Newsletter 12 October 2011

Rumfest, Chocolate Festival, Apres-ski in London and the latest foodie news and events!

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News & Events…

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Rumfest, Kensington Olympia, 15-16 October

Unlike many other drinks, Rum has a habit of enveloping its fans into an entire lifestyle.  From the music and food to its exotic countries of origin, the rich culture surrounding rum is utterly engrossing.  Back for its fifth year extolling all that’s good and great about rum culture is Rumfest.  Rum-lovers will have their taste buds tantalised by the world’s most exclusive rums; listen to live reggae and Latin bands; watch cocktail competitions; and savour the delights of the brand new Tropical Food Market.  Tickets are £22 from 

The Jameson Apartment, W1, 12-27 October

In time for the London Film Festival, Jameson will be evoking the spirit of the 1920s with this intriguing pop-up cinematic speakeasy.  Accessed via a secret door (and password) on Greek Street in Soho, the Jameson Apartment will offer film enthusiasts a unique and unforgettable experience whilst enjoying a selection of Jameson’s best loved cult cocktails. A different concept is on offer every night, from bespoke cocktail master classes with leading mixologists to film inspired quizzes and a chance to see all the highlights from the red carpet plus regular speakeasy parties.

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Chocolate Unwrapped @ Vinopolis, SE1, 15-16 October

Chocolate Unwrapped is a show where visitors can immerse themselves in a decadent feast of chocolate. The show is host to more exhibitors than ever with 40 chocolate companies from across the world showcasing the best of the chocolate world. It’s a day to marvel at chocolate sculptures, watch chocolate cooking demonstrations, taste a variety of exciting new flavours, experience unexpected pairings and meet some of the world’s top chocolatiers.  Tickets start at £8.

Cortina @ Cantina, SE1, Until 13 Nov

1232 Newsletter 12 October 2011The organisers of this ‘cool’ new installation at Cantina Restaurant were probably the only people in London praying for the recent heat-wave to go away!  ‘Cortina at Cantina’ sees Cantina recreating Cortina’s famous après-ski scene in miniature, complete with its own ski chalet where guests can huddle against the London’s supposed winter under heaters and cosy blankets.  The venue will be hoping for a chill in the air as they look to tempt guests with rich hot chocolate, warming cocktails, hearty Italian dishes and a fondue menu!  We’re happy with our Indian summer, but should the winds continue to change, we know where we will be going!



New Openings…

The Collection, SW3

1233 Newsletter 12 October 2011Celebrity haunts seem to have a life-span of around 5 minutes these days, but The Collection has been serving London’s uber-cool and visiting fashionistas for well over 10 years.  As such, it’s no surprise that the ever-popular bar and restaurant has been given a well-earned makeover with metallic lighting and textured walls of scorched wood and exposed brick.  The cocktails have been designed with a Mediterranean influence and a new food menu has also taken a similar approach, with dishes including Tartare of buffalo with duck egg & sourdough toast and Barbeque grouper with samphire marinated in a tomato & lime sauce.

Chocolate Box @ St Martins Lane Hotel, WC2

Launched in time to coincide with Chocolate Week, Chocolate Box is William Curley’s new pop-up shop in the Front Room at St Martins Lane Hotel.  Open until the New Year, Chocolate Box offers a mouth-watering assortment of William’s finest chocolate creations – from his renowned house blend hot chocolate to his notorious Nostalgia range, as well as chocolate nibbles and biscuits. Visitors can either pick up some treats for later on or take a pew in this haven of chocolate and indulge in all it has to offer.  The venue will also play host to a calendar of chocolate inspired events including perfume and chocolate pairing evenings, chocolate speed tastings and chocolate master-classes.

1234 Newsletter 12 October 2011Lady Ottoline, WC1

The owners of critically renowned gastro-pub, The Princess of Shoreditch, look set to recreate some of their magic with the launch of their second venture in the West End.  Comprising of a ground floor pub and two first floor dining rooms, Lady Ottoline serves the best of old and new British cooking courtesy of head chef Shaun O’Rouke (formerly of The Princess of Shoreditch).  No respectable pub would be complete without a selection of quality English ales and The Lady Ottoline is no exception with four on tap and a preference for local breweries.


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Try This Week…

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Good Heavens Drinking Yogurt

It’s pretty difficult for us to get excited by non-alcoholic drinks here and even more so when they profess health credentials.  However, not only do these new drinking yogurts taste great, their low fat content and probiotic properties are just what we need after an evening of indulgent dining and excessive drinking.  Made by a boutique British dairy, the rich and thick yogurt is blended with a variety of fresh fruits and natural ingredients for a genuinely delicious drink that’s also great to ward-off hunger in between meals.  Available in nine organic and non-organic varieties, flavours range from Luscious Strawberry and Alphonso Mango & Passion Fruit to quirkier creations like Tiramisu and Sicilian Lemon & Poppy Seed.  Around £1.90 from Tesco Express/Metro, Whole Foods Market.

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What On Earth Organic Pizza

Starting with just one humble organic pizza 12 years ago, What On Earth has grown to become one of the most respected organic food producers around.  Now their product list includes a large range of pizzas, as well as pasta sauces, fruit and puddings.  It’s their pizza however that still steals the show.  With toppings such as Roasted Courgette & Goats cheese, Spicy Pepperoni and Organic Cheddar, Double Gloucester, Leek & Parsley, there are plenty of options to choose from.  With their use of quality ingredients, the pizzas also taste great and we were particularly impressed with their bases, which crisped up nicely and were full of flavour. Around £4 from quality delis and online.  Stockist list at




1237 Newsletter 12 October 2011Roux at The Landau, W1

Despite its residence in The Langham, one of London’s most prestigious hotels, and having one of the city’s most elegant and beautifully designed dining rooms, The Landau has never really hit the heights expected of a restaurant with such enviable credentials. However, now that two of Britain’s culinary royalty, Albert and Michel Roux Jr have taken over the helm, we expect the restaurant to become one of London’s hottest tickets.

Click here to read full review…


Laughing Gravy, SE1

Take a look at the Laughing Gravy’s website and the blurb suggests that it is ‘London’s best kept secret’. Expecting this to be a euphemism for ‘generally empty’, I was pleasantly surprised to find the place buzzing with a hungry lunchtime crowd on the Friday afternoon of my visit.  All of the dishes have a special touch that set them apart from most British cuisine and would bring people back for more. Moreover, the huge portions, strong flavours and awkwardly friendly staff make for a satisfying British experience.

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Something to watch on your lunch break…


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Watch Indian super-chef, Vivek Singh from Cinnamon Kitchen and Cinnamon Club give our traditional Fish & Chips an Indian twist with his Punjabi Spiced Halibut with Mustard Mushy Peas and Tandoori Potato Wedges!


(click on picture to view the video)