Newsletter 17 October 2012

World’s Best Bars, Sweden comes to London, Risque Rum, plus the latest foodie news!

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News & Events…


1488 Newsletter 17 October 2012World’s 50 Best Bars Unveiled
Artesian at the Langham has fought off global competition to take the top spot at the prestigious World’s 50 Best Bars 2012. Announced by Drinks International Magazine, the coveted awards uncovered the hottest places to drink around the globe. Under the expert guidance of mixologist Alex Kratena, Artesian has become renowned for its innovative yet accessible cocktail list as well as its achingly stylish décor.  Also flying the flag for London in 3rd place is Nightjar in Shoreditch, which earned its position with a menu of rare and revived cocktails and its classic speakeasy style. See the full list by visiting:

Rekorderlig Winter Forest Bar, 26 Oct-6 Nov
  1489 Newsletter 17 October 2012

Rekorderlig Cider is transforming the urban jungle of Brick Lane into a beautifully Swedish winter forest with sky scraping pine trees and wild foliage to complete the idyllic scene.  Native Swedish bites will be served from the depths of the forest plus Scandinavian DJs will replace the call of the elk with the hippest tunes this side of the Northern lights.  There will also be a choice of unique Rekorderlig cocktails created by award winning mixologist Michael Stringer.  Tickets are £5 and will be sold on the door as well limited advance tickets sold through:

Domingo Cineclub, every Sunday @ Floripa, EC2

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East London’s Brazilian haven, Floripa, is bringing a touch of South American cool to our Sunday afternoons with the launch of its new film club. The lively bar and restaurant will be screening a series of Brazilian and Jazz classics such as The Aristocats and Kansas City as well as new releases.  To add flavour to this weekly instalment, the kitchen is rustling up traditional Brazilian and English roasts and those who stay on after the film will be treated to live Jazz sets.  Entry is complimentary from 3pm.

‘Red Cottage’ by Visit Sweden @ Truman Brewery, E1.  22-24 October

Keeping to the Swedish theme, VisitSweden is set to transform East London’s Truman Brewery into a traditional ‘Red Cottage’ to showcase Sweden’s artisanal produce from the regions of West Sweden.  The three-day pop-up will feature a bookable free lunch at 1 Corbet Place, between 12pm – 2pm on the 22nd, 23rd and 24th October. The ‘Red Cottage’, a dramatic reconstruction of the traditional red & white cottages found all over Sweden, will be transformed every day to showcase food from a different region.   To reserve a free lunch, email:

Dhruv Baker @ Benares, W1. 22-27 October

Michelin starred chef Atul Kochhar has joined forces with some of the country’s leading chefs to create a series of fusion menus to be served at the stylish Benares Bar in Mayfair.  The latest to join him is Dhruv Baker, a former winner of Masterchef who earned rave reviews for expertly marrying spices with great British produce. Dishes will include seared pigeon breast with a spiced pea puree & tamarind sauce and Mussalam lamb with saffron pomme anna.  Costing just £21 for three courses, there aren’t too many other places you can have two award winning chefs cooking for you for such great value.

New Openings…


1491 Newsletter 17 October 2012Bounce, EC1
Designed by award-winning interior designer Russell Sage (of The Zetter Townhouse and The Savoy fame), Bounce is built on the very same site in Holborn where the game of table tennis was actually invented by Jaques & Son.  Featuring a stylish and edgy interior, the open plan venue offers a rustic Italian menu cooked in an impressive 7ft wide open counter wood-burning pizza oven.  Drinks come courtesy of an equally striking 40ft bar laid out in an arc around the playing area, whilst 17 table tennis tables – including an Official 2012 Olympic table – ensure that everyone gets a chance at the action.

The Bonnie Gull Seafood Shack, W1
1493 Newsletter 17 October 2012Born from a pop-up Seafood Shack in Hackney last year the Bonnie team has decided to give their concept a permanent home with the launch of their restaurant in Fitzrovia.  Head chef, Luke Robinson has put together a daily changing seasonal menu of seafood dishes that includes Isle of Lewis mussels with Aspell cider & Cumbrian bacon; Scottish langoustine, pickled apple, roasted pork belly & endive salad; and whole Devon cock crab.  Food is matched by an interesting drinks menu, with a range of bespoke cocktails made using all manner of potions and infusions.  Completing the theme is the décor, with nautical and kitsch touches finished off with a bit of urban polish.

