Newsletter 21 August 2013

Whisky Jazz, France in London, Summer Afternoon Teas plus the latest London foodie news!

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News & Events…


Post Carnival Winterwell Party @ Westbourne Studios, 25 August

Hot on the heels of their sell-out roaring twenties party earlier this year, the team behind Winterwell is bringing their unique style of partying to Notting Hill Carnival.  Shenanigans kick off at 5pm in the spacious Westbourne Studios and will feature a host of top live acts and a huge sound system to ensure you’re throwing shapes until the early hours.  The party will keep to the Carnival theme so expect outrageous colour, feathered headresses and show girls shimmying and shaking, as the party takes you on a Jamaican journey.

Sunday Cocktails & Chords @ The Gilbert Scott, NW1. 25 August

The Gilbert Scott is celebrating the Bank Holiday with live music, cocktail classes and a special summer menu.  Held in their stunning bar area, live music will come courtesy of two up and coming singer-songwriters, Stephen Ridley and Anna Burton.  In between the live performances, Bar Manager Dav Eames will continue to entertain guests with complimentary cocktail classes, as well as serving up a special menu of cocktail floats including their Meadowsweet Cocktail with Vanilla Ice cream.

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Sud de France, SE1. 31 August

A leafy stretch of South Bank is being transformed into a haven of wine, food and music for the Sud de France Festival. The event recreates the mood of an idyllic day in the sun-kissed French region of Languedoc-Roussillon, including its adventurous wines and gastronomy.  As the day turns to dusk, DJ Gilles Peterson will step onto the stage to play a Mediterranean inspired set.  Other attractions on the day will include a pétanque pitch and a sandy beach complete with a sand castle competition.  Free event, starting at midday.

Wholey Cow @ Camden Town Brewery, 30-31 August

One whole cow, two summer nights, and a lot of hamburgers.  Wholey Cow will be a summer cook-out on an epic scale, with a menu designed by Byron Burger to make the best of the entire beast. Everything from the tender forequarter and short ribs to braised shins will be used for three different burgers, as well as chilli cheese fries and mac ‘n’ cheese hash browns.  To wash it all down, Camden Town Brewery will be on hand with their craft beers whilst Byron have concocted a ‘Bloody Bull’ cocktail – a super charged Bloody Mary made with beef bouillon.

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Lagavulin Islay Jazz Festival @ Camden Jazz Café. 3 September
The beautiful Scottish island of Islay partners each year with Lagavulin Single Malt for its own jazz festival.  Obviously Islay is a difficult place to get to, even for the most devoted of jazz or whisky enthusiasts, so this year Lagavulin, Jazz FM and The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show have come together to bring a taste of Islay Jazz to London.  Performances on the night will include Colin Steele Quintet and Tom Bancroft.  Tickets start at £28, which includes a couple of drinks.

Summer-Inspired Afternoon Teas

1678 Newsletter 21 August 2013 With what’s expected to be a stonking Bank Holiday weekend, treat yourself to one of these summer-inspired afternoon teas:

The Courtyard Summer Social at Corinthia Hotel London
Sit surrounded by the fragrant scent of seasonal strawberry bushes (you can even pick your own!) and enjoy a delicious picnic afternoon tea in the open air setting of the stunning Courtyard at the heart of the Corinthia Hotel. The charming menu showcases the very best in British produce with a delightful range of summer themed fancies, including Victoria sandwiches, Mint chocolate macaroons and Pimms jelly. £39/person.

1679 Newsletter 21 August 2013Ice Cream Tea @ The Dorchester

For the most luxurious way to cool down this summer, head down to The Dorchester Hotel for their summer-twist on the traditional afternoon tea.  Alongside finger sandwiches and scones, guests can also indulge a selection of home-made ice creams in four flavours including earl grey ice-cream in a lemon cone and honey ice cream in a chocolate cone.  Accompany it with a glass of bubbly or cocktail for the ultimate Bank Holiday blowout!  £41/person.


Ticket Promotion: 
Beer by the River Festival on 14 September

1688 Newsletter 21 August 2013 Sambrook’s is delighted to announce they will be celebrating their fifth birthday by working with the National Trust at Morden Hall Park to create a festival of craft beer, Beer by the River, on Saturday 14th September.  A celebration of beer, food and music, with local food producers, entertainers and craft brewers, the festival will be split into two sessions (12pm-5pm and 6pm-11pm). After 6pm the event will be open to over 18s only.

Tickets are just £17.50 including a free pint of ale, 1/3 pint of Sambrook’s exclusively brewed beer for Beer by the River and a festival beer glass. For more more details and to purchase tickets please visit

New Openings…
1687 Newsletter 21 August 2013White Rabbit, N16
Located in London’s self-appointed centre of all things ‘cool’ White Rabbit has opened in Dalston with a concept as eclectic as the area’s denizens.  Super-relaxed and affably unselfconscious, guests can expect a mix ‘n’ match sharing-plate menu of European dishes with a British twist and occasional Latin American and Asian touches.  Dishes include Wood sorrel with potato dumplings & paprika alioli; Pork neck with pickled peach almonds & chicory; and Poussin with baby carrots, saffron & honey bread sauce.  Cocktails also play a big part of the experience, with a selection of unique concoctions including a Mixed berry daiquiri and the Tabasco infused Hot & Stormy.

