Newsletter 13 November 2013

New Night Markets, Boozy Experiences plus London’s latest openings and foodie news!

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News & Events…


Jim Beam Stillhouse @ Old Truman Brewery, E1. 21-22 November

1747 Newsletter 13 November 2013 With bourbon shooting up the popularity stakes, Jim Beam has created the ultimate American whiskey experience for Londoners by re-creating its famous Kentucky distillery in Brick Lane!  Guests will be given a tour of the Distillation and Ageing Room, bringing them closer to the bourbon-making process, followed by an immersive theatre experience to bring to life the unique process used to create Jim Beam Devil’s Cut.  Alongside whisky tastings, cocktails aplenty will also flow in the Mixology room.  The most exciting part is left for the end.  Guests will sign their name on a whisky barrel, which will be taken back to the distillery in Kentucky, filled and aged. All Stillhouse attendees will then receive a bottle of Jim Beam White from the barrel four years later!  Tickets are just £5 from


Juniper Journey by Tanqueray Gin @ Whistling Shop, EC2

1754 Newsletter 13 November 2013Tanqueray Gin has partnered with top mixologists Tristan Stephenson and Tom Aske from Worship Street Whistling Shop to create a most original of cocktail experiences designed to showcase the history and the future of cocktail culture.  Guests will experience three very unique concoctions on the evening, including libations uncovered from founder Charles Tanqueray’s own recipe books dating back to the 1800s as well as cocktails of the future created in Tristan’s mixology lab.  Next events are 19 Nov, 26 Nov and 3 Dec.  Tickets are £15, released 48 hours before each event exclusively from the YPlan app:

The PIG Idea, Trafalgar Square. 21 November

If you want create a bit of noise around a campaign, there’s few better ways of going about it than sticking a massive porkfest in the centre of Trafalgar Square!  The PIG Idea is a campaign designed to raise support for the feeding of waste food to pigs – an initiative that loads chefs have got behind.  The ‘Pig’ Feast will see chefs from Paternoster Chop House and Le Pont de la Tour serving the public complimentary pork dishes between 12 and 4pm, including Baked pork buns and Braised pig cheeks.  More info at

Hawker House Night Market, E2

Street Feast’s adventure in night market culture continues with the launch of Hawker House, a warm indoor late night eating emporium with DJs playing until 2am.  At the heart of Hawker House lies the Hot Bar, featuring unique takes on seasonal favourites like Hot Buttered Rum and Hot Wine as well as over 50 different whiskies.  Hawker House also hosts some of London’s best street food traders and restaurants including B.O.B.’s Lobster, SmokeStak’s and their perfectly smoked ribs and a host of warm puddings from Sorbitium’s Sweet Station.  Every Friday & Saturday until 14 December.

Night Tales, E8

Background Bars, the team behind Dalston Roof Park, has transformed an East London car park and underground bunker into Night Tales – an experience combining street food, experimental bar culture and nightlife.  Amongst the eclectic food options include Southern US BBQ from Smokey Tails, Taiwanese steamed pork buns from BAO and gyoza from Rainbo.  Drinks include a dedicated Mezcal bar and experimental Negroni’s.  A stage has also been erected to provide a programme of live music and entertainment including Disco Bloodbath, Bee Shiver and ‘Jazz Saturdays’.  Thursday-Saturday until 14 December.


Featured Event
Drink Feast, 12-14th of December 2013 
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This December, Drink Feast will be dropping its anchor at Hoxton Docks to welcome friends from around the world on an enchanting experience of theatre, adventure, discovery and imagination. 

Hosted by OffBeat, Drink Feast is London’s immersive drinking experience, showcasing the best liquid creations from across the globe all under one roof.   Drink Feast will be taking guests on a journey through different worlds, eras and cultures through different drinking experiences. A mysterious ship set sail six months ago on a mission to uncover the world’s most creative bars and pop-ups.  Thus far, the voyage has unearthed gems like Dine Mile High, a pop-up inspired by the golden age of air trave; New Orleans Bar, NOLA; Latin American favourite Pisco Fuego and the speak-easy Rum Runner.

