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The Savoy’s Beaufort Bar Launches New Cocktail Menu

Discover the hotel’s illustrious history through 20 cocktails The Beaufort Bar at The Savoy has delved into its star-studded (but also lesser known yet equally compelling) history as a source of inspiration for its new 20-cocktail drinks menu. Combining well-loved ingredients with more unusual essences like paper and leather, the drinks aim to transport you right into the stories that inspired them. Try Incognito (Patron Anejo, popcorn, Averna, Martini Rubino, walnut – £30) which celebrates the Savoy as Katherine Hepburn’s hotel of choice, whose staff exercised the discretion she needed, and following a stay at Claridge’s where due to the formal dress code, she was unable to pass through the lobby so had to use the staff entrance, or The Savoy Delivers (Bacardi Carta Ocho, Martini Bianco, lime, honey, Indian Spices – £16) which recounts the tale of when a page boy travelled all the way to India to hand deliver a package that a maharajah had left behind. The menu itself takes the form of a beautifully illustrated pop-up book, with one story for …

Searcys One New Change relaunches as Champagne & Meatballs bar

It’s all-change at Searcys as the bar launches a new ‘bubbles and balls’ menu. Who would have thought it? A champagne bar we could actually afford to go to on a daily basis has emerged. Well, the bar and Champagne has always been there but a fresh Italian injection to the food and drink menu has made Searcys at One New Change a much more accessible destination. It’s now all bubble and balls (Cham-balls doesn’t quite have the same ring) galore with more Italian serves on the side, and all things considered, it’s very reasonably priced. Enjoyed amongst sleek interiors with grey slate walls and aqua, copper and monochrome tones, this place oozes industrial-come-luxe appeal. The step-by-step food menu is simple but efficient – just pick your meat, followed by the sauce and then your choice of carbs. The toss-up between a neat bowl of pasta (£9) and a hands-on ciabatta (£8) is easily made if you value what you’re wearing. With the meatballs, choose between punchy beef or slightly milder beef and pork balls. …

Spring blossoms at Sake no Hana

Sake no Hana recreates springtime Japan with a bit of help from its ‘sakura’ cherry blossoms. When the blooms come out at Sake no Hana, it can only mean one thing – the turn of ‘hanami’ where picnicking is enjoyed under flowering but fleeting cherry blossom trees to see in spring in full glory. Under a canopy of white and pink blossoms with a grass carpet underfoot and projection of falling petals above the bar, the scene is beautifully set for the bar’s limited edition spring sakura menu. And what a way to begin, as the cocktail brings with it a multisensory experience. A mix of gin, yuzu sake, cherry liqueur, grapefruit juice and agave is guaranteed to please sweet-toothed drinkers. But then the three curious atomisers that accompany the drink up the ante. In the first instance, dousing these onto your wrists would be a great waste so do refrain as an alcohol base of vodka tells you all you need to know. There’s a fitting cherry and cinnamon fragrance, a delicate elderflower and …

Rivea London showcases new floral desserts

As the buzz builds in the lead-up to the Chelsea Flower Show, Rivea London plans to put on a sweet floral show of its own. Nothing makes you want dessert more than by making it a one-week-only-and it’s-gone affair. That and the fact that the desserts look like this. In celebration of the Chelsea Flower Show (24-28 May 2016), Rivea London at the Bulgari Hotel will be serving up a duo of new floral desserts created by Alexandre Talpaert, a protégé of Alain Ducasse. The Wild Strawberry and Poppy Pergola (pictured above), beautifully constructed, consists of a lemon zest shortbread topped with poppy mousse, wild strawberries and a scoop of strawberry sorbet. A delicate chocolate pergola structure completes the dish. Next up is the Chelsea Flower Show Planter (above), a dark chocolate case filled with lime and vanilla cream brimming with a colourful array of strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and edible flowers. What a blooming wonderful way to kick-start your spring. The desserts cost £8 each and are available from 23-29 May 2016. Rivea London, Bulgari …

The Lanesborough launches charity afternoon tea

The Lanesborough marks Mother’s Day with a special afternoon tea in support of charity mothers2mothers. In the fine, elegant surrounds of its Celeste restaurant, The Lanesborough hotel is hosting a special charity afternoon tea throughout March in partnership with mothers2mothers, a charity that aims to educate and support HIV-positive mothers on how to protect their babies from HIV infection and keep them and their families healthy. For each tea served, the hotel will donate £5 to the charity. It’s a fitting time for a worthy cause and all the more reason to treat your own mothers, not just on the day but throughout the month. Start the experience by picking from an extensive choice of teas – the Rose of the Orient’s floral notes is irresistible. That and the beautiful (and extremely hot, so mind your eager fingers) silver teapot that houses it. Then go straight in for the bite-sized sandwiches. There are five classic fillings including a wake-up-the-palate Coronation chicken and a brilliantly simple but tasty ham, honey mustard and aged Cheddar cheese variety. …

