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Archive for What the papers say
Great review of Formans Restaurant and the last weekend of our Olympic tasting menu.
So pleased with this and the pictures are beautiful. Click any of the images below for the full review.
For more information about Formans Restaurant, menus and how to book pop over to the website here - http://www.formans.co.uk/restaurant/
Great piece in today’s Financial Times including Lance talking about our relocation and putting the troubles of the relocation battle behind us. If you’d like your own piece of Forman’s Riviera we still have a few suites left available for the summer Olympics period - see here for details
Watch ‘The Fixer’ featuring Norfolk’s last windmill Denver Mill and hamper advice from Forman & Field
We feature in the latest episode of BBC2′s The Fixer, a show in which the former ‘Hotel Inspector’ Alex Polizzi parachutes in to save the day for struggling family businesses. No, not Forman’s in need of saving just yet but Norfolk’s Denver Windmill, the last working windmill in the county. They have an awful lot worth saving - a great heritage story, wonderful location with a cafe and breadmaking school on site and most importantly wonderful flour and bread made with it.
We were called on to give advice on how they might improve their hampers to give them a way to reach more customers and broaden the appeal of their produce. The team from The Fixer visited Forman & Field to see our own heritage food business, how we produce our trademark smoked salmon and to get a class in making and selling luxury hampers. The thing that’s important to us in a hamper is that the quality of the food is the star, it’s not about introducing novelties and gimmicky gift products. Denver mill certainly seem to be adopting that approach from what we can see with hampers leading on their own baked goods and produce that is unique to them.
Click here to watch the episode, all worth a watch but we appear from around 26 minutes
Great picture of owner Lance Forman in yesterday’s Sunday Times, an iconic view from our roof terrace in the background too!
If that’s making you hungry, details of our smoked salmon to be found here http://www.formanandfield.com/the-fishmongers-smoked-salmon-c-130_1_35.html
This just in – from The Daily Mail a couple of days ago actually. A nice piece with Lance Forman about opportunities – or lack of – for small businesses and banging the drum for the legacy.
Small firms urged to grab last £50m of Olympics contracts By HELEN LOVELESS 22nd January 2012
About £50million of contracts for the London Olympics are still up for grabs and small firms are being urged to act quickly.
One that didn't get away: Lance Forman is expanding his fish smoking business on the back of the Olympics
Nearly 70 per cent of suppliers to the Games are small and medium-sized businesses, with more than 250 such firms having been awarded contracts. Two-thirds of those companies are based outside London.
The Olympic Delivery Authority, which is responsible for the infrastructure of the Games, has some 1,500 suppliers, most of which are small businesses.
Chris Daniels, head of London 2012 activation for Lloyds TSB, a ‘tier one’ sponsor of the Games, says that areas where there are still contracts to be won include banner signage, security and hospitality.
He says: ‘There are still many contracts in cottage industries, for example, creative areas such as costumes and flowers.’ Details of available contracts can be viewed on competefor.com, a website set up in association with the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Lance Forman runs family business Forman’s Smokehouse in Stratford, east London. The firm, which was set up in 1905, claims to be the oldest producer of smoked salmon in Britain and supplies luxury foods to the House of Lords, the Savoy hotel and department store Fortnum & Mason.
The business was forced to relocate from its original premises on the Stratford site of the Games after London won the bid to host the 2012 Olympics.
However, Lance, 49, has more than made the most of the opportunities offered as a result. Not only are the new premises the nearest building to the Olympic stadium, but Lance has launched three new businesses, including a hospitality venue that will play host to major Olympic-related events including the Olympics after-party.
He has also opened a restaurant by the site and an art gallery which shows the works of local artists. The company employs 85 staff, but Lance expects to take on hundreds more during the Games.
He says: ‘This is a chance for us to boost business, but also to showcase what we do, in particular how good British food can be. What is most important is ensuring that the boost given by the Olympics is sustained after the event is over.’
Steve Wheeler, local business director for small and medium-sized firms at BT, a partner to the Games, says: ‘Businesses need to prepare thoroughly for the Games – leaving it to the last minute will not work.
‘Our research shows that 74 per cent of small firms expect disruption during the Olympics, yet only a quarter are taking steps to address it.’
What do you mean you don’t crack Scotch Eggs?
Oh, alright then but whoever let hardboiled facts get in the way of a good play on words.
We’ll stop now but do please have a read of this review of our Scotch Eggs in The Guardian.
If you like the sound of them you can order them here – http://www.formanandfield.com/homemade-scotch-eggs-p-3032.html
Here’s a lovely post from the Eat Hackney following her recent visit to Formans. This is a perfect summary of smoked salmon according to Forman.
If you’re thinking of buying a Christmas hamper this year then do please have a read of this review of a sample hamper we put together of some of our favourite foods. You can be sure all our hampers are just as good!
We sent food blogger gastronomy domine one of our Christmas hampers to review, click on the image below and have a read of what she thought.
“Forman and Field hit it out of the park with this hamper. There wasn’t a single dud in there. Every item in the hamper was something I’d consider ordering off my own bat. And there is nothing nicer than opening up a beautiful wicker box like this to rummage through on the living room floor, finding surprise after surprise. If there is a greedy somebody you love very much this Christmas, I can’t think of a better present. The hampers are packaged with ice and insulation, so they arrive fridge-cold.”