Newsletter 22 August 2012

Alternative Cinema, Grown Up Chocolate, Navy Rum plus the latest food and drink news.

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News & Events…


Silent Movie Sundays @ Volupte, EC4, starting from 2 September

Silence is golden at cabaret supperclub Volupté with its silent movie Sundays.  Taking place on the first Sunday of each month, the series features a schedule that transports film fans back to a bygone era when glitz and glamour were part and parcel of the cinematic experience.   Upcoming films include 1925 black-and-white Japanese silent samurai epic Orochi and the original big screen version of Chicago from 1927.  Snacks come in the form of posh popcorn, pick ‘n’ mix, as well as chips ‘n’ dips and mini burgers, whilst the pre-prohibition cocktail list keeps drinks to the vintage theme.  Tickets are £7.

Edible Cinema @ The Aubin Cinema, E2, 25 & 26 August

Soho House Group is following the success of their first edible cinema experience with a screening of cult Japanese animated fantasy drama ‘Spirited Away’.  Guests are given a series of numbered ‘packages’ containing a variety of food, drink and other sensory aids to be experienced throughout the film; for example, eating foaming tapioca ‘soap’ powder as a character bathes a river spirit.  Tickets are priced from £20.00.  More details at

1448 Newsletter 22 August 2012 Man Skills courtesy of Auchentoshan Presents…

Men of London, take a good look in the mirror and listen up.  If you think that you’ve taken this whole metrosexual thing a little too far and no longer want to look like an extra from Geordie Shore, Auchentoshan Whisky have put on a series of events to help you man-up.  On 2 September they have partnered with quintessential gents grooming parlour, Murdock London, to host a pop-up barbershop and grooming workshop.  Get there early and you can nab a free shave too.  Next up on 4 October, Auchentoshan will be taking care of our sartorial needs with a D.S.Dundee tailoring and classically modern fashion workshop.  All events are of course complemented by a few cheeky whiskies in order to get some hairs back on your embarrassingly waxed chest.  Events are free. More details at

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The Big Feastival, Oxfordshire, 1-2 September

Following the success his food and music extravaganza in Clapham last year, Jamie Oliver has teamed up with fellow showbiz foodie pal Alex James for an even bigger event this year.  Held on Alex’s farm in Kingham, Oxfordshire, the Big Feastival will provide two days of tasty grub, awesome music performances, a chilled out vibe and general all-round, family-friendly entertainment.  Confirmed music acts include Paloma Faith, Noisettes, Razorlight and Sister Sledge whilst food will be provided by Theo Randall and Simon Rogan amongst others.

1450 Newsletter 22 August 2012 Gingerline presents ‘Only the Brave Will Dine’, 30 August- 5 October

Part hideout, part parallel reality, Gingerline HQ is a clandestine dining experience and arts space which combines secrecy, theatre, art and food to create immersive dining experiences along the East London Line. All elements of the evening, including its location, remain secret to diners until 60 minutes before the evening begins.  With previous themes including a Siberian Circus in New Cross Gate to a Submarine mess hall in Shoreditch, Gingerline is designed as the ultimate night out for London’s food adventurers.  Tickets are £43 from

New Openings…
1451 Newsletter 22 August 2012This Bright Field, E2
Named after William Taylor’s 2001 book about his time as a young priest in Spitalfields, This Bright Field is a collaboration between florist/café owners Sumen and Emel Sumen and Phillip Granell, violinist and founder of pop up dining group Parlour tricks.  Situated on Cambridge Heath Road, This Bright Field is an all-day kitchen offering a daily changing English menu in a white tiled space filled with lavender pots, scrubbed floors and big wooden tables.  Head chef Matt Casey also comes with some impressive credentials, including stints at Koffman’s and The Whitechapel gallery. Dishes include Neck fillet & tongue of Herdwick lamb with lavender scented lentils and Brixham Pollack with Norfolk samphire & crayfish butter.  

Crate, E9

1452 Newsletter 22 August 2012 With the Games over, all attention has turned towards the legacy left behind.  From a foodie point of view, a number of foodie gems have sprung up to cater to the new residents of East London.  Situated canal-side just outside the Olympic Park in a former print factory, Crate has brought a craft brewery and pizzeria to Hackney Wick. They have teamed up with a specialist brewer to bring to life a place where customers can see the story behind their food and drink, from the boiling hops of Crate beer, to the stretching of the pizza dough. Crate’s various own brews include an IPA and Golden Ale and the bar also serves a variety of speciality beers from around the world.

Rattlesnake, N1

Rattlesnake is inspired by U2′s celebrated designer Paul Daly’s American road trip, the dive bars of the USA, and the spirit of 1969′s Easy Rider.  Boasting a 300 capacity with booths mimicking the studded leather panniers of the great Harley Davidson touring bikes, visitors will be able to drink and dine in true American style too, with a menu of Texican food and a drinks list filled with cocktails and tequilas.  The live room houses a killer Nexo sound system and the venue will also showcase video art on two Daly-designed ‘Vanishing Point’ screens curated by Open Gallery.

Caravan, N1

Following the massive success of its first restaurant in Exmouth Market, Caravan’s ‘food well-travelled’ concept has joined the ranks of the exciting new eateries in Kings Cross.  The interior design of Caravan pays homage to the area’s Victorian industrial heritage, with a coffee roastery and large open kitchen giving the space the feel of a working factory environment.  A large bar provides a focal point to the venue, with half of it dedicated to all-day dining and half to the coffee bar.  The menu maintains the original venue’s eclectic approach, serving everything from Grilled coconut bread, strawberries & lemon curd cream cheese and Parmesan grits, wild mushroom & wild boar sausage to the Hangtown Fry – a bacon and oyster omelette.

Try This Week…

The Grown Up Chocolate Company

1453 Newsletter 22 August 2012Ever have one of those moments when your urge for a sweet treat leads you to one of the well known chocolate bars, only to be disappointed by the bland yet diabetes-inducing sugary flavour?  Well, be disappointed no more with the launch of the delicious creations by The Grown Up Chocolate Company.  Inspired by many of our childhood favourites, such as Bounty and Snickers, these bars have been given an adult makeover to provide a truly decadent treat.  Each is handmade using only quality fresh ingredients and a generous helping of a minimum of 38 percent cocoa milk chocolate.  Available in four flavours including Crunchy Praline Wonder Bar and Fruit & Nut Hunky Dory. £2.50 from

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Pusser’s Blue Label British Navy Rum

If your drinks decision is currently torn by the staunch feeling of patriotism following the Olympics and the sense tropical euphoria from the recent heatwave, Pusser’s Navy Rum is just the thing to tick both boxes.  For more than 300 years, the sailors of Great Britain’s Royal Navy were issued a daily ration of Pusser’s Rum. This tradition, one of the longest and unbroken in the history of the sea, carried forward from the year 1655 to July 31st, 1970 when it was stopped.  Fortunately their loss was our gain as Pusser’s finally became available to the public for the first time in 1979. Still traditionally distilled in the original admiralty wooden pot stills, Pusser’s provides a full-bodied yet mellow experience despite its heady 54.5% abv.  Around £29 from good spirits retailers such as

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Gosling’s Stormy Ginger Beer

Having founded one of the world’s most popular rum cocktails – the Dark ‘n Stormy, a refreshing mix of rum and ginger beer which can technically only be made with Goslings Black Seal Rum – Goslings has now created the perfect ginger beer to complement the national drink of Bermuda.  Perfectly sweet and spicy for the cocktail, Gosling’s Stormy Ginger Beer is also a refreshing, zesty soft drink by itself.  Available in Wine Rack for 69p.