Newsletter 13 June 2012

Pizza Masterclasses, Rooftop Bars, Fathers Day Whisky plus the latest Events and New Openings!

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News & Events…


Birra Moretti Pizza Masterclasses, throughout London in June
Italian beer brand Birra Moretti will be popping up across London this summer, bringing a taste of Italy to the capital with their Gourmet Pizza Masterclasses.  Hosted by renowned Italian chef, Giancarlo Caldesi, guests will enjoy a master class showing how to make authentic Italian pizza followed by some time to savour their culinary creations with a bottle of Birra Moretti.  Events are taking place in Islington Green (14/15 June), Tavistock Square (21/22 June) and Potters Fields Park (28/29 June).  For more details and to book your free space visit 

World’s Largest Gin Collection + Gin Menu @ The Feather’s Hotel, Oxfordshire

Gin lovers take note – The Feather’s Hotel in Oxfordshire has won the Guiness Record for the World’s Largest Gin Collection.  A feat you would probably expect of a swanky London bar, The Feather’s Hotel stormed into the record books with an impressive 161 gins, including a bottle of Vincenzi 1950 (priced at £225) and Burnett’s White Satin 1960 (priced at £19.50 per glass).  To celebrate their achievement, the hotel has also put on a Gin Experience tasting menu incorporating gins with every course, priced at £75 per person for seven courses.

Sud de France Festival, throughout London, 11-29 June

Summer may be conspicuous by its absence so far, but Londoners can at least get into the holiday mood with the Sud de France Festival.  The Festival promises to transport us to the Languedoc-Roussillon region through its wide range of food and wine, with events taking place across the capital. Offering a sense of the Mediterranean lifestyle and beautiful French countryside, highlights include a traditional boules tournament, wine masterclasses, cooking classes, a presence at Taste of London and wine promotions.

New Openings…


Galvin at Windows Bar, W1

 Newsletter 13 June 2012Majestically located on the 28th floor of The London Hilton Park Lane, Galvin at Windows Bar has reopened following an extensive £500,000 development.  The venue has long been famed for its peerless 360-degree views across London that includes iconic landmarks such as the back garden of Buckingham Palace and even reaching as far away as Wembley Stadium.  Open from 10am to 3am, Galvin at Windows Bar provides an impressive location for everything from mid-morning coffees and daytime meetings to romantic cocktails at sunset and glitzy nights out.  Bar Manager Marco Ercolano has designed a new cocktail list that takes inspiration from the glamourous 1930′s bar scene and a tempting bar menu is also available courtesy of Andre Garrett, Head Chef of the Michelin-starred Galvin at Windows Restaurant.

Beard to Tail, N1, 12-15 June

Not to be left out of the zeitgeist for pop-ups, the ridiculously talented team behind cocktail institution Callooh Callay is launching their own temporary restaurant in Shoreditch for four days only.  Beard to Tail will no doubt offer amazing cocktails and a carnivorous menu of dishes such as the ‘Rumpie-Pumpie for 2′ – a hump of slow-roasted Old Spot pork rump, sage and wild garlic crust with house Bramley apple sauce. Dishes will be reasonably priced at £8-£13, and with just 35 covers (no bookings), Beard to Tail is likely to be one of the hottest tickets in town.

Terrace Grill & Bar @ Le Méridien Piccadilly, W1

 Newsletter 13 June 2012One of the most impressive venues we’ve seen in ages, Le Méridien Piccadilly has recently unveiled its new Terrace Grill & Bar.  Housed in a massive conservatory style glass room overlooking Piccadilly and comprising an outdoor terrace, there aren’t too many places that give such an up-close yet shielded view of one of London’s most lively streets.  The venue is split into two levels, with a gin lounge on the upper level and a traditional grill restaurant on the lower level.  Chef Michael Dutnall has put together a menu of British favourites such as Cured beef with horseradish jelly, Pork belly with apple compote and Slow-cooked duck leg, whilst desserts include Knickerbocker glory and Bread & butter pudding.

28-50 Wine Workshop and Kitchen, W1

Xavier Rousset and Agnar Sverrisson, the restaurateurs behind the Michelin-starred Texture have launched a second branch of their 28-50 concept in Marylebone . Named after the latitudes in which most wine regions are located, 28-50 provides a casual atmosphere in which to enjoy simple French food alongside an impressive variety of wines.  Serious wine lovers will no doubt drool over 28-50′s ‘Collector’s List’ – a selection comprised of specialist and rare wines from the cellars of Rousset’s personal offered at reduced prices.  The less educated amongst us can also have fun with the wine, with around 30 reasonably priced but interesting varieties available by the bottle, carafe or glass. 


Try This Week – Father’s Day Whisky…


 Newsletter 13 June 2012Johnnie Walker Gold Reserve and Platinum Labels

You wait years for a new Johnnie Walker whisky to come along and they go and launch two at the same time! Both very different in style, whisky fans have a choice of either the Gold Reserve or Platinum.  With its rich texture and a taste of sweet fruits, honey and light smokiness, Gold Reserve is one of the most moreish whiskies around and ideal for the occasional whisky drinker.  However, it’s the Platinum that will appeal to the more discerning whisky palette.  Inspired by the Walker family’s historic tradition of creating exclusive ‘private blends’, Platinum Label is a sophisticated blend of malt and grain whiskies that has been matured for a minimum of 18 years.  The result is a whisky that combines the best characteristics of classic Johnnie Walker Whiskies, with delicate, smoky notes marrying perfectly with strong, sweet and elegant Speyside-style flavours.  £39.99 for Gold Reserve and £69.99 for the Platinum from good drinks retailers. 

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The Glenrothes Select Reserve

For a classic entry-level Speyside style whisky, look no further than The Glenrothes Select Reserve.  Traditionally renowned for bottling single malts from specific vintages, The Glenrothes broke their own mould by omitting the age-statement when they released Select Reserve. Produced to the same renowned quality standards as the Vintages, Select Reserve is a vatting of casks distilled in different years.  The result is a whisky that has been crafted to typify the classic Glenrothes style, with a flavour profile laden with ripe fruits, citrus, vanilla and hints of spice; if that’s not temptation enough, we reckon the bottle is one of the most attractive around too!  Around £31.99 from good drinks retailers. 

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Bowmore Small Batch Reserve

As Bowmore’s lightest and most delicate expression to date, recently launched Small Batch Reserve has been developed especially for the discerning whisky drinker wishing to explore the Islay Single Malt category. Matured in first and second fill ex Bourbon casks, Small Batch Reserve exhibits the best qualities of both; first-fill bourbon offers delicious vanilla sweetness, subtle spices and bourbon oak smoke to complement Bowmore’s gentle peaty smokiness, whilst the second-fill cask enhances Bowmore’s fresh fruity complexity and showcases its trademark honey and creamy malt character.  Available from good drinks retailers for around £32.99. 

…and finally, just because we really liked them and they taste great with whisky, check out: 

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Carluccio’s Sigaro

Fear not, we’re not recommending that you ask your dad to start smoking this Father’s day.  Instead, give your dad a Carluccio’s Sigaro for a far more playful take on the classic cigar.  Beautifully wrapped and ‘stamped’ with a gold Venchi Cuban logo, each ‘cigar’ is made in Italy from rich chocolate with a choice of either meringue, nougat or orange. It’s then coated in two layers of thick, smooth chocolate making it taste as good as it looks.  £4.95 from Carluccio’s stores.