Newsletter 9 March 2011

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News & Events…

1110 Newsletter 9 March 2011Not Afternoon Tea @ OXO Tower Brasserie, SE1

Forgot your dainty cakes and delicate brews and get stuck into a hardcore version of the traditional afternoon tea.  The whimsical menu sees clever cocktails and indulgent desserts paired to provide the ultimate mid-afternoon treat. Each tasting plate features four mini desserts matched with a cocktail, including a seasonal rhubarb themed plate with a Rhubarb Crumble cocktail; and a Hot & Sticky plate of traditional mini tarts and puddings, with a Voodoo Child cocktail (rum shaken with cinnamon syrup, lime juice and crushed pears, charged with ginger beer). £19.50/pairing. www.harveynichols.com/restaurants/oxo-tower-london

All-you can-eat Jumbo Shrimp @ Big Easy, SW3, every Tuesday

Loosen your belt and tighten your purse strings, as the legendary Big Easy Barbecue & Crabshack has launched an-all-you-can eat, lip-smackingly irresistible offer for lovers of big, American style seafood.  Every Tuesday, hungry diners can indulge in as many golden fried shrimp as they like served with French fries, creamy coleslaw and a choice of frozen José Cuervo Gold Margarita or a chilled bottle of beer for just £14.95! www.bigeasyrestaurant.co.uk

£10 Pie & Pint @ Renaissance Pubs, around South London, 7-20 March

The humble pie – some would say it’s the definition of good honest British food and the staple of any good pub menu. In celebration of the great British pie, South Londoners can visit one of pubs in the Renaissance group to tuck into a home-made pie and a pint for just £10.  With options including Steak & Ale, a Fish pie and the somewhat quirky Wild boar & Chocolate, it’s certainly a great reason to eat pie!  To find your local Renaissance Pub, visit: www.renaissancepubs.co.uk

New Openings…

Bennett, SW11

1111 Newsletter 9 March 2011Bennett is an innovative new food emporium in Battersea Square aiming to showcasing the very best ingredients from around the British Isles.  At its centre is a classic seafood-led brasserie and oyster bar, serving a delicious selection of crustacea and native oysters.  Customers can choose to sit at the marble top counter, have a more formal dinning experience in the smart restaurant or even take their meal outdoors in the botanical garden. The Bennett experience also includes on-site store where customers can purchase a quality selection of fine wines, organic fruit and vegetables, freshly baked breads and English cheeses. www.bennettsbrasserie.com

1112 Newsletter 9 March 2011London Sky Bar, SW1

Perched on the 29th floor of the Millbank Tower, the capital’s tallest riverside building, Sky Bar has opened with the promise of raising the level for nights out in London.  Guests will be able to enjoy a roster of internationally renowned DJs and performers as they relax on plush banquette seating and enjoy stunning views of London’s skyline.  The experience should be lifted further with a drinks menu that includes a cocktail “pharmacy” – a selection of cocktails created to stimulate or relax the senses and listed under sections such as “aphrodisiacs”, “stress relievers” or “pain killers”.  www.londonskybar.com

The Vintner, SW10

With the world of fine wine reportedly be driven through the roof by super-rich Chinese investors, that vintage bottle of Château Lafite looks to have made itself ever more elusive.  For those after great wines at altogether more reasonable prices, head down to The Vintner on Fulham Road.  They stock a small but concise cellar of just 100 classic and exclusive wines, with many being served by a host of prestigious venues, including Rick Stein restaurants.  Additionally, with no wine selling at more than £25, you’ll be able to have an exclusive wine experience without needing a bank loan! www.thevintner.com

Try This Week…

1113 Newsletter 9 March 2011Maestro Dobel Diamond Tequila

Maestro Dobel hopes to break the mould of everyday tequilas that we are normally used by not only tasting great but also being the first ever aged tequila with a clear colour. The creation of Juan-Domingo ‘Dobel’ Beckmann, himself the sixth generation of the world’s most prominent tequila producing family, Maestro Dobel is a blend of Reposado, Anejo and Extra-Anejo tequilas.  Once blended, the tequila goes through a unique filtration process to ensure a clear spirit that has all of the taste and character of traditional sipping tequilas.  If that’s not special enough, each crystal-cut designed bottle is filled, labelled and individually numbered by hand.  From Selfridges & Gerrys in Soho for around £60.  www.maestrodobel.com

1114 Newsletter 9 March 2011PizzaExpress Passata Pizza Base Sauce

PizzaExpress may have just done themselves out of their jobs with the launch of their new Passata pizza sauces.  For the first time we will actually be able to get our hands on the closely guarded sauce and add some of the PizzaExpress magic that has made their pizzas so popular.  Each can contains only top quality Italian tomatoes with a touch of salt, pepper and a fresh basil leaf.  With such a simple ingredients list, the sauces can also be used for a host of other recipes too, including soups, pasta, casseroles and for the really adventurous, a Bloody Mary!  99p from Waitrose & Sainsbury’s

Reviews: Cornwall Special…

1115 Newsletter 9 March 2011With its beautiful beaches, dramatic cliffs and reputation as an extreme-sports paradise, Cornwall is the quintessential British summer holiday destination.  However, we popped down to the North Cornwall for a short break during the colder months and found it to be a true haven for relaxation.  From well-maintained self-service apartments to luxurious eco-chic hotels, we unearthed some truly impressive accommodation options.  The restaurant scene was equally inspiring, with many chefs taking advantage of the abundance of quality local produce to create some great food.

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