Newsletter 12 June 2013

Summer Events Special, Win an Italian Holiday, plus the latest foodie news!

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News & Events…


1649 Newsletter 12 June 2013 Rioja Tapas Fantastic, Southbank. 15-16 June
Back for another year, this year’s Tapas Fantasticas event is inspired by Calle Laurel, Rioja’s famous tapas crawl. Tapas Fantasticas will introduce this unique dining experience to London, with pop-up offerings from some of London’s best tapas restaurants, including Jose, Iberica and Hispania. Over 30 Rioja wineries will also be on hand to help wash the fantastic food down and visitors will also be able to get involved in wine walks with wine experts Olly Smith and Susy Atkins. Tickets are free.

Pimm’s Summer Garden, WC2. 19-29 June
Whatever the weather, visitors to the Summer Garden will be able to sit back and enjoy a cheeky glass of Pimm’s, snap up summer goodies in the Potting Shed, or become part of The Pimm’s Picnic Club by booking an exclusive Blanket Reservation. Picnic Hampers will be filled with a selection of specially designed Pimm’s goodies, based on traditional English picnic foods. Activities include Cucumber Whittling and the chance to battle it out at the first ever Pimmbledon.

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Rekorderlig Midsummer House @ Victoria Park, E9. 21 June-5 July
Visitors to Rekorderlig’s Midsummer House will step out of the urban capital and straight into a blissful oasis that captures cool Scandi-style, including a relaxed outdoor area overlooking the tranquil waters of the lake. Food comes courtesy of native Scandinavian chefs Norse by NorseWest and their special menu of ‘Korv med brod’ – Swedish style hot dogs with freshly made toppings including wild lingonberry, prawn salad and Danish Remoulade. Drinks take an interesting approach too, including a menu of Rekorderlig cocktails being shaken and stirred. Tickets are £10 including a drink and a bite from

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Cointreau Fizz Garden Parties@ The Skyroom, SE1. Every Tuesday until 2 July
Cointreau is celebrating the arrival of summer with the Cointreau Fizz Garden Party series at the secluded rooftop garden at The Skyroom, London Bridge. The space has been transformed into a lush flower garden complete with garden games, a garden shed photobooth and, of course, an elegant Cointreau Fizz bar. Guests will be served chic Parisian inspired snacks including savoury macarons and desserts with edible flowers, while enjoying a Cointreau Fizz or two and watching the sun set over the London skyline. Register your place for free at

Bermondsey Village Feast @ Tanner & Co, SE1. 20 June

This feast will provide a fun-filled family style evening bringing together the SE1 community over dinner, drinks and dancing. Food comes courtesy of a collaboration between Village East, The Garrison, Zucca, and Jose Pizarro whilst Jensen’s Gin will be serving up Bermondsey Gin cocktails. The evening will be in aid of Magic Breakfast – a charity which delivers free, nutritious breakfasts to 7,500 primary students to help concentrate on learning at school. Tickets cost £45 from

The Balvenie Whisky Fete, WC1. 13-15 June
Part of The Balvenie’s celebration of British craftsmanship, the green of Tavistock Square is being transformed into a whisky fete, where people can mingle, discuss all things handcrafted and enjoy a wee dram. The fete will feature bespoke Geodesic domes made from whisky barrels where demonstrations and tastings will be held. Beyond Balvenie, other iconic brands involved in the activities will be Gieves & Hawkes providing a sartorial masterclass and Schofield watches to provide an insight into world-class watchmaking. Details and masterclass bookings at

Taste of London, Regents Park, 20-23 June
Taste of London is back for its 10th year to celebrate London’s vibrant restaurant scene. Visitors will have the opportunity to try dishes from old favourites and new trendsetters, including Sushisamba, Lima, Le Gavroche and Tamarind. Chef groupies can also get up close and personal with their idols through the Taste Theatre cooking masterclasses, whilst those who enjoy a glass of bubbly can take part in the Laurent-Perrier Champagne masterclass. Tickets start at £24 on the door.

Tanqueray Botanical Garden @ Carom, W1. Throughout Summer
Located in the heart of bustling Soho, the Botanical Gin Garden provides an elegant glasshouse space for guests to indulge in botanical inspired mischief. Imagine long balmy evenings of imaginatively infused cocktails and delicious pan-Indian dishes amongst the garden’s fragrant living wall of herbs and natural flora. The Garden will also host a series of events throughout the summer, including Botanical masterclasses, Foraging sessions and gin matched supperclubs.

New Openings…


1651 Newsletter 12 June 2013 The Grain Store, N1

Following the success of the award-winning Zetter Townhouse, Bruno Loubet has once again joined forces with bartender Tony Conigliaro to create an innovative restaurant and bar concept. The bar menu at Grain Store has been developed by Tony to complement Bruno’s food, with drinks based around the concepts Savoury, Smoked Wine and Non-Alcoholic. The internationally inspired food menu explores a different side to Bruno Loubet’s creativity with a particular emphasis on giving vegetables equal billing with meat dishes, including Courgette, broad bean & prawn falafel; and Chilled lobster ‘Bloody Mary’.

