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Hi there,
Welcome to the December Hot List.

It's that time of year again! This month we're bringing you culinary, cultural and creative delights to ease you into the festive spirit. Starting with an exciting giveaway of a beautiful piece of jewellery, we'll be taking a seat at one of the UK's top Sunday lunches and going for a snoop around the Artists Open Houses in Brighton and Hove. All while singing along to Tina B's festive favourites on this month's playlist. Put your feet up, stick on a cosy jumper and enjoy a tasty tipple!

We wish you all a wonderful holiday season and a fabulous New Year!

Have a great December!
with love

& the Rockett St George Team
01444 253391

- DECEMBER 2014 -

Astor & March Shop Front
Located in Brighton’s legendary jewellery quarter lies Astor & March; an independent jewellery boutique showcasing exquisitely designed silver and fine jewellery collections.

Every piece is conceived and made in-house by highly skilled goldsmiths, who pride themselves on combining traditional workshop techniques and modern aesthetic to create extraordinary engagement rings, hand-finished wedding bands, and stylish silver collections. They also specialise in bespoke commissions, for the person who’s looking for that something extra-special.
Hot List Prize - Flicker Necklace
This month we’re giving you the chance to win an elegant silver necklace set with sparkling diamonds from the elegant and minimalist Flicker collection, with a retail value of £275. 
This beautiful necklace by Astor & March Jewellery is set with a scattering of pure white diamonds across a highly-polished silver circle, suspended from an 18” box chain. Elegant in its simplicity, this piece is perfectly suited for day-to-night wear.
Enter here for your chance to WIN
We are delighted to be stockists for Astor & March Jewellery. View this month's prize Flicker Necklace here, along with a beautiful range of unusual and quirky silver charms that make the perfect gift for Christmas.

Astor & March Jewellery
43 Meeting House Lane, Brighton.
*Terms & Conditions Apply, please see here for details.

Artist Open Houses 2014
Everybody loves a nose around someone else's home, and we're no different. We are hugely inspired by seeing different interior styles and finding out about new and innovative design. Open Houses are fantastic events happening up and down the country, so we thought we'd draw your attention to our local area of Brighton this month.
Brighton & Hove will be holding their annual Artist Open Houses, where you'll be invited in to local artist homes to chat to the
 makers themselves, in the fields of ceramics, jewellery, print-making and home-wares, as well as handcrafted Christmas cards, wreaths, tree decorations and foodie gifts. A great event to take the pain out of Christmas Shopping!

Brighton & Hove Christmas 2014 Artist Open Houses.
Open every weekend until 14th December. - View the brochure here. 

The Plough in Harbourne
The Plough, based in the pretty suburb of Harborne (just outside Birmingham), has been recognised by The Times as one of the top 25 places for Sunday lunch in the UK. So we figured you may want to know about it!
Passionate about working with local suppliers (the locally handmade macaroons are to die for!) you'll be impressed with their menu of fresh home-cooked food.
We love the quirky ambience and ever-evolving style; using unique and hard to find pieces - just what we like to see at Rockett St George!
So what's the secret in cooking a flavour-packed roast beef? Head Chef Lukasz Piasecki has shared some of his tips with us:
CHOOSE WISELY. Ideally the beef will be dark in colour, have a layer of fat in order to prevent the joint from drying out during cooking and have small slivers of fat running through it - these combined make for a tasty piece of beef. 
Prepare all your ingredients in advance and schedule cooking times... Leave enough time for a leisurely glass of red as you cook! 
GIVE YOUR MEAT A BREAK! Once your meat is cooked, remove it from the oven, cover it with foil and set it aside to rest. Well-rested = juicy, tender and succulent. 
The Plough
0121 427 3678

RSG Christmas Playlist
We had so much fun producing our last playlist that we thought we'd ask the lovely Tina B to put together another one for you to enjoy.
As it's December, we decided to put together our favourite Christmas songs for you, and have called it Christmas Cocktails!

If you have a Spotify account then you can click here to listen and add these songs to your own playlist. 

1. Santa Baby - Eartha Kitt
2. Let it Snow - Doris Day
3. Santa Claus is Coming to Town - Jackson 5
4. Happy Holiday - Peggy Lee
Merry Christmas Baby - Elvis Presley
6. 2000 Miles - The Pretenders
7. Blue Christmas - Low
8. I Heard The Bells on Christmas Day - The Civil Wars
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer - Jack Johnson
10. Jingle Bells - Puppini Sisters
11. Suzy Snowflake - Rosemary Clooney
12. Christmas in New Orleans - Louis Armstrong
Baby it's Cold Outside - Tom Jones & Cerys Matthews
14. Santa Claus Got Stuck in My Chimney - Ella Fitzgerald
15. Dasher with the Light - Kitty Wells
16. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - Cat Power
17. I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm - Julie London
18. White Christmas - Otis Redding


Good Food for Your Table - Melrose & Morgan
If you've ever found yourself confused about the difference between mixed spice and all spice or cous-cous and quinoa, then this book is for you.
Melrose & Morgan have released a new book called Good Food For Your Table where they have shared expert tips and advice to help you buy the best food and ingredients to make sure your cupboards are always full and nothing goes to waste. Enjoy a selection of their favourite recipes with quick and simple ideas to rustle up a tasty meal.
As an extra special treat, Melrose & Morgan have given us an exclusive recipe for you to try! The Black Forest Yule Log has got our mouths watering in the RSG office and we cannot wait to try this at home ourselves...! Click here for your Black Forest Yule Log recipe.

Good Food for Your Table, £25.00.
Available to buy from

Big Eyes Movie
Tim Burton's new biopic movie Big Eyes is a true story about successful painter Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz). Keane was thought to have revolutionised the accessibility of popular art by reproducing his enigmatic paintings on mass, to sell across America in the 1950's and 60's.
However, during his rise to fame the truth was to be discovered. His wife Margaret (Amy Adams) was in fact the real artist behind the famous Big Eyes paintings. The lies and already turbulent relationship results in a dramatic divorce court battle as Margaret begins to voice the truth. An affectionate portrait of Margaret Keane's awakening as an artist.

Out December 2014

ZooNation's The Mad Hatter's Tea Party

Founded in 2002 by choreographer Kate Prince, ZooNation has paved the way in bringing hip-hop into mainstream dance theatre. In 2006, ZooNation premiered Into the Hoods, which became the longest running street dance show in West End history.

This Christmas you get to see their brand new production; The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. Commissioned and co-produced by The Royal Ballet, this show takes the characters from Lewis Carroll’s classic story Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and places them in a mental asylum in Wonderland, where madness is a fact of life.
Ernest, a young psychotherapist, hosts a special Tea Party - T standing for therapy, inviting all the family characters to join him. The White Rabbit, the Cheshire Cat, the Queen of Hearts, the Mad Hatter and Tweedle-Dee and Tweedle-Dum all turn the party into an afternoon of outrageous adventures. This family friendly show also includes audience participation
 in true ZooNation dance style!

Local tea makers Prince and Sons Tea will be producing huge versions of their beautifully illustrated tea boxes as props!

ZooNation's Mad Hatter's Tea Party
9th December  - 3rd January
Tickets from £8 - £26

Royal Opera house


'Christmas at my house is always at least six or seven times more pleasant than anywhere else. We start drinking early. And while everyone else is seeing only one Santa Claus, we'll be seeing six or seven.'  - WC Fields