Bloggers Dinner at Rum & Sugar

 

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Last week we hosted a bloggers dinner and cocktail masterclass over at Rum & Sugar, one of London’s largest rum bars (with almost 175 rums no less to its name!)

Set within the impressive Grade I listed building in West India Quay, Rum & Sugar is a lively affair. By the time we arrived, the bar was already starting to fill with thirsty locals in need of an after-work pick me up. Spirits were high and we were very much looking forward to our evening.

The night began with a delicious four-course dinner. Beginning with Sweet Potato Crackers and Chilli Cheese Fritters for nibbles. Our starter was the delicious Beetroot Cured Salmon, with Smoked Potato Salad, Beetroot and Spiced Rum Purée. Followed by Herb Crusted Cod with Red Pepper Ragú. For the main we tucked into a mouth-watering Sweet Cajun Glazed Chicken Salad and finally finishing with Baked Chocolate Ganache, Orange Caramel, Salted Nut Brittle, Clotted Cream.

Once we couldn’t possibly fit another mouthful, we retreated to the cocktail making station where we were to be given a masterclass from Head Bartender, Alessio Franzese. We poured, shaked and stirred our arms off, creating wonderful concoctions including a Rum Cosmopolitan and the classic Mojito, but the best drink of all was most definitely the Apple RUMour – we could have happily had another round!

We left with big grins on our faces – and that was only partly the rum’s fault.

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1, Warehouse, West India Quay, Canary Wharf, London E14 4AL

Picture courtesy of Connie Law

 

Bloggers Breakfast at Jar Kitchen

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Last month we hosted an intimate bloggers breakfast at the beautiful Jar Kitchen on Drury Lane.

We handpicked a select few bloggers to come and try the new breakfast menu that the restaurant had recently launched. On the menu included: Wiltshire Sausage, JK Kimchi, Beetroot Ketchup, Fried Egg & Coriander; Oat Porridge, Vanilla Cream, Cocoa Nibs, Chia & Banana; and the JK Full English (Bacon, Eggs, Mushrooms, Black Pudding, JK Baked Beans and Toast). But the highlights from the morning were undoubtedly the Earl Grey Cured Salmon on buttermilk flatbread in good company with smashed avocado & poached egg and the Pork Belly paired with Baharat spiced baked beans, tamarind chutney and a poached egg – the two dishes took command of the table and went down a storm.

But not before being instagrammed – of course!

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Breakfasts were washed down with loose teas, fresh juices, coffee and a large jar of Blackberry & Rosemary Fizz – a perfect accompaniment to give your tastebuds a refresh! Ending on a delicate sweet note, we sampled some of the Granola pots with yogurt and topped with the most beautiful Yorkshire rhubarb.

Quite the start to the day we needed – have you been for breakfast at Jar Kitchen yet?

You can find Jar Kitchen at 176 Drury Lane, Covent Garden, WC2B 5QF

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Restaurant Review: Naughty Piglets, Brixton

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There’s much more to Brixton’s foodie scene outside of the famous Village, home to a vibrant mix of independent restaurants and bars. We went along one lunchtime to a restaurant that not only had gone under our radars for far too long, but one whose name actually sums us up rather well.

Naughty Piglets is a fantastic little find on Brixton Water Lane – a ten minute walk if you’re coming from the station. It’s a small affair; there’s an open-plan kitchen with an eight seat bar, three high tables in the front room, and an intimate dining room in the back. It also happens to be very charming and we were instantly smitten.

The restaurant is owned by husband and wife team Joe and Margaux Sharratt, Magaux was there on our visit, busy tending to each table making sure that everyone was taken care of. The menu is short and changes weekly, but we were definitely not short of choice: each dish sounded heavenly, it made us almost want to order the lot. Ruthlessly we narrowed it down, our top five didn’t disappoint.

First to be served was the melt-in-the-mouth ham croquettes, some of the best we’ve ever had – we guarantee that you’re probably not going to want to share these. Next out was a deliciously light Boudin Noir served with fresh cuttle fish and capers, followed shortly by the Roast Cod with a wonderfully intriguing peanut dip. But the highlight, without a doubt, was the Grilled Pear with Jerusalem artichokes, blue cheese and hazelnuts; we’ve simply never had a dish like this. The flavours complemented each other perfectly: every mouthful was pure bliss.

Sadly, we didn’t have the time to try anything from the desserts – or sample any of their wines for that matter – but that just means we simply have to go back immediately for dessert and wine. That’s something we’re definitely ok with.

28 Brixton Water Lane, SW2 1PE

020 7274 7796

www.naughtypiglets.co.uk

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Treat her to a Royal Afternoon this Mother’s Day

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This Mothering Sunday (6th March), quintessentially British establishment The Orangery at Kensington Palace will be putting on a special Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea.

Treat her to an afternoon filled with delicate pastries, orange scented and currant scones, and finger sandwiches in the beautiful setting that is The Orangery whilst a harpist plays in the background. Each Afternoon Tea will be decorated with edible rose petals and a complimentary glass of Rose Spumante Prosecco for each mother. Afterwards, why not enjoy a walk through the beautiful grounds of Kensington Gardens, stopping by the Palace for a truly royal afternoon.

The Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea is priced at £28 per person, to book or for more information visit: www.orangerykensingtonpalace.co.uk

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Who’s Cooking Dinner? 2016 coming this March

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There’s less than three weeks to go till the annual fundraising event, Who’s Cooking Dinner? and we couldn’t be more excited.

The event, held at the beautiful Four Seasons Hotel at Park Lane, sees twenty world-class chefs come together for one night in order to raise money for Leuka, the charity which raises funds for the vital research into the causes and treatment of Leukaemia and blood cancer.

The full line-up of chefs lay claim to a whopping 16 Michelin stars collectively. Those cooking on the night include: Angela Hartnett (Murano), Ashley Palmer-Watts (Dinner by Heston Blumenthal), Brett Graham (The Ledbury), Bruce Poole (Chez Bruce), Chris & Jeff Galvin (Galvin Restaurants), Clare Smyth (Restaurant Gordon Ramsay), Claude Bosi (Hibiscus), Dan Doherty (Duck & Waffle), Francesco Mazzei (Sartoria), Gary Lee (The Ivy), Giorgio Locatelli (Locanda Locatelli), Hideki Hiwatashi (Sake no Hana), Mark Hix (HIX), Nathan Outlaw (Restaurant Nathan Outlaw, Outlaw’s at The Capital Hotel), Nieves Barragán Mohacho (Barrafina), Nuno Mendes (Chiltern Firehouse), Rainer Becker (Zuma), Sally Clarke with Michele Lombardi (Clarke’s), Tim Hughes (Scott’s) and Tong Chee Hwee (HKK).

The evening begins with a draw during the pre-dinner reception where guests find out which chef is cooking for which table. Meanwhile the chefs will be busy getting to work, ready to dish up a unique menu of their cuisine to their given table. Following the meal, diners will be invited to take part in an auction where they can bid for the chefs to cook in their own home. Exclusively for this year, the Godfather of English Pop Art Peter Blake has created a bespoke Who’s Cooking Dinner? piece of artwork for the auction. There’ll also be drinks carefully crafted by award-winning bartender Rich Woods (Duck & Waffle, SUSHISAMBA) who will be serving up some of his finest cocktail creations for the night.

Who’s Cooking Dinner? promises to be an unforgettable night and one which raises money and awareness for a worthwhile cause – we can’t wait to see the chefs get down to work!

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