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real ales, microdistilleries, new restaurants

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real ales, microdistilleries, new restaurants

Hello Destination Experts and TA community.

My wife and I been to London several times and we are returning for a few nights in October on the way to Spain. We don't have much of an agenda other than to see what new exhibitions are on in the museums and galleries, explore a bit and eat and drink.

We have been to many top restaurants but don't necessarily want to focus on overly conceptual molecular gastronomy. We prefer satisfying impeccably sourced and prepared local seasonal gastronomy: local fish and game, heritage stock, foraged berries and mushrooms, house made pastas and forcemeat etc. We love really good gastropubs when we can find them. We also love to drink. When we drink beer we prefer real ales and small production breweries. For mixed drinks we prefer places with top mixologists, and places that feature local artisan distilleries, small batch gins, whiskeys from distilleries not run by the big congomerates.

For restaurants I would love to find a real emerging talent like a sous chef for a big name chef opening his or her first restaurant or a chef who has been recently recognized as a best new chef.

Last time we were in town among the places we ate were St. John and Magdalen. We had dinner and good ales at the White Horse (Parson's Green) and had a couple pints at Ye Olde Mitre.

We are also big coffee and patisserie fans. Recommendations for great coffee shops and pastries are much appreciated. We went to Monmouth Coffee in Borough Market and Flat White last time. We live in Seattle with many indie coffee houses and roasters around. We prefer top shot pulling and places that use local roasters are a plus.

Personal recommendations from any gourmands out there would be great but if you have read something in the paper or a local foodie blog, or online or print magazine that's great too.

Thanks!

-K

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1. Re: real ales, microdistilleries, new restaurants

http://thegunmakers.co.uk/ is owned by a well known beer aficionado, I've just been there once for a pint but he had a bitter from the East London Brewing Company and Mad Goose Ale at the time. This place is supposed to have a large selection http://thecraftbeerco.com/

For recently opened restaurants, try this hot-dinners.com/Features/Articles/new-and-re…

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2. Re: real ales, microdistilleries, new restaurants

I went to the Euston Tap the sunday before last and enjoyed a coupe of pints of ale.

The Cider Tap is directly opposite but was closed, although when I visited London in August it was open - and I prefer the Cider Tap to the Euston Tap as all they sell is cider, scrumpy, perry and various brandy's, calvados liquor etc.

http://www.eustontap.com/

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3. Re: real ales, microdistilleries, new restaurants

Right now the hot food ticket in town is this one in Marylebone.

www.roganic.co.uk/

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4. Re: real ales, microdistilleries, new restaurants

Thanks for the replies. Those all look promising and the links resulted in a few more leads.

-K

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5. Re: real ales, microdistilleries, new restaurants

Shame you aren't going to Bath, as there is a current thread about a coffe specialist Barista 'outfit' there 'Colonna and Smalls' that sounds right up your alley!

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6. Re: real ales, microdistilleries, new restaurants

Yeah Colonna and Smalls looks great! Interestingly looking at the website showed some banners for other coffee roasters one of which was Square Mile from London. A search for Square Mile pointed me to an article about the top 10 coffee shops in London on Young and Foodish, which includes Flat White and Monmouth along with some I hadn't heard of.

youngandfoodish.com/coffee/…

Square mile also lists some places where to find their coffee.

squaremileblog.com/where-to-drink-our-coffee/

I have some very solid coffee leads around the city.

-K

Edited: 20 September 2012, 05:22
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7. Re: real ales, microdistilleries, new restaurants

Shame, all visitors to the UK think everything happens in London.

Norfolk has a reputation for 'doing things different!'

We have the Black Cat Pub in Norwich

http://www.fatcatpub.co.uk/index.html

The only English distillery in the country

http://www.englishwhisky.co.uk/

not to mention several top notch chefs who all have their own restaurants, including Galton Blackiston, Delia Smith, Richard Hughes, to name but three

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8. Re: real ales, microdistilleries, new restaurants

Craft brewing is the new big thing in London (well one of them!) and this link has scores of pubs that will be selling them - timeout.com/london/feature/1700/londons-best…

The beers tend to be more like you are used to in Seattle with big flavours and more strength. They are also often served chilled or slightly chilled.

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I'd recommend Hereford Road restaurant, it fits in with what you're looking for, it's not mega new but it's rising and I think a star will be on the way from Michelin this year.

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10. Re: real ales, microdistilleries, new restaurants

Prufrock Coffee gets good buzz with people I know: http://www.prufrockcoffee.com/

Sipsmith is a newish gin distillery which has a great product. If you happen to be here on a Wednesday, they do distillery tours:

http://www.sipsmith.com/distillery-tour

If you haven't been to Maltby St Market on a Saturday, worth a visit-- it's kind of Borough's step-brother or something. Has some great food (St John's Bakery doughnuts, monmouth coffee, kernel brewery beer) and nice atmosphere.

My favourite gastropub at the moment is the Harwood Arms. had a fantastic meal there on Sunday, was a great use of fresh ingredients in a creative way, and good service and prices as well.