150329-TalkEatLaugh-0166Pop up restaurants are quickly becoming an alternative to traditional dining out. As the name suggests, pop up restaurants are literally eateries that pop up from nowhere, often at an unusual venue, or perhaps in the setting of a private home.

Talk, Eat Laugh is the brainchild of Rachel Muse, a chef from Salisbury who has cooked for a host of showbiz stars.

Rachel became a patisserie chef before taking up positions at busy hotels in Reading and Knightsbridge and a private household in London.

Over the years she has travelled around the world, preparing dishes for Formula 1 drivers, musicians, sportsmen and actors on private islands in the Caribbean and yachts in the Mediterranean.

Now 20 years after first training to become a chef, she has returned home to Salisbury and is involved with creating a fine dining experience either in an individual’s home or at St Thomas’s House in the city centre.

150329-TalkEatLaugh-0149Rachel's new venture is to give the people of Salisbury the chance to be able find out what a Pop Up Restaurant is all about by visiting the Salisbury Festival Playhouse Pop Up Restaurant. Rachel said, 'We are celebrating the Festival by Popping Up in fine style from Monday 25th May right through to Saturday 6th June. Everyday from lunch straight through until after dinner, we will be delighting you with tasty food."

"The theme of the International Arts Festival this year is the Middle East, so we are matching this with a Middle Eastern menu. The menu is designed to tempt tastebuds and satisfy all types of hungers, from a bowl of olives or a delicious plate of baklava, to a full three course meal. We have thought of the little ones too and we have a nice range of things for little mouths. Plus if you are coming along with a friend who prefers plain food, there are a selection of dishes where we can dial down the middle eastern spices to zero. That way the taste of the chicken or the prawns shines through."

"I was a vegetarian for about ten years, which means I have total respect for people who choose not to eat meat. For me vegetarians (and vegans) aren't an afterthought. When I cook non meat eaters are served dishes that are really delicious well thought through. I think is rare for non meat eaters to be treated in this way, except in vegetarian and vegan restaurants."

Menu highlights include

Starters and Light Bites

Mezze platter to share (serves two as a starter) (v) falafel, humus, olives garlic/cucumber and yoghurt dip, pitta and crudités.

Soup of the day with pitta.

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Prawn skewers with spicy Harissa, cherry tomatoes and salad.

Main courses

Lamb Shish kebabs with jewelled rice, yoghurt and pitta.

Tagine of the day served with cous cous.

Falafel (v) served with toasted pine nut green salad and pitta.

Vegetarian dish of the day.


Baklava, two different types.

Ripe peaches with Yoghurt and pistachio brittle.

Parties of six and over will need to book in advance to ensure a table. The booking line for that is 07442 250888 (ate, ate, ate, see what we did there?).

150329-TalkEatLaugh-0159"At one of the standard Talk Eat Laugh Pop Up Restaurant which I host every three weeks in either Southampton or Salisbury the winning format is this.....You are greeted by a welcome drink and a selection of canapés. After five or so minutes and a few sips of your drink, the crowd falls into groups of people chatting and making new friends. The standard Pop Up is a nicely manageable number of guests, usually around 20. Once all the canapés have been polished off, the main event kicks off. We all sit together at one long table. The guests and staff are all mixed in together to add to the shared 'dinner party' feeling. As the chef I sit with the guests, but I do run around, between courses,  like a mad woman. I run around so all the food is hot, tasty and pretty when in arrives in front of you."

The Salisbury Festival Playhouse Pop Up will follow this successful shared table format. You will be encouraged to join other guests and chat about the performances you have seen, or are about to see.

150329-TalkEatLaugh-0162At a standard Pop Up no two evenings are the same, it is the people who make the night. It's the magic mix of personalities and the random conversations that make people come back again and again. The Festival Playhouse Pop Up will be the place not to 'see and be seen' but rather to 'meet and be met'. The Restaurant is a crossroads for people to sit and wait for friends, to chat or to relax. It is a very informal feel, you order at the bar and then find somewhere to sit. Whoever you sit next to at the Festival Playhouse Pop Up is bound to have something interesting to say.

"I hope to cook for you between Monday 25th May and Saturday 6th June. Do please come and say hello, any friend of John's is a friend of mine."

Talk Eat Laugh: 07442 250 888

Business email:

Twitter: @ChefSalisbury

Facebook: Talk, Eat, Laugh

Salisbury Journal

Wiltshire Wedding Show

  Throughout 2014, we will be inviting some really great businesses to join us as  “Guest Bloggers” They will be giving help advice and information that we hope you our followers will enjoy reading.

Our guest last month was Lulu Mungur, Director of Damsels in Success Salisbury, who spoke about Unleashing your Inner Superstar.

This month we are really lucky to be joined by Catherine Dunning of Ladies Who Love…Events and organiser of the Wiltshire Wedding Show.


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 Planning your wedding?  Then plan  with fun and ease at a local Wedding  Show!

