Wine Wednesdays at The Drayton Arms
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! xThe Drayton Arms 153 Old Brompton Rd, London SW5 0LJ
An Evening with Dame Diana Rigg – Earls Court Life
Diana Rigg will be hosting a one night fundraising performance at The Finborough Theatre, Earls Court, on the 20th October.
Whether you have loved her since James Bond, The Avengers or just caught her recently in Game of Thrones it is very unlikely that this icon of stage and screen hasn’t captured your heart at some point during her career.
She will be talking about her book, No Turn Unstoned, a collection of some of the most scathing reviews ever received in entertainment history. The impetus for the epitome was a rather scornful remark about her nude scene in Abelard and Heloise by critic John Simon. She decided to call upon her many friends and acquaintances in the theatre and film industries, asking them to share their worst-ever reviews. The result being both hilarious and horrifying in equal measure.
The evening is a once in a lifetime opportunity to hear Dame Diana talk about No Turn Unstoned, followed by a questions and answers session, in the uniquely intimate surroundings of the Finborough Theatre.
Enjoy!The FInborough Theatre 118 Finborough Road, SW10 9ED 0844 847 1652 Sunday, 20 October 2013 at 7.30pm
Quiz Night @ The Harwood ArmsThe Harwood Arms Walham Grove SW6 1QP
020 7386 1847 @harwoodarms
Let me start by saying, ‘We Won!!”
Phew, glad I got that out of my system. But seriously, I never win ANYTHING so this was a fantastically exciting first for me. But even if I had come in very last I still would have enjoyed many victories on Tuesday evening.
First of all there is limited space at this event, held every four to six weeks at The Harwood, so you must book well in advance. Because there is a cap on numbers it simply feels like a lively and well-filled dining room that, all of a sudden come 8pm, turns into an epic quiz crusade.
We were all seated by 7.30 and had ordered a bottle of white and a bottle of red from the extensive and incredibly well devised wine list. You can’t go wrong when picking from this list, it’s that good.
The tables were very simply dressed, a nod to country kitchens complete with string-tied napkins and a posy of fresh wild flowers in the centre. A cloth basket for the freshly baked bread and a pat of proper butter to slather all over it saved me from a very fast slide into an impending wine slump – it was sooo hot on Tuesday night and the white went down like a cool breeze.
The menu was a pared down version of the a la carte you might find here on a regular night but still sang with only three options available for each course. I had the Treacle Cured Smoked Salmon with Apple, Whiskey and Watercress and it was a perfect opener.
It was hard not to be completely distracted by the food by the time the battle had commenced but with questions like, ‘Find the only other word that can be made up from all the letters in Monastery.’ one had to keep their wits about them which hardly seemed fair to this exquisite meal. The answer was Oysterman, who knew? Us, that’s who.
We were further bombarded with questions about planet density, Russian method acting, the oldest living James Bond – I managed to identify Jamie Cullum’s chin but not Tina Turner’s forehead – but again the main attraction for me was the Short rib of Ruby Red beef with celeriac, pickled walnuts and smoked bone marrow. It was heaven.
In the end there was a four way tie and an extra decider question was added. What is the square mileage of the UK? Closest got the win. I must say the answers were varied and we were close but still 30,000 miles off. Never the less we won the day, four main meals! I still had time to thoroughly savour my Frozen goat’s curd with vanilla, strawberries and blueberries. Holy cow/goat! That was tasty.
I would highly recommend this evening to anyone with a taste for fine food, fun and competition. Only a modicom of general knowledge required – so long as you have five other people on your team.
The Mansion Bar & Parlour- Is now closedThe Mansion Bar 34-44 Barkston Gardens, West Brompton, SW5 0EW 020 7370 9130 @Mansion_Bar
Every now and again you need a little pick me up, well, I do anyway. West Brompton does not disappoint because the recently opened Mansion Bar and Parlour has decided to throw its hat into the ring with Champagne & Oyster Thursdays. For a mere £30 you can enjoy a bottle of Champagne and half a dozen oysters and if that isn’t the best way to start the weekend then I don’t know what is!
With a sleek nod to the 1920’s sprinkle with a bit of neon here and fluoro there it’s sometimes hard to be sure which century you’re in but rest assured that the very dapper bar staff will make certain that you feel welcomed and well taken care of as soon as you step through their doors.
If Thursday is already booked up then don’t dismay, there’s a very civilised Champagne & Jazz Lunch laid on for you every Sunday, are you starting to sense a theme here? Tuck in to a traditional Sunday Roast with the gentle thrums of live Jazz and Blues in the background. All main courses are served with a free glass of champagne making this my new Sunday destination forever!
Not in the mood for a roast? Choose something lighter from the All Day Brunch menu instead.
Sold? I thought so.
Music for a Summer’s Evening in Earls Court
St Philip’s Church puts on another lovely musical event in the heart of Earls Court.
Enjoy a delightful concert of arias and instrumental music, old and new, by Monteverdi, Bach, Faure, Rachmaninov, Ravel and Previn with readings.
Performances by Elena Ferrari (soprano), Gisela Meyer (piano), and Mayda Narvey (cello) start at 7.30pm on 3rd August and will be followed by a drinks reception. Everyone is welcome.
Tickets at the door £8. Seniors and concessions £6. Under 26 free.
St Philip’s Church Earls Court Road, Earls Court, W8 6QH