Monthly Archives: May 2014

Champagne Tasting at the Troubadour Gallery

Posted by Caroline Lofts

A theme appears to be emerging here what with London wine week looming and an Historic Beer Tasting in the mix. And, never to be outdone, our little lock has a tasty treat for you this weekend.

The good people at the Troubadour Gallery have put together an exquisite Champagne Tasting experience. Eight Artisan Champagnes, together with caviar, plus chocolates and fruit jellies from leading Paris chocolatier Jacques Genin. The Champagnes will be introduced by Francois Lavergne, Champagne House owner. A show of hands for who might want to attend? Ah, I thought so.

The cost per attendee is £48. Contact details to purchase tickets are pete.pedrick@champagnecollection.co.uk / 07876 761962
The Troubadour Gallery
265 Old Brompton Rd, London SW5 9JA 

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Art: Daniel Shadbolt Solo Exhibition

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Gallery 286 will be exhibiting Daniel Shadbolt’s New Paintings in a one-man show this June. Well known as a teacher at Heatherley’s, a bastion of traditional art-school values in Chelsea, Daniel has proved a popular exhibitor at 286 in group shows of Still Life and Self Portraits, both genres in which he excels.

The New Paintings exhibition features fine examples of both these strands in Daniel’s practice but the essential element that connects all the paintings is his studio. Working from a house in West London for the past few years has proved inspirational, and the interiors that he depicts are the distillation of an artist’s life.

Illuminated with a fairly constant indirect light, it is the inclusion and exclusion of objects that make the radical differences to the compositions. The structure of the rooms may be recognisable from one canvas to another, but the viewpoint changes and the visitors to the rooms come and go – a man with a violin, an elegant bearded figure in a grey suit, a slender young woman in jeans, or the artist himself in a variety of guises. The still life set-ups hint at the seasons changing.

Everything an artist does is a matter of choice, from the selection of the subject matter to the colour of the paintmark he decides to place next to the previous one, and Daniel has that ability to make the right choices, so the eye moves with pleasure over the surface of the canvas, enjoying his depiction of volume, colour, and the light which animates them. These are the sort of paintings that it would be a pleasure to live with.

You get the feeling too that, if one were to commission a portrait from him, the process would be enjoyable and the outcome satisfactory. His sitters have a relaxed look about them brought about, no doubt, by his easy temperament or, perhaps, by his excellent taste in music?

10th – 30th June 2014
Gallery 286, 286 Earl’s Court Road
London SW5 9AS
Private views on:
Tuesday June 10th, 6.30 – 8.30pm
Thursday June 12th, 6.30 – 8.30pm
Sunday June 15th, 12.00 – 3.00pm
 
Open days on
Wednesday June 18th 12.00 – 6.00pm
Wednesday June 25th 12.00 – 6.00pm
 
Viewing by appointment at other times.

 

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Historic D-Day Beer Tasting at The Finborough Arms

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Recreated Whitbread beers from D-Day, 1944 are to be served at The Finborough Arms on the 70th Anniversary of the Normandy Landings. Yes, you did read that right.

The actual date of D-Day – 6th June 1944 – was one of history’s best kept secrets. At Whitbread Brewery on Chiswell Street, the day began as any other in wartime. Three brews were planned. At 6am, they mashed Gyle 372, an XX (mild) ale, before the first landing craft hit the beaches. By noon, when brewing had begun for Gyle 373, an India Pale Ale (IPA), the invasion has begun. By midnight, when brewing was underway for Gyle, the beaches were secure and the Battle of Normandy had begun.

In 1944, the Finborough Arms was a Whitbread pub. The brews of D-Day will almost certainly have been served there. On 6th June 2014, exactly 70 years later, they will be serving all three once again. Brewer and beer writer Peter Haydon has studied the brewing logs and recreated exactly the same recipes at “A Head in a Hat”, his microbrewery in South London.

“I have looked at the original Whitbread brewing logs for the day and recreated these three beers as faithfully as I can. I thought it would be an interesting way to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of D-Day, but then it struck me that whilst you will be able to taste these historic brews, many of the man who waded ashore on 6th June 1944 never got to” – Peter Haydon, Brewer, A Head in a Hat Brewing

The event will be attended by James Whitbread, direct descendant of Whitbread Brewery’s founder Samuel, who will speak about his family’s brewing history.

Finborough Arms, 118 Finborough Road, London SW10 9ED
Friday, June 6 2014 from 5.00pm until midnight.
Admission free – just turn up – beers £3.90 per pint

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Wine Wednesdays at The Drayton Arms

Posted by Caroline Lofts

The sun is out and I predict a heatwave. And what goes better with a heatwave than a lovely glass of Rosé? And what goes better with a glass than a bottle? And what, pray tell, is better than 20% off that bottle EVERY WEDNESDAY?

Nothing, that’s what.

The Drayton Arms are continuing their tradition of serving up lovely vino at reasonable prices well into the summer and today I suggest you take advantage! I will give you a rundown of the Rosés and the rest you can devine for yourselves…

Alpha Zeta / Corvina
Corvina’s distinctive flavor is of sour cherries. However, Corvina grapes have thick skins and often undergo appassimento – the process of partially drying grapes before fermenting them. Such wines show more raisin and dried-fruit flavors, usually with a distinctive richness.
 
Rubini Blush /Pinot Grigio
Light Pink, with intense fruit, retro strawberry – medium body, floral with pleasant finish.
 
Innocent Bystander Rose / Pinot Noir
Elegant strawberry flavour zips onto the front of the palate and blueberry, mint and mineral characters join in on the middle plate. The finish has steely acid and a touch a savoury tannins.

Enjoy! x

The Drayton Arms
153 Old Brompton Rd, London SW5 0LJ
 

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Earls Court Life

Get Your Quiz on at The Pembroke

Posted by Caroline Lofts

Did you know The Pembroke has had a bit of a makeover? When I say a bit what I mean is a real sprucing up both inside and out which has really lightened up the place and just in time for this ah-mazing weather.

They have also re-upped the ante on their menu, introducing seasonally rotating fare that changes every four weeks although I’m rather hoping they’ll keep the candy beetroot, feta, honey & almonds on their starter menu for all eternity. And the lounge menu is just as scrummy with Manchego and Pickles, Grilled Chorizo, Chiperones with aioli, Buttermilk wings with Bluecheese dip. Yeah, the diet is out the window with this lot.

Last but not least, along with the extensive coverage of all sporting events on the rather grand new mega screens they’ve got upstairs in the mezzanine, the good people of The Pembroke have added a new regular event to their fixtures board.

On Tuesdays you can get your brain working on the pub quiz which has started its run on Tuesday from here on out. It’s £2 entry and starts at 7.30pm. Are you Mastermind extraordinaire? Prizes will vary.

If the quiz isn’t really your thing then do take advantage of the lovely sun trap rooftop terrace. Did someone say pimms o clock?

The Pembroke
261 Old Brompton Road, Kensington, SW5 9JA
t: 020 7373 8337 e: info@thepembrokesw5.co.uk

 

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