Tag: Wine

A Royally Good Toast: The Royal Wedding Wine Guide

Published on 14th May 2018

As London prepares to celebrate the wedding of the year this weekend, we seek advice from our local London Bridge wine experts at WSET School London on how to give the happy couple a royally good toast…  THE ROYAL WEDDING WINE GUIDE by Lauren Denyer, WSET Certified Educator 1. An English Fizz What British royal wedding would it be if it didn’t feature English Fizz! Made in the same way and with the same grapes as Champagne this fizz is the ultimate wine to celebrate an English Wedding. And with a nod to the Father of the groom why not look at some that are coming from Cornwall. These wines are delicate and refreshing yet complex with lovely fresh citrus and orchard fruit character but with an underlying depth of flavours of sweet pastry, biscuits and toast. 2. A Greek White An influential figure in Harry’s life has been his Grandfather, Prince Philip. Philip has connections with two fabulous wine producing countries; Greece and Germany. If we follow his paternal lineage Philip’s own grandfather was George of Greece. A wonderful Greek white wine really making its mark in the world is Assyrtiko, a grape variety native to the island of Santorini. The dark volcanic soil there suits this grape extremely well and results in refreshing wines with a mineral and saline quality. This is a great spring wine and perfect accompaniment to zesty salads and white meat dishes. 3. A Tuscan Red Meghan Markle’s favourite wine is Tignanello, an Italian Tuscan wine. These wines have a lovely blend of red and black fruit characters with hints of spice, cedar, vanilla and a touch of leafiness. With high levels of acidity and a robust tannic structure these wines will compliment any red meat chucked on the BBQ, weather permitting! Look for wines with the Bolgheri DOC or Tuscany IGT labels which are full-bodied wines made with many grape varieties, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and can also include the local grape variety Sangiovese. 4. A Californian Zinfandel California, where our future princess hails from is a huge producer of wine with styles ranging from cheap and cheerful to some of the most complex and expensive wines in the world. For those of us with a bit of a sweet tooth, you need look no further than Central Valley in California where much off-dry to medium sweet inexpensive wine is produced. Grab some medium white Zinfandel, a rose wine with bright pink colour and sweet flavours of strawberry, raspberry and red cherry. 5. A Spanish Sherry One could imagine that the guest of honour at this wedding (The Queen) would like to toast this wedding with a traditional glass of Sherry from Spain. The Brits have a strong history with Sherry including Sir Francis Drake stealing a lot of it in the 16th century ensuring its popularity in Britain. One of the very old Bodegas in Jerez, Lustau, produces an older Sherry named after the British Trading Company, The East India Company who transported silk, spices and tea in the 17th Century. With an average age of 15 years in American oak this or a sweet Oloroso or Premium Cream Sherry would be a fantastic something old to sip, with very complex notes of dried fruit, toffee, coffee, caramel, chocolate, walnuts and raisins. For something new use it as one of the ingredients in a cocktail or on ice with a slice of orange. Lauren Denyer is a Wine Educator certified by the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET), the world’s largest provider of wines, spirits and sake education. If you’d like to learn more about wines and spirits, WSET School London on Bermondsey Street offers beginner to expert courses for enthusiasts and professionals. Visit wsetschool.com to learn more.   AtLondonBridge Local Stockist Recommendations… Bedales, Borough Market Borough Wines, Borough Market Giddy Grocer, Bermondsey St B Street Deli, Bermondsey St