Drink Feast will be anchoring at the Hoxton Docks on the 12-14th of December 2013.  For more details and to buy tickets visit

New Openings…


Foxlow, EC1

Not content with building Hawksmoor into London’s most famous group of steak restaurants, Will Beckett and Huw Gott have turned their attention to more local styles of restaurants with the opening of Foxlow.  The menu takes an eclectic approach to flavours, with dishes influenced by world cuisine, although as you’d expect, their obsession with great meat continues.  Diners can expect rarer cuts of meat, such as Deckle – the top, fatty part of the ribeye – and pork feather steak, whilst seafood fans won’t be left disappointed either.  Completing the experience will be a dessert menu that specialises in Sundaes.   The décor keeps things relaxed yet interesting, with design inspiration ranging from a 1950s library in Nottingham to assorted London Underground stations.

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Earlham Street Clubhouse, WC2
Covent Garden’s latest opening brings the preppy American feel of an East Coast beach club to the heart of London.  The basement venue combines classic clubhouse interiors with vintage boardwalk glamour, including exposed brick and battered suede seating alongside recycled tin advertising signs and Coney Island fairground lights.  Booths hidden down secret passages are fitted out with their own phones and boast a vintage gas pump serving ice cold beer directly to the table!  Accompanying the drinks is a selection of New York-style thin crust wood fired pizzas made on a sourdough base with toppings such as pulled pork, salmon and baby kale. Guests will also be able to choose the music they want to hear from the Clubhouse jukebox by selecting their favourite songs using a new ‘secret DJ’ app on their Smartphone.

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Zumbura, SW4
Aamir Ahmad, Sean Galligan and David Garrett, co-founders of award-winning contemporary furniture retailer Dwell, have turned their attention to restaurants with the opening of Zumbura in Clapham.  In charge of the kitchen at Zumbura is head chef Raju Rawat – a chef whose talents are still being missed by Soho folk who used to flock towards his delicious Indian wraps at the now defunct Moolis.   The menu focuses on the Purab region of North India, with dishes including Kullia (aromatic lamb and turnip stew) and Ghugni (black chickpeas with a tangy mango and onion dressing).  With the owner’s background in fine furniture, the décor is unsurprisingly pretty snazzy too!

Café Murano, SW1

Angela Hartnett has followed up the recent opening of Merchant’s Tavern with another informal style restaurant by opening Café Murano.  The 75 cover restaurant focuses on the regions of Northern Italy, with Head Chef Sam Williams creating signature dishes such as Culatella pasta fritti, Fettuccine with wild boar and Roasted monkfish tail with brown shrimps & golden raisins.  Diners after a quick bite and a drink can also take a pew at the dining bar, where they can choose from a variety of cicchetti – including the super-tempting Truffle arancini – whilst sipping on a glass of Italian wine or classic cocktail.

Try This Week…

1751 Newsletter 13 November 2013 Savoury Nibbles by Thomas J Fudge

Put away your carrot sticks and other healthy snacks – now that we’re in the throes of winter, it’s time satiate the appetite with nibbles that come with proper feel-good factor!  Bursting with colour, flavour and quality ingredients, the new range of savoury nibbles by Thomas J Fudge is ideal for a cheeky mid-afternoon snack.  With Christmas entertaining to be thinking about, their jazzy packaging makes them a more impressive (and tasty) alternative to a packet of Doritos too.  The 15-strong range of tasty treats includes everything from tangy Stilton Melts and flaky Cheddar & Chive Pufferies to Carrot & Coriander Shards and a selection ideally suited to match your favourite cheese.  Look out for them in most supermarkets.

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Toussaint Coffee Liqueur

With party season approaching, there are few better cocktails than an Espresso Martini to give yourself a boost when the old stamina starts to wane.  Of course, if it’s something altogether more indulgent that you crave – perhaps whilst sitting by a toasty fire – then a creamy White Russian is probably your drink.  Either way, it’s the coffee liqueur that takes centre stage in these classics and we’re loving the latest incarnation of Toussaint.  Made in Haiti with Arabica coffee beans and three year old Caribbean rum, the recipe has recently been tweaked to give a much deeper and rounded espresso flavour and a dryer taste profile, particularly compared to some overly sweet/ bitter competitors.  Keep a bottle in the drinks cabinet and we guarantee it won’t last past December!  £20 from Selfridges and good spirits retailers.