Newsletter 30 May 2012

Jubilee Special, including Ticket Giveaway, Events and Food and Drink Ideas!

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Jubilee Weekend Events…


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Cake Rattle & Roll at The Newburgh Quarter Street Party, 2 June, 12-4pm
Head to the Newburgh Quarter (found in the East side of Carnaby St) for a shopping and eating extravaganza over the Jubilee weekend.   A spectacular Diamond Jubilee cake has been baked by world famous cake specialists Choccywoccydoodah and will be cut for everyone to enjoy a slice at 3pm outside their new emporium.  Live music is courtesy of rockabilly band Carmen Ghia and her Hotrods who will perform on the bandstand on Ganton Street and join in with the jive dancing from 12 noon.  Shoppers can also enjoy complimentary Summer Cocktails as well as free strawberries and cream from the outdoor tricycles.  For more details visit

God Save the Clam @ Émigré Studios, E8. 31 May-3 June

God Save the Clam is a punk inspired British interpretation of the Clam Bake in honour of the Queen’s Jubilee weekend.  Combining the culinary skills of barbecue king Tom Adam from Pitt Cue Co and foraging seafood lover Carl Clarke from Rock Lobsta, sand buckets of finger-licking clams, cockles, mussels, crayfish and crab claws will be dished up alongside some seriously tasty sides. Meantime beer will be the host beer at the Banshee bar alongside a selection of premium Jose Cuervo Tradicional tequila cocktails (the rebel spirit!) to the backdrop of a royally hot DJ line up, beach huts, sun deck, ice cream bar and one of the best views this side of Margate.

Diamonds & Pearls Jubilee Dessert Club @ The Chocolate Lab, E8. 2 June

For an alternative Jubilee event, Niko B’s Cocoa Club returns with a decadent evening of adventurous desserts that overlooks The Queen and instead takes its inspiration from pop-royalty; namely, Mr. Purple Rain himself, Prince (or Symbol/Artist Formerly Known As or whatever he’s calling himself these days!).  Guests will be treated to 4 courses of desserts and cocktails inspired by his music, devotion to all things purple and diamonds and pearls, as well as being awarded prizes for best Prince-inspired outfits! Tickets are £26 from

Marmite Afternoon Tea @ The Botanist, SW1. Runs until 10 June

The Botanist will test the resolve and tastebuds of even the most patriotic Englishman by combining Afternoon Tea and Marmite, two quintessentially English culinary creations that should probably never come together!   Served in the elegant surroundings of The Botanist, the venue for the Marmite Afternoon Tea is certainly fit for a queen, although we’re not quite sure royalty would approve of ‘delights’ such as Homemade cheddar, chive & Ma’amite scones and Chocolate cake with Ma’amite caramel buttercream. £18/person at


Competition: 15 Pairs of Jubilee Party Tickets to Win!


1406 Newsletter 30 May 2012Award-winning Sloane’s Gin has partnered with Bourne & Hollingsworth for their Diamond Jubilee Party on Sunday 3 June in Bedford Square, W1. 

Taking place from dusk till dawn and with over 500 revellers expected, it’s sure to be a fun day out in one of London’s most picturesque parks!  Expect a wonderful all-day event that’s as English as strawberries & cream, tabloid scandals and G&Ts, with live music, games (egg & spoon anyone?), great cocktails and the finest British grub (including Hog roasts!).  For more details visit

Tickets are normally £15, but we’ve got 15 pairs to giveaway!  To enter the competition just click here and fill in your details:



Try This Week… Tequila Special!


