Newsletter 2 October 2013

London Cocktail Week, Baketopia,  Malaysia In London plus the latest London foodie news

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News & Events…


1714 Newsletter 2 October 2013 Malaysia Night @ Trafalgar Square. 4 October

Visitors to Trafalgar Square will be treated to the sights, flavours and sounds of Malaysia this Friday as London’s famous landmark provides a showcase of the very best of Malaysian culture and food.  Visitors can enjoy a series of live cooking demonstrations taking place throughout the event as well as have a taste of food from around 20 of London’s best Malaysian restaurants, whilst a bustling marketplace will have all manner of exotic ingredients and crafts for sale.  Live performances will ensure a festival atmosphere, including a variety of artists flown in from Malaysia. Free to attend from  12pm-10pm.

Oktoberfest Cockney Knees-Up @ London Fields Brewery.  5 October

Oktoberfest will take a distinctly East London approach this weekend as London Fields Brewery provides its version of the famous beer festival.  Expect everything from Lederhosen and live bands to Chas N Dave style sing-alongs and DJ’s throughout the day.  Alongside plenty of lovely craft beers, revellers can also tuck into sausages and sauerkraut before burning it all off with some Bavarian barrel rolling races and other crazy antics!  Free to attend.

Rumfest @ ExCel London.  12-13 October

Offering a welcome ray of sunshine amid the impending winter gloom, Rumfest has once again returned to provide Londoners with the ultimate weekend of rum and Caribbean culture.  As the world’s largest rum-focussed event, connoisseurs and plain ol’ rum lovers alike will be able to enjoy entertaining demonstrations and masterclasses ranging from chocolate to cigar matching sessions.  All of this is topped off with a carnival atmosphere, professional samba and souk dancers, a scrumptious tropical food market and delicious cocktails.  Tickets start at £25 from

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Edible Pop-Up ‘Baketopia’ @ Kingly Court, W1. 11-12 October

To celebrate National Baking Week (14th – 20th October), the infamous Miss Cakehead is curating a team of the UK’s finest food artists to create a 100% edible pop-up in the form of a magical meadow.  The Wonka-esque landscape will feature over 3000 portions of baked goodies for guests to devour over two days-everything is edible and everything must go!  A treat for the eyes and the tastebuds, guests will be able to dip frog-shaped cookies into a milk fountain; harvest meringue mushrooms; break honeycomb pieces from a bee hive; and even catch pastry butterflies.  Free ticket registration from

Good Food Month @ Cabbages & Frocks Market, W1

Marylebone food and fashion market, Cabbages & Frocks are hosting a month dedicated to all things indulgent and delicious.  Every Saturday throughout October will see a tempting roster of food demonstrations on everything from Lebanese cuisine to cheese and there will, of course, be plenty of tastings as well!


Featured Event
‘London Cocktail Week’, 7-13 October 

London 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.  The heart of the action will be the London Cocktail Week Ketel One Hub in Covent Garden, with a second hub located off Kingsland Road in Shoreditch.  Consumers will be able to pick up London Cocktail Week wristbands for £10 from both, giving them access to over 150 venues across London where they’ll be able to try delicious cocktails for just £4.

1712 Newsletter 2 October 2013 Key events throughout the week include:

  • The Ketel One Spice Market: Enjoy a delicious selection of canapés whilst choosing your own cocktail ingredients from inspiring market stalls for your very own exotic cocktail
  • Johnnie Walker & The Chocolate Factory: Johnnie Walker and the Callooh Callay team will be bringing together candy, cocktails, chocolate and whisky to create fun, original and innovative serves
  • Guatemalan Rainforest with Ron Zacapa: South East Asian restaurant, Bam-Bou is being transformed into a Guatemalan rainforest!  Visitors will be encouraged to explore the four-story venue to experience an evening of live Latin American music, delicious food stations and of course plenty of cocktails
  • Belvedere Martini Bar: Belvedere Vodka is celebrating this most iconic of cocktails with a pop-up in Covent Garden offering guests the ultimate Martini masterclass.  Just don’t forget the old saying: “1 martini, 2 martini, 3 martini…floor!’

Tickets and details of all events at

New Openings…


Chotto Matte, W1
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Chotto Matte has opened to showcase the best of Japanese and Peruvian cultures with a unique combination of Nikkei cuisine, colourful cocktails, and live music.  Spread over 3 floors, the ground floor houses an impressive bar with retractable glass walls that allow guests to spill into the hustle and bustle of Soho.  Just as eye-catching is the exposed Robata grill on the first floor, where up to 10 guests can perch for a view of the chefs showing off their skills.  In true Asian fashion, the varied menu offers a selection of sharing style dishes including Japanese hot pots; BBQ meat and seafood from the Robata Grill; and a selection of sushi and sashimi. With a seven-course tasting menu available for £40, prices are on the reasonable side too.

