Restaurant news: Moray bistro The Bothy attracts 5,000 customers in a fortnight with its new outdoor kitchen
The team behind one of Moray’s busiest restaurants, The Bothy Bistro, has ensured the survival of its business by creating a Covid compliant fully equipped outdoor kitchen on the shores of the magnificent Moray coast.
Bootlegger’s Bothy has proved so popular it has served over 5,000 people in the fortnight since it opened its doors. Like its parent restaurant, Bootlegger’s specialises in delicious, fresh, local produce and serves up mouth watering fish, mussels and langoustines straight off the Burghead and Hopeman boats.
Looking for a solution to the issue of closed premises facing so many in the hospitality industry, The Bothy team turned two shipping containers into kitchen space, which address restrictions likely to be placed on the industry and provide outdoor, Covid compliant dining in a spectacular location. The kitchen can be found at Hopeman’s West Beach Caravan Park, which boasts beautiful views overlooking the ocean.
Ruth and Barry Scott, who have enjoyed phenomenal success with the Bothy Bistro since it opened in 2011, said: “With the restaurant closed, it’s been a very challenging few months for all in our industry. When restrictions were imposed we knew that The Bothy Bistro in its current form would not be viable until restrictions were completely lifted. This left us with two options - mothball the business or find a solution to the restrictions facing the industry. With The Bootlegger’s Bothy, we combine our superb and experienced team with a magnificent location, and thanks to the space in the park, can abide by all social distancing rules. “Bootlegger’s has three open fire grills, where our meat and vegetables are put on to slow roast or smoke for the day’s service. We have been so busy, people are queuing for over an hour, especially on sunny evenings. We’re delighted to be back doing what we love, and will look forward to welcoming people from further afield when the time is right.”
Menu favourites all feature only the finest local produce and include freshly dressed Hopeman crabs and lobster, Shetland mussels served in chilli, garlic and white wine and Shetland scallops with the local butcher’s black pudding. The sourdough, brioche and focaccia are all baked on site and drinks are served from Peggy the vintage Citroen H van, which include local beer from Spey Valley Brewery on draught. The Bootlegger’s Bothy at Hopeman’s West Beach Caravan Park is open from Wednesday to Sunday, 10am - 6pm, with extended opening hours till 7pm on Fridays and Saturdays. It is available for takeaway only, and currently does not offer the option to pre-order. To find out more visit the Bothy Bistro Facebook page or follow @bothybistro on Instagram.
THE GREEN RESTAURANT IN SHERBORNE AWARDED A MICHELIN BIB GOURMAND FOR SERVING QUALITY FOOD AT AN AFFORDABLE PRICE
The Green Restaurant in Sherborne, Dorset has just won its second
consecutive Michelin Bib Gourmand award and is once again the only
restaurant in Dorset to be recognised with this award in the Michelin
Guide Great Britain & Ireland 2020.
The restaurant, privately owned and run by head chef Sasha Matkevich,
was first awarded a Bib Gourmand last year by the Michelin Inspectors.
This year, across the UK there are only 132 Bib Gourmand restaurants,
which are recognised for serving good quality, good value cooking at £30
or under for three courses.
Sasha, originally from the North Caucasus, combines West Country
ingredients with flavours and textures from his homeland to create
interesting, well-balanced and flavourful dishes, such as West Bay
Scallops with Organic Spelt Risotto and Rock Samphire, Cornish Mackerel
Escabeche with Pan Fried Borodinsky Bread, a vegan version of Uzbek Plov
and Dark Chocolate Clafoutis with Dorset Sea Buckthorn.
‘Green by name and nature’ is the ethos of the restaurant; not only in
its use of sustainable, ethically sourced local seasonal ingredients but
also with its focus on reducing food waste, with Sasha being an
enthusiastic pickler, preserver and forager.
He and his team are passionate about giving diners a memorable, quality
dining experience that is also great value for money. “In 2019 people
are turning their backs on chain restaurants, so when they do eat out,
they want a unique yet affordable dining experience,” explained Sasha.
