Usually seen together on a Saturday night, last Sunday night, Flame and James Huish briefly parted company.
We were invited along to the uber glamourous Flame restaurant and it’s glitzy disco balls for some pre ‘theatre’ dinner before heading over to The Mac to watch the Sinatraesque Huish belt out some cool swing classics.
James has a Saturday night residency at Flame and most weeks for the rest of 2014 you’ll find him swinging out in the restaurant.
The building occupied by Flame has a big history. Once a church, it then changed into the iconic Skandia restaurant before a few years stint as a fashion retail unit then back to a restaurant status again. I remember it as the Skandia, and I’m pretty sure I went there as a kid many years ago!
Now of course, Flame has brought the food back to the building and done so with an eclectic mix of disco balls and cocktails. On our night out we enjoyed main courses of Fillet Steak and a burger which were finished off with delicious desserts (Pavlova and Brownie and Ice cream) and washed down with some wine. Although as the driver it was water for me! Next time I go it will be for a few of their cocktails..which at £7 each I think they need to be tried.
Then it was over to The Mac for some swing with James Huish. What a performer! I’ve said it previously when we saw him last Christmas at the Opera House and on Valentine’s Night in 2011, who needs Buble when we have our own local version.
James treated the audience to all the standards and some of Michael Buble’s more recent classics. It was a fun night with devoted screaming fans, desperate for attention from James.
Even though the Mac Downstairs wasn’t a full house, the audience were in their element and their enthusiasm made up for a handful of empty seats.
A fun night out with a good pre theatre meal in Flame followed up by a superb live show in the Mac. And where else would you get the main artist to finish his show and run out to the foyer and personally say thanks to each and every fan?