Thursday, 3 April 2014

New New New

Lots of new things recently.

The Whippet Inn has replaces Madame Gautier ( a bit of a shame it lasted less than 12 months - victim of poor service?)

Borough Wines is replacing the fireplace shop - bigger market selling to wine drinkers than wood burners

Pomello is being replaced by a new tapas / Greek BYO restaurant - anyone know the name?

Cable_co coffee shop on the bridge is going from strength to strength, but such a shame that Aubrey's has closed (next to Gee's Barbers) it had great coffee, cake and service

Very annoying that we're back on weekend closures of the overground at Kendal rise - longer trains from End of 2015, hmmm, less squeeze, but closures are frustrating.

Anyone good with cars, or recommend a good ( not expensive )garage door a modest, small VW?

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Dandelion blowing in the wind

Recently spotted a new addition to the Rise ... Some 'Art'.

I understand its called a dandelion, it's made from recycled plastic bottles and spins in the wind (yet to be seen). It's by local artist Molly Fletcher and is an addition to the Kensal art trail

I quite like the practical use of the street light to support it and ensures it doesn't add to clutter on the street.

Glad to see the local entrepreneurs are still at it with pun-tastic names. 'Kensal pines' were selling Christmas trees outside the Kensal rise Catholic church this weekend - saves the walk to Harrow road I suppose.

Saturday, 23 November 2013


So Brent have a new bin on the street philosophy zzzzzzz....

However, the other day, someone left a very nice gift in the rain. A record box containing an original 1973 Dr Who BBC Radiophonic Workshop single #ThankYou

Great local ethic, I can put anything on my front 'garden' wall and a someone will find a new home for it - now I have been rewarded. Adhoc Freecycle.

Don't chuck it, Freecycle it!

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Brooks Fish Mongers

It's been too long since I last posted - you can blame the energy industry for that - amongst other things.

Great news, after many rumours, murmurings and  conjecture, it's pretty official that Brooks (run by the owner if Minkies) is opening a Fishmongers! - I'd heard the shop lease had a number of undesirable clauses in it, but hopefully they have been overcome!

Kensal Rise is becoming quite a foodie destination - Aubreys is hosting supper clubs - amongst other gastro delights!

Friday, 27 September 2013

Sun Riser - Take 2

Following on from the success of June's SunRiser, local shopkeepers, restaurants and creatives are coming together to host an end of summer event on Saturday Sept 28th from 12noon until 5pm, Chamberlayne Road. More here

Saturday sounds good, I'll await with rumbling tummy - yum

Alse, paradise are getting in on the act - Paradise by Way of Kensal Green will host the inaugural Harvest Festival, a weekend celebration dedicated to street food, country pursuits, music and entertainment. More here

Saturday, 31 August 2013

Barber Shop

I came across this great article about our very own Barber Shop in Kensal Rise.

This guy travels from South East London to get his hair cut on the Rise - that's dedication.

It's my favoured hair cut destination - and a great source of banter. Last time I was there a customer shared his 25year old Rum, mixed with Ginger Beer - certainly woke me up on a Saturday afternoon! Recommended to all, young and old.

Friday, 9 August 2013

Tug of War at Queen's Park Day

I've heard that Queen's Park Day will host a Tug Of War competition between local residents' Associations.

Kensal Rise Resident's association Team is making a certain amount of noise on twitter: or @KensalRRATugWar

I understand it's effectively 2 teams per area, x 1 men's team of 10 and x 1 women's team of 10 from:

Kensal Rise Residents' Association (KRRA)
Queens Park Area Residents' Association (QPARA)
Kensal Triangle Residents' Association (KTRA)
Queens' Park Wardens - men only
Queen's Park Womens' Institute - ladies only

Queen's Park day is Sunday 15th September - those who live / work in the area are encouraged to sign up by contacting your local Residents' Association! - or contact me and i'll help put you in touch!