1407 Newsletter 30 May 2012Moët & Chandon Diamond Jubilee Cuvee


Despite being the most British person alive, even the Queen can’t resist the odd glass of fine French fizz and if you want to celebrate like the Queen, your choice of Champagne must simply be Moët.  Having held the Royal Warrant since Queen Victoria recognised the quality of their Champagnes in 1893, the revered Champagne house has toasted this long-standing relationship by producing an exclusive Diamond Jubilee Cuvee.   Whilst Moët & Chandon created exclusive cuvees for both the Silver and Golden Jubilee celebrations, this is the first occasion the Royal Household has actually given approval for the bottles to be sold.   Widely available for around £40, including from Waitrose, Selfridges, Harrods and Harvey Nichols

Harvey Nichols Royal Box

1408 Newsletter 30 May 2012To celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and in homage to a former royal footman’s revelation that Her Majesty keeps her corn flakes in Tupperware, Harvey Nichols has released its commemorative Royal Box!  The patriotic and stylish design elevates the simple sandwich box to the realms of royalty and will keep your corn flakes pristine and your sandwiches fresh, so you can reign supreme over your kitchen for years to come.  To add an extra morsel of temptation, the box also comes filled with six corn flakes cakes made with Royal Warrant holders Charbonnel et Walker’s dark chocolate!  £14.95 exclusively in Harvey Nichols

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St Austell Brewery’s Royal Diamond Imperial IPA – 9.0% ABV

Every great British occasion requires a suitably memorable beer to mark the occasion.  Royal Diamond is a fine Imperial IPA that is refermented in Champagne bottles at Camel Valley Vineyards to yield a full tasting yet sophisticated beer that is suitably special to mark the Jubilee.  Unfiltered, and brewed to a regal 9.0%, the Imperial IPA provides fruity hops and a zesty acidity to delight the palate; enthusiasts may even wish to carefully age the beer to bring out more complexity from the flavour.  Serve with Seared Scallops in butter and bacon with hop asparagus for the ultimate celebration.  Available online at and costs £12 per bottle

Mercers of Yorkshire Lemon Cheese Curd

1410 Newsletter 30 May 2012For everything from jams and marmalades to traditional sauces and curds, Mercers of Yorkshire are the place to go for all of your condiment and conserve needs!  Our favourite of all is their outrageously moreish Lemon Cheese Curd.  A true British classic, there’s no more British way of getting your tastebuds tingling than this creamy, dreamy, lemony beauty.  Use it to add a flavourful twist to traditional tarts, ice-creams and cakes; or if you’re anything like us and you just want to get stuck in, simply spread some on warm toast or use it as a dip with some rich, buttery shortbread.  Yum!  £2.10/jar from


Potted Fish Company

1411 Newsletter 30 May 2012Epitomising the ‘local boy done good’ story, after a year selling on local markets, delis and specialist shops across the south coast and London, passionate foodie Jonathan Bailey’s Potted Fish Company has gone nationwide with a recent listing of its products by Sainsbury’s.  Based in Devon, all of the company’s produce is made from quality local ingredients only.   This is clear in the deeply satisfying flavours provided by the first two products to be heading onto supermarket shelves – ‘Old English Potted Crab’ and ‘Smoked Mackerel with Horseradish’.  Around £3 from good delis and Sainsbury’s.



Boqueria, SW2

1412 Newsletter 30 May 2012Named after Barcelona’s famous food market, Boqueria has been borne out of desire to showcase the very best of Spain.  Opened by Barcelona-born Jaime Armenter, the restaurant promises great tapas in a contemporary setting that no doubt reflects Jaime’s mere 24 years of age.  The menu is a cross between modern and traditional styles, with a tempting array of dishes to choose from; indeed, given the impressive consistency of the cooking and some truly delicious flavours, you’re likely to find yourself wanting to try as much of the menu as your appetite allows!  Click here to read full review…

Three Oaks, SL9

It’s well publicised that the British pub industry has been going through a torrid time of late, particularly with so many closures. There does appear to be something of an upshot for the consumer however; whilst venues with weaker offerings are disappearing, there is most certainly a massive rise in quality provided by those that survive or open in the current climate. Indeed, nowhere is this more evident than the Three Oaks, where we came across some of the finest cooking of any pub in the land.  Located under an hour from London in Gerrards Cross, The Three Oaks is a perfect destination for those wanting a quick country jaunt or those doing the tourist thing in Windsor.  Click here to read full review…