I have to say, even though the introvert in me might disagree, I love nothing more than coming away from an event, whether that be a dinner or a quick get together with industry peers, and feeling reenergised and motivated about work.
Last night I was invited along to a networking dinner with Nicola Broughton, aka The Girl with the Green Sofa, over at Redbrick Mill – a homeware haven in the heart of West Yorkshire. This was the perfect opportunity to celebrate Nicola’s recent brand ambassadorship (on entering Redbrick you’ll be greeted with Nicola’s infamous Made.com green velvet sofa, set out as if you were in the blogger’s living room yourself), but also to really champion northern design talent.
The evening welcomed photographers, stylists, lifestyle bloggers, interior designers and so much more. Before we sat down to an amazing dinner at Filmore & Union – more on that a little later – we had the chance to explore the four floors of Redbrick Mill to window shop, meet the teams and plan future content for a blissful hour.
I’ve spoken about my love for the Mill on Apartment Number 4 previously, and have visited countless times. But each and every time I discover something new and inspiring. With a mix of over 25 independent and multi-chain brands under one roof, including BoConcept, Sofas & Stuff, Made.com, The Little Greene Paint Company, Heals, Ish & Ish, and so much more, there’s something to suit every budget and every decorating need.
A new discovery for me was IDdesign, a Danish brand which has already seen huge growth in Scandinavia and the Middle East. With a mid-level price point, the brand offers everything from furniture to soft furnishings and decorative accessories, and I found the whole shop-in-shop layout really inspiring. Redbrick Mill is the only place in the UK where you’re able to buy IDdesign so it’s definitely worth the visit if you’re in the north.
BoConcept, meanwhile, is a name you’re no doubt familiar with. Taking over a sizeable chunk of the ground floor, the iconic Danish brand offers modern furniture design and the team are on hand to help with any interior decisions you might be pondering.
Once we’d toured the Mill, and caught up with familiar faces, it was time for dinner at Filmore & Union. Known for their fresh, colourful produce, the menu was a taster of what we can expect from the restaurant moving forward. Although they have restaurants across right the north, including Skipton, Ilkley, Wetherby, Harrogate, York, Beverley and Moortown, Filmore & Union was a brand new discovery for me and I can safely say I’m a fan.
Starting with a mix of salads, fresh breads, and tomato pate, we were then served the most delicious sliders, fishcakes and smashed avocado with pear and feta cheese on toast bites, before sampling desserts such as white chocolate and raspberry slices and orange and dark chocolate brownies. For a girl who hasn’t really eaten anything over the last 10 days due to a stomach virus, it was a nice to have a little bit of each and not feel overstuffed. I would highly recommend visiting Filmore & Union at Redbrick Mill and make a real day of it. With The Potting Shed Spa on site as well, you could potentially squeeze in a little massage too.
Thank you to the team at Redbrick Mill for putting on such a fantastic evening, where I was able to see familiar faces and meet new, try new foods and discover fresh brands to add to my must-buy list. Another reason why the northern design community is the best.
Further information on Redbrick Mill, including location and opening times, can be found at the website www.redbrickmill.co.uk.