My first experience of the Soho House philosophy was 9 years ago when we spent our 2nd wedding anniversary at Babington House. A 24 hours that I’ve never forgotten, not because of ostentation or over the top luxury – although luxurious it was. But just the down to earthness of it all, the genuine hospitality from the staff, the no problem attitude, just how effortless and welcoming and easy going the place was with all these incredible touches that made us beam. We felt comfortable, at ease, we didn’t feel greedy for accepting a second (or third) scone at the afternoon tea laid out for all guests.
We felt at home.
This philosophy, albeit, a much more curated, beautiful version of my home and probably most peoples homes, hasn’t changed in the 21 years of Soho House’s existence. When we were visiting Berlin earlier this year, we stayed at Soho House Berlin (you can read more here) and the effortless luxury, incredible style and at home feel was repeated just in a way that you knew you were in Berlin.
So when I was invited by the generous folk at Pinterest to attend the launch of Soho House’s second book; Morning, Noon, Night, I had no doubt this would be an inspiring and wonderful day and I can’t say I was disappointed in any way.
After a 7am start (in torrential rain) and several trains later we arrived at Soho Farmhouse which is set in 100 acres of Oxfordshire countryside. We were gently led to lunch in the main barn, it took a while, as every nook, corner, space, building was just visually arresting and there were lots of ‘oh mys’ (or words to that affect from our group).
After breakfast we met the makers who contribute to Soho House and are featured in the new book. Bert & May, who supply vintage inspired tiles, Burleigh who create the unique range of floral crockery found in every Soho House, Lewis & Wood the British wallpaper and fabric producer and Paddock Farm, local butchers and brothers, who supply all the bacon to the Farmhouse.
Cocktail sipping, floral arranging and screen printing were also on offer if you wanted to create yourself.
Whilst the rain held off we had a tour of some of the grounds, visiting the Cooks House, where you can attend classes or hire for private dinning, the kitchen garden, the electric barn cinema, the boating lake with it’s boat house and indoor and out door pools. And if you don’t fancy one of the cabins, camping is also an option.
Afternoon tea, a mountain of scones and a sea of cakes led us to a Q&A with founder Nick Jones, and an insight into his idea for the book, Soho House in general, the future plans of the company and my favourite, hearing about Nick’s Sunday Night Cafe – cooking his children whatever they like with what’s in the cupboard on a Sunday evening. Some of the recipes are in the Night section of the book.
Thank you Soho Farmhouse & Pinterest for a unique day and a wonderful insight into Soho Farmhouse and this new book Morning Noon Night, I loved it all, and right now I’m off to make the Butternut Squash with Slow Cooked Onions and Pistachio Pesto!