Newsletter 4 September 2013

Meatopia, Whisky and Bourbon Pop Up Bars, Streetfood Apps plus the latest London foodie news!

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News & Events…


 Newsletter 4 September 2013 Meatopia @ Tobacco Dock, E1. 7 September

Meatopia – the famous New York meat festival – is coming to London to put on a celebration of BBQing, smoking, grilling and music.  Fergus Henderson, Pitt Cue’s Tom Adams and other British meat experts will be grilling up irresistible carnivorous dishes and a number of American cooks will also be showcasing their skills, including US Barbecuer Aaron Franklin – recently voted Best in Texas by Texas Monthly.   Creating a feast for all of the senses, the event will also include live music, cabaret, cirque, art installations and other immersive activities.  Tickets start at £45, including food & drink tokens.

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The Pearl Dram Saloon, WC2. 5-8 September

The start of Britain’s native oyster season on Sunday 1st September coincided with the 30th birthday celebrations of The Scotch Malt Whisky Society.  To mark the occasion, the Society has joined forces with oyster mixologists, The Mother Shuckers, to open a pop-up that will take drinkers through matched oyster and whisky pairings, exploring the complex, subtle flavours of both.  Special events such as ‘The Secrets of Pearls’ to ‘Cocktails and Crustaceans’ will also be held each day.  Entry is free. More details at

Bonnie Gull’s Summer BBQ in aid of The Wildlife Trust, N1. 6 September

Bonnie Gull seafood shack will be taking over the Wildlife Trust’s Camley Street nature reserve in Kings Cross to host an end-of-summer BBQ feast and raise funds for the Living Seas project. Located on the Regents Canal, Bonnie Gull have set up various food stations around the nature reserve offering guests the rare opportunity to tuck into Chef Luke Robinson’s special menu within the urban oasis.   Accompanying the feast will be acoustic sounds served up by Double Bass Dan and Friends playing a mix of Doo Wop, Rock n’ Roll, Pop, Country, Ska, and Soul.  Tickets are £50.


 Newsletter 4 September 2013 Butler’s Wharf Blackout, SE1. 6th – 15th September

As part of the Thames Festival celebration, D&D London’s collective of riverside restaurants at Butler’s Wharf – Le Pont de La Tour, Cantina del Ponte, Blueprint Café and Butler’s Wharf Chophouse – will be literally ‘blacking out’ electricity from 8.30pm every evening throughout the 10 days of the festival.  Free from the light pollution of modern London, diners will have the unique opportunity to savour the unspoilt beauty of the river by darkness and subtle candlelight.  Each venue will also host a calendar of special events from Blind Wine Tasting, to Ghost Bus Tours and a Fire & Flambé night.

Colonial Common @ London Design Festival, E2. 14-22 September

Teroforma, creator of Whisky Stones and other cool kitchen kit, is hosting an American whiskey and bourbon bar experience, combining whisky tastings and cocktails with low-country cooking, bluegrass music and high design.  An evolving space set in the heart of the Shoreditch Design Triangle, Colonial Common will be a speakeasy bar, a product showcase, culinary tasting room and creative design hub.  The pop-up will also see Teroforma partner with a host of influential London foodies, including Beard to Tail, Joe’s Southern Chicken, The Yummy Yank, Paxton Chocolate, Social Eating House and Milk & Honey.

India Pale Ale Festival @ The Gun, E14. 13-15 September

Hop back into history at the award-winning Gun’s three-day India Pale Ale festival and discover why London’s Docklands was the hub of IPA throughout the 19th century.  Jam-packed with bombastic brews and fabulous food, the festival will feature beers from top British brewers including the likes of: Buxton Brewery; Tempest; Thornbridge; and Magic Rock, to name but a few.  To soak up some of the brews, The Gun’s barbecue will be fired up for a ‘Battle of the Bangers’ sausage contest.  There will also be lawn games galore and a kid’s entertainer on the Sunday. Entry is free but food & drink is payable on the day or you can take advantage of an advance food & drink voucher for £10.


New Openings…

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Away from the everyday bustle of Islington, a train conductor will usher you to your seat to prepare the senses for the journey ahead – a mythical steam express from Cape to Cairo. Enter for lunch or dinner in the Dining Carriage and guests can expect floods of natural light through leaded glass, wicker seating and gilt-edged tableware.   The menu is modern British affair, with signature dishes including Crisp cider-braised pork belly, Pot roasted rabbit and Saint Clements pie.  The cocktail bar is a truly opulent affair, with textures of intricate gold leaf and dark teak, whilst the boozy concoctions are inspired by ancient cultures and exotic flavours including ‘Caribbean inception’ with fried plantain fat-washed gold rum, lime juice, overproof white rum & molasses syrup; and the mysterious ‘Whatever doesn’t kill you’ that comes garnished with an absinthe-coated scorpion!

