Newsletter 29 June 2011

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News & Events…

Fall of Rome Imperial Ball @ Beauberry House, July 15

1209 Newsletter 29 June 2011The Fall of Rome is a night to be decadent, daring and greedy as the empire takes over Beauberry House for a celebration that Caesar himself would be proud of. Guests will indulge in the pleasures of love and life, feast on the nectars of mother Earth and forget about the worries of what is to become of them when the new day dawns. Guests dressed as centurions, gladiators, emperors and empresses will be treated to ancient Roman festivities, including a lavish feast of spit roasted meats accompanied by Roman wine.  There will also be a host of impressive visual spectacles, including fire dancers and living statues, as well as DJ’s to keep the party going until 4am!  Tickets are £75 from

Ben & Jerry’s Sundae on the Common, Clapham Common, 24 July

1210 Newsletter 29 June 2011Summer is coming which can only mean one thing for fans of ice cream and music – the return of Ben & Jerry’s annual Sundae on the Common is back!  There will be fun-filled activities for everyone, including fairground attractions, social activism, bare toe wrestling (!!) and of course free Fairtrade ice cream by the truck load. Band line-ups this year include Maximo Park, Gary Numan and Ocean Colour Scene.  Ben & Jerry’s will also launch ‘Be Herd!’, a competition giving unsigned music acts the opportunity to win a performance slot at the festival and £1000. Tickets and info from

Portobello Farmers Market, every Friday-Sunday

Boris Johnson may have his critics, but thanks to his abolition of the Western Congestion Charge, foodies in West London have a new food market to visit.  There are over 30 stalls from top suppliers, including free-range meat and game from Old Hall Farm, the morning’s catch of fish from Fishmonger’s Kitchen and delicious handmade biscuits and cakes from Cinnamon Tree Bakery.

Mayfair Park and Tower Race, 8 July

Good luck to those taking part in the annual race that sees contestants make a 4 km sprint around Hyde Park followed by a gruelling run up the 475 stairs of Park Lane Hilton on to Galvin at Windows for an exclusive breakfast!  The charity race see’s money raised going to fund apprenticeships in the hospitality sector for the underprivileged.  A number of top London chefs are running, including Chris Galvin, Michel Roux jr and Andre Garrett and there are still a few places left so check out the website for more info.

New Openings…

Street Kitchen, Finsbury Avenue Square, Broadgate, EC2

1211 Newsletter 29 June 2011Long gone are the days when London’s street food meant greasy hot dogs and fried onions served from a cart. We’ve seen everything from Meatwagons to chocolate vans, but one of the coolest in town has got to be the Street Kitchen – a vintage silver Airstream from Jun Tanaka and Mark Jankel.   From 27 June for three months, Jun and Mark will be serving their unique brand of simple British bistro-style lunches to City workers.  Dishes – costing between £4.50-£7.50 -   include crisp lamb shoulder with wet garlic, carrots & mint; and black bream with smoked aubergine & roast tomato vinaigrette.

The Bonnie & Wild, N1

New part-time Scottish restaurant, The Bonnie & Wild, will take over the kitchen of M Manze, a north London pie and mash institution, every Saturday night, showcasing seasonal food by top chefs alongside a rotating schedule of entertainment.  The 1905 listed building, complete with wooden booths and marble tabletops, will play host to this celebration of Scottish food and good times.  Organic meat – mainly wild venison and game – and sustainable seafood will feature heavily on the menu created by Chefs Iain Sim (The Mussel Inn, Edinburgh) and Isabel Widdowson (formerly Gerard Besson, Paris).  A BYO system with a small corkage fee will be in operation.

Assaggini, SW1

With restaurants such as Polpo leading the way, small plates of Italian food have become big business. Assaggini, which cunningly translates as “a selection of small dishes”, has followed the trend with its menu of sharing plates using fresh, seasonal Italian ingredients.  Dishes include a range of spaghettoni with duck ragu, handmade ravioli with scampi as well as various pizzettine (small pizzas).   Set over two floors, the restaurant and bar has been designed with sharing in mind, with casual stool dining at large oak tables, as well as a more formal setting in the main restaurant area.

Rum & Sugar, E14

Bringing the culinary history of London’s docks straight to the table, Rum & Sugar has just opened at Museum of London Docklands.  The Grade 1 listed building takes its name from historically being a store for imports from the West Indies, and has been restored to much of the original style.  The kitchen is taken care of by Michelin starred Executive Chef David Cavalier who has put together a seasonal menu of top English ingredients. Dishes include spicy beef tartare with soda, Cornish lamb burgers and signature fish cakes.  As you’d expect, the bar features an eclectic list of rums from around the West Indies and South America, including rare editions such as Sailor Jerry Vanilla & Lime and Pusser’s Navy Blue.

Try This Week…

1212 Newsletter 29 June 2011Woodford Reserve Bourbon

Take one look at the bottle and you know Woodford Reserve means business.  Strong lines, bold simple labelling and a rich bronze liquid combine to create a modern design classic. There is serious substance to the style too.  Made at Kentucky’s first registered distillery, it’s the only bourbon triple-distilled in copper pots in a method of production which dates back to 1812. Ageing the whiskey for up to eight years in new charred American oak barrels provides the caramel aromas and distinct toffee and roasted nut taste. Each barrel is then hand-selected by the Master Distiller, Chris Morris, before being bottled in handcrafted, individually numbered bottles.  The result is a smooth bourbon, rich in caramel and vanilla flavours, that we think is best served on the rocks or in a simple cocktail – like a Julep – to really let the deep flavours shine.  Widely available for around £28.


Kent’s Kitchen

1213 Newsletter 29 June 2011This new range of meal kits may be named after a home county but don’t let the unassuming name fool you – these are a seriously tasty collection dinner options inspired by dishes from all corners of the world!  Options include everything from Thai Red Curry, Spicy Korma and Chow Mein to a couple of easy and incredibly tasty risotto dishes.  The meal kits come with three pots containing infused oil, paste and herbs or spices so all the cook needs to do is add the necessary meat and veg.  It’s all made from natural and additive-free ingredients, so the quality of the range is also second to none.  More adventurous cooks will also enjoy exploring the range of marinades, herbs and seasonings that Kent’s Kitchen has created.  Kits are £2.50 available from