May Diary

Published on 04th May 2018

Here’s this month’s array of events and activities taking place this May in the vibrant area of London Bridge… Orla Kiely: A Life in Pattern | Fashion Textile Museum | Opens 25th May Orla Kiely is one of the UK and Ireland’s most successful designers. Featuring over 150 patterns and products, as well as collaborations with photographers, film directors and architects, Orla Kiely: A Life in Pattern emphasises the role of ornament and colour in our everyday lives. With unique access to the company archives, the exhibition offers a privileged insight into the designer’s world. Book Tickets   Nightfall | Bridge Theatre | 1st– 26th May How do you make a future when you can’t escape the past? Rising star Barney Norris explores theme of love, loss and family in the Bridge Theatre’s new production. What you believed in seemed to vanish overnight. So how are you going to live now? One family struggling in the heart of the country looks for a star to steer by as they try to plot a route out of the dark they’ve been pitched into. “Remember the name Barney Norris. He’s a new writer in his twenties, but already outstanding.” – The Times Book Tickets   London Pizza Festival | Borough Market | 20th May The London Pizza Festival returns to Borough Market’s Jubilee Place on Sunday 20th May, bringing with it several slices of cheesy goodness. There’s six pop up pizzerias to choose from and you can wash it all down with a glass of pale ale, which is included in your ticket price. Tickets are available from the Young & Foodish website.   Days of Poland Festival | Potters Fields Park | 6th May Join in the fun at Potters Fields Park this weekend as the biggest Polish Festival in the UK returns to London. This family friendly festival will introduce Londoners and visitors to traditional and contemporary Polish music, arts and cuisine. FREE event.   More in May 4th- 20th May – A Solo Exhibition by Sculptor Ray Readdy – The Underdog Gallery 5th May – Open Studio – Eames Fine Art 8th May – VB’s Wine, Cheese & General Knowledge Quiz – Vivat Bacchus 10th May – Food & Wine Pairing – WSET School London 12th May – Noisepicker Album Launch – The Underdog Gallery Until 13th May – Anita Klein, These Fleeting Days – Eames Fine Art 14th May – Marvellous Malbec Wine Tasting – Vivat Bacchus 17th May – The Book People at Cottons and No.1 London Bridge – London Bridge City 18th May – Jenny Chandler in Borough Market Demo Kitchen – Borough Market 19th May – Magnificent Machines – Tower Bridge 19th May – Music Weekender – Retribution Alive – The Underdog Gallery 20th May – London Pizza Festival – Borough Market 21st – 25th May – VB’s Annual South African Wine Festival – Vivat Bacchus 22nd May – Introduction to Old World Classic Wines – WSET School London 27th May – Not Now Bernard – Unicorn Theatre 29th – 30th May – What are Teenagers For? Drama Workshop – Unicorn Theatre 31st May – Shake Juggle and Roll: Dance, Circus and Movement 2 day Workshop – Unicorn Theatre 31st May – Free Family Activities – Jumping Buses (London History Day) – Tower Bridge Throughout May Beatriz Milhazes – Rio Azul – White Cube Bermondsey Sensacional – Unicorn Theatre Baby Show – Unicorn Theatre Bridge House States Exhibition – Tower Bridge Tower Bridge Engine Rooms – Tower Bridge Family Experience – The View from The Shard Regulars Every Wednesday – Weekly Quiz with Dimbleby Cancer Care – Draft House Tower Bridge Every Wednesday and Saturday – Yoga in The Walkways – Tower Bridge Every Friday – Live Music Evenings – Oblix East Every Saturday and Sunday – Market Day – Maltby Street Market

Wine & spirit tastings with WSET

Published on 25th April 2018

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust provides globally recognised education and qualifications in wines, spirits and sake, for professionals and enthusiasts. Each month  WSET School London offers a number of evening tasting events for people wanting to learn more about a particular topic without seeking qualifications. These tutored tastings are delivered by subject experts or winemakers and are designed to be both fun and educational and delivered in an informal manner.  See what’s coming up…  Food & Wine Pairing – WSET School London – 10 May Never know if you should pair your merlot with meatloaf, chablis with shellfish, pinot with pasta? Fear not. In this practical introductory session you will learn how to pair food and wine to perfection examining how the main flavours in food – acid, salt, and sweetness – impact the perception of different types of wine. You’ll leave with the ability to look beyond the core ingredient of a dish and to instead use a dishes flavour profile to select a the perfect wine for pairing; Just like a professional sommelier. Ideal for wine enthusiasts, foodies and budding chefs alike! Introduction to Old World Classic Wines – 22 May If you are a lover of wine heritage and history, but have often been mystified by some of the labelling terms and jargon, join us for this Introduction to Old World Classics. We’ll delve into grape varieties in their native soils, and discuss why these European “terroirs” have become such a benchmark of wine excellence. This tasting will introduce you to some of the most famous and enduring European wines that have defined the wine world.     Vine to Glass – WSET School London –  5 June This introductory tasting provides the skills to taste wines like a true professional – from appearance to palate. We’ll teach you how wine is made and what makes a wine different, both in the vineyard and the winery. Perfect for the enthusiast eager to learn more! Presented by Virgilio Gennaro, Wine Director at Giorgio Locatelli Consultancy. The tasting is held at WSET School London, one of the world’s leading wine and spirits schools, situated on vibrant Bermondsey street.  **Why not bring a friend? Book two places for the same tasting and receive 50% off your second ticket! Available for phone bookings only. +44 (0)20 7089 3841**  

