Lancaster London Launches Sweet New Afternoon Tea Lancaster London, overlooking Hyde Park, has just launched a new Afternoon Tea guaranteed to put a smile on guests’ faces. New Executive Chef Ben Purton has created a fun yet traditional Afternoon Tea, with nostalgic candy inspired sweet treats such as: White chocolate truffle & raspberry lollypops with popping candy; Mini pistachio macaroons; and a Caramel & hazelnut tranche. Fresh-out–the-oven scones (plain and raisin) will be served warm, with hotel-made strawberry jam and Cornish clotted cream. Priced at £30, the new menu also includes savoury classics with a contemporary twist such as Egg & wild cress choux buns; Coronation chicken tartlets; Lancaster London smoked salmon sandwiches; Roast beef & horseradish sandwiches; and Cucumber sandwiches accompanied by a selection of fresh loose leaf teas. Guests are even presented with a mini sand-timer each to make sure their Novus Tea is brewed to perfection. The Afternoon Tea is served on a traditional tiered stand, which has been cleverly setup so that each guest is served a beautifully presented individual plate. All crockery is by Wedgwood China, adding an extra touch of finesse to the presentation. The new Lancaster London Afternoon Tea is served in the hotel’s sumptuous first floor Lounge Bar from 2pm until 5.30pm. The celebratory Laurent-Perrier Champagne Afternoon Tea, priced at £40, is perfectly suited for baby showers and birthday parties. While for those seeking private use, the Park Room boasting views across Hyde Park is available for up to 100 guests. Throughout the year there will be a host of themed Afternoon Teas tying in with movie releases and London events. Lancaster London, Lancaster Terrace, London W2 2TY Reservations on 020 7551 6000 or visit www.lancasterlondon.com -//- For further information and photography, please contact: Hannah Bentley or Alison Healy at Luxe PR on 020 7368 3330 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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Taking place at The Jam Tree Clapham’s Bookcase Bar, 50 guests at this intimate feast will be treated to a welcome cocktail followed by five courses of fresh and flavoursome Iraqi food, designed and cooked by JUMA founder and head chef Philip Juma. Philip spent the first six years of his career within the financial square mile, however became disillusioned with that world. All the while, he consistently fuelled his passion for food in his spare time and ultimately decided to embark on a journey from suited city boy to sweaty chef whites. From working on the street food circuit to gaining experience in the likes of The Savoy and Ishbillia in Knightsbridge, Philip’s experiences and crucial excitement for Iraq’s culinary delights led to the birth of JUMA Kitchen in 2012. As an English-Irish-Iraqi, Philip is determined to put Iraqi cuisine on the map in London. Iraq’s reputation has been synonymous with war, bloodshed and unrest for many years. Through food, JUMA aims to reinvent this stereotype and connect people with a country that is rich in culture and heritage. Diners at JUMA Kitchen are encouraged to sit at communal tables to spark conversation whilst getting a little taste of the lesser-known and under-represented cuisine of Iraq. The food is just one element of JUMA’s theatrical supper club, where guests will be immersed in a truly authentic yet modern Middle Eastern experience. Added extras on the night include a live DJ spinning funky Middle Eastern tunes from the 70s as well as playful alcoholic palate cleansers between courses. To divulge any more would spoil the experience, but a night of surprise and intrigue is guaranteed. Situated in a prime position in Clapham Old Town, The Jam Tree Clapham offers locals and visitors its distinctive blend of British and Colonial-inspired food, unique cocktails, vibrant interiors and friendly atmosphere. The owners and the Chefs pride themselves on creating exciting and unique dining experiences and are delighted to host JUMA Kitchen this October, 29th and 30th. Tickets: Clapham@thejamtree.com, 0203 397 4422 or via billetto.co.uk/en/events/juma-pop-up-at-the-jam-tree/
Celebrate the delicious flavours of autumn with a Michelin starred Pumpkin Afternoon Tea at Bohemia restaurant in Jersey. Priced at just £19.95 per person, new Pastry Chef Ellen de Jager has created an exquisite tea featuring delightful autumnal themed treats such as a Pumpkin Cake made with butternut squash, walnut and cinnamon. The cake is then delicately finished with a frosting of reduced butternut squash with coco butter, sprayed on to achieve the look of a realistic mini pumpkin. The tea also features a Spiced Blackcurrant & Liquorice Delice layered cake, made using enticing autumnal spices such as cloves and star anise. Jersey Black Butter (a unique Jersey Apple Conserve from the cider making process) is served with the freshly baked scones, offering another rich autumnal flavour. The Pumpkin Afternoon Tea also includes a delightful mix of: Bohemian Tea Sandwiches; Traditional Scones served with Strawberry Jam, Jersey Black Butter and Jersey Clotted Cream; and a delicate selection of fine Cakes & Fancies. All Afternoon Teas are served with a collection of Loose Leaf Teas and Herbal Infusions from Jersey’s own Cooper & Co, including refreshing flavours such as: Jamaican Rum; Funky Flower Garden; and Moroccan Mint Tea. The Afternoon Tea is served from 2.15pm until 5.30pm and can be enjoyed in Bohemia Bar & Restaurant, on the Roof Terrace, and even the poolside ivy clad Terrace.