“At The Green, we create adventurous dishes that combine ingredients and
flavours diners might not have tried before, marrying influences from
the Caucasus with the breadth of produce from across Dorset and the West
“Being the only restaurant in Dorset to win a prestigious Bib Gourmand
award again this year is real achievement for the team at The Green and
proves our dedication to giving diners a Michelin standard dining
experience at a great price.”
The restaurant is open five days a week for lunch and dinner as well as
Sunday lunch and serves a variety of menus including a Menu du Jour (3
courses for £23), and a three course vegan menu for £27.
For further restaurant information visit: www.greenrestaurant.co.uk
InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort’s year-long series of premium gastronomic experiences at award-winning
restaurant La Maison 1888, continued on 27 April with Château Palmer.
The storied Bordeaux estate that bears the name of the British major-general who bought it
over two centuries ago was ranked among most prestigious classified growths in the historic
1855 Classification. Its midnight-blue label is the distinctive mark of the rich complexity and
velvety textures drawn from its renowned terroir.
The château also produces a second label, Alter Ego, a silky vintage with a clean and precise
palette, as well as a white wine. The great houses of long ago traditionally created a few barrels
for private consumption only; Château Palmer has been producing small quantities of the Vin
Blanc de Palmer since 2007 only for select guests and establishments. Both were served at
La Maison 1888.
A Taste of Luxury began in March with Château Angelus, one of the foremost properties in
Saint- Émilion. Owner and winemaker Hubert de Boüard de Laforest himself was on hand at
the dinner, which was filled to capacity.
Succeeding chapters planned will showcase well-known champagne houses, and grand estates
from Bordeaux and the Napa Valley. Each exclusive event will pair illustrious vintages with
extraordinary cuisine in the richly gracious interiors of La Maison 1888, under the auspices of
Michelin-starred Chef Pierre Gagnaire.
Street food market, Dinerama welcomes Michelin-awarded chef, Asimakis Chaniotis to the venue, as he and Pied à Terre Founder, David Moore launch new concept restaurant, Cook Love at the popular Shoreditch site.
Restaurateur, David Moore says, “We’re in an exciting position to bring together some of the UK’s freshest produce with our combined knowledge of running a Michelin-star restaurant to create an exciting new foodie experience for even more Londoners.
Head chef at Pied à Terre and now Cook Love, Asimakis Chaniotis, says the new concept is more than just a street food stall. “The words, Cook and Love are tattooed on my fingers so...you could say that launching this concept is more than just another day in the kitchen for me! Bringing friends and families together over seasonal flavours really is one of my life’s passions - that’s what Cook Love is all about.”
Uniquely, components of dishes will be cooked in an oil drum BBQ to create a smooth and smoky flavour including the spring-inspired scallops, available to customers on launch. Currently, the shellfish are a crowd favourite at Pied à Terre which David and Asimakis anticipate to be a continued hit with Cook Love customers.
Dishes from Cook Love are inspired by fresh produce and so the menu is set to evolve through the changing seasons, reflecting the produce that becomes available from local suppliers. Cook Love are launching with the following dishes:
Customers can find out more about Cook Love and opening times at the Dinerama website here.
This autumn, Hakkasan will launch a limited edition golden menu to celebrate the annual Chinese holiday, Golden Week. Guests will also walk through a ‘river of gold’ as they walk throughout the restaurants, where low golden lighting will ripple across the wooden latticing of the cages, adding to the golden week experience. Gold dim sum and a gold dessert will feature within the exclusive eight course menu and will be available at both Hakkasan restaurants in London from Monday 24th September to Sunday 7th October.
A highlight of the exclusive menu is the Golden dim sum trio which begins the eight courses, featuring a crispy lamb puff, chilli crab dumpling and har gau covered in gold leaf. Guests will also enjoy the Hakkasan Signature Peking duck with soy braised quail egg. The menu also includes Crispy suckling pig with spiced soy sauce and Steamed black kingfish fillet with saffron sauce in addition to Salted egg yolk fried rice. The Golden Week menu finishes off with a Touch of Gold, an exclusive black and gold dessert featuring poached kumquat, sesame crumble, black sesame tuile and a Venezuelan chocolate foam.
