Our December Agenda is bursting with winter pop-ups, festive cheer and plenty of food. Here are just a few of the events that have got us talking.
This winter Oslo is hosting London’s very first Meatball & Cider festival. From Monday 5th December to Sunday 11thDecember, Oslo will showcase some of the region’s coolest boutique cider brands and exciting new flavours alongside a specially designed meatball menu with the profits going to Orchid, a male cancer charity.
Guests will be able to enjoy three styles of Scandinavian meatball dishes accompanied by two sides and paired with a flight of four ciders from across Sweden and Norway. Changing throughout the week, Oslo’s selection of premium Swedish and Norwegian cider brands will vary in production methods, flavours and serves and this will be the first time they are showcased together for a London audience.
December 5th-11th | 1a Amhurst Road, Hackney, E8 1LL
Dram & Smoke are returning to their former winter home in London Bridge for two weeks from December 10th. They’ll be hosting a feast inspired by the spirit of Christmas and the best of Scottish produce will be served up alongside Naked Grouse whisky cocktails, Scottish gin, well-sourced wine, great beer and a solid playlist. Whilst fake snow and nativity scenes don’t feature, aromas of pine, cosy tartan blankets, flashes of mistletoe and nightly live music acts with a penchant for the odd Christmas cover ensures that a dose of festive cheer is firmly on the menu. The communal tables, theatre of an open kitchen, and a private party atmosphere mean that sing-a-longs are most definitely encouraged.
On the menu, you’ll find:
- Partridge and pear game chips with clementine
- Beetroot and sloe gin cured salmon, oatcake, pickled cucumber and buttermilk
- Battered brussels, spiced pumpkin soup and haggis crumb
- Wild venison and bone marrow pie with Buckfast and cranberry sauce
- Chocolate chestnut brownie and whisky ice cream with toasted marshmallows and pickled cherry
There is nothing more magical than the sparkle of winter. Belgravia florists Wild at Heart have carpeted the venue in snow covered Narnia-like foliage, while the floors have gained sheepskin rugs.
They’ll be serving two types of Fondue, the sweet being white chocolate with fruit for dipping, whilst the savoury offers a selection of sourdough and pickled root vegetables with a choice of 3 kinds of cheese. Renowned chocolatier Maison Pierre Marcolini has created a hot chocolate cocktail menu with drinks such as ‘Raisin the Bar’ – made with spiced rum, port and hot chocolate. There’ll also be a chocolate afternoon tea featuring dishes such as a chocolate and Christmas pudding dome and a pecan and salted caramel chocolate slice.
To top this all off, every Saturday will see the screening of classic festive films out on the terrace. You’ll be able to order food and cocktails inspired by the film that is being shown.
A true winter wonderland!
Forza Winter is back for 2016 with a brand new menu. On their long journey to Forza Winter 2016, having stopped off briefly at porchetta last year and following two earlier dalliances with cheese, Forza have arrived at something new for this year’s showstopper. You’ll start the night off with globe artichokes to dip into oozy parmesan butter, hand-made pasta with wild mushrooms and a radicchio and truffle salad. Then for your irresistible main: ribs. Specifically, braised, glazed, short ribs finished off with a blast of the wood grill, provided by local Peckham butchers Flock & Herd and given the Forza touch with a flash of juniper.
7.30-11.30pm, Thurs-Sat until 28th Jan | Unit 4.1, 133 Copeland Road, SE15 3SN | £35
Mac & Wild have opened a winter pop-up in Devonshire Square, bringing Scotland to the heart of London. Featuring a heated winter terrace and 110-covers, the restaurant will serve the award-winning Veni-moo burgers and venison chateaubriand as well as new dishes such as suckling pig, rare breed hogget and buckets of Scottish langoustine. Downstairs in the bar, you can snack on whisky nuts, venison Scotch eggs, Scottish sausage rolls and charcuterie whilst drinking whisky until 2am.
If you’re looking for something a bit more festive, Christmas delicacies will include a Christmas burger of confit-fried turkey with creamy brie, homemade cranberry sauce, bacon and Scottish venison and there’ll also be a Mac & Wild trifle which contains their own pre-bottled Mac & Wild whisky cocktail and a dram on the side.
It isn’t just about feasting either, you can be transported to a shoot in the Highlands in their shooting simulator room and take part in a haggis making masterclass and learn how to pair chocolate and whisky.
Open from Mon – Sat 12:00 – 23:00 | 9A Devonshire Square, EC2M 4YN
Dolce by Ferrero Rocher is coming to the heart of London this December. The menu has been specially created by chef, Paul Hannagen, serving up five mini desserts inspired by each aspect of the Ferrero Rocher. Dishes will include a cocoa-roasted hazelnut in a praline mousse, a chocolate filled with yet more chocolate ganache, a sphere of ganache rolled in a crunchy wafer, a tempered chocolate dome topped with roasted hazelnut pieces, and a soft spun sugar dusted with edible gold glitter in tribute to the gold wrapper. To continue the journey, visitors will also be able to purchase Ferrero Rocher, beautifully presented in gift bags.
Visit them at St Martin’s Courtyard, 21 Slingsby Place, Covent Garden, from 1-11 December, 1-11pm (closed Mondays).