Newsletter 3 October 2012



Events Extravaganza, including Rumfest, Choc Fest, Cocktail Week plus the latest foodie news!

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News & Events…



The Whisky Exchange Show, 6-7 October

The Whisky Exchange Show brings together producers and whisky-lovers from the UK and around the world for a luxurious food and whisky tasting experience. Visitors will have the chance to taste some of the world’s finest whiskies, rarest single malts and once-in-a-lifetime Dream Drams – exclusive whiskies that can cost several thousand pounds a bottle.  As part of this year’s ‘Meet the Maker’ theme, visitors will also be able to enjoy informal Q&A sessions and mini masterclasses with the experts.  Tickets cost £99, which includes lunch and tastings of as many whiskies as you wish.


UK Rumfest, 13-14 October

1479 Newsletter 3 October 2012 RumFest will provide an unrivalled combination of the rarest and most delicious rums from across the globe, a lively carnival atmosphere thanks to exotic rhythms and food from across the Carribbean in the Tropical Food Market.   From DonQ Rum from Puerto Rico to El Dorado from Guyana and Ron Zacapa from Guatemala, Rumfest will showcase over 400 of the rarest and most diverse rums from across the globe.  Bringing together the industry’s top blenders, distillers and mixologists, visitors will also be given the chance to go on a journey of rum-discovery with a vast array of masterclasses, talks and seminars available.  Tickets start at £20 from


London Cocktail Week, 8-14 October

1481 Newsletter 3 October 2012London is set for its biggest hangover of the year as it shakes, sips and parties its way to a celebration of the capital’s unrivalled cocktail culture.  From exclusive hotel bars to elusive speakeasies, over 100 of the best bars across London will be throwing open their doors to offer £4 cocktails all week to those wearing a London Cocktail Week wristband.  Seven Dials in Covent Garden will provide the hub of activity, with Ketal One putting on drinks masterclasses, whilst Lovoka Vodka Liqueur have put on a bus service to take cocktail lovers across London Centre Point.  All you need to take advantage of this activity is a Cocktail Week wristband, which costs £4 in advance from


Chocolate Unwrapped, 13-14 October

Calorie-counters look away now, because Chocolate Unwrapped is the ultimate event for those wanting to immerse themselves in a decadent feast of chocolate. The show is host to more than 60 chocolate companies from across the world showcasing the best of the chocolate world. Chocoholics will be able to marvel at chocolate sculptures, watch chocolate cooking demonstrations, taste a variety of exciting new flavours, experience unexpected pairings and meet some of the world’s top chocolatiers.  Tickets are £10.


London Restaurant Festival, 1-15 October  1480 Newsletter 3 October 2012

Everyone from London’s top restaurants to favourite street food stalls have come together to celebrate all that is good and great about London’s food scene.  The fortnight of activities includes Graze, a restaurant hopping experience where you enjoy dinner across one street for one evening; and Street ThEATre, where guests are taken on a theatrical journey through London’s largest street food extravaganza; as well as the famous Gourmet Odyssey bus tour of London’s best restaurants.


New Openings…


House of Wolf, N1 1482 Newsletter 3 October 2012

With an ethos of collaboration and creativity, House of Wolf promises experimental dining, drinking and live entertainment uniquely presented under one roof.  Housed in a three-story, Victorian lair in Islington, the venue features a permanent series of monthly pop-up chef residencies, showcasing some of the UK’s most exciting chefs and culinary artists, each promising a very different dining experience. The House of Wolf’s Apothecary Bar also keeps to the mind-bending theme as guests find themselves drinking from a vase of flowers, shooting their drink from antique hypodermics or supping on black pudding cocktails!  Completing the multi-sensory ethos, the venue has a regular programme of live creative events ranging from cabaret to literary salons.