Guests will be able to order the exclusive Golden Week cocktail, the Golden era, featuring Diplomático Planas white rum, pomelo, lemon and five spice, topped off with Louis Roederer Champagne and sprayed with gold mist.
The Golden Week experience will begin as soon as guests step into the Hakkasan doors as both of the restaurants will alter the rippled lighting throughout the restaurants to become glistening gold, giving the appearance of a ‘river of gold’ when guests walk into the restaurant.
To ensure the experience in the restaurants is enjoyable and efficient, Hakkasan has Mandarin-speaking staff and accepts China Union Pay, the Chinese credit card of choice, in addition to WeChat pay and AliPay for Chinese guests. Hakkasan Group has also launched WeChat and Weibo channels, a first for the restaurant group, in order to communicate directly to the Chinese community in London and across the globe.
The Golden Week menu is priced at £88 per person, in tradition with China’s lucky number eight, for parties of two or more. It will be available at both Hakkasan Hanway Place and Hakkasan Mayfair from now until 7th October. All dishes will also be available to order a la carte.
Hakkasan, Hanway Place
+44 (0) 20 7927 7000
+44 (0) 20 7907 1888
Intercontinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort celebrates Afternoon Tea Week in style
With Afternoon Tea Week now in full swing, people around the world are sipping on their favourite types of tea varieties from chai to green - making it the perfect excuse to enjoy a cuppa - wherever you are in the world.
At Intercontinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort, a five-star hillside resort and spa built into the myth-filled Monkey Mountain in Vietnam, guests will be honouring the week while enjoying some seriously Instagrammable views of the East Sea as seen from Citron, a striking hill-top restaurant located 100 metres above sea level. Here guests will enjoy a delicious fusion of Vietnamese and British cuisine and of course – tea, while dining at a unique Vietnamese conical hat shaped table suspended in mid-air.
Vietnam is one of the largest and oldest tea-producing countries in the world and tea drinking has been a tradition for Vietnamese people for more than 3,000 years. In Vietnam, tea drinking is a ritual preliminary to conducting business, meditation and getting acquainted. Vietnamese afternoon tea usually includes green tea, scented tea and plain black tea with the type of tea often reflecting or complementing the weather.
We can't think of a better place to enjoy afternoon tea and this resort will definitely be on our 'must-visit' travel bucket list.
Traditional Afternoon Tea has been given a glam-rock makeover at K West Hotel in Shepherds Bush. Guests can swap traditional hot drinks for tea-infused cocktails, and even enjoy the treat late at night like a true rockstar from 10pm-12am. Who doesn’t love cocktails and cake at midnight?
Formerly the BBC Building Kensington House in the 60s, an endless list of Rock ‘N’ Roll royalty has stayed, played and misbehaved at K West – Bob Marley and the Wailers, Bowie, The Kinks and Roxy Music, to name a few.
Priced at £24.50 and served from 2-6pm in Studio Bar & Kitchen, the Glam Rock Afternoon Tea pays tribute to the hotel’s music heritage in a playful, fun and stylish way. The tea will be served on vintage record covers, with electric blue and pink teapots and teacups, adding some glam to the rock.
A Glam Rock Prosecco Afternoon Tea is available for £31.50, and the ‘Rock ‘N’ Cocktails Midnight Tea is priced at £36.50. This cocktail tea will include a selection of five shots of cocktails, or one cocktail each. All tipples will be made using different flavours of fruit tea, such as ‘Cherry Baby’ with Cherry Liquor, Fair Goji, Cherry Blossom Tea, blackberries and Cherry Bitters; or ‘Wig-Wam Bam’ with Green Mint Tea Absolute Raspberry Infused Vodka, grenadine, blackberries, mint leaves and lime.
All of the Rock Tea’s will include fresh ‘rolling scones’ with clotted cream & strawberry compote, as well as a selection of delectable Red berry Macaroons; White Chocolate Nougat Lollipops; Hibiscus Turkish Delight; Nutella and Mascarpone on Peruvian maize bread and Chocolate “Smörgåstårta” Sandwich Cake.