An Interview with BOB’s Lobster

Published on 10th April 2018

In 2013 Owner and Founder of BOB’s Lobster, Rob Dann (pictured centre) set out on a mission to blur the boundaries of fine dining and street food; serving exquisite seafood and wines curb-side from a VW Campervan. Five years on, the business has gone from strength to strength and now BOB’s are preparing to park up permanently for the first time in the arches of London Bridge. Here’s the low down on what’s to come.    Tell us about the journey of BOB’s Lobster so far… Wow, what a journey its been. I guess it started in 2012 in Indiana, USA, which is where our 1957 VW camper came from. We figured since Indiana was in-land that rust would be minimal (we were wrong). We imported her to the UK and over 9 months  transformed her into a the most unique food and wine outlet London has seen and we haven’t stopped since. After almost 5 years of touring, pop-ups and collaborations, our little food truck has given us so much more than we ever envisaged or bargained for. Countless meals in countless neighbourhoods, running late in to the night, a hangout for culinary tourists from all over the world, a front row seat at fashion shows and concerts and more lobster than you can imagine… all from possibly the smallest kitchen in the world! Of course there were also countless van breakdowns, many midnight trips to market, a distinct lack of sleep and the odd downpour, but we wouldn’t change a thing! We are excited to announce that it is time to hang up the keys and park ourselves in our first permanent site this year, right where it all began at London Bridge, delivering our signature seafood extravagance and stellar wines in a casual setting.   What are you looking forward to about opening a restaurant in London Bridge/ why did you choose London Bridge as a location? It’s so exciting to open our first BOB’s Lobster down the road from our sister wine bar Bedales of Borough, not to mention where it all started and we hosted our first ever pop up, right at the intersection of London’s iconic Borough Market and the buzz of Bermondsey Street. How would you describe BOB’s philosophy? We have a philosophy of good food, good wine and great hospitality. We wanted to challenge convention and formal dining rooms, stripping away white linen table cloths and serving up seafood extravagance curb-side with a street food twist.   We’re excited to hear that the new restaurant will also be home to a wine bar – can you tell us your ideal dish and wine pairing?   Our Dorset crab tortellini, with shaved bottarga in smoked tomato broth works so well  with a glass of Viognier, Roussanne Granit Blanc 2017, Vin de Pays de L’Ardeche, Vincent Paris, Rhone, France. The Viognier, which is aromatic,  rich and creamy is a perfect match with the sweet meat of the crab and the weight of the wine ideal for the silky texture of the pasta.   Can you summarise the BOB’s Lobster experience in 3 words? Extravagant. London. Fun   If we have to try one thing on the menu what would it be? The smoked river Exe mussels & braised ox cheek toast is amazing, it will change your life.   BOB’s Lobster Wine Bar & Kitchen is set to open at Unit 59, St Thomas Street on May 18th 2018.   

Londrino Loves Local – Offer

Published on 12th February 2018

Londrino opened its doors in London Bridge in November 2017; observing Portuguese flavours, traditions and ingredients through the eyes of a chef who now calls London his home.  Located on Snowsfields on the south side of London Bridge station, Chef Leandro Carreira’s highly anticipated solo venture offers an elegant restaurant experience with neighbourhood vibes. Diners can go all out a la carte or pop in for a glass of wine at the relaxed all-day bar for light meals and grazing. Exclusive to DealCard, Londrino are offering London Bridge locals a free glass of wine with lunch. Simply present your DealCard on arrival, or quote ‘DealCard’ when booking.  Offer valid Tuesday-Sunday. Lunch sitting from 12pm – 2.30pm. Londrino has a continually changing selection of wines by the glass. Book now

Londrino

Published on 07th February 2018

Leandro Carreira’s highly anticipated restaurant and wine bar opened its doors in London Bridge in November 2017. Observing Portuguese flavours, traditions and ingredients through the eyes of a chef who now calls London his home.  Located on Snowsfields on the south side of London Bridge station, Londrino offers an elegant restaurant experience with neighbourhood vibes. Diners can go all out a la carte or pop in for a glass of wine at the relaxed all-day bar for light meals and grazing.      Patrons can expect dishes such as Clams Bulhão Pato with coriander, Octopus with red pepper miso, Fermented potato with egg yolk & mustard, Beef Maronesa and Mackerel with Savoy cabbage & smoked seaweed butter. Book your table here.    Head Chef Bio Born and raised in Portugal, Chef Leandro Carreira began his culinary journey working in restaurants in his home town of Lisbon before setting out to hone his skills across Europe and the Middle East. With a three year stint at one of the world’s 50 Best Restaurants under his belt, his debut solo venture is an exciting prospect.   

