Newsletter 27 November 2013

Boozy Bakeries, Rooftop Pop-Ups, Fabulous Fudge plus the latest London openings & foodie news

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News & Events…


Skylodge @ The Hothouse, E8

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The creative crew at Platterform have continued their penchant for rooftop culinary experiences by relocating their popular Skyroom from London Bridge to London Fields.  Renamed as Skylodge, the new space recreates an American style lodge overlooking the treetops of London Fields.  Guests will discover a lumberjack inspired diner and drinking hole complete with heated dining booths, a cosy living room arrangement of sofas centred round a fireplace and a timber bar area.   The hearty menu includes everything from Smokey Maple Baby Back Ribs to Waffles and Sloppy Joes, whilst the warming cocktail list features a variety of Hot Toddies.  For added entertainment, the Skylodge also boasts regular live music sets, experiential film nights and the curious ‘Lumberjack Olympic Games’.

WigWamBam @ Queen of Hoxton Rooftop, EC2

1764 Newsletter 27 November 2013Take a stroll down Shoreditch High Street and your eyes won’t be deceiving you if you spot a random 8 metre high tipi on the rooftop of the Queen of Hoxton.  WigWamBam is back but this time it takes its inspiration from Nordic regions and the green flickering Northern Lights with its own version – The Eastern Lights. These captivating visuals will be projected onto the exterior and interior of the wigwam structure.  The experience continues inside the wigwam with a cosy den of deer hide covered seating and the roaring flames of an open grill cooking up everything from Wild Boar Sausages to Legs of Pork with Chestnut & Herb Stuffing.  Winter warming drinks complete the experience. Open until March 2014.

The Gin Journey

London’s gin lovers are being treated to a new and exciting voyage of discovery into the spirit with the launch of The Gin Journey by bar consultancy Shake, Rattle & Stir.  Running around three times per week, award winning bartender Leon Dalloway takes guests on a tour of London’s finest bars, distilleries and gin-associated landmarks.  Gin lovers can expect to sample a variety of top brands including Beefeater, Dodds and Martin Millers, whilst conversing about Gin Lane, Mother’s Ruin, Genever and everything else that the fascinating history of gin has to offer.  Costing just £50/person, including a taxi between venues and all drinks, it’s one London’s most exciting boozy nights out!

Grey Goose Boulangerie François, W1. 28-30 November

Like us, you’re probably wondering what one of the world’s finest vodka brands has to do with pastry… It’s pretty simple when you think about it: Boulangerie François pop-up bakery will open to celebrate the renowned French Picardie wheat that endows Grey Goose with its unique flavour.  Alongside ‘Grey Goose Pain’ made from this same wheat, visitors can expect to taste a selection of bespoke jams created from flavoured Grey Goose vodkas.

Krug Kreperie with Pierre Koffmann @ Covent Garden East Piazza, 2-8 December

Keeping along the booze with pastry theme, super-posh Champagne brand, Krug has partnered with world renowned chef Pierre Koffmann to create the Krug Kreperie.  The Kreperie launches in the heart of Covent Garden before moving to Koffmann’s at The Berkeley through the months of December and January.  Pierre Koffmann has designed six crepes in total – three sweet and three savory including a Caramel, Apple Crumble crepe and a Crepe Suzette. Passers-by will be able to enjoy the gourmet crepes paired with a glass of Krug Grand Cuvée for £35.


New Openings…


Steam & Rye, EC4

1763 Newsletter 27 November 2013London’s leading nightlife entrepreneur has teamed up with glamour-puss Kelly Brook for the opening of Steam & Rye. Located in the old bank of New York building in Bank, the design of the spectacular 550 capacity space harks back to America’s Gilded Age – a time when decadence and idealism ruled.  The Main Hall and Station Gardens are modelled on New York’s Grand Central Station featuring a beautiful sculpted bar and a Steam Train Dining Carriage. Mirroring the land that was opened up by the mighty railroads, Steam & Rye will feature classic Americana fare including USDA Grain-fed beef from Greater Omaha, BBQ spare ribs & beautifully flavoured steaks cooked on the Josper Grill all courtesy of Michelin starred chef Andrew McLeish.  Top bartender Andy Mil has also been brought on board to provide a drinks list filled with classics and exciting modern cocktails across the various bars housed within Steam & Rye.

