Category: Food & Drink

Carluccios review

Mushrooms of all verities will be celebrated this autumn as Carluccious get set to hold a succession of special markets and menu’s.

We went to sample some of the delights at their beautiful Covent Garden branch, which spans over 2 floors with a glorious winding staircase elevating your experience from the start.

Having both had exhausting days, my date an I took no time ordering some Huge green olives which were devoured in no time along with a summery sweet Pino Grigo.

The plan was to share the Bruschetta but I’d eaten over half of it before I remembered and though it would be rude to ask for a slurp of her pea and mint soup so we just both chowwed down.

Onto the task at hand of sampling their finest fungal pickings: I went for the Pasta Con Funghi containing a mix of shiitake, oyster, porcini and button mushrooms on a bed of Egg pappardelle. The medley made for a creamy dish of fine flavours which was shared sparingly in a straight swap for a sweetly nutty Penne Giardiniera’

A steady diet of 5-2 usually pans out as around 3-4 with Monday – Wednesday being a no carb zone so on treat day(s) pudding is a must and the Cioccolato Fondente accompanied with ice cream leaves nothing spared. We also didn’t really share a peach floating on vanilla moose with amaretto biscuit  ….

When it came to splitting the spoils were split evenly and at £56.00 for three courses and wine, we both left feeling well balanced.

#CarlucciosFunGuys @carluccioscaffe

Check out the exclusive Mushroom Foraging Days along with the Mushroom Market Dates running across September and October at


Pond Dalston

The latest big splash in exotic dining opens its doors this week as Pond Dalston bring an exciting blend of authentic Hawaiian cuisine to East London.

The team behind Dukes and Off Broadway will be bringing a Pacific inspired feast of fresh fish, ribs, beef and sushi along with bespoke floral fresh cocktails.

Pond Dalston Hawaiian Restaurant opens this Thursday the 29th of August at 3 Gillette Street, N16 8JH.



Oktoberfest at the Bavarian Beerhouse

Mugs up, Dirndl and Lederhosn on, soon it’s time again to shout out “O’ Zapft is”, when London turns into Munich for one month.

The Oktoberfest is back at the Bavarian Beerhouse on City Road with the finest Oompah tunes from Germany and freshly tapped ice cold beers in massive Stein glasses.

The delicious golden German liquid is accompanied by traditional white sausages, pretzels and freaky entertainment that makes you sing your lungs out.

Oktoberfest swirls through the Bavarian Beerhouse, 190 City Road from September the 24th until Oktober the 25th.

Tickets: £14.50 (includes: a Stein of Beer (2 pints), entrance fee, entertainment & table service)

@BavarianBeerUK Beehouse/Oktoberfest in London


Urban Food Fest Viva Britannia

Come out the tube, the new Shoreditch one at Boxpark, turn left then follow your nose to the right place for any and every kind of delicious feed substance known to man and woman.

Urban Food Fest assembles a mighty array of vendors savory and sweet to make your evening pretty much made and complete.

From 5pm till midnight grab a table and tuck into trucks and stalls selling gourmet global dishes, washed down with craft beers, prosecco, cocktails and ciders.

Coming up its ‘Viva Britannia’ with artisan home farmed produce like chipolata & Kentish plum hiffkin, sausage bubble & speak with apples cobnuts & gypsy tart and English filled doughnuts for afters.

Urban Food Fest runs on Saturday evenings from 5pm till midnight at 162 – 175 Shoreditch High Street till October 25th.

Catch the wonderful Jess Tucker chatting to Jordan Smith on #DeadAir today (Friday 22nd August) from 12:00.



London Fields Brewery bubbling bank holiday

It’s going to be a busy weekend at Hackney’s best Brewhouse, with crackling film rolls, birthday candles waiting to be blown out and techno sounds to ignite your soul.

This Friday, Nightspot Cinema brings Future Shorts Film Festival screening eight movies served with inspiring cocktails and delicious Jamaican food.

On Saturday, the Behind the Walls club, market and bar returns to the Taproom to celebrate their 2nd Birthday with special guest Mr. Ties and his Homopatik-style marathon set alongside the vinyl market.