January Diary

Published on 03rd January 2018

Julius Ceasar – The Bridge Theatre – Opens January 20th Caesar returns in triumph to Rome and the people pour out of their homes to celebrate. Alarmed by the autocrat’s popularity, the educated élite conspire to bring him down. After his assassination, civil war erupts on the streets of the capital.  Nicholas Hytner’s production will be in promenade, thrusting its audience into the street party that greets Caesar’s return, the congress that witnesses his murder, the rally that assembles for his funeral and the chaos that explodes in its wake Tickets from £15   An Evening with Revival Retro – Fashion & Textile Museum – January 18th Join the Fashion & Textile Museum for the last Thursday late of Louise Dahl-Wolfe: A Style of Her Own. The Revival Retro Boutique specialises in modern reproductions and reinterpretations of early 20th century fashions. Their models will be showcasing a selection of 1930s, 40s and 50s vintage inspired clothing during the evening. Guests are encouraged to dress up for the occasion in your very best vintage attire. Shop your look ahead of time: www.revival-retro.com Free event with exhibition entry (£9.90)      Dry January – Vivat Bacchus Style! – Vivat Bacchus – 15th January  Join Vivat Bacchus as we taste a selection of lighter, dry wines that still do the job! Taste their very own VB Chenin Blanc, Paul Cluver Pinot Noir, Graham Beck Brut NV, Parallel 45 Grenache Syrah and more.  Price £10pp (January offer: £5 discount on usual price) To book e-mail londonbridge@vivatbacchus.co.uk or call 020 7234 0891     Woodcuts from Wonderland – Eames Fine Art – 11th -28th January View the original iconic woodcut illustrations for Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland Through the Looking Glass by John Tenniel. This intimate exhibition hosted by Eames Fine Art Gallery showcases designs created in the 1860’s, which the Brothers Daziel went on to translate into wood engravings. Tenniel went on to receive a knighthood in 1893. Contact to request tickets   More January Events 5th January – Pocket Jukebox ft Tabitha Gazele & Jasmine Duxbury – Oblix East 9th January – VB’s Wine, Cheese & General Knowledge Quiz – Vivat Bacchus 12th – 20th January – Wild Life FM – Unicorn Theatre 26th January – Brighton Rocks with Michael Bremner – The Coal Shed 29th January – Cheese at London Bridge – Vivat Bacchus 31st January – Gastrotours: A Taste of Borough Market – Borough Market From 22nd January – Burns Night at The Horniman at Hays – Horniman at Hays From 26th January – Seesaw – Unicorn Theatre Until January 13th – The Arborealists- The Art of Trees 2017 – Art Bermondsey Project Space Until January 28th – Gilbert & George, The Beard Pictures and their Fuckosophy – White Cube Until January 21st – Louise Dahl-Wolfe A Style of Her Own – Fashion & Textile Museum Every Wednesday – Weekly Quiz with Dimbleby Cancer Care – Draft House Tower Bridge Every Wednesday and Saturday – Yoga in The Walkways – Tower Bridge Every Saturday and Sunday – Market Day – Maltby Street Market Throughout January – 50% food at The Coal Shed – The Coal Shed Throughout January – The UK’s Highest Virtual Reality Experience – The View From The Shard     

