Checkout (6th edition – February 2012)

Whisky Live (London 2012)

Whisky Live, the world’s premier Whisky experience, is back for 2012 and promises to be bigger and better than ever. This is your chance to taste some of the world’s rarest whiskies, meet the master distillers, check out collectors corner and attend VIP masterclasses. Whether you’re a whisky connoisseur or, like us, have always wanted to learn more, then this could be the event for you.

We’re loving the sound of Cocktails Live. It’s brand new this year… Meet award-winning mixologists from the world’s best bars and luxury clubs and try some new innovative and classic whisky, gin, vodka and gin cocktails. How good is that?

Whisky Live takes place from 23-24 March 2012 at the Honourable Artillery Company, Armoury House, City Road, London EC1Y 2BQ. Tickets are on sale now. Visit for more information or click here to book tickets. We’re trying to get our hands on a couple of tickets for a competition –  so fingers crossed…

Go one then, just a small one

We’ll drink to the Brits!

Talking of cocktails… With the BRIT Awards tonight (Feb 21), the people at Russian Standard Vodka have created a selection of cocktails to honour a couple of the nominees. This year the Outstanding Contribution to Music award has gone to Blur, the ‘Coffee and TV’ cocktail owes its name to one of Adrian’s favourite Blur songs (and it has an amazing video too). Or try The ‘Arctic Monkey’, a frosty ice slush puppy-esque cocktail named after the Sheffield indie rockers.

The Blur ‘Coffee and TV
50ml Russian Standard Vodka and 20ml coffee liqueur. Simply pour over ice in a tumbler and stir gently. Top with cream for extra Blur bling!

The ‘Arctic Monkey’
35ml Russian Standard Vodka, 25ml lime juice and 1 tsp. sugar. Simply blend with crushed ice and pour into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a slide of lime.

Blur v The Arctic Monkeys... Who's your winner?

Brighton Food Festivals

A great excuse to get down to Brighton, the Brighton & Hove Food Spring Harvest Festival kicks off, running for ten days, from 30 March – 9 April, with local producers, growers, restaurants, bars and food retailers showcasing fantastic food, drink and hospitality in the area. Make a weekend of it and stay at the brilliant myhotel, eat at The Chilli Pickle and Pub du Vin. Visit the site for more information. The Brighton Chocolate Festival is also part of this, and takes place on 17-18 March at New Road, opposite the Royal Pavilion, entry is free.

Brighton Pier © We Love Food

Brighton rocks...

Mango MADDness

Like mango? Like desserts? Well you’ll like MADD then! This place certainly is a niche, located a couple of doors down from Spuntino on Rupert Street, London, MADD serve up mango-based desserts, ice-cream, soft drinks, shooters and cocktails. An odd idea, it was very quiet when we popped in, but the desserts we tried were great – a pannacotta, Mango cheesecake, Mango tart, and the signature ‘Siam’ a warm sticky coconut rice.

You can have anything... as long as it's mango

WIN an invite to the launch of Cinnamon Soho

The Cinnamon Soho is offering you the chance to win an invite to the launch. The new venture on Kingly Street is headed up by executive chef Vivek Singh and is set to open on 15th March. The head chef will be Ramachandran Raju worked at both Cinnamon Club and the Cinnamon Kitchen, the new site will be a cooler and more informal younger sister of the three restaurants. We are excited about visiting, and will no doubt end up having a nightcap at the beautiful Bob Bob Ricard nearby.
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The new 'younger sister' of the Cinnamon family.

stewed! gets a kiosk

After a succesful book and supermarket range, stewed! are opening their first retail kiosk in Reading station, they expect to be open in the first week or 2 in March. It will be open from breakfast til dinner, they will be serving dishes such as baked beans with sausage and smokey bacon lardons topped off with a poached egg, steamed rice with Italian chicken Napoletana cooked with cherry tomatoes and courgettes topped with a cheesy dumpling. Next stop London?

Little bowls of stewed deliciousness...

You get the idea...

Covent Garden to be taken over by burgers

In March, the Diner group is launching a sixth restaurant in Covent Garden at 190 Shaftesbury Avenue, less than a mile away from MEATliquor‘s new venture – MEATmarketMEATmarket will be on the balcony of the Jubilee Market Hall, open 7 days a week with 48 seats, and take-home will play quite a big part. We are told by both parties that there will be no burger rivalry. We love them both the same, but in different ways…

Do you like your burgers naughty...

...or nice?

The Table Cafe brings live music to Southwark

One our favourite restaurants The Table Cafe has embarked on a new venture to bring you the best in London’s live Jazz, soul and funk as you dine. Musicians, bands and artists will take centre stage, including well established acts such as RB Funkestra, Katie Leone and Roland Perrin. The Table will also be holding live and unplugged nights featuring the U.K’s best singer-song writers as well as the more abstract side of orchestral music and downbeat electronica.

The main acts will take to the stage for 9pm; finishing late. They’ll also be showcasing some fantastic warm up acts with their resident record selector spinning jazz, lounge,soul trip-hop and funk through the intervals.

There is a competition for anyone interested in becoming our resident band; if you’re a group of talented musicians looking for a residency, please send demos to or

Who knew pea shoots could taste so good

A perfect plate, and amazing onion cream

We had a little taster of the live music vibe when we dined with them on Friday night. The house band ‘Blam! Quartet’ were playing and, as usual, everything we ate was stunning. We were across the road from our office but it felt like a world away, we found it a great way to chill on a Friday night after a hectic week. Ade had the Salmon, coley and pollack fish cakes, pea shoot, fennel and kohl rabi salad £14.00, he especially loved the pea shoots! My Char-grilled poussin with toasted walnut, onion cream and courgette cous-cous £15.00 was lovely, especially the onion cream, must get the recipe for that.

The most hardcore dessert ever

A lighter option for Ade... But wasn't expecting it to be served cold

For dessert I was talked into having the Salted caramel chocolate tart £4 instead of the Sicilian tart by our cheeky waiter, it was immense, I went home on a massive sugar high. Ade’s Bread and butter pudding with orange crème anglaise £5 was a more sensible choice.

The Table are offering a whopping 50% off for their launch nights – Friday March 2nd from 9pm and Saturday March 3rd from 9pm. Special £25 two course set menu with free entry. Just use the code Musiclaunch1 on your reservation

The Table's house band - the Blam Quartet (... of three!)

Look out for our March edition of Checkout

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