A selection of delicious, organic, pinwheel sandwiches is also included, such as Mozzarella and Pesto on sundried tomato bread; Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese on golden corn bread and Honey Roast Ham and tangy Mustard Mayonnaise on spinach bread.
The Glam Rock Afternoon Teas will be served in Studio Bar & Kitchen, which has also been designed to reflect the hotel’s rich music heritage.
K West Hotel & Spa
Introducing Sensory Story Telling at M Gallery by Sofitel - Awaken your senses in luxurious surroundings
We were recently invited to the launch of MGallery by Sofitel's 'Sensory Storytelling', which is a new concept that will allow guests staying at Francis Hotel, Bath; Castle Hotel, Windsor; and Queen’s Hotel, Cheltenham, to choose their own scent to help create memories that live on past their stay.
It has long been known that scent influences our memories, which is why MGallery by Sofitel has partnered with renowned scent historian Lizzie Ostrom from Odette Toilette, to create three new fragrance collections for each of its UK properties, inspired by the heritage, personality and unique story of each hotel.
Referencing each hotel’s unique positioning and drawing from archival research on eighteenth and nineteenth century perfume formulations, guests will be able to choose their fragrance as a finishing touch for their room or suite. Continuing their Sensory Storytelling journey outside the room, guests can learn about some of the individual notes and materials that make up each scent, via smell and taste through a specially-created cocktail and afternoon tea.
THE FRAGRANCE COLLECTIONS
Working with AccorHotels' perfumery team, Lizzie Ostrom has helped create nine fragrances that each tell a story and bring to life a moment from British cultural history – from the fashionable beauty products of Regency spa towns to a bouquet inspired by the Victoria art of ‘floriography’ and an aroma inspired by Windsor Great Park, each fragrance is grounded in English fragrance heritage.
Francis Hotel’s ‘Regency Rediscovered’ collection references Bath’s evening cultures of balls, assemblies and entertainment with concoctions evoking signature drinks served at such events from the era. Queen’s Hotel’s ‘Reviving the Source of Her Heritage’ collection brings back the fragrances enjoyed by the cognoscenti of the early 19th century whereas Castle Hotel’s ‘Making a Mark on History’ collection feature recreations of original nineteenth century recipes directly inspired by the Victorian Royalty
SENSORY STORYTELLING GUEST EXPERIENCES
Ensuring the sensory journey does not end in room, each hotel has created a unique signature cocktail and Afternoon Tea heroing particular fragrance notes from its collection. Using key ingredients from Victorian baking, Castle Hotel Windsor’s afternoon tea features honey & orange delices and jasmine sponge cakes, whilst the signature cocktail playfully infuses jasmine and neroli within its serve.
Paying homage to the assemblies and parties that took place, Francis Hotel Bath serves up the ‘Beau Nash’ cocktail, a serve inspired by the man who made Bath society fashionable. In addition, orange blossom & almond cakes and nutmeg shortbread make up the ‘Capillaire High Tea’, which celebrates the ubiquitous Orange Flower used in Regency England. Rosewater was a key and expensive scent used by fashionable women in Cheltenham as a refresher during an evening out. This inspired the ‘Rose Drop’ cocktail which infuses rose syrup with Jinzu Gin served at the famed Montpellier Bar at Queen’s Hotel. Gin sorbet and cinnamon biscuits make up the unique ‘Eau d’Ange Afternoon Tea’, named after a popular fragrant remedy in eighteenth century, referencing Cheltenham’s position as a leading spa town.
In addition to the food & beverage experiences, each hotel will have a visual celebration of their unique fragrance collection via a stunning welcome floral display created by a local florist, consisting of floral notes found in their particular signature scents.
Sensory Storytelling at MGallery by Sofitel is priced at £170.00 pp, which includes an overnight stay, room fragrance, a signature Sensory Storytelling cocktail and Afternoon Tea.
It has been a while since I've graced the terrace of the Sanderson Hotel, so I was excited at the prospect of seeing how they had transformed it for the launch of their Enchanted Hanging Garden. When we arrived, we were amazed by how some simple lighting and gorgeous flora and fauna displays and living walls really uplifted the space.
