A minced-beef and pastry pie with a generous side of mash, swimming in a parsley liquor sauce. Not particularly pretty to look at on the plate but as we all know – looks can be deceiving! The traditional East End dish has been feeding and satisfying Londoners for generations, and hopefully, more generations to come. Entering one of the shops is like taking a step back into the past, with Victorian decor still being present in most. Tiled walls, wooden benches and serving hatches, these shops hold stories and memories to savour over a hearty lunch or supper.
Well…there’s no escaping it – Gin is most definitely in.
With gin sales soaring year-on-year, it is no wonder that sales in Britain are sky rocketing. The gin category is booming, to the point where consumers now drink gin out of home more often than they drink vodka, who’d have thought we’d see the day?
When it comes to festival food long gone are days of the dodgy burger van. With the rise of street food you can now eat everything from Thai to stone baked pizza, Korean BBQ to Moroccan wraps. But there is one festival that takes things to the next level when it comes to food. Tom’s Kerridge’s brain child ‘Pub in the Park’ blends music with truly great food – genius! With eight of these pop-up festivals planned this summer, everywhere from Leeds to Tunbridge Wells, it seems Tom is adding festival organiser to this many talents.
Picture this: London + 33-degree heat + MEATliquor = MEAT SWEATS galore! 100% worth it, though.
MEATliqour has taken London by storm, serving its now trademarked take on American(ish)-style BBQ and setting the trend for gourmet burgers. The story began back in 2008 when Scott Collins and Yianni Papoutsis set-up from a Peckham car park, with a burger van christened ‘MEATwagon’.
I’m just back from a few days in Budapest with my kids (grown-up ones!) where we were really surprised and delighted by the variety of food and wine we enjoyed. My daughter makes an excellent tour guide (I think she’s wasted in Insurance) and she loves to seek out the best options for us to try.