What’s new in the world of food events, pop-ups, products and restaurant openings
The Game Bird at The Stafford welcomes one of Scotland’s finest, Michelin-starred Tom Kitchen on the 27 September as part of their guest chef evenings. Cooking alongside resident chef Ben Tish, the menu will include hand-dived Orkney scallops, roast fillet of halibut, roasted loin of Borders venison and rounding off the evening with a dessert of Set Knochraich Farm yogurt, orange meringue, Granny Smith apple sorbet and East Lothian sea buckthorn consommé. Tickets are £80pp.
The Hinds Head in Bray (Heston B’s pub) welcomes three fabulous guest chefs over the coming weeks who will be collaborating with Pete Gray on some exciting seasonal tasting menus. Save the date for Adam Byatt, 12 September; Richard Bainbridge, 17 October and Simon Hulstone, 31 October. Six course menu £80pp.
Balthazar has just launched a new American Whiskey menu and ‘Manhattan Hour’ paying homage to the restaurant’s New York roots with whiskeys from 15 US States. To celebrate, they are throwing an open-to-all launch party this Friday, 7 September, in the style of an after-hours NYC Speakeasy, taking guests back in time to 1920s New York.
Hooray! native oysters come into season this month and one of our top places to enjoy them is at J Sheekey in Covent Garden. Take a tip from Executive chef Andy McLay and enjoy with a cold glass of bubbly.
If you’re anything like us, the autumn heralds the need for a hearty Sunday roast. A few of our favourites to get you started; Simpsons in the Strand have a 28 day dry-aged roast rib of Scottish beef, with Yorkshire pud, slow roasted carrots, beef fat roasted potatoes, gravy and horseradish sauce. Oslo in Hackney serve up a hefty portion of roast beef, roast chicken or a nut roast with all the trimmings that’s great value for money. The Harwood Arms in Fulham, London’s only Michelin-star pub in London, has a wicked braised jowl of Tamworth pork with black pudding and pale ale. NEW! The Royal Oak in Marylebone, ex-Duck & Waffle head chef Dan Doherty’s latest venture, starts serving Sunday lunch from this month.
Looking for late night cocktails and some tempting bar snacks in cool surroundings? The Bar at Sexy Fish is a must for caviar and buns, caviar infused vodka, cocktails and Champagne, now serving Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from 11pm till close.
SMEG can always been relied on for gadgets that do the job although it’s their looks that elevate them onto our wish list. We definitely want one of the latest retro 50s-style toasters, available in 7 different colours to suit the style of your kitchen.
Talking of kitchens, here’s a few insider tips from the experts at LochAnna on the latest trends for autumn/winter. Bold colours: Greens, blue (especially navy) and purple being used to create a statement. Mixing colours & materials: gloss doors, Shaker-style and bold colours alongside stainless steel and powder coated shelving systems in stylish combinations to add that personal touch. Open shelving: allows for displays of jars, books, pots and pans for a Pinterest-worthy kitchen. Broken-plan: combining kitchen and living spaces to allow for families to enjoy separate activities such as watching TV and listening to music while cooking.