Given the partnership with Perrier-Jouët Champagne, we knew that fabulous champagne cocktails were going to be par for the course, and we weren't disappointed. A waiter provided us with a Champagne cocktail tray, bedecked with a variety of a handmade liqueurs and botanicals, so we could have a go at making our own bespoke cocktails. During our visit, we enjoyed the mixed berry liqueurs, pear and elderflower liqueurs, and the kaffir lime leaves and edible flowers.
My favourite combination was the addition of kaffir lime leaves to the Champagne, which was very fragrant and although it reminded me a bit of green curry, it was gorgeous. To accompany our Champagne cocktails, we had a selection of tempura bell rock oysters with watermelon, coriander & mint; butternut squash risotto balls with cumin spiced mayonnaise; and salt baked beets with goat’s curd.
If you're looking for a great place to have a stylish after-work cocktail in the West End, then we definitely recommend that you head here for a Champagne cocktail or two.
The Enchanted Hanging Garden runs until Jan 2017.
The Sanderson Hotel
50 Berners Street, London
With the crowds of summer having subsided, autumn is an ideal time to visit Lake Como with temperatures hovering above 20C degrees and an abundance of delicious seasonal produce specific to Lombardy, including pumpkin pastas, truffles, porcini mushrooms, locally-produced taleggio and Bitto cheese and hearty soups and risottos.
In celebration of this special time of the year, Grand Hotel Tremezzo is introducing a number of mouth-watering gourmet initiatives overseen by the hotel’s prestigious culinary team including Italian icon Gualtiero Marchesi and Executive Chef Osvaldo Presazzi. Guests will be able to enjoy cookery classes, wine tasting, vineyard tours, new seasonal menus and the local Tremezzina Gastronomic Festival.
In keeping with the current popularity of foodie programmes including MasterChef and The Great British Bake Off, Grand Hotel Tremmezzo has launched its own culinary masterclasses where Executive Chef Osvaldo Presazzi will share his secrets to creating an authentic Italian feast. At the end of the two hour class, attendees will have perfected bruschetta with tomato and basil, Tagliatelle with fresh cherry tomato sauce, a traditional Cotoletta alla Milanese (breaded veal chop) and a decadent zabaione dessert, all of which will be enjoyed at the end of the class accompanied by a well-deserved glass of wine. The classes cost €200 per person and include recipe cards to take home.
Learn about the best local wines with a personalised wine tasting session with knowledgeable sommelier Alberto who will guide guests through an exquisite selection of wines in the elegant L’Escale wine bar, boasting over 300 Italian wines. Wines are accompanied by a delicious selection of canapes including local cold cuts, pickles, Parmigiano Reggiano and fresh spaghetti with tomatoes and basil. For those wishing to expand their knowledge even further, the concierge can arrange visits to exclusive vineyards in the neighbouring Valtellina, Piedmont and Veneto wine regions The visit includes an authentic lunch accompanied by their delicious wines.
In celebration of the delectable seasonal produce, the hotel has introduced autumnal menus and dishes including the new T Pizza gourmet party and Sunset Beach Dinner dining concepts featuring a tasting board with a choice of four different gourmet pizza slices including mushroom; bresaola; Bitto cheese; sausage or vegetable confit; Gorgonzola cheese and nuts and pears; prawns tartare; truffle and spinach.
Autumn also marks the annual Tremezzima Gastronomic Festival encouraging visitors to discover the many gastronomic delights of the region through their taste buds. The 60 day festival began on September 23 with many local restaurants and hotels participating throughout the festival period, showcasing authentic autumnal dishes. http://my.tremezzina.co/en/festival/taste-of-tremezzina/ .
Stay: Enchanting Autumn on Lake Como Package from €417/£357 based on two people including:
· Luxury accommodation of your choice
· Daily buffet breakfast at La Terrazza
· Free room upgrade to the next room category (subject to hotel’s availability)
· Early check-in and late check-out (subject to hotel’s availability)
· Valid for stays from October 14th to November 5th 2016
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