions from the church's vicar Father Stephen who had been impressed with the rehearsal sounds which drifted into his window next door !

 The two pieces both were sung in Latin and had a religious context which fitted with the venue and the Lenten season. The Dvorak Mass in D is more commonly found in Cathedral programmes and is not performed too often. This is a real shame because it is a lovely Mass setting. It was clear from the beginning that the Choir had understood how to sing this piece for maximum effect. Smooth textures and use of dynamics brought life to each part. The organ was played lightly and with excellent registrations. The whole effect was one of reverence and the audience responded warmly to the this. The Mass was divided into two by a solo organ piece by Bach.

 After the interval the much anticipated Gloria by Poulenc was performed. A stunning work which again does not get enough performances. This was the first time I had seen this without an orchestra but it allowed the text to shine. The choir again showed their sensitive side pulling out the quiet drama of the piece effectively. The solo soprano was taken by Augusta Hebbert  and her voice shimmered in the acoustic of St Michael's with a fine clarity. The finishing Amens at the end left a period of silence before the audience gave a huge round of applause bringing back the Conductor Tom Winpenny, the soloist and organist to the stage a couple of times and having them presented with gifts as well.

 Mill Hill is lucky to have such an excellent choir on their doorstep who give a high standard of performance for less than £15 and Under 18s going free. This concert showed that the choir is developing well under Tom Winpenny and is capable of taking on some unfamiliar and sensitive work in their repertoire. Their next concert is on June 16 " Feel the Spirit " with pieces by Rutter and Lauridson, and I would recommend that you go along and see for yourself. There are also some big plans for later in the year as the choir looks to bring in new members and we will bring you the details in the summer.

Tom Winpenny


NOTES


Augusta Hebbert (Soprano) Augusta Hebbert is a
graduate of the Guildhall School of Music, an ENO
OperaWorks Artist and a Britten Pears Young
Artist. She studies with American Soprano Sheila
Barnes. In concert her repertoire spans works as
diverse as Verdi Requiem, Haydn Nelson Mass,
Haydn Creation, Mozart Vespers, Bach St John and
St Matthew Passions and Handel Messiah in
venues including
London’s Cadogan Hall, Royal
Festival Hall, St
John’s Smith Square, King’s Place,
Salisbury, Gloucester, Exeter and Rochester
Cathedrals. In opera she made her debut at
Théâtre du Capitole, Toulouse in Handel's
Belshazzar under Rene Jacobs, has toured in the
role of Countess (Mozart Marriage of Figaro) for
ENO Opera Squad, worked with Louis Langrée, Ivor
Bolton and Pablo Heras-Casado at Aix International
Opera Festival, and with British Youth Opera, Bury
Court Opera and Opera Settecento. In recital she made her Barbican Main Hall debut performing Mahler's Knaben Wunderhorn.



Charles Andrews (Organ) is Accompanist of Hertfordshire Chorus and London Pro Arte Choir. He studied at the Royal College of Music with the aid of a Douglas & Kyra Downie Award. The RCM awarded Charles the Harold Darke Memorial Prize for organ. Charles was Associate Director of Music at All Saints, Margaret Street from 2011-16. Before studying at the RCM, he held the Michael James organ scholarship at Rochester Cathedral. Recently Charles has appeared as a soloist at Christopher Summer Festival, Vilnius and the International Organ Festival of Ivan Sokol in Slovakia. He has given the first performances of works by David Briggs and Philip Moore. His plans for the near future include returning to Slovakia to perform in summer 2018. 


Tom Winpenny (Conductor) is Assistant Master
of the Music at St Albans Cathedral where his
duties include directing the acclaimed Abbey
Girls Choir and accompanying the daily choral
services. Previously he was Sub-Organist at St
Paul’s Cathedral, where he played for many
great state occasions. He has broadcast
regularly on BBC Radio and has featured on
American Public Media’s Pipedreams. He was
Organ Scholar at King’s College, Cambridge,
graduating with a music degree and twice
accompanying the Festival of Nine Lessons and
Carols, broadcast worldwide. He won First Prize
and the Audience Prize at the 2008 Miami
International Organ Competition and is an
organ tutor to the annual Eton Choral Courses.
Recent solo recital venues include Birmingham
Town Hall, Norwich Cathedral, Kristiansand
Cathedral (Norway) and Hildesheim Cathedral
(Germany). He has also appeared as organ
soloist in John Rutter’s Christmas Celebration
concerts at the Royal Albert Hall. His many recordings include discs for Naxos of choral works by Mendelssohn and William Mathias, and Messiaen’s organ cycles La Nativité du Seigneur and L'Ascension. www.tomwinpenny.org 

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

New Restaurants for Broadway

Three new restaurants are coming to Mill Hill Broadway in the spring. Bobs Cafe will open on 9 April on the Delisserie site. Bobs is one of West London’s best eating and drinking places. It has already been welcomed by the social media sites and should be the place to visit in April. Likely to be popular with Saracens fans as well who like beer ! Caffè Nero will bring their popular offering to the old hsbc site. Plans are in and they look great. No opening date but hopefully by the summer. Dominos pizza finally have a base in Mill Hill taking over the long closed Lloyd’s bank site. This will face the busy Mill Hill circus roundabout hopefully drawing many hungry customers into the Broadway. We think these three big openings show that the Broadway is fast becoming the place to shop and eat in north West London. There are still two sites unused on the Broadway, the Nat West and Halifax. We are sure these will be snapped up very soon and will let you know if we hear anything. Finally, a monthly market starts in the spring on the new town square. 2018 is already looking like a bumper year for the Broadway.