From 20th – 23rd November food fever is set to grip London’s East End, as the very best of London’s chef and restaurant talent unites for four days of food extravagance – at Taste of London Winter in partnership with Electrolux. Located a stone’s throw from Shoreditch in Tobacco Dock, Taste of London Winter (formerly known as Taste of Christmas) will be a winter feast for the senses and will celebrate the thriving, diverse and truly exciting London restaurant scene. The theme for 2014 is ‘Forgotten Foods’. Our chefs and restaurants will be looking at ingredients, skills and techniques not commonly used today and bringing them to life at the event. Taking inspiration from previous generations they will use wild British ingredients often ignored and show visitors where to find them and how to cook them. Food enthusiasts will be able to taste a whole host of sumptuous dishes from the very best of London’s restaurant scene. Try food with a Peruvian flair from Andina or sample Ember Yard or Brindisa’s tapas inspired delights. Newly launched gem Kurobuta will be making their Taste debut with moreish Japanese fare and Assado and Rota Chai will be bringing a spicy element to the festival. East London favourite Hixter will also appear to showcase their chicken and steak inspired menu. Shake Shack will be serving their signature burgers and Gaucho will be dishing up classic Argentine steaks. Three time Best in Taste winner Pascal Aussignac of Club Gascon will be returning to the festival this year alongside many other Taste favourites including Barbecoa, Benares and The Truscott Arms. Visitors will also have a chance to see their culinary idols in action around the festival and in the Electrolux Taste Theatre. Raymond Blanc will be championing lost heritage fruit and vegetables as his ‘forgotten food’. Michel Roux Jnr, Valentine Warner and Monica Galetti will also all be cooking up winter feasts and sharing their top seasonal tips. Arguably one of the most talked about chefs of 2014 so far, Nuno Mendes will also be appearing. Grill lovers will also have a chance to brush up on their techniques when BBQ maestro Neil Rankin takes control of the Fire Pit.
The Jam Tree Clapham are upping the steaks for South Londoners, and for a limited time only, one of London’s favourite gastro-bars will be opening a delicious Steak and Lobster Pop-up, available every evening from Saturday 1st November – Sunday 30th November. The menu will consist of a beautifully matured 28 Day Aged Longhorn Steak, or a fresh Whole Grilled Lobster, both accompanied with garlic butter, golden French fries and a crisp green salad. The Jam Tree also boasts a large selection of beer and wine, with an extensive cocktail list designed by the in-house mixologists, including a selection of signature Jam Tree cocktails, and nine different versions of the classic Bloody Mary. Booking can be made via email, email@example.com or by calling 0203 97 4422
Savage Kitchen – Hampshire Halloween Feast Friday 31 October, 7:30pm. Savage Kitchen presents their ‘Hampshire Halloween Feast’ at their Winchester Pop-Up Restaurant. Sourcing the best ingredients that Hampshire has to offer, Savage Kitchen have produced a four course menu that focusses on big flavours and features a nod to Halloween. As their Pop-Up is upstairs in a wine shop, the wine list is also extensive! This Pop Up Restaurant event will be at: 73 Parchment Street Winchester, SO23 8AT Tickets are £30 per person and available from www.savagekitchen.co.uk MENU: Starter: Spiced Pumpkin Soup with Ginger Browned Butter & Homemade Sourdough — Main Course: Slow Roasted Hampshire Pork Belly with Potato, Creme Fresh & Shallot Puree — Sweet: Black and White Chocolate Mousse with Chantilly Cream — Cheese Board: Selection of local Cheeses with Homemade Crackers