Smokehouse, N1

The team behind some of London’s top gastropubs – including The Princess of Shoreditch, The Lady Ottoline and The Pig & Butcher – are back in Islington for their 4th venue.  Smokehouse has opened to provide delicious, seasonal food from great suppliers alongside craft beers (around 20 on tap), hand-pulled local ales and an exclusively European wine list from only small family vineyards.  Taking charge of the kitchen is Neil Rankin, the chef who created a serious stir at his previous residency at John Salt.   As the name suggests, fish and meat will be smoked in-house and also grilled on a bespoke robata grill.  Dishes include Lobster & spring onion frittata, Peppered ox cheek with cauliflower cheese & gravy and Rib racks straight out of the smoker.  All of these delights will be served in a cosy setting, including roaring log fires in winter and a large country garden for lazy summer days.

Acciuga, W8

Call it the madness of youth, but 24 year old Guglielmo Arnulfo has turned his back on a high flying career as a lawyer and decided to enter the somewhat more perilous world of restaurant ownership!

Acciuga has been launched to wow South Kensington locals with food from the Liguria region in Italy.  Dishes include Troffie al Pesto (a Ligurian speciality pasta), Tuscan Cuttlefish Stew and Vitel Tonne (Slow cooked veal in an Italian caper mayonnaise).  The wine list stays true to Guglielmo’s roots too, with an extensive selection from across Italy available.

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Flesh & Buns, WC2

Inspired by Japanese izakayas – roughly translated as a pub or place designed for informal eating and drinking – Flesh and Buns is the first restaurant in London to specialise in hirata buns (DIY filled steamed buns). Traditionally filled with pork, Flesh & Buns also provide a variety of other ‘flesh’ including Slow roasted shoulder of lamb with Korean flavours; Whole baby chicken with yuzu koshu; and Robata grilled seabass with coriander miso.  Located below street-level, the restaurant has a stripped back interior, and encourages communal dining with a menu designed for sharing and seating of long tables, stools and booths. 

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The Garden Café, W1

One of London’s best kept secrets, Brown Hart Gardens in Mayfair has recently undergone a major refurbishment to create a stunning, green courtyard that also includes the opening of The Garden Café.  Flanked with lush hedgerow, water features, flower beds, as well as the use of the Garden’s original stone seats, The Garden Café is ideal for a moment of peace in the hectic city.  Open from dawn till early evening every day, the menu features everything from breakfast and afternoon tea to salads and hearty sandwiches whilst those after a day time drink can also indulge in a couple of glasses of wine.

Try This Week…

1685 Newsletter 21 August 2013 Stoli Salted Karamel

Following on from one of our favourite launches of last year – their Chocolat Razberi vodka – Stoli has returned with something even better.  Stoli Salted Karamel balances sweet caramelised sugar and soft English toffee with a mouthwatering touch of light saltiness and the result is impossibly delicious.  Despite being as viscous as regular vodka, expect an unctuous mouthfeel with a harmony of rich caramel and toasted sugar aromas and a silky, smooth finish.  Plenty of bartenders will undoubtedly have fun concocting cocktails and it also works well with apple juice, but our bottle has remained firmly in the freezer, ready to be served neat over ice for the perfect boozy treat.  From Waitrose and good spirits stockists for around £23

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Rigg’s Blackberry & Raspberry Shrub

If you’ve had your fill of Pimms and rosé wine during this extended summer then check out Rigg’s Blackberry & Raspberry Shrub for a bit of inspired drinking.  Developed by the team behind Eager Juices, Rigg’s is created from a neutral grain spirit, which is then steeped with the juices of the raspberries and blackberries to form a unique fruity blend.  Simply serve with ginger ale and some fresh strawberries and blackberries for a refreshingly different summer serve.  Just as unique as the flavour is the humorous packaging; as the bottle is emptied, a weird smiling man appears from behind the dark berry spirit – reason enough to drink copious amounts of the stuff!  Available from The Drink Shop, Coe Vinters and Cotswold Fayre for £19.99 per 70cl bottle, ABV 28%

Olives Et Al Island Tomato & Red Pepper Pesto and Tomato & Chilli Dressing

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Normally known for its love of Mediterranean foodie delights, Olives Et Al has joined forces with Isle of Wight based tomato grower, The Tomato Stall, for a new range summer inspired store cupboard essentials.   The Island Tomato & Red Pepper Pesto is a vibrant mix of slow roasted tomatoes blended with roasted red peppers and cashew nuts, and then lightly spiced with fragrant basil, thyme, paprika, garlic and lemon juice. Try it as a topping on seafood, stirred into pasta or even on crusty bread for a delicious summer snack.  If it’s your salad that needs pimping, then give their Island Tomato & Chilli Dressing a try.   Sweet tomatoes are blitzed into a smooth, intense juice, before being mixed with olive oil, red chilli, lemon juice, honey and gentle spices including with coriander and ginger.  The result is an explosion of sweet and sour flavours that is equally as good as a marinade on meat and fish, as it is drizzled over a summer salad.  Around £4 from delis and at