Edinburgh loves food so tomorrow’s Love Cooking Festival at the Edinburgh Playhouse should be a cracking event. James Martin of BBC1’s Saturday Kitchen headlines the event with guest appearances from Tom Kitchin, Oz Clarke, Ainsley Harriott, Rachel Allen, Gino d’Acampo and Mary Contini, owner of Edinburgh’s Valvona & Crolla deli. toptable has joined up with Love Cooking and some of our best Edinburgh restaurant partners to give you super special offers at Ondine, Tigerlily, Whighams, Hotel du Vin, Massimo, Sygn, Cellar Door, Restaurant at the Bonham and Zucca.
London Cocktail Week, that begins today with a quick shake and runs through Saturday, is a new concept happening across London to celebrate the capital of cocktail culture. Seminars, Cocktail Classes, bar tours and parties will be hosted throughout the week for cocktail enthusiasts and professionals alike. The inaugural 5,000 wristbands are gone, but there’s still lots to do, see, drink and learn.
Our favourite may by the Hendrick’s Horseless Carriage of Curiosities, a converted 19th century rail carriage stuffed full of machines that clink and whirr, that’s making a whistle-stop tour around London offering gin masterclasses, sponsoring writing contests, and VIP dinners by Bompas & Parr.
Chocolate knows no borders, so Chocolate Week, from 11 – 17 October, is right across the UK, the biggest and most decadent chocolate celebration ever. There are meals, afternoon teas, tastings and demonstrations and sampling events, ending with the Chocolate Unwrapped weekend – Taste chocolate as it would have been a century ago! Sign the chocolate wall! Marvel at the chocolate art! – at Vinopolis on the 16 – 17 October. Restaurants taking part include the Almeida, Amba Bar & Grill at The Mayfair Hotel, Northbank Restaurant & Bar, Roast, and The Hoxton Apprentice.
The Falmouth Oyster Festival 14 – 17 October celebrates the beginning of the oyster dredging season with a parade, a working boat race, cookery demonstrations, Cornish produce stalls, craft marquee, ale and wine bars, children’s shell painting, hot and cold food, lots of music, Valentine Warner and oysters oysters oysters.
The gigantic and important Frieze art fair opens at Regents Park 14 – 17 October. Mark Hix is in charge of the restaurant and Moshi Moshi is offering informal dining, but if you want to eat well near Regents Park, well you know where to click.
At the very same time in Shoreditch, the Moniker International Art Fair will focus on overlooked and street artists and promises to be an exciting event to balance the big-bling offerings at Frieze. All that culture can bring on an appetite. We’ve got great Shoreditch eateries if you fancy a nosh.
And Cheese. And Wine.
A free Cheese & Wine Festival at the Southbank Centre in London SE1 15 – 17 October focuses on produce of the world with tastings, exhibits, demonstrations from BBC Masterchef Winner Steven Wallis, a gift wrapping demonstration and a cheese and chocolate pairing event.
And we have some new signings on toptable to peruse:
The Mulberry Restaurant near Warminster in Wiltshire is the modern centrepiece of the gorgeous Bishopstrow House Hotel dining experience. Fancy a fabulous weekend out of London anyone?
A sumptuous spot for traditional afternoon tea near the museums, galleries and shops, The Tea Room at the Westbury in Mayfair features superb surroundings, the world’s finest teas and a live pianist tinkling away.
La Brasserie Mayfair overlooks Green Park and has a fabulous pedigree – it’s the more casual modern European sister restaurant of Mayfair favourite Fakhreldine so it’s bound to be brilliant.
The Kingsley Two restaurant is a haven of light and peace within the Kingsley by Thistle hotel in Bloomsbury. It serves modern European bistro-style cuisine and is a delight.
In Cambridgeshire between Huntingdon and St Neots you will find The George Brasserie in Buckden, a countryside brasserie with boutique styling and award-winning Mediterranean-inflected dishes, part of a charming and superlatively comfortable family-run hotel.