Newsletter 24 July 2013

Rum Buses, Italy and Japan come to London, Chorizo Jam plus the latest London foodie news!

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News & Events…


1670 Newsletter 24 July 2013 Appleton Rum Bus @ #R3D Market, EC2. 1-3 August

As part of the #DiscoverRum campaign Appleton has transformed a 1960′s bus into a mobile rum museum/bar and will be touring the country to showcase the story of its famous rum and get the public hooked on their rum cocktails.  The first stop on its journey is East London where it will sit alongside some of London’s top street food stalls at #R3D Market. Legendary record label Phonica Records will be creating the party atmosphere whilst Charbonnel et Walker pair the rums with their indulgent chocolates and Background Bars serve up the cocktails. or

‘Italy Live’ with Birra Moretti in Golden Square, W1. 26 July

Whilst most people are thinking about hitting the pub for a post-work pint on a Friday night, head down to Golden Square and you could see in the weekend with a trip to Italy (well, almost!).  Birra Moretti is transforming the square into a Tuscan style Piazza where Londoners can pop down at lunchtime or dinner for a few refreshing beers and some delicious Italian food.  To really create an authentic experience, they have even set up a live video feed from San Gimignano Piazza in Tuscany!  It’s free to get involved – just pop down at around 12.30pm or 5.30pm.

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Truck Stop, Canary Wharf.  1-2 August

Canary Wharf may be the expense account capital of England, but with the arrival of Truck Stop, its Champagne swigging, lobster munching folk can now join the rest of the country in the street food revolution.  20 of the UK’s best food trucks will be rolling up to provide everything from Rotary Smoke BBQ pit, Taco Shack, a’secret’ gin bar and a Camden Town Brewery keg party.  Truck Stop will run from 5pm until 11pm, with tickets costing £10.

Hyper Japan @ Earls Court. 26-28 July

Hyper Japan, the UK’s biggest celebration of Japanese culture and cuisine, is back for another year, transforming Earls Court into a bustling hub of excitement where diverse exhibitors, workshops, performers and fans come together to bring traditional and contemporary Japan to the heart of London.  Amongst the highlights of the event is the Sushi Awards where five of the UK’s top sushi chefs will compete for the title; the best bit is that visitors to Hyper Japan will actually get to try their creations and vote for their favourite.  Tickets to Hyper Japan are £12 and another £12 for the Sushi Awards.

Cuts @ Forza Win, E9

Take a seasonal supper club with a penchant for great Italian food and a business renowned for its meat. Add a huge, specially built wood-fired grill, an old warehouse in Hackney and 630kg of meat and you have CUTS, a 2 month collaboration between Forza Win and the Ginger Pig. Each night guests will sit down at an enormous communal table for four meaty Italian inspired courses made from unusual cuts pork, beef and lamb as well as copious amounts of Italian wine, beer and cocktails.  Tickets are £40 from

New Openings…


1669 Newsletter 24 July 2013 The Albion Neo Bankside, SE1

Following the success of Albion, the British café and bakery in Shoreditch, Prescott & Conran has chosen the Lord Rogers-designed NEO Bankside in Southwark for the second site of their café and food store concept.  The café’s dining space includes both individual and communal tables, whilst the open-plan kitchen serves up British classics, including Sausages & Mash, Fish & Chips and Pies.   The venue also houses a small shop that sells a wide variety of British produce, from everyday store cupboard groceries to organic meats and fine poultry.

Food Lab, N1

As far as career changes go, Liliana Tamberi’s move into the London restaurant scene is pretty brave considering she used to be a pop singer and TV presenter in her native Italy.  Her culinary background is pretty impressive though, including working with Jamie Oliver at Fifteen and Giorgio Locatelli at Reffetorio.  Now she has opened her own venue with Food Lab, comprising of a restaurant, wine bar and deli.  Open from breakfast through to dinner, visitor can expect everything from pastries and cakes to Lobster linguine and Slow-roasted pork accompanied with carefully selected Italian wines.

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Rock Lobsta @ Mahiki, W1

East-London lobster shack meets world-famous ‘Polynesian Paradise’ as Rock Lobsta takes residency at Mahiki.  The concept has been conceived by Carl Clarke, the self-styled ‘punk’ chef whose past projects include The Rotary Bar & Diner and Disco Bistro.  The ‘best of British’ menu consists of fresh seafood from the Cornish coastline that includes native lobsters, soft shell crabs and raw razor clams, served alongside Mahiki’s famous cocktails and some unique wines all to the beat of a punk/rock/ska soundtrack.

The Three Crowns, N1

Team up a chef, a bar manager and a restaurant manager, each with years of experience in the dining scene, give them a pub in East London and the result is The Three Crowns.  The venue comprises of a lively bar at the front and a more relaxed restaurant at the back, ensuring each member of the team gets to show off their skills. Open from breakfast through till dinner, the menu changes daily in order to showcase the best of British produce and includes everything from Spicy beef sausage rolls, to Livers with bacon and a Whole grilled bream.  Old World wines are sourced from France, Sicily and Lebanon, whilst the cocktails also maintain a classic approach.

Caldo Bar and Kitchen, NW6

Inspired by bars in the Basque country, Caldo focuses on seasonal small plates and tapas along with cocktails, hand-selected wines and Spanish and British-brewed beer.  However, instead of going down a traditional Spanish design route, Caldo takes inspiration from Art Deco and 1920′s speakeasy style venues.  The menu takes a more traditional approach, including Spanish charcuterie Cuttlefish with broad beans and Sautéed chicken livers in a sherry sauce.  The drinks list includes plenty of Spanish wines and sherry as well as cocktails and a range of signature G&Ts.

Try This Week…

1673 Newsletter 24 July 2013 Luxardo Sangue Morlacco Cherry Liqueur

Already a long-standing bartender’s favourite with their Maraschino Cherry liqueur, Luxardo has come up with literally one of the most lip-smackingly delicious liqueurs we have tried in ages Sangue Morlacco Cherry.  Made from Marasca cherries in the Luxardo orchards near Venice, this blood red, dry liqueur provides a far richer flavour and texture compared to Maraschino, so using it in cocktails will add serious cherry depth whilst the 30% Abv gives it a more alcoholic base than other cherry liqueurs.  Our favourite serving suggestion is far simpler though – just drink at room temperature with a piece of quality dark chocolate and you’ve got yourself a Black forest gateaux in a glass! £28 from

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Brewdog Watt Dickie

(In)Famous for its controversial range of high strength beers – including the 32% Abv Tactical Nuclear Penguin and the 55% Abv The End of History – Brewdog aren’t exactly ones to shy away from a wacky idea.  It’s no surprise then that the company has lifted the curtain on its most eccentric project to date – a ground-breaking new style of spirit given the name Watt Dickie.  The offspring of a top secret brewing and ice-distillation process, the new 35% Abv spirit is created using an IPA style beer.  Fruity, malty and hoppy, we’re not really sure how to best drink it, but we’ll sure have fun finding out! Available from Brewdog pubs and online for £2.99/6cl bottle from

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Chorizo Jam
Last year, Walthamstow-based Eat 17 captured the imagination of bacon-lovers across the UK with their Bacon Jam.  This year they have decided to give their crazy creation a Spanish twist with the launch of their Chorizo Jam.  Made with air dried chorizo, balsamic vinegar, apple juice and brown sugar, this jam brings all the flavour of authentic Spanish chorizo into an intensely delicious, sweet condiment.  It works great with Scallops and we’ve even experimented by mixing it in with some mashed potatoes, but to be honest, the best way to eat it is with a spoon straight out of the jar!  From Waitrose for £3.49.