Festive Wine Pairings with WSET

Published on 27th November 2017

The parsnips are peeled, the turkey’s trussed and the brussels are boiled… now, what to drink? Our local experts Christine Marsiglio and Lauren Denyer from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust are here to help you select the perfect pairings. Lauren has a background in education having taught at secondary school level for 12 years, before a slight career change to teach about wine.  Her favourite regions are Languedoc Roussillon, Priorat & Champagne. Lauren is also a certified Sherry educator and has recently spent a week in Jerez. Christine holds a Master of Science in Oenology and Viticulture.  She worked in Provence before moving to London where she started working for Decanter magazine, however now she’s a full time educator at the WSET School London.  Christine is currently enrolled in the Masters of Wine programme. Her favourite wine regions include Loire valley and New Zealand.   Crayfish Cocktail  “Cremant de Jura is great alternative to Champagne and is made from the same grape, Chardonnay. This sparkling wine would complement many seafood starters and is a perfect way to ramp up your appetite for the main course. With zingy acidity and lemony biscuit aromas, it’s a great way to start your meal.”  – Christine Turkey & Trimmings “A light and refreshing red wine made from Pinot Noir, Sancerre Rouge has delicate tannins, cranberry fruit flavours and hints of spice. This will pair well with your main turkey dish as it won’t overpower the meat. Perfect, especially if serving a cranberry sauce on the side.” – Christine Nut Roast “One piece of food pairing advice is to pair like with like. An older white wine like a white Rioja Reserva will have developed lovely walnut and hazelnut character. This is a rich full-bodied dry style of wine that has also spent considerable time in oak barrels so will enhance the flavours of the dish by adding hints of smoke, vanilla and coconut.” – Lauren Christmas Pudding “Rivesaltes Grenat is a sweet, fortified wine coming from the South of France and has ripe and baked red and black fruit flavours with silky soft tannins and hints of chocolate; a perfect match with your Christmas pudding. Watch out though as the alcohol can be up to 18%; in this case a little goes a long way!” – Christine Cheese Board “Palo Cortado Sherry is a complex dry style of Sherry with some savoury olive and yeasty flavours. With age it has developed nuttier, caramel and dried fruit character making it a great accompaniment to many different styles of cheese. The fruity and caramel notes compliment the more lively goats cheeses and blue cheeses, with the nutty and savoury character adding more depth to more mature harder styles of cheese.” – Lauren ABOUT WSET Established in 1969, WSET School London is the flagship course provider for the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET). WSET qualifications are globally recognised as the international standard in wine and spirit knowledge. They are designed for those who are just starting out in their careers, as well as established professionals, and the many enthusiasts who have a passion for wines and spirits.  Thanks to industry leading educators and our carefully selected tasting samples, our courses help students take their knowledge to the next level. Interested to know more? Visit: www.wsetschool.com  

The Coal Shed

Published on 13th October 2017

Hailing from Brighton and born from the love of cooking the finest meat and seafood over fire, The Coal Shed Restaurant London is located at One Tower Bridge on the banks of the River Thames.  Open seven days a week, 12noon until 10pm, the restaurant uses the highest quality ingredients, sourced as locally as possible. For those dining before a show at The Bridge Theatre or looking for an express lunch, the restaurant’s pre theatre menu is available from 12noon until 6.30pm and 9:30pm until 10:30pm £20 for two courses or £24 for three. DealCard Exclusive: read more about The Coal Shed’s Corporate lunch offer The Coal Shed London, occupies two floors and a bar for pre and post theatre drinks and expertly crafted cocktails. If you want to host your own event, there is a private dining room on the mezzanine or the restaurant can be exclusively hired for any type of occasion. Book now

Vivat Bacchus’ Terrace Open for Spring

Published on 20th April 2017

Dine ‘al fresco’ at Vivat Bacchus’ outdoor terrace area, London Bridge from 18th April The warm weather is finally upon us and with it, the challenge of finding a decent spot to dine ‘al fresco’ in the city! Luckily Vivat Bacchus are here to save the day with the re-opening of their outdoor terrace area, tucked away behind Hay’s Galleria. In keeping with their signature décor, the outdoor terrace offers a relaxed vibe with a blend of industrial/ rustic surroundings, complete with parasols to keep you shaded when the heat of the sun becomes a little too much. Their extensive list of wines and a la carte menu is available, along with a new, expertly crafted terrace menu – think seafood platters and bubbles! A set lunch menu is also available between 12-5pm everyday – two courses for £15. Choose from two starters, mains or desserts. You can also add a glass of Indaba Chenin Blanc or Indaba Mosaic red blend to your meal for an extra £4. Vivat Bacchus is just a short walk from London Bridge station, located next to Hay’s Galleria, in front of the Cottons Centre on Hay’s Lane. Open Monday-Saturday from 12pm til late. Call 020 8234 0891 or email londonbridge@vivatbacchus.co.uk to reserve your table.