HKK brings tradition to its Chinese New Year menu

Diners celebrating Chinese New Year at HKK this year get to delight in both the tasting menu and the stories and traditions that accompany the occasion. Resplendent in red with vibrant uplighting and a ribbon fanfare of a central display, HKK makes for a pretty fine dining spot for intimate Chinese New Year celebrations. Greeting you at your table is a beautifully designed menu-come-story book featuring embossed pages and pastel-coloured hand-drawings (illustrated by Emi Ueoka) that represent each of the eight courses you’ll soon be presented with, as well as details of the history and rituals that surround each dish. It’s thoughtfully put together and if you enjoy a bit of story-telling with your meal, the bound book (which you can take away as a memento) is the perfect accompaniment. The first part begins with a Prosperity Platter – a light and crunchy salad of jellyfish, salmon skin, pomegranate and sesame that you ought to toss as high as you can as a signifier of good luck. This is accompanied by an oyster and Parma …

Hakkasan celebrates Chinese New Year with limited edition menu

To mark the Year of the Monkey, Hakkasan restaurants have created a special Chinese New Year menu and are bringing the Chinese wishing tree tradition to diners. Hakkasan have laid on quite a feast for diners in their restaurants this Chinese New Year and have lit up their dark interiors with celebratory flashes of red and gold to mark the occasion. Look a little closer and you’ll find handwritten notes on each of the coloured ribbons, inspired by the tradition of writing wishes on paper tied to citrus fruits that are tossed into the branches of the Lam Tsuen Wishing Tree in Hong Kong. You’ll be presented with your own to inscribe your hopes and wishes onto which will be duly hung up in the restaurant before your meal begins. First, whet your lips with a fruity 9 Hou cocktail, an Eldorado three-year-old rum, Amontillado sherry, banana and guava concoction or stick with the equally refreshing Sheng Fizz mocktail, a mix of mandarin, guava, peach and ginger ale. The golden monkey cocktail stirrer is a …

CLAW pops up at The Three Compasses

Fancy a crab burger? Best nip into the CLAW pop-up at The Three Compasses in Dalston. There’s still time to scurry on over to The Three Compasses pub in East London where crab street food favourite CLAW has taken up residency until the end of the month. In a bid to ignite a foodie love affair with the humble crab, CLAW has created a small and precise menu of burgers to make it as accessible to busy diners as possible. The crabs, sourced in Devon, are combined with herbs and spices to create a flavoursome patty and come sandwiched between soft, organic brioche buns. The Samphire and Kimchi burgers (£10 each) are the winners. The names give away the ingredients making it easy for you to decide whether you want to settle down with lighter and milder flavours (Samphire), or whether you need a spicy kick with every mouthful (Kimchi). The flavour of the crab meat certainly shines through with the former and it just about makes its way through the Sriracha sauce fieriness in …

Instant Gratification: Christmas stocking fillers

Christmas gifts for ravenous chocolate fiends. Carluccio’s Chocolate Trees Silky smooth and each one individually hand-decorated, these milk, white and dark chocolate trees do look far too good to eat. We give it 10 seconds… £8.95, carluccios.com Lindt x Thomas Sabo Chocolate Bear The treats that come housed in this limited edition gift are two-fold. You get to devour a 500g chocolate bear and then you can show off the beautiful Thomas Sabo charm that accompanies it. £125, selfridges.com PAUL Bûche Chalet Eat this one whilst it’s fresh and admire the handiwork through your taste buds. After all, who can resist layers of almond biscuit and gianduja mousse topped with a praline pastry roof? From £3.95, paul-uk.com Flowercard Tea for Two Chocolates Love tea? Or even more fitting, love chocolate? This tin of edible cups, cupcakes, teapots and spoons is perfect for showing off when guests come round for tea. £21, flowercard.co.uk    

Raise your glass to the best Christmas tipples

Christmas drinks. One for every day of the week. And then some. Moët & Chandon So Bubbly Jeroboam What a way to make champagne even more special. We envy the lucky so-and-so who has the pleasure of receiving this limited edition bottle which features a solid 18-carat gold seal, a gold-plated, engraved bubble label and an equally golden tie to match. £1,000, Selfridges Disaronno wears Roberto Cavalli The flamboyant animal print that adorns this bottle marks the third design collaboration between the brand and a famed Italian fashion house. Roberto Cavalli has this year’s honour and in turn has created a pretty stylish collectable for those able to get their well-manicured hands onto it. £22, harveynichols.com Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge Le Café Parisien Resplendent in vibrant red and gold, this gorgeous bottle brings a touch of French class whilst the goods housed within ensures a good time all-round. An ideal gift for those nifty in the kitchen as well as the bar – just add a splash to a gooey chocolate pudding or use it …