The Prince of Wales, SW9

Long-standing Brixton venue, The Prince of Wales, has reopened its doors following a major refurbishment. Comprising a restaurant and bar, two terraces, a large entertainment space and series of event rooms, the new look venue provides a multi-faceted destination for food and entertainment.  Executive chef and Brixton resident, Arno Maasdorp, leads the kitchen with a seasonal menu inspired by Brixton’s history and produce, with dishes including Oxtail pacchieri with pecorino crumb and a large wood fire oven used for everything from Roast lamb shank to pizzas.  Open from breakfast, the venue really picks up pace in the evenings with a diverse calendar of live music, comedy shows and graffiti battles.

Trip Kitchen, E8

Selin Kiazim, former Head Chef at Peter Gordon’s Kopapa restaurant, has ventured to Haggerston for the opening of her first solo venture.  Located within a converted railway arch on Regent’s Canal, the restaurant and bar combines much of the building’s original rustic features with raw wood cladding for a cool Skandi-feel.  Selin’s menu sees her combine her Turkish Cypriot heritage with Mediterranean and Middle Eastern flavours.  Dishes include Creamy Garlic Mussels with Leeks & Rocket with Guindilla Chillies; Spicy Red Lentil Köftesl; and Pomegranate-glazed Crispy Lamb Breast with Yoghurt.

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Simmons Camden, NW1

The team behind King’s Cross favourite ‘Simmons’ has landed in Camden for the opening of their second bar.  Like the original, this new watering hole takes a quirky and old-school approach to décor with a skull-shaped disco ball, graffiti emblazoned tables, copies of old school comics and board games lining the bookshelves. The drinks also match the fun of the interior, including a ‘Cocktail slot machine’ for those times when you can’t decide between a Pina Colada or an Espresso Martini!  Simmons also features live DJ’s from Thursday-Saturday to keep the venue bouncing until late.

Zinc, W1

Party amongst the stars this Christmas as Zinc, a vibrant late night club offering cocktails, dancing and DJS as well as spectacular views over the capital, launches high-up on the 31st floor of the Centre Point building.  Open on Fridays and Saturdays with a 24 hour licence, Zinc is truly somewhere to experience London at its best from dusk-till dawn.  The contemporary design includes a ‘snake’ inspired velvet chaise longue winding its ways down one entire side of the lounge, cutting edge lighting and a 10ft Tom Dixon designed bar.  Alongside a lengthy drinks list, guests can also nibble on sliders and other bar snacks to keep them fuelled throughout the night.

Try This Week…

1757 Newsletter 27 November 2013 Potash Farm Chocolate & Cobnut Fudge

We’ll be saying no to Brazil Nuts and Walnuts this Christmas and giving our full culinary support to the humble Cobnut. ‘What an earth is a Cobnut?’ you may be asking yourself.   A type of cultivated hazelnut that has been bred in Kent since 1830, the Kentish cobnut is larger than a hazelnut and has a slight coconut flavour.  Alongside selling them on their own, the good people at Potash Farm have come up with the ultimate way to enjoy this relatively unknown British nut by combining it with lashings of creamy and silky smooth fudge – yum!  £5.25 from


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The Fudge Kitchen Drinking Fudge Christmas Selection

If the chill is starting to dull the senses, give yourself a warm, gooey feeling with a cup of outrageously indulgent Drinking Fudge from The Fudge Kitchen.   Just in time for the season where we can all pile on guilt-free pounds, the Christmas Drinking Fudge range contains 6 flavours of molten loveliness to keep you going through the week, including Classic Chocolate, Irish Cream and Winter Spice.  With each box coming beautifully packaged, they also make a great gift idea – if you can bring yourself to give them away! £8 from

1760 Newsletter 27 November 2013 Ruby Blue Bottle Aged Liqueurs
Containing actual whole berries, the Ruby Blue range has been created by the boutique Hughes Craft Distillery from Northern Ireland, who came up with the idea when they found an old Irish recipe based on an ancient method of preserving berries.  The liqueur is produced by ageing real fruit in a smooth neutral grain spirit for around three months.  The result is an ultra-smooth liqueur bursting with natural fruit flavour and just enough alcohol bite to let you know that you’re drinking something for grown-ups.  The range comprises of Wild Blueberry, Blackcurrant, Cranberry and a Chilli Pepper liqueur.  Delicious served neat on the rocks, they will also provide endless fun for those wanting to experiment with cocktails.  £15 from good spirits specialists.