The Week in Food

British Food Fortnight

The White Swan


We’re halfway through the British Food Fortnight celebrating the abundance and quality of British, and you’ve got plenty of time to taste one of the many events that are on offer through Sunday, 2 October.  One restaurant option for celebration the best of British is going on at The Gun, The Well, The White Swan, The Cadogan Arms and The Prince Arthur: ‘Best of British grub and a pint’ for a tenner with dishes like quality sausage and mash, Billingsgate fish pie with mushy peas and carrots, ale-battered fish and hand-cut chips, and super British ales like Darkstar Hpohead, and Adnam’s Bitter, or a glass of wine if you prefer.
London Restaurant Festival
Next week the London Restaurant Festival kicks off for two weeks of gastronomic exploration and dining-out blowouts.  Restaurants offer specially-priced Festival menus, giving you the opportunity to try a host of spots you always meant to get to, but never quiiiite booked.  Then there are jillions of events, including the popular Gourmet Odysseys, and a Fringe Festival as well. 3 – 17 October.
Ascot Racecourse Beer Festival
Horseflesh and ale — could be lunch in France, or it could be the fifth Ascot Racecourse Beer Festival in conjunction with CAMRA and Fullers this Friday and Saturday, 30 September and 1 September.  If flat racing and fine beer, cider and perry are your thing, then this terrific day combines the best of both.
East Midlands Food and Drink Festival
Melton Mowbray, the Rural Capital of Food and Drink — we’re totally serious about that — hosts the East Midlands Food & Drink Festival this weekend 1 and 2 October, featuring Rangemaster Cookery Demonstration, Family, Food and Fun Zone, and a new and quite thrilling Vintage Gadget Roadshow with Fiona Ure.   Of course there will be terrific local suppliers, restaurants and foodie folk.  It will be a seriously great day out — and children under 16 are free!