Monthly Archives: April 2013

Let’s celebrate!

It’s been a manic fortnight of birthdays, weddings and family catch ups and – I’m not ashamed to say – copious amounts of Champagne have been consumed. Of the various bubbles tasted, my absolute favourite was Sainsbury’s Blanc de Noirs.

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Currently on offer for £16.49 (down from £21.99) for a 75cl bottle, this sparkler is an absolute bargain! A blend of black grapes Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, this Champagne is full of complex toasty, nutty flavours and will go down a treat at any special occasion – buy, buy buy!

Here I am just about managing to pour the magnum…

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Mix it up at The Clove Club

In our quest to experience a trendier side of East London than the one we’ve grown up with, last night my boyfriend and I ventured into Shoreditch for a refreshing beer in The Spread Eagle pub, followed by a meal at new(ish) restaurant, The Clove Club, set inside Shoreditch Town Hall.

photo(20)His ‘n’ hers

At the latter of the two, for £47 per head we were served a variety of dishes without having to labour over a giant menu. Some courses were absolutely delicious, some were interesting, but all were well thought out and beautifully presented. Service was excellent and at no point were we rushed to make room for the next sitting, as can be the case in many other foodie hotspots. I’d recommend booking a table with a small group of friends, relaxing with a well-made cocktail, and debating your favourite components of each dish.

Some tasters to start

photo(7)Radishes, Sesame & Gochuchang

photo(18)Wood Pigeon Sausage & Ten Bells Ketchup

photo(19)Smoked Duck Ham

The main event

photo(8)Mackerel, Pickled Rhubarb & Tokyo Turnip

photo(9)Grilled Squid, Tarragon & Green Radishes

photo(17)Rib of Beef, Ramson & Potato

The obligatory cheese course (additional to set menu)

photo(11)Red Leicester, Camembert & Homemade Oatcakes

Something sweet

photo(14)Blood Orange, Sheep’s Milk Mousse & Wild Fennel

photo(12)Caramel Ice Cream, Barley & Oats

And to drink

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This luscious Pinot Noir from Burgundy, priced at £30/bottle, was full of cherry fruit flavours and was light enough to stand up to many (not all) of the dishes throughout the meal – a versatile food-friendly red.

If you’re paying The Clove Club a visit, I’d also recommend making your way through their small but perfectly formed cocktails list – enjoy!

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Stock up on this one!

If you’re a fan of lightly oaked Chardonnay from France, I can’t recommend Les Quatre Clochers Chardonnay Reserve 2010 – from the Limoux region in Southern France – enough. With aromas of freshly squeezed lemon juice and a lively palate, giving way to subtle vanilla oak flavours, this refreshing white is the perfect wine to sip as the evenings get longer. Try it alongside your Sunday roast chicken or with a healthy smoked mackerel salad.

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You can pick up a case of six from Tesco Wine by the Case for £52.74 – much cheaper than a case of Burgundy and just as delicious!

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