 Wow! How can it be March already? Yet another year is racing on  by and before we know it, wedding season will soon be in full  swing.  We know not all Brides and Grooms will tie the knot  during our warmer Spring, Summer and Autumn months and  when winter weddings, especially Christmas ones can be such magical and cosy occasions, complete with log fire, fairy lights, mulled wine and mince pie trimmings, why would they!  However, it would appear the majority of UK couples still prefer to celebrate their big day between now and late September… so wedding suppliers everywhere are gearing up for a busy old time ahead.

There are hundreds of newly-engaged and excited couples all over the country just starting to plan their big day, and of course there are those who are well on their wedding planning journeys but still keen to gather new ideas and inspiration – can you ever have enough?


But … when it comes down to the nitty gritty and suppliers need to be secured, where do you start?  Organising a wedding is no mean feat; there is SO much to arrange (that’s unless you’re eloping for a secret celebration, just the two of you)! There’s the venue, dresses, groomswear, rings, cakes, flowers, stationery,     transport and of course the photography all to arrange … and how about the hair, make-up, entertainment, catering, venue decoration and everything else that comes with staging such an important special event.  It can be equally as overwhelming as it is exciting … and where do you find the suppliers who will help you make the right decisions and work within your budget?  With glossy wedding magazines in abundance and the internet overflowing with wedding blogs and dedicated wedding directories, you might think it’s easy, but sometimes having too much choice can make deciding on your suppliers somewhat of a headache.  How do you know which ones to approach and how do you know you’re going to like their stuff and more importantly … like them!

Since John Rose Photography is exhibiting at the forthcoming Wiltshire Wedding Show we organise (taking place on Sunday 16th March from 11am to 4pm at City Hall, Salisbury), we thought it would be a timely opportunity to share with you our favourite reasons why local Brides and Grooms-to-be, should pay us a visit, so here we go :

1)  It’s the county’s premier Wedding event! You’re engaged! You’re excited! Whatever style of wedding you’re planning, whether it be classic, country, vintage, modern, quirky or traditional, naturally you’ll want to gather as much inspiration and as many ideas, and info on local wedding suppliers as possible.  A visit to the Wiltshire Wedding Show, will give Brides & Grooms the opportunity to meet 60 quality wedding suppliers from Salisbury and right across the region, offering products and services to appeal to everyone.

 2) We promise a feast for your senses! You’ll be able to see, touch, smell, listen to and even taste a variety of fantastic products and services on offer (you can’t do that by merely flicking through a wedding mag or browsing the net)! 

 3) We have the most amazing exhibitors … and you’ll be able to plan your WHOLE wedding under one roof!  You’ll be able to meet and discuss your ideas and requirements with some of the most creative and passionate wedding suppliers in the industry in the good old-fashioned way … face to face!  We have pretty much every area covered, so technically you could plan your whole wedding at the Wiltshire Wedding Show – how brilliant is that! Job done!

4) Everyone loves a bargain! Many of the exhibitors choose to run exclusive offers at the event, so with the average cost of a wedding nowadays costing £20K+, budget-conscious Brides and Grooms can snap up special show savings which may not otherwise be available.

WiltsWed-7557 5) There’s music and modelling (no mayhem)! Brides and Grooms can enjoy live entertainment throughout the day and admire the most stunning Bridal Gowns, Groomswear and Millinery in our professional catwalk shows.

 6) Get a helping hand with your wedding shopping! Come for your chance to win a share of £200 worth of John Lewis Gift Vouchers to spend in store.

 7) It’s a fun way to plan your day! Weddings are meant to be fun – it is a celebration after all! We feel that planning your wedding should be fun too and a visit to the Wiltshire Wedding Show is fun from the moment you arrive.  We’ll greet you with a refreshing glass of complimentary chilled bubbly (our toast to your engagement), then you can freely browse the many exhibits and meet our exhibitors (they're a really friendly fun bunch)!  Stop for a hair/make-up consultation, enjoy the sounds of Live Sax, nibble on some cake, dip the chocolate fountain or help yourself to some of the complimentary foodie treats we'll be sharing around, let our magician show you some tricks, try things on, sit back and enjoy the catwalk shows, admire the cars and treat yourself to something tasty from our yummy show Hogroast.

There’s plenty to keep you busy, so no need to rush off.  Come along and enjoy a great day out – we and John Rose Photography will see you there.

Catherine Dunning - Ladies Who Love........Events

Information : To find out more about the Wiltshire Wedding Show and to see who’s exhibiting, visit  Admission is £5pp or half price with a show voucher.  Accompanied under 16s – FREE.


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Salisbury Chamber Business Excellence Awards Finalists 2013

John Rose Photography has been shortlisted in the categories of New Business and Customer Service in the prestigious Salisbury Chamber of Commerce and Industry Business Excellence Awards 2013. We are the only photography company in the awards. This recognition is testament to all of the hard work we have put in to try and make John Rose Photography stand out from the crowd.

We were a finalist in the South Wilts Business of the Year Awards 2012 and to be recognised again shows our consistent approach. Lets hope we can go one stage further this time!

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