Category Archives: Beer

The Wigmore Opens at The Langham

Luxury HQ, The Langham London hotel, has opened a pub. Set at the original entrance to the hotel (and most recently the former lobbly of the hotel’s spa), The Wigmore is a spacious, high ceilinged place for drinks and casual dining. Continue reading

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Vintage Ales at the Chef’s Table

Vintage and Farmhouse Ales from Central Italy’s Birra del Borgo and Goose Island of Chicago were showcased and paired with dishes designed by TV chef and cookbook author Valentine Warner and Chef Isaac McHale of restaurant Luca at a recent one-off dinner hosted at Carousel in Marylebone. Continue reading

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Win £500 and a Crate of Ale from 24hourlondon

Download an app (for free), tell the developers what you honestly think about it and win £500 plus a crate of craft beer? Where do I sign up?!? Keep reading for details about a fun competition from 24hourlondon offering the chance to win £500 and a crate of Tremethick craft ale. Continue reading

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Preview: Ales Tales Belgian Beer Festival at Oval Space, 21-22 July

Ales Tales, the UK’s first ever Belgian beer festival, is coming to Oval Space in Hackney. Continue reading

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Good Stuff #67

Good stuff and lots of it! Here’s the low down on some fine things to see, sip, savour and more (though with respect to this particular post just to sip) – all of which I’ve recently come across and thought … Continue reading

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Honky Tonking in Downtown Nashville (Miles Away)

Honky tonks and honky tonking ain’t what they used to be, but the last bastion of hope for this 20th-century pastime still exists in downtown Nashville at the lower end of Broadway (just look for the neon glow). Continue reading

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Yuu Kitchen

Head Chef Jon de Villa (ex-Nobu, ex-Flesh & Buns) blends fine dining flair with casual dining fun at Yuu Kitchen on Commercial Street – a (new-ish) Pacific Rim restaurant emphasising Southeast Asian flavours cooked mostly on two Big Green Egg BBQ grills. Continue reading

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Adam Rawson’s #Rawmen Pop-Up Ramen Bar

No noodling around here, Adam Rawson is back at Borough Wines & Beers’ Brewery Below with a “Rawmen” pop-up ramen bar. Continue reading

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Division 194 at The King & Co

Po-boy purveyors, Division 194, have set up shop in the kitchen of Clapham pub The King & Co for the next several weeks with a menu oozing with New Orleans inspiration and a dash of American gourmand excess. Continue reading

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Sakura: Adam Rawson Japanese Pop-Up at Borough Wines & Beers

Sakura refers to the celebration of cherry blossoms in Japan. It’s also the name of a pop-up at the Essex Road outlet of Borough Wines & Beers featuring an outstanding assortment of dishes by Chef Adam Rawson paired with sake, beer, wine and cocktails – and like Japan’s famous cherry blossoms, this beautiful opportunity will be gone before you know it. Continue reading

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7 of the Most Authentic Irish Pubs in America (Going Places)

The odds are pretty good that no matter where you may be there’ll be an Irish pub nearby. As for the very best and most authentic, it would be impossible to list all the most amazing Irish pubs across America. But, we did our darndest narrowing things down to this list of seven great US watering holes of Irish origin. Continue reading

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#Paolozzi: Art, Beer, Pizza

Art, beer and pizza! It’s a triumvirate adding up to a good time, especially when the art is amazing, the beer is refreshing and the pizza is yummy. Coinciding with the opening of the excellent Eduardo Paolozzi exhibition at Whitechapel Gallery, the Scottish born artist’s namesake beer – Paolozzi Lager – is making artful headway in London. Continue reading

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Holi Celebrations Return to Cinnamon Kitchen

Now in its fourth year, House of Holi at Cinnamon Kitchen is now open to the public with a purpose-built pod set up outside the restaurant in Devonshire Square where willing participants can let loose with paint throwing festivities that mark Holi, the Indian festival of colour. Continue reading

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Good Stuff #64 | St Patrick’s Day Edition

Here’s my latest list of good stuff, in this case all in celebration of Irish drink with a sampling of quality beverages I had the pleasure of trying at a recent Spirit of Sharing tasting event hosted by Irish Ambassador Daniel Mulhall and Bord Bia, the Irish Food Board, at the Irish Embassy in Belgravia. Continue reading

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#CityStories | Index

I hope you enjoyed my City Stories posts and videos highlighting some of the best food and drink in and around Shoreditch – all within a short stroll of the newly opened Point A hotel on Paul Street. Continue reading

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#CityStories: Bars and Pubs

Thirsty in Shoreditch? You are so in the right place. Check out the second video instalment for my City Stories collaboration with Point A Hotels. Continue reading

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Best London Bars and Pubs of 2016

London! You know how to quench a thirst. My Best of 2016 series continues with a taste of my favourite bars and pubs in London. Continue reading

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Best Bars of 2016 (Excluding London)

