Some time ago I became frustrated with CAMRA, but this morning’s press release (below) seems to show that there could be life in the old dog yet! If members approve the remit of the consumer organisation will widen to include what they describe as all ‘quality beer and cider’. They will still focus on the … More CAMRA courts all beer and cider drinkers as it widens remit
Despite visiting the area and Ballymaloe regularly, we visited Litfest.ie for the first time this year. The festival is in its fifth year and, as you would expect from the spiritual home of Irish cooking, has a heavy food and drink focus. The festival itself was awash with delicious treats, from Artisan cheesemakers (the Toonsbridge … More Ballymaloe Lit Fest 2017
It’s been a year since the pink parade of culture pounded the pavements of Stoke Newington and for the second year running I am in charge of the bars… Not including the local venues which have their own (The Prince, Mascara Bar, Ryans & Haunt) we have seven bars around Stokey over the weekend (3rd … More Stoked to be stocked at Stokey #budvartent
Dry, medium and sweet. these three terms are the most commonly used when describing ciders, but apples are far more complex than that and cider has far more dimensions to it. Our pallets are all different too, so these terms can become subjective and potentially meaningless. But how should we be describing those flavours? and What information do … More How bout them apples
The first Cider vs Wine tournament to take place in London hits Highgate on Thursday 18th September. The Bull in Highgate is hosting an evening of glorious food paired with a range of carefully selected wines and ciders in a follow-up to the first such battle, hosted by at my previous pub, The Thatchers Arms, … More Cider vs Wine & Food Pairing Dinner – The Bull Highgate
Having just returned from Bristol where I presented on the opportunities of pairing cider with food at the Cider Trends Summit I thought I would put a few thoughts (on the summit and food pairing) down here… [jump to food pairing] The Publicans Morning Advertiser put a fantastic event together. I particularity enjoyed hearing from Michael Gillane, … More Cider and Food Matching
December rolls around again, the countdown to Christmas begins and households around the globe start meticulously planning one big glorious day of family, friendship and festive food. Once you’ve agreed which in-laws to invite, ordered the turkey, put the sprouts on to make sure they’re ready for the big day, got stuck in traffic at Bluewater/Lakeside/Westfield Stratford … More What will you be drinking on Christmas Day?
Starting today at the Thatchers is a new midweek offer… We’ll be serving a different meal from our specials boards each day with a carefully chosen paired drink for just £10. “Mitch’s Match of the Day” will be available Tuesday – Friday lunchtimes and Tuesday to Thursday evenings. One meal from our specials boards will … More Midweek Meal & a Matched Drink £10!
Saturday 2nd November 7pm We are very lucky to have the affable Mr Pete Brown (current Beer Writer of the Year) back for another visit, this time to launch his latest book. A slight departure from his usual literary subject of beer, ‘Worlds Best Cider’ was produced in conjunction with photographer Bill Bradshaw. They have … More Worlds Best Cider Launch & Tasting
This Saturday as part of our Septembaaaaarfest Mitch is hosting a seven course Beer and Food matched menu. Diners will be guided through the courses on the freshly prepared tasting menu and through the beers which have been chosen to compliment each dish. The evening starts at 7.30pm (first course served at 8pm) and costs … More Beer & Food Matching – Saturday 21st September