Pig & Butcher, N1

1492 Newsletter 17 October 2012 Pig & Butcher is the latest venture by the team behind the award-winning Princess of Shoreditch and The Lady Ottoline in Bloomsbury.   The Pig & Butcher’s menu is inspired by the Mediterranean ethos of simply cooked quality ingredients and sharing style dishes cooked over wood and charcoal on a Robata grill.   With an onsite butchery meticulously preparing, curing and smoking the meat, carnivores will be in heaven with dishes such as Pig’s Head Salad, 35 day aged Hereford Sirloin and Chart Farm Venison.  Seafood is also sourced from our shores, with fresh fish delivered from Cornwall.   In keeping with the best of British theme, the beer list features over 25 craft beers and hand pulled ales from local micro-breweries.

Beard to Tail

The award-winning team behind cocktail bar Callooh Callay has turned its hand to food with the opening of Beard to Tail.  Open from 9am-11pm daily, the restaurant and deli offers all-day dining from inspired breakfasts and fat sandwiches to serious dinners.  As the name suggests, the extremely carnivorous menu makes use of the entire animal, with an emphasis on grilling, roasting and slow cooking.   Those already familiar with the legendary cocktails of Callooh Callay will be pleased to hear that the drinks haven’t been forgotten, with a bar serving up craft beers, interesting wines and  creative cocktails.

Edwins, EC2

Having built up a successful advertising empire, Edwin Chan decided to indulge his passion for French wine and French cuisine.  Unbelievably, despite his Chinese background, he did this in 2007 by heading to Lyon to open his eponymous and now highly successful wine bar.  No less intriguing a choice, Edwin has chosen Shoreditch for the second brand of his informal French concept.  Reflecting his love of the grape, the wines are privately sourced, with 3000 bottles from 70 different producers across France.  Similarly, the concise menu brings together classic French and Lyonnais dishes including, Salade Lyonnaise, Saucisson brioche, Quenelle de brochet, Andouillette and Escalope de foie gras.  18 Phipp Street, EC2A 4NU.


Try This Week…

Cadbury Dairy Milk with Oreo  1494 Newsletter 17 October 2012 

One word – genius! Bringing two chocolatey favourites together for the very first time, Cadbury Dairy Milk with Oreo is the ultimate guilty pleasure.  Featuring pieces of Oreo biscuit surrounded by a tasty creamy filling and covered in smooth Cadbury Dairy Milk milk chocolate, the combination of a crunchy and smooth texture and sugar-rush inducing sweetness combine to create a truly irresistible taste sensation!  Widely available for around £2.25

Ron de Jeremy Rum

1495 Newsletter 17 October 2012At the ripe old age of 59, legend of the … ahem… gentleman’s movie industry, Ron Jeremy has decided put his name to something that his mother can be a little more proud of with the launch of his own rum.  Look beyond the risqué marketing blurb however, and what you have is actually a very good rum.  Ron has partnered with another legend, albeit from the rum world, 72-year old Cuban Master Distiller Francisco ‘Don Pancho’ Fernandez, to create a dark rum with its roots in Panama.  Aged for 7-years, Ron de Jeremy displays excellent balance in delivering classic rum characteristics, including oak, ripe fruit and delicate spices.  Ron would probably prefer you to drink it ‘naked’ (rubbish pun, I know!) but the rum also stands up to mixing in classic cocktails.  Available for around £29 from

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Appleton 50 Year Old Rum
Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of Jamaican independence, Appleton Estate has launched the ultimate tribute to its home country by releasing a 50 Year Old expression.  The bottling comprises rums that have been aged for a minimum of 50 years in hand selected, oak barrels and it is believed to be the oldest rum available for sale in the world.  Packaged in a bespoke hand crafted, crystal decanter with a gold finished brass and cork stopper, the bottle itself is also worthy of the liquid it carries.  Only 800 bottles of this ultra-rare rum have been made available for sale with a price of a mere US$5,000. Start saving!