Newsletter 14 March 2012

St Patrick’s Day Special, 97p Sushi, plus the latest foodie news and openings!

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News & Events…


97p Plates @ Yo Sushi Poland Street. 15 March

To celebrate the opening of the very first YO! Sushi restaurant in 1997 on Poland Street, the chain recognised for convincing us that raw fish is actually edible is giving away all dishes from their (in)famous conveyor belt for just 97p per plate.  You can’t book, so hurry down between 12 noon and 10:30pm and dive into the dining dojo to get involved.

Cigar and Whisky Tasting @ Coq D’Argent, EC2. 20March

Coq d’Argent has teamed up with the purveyors of the finest Cuban tobacco products, Hunters & Frankau, to create an evening matching some very special malts with the world’s finest cigars. In charge of the whisky is none other than Richard ‘The Nose’ Paterson, Master Distiller since 1970 at The Dalmore.  Taking place on Coq d’Argent’s heated terrace, the event will include drinks, canapés and pairings, including Dalmore 15-year-old with a Romeo y Julieta Short Churchill.  Tickets are £45.

New Openings…


Hawksmoor Spitalfields Bar, E1

1356 Newsletter 14 March 2012Situated in the basement space under their original Spitalfields restaurant, the new bar finally gives the Hawksmoor’s renowned bunch of mixologists somewhere to truly show-off their skills. The venue exudes glamour, including an impressive polished brass wall, blue-patterned mirrors and a teak parquet floor.   Drinks include a short cocktail list of 10 drinks, including 5 monthly changing ‘dessert island’ concoctions and 5 permanent favourites.  The food menu keeps things interesting too, with a few Hawksmoor favourites, including their burgers and lobster rolls, as well as some new items such as Chicken Wings, Short-rib Nuggets and Poutine – Canada’s gift to world cuisine: chips, cheese and gravy, served with either braised chicken or oxtail.

The Hunter S, N1

1355 Newsletter 14 March 2012Inspired by the famously bonkers Hunter S Thompson, author of the Rum Diary, the Hunter S promises to provide a memorable drinking den as charismatic as its literary namesake.  Following the restoration of a Victorian-era corner pub in the heart of Islington, The Hunter S is a stunning bar, lounge and dining room, with art-deco style and a distinctly 1930′s atmosphere reminiscent of a bygone era.  The bustling open kitchen ensures that hungry visitors are well fed with dishes such as Tiger prawn carpaccio, Scotch eggs and Beef Wellington.  The bar keeps things simple yet interesting, including a regular selection of interesting oddities and quirky spirits.

Market Café, E8

Located on Broadway Market and inspired by classic Italian “Formica” cafes of the 1950′s, Market Café serves rustic food and drink with a modern take on the ‘breakfast and bolognaise’ menu.  London-Italian dishes are the main influence on the simple but bold, modestly priced menu – no airs or graces here, with dishes including Steak and kidney pudding for two, hand cut tagliatelle with meat sauces, truffled rarebit and jam doughnuts.  Drinks keep things ‘real’ too, with locally roasted coffee served alongside craft beers, punches, cups, fizzes, and a good value wine list. Market Café is open all day for everything from breakfast to supper, whilst weekend visitors also have the option of high tea.


St Patrick’s Day Events…


1357 Newsletter 14 March 2012St Patrick’s Day Festival, Trafalgar Square, 18 March

Set to be one of London’s liveliest celebrations of the year, a parade featuring a colourful array of floats and marching bands will proceed through central London from Green Park to Trafalgar Square starting at 12 noon. Trafalgar Square will host the festival programme of live Irish music and dance on the main performance stage and there will also be plenty of stalls offering traditional Irish food, drink and crafts.

Irish Whisky Tasting with The Whisky Lounge, 19 & 20 March

Guests of the latest instalment of The Whisky Lounge tastings will be treated to six of the finest from the Emerald Isle, with a particular focus on the lesser known distilleries that show-off the full potential of Irish whiskey.  As always the tastings will be fun, engaging and full of information and useful/useless facts!  Tickets are £20, which is great value considering the special whiskeys that guest will get to try.  19 March @ Albannach, Trafalgar Sq and 20 March @ Red Lion, Crown Passage.

The Betjeman Arms, N1. 14-18 March

Located in Kings Cross Station, tourists and locals alike can head down to the pub for oyster shooters, Irish nibbles, guest ales and cask stout plus a chance for guests to try out their rhyming skills with a Limerick competition!

Two Brewers, WC2, 17 March

For those looking for a traditional Irish knees-up, Two Brewers in Seven Dials is celebrating the evening with a live Irish band from 7.30pm. They will also be serving traditional Irish stew and warm soda bread, whilst late night revellers can take advantage of their 1am extended licence. Two Brewers at 40 Monmouth Street, WC2.

Try This Week for St. Patrick’s Day…


1359 Newsletter 14 March 2012Tullamore Dew 12 Year Old

Those with a keen eye will have noticed Tullamore Dew 12 Year Old on the shelves at Duty Free stores.  Having proved a massive success, Ireland’s second largest whiskey brand has recently launched this rather special reserve on the UK market.  Tullamore 12 blends three different types of triple distilled Irish whiskey aged between 12-15 years, which is then slowly matured in ex-bourbon and Olorosso Sherry casks.  The result is the quintessential expression of a classic Irish whiskey, providing a smooth and rounded drinking experience with easy going woody undertones giving way to sweet Olorosso nuttiness with just a touch of spice; ideal for those mellow post-prandial moments or a special St. Patrick’s Day tipple!  Widely available from good spirits retailers for around £

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Kilree Cheese

Kilree is a new washed rind goat’s milk cheese made by cheese-making newcomer, Helen Finnegan of Knockdrinna Farm House Cheese in Co. Kilkenny, Southern Ireland.   The cheese is washed in brine whilst it matures, giving it a fine orange and slightly sticky rind, whilst the flavour is complex but well balanced, with appealing hints of almonds and marzipan. This cheese won the Supreme Champion title at the 2011 British Cheese Awards so it’s no surprise that cheese lovers are going bonkers over it!  £28/kg from (including their Jermyn Street store)


Video: Guinness Recipes


Click on the below for some inspired Guinness recipes – perfect for St. Paddy’s Day!:

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