Sunday says the You are We Party with the hottest beats from AudioFly, founder of Retrofit – Jay Shepheard as well as the Brewhouse residents Wildkats and Ashley Wild.

Friday 22nd August from 8:30pm – 5am – Film in the Fields / Tickets £20 (includes: craft-beer tasting, cocktails, food & free entry to after-party)

Saturday 23rd August from 12pm – 5am – Behind This Wall Birthday Party

Sunday 24th August from 2pm – midnight – You are We // Bank Holiday Special / Tickets £15


By Larissa Schmitz @La_rr13

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London Fields Brewery Tours

Tucked away between Mare Street and London Fields, a Tap Room with numerous delicious beers of all magnitudes refreshes you after long and hot working days.

The London Fields Brewery produces all manor of delightful ales and offer an number of tours to give you an insight into the secrets of brewing beer.

See and touch the hops and grains before their transformation, and enter places common people are normally not allowed to go to.

After 30 minutes in the brewery, you can also taste the finished beer and discover the different aroma and herbs.

Join the dots between the process and the glass at the London Fields Brewery Tours every Saturday and Sunday at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm, as well as on weekday evenings.

Tickets start from £12.

Book your tour here.


By Larissa Schmitz @La_rry13


Match Pint season opener

With the new football season just around the corner there’s no better time to ensure you have MatchPint on your phone. MatchPint is a free app that tells you which boozers nearby are showing specific sporting fixtures.

You’ll never find yourself frantically and fruitlessly charging around East London pubs with five minutes till kick off again.

Not only will we find you a bar showing the game but also reward you for being there as treats – such as free pints, 2-4-1 pizzas, arcade tokens and much more – are available for those who check-in at a participating venue once watching a game.

Pubs including The Albion, The Cat and Canary, The Perseverance, Kings Stores, Dickens Inn and Hanbury Arms, amongst others, will have offers on to enjoy in time for the start of the new football season.

Download the app here

@TheHanburyArms  @Albiongoldsmith @teamjbcat17 @dickensinn1


London Craft Beer Festival

An array of popular cultures finest tipples get set to fill Oval Space with an array of carefully curated and well nurtured source like substances.

The London Craft Beer Festival brings together over 24 of the best breweries on the market, in a time when beards and tweed are all back again in a nostalgic CAMRA fashion.

One ticket will get you a sample card for all the traders to taste, compare, enjoy and want more with a number of special one off batches made fresh for the fest.

The London Craft Beer Festival is running from Thursday the 14th of August to Sunday the 17th at Oval Space, The Oval, Bethnal Green.




The Breakfast Club London Bridge

Your favourite all day eating and drinking establishment is expanding its feast of a menu to head South of the river and under the gaze of Europe’s tallest building.

The Breakfast Club get set to open their brand new restaurant in London Bridge, serving a feast of tastes and an ambiance which leaves you hungry for a repeat visit.

To celebrate the opening they are hosting a series of special events including Getting Fizzy With it brunch where you’ll get bottomless bubble for the first hour of your dine.

Up All Night TO Get Lucky rewards thirsty parties with a free bottle of champagne plus a sneak peek in the secret back room known only as ‘Call Me Mr Lucky’

The Breakfast Club London Bridge opens on Friday the 9th of August through email booking only so sign up to to book in.

Check out their special season of summer show’s recorded for Hoxton Radio


Sat 9th & Sun 10th 10am – 2pm

Fri 9th, Sat 10th, Sun 11th 5pm – 10pm


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Slow Supper with Brooklyn Beer

Keeping your cool in these humid climates can sometimes be tricky which is why your favourite downtown NYC export are helping to assist the stickiness.

Slow Supper with Booklyn Beer will see the newly opened rooftop of the Ace Hotel turned into a unique and decadent dinner party for linen loving Londoners.

Chef’s Andrew Gerson and Matthew Kennard will curate a specially designed menu curated and themed around the craft beer specialists delicious tipples.

Slow Supper with Brooklyn Beer is serving on the Ace Hotel Rooftop, 100 Shoreditch High Street, on Sunday the 3rd of August at 6pm.

Tickets £80.00