Honky Tonk, SW4

Following on from the success of their Chelsea venue, a little slice of the Big Apple has arrived in Clapham with the launch of the second Honky Tonk bar, restaurant and live music venue. Diners can enjoy hearty all-American dishes and deli-inspired snacks including Beef or Pork Ribs; Mac ‘n’ Cheese with Porcini Béchamel; and Brisket Roll.  The drinks list keeps to the Yee-hah theme to, with a healthy list of bourbons and also a selection of barrel aged cocktails.  Completing the experience is a regular roster of live music and entertainment, with a particular emphasis on old-school blues, jazz and rockabilly.

The Earl Derby, NW6

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Returning to its former name and glorious good looks is The Earl Derby – a proper pub serving honest food and drink on the bustling thoroughfare that is Kilburn High Road.  The expansive pub is decked out in elegant tones of navy and grey, with reclaimed timber flooring, exposed brickwork and rustic oak panelling. Curved Chesterfield-style sofas, distressed tables, hanging pendant lamps and vintage chandeliers complete the cosy pub look.  The menu keeps things pretty traditional too, with dishes including Beef Brisket & Beetroot Hash with Fried Egg; Cider & Tarragon Battered Cod; and Chicken, Ham Hock & Leek Pie.

The Ginger Pig, SW4

Almost 13 years after founder Tim Wilson took a permanent spot at Borough Market, renowned butcher The Ginger Pig has come to Clapham for the opening of its sixth London shop.  Designed as somewhat of a flagship store, The Ginger Pig in Abbeville Road will be a mecca for carnivores, featuring a big open block (aka a Butchery ‘Theatre’!), a sizeable deli filled with cold cuts, charcuterie and pies and a calendar filled with meat-inspired consumer masterclasses.

Try This Week…

1710 Newsletter 2 October 2013 Belvedere Pink Grapefruit

Having established itself as one of the most recognisable and respected vodka brands around, Belvedere has spent the last few years developing a range of flavoured variants that continue its reputation as purveyors of great taste.  The range includes everything from Citrus to Bloody Mary, but taking its place amongst our favourite flavoured vodkas is the Belvedere Pink Grapefruit.  Always playing second fiddle to other citrus fruit such as oranges and lemons, grapefruit is seriously underused in the cocktail world.  However, Belvedere has more than done the fruit justice.  By macerating only fresh grapefruit and peels with their renowned Polish vodka, the flavour provides an initial sweetness followed by a touch of refreshing sharpness and an ultimately smooth experience; a single sip will have any spirits enthusiast reaching for the bottle next time they require a citrus element to their cocktail.  Try it in a host of classic drinks – including Cosmopolitans and even with tonic – for a delicious twist on familiar flavours.  Available from good spirits retailers for around £35.

Soulful Onepots

1715 Newsletter 2 October 2013 We’re rarely impressed by ready-meal type things, but we reckon these delicious Soulful Onepots could be just the thing we need to get us through the winter months.  The antithesis of convenience foods found on most supermarket shelves, the Onepots are cooked by hand using unprocessed ingredients (such as black barley, spelt and kelp noodles), free-range 100% British meats and plenty of flavour; they even contain 2 of your 5-a-day.  Amongst the five flavours are Pulled Pork Stew with British chorizo, Moroccan Chicken Tagine and an award-winning veggie Butternut, Lentil & Spinach hotpot.  Just stick them in the microwave for a couple of minutes and you’ve got yourself a quick, easy and healthy lunch or dinner.  £3.49 from


1717 Newsletter 2 October 2013 This September marks the Bicentenary of Noilly Prat, celebrating 200 years of producing one of the world’s finest French vermouths.

To celebrate the bicentenary of Noilly Prat we are giving our fans the chance to win a trip for 2 to the home of Noilly Prat in Marseillan, including:

  1. 2x return flights to Montpellier airport and transfers from your nearest capital city airport
  2. 2x nights stay at the boutique hotel Port Rive Gauche in Marseillan
  3. Guided tour of the Noilly Prat distillery with the Maître de Chai
  4. Dinner for 2 at a local harbour-side restaurant

To enter please follow the below link:


The competition will close on Monday 7 October at 12pm and the winner will be announced on our Facebook page on Thursday 10 October.