Galeto, W1

Furnished with a mish mash of vintage and reclaimed furniture and lighting, Galeto evokes the atmosphere of the Rio Favelas with its walls adorned with the street art of renowned Brazilian graffiti artist Milo Tchais. Galeto means ‘little chicken’ in Latin Portuguese and its signature dish is a 24 hour marinated and grilled half-chicken is served with a choice of Molhos dips including tropical fruit barbeque , hot spicy coriander and garlic cream. Other mains include Picanha steaks and gourmet rump steak burgers.


1645 Newsletter 12 June 2013 BBQWhiskyBeer @ The Wargrave Arms, W1
After a successful first pop up, BBQWhiskyBeer has returned for a second stint to offer London a collection of dirty burgers, smoking whisky and filthy blues. The menu features favourites such as BBQ Pork (burger topped with 24hr smoked pulled pork and coleslaw), Southern Fried Chicken Livers and the Cornflake Sundae (made from cornflakes steeped in milk, topped with whipped cream and chocolate sauce). And to drink, choose from one of the biggest selections of single malts in London, including a bottle from every distillery still producing whisky in Scotland.

The Hoxton White Horse, N1

The total refurb of old this old boozer sees it transformed to provide a modern take on a traditional east end pub. Think British craft beer (especially from London brewers), a juke box stacked with glorious classic sounds of every genre; and mouth-watering Pieminster pies. The revamp also sees the arrival of the hidden Bolt Whisk(e)y Bar in the basement, offering a killer selection of vintage rums and whiskies and cosy booths in which to enjoy them.


Try This Week… Father’s Day Boozy Ideas

1647 Newsletter 12 June 2013 Tequila Don Julio 1942
Tequila Don Julio 1942 is one of the most coveted tequilas in the world, and Don Julio has finally introduced this ultra-premium expression into the UK. 1942 commemorates the year that late founder Don Julio Gonzalez began his tequila-making journey in the Los Altos region in the Highlands of Jalisco, Mexico. Using prime blue agave, Don Julio González created this unique batch of tequila aged for at least two and a half years in American white oak barrels. Adding to its exclusivity, 1942 in a specific small-batch still that produces only three barrels per cycle. The result is a silky, smooth character that coats the palate with roasted agave flavours, vanilla and spiced undertones to create a truly special tequila experience that will appeal to any aficionado of fine spirits. Available from Selfridges for £160.

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Wild Turkey 81 Bourbon

Launched in the UK in early 2012, Wild Turkey 81 has been something of a well-kept secret among bartenders. Having recently been awarded a ‘Gold – Best in Class’ award at the International Spirits Challenge, the bourbon will no doubt be hoping to win the hearts of spirits fans everywhere. Like the rest of the Wild Turkey family, 81 is lovingly crafted in original Bourbon country – Kentucky, USA. Comprising of whiskies of up to eight years old, the use of the famous Wild Turkey high-rye mash ensures that Wild Turkey 81 delivers a spicy kick, whilst the deep char used on the barrels delivers a rich and complex flavour. The experience is full and deep with some sweet notes beautifully balanced by ripe fruit and a touch of spice. At 40.5% ABV, it is ideal in classic cocktails (Juleps and Old Fashioneds are great) or even over the rocks. Available from spirits specialists for around £23.

Teroforma Whisky Stones

1650 Newsletter 12 June 2013 Already a popular drinking trend in America, Teroforma Whisky Stones are designed to perfectly chill cask-aged spirits without diluting or over-cooling the drink. The solid hand-crafted cubes of soapstone are non-porous and impart neither flavour nor odour, so won’t compromise the integrity or flavour of your favourite dram. Gentler than ice, they are particularly suitable to whiskies with an alcohol strength below 43% as these are generally least likely to benefit from the considerable natural dilution that occurs from using ice cubes. They also hold their chilled temperature for around 30 minutes, giving you plenty of time to dispatch your dram. Available in sets of six (£16) or nine (£20) from


Win a Weekend Break for Two in Bologna with Ponti’s Italian Kitchen!

In celebration of their 50th Anniversary and the launch of the new 50th anniversary menu, Ponti’s Italian Kitchen, specialists in cuisine from the Emilia Romagna region of Italy, is offering readers of Love Food Love Drink the chance to win a fabulous 4-star Gourmet Weekend for two in Italy.

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One lucky reader and their guest will spend three nights in Bologna, the capital city of the Emilia Romagna region and home to the famous dish, spaghetti bolognese. Acclaimed as the food capital of Italy, the prize includes a guided tour of Bologna’s food market, a visit to see Parmigiano Reggiano being made, a private cooking lesson and the opportunity to learn about the history of Modena’s Balsamic Vinegar. Of course they’ll be lots of time to explore this historic city on your own, which boasts the world’s oldest university and an abundance of shops and bars.

For more details about Ponti’s Italian Kitchen and details of their London restaurants, please visit: 

For your chance to win this great prize, simply answer the following question: “Which famous dish comes from Bologna?”

Please email your answer to:

* Entrants must be at least 18 years old
* One winner will be chosen at random from all entries received by midnight on the closing date – Friday 28 June
* Full list of T&Cs available. Email: