Harvey Nichols Christmas Carols 2012 and The Maven, Leeds.

A Christmas treat for the last 5 years (check out original post from 2008) has been a friends and family trip to H N for Christmas carols.
It is tradition now to start with a quick dash around the shops for last minute pressies then congregate at Whitelocks for hellos and a few well deserved bevvies. I love the Victoria arcade, the superb stained glass roof lends itself to beautiful acoustics and The Saint Peters Singer are just the ticket, they provide an ambience and effect that would even rouse Ebenezer Scrooge’s Christmas spirit..

The meal is simple, broth, stewed beef followed by mince pies which doesn’t sound a lot but it is ample and as you would expect from HN it is superbly presented and very tasty. This year there were seventeen of us and we had a great pre Crimbo party atmosphere.
The hardcore New Farnley group were intrigued when Mr Dean suggested we have Gin tea at The Mavern afterwards. Eloquently described by Mrs Dean “it’s above the tattoo and piercing parlour up some smelly stairs near the Corn Exchange but when you get in it’s like a New York speakeasy…..”.
Well that is just what is was like and it is a super indie curiosity of a bar. We all had Hendrick’s Gin Tea served in Hendrick’s tea pot and cups. This place will become a regular. G uttered the the words “let’s go on a bender….” but the gang just laughed!


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