What a year! Ready for a drink? Might I recommend having it in style at one of these fabulous bars? They’re the best I came across in 2016. Continue reading

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Best of 2016

The year is now coming to a close. How was it for you? My mind’s still reeling trying to figure out that question for myself. To say the least, 2016 was intense, with plenty of ups and downs. Allow me a chance to look at some of the ups in a little more detail and to celebrate the year by highlighting some of my favourite food, drink and travel experiences. Continue reading

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New Shake Shack at Leicester Square

“Modern day roadside burger stand” Shake Shack has launched its fourth London outlet (and fifth in the UK) at Leicester Square. Continue reading

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Good Stuff #61

Good stuff and lots of it! Here’s the low down on some fine things to see, sip, savour and more – all of which I’ve recently come across and thought were worth sharing with you. Enjoy.

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Cochon Butcher | #TCEatsNOLA

Warehouse District “swine bar” and butcher shop with sandwich counter and deli – Cochon Butcher finds inspiration in “old world meat markets” and in Louisiana heritage foods such as Cajun specialties boudin, andouille, and tasso. Continue reading

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Ant Beer Cocktails at Sager + Wilde Paradise Row | Happy Halloween!

Sager + Wilde Paradise Row and Wychwood Brewery have teamed up for a creepy crawly Halloween special: beer-based cocktails featuring Wychwood’s flagship beer, Hobgoblin, and ants (yes, actual ants). – Excuse me waiter. There’s an ant in my drink! – … Continue reading

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Little Galicia at Tapas Revolution Shoreditch

Tapas Revolution has teamed up with Estrella Galicia beer for a series of “Little Galicia” events this summer to bring a taste of Northern Spain to Shoreditch. Continue reading

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Win a Case of Free Beer | Alhambra Reserva 1925

Alhambra Reserva 1925 is the star of beers in the Cervezas Alhambra range. To produce this refreshingly crisp handcrafted lager, the small Spanish brewery draws on nearly a century of tradition and a commitment to source the finest of ingredients. I’ve teamed up with Alhambra to offer two tikichris readers the chance to win a case each of this exceptional Spanish craft beer. Continue reading

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Little Feast, Shepherd’s Bush

Little Feast street market has been going strong for almost two months now with about another month to go. I just managed to swing by for the first time last week. It’s a pleasant setting for a fun night of nosh with plenty of (covered) outdoor seating, a friendly vibe and a convenient location just across the street from Goldhawk Road Station. Continue reading

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Recipe: Golden Champion Ale Brined Wings | #WingingIt

Beer and chicken wings are a match made in heaven, especially when you combine the two for one great recipe. Try this easy recipe for beer brined wings made with Badger Ale’s Golden Champion, a crisp and fruity golden ale, … Continue reading

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Genuine Pizza at Zia Lucia, Holloway Road

Just a stroll stroll from Highbury Corner, newbie pizzeria Zia Lucia offers diners a menu of Neapolitan style pizzas baked in wood-fired oven alongside a variety of other southern Italian faves. And if my recent lunch there is any indication, it’s a welcome addition to the London pizza scene! Continue reading

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Good Stuff #58

Good stuff and lots of it! Here’s the low down on some fine things to see, sip, savour and more – all of which I’ve recently come across and thought were worth sharing with you. Enjoy. Continue reading

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Summer with Morrisons

Morrisons kindly sent me a selection of its summertime and BBQ items to devour … erm I mean review. I obliged. Continue reading

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Rustiko Bar & Restaurant, Old Compton Street

Upon invitation to give its new Craft Beer of the Month a go, I paid Rustiko Bar & Restaurant a friendly visit last week. Great beer! And great place to keep in mind whatever Italianate libations you seek in Soho. Continue reading

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Yard Sale Pizza, Finsbury Park

Pizza party in Finsbury Park? Who wants a slice of that action? Me, and I reckon all sorts of other folks when they find out about the newly opened Yard Sale Pizza sliding onto Blackstock Road. Continue reading

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Rooftop Pop-Up: Santa Monica at SkyLounge

Santa Monica Travel and Tourism is hosting a Santa Monica themed rooftop pop-up bar at the SkyLounge rooftop bar at the top of the DoubleTree by Hilton Tower of London hotel. Continue reading

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Beer and BBQ Pairing at Bodean’s Covent Garden

Once upon a time not too long ago, Londoners weren’t as spoiled for choice when hankering for low and slow cooked American style BBQ as they are today. Then Bodean’s came along seizing the BBQ zeitgeist and setting a standard that’s been increasingly upped ever since. Continue reading

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Chai Ki Monday Mash-Up with Beavertown Brewery

Canary Wharf modern Indian restaurant, Chai Ki, has launched a series of Monday Mash-Up special events pairing London brewed craft beers with dishes from its Chai Ki Toddy Shop bar menu. Kicking things off is a “Guerrilla Craft Beer” experiment highlighting a range of beers from Beavertown Brewery. Continue reading

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