Bars and Catering

Cornbury Festival

Men at cornbury festival
Photo: Ben Phillips

Supplier: Blistering
Telephone: 01825 714712
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Description: “A one-of-a-kind festival: a lovingly crafted, top notch, very English open air party, tailor-made for the whole family set in the heart of the Cotswolds”
Product: Barbecue and woodfired ovens

Woodburner at cornbury festivalDetails: In the sweltering heat of the barmy summer, Si King and Dave Myers (aka The Hairy Bikers) came together with Blistering to create a feasting tipi tent at The Cornbury Festival in Oxfordshire.

It was the first year Hugh Philamore from Cornbury had tried such a tent but he needn’t have worried. All 1,000 tickets were sold out by Friday morning as guests were invited in to experience a three course meal with all the recipes taken from The Bikers’ most recent Mediterranean influenced cookbook.

Si and Dave were hands on throughout the three days serving the food from the kitchen, signing books and generally being top chaps!

After a welcoming speech from The Bikers, the starters were served tapas-style, encouraging guests to pass platers around and share festival stories. The food was cooked fresh in Blistering wood fired ovens, the highlight being the main course of wood roast sea bream.

Feedback: Hugh Philamore, director of Cornbury Festival, said: “We were very lucky to work with Si King and Dave Myers on our first ever full restaurant offering at Cornbury. Tim Reeves and Nigel Tunnicliff from Blistering BBQs did the most incredible job delivering over 1,000 delicious meals from the Bikers’ Mediterranean cookbook over several sittings during the weekend. Our research gave them an impressive 97% very good/excellent approval rating on quality, service and ambience – a real triumph. As a company Blistering put its heart and soul into delivering a fantastic experience for us. Both we and the Bikers were truly thrilled.”


Henley Royal Regatta

Henley Royal Regatta building exterior

Supplier: Bar-Go – The Portable Bar Company
Telephone: 07971 871481

Description: Brand Activation for The Berry Company at the world’s best-known regatta held over five days in Oxfordshire
Product: Hire of container bar

Henley Royal Regatta entranceDetails: The Berry Company approached Bar-Go to deliver its cocktail bar activation at the Henley Royal Regatta 2018. It was the organisation’s first such live event and it was keen to present the brand in an appropriate way, serving cocktails using its fruit based drinks. Bar-Go produced bespoke signage to transform the two storey container bar into an exciting VIP entertainment space, with a superb viewing area of the day’s rowing from the upper deck. A TV was also installed so the crowds could watch England’s progress in the World Cup Finals!

Feedback: “The turnaround time for our activation was pretty quick and Paul at Bar-Go stepped straight in to help. The bar was designed and activated perfectly, with expertise and complete professionalism. All of the stress was taken away by the team involved at Bar-Go and we were delighted with the result. The event was a great success; we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and the bar was crucial to that. We can’t wait for our next event working together.”


Jury’s Inn Employee Awards 2018

Jury's inn tree in entrance

Supplier: Portable Floormaker
Telephone: 01332 814080
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Description: Jury’s Inn internal event to recognise employee achievements
Product: Barlok Revolution Portable Bar

Aerial shot of tree in entranceDetails: Portable Floormaker worked together with UK Virtual Events of Reading to install a centrepiece portable LED bar in the rotunda area of the Jury’s Inn Hinckley Island Conference Venue in Leicestershire.

The Barlok Revolution is just one of the various portable bar options available from Portable Floormaker. From 1m and 1.5m straight sections to standard and radiussed corners to matching back bar and the 4m diameter Revolution bar, the Barlok range offers impressive set up and break down times and all units are neatly housed in purpose built wheeled flight cases.

The hotel also own a Publok black and white checkerboard dance floor as well as a Florlok parquet floor, both from Portable Floormaker. Also available is a range of portable dance floors including the new Multilok all weather dance floor, staging and LED event furniture including Letterlok products.

Feedback: The deputy general manager who organised the event was extremely happy with the overall aesthetics that the bar offered and mentioned that the bar was well received by all the guests who thought it made an amazing statement. It also helped with the bar service, taking some strain away from the permanent bars. Feedback was that he would not hesitate to use the Barlok portable bar system for future events.

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