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Vivo, N1

This vibrant new Italian bakery and restaurant has opened to bring an authentic taste of the Mediterranean to the heart of bustling Upper Street in Islington.  Inspired by the traditional gastronomia and pasticceria of Italy, Vivo specialises in regional cuisine which is perfect for all-day casual dining.  Dishes include torte rustica (Italian savoury pies), authentic Roman pizza ‘al taglio’, lasagne and cannelloni.  Drinks include a varied selection of Italian wines and prosecco and customers visiting during the early evening can also enjoy a few nibbles with their drink during aperitivo hour.

 Newsletter 4 September 2013JUBO Korean Canteen, EC2

With inspiration from K-Town in New York and Seoul in South Korea, JUBO has opened to introduce Londoners to Korean Fried Chicken for the first time.  Housed within The Bedroom Bar in Shoreditch, JUBO’s menu features chicken wings and boneless thigh strips that have super-crunch coating glazed in either soy garlic or hot sauce.  Also on the menu are home-made kimchi-slaw and steamed buns served with either melt in the mouth pork belly, slow braised beef or roasted portobello mushrooms.

Gin Joint, EC2
The immediate area of the Barbican was widely regarded as the gin capital of the world in the late 18th century – hence the local street named Gin Lane and William Hogarth’s famous satirical engraving Gin Lane – so it’s no surprise that the area now has a new restaurant and bar called Gin Joint.  The bar has around 40 gins available including – somewhat curiously – Brokers Gin chilled on tap.  Juniper loves can also get involved in their Gin Club comprising of a monthly series of Master Distiller Evenings with tastings and dinner with a ‘gin-influenced’ menu.  The main restaurant menu focus on British dishes, including Gressingham duck sausage with pickled shallots, scallop & juniper; 35-day Aged Longhorn fillet; Whole lobster with courgette, sugar snaps, lemon & borage; and Plum & almond crumble with star anise & orange custard.

Foodie Apps…

 Newsletter 4 September 2013 British Street Food App

With Street Food markets and traders constantly moving location, it can be difficult to keep up with your favourite food stall or know where to go when you fancy a proper burger or burrito.  This new app hopes to change all of that. It’s packed with useful features including live GPS maps showing who is trading where and when. The app also details all the top traders in Britain and their daily specials as well as special in-app offers and customers can even photograph and rate their food for all to see.  Free from iTunes.

Cocktail Challenge by Gin Monkey

Everyone thinks they’re a cocktail expert these days, so if you really want to put your knowledge to the test (and pick up a few tips along the way!), check out the Cocktail Challenge app created by Gin Monkey. The initial download is free and includes three levels of general cocktail knowledge questions, and a recipe archive featuring over fifty classic cocktails. Further levels are available as in-app purchases, and are themed around spirits and areas of interest, meaning that over time you can tailor the app to your interests.

Try This Week…

 Newsletter 4 September 2013 Opihr Oriental Spiced Gin

Inspired by Opihr, a legendary region famed for its wealth along an ancient spice route during the reign of King Solomon, Opihr Oriental Spiced Gin is for those who like their flavours big and bold.  The gin is crafted at England’s oldest working distillery from a selection of botanicals from around Asia, including spicy Cubeb berries from Indonesia, Black Pepper from India and Coriander from Morocco.  Whilst the aroma is unashamedly intense, the spices are balanced with delicate citrus and perfume notes.  Similarly, Opihr provides a smooth taste experience with warming spices, a touch of sweetness and an unmistakable flavour of coriander that makes this gin ideal for providing an Asian twist to a G&T, a classic martini or gin based Bloody Mary.  Available from good drinks specialists for around £23.

Harrods Archive Collection

 Newsletter 4 September 2013 Over the last 160 years, Harrods’ iconic terracotta walls have been home to some of the finest culinary delights available.  Through this special-edition Archive collection, Harrods is treating shoppers to a glimpse of the treats that have graced the shelves of the food halls of the past. Inspired by original Harrods products from the early 1900s that have been stored in the store’s historic archive, this special-edition range features 12 items, including signature biscuits, chocolate bars, tea and marmalade. Every bite of history has been recreated according to old recipes and utilising the original packaging designs.  However, each item has also been given a cool modern twist in the form of an augmented reality video that can be watched on your mobile by zapping the wrapper!