Old Bengal Warehouse, EC2
D & D London, the people behind restaurants such as Coq d’Argent and Launceston Place, is taking on its most ambitious project yet with the launch of a quartet of openings at The Old Bengal Warehouse.  The city’s oldest surviving warehouse was actually built by the East India Company in 1768, but its latest incarnation has seen the monolith split into the Fish Market restaurant, New Street Grill and The Old Bengal Bar.  The Warehouse is also home to The New Street Wine Shop, a shop and deli style venue where customers can actually try some truly outstanding and vintage wines before they buy the bottle.

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B-Soho, W1
Located on buzzing Poland Street, B-SOHO has launched to provide a cool hangout for those after an easy going post-work meal or a lively weekend drink.  Located on two levels, the ground floor bar serves pizzas and cocktails accompanied by live music from Tuesday to Saturday. The downstairs restaurant offers the same menu but on large communal tables – ideal for larger groups.  Whilst fun and frolics are important, the food is also high on the agenda, with Neapolitan born chef Raffaele Medaglia using a hand built Forno Tradizionale brick oven to cook the pizzas at a dizzying 900c in just 90 seconds.

Paper & Cup, E2
1484 Newsletter 3 October 2012Boost your caffeine intake and intellect with a visit to East London’s newest coffee shop.  Launched as a sort of urban library, Paper & Cup hopes to fulfil the literary needs of Hackney locals with an extensive collection of books that visitors can stay in and read or buy and takeaway.  To accompany your reading, the venue also provides an extensive menu of quality coffees, specialist teas, cakes and snacks, with a particular focus on using local producers.  Sounds like the perfect addition to any local community.

Dukebox, SW10
The (in)famous team behind some of London’s most high profile night spots – including the recently defunct Royal favourite, Public – are at it again with the launch of Dukebox.  The Chelsea nightspot aesthetically juxtaposes a New York warehouse-style interior with eccentric theatrical touches featuring a series of nods to fantastical, and idiosyncratically British design.  Cocktails maintain the quirkiness, including ‘Egg and Soldier’ – a giant egg cup painted with a soldier, which opens to reveal a vodka-based sharing cocktail that’s delivered by marching soldiers.

Try This Week…

Autumn Pie Collection by Pieminister

1487 Newsletter 3 October 2012 Whilst most of us dread the rainy, windy nights that have firmly signalled the arrival of autumn, the foodies amongst you should be jumping for joy because it also signals the arrival of comfort food!  And we all know there is no better comfort food than the pie.  It’s no surprise then that Pieminister has just announced its autumn collection of pies to turn those frowns upside down during these dreary days.  Put away your jumpers and coats and let the rich buttery pastry be the layer of warmth you need with seasonal creations including The Deerstalker (venison, dry cured bacon with red wine and lentils) and Fungi Chicken Pie (chicken, chestnut and field mushrooms cooked in a creamy white sauce).  Widely available from Pieminister stores and supermarkets.

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Jim Beam Devil’s Cut Bourbon

With the interest in Bourbon as high as it’s ever been in the UK, the major American distilleries have started to take notice and provide us with the good stuff that would normally never leave their shores.  Most interesting from the mainstream brands is the launch of the brilliantly named Devil’s Cut by Jim Beam.  Devil’s Cut is the result of blending their 6 year old whiskey with spirit extracted from the wood of the cask itself, where it’s soaked in over the years of maturation.  Not for the faint hearted, its rich flavours and deep wood notes are delivered at a robust 45%abv, although it must be said that the experience is also extremely smooth.  Genuinely enjoyable on the rocks and great for classic cocktails, it’s a must for those wanting to take their bourbon journey to the next level.  Widely available for around £26.

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Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey

Honey appears to be the seasonal flavour of choice for the major drinks brands, with more honey based spirits launched in the last five months than in the last five years!  Even Jack Daniels, a company that hasn’t release a new product for over 10 years has, is taking it seriously with their new Tennessee Honey.  The whisky is a blend of Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 and honey liqueur that results in an experience that has the distinctive charcoal mellowed Jack flavours, but with a soft and sweet honey twist.  Serve it on the rocks or with lemonade for a refreshing long drink.  Widely available for around £25.