Newsletter 26 October 2011

Halloween Special including Ticket Giveaway, WW2 Dining and the latest openings and foodie news…

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News & Events…

The Cocktail Lovers Magazine

1247 Newsletter 26 October 2011Whilst the world of wine is awash with press column inches telling us which 10 wines we absolutely must get sozzled on that week, the world of spirits and cocktails are almost criminally under-represented.   If, like for the LFLD team, it’s the latter that gets your tastebuds in a tickle when it comes to drinks decisions, check out the new Cocktail Lovers Magazine.  The quarterly e-magazine takes a fun and inspired look at the spirits world, with cocktails from some of London’s top mixologists, interesting interviews, occasional style pieces and some great photography.  It’s also totally free to view at


The Art of Dining Presents… Rations, East London, 3-5 November

Inspired by the WWII takeover of stately homes and public ballrooms by the army for use as dining halls, ops rooms and recreation areas, Rations provides a glimpse into the romance and drama of living during those turbulent times.  The Rations experience will be made theatrical and immersive through set design, with attention to detail over the surroundings, décor and furniture. The menu will draw inspiration from WWII era food, providing 6 courses of dishes including gourmet spam, brown bread ice cream and peppermint creams, presented in tin cans and mess tins. There will be a wartime bar and guests are also welcome to bring their own drinks. £45/ticket from 

New Openings…

Hawksmoor Guildhall, EC2

1252 Newsletter 26 October 2011In their continued determination to provide Londoners with great steak, the Hawksmoor team has embarked on its third opening.  The new Guildhall site is their largest yet, with 160 covers in the restaurant and 50 in the bar.  The new site also takes a fresh approach to design, with reclaimed materials, mahogany panelling and a bar front from a Dutch Bank counter providing an eclectic and period feel.  Open from breakfast through to dinner and continuing to offer some of the best cow in town, the real highlight of the menu is the six-course Beef Tasting Menu that is available for tables of 8-10 and priced at £700.


1251 Newsletter 26 October 2011The Hampshire Hog, W6

A mere 17 years after first opening  Primrose Hill favourite, The Engineer, Tamsin Olivier and Abigail Osborne have decided it’s about time they opened their second venue.  The former site of the Ruby Grand, the impressive building is now home to The Hampshire Hog, providing a relaxed pub with an adjoining pantry offering temptations such as fresh breads, pastries and deli produce.  Opened to provide a traditional family-friendly British pub experience, The Hog specialises in seasonal, responsibly sourced food for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

De La Panza, N1

De La Panza is a new ‘Bodegones’ style restaurant inspired by the upbeat, informal restaurants and cafes found all over Argentina.  Locals will be able to have their pick of steaks, stews, tapas, pistos, escabeches and tartas, as well as an extensive list of affordable artisan wines.  The simple and light décor is tastefully perked up by Argentina inspired artworks and in keeping with its informal atmosphere, De La Panza also caters for those after a quick bite with stool seating.

Halloween Special…


1249 Newsletter 26 October 2011Free tickets to: Opal presents ‘Meat’ @ Fabric, EC1, 31 October

Dark Italian liqueur, Opal Nera, and equally devilish blood cherry flavoured Opal Rossa have collaborated for the fifth instalment of their fiendish annual Halloween party.  The line-up features a terrifying cocktail of music’s hottest acts, gruesome costumes and dark Italian spirit from Opal.  Super-club Fabric will play host to 1,000 slaughtered souls dancing into the early hours.  Tickets are now sold out, but we have 4 tickets each to give away to 5 random readers. Just tweet us before 12pm on 26 October: ‘Give me some Bloody Opal Nera Halloween Tickets @luvfoodluvdrink’. Click here for more event details…


Niko B’s Halloween Cocoa Club: ‘Spook Easy’ @ The Avo Hotel, E8, 30-31 October

Welcome to Niko B’s Spook Easy – a dessert based dining club serving up chocolate infused dishes with a dose of horror and Halloween freakery.  Expect moonshine, voodoo jazz, 4 demonically delicious desserts as well as a chocolate making demo and ghost stories.  Tickets are £28 from

1250 Newsletter 26 October 2011Black Widow’s Ball @ Stock Place, Bucks, 28 October

Welcome to Black Widow’s Ball – a themed immersive Hammer House experience at hip country manor Stoke Place. There will be satirical performance art in the suites, an all-black midnight feast, a secret den bar with screenings, tranny tarot, a naked portrait photo studio and a room where you’ll be scared witless by the powers of suggestion.  £35/ticket including a return coach ride from London –

Ghostbusters @ Maggies, SW10, 29 October

1980s inspired nightclub, Maggie’s will host a Halloween party with a 80s twist inspired by the legendary Ghostbusters.  Expect paranormal goings on, shoulder-pad inspired fancy dress and perhaps even scarier, DJ sets with tunes from the 1980s!

1248 Newsletter 26 October 2011Crystal Head Vodka

Owned by a Ghostbuster and with a bottle based on an ancient mystery, Crystal Head is the ultimate vodka to get you in the spirit of Halloween.  Yes, a certain Dan Aykroyd of Ghostbusters fame decided that the world of vodka was his calling, so set upon creating one of the most spectacular spirit brands around.  The Crystal Head vodka bottle is based on the mystery of the 13 crystal skulls that have been found around the world, whilst the vodka itself is some of the best around.  Made from Canadian glacial water, the ultra-smooth organic vodka is 4 times distilled and recently won Double Gold at the San Francisco World Spirits competition.  Widely available from good spirits retailers (such as for around £50.