Open until 31 October, 2015
If you are a regular reader, you’ll probably know how much we love Ben Pentreath and Bridie Hall’s Bloomsbury shop, which sells beautiful objects and things for your home. Pentreath, who is an architect and interior designer (as well as a shopkeeper), also writes a wonderful blog about what’s he’s been up to – the buildings he’s visited, the books he’s reading, the decorating he’s doing, and what’s happening in the Dorset valley where he and his husband have a house. If you follow this blog (it’s pretty addictive), you’ll have got to know, in an online way, Pentreath’s husband, Charlie McCormick, who is clearly a wonderful cook and gardener. (Check out the blog post about their July wedding party, clearly masterminded by McCormick, and swoon). Like Pentreath, McCormick also has a fabulous eye and impeccable taste when it comes to antiques and objects.
So it comes as no surprise to hear that McCormick has turned his skills into a business: cooking for parties large and small, flower arranging, and providing home-grown English cut flowers. In celebration of this, McCormick has taken over the shop next door to Pentreath and Hall, and, for the next couple of weeks, turned it into his own.
We went there today and wanted to buy every thing in it, from the botanical prints and Staffordshire figures, to the slipware bowls and vintage terracotta flower pots. The shop is small but packed full of lovely things: garden antiquities, old china and glassware, prints, beautiful plates and dishes and platters and teapots, beautiful lustreware and silver, herbaria, and huge buckets of freshly cut English flowers. Everything is reasonably priced. We came away with a lovely lustreware vase for a tenner, for example. On top of all this, there are crates of apples, chestnuts roasting, and plentiful amounts of excellent cake baked by McCormick.
Our only complaint is that the shop is pop-up rather than permanent. Do make sure you visit it before it closes at the end of this month. Note: it is shut on Sundays and also Thursday 29th October.