As the Government relentlessly increases the tax on beer, pubs are suffering the most. According to the Campaign for Real Ale, 46 London Pubs have been turned into supermarkets, and a further 2,400 pubs have vanished completely from the capital. But it’s far too early to call time on the local. In London, many of our grand Victorian gin venues are being preserved and beautifully restored, as well as being revolutionised. A brand new breed of beer loving entrepreneurs are stripping back old pubs and revealing their bare essentials and restoring them to their former glory. But Sky Sports and cheap beer are nowhere to be seen. Craft Beer pubs around London can show just what can be achieved by disconnecting the old PA system and replacing it with micro brewed beers. London is witnessing the most active breweries and chain brands since the early 1900’s; but it isn’t just about the beer. The food has improved, nightlife has had life pumped into it – you are never far away from a quiz night, live music or open mic comedy nights. And now, to really outdo the competition, many pubs are hosting in house hairdressers, knitting groups and even vintage fashion boutiques are propping up the bar. With many reasons to stay in on a Saturday night, London’s pubs are offering reasons to get off the sofa and down your local.
Booking tables Vs. Reservation free has been a debate that has been going on for years. Which way do we prefer to dine? Do Brits prefer to book in advance at a known restaurant so there are no surprises, or do we prefer to be spontaneous and go where we find?
Sometimes life is thinking outside the box and leaving your comfort zone, and not knowing exactly where you are going to eat. This can lead to some of the best restaurants, and some of the worst. But isn’t life all about trial and error and trying new things. How can you taste new experiences if you visit the same restaurant and order the same dish every week? Would you go on holiday and eat British food the entire time? No booking required not only gives you restaurant leverage and life experience it also gives dining an edge.
However, queuing half an hour for a table is not fun, and unless you visit an unpopular restaurant, then queuing and waiting are the ultimate sacrifices. It is a great feeling when the maître d finds your name and ushers you efficiently to your waiting table. There is also a quality of dining, which can only be achieved when reserving a table, and this is beneficial when you bring guests and business prospects. Familiarity of a good venue and great food provides a relaxing experience without any unwanted hiccups.
There are strong arguments for and against, and it is all about individual preference and situation. Finding new restaurants can be just as exciting as dining at old ones, but the comfort and recognition within a good restaurant cannot be beaten. What do you think? Do you prefer booking or reservation free?
Clogs and waffles are two enjoyable exports from the Netherlands. They continue to deliver as they are bringing us a bizarre beverage known as Chocovine; combining the two most indulgent aspects of cuisine, foodies have been buzzing on this new delectable delicacy.
Cabernet red wine, dark Dutch chocolate and cream come together in our mind as a bizarre variety of Baileys. Although not yet available in the UK, our friends across the pond seem to enjoy it with over a million bottles already sold.
The Chocovine Facebook page has exploded with grateful messages from fans as well as numerous cocktail recipes including the Mint Patty Cocktail (Chocovine and Crème de Methe). Clearly this wacky wine needs to be investigated by us Brits; it can be ordered from wine-searcher.com.
Is this a stroke of genius or simply a gluttonous concoction for sweet tooth alcoholics.
This March 20th – will see Public House’s first ever liquid book club. You must be thinking .. liquid? What do you mean by liquid? Well…. we mean alcohol. Every month we shall meet, having read a book with alcohol related themes. We shall meet at Public House, situated in islington – and discuss the book and drink cocktails that are featured in the book.
For example, this month we are reading John Updike’s Couples:
Ten couples live in Tarbox, an out-of-the-way New England town. They form an exclusive group that feeds on petty rivalries, secrets, wordplay, entertaining, skiing, drinking and sex. Discreetly swapping partners, they conduct their rituals under the watchful eye of their self-appointed ringmaster, Freddy Thorne. but when Piet Hanema and Foxy Whitman have an affair, they reject expediency and caution, and for once the other unshockable couples are deeply shocked. Soon couples at play will become couples at war…..
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