El Nivel – Day of the Dead Supper 1st November 8pm-12am El Nivel Day of the Dead is traditional Mexican holiday, in which family and friends get together to re-connect and honour the cherished deceased with delicious food and great company. Guests at El Nivel’s Day of the Dead Supper will sit together at communal tables and enjoy a festive evening featuring a seasonal three course meal inspired by the amazing cuisine of Mexico and paired with specially created mezcal and tequila cocktails. The restaurant itself will be decorated with an assortment of beautiful flowers, aromatic candles and delicate lights and a traditional altar, all to create a mystical air of intrigue. True to Mexican tradition, face painters will also be on hand and the room will be filled with an exciting assortment of traditional Day of the Dead sweets and treats for a fully immersive experience For bookings and info contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Royal China has launched an explosive new cocktail for Bonfire Night which is guaranteed to send temperatures rising on 5 November 2014. East meets West with the Firecracker cocktail, a spicy infusion of rum, coriander, fresh red chillies and mango juice, topped with ice-cold Champagne. Guests can try this delicious sparkling and spicy concoction for £14.50 at all of the Royal China restaurants, located on Baker Street, as well as in Bayswater, Fulham, Harrow-on-the-Hill and Canary Wharf. The Royal China Group consists of six of London’s most authentic and prestigious Chinese restaurants, including the luxurious and critically-acclaimed Royal China Club. The group is renowned for its Dim Sum, which is served daily from Noon until 5pm. www.royalchinagroup.co.uk
Known as the ‘Cupcake Killer’, the cake pop revolution is in full swing. Foxcroft & Ginger has created an exciting combination of Divine Chocolate & Fresh Beetroot Cake Pops. Guests should not be scared-off by the beetroot, as this ingredient keeps the sponge extremely moist whilst adding texture. As beetroot is also low in fat and full of vitamins, minerals and powerful antioxidants, these cake pops are a darn sight healthier than your average sugary treat. Combining two childhood favourites, lollipops and cakes, cake pops are a great treat for those who want to satisfy their sweet tooth without the calories of a large slice of cake. Divine Chocolate & Beetroot Cake Pops are now available at Foxcroft & Ginger at only £2.50 each. Divine Chocolate is the only Fairtrade chocolate company which is 45% owned by cocoa farmers. While Fairtrade ensures the farmers receive a better deal for their cocoa and additional income to invest in their community, company ownership gives the farmers a share of Divine’s profits and a stronger voice in the cocoa industry. Foxcroft & Ginger is the lovechild of dynamic husband and wife duo, Quintin and Georgina. Based in Soho and Whitechapel, the artisan café and bakery also offers a specialist range of hand-made baked goods, incredible cakes, delicious brunches, sourdough-based pizza and exquisite coffee. Foxcroft & Ginger, 69-89 Mile End Road, E1 4TT www.foxcroftandginger.com
The Supper Club Social Peruvian Nights 7 course tasting menu Saturday 1 November Hosted in a private dinning room in Notting Hill, London
The Supper Club Social Peruvian Nights 7 course tasting menu Saturday 1 November Hosted in a private dinning room in Notting Hill, London
The Supper Club Social Peruvian Nights 7 course tasting menu Saturday 1 November Private dinning room, Notting Hill, London
As fermented foods continue their rise to fame, the wonders of miso get the spotlight: high in antioxidants, minerals and vitamins, and a boost to digestion and the immune system; the list of health benefits is endless. This humble Asian seasoning is a simple mixture of fermented soybeans, rice, water and salt which can be left to age anywhere between a few months to a few years! Once an essential part of a samurai’s diet in ancient Japan, healthy miso continues to be a beloved staple for the Japanese, who boast the world’s longest life expectancy. Winner at the Great Taste Awards, just a spoonful of Yutaka’s Organic Miso Paste will give a rich, earthy flavour to a classic Japanese soup with dried seaweed and noodles, and works beautifully with stews, stir fries, marinades and salad dressings.
Divine Chocolate’s highly-anticipated Chocolate Week is held from 13–19 October 2014. K West Hotel & Spa (www.k-west.co.uk) K Spa at K West Hotel & Spa has developed a Divine Day Package. Priced at £85 for the day, the package includes a 55-minute Dark Chocolate & Sea Salt Body Scrub and Dark Chocolate & Honey Balm Massage, a bar of Divine Chocolate and a Divine Chocolate & Chilli Martini Cocktail in K Lounge. Lancaster London (www.lancasterlondon.com) Lancaster London is offering an indulgent chocolate menu for diners, featuring Divine Chocolate Pots, a Divine Chocolate Plate, as well as a Divine Chocolate Afternoon Tea. The desserts will be available in Island Grill, which has been awarded a top Three Star rating from the Sustainable Restaurant Association, while the Chocolate Afternoon Tea will be served in the hotel’s first floor Lounge Bar. Foxcroft & Ginger (www.foxcroftandginger.co.uk) Foxcroft & Ginger has created an exciting combination of Divine Chocolate & Fresh Beetroot Cake Pops at only £2.50 each. Guests should not be scared-off by the beetroot, as this ingredient keeps the sponge extremely moist whilst adding texture. As beetroot is also low in fat and full of vitamins, minerals and powerful antioxidants, these cake pops are a darn sight healthier than your average sugary treat. Mini bars of Divine Chocolate will also be distributed in hotels and restaurants across London, including The Arch London and Royal China Group restaurants.
Savage Kitchen are hosting an ‘End of Summer Supper’ on 26th September in Winchester that will pay homage to seasonal Hampshire produce. Their current pop-up residence is the beautiful Toscanncio wine shop in the heart of Winchester, where the picturesque dining room seats 24 and offers a unique and alternative dining experience for our guests to enjoy. 73 Parchment Street Winchester, SO23 8AT. 4 Course Menu = £30 per person. More information: www.savagekitchen.co.uk or 07817 142 654
Over 1 million tonnes of unused food is wasted each year and artisan café-cum-bakery Foxcroft and Ginger has stepped in to help make a change. Foxcroft & Ginger is now donating all unsold bread and pastries, from its newly opened East London site, to the Whitechapel Mission each day. Around 4 million tonnes of food is wasted each year and 1 million tonnes of this is unopened. The total cost of wasted food amounts to £200 a year per person. By donating unsold goods, Foxcroft & Ginger makes sure its food is given to those who need it and not into the bin – also benefiting the environment. The Whitechapel Mission is volunteer led and has been helping Londoners help the homeless since 1876. Each day they see around 300 people to provide a cooked breakfast, showers, clean clothing, medical attention and toilet facilities. Foxcroft & Ginger is the lovechild of dynamic husband and wife duo, Quintin and Georgina. The artisan café and bakery also offers a specialist range of hand-made baked goods, incredible cakes, delicious brunches, sourdough-based pizza and exquisite coffee. www.foxcroftandginger.com
To celebrate the Moon Festival on 8 September 2014, Royal China is now offering diners the chance to purchase a box of traditional Mooncakes. The indulgent Chinese treats are made in-house by Royal China’s expert pastry chefs and contain up to 1200 calories each. This year’s varieties include: Green tea; Vanilla and sweet potato paste; Chocolate and red bean paste; and Orange and chestnut paste, priced at £22.80 for a box of four. Alternatively, a box of four traditional flavour Mooncakes are available in Double salted duck egg yolk and Lotus leaf paste for £23.80. www.royalchinagroup.co.uk
Cafe Chula Mexicana, Camden Supper Club Thursday 4th September Sponsored by El Prohibido Rum
(Southwold, UK) Cinema pop up cafe serving cowboy and mexican food with back to back Western movies. 12th April.
Lettuce Refresh and Relax. With this stifling summer heat, it’s important to stay cool and hydrated. Also essential is to keep everyone out of the kitchen and relaxing in the garden. What better way than with this simple, refreshing and flavourful salad served in it’s very own lettuce bowl?
Ready for a Roasting this Autumn – With a beautiful British summer almost behind us, bring warmth to the table this autumn with a colourful dish packed with flavour. The succulent roasted tomatoes combined with aromatic and warming spices are sure to brighten that evening meal.
Say Hello to Summers Coolest New Drink: The Sorbtail Pimms, Gin & Tonic, Vodka & Elderflower and Bloody Mary Transformed into Sorbets at Hunter 486 Combining two of summer’s most refreshing food and drinks into an inventive new treat, Head Chef at Hunter 486 Gary Durrant has created a range of Sorbtails (sorbet-cocktails) inspired by classic English summer tipples. The refreshing and low calorie treats come in three flavours: Pimms with fresh strawberries and cucumber; Gin & Tonic; Vodka & Elderflower; and a deliciously savoury Bloody Mary. The sorbtails are available as a sharing flight for £19.50, or on their own priced at £7 each. Handmade with natural ingredients such as fresh fruit and vegetables, the Sorbtails are low in fat and sugar, making the treats more ‘ice queen’ than ‘ice cream’. The Sorbtails are available at Hunter 486 within The Arch London hotel, tucked in a quiet leafy street just a stone’s throw from Bond Street and Hyde Park. Spanning seven Georgian townhouses and two mews houses, it offers a combination of English heritage and the ultimate in contemporary style. The Arch London, 50 Great Cumberland Place, Marble Arch, London W1H 7FD For reservations, please call: 020 7724 4700 or www.thearchlondon.com
Experience the thrill of live action in a Michelin starred kitchen, with Michelin Starred Chef Steve Smith @ Bohemia in Jersey. While most masterclasses involve simply learning a recipe, Steve Smith @ Bohemia’s will take place at the Chef’s Table within the kitchen where the heat is on! Steve will show his guests all the insider tricks of the trade and share the hottest new trends during this evening event. Guests will be able to sample their own creation at the end of the cookery session. It will be a fantastic opportunity to make new friends, while indulging in high class gastronomy. The evening, priced at £95pp, will commence at 6pm with a Champagne meet and greet, and the culinary creations will be sampled at 8pm. Call 01534 876500 to make a booking or visit www.theclubjersey.com.
Hunter 486 will be celebrating game season, one of the most exciting events in the kitchen calender, with a different game dish every fortnight from the 1 September until 23 November 2014. Foodies can feast on top quailty game dishes, such as Roasted haunch of Chart Farm venison with marinated red cabbage, almond potatoes, bitter chocolate scented jus and caramelised parsnips; and Roasted goose breast with wild boar bacon and roast salsify, potato and turnip dauphinoise. Located just off Oxford street, the stylish restaurant offers a fine setting in which to celebrate the glorious game season.
Foxcroft & Ginger Adds Biodynamic Wines to the Menu. Want to feel less guilty about having a glass (or three) of wine? Artisan cafe-cum-bakery Foxcroft & Ginger has gone a step beyond organic, by offering biodynamic wines at their Soho and Whitechapel branches. The trend for eco-friendly biodynamic wines is expanding, with London eateries such as Foxcroft & Ginger leading the way in helping to save both the planet and our livers. The biodynamic method of making wine uses compost and herbal teas in order to create healthier vines, and the vineyard work is timed with the seasonal rhythms of the earth. Non-biodynamic wines are often made using man-made chemical pesticides and fertilisers which can endanger the creator, environment and the consumer. Biodynamic agriculture helps to enhance nutrition, quality and flavour of products and controls pests by encouraging natural predators without the need for dangerous pesticides. The biodynamic wines on offer at Foxcroft and Ginger include white wine, La Boheme with grapes harvested by hand, and Lo Petit Fantet D’Hippolyte, a dark ruby from Chateaux Ollieux Romanis in Monseret which is fermented with natural yeasts and no added sulphur. Foxcroft & Ginger is the lovechild of dynamic husband and wife duo, Quintin and Georgina, who spent over ten years launching successful restaurants before taking the plunge with their own creation. The artisan café and bakery also offers a specialist range of hand-made baked goods, incredible cakes, delicious brunches, sourdough-based pizza, creative cocktails and exquisite coffee. Every single ingredient is freshly made in-house, with original recipes lovingly tweaked to perfection. Foxcroft & Ginger, 69-89 Mile End Road, E1 4TT www.foxcroftandginger.com