While London’s food scene may be vibrant, here is a “tasty” week to start The Positive’s regular Weekly Food & Drink Round-Up. In addition to the many food festivals, new restaurant and bar openings, food markets, and special restaurant events that London plays host to, currently in the midst of Urban Food Fortnight.
Organised by Capital Growth, London’s dynamic food growing network, the festivities started this week and continue until 29th September, with events across the capital designed to think about what to eatwhere that food comes from and its wider impact. The city may be awash with grower events, special edition restaurant menus and food festivals, including among them many opportunities to experience rural activities you mightn’t have thought possible in the Big Smoke. Receive an introduction to bee-keeping in Kennington Park, learn about growing herbs on Regent Street, forage in Tower Hamlets or indulge in a dinner cooked from entirely home-grown ingredients at Stepney City Farm. See all the events which are going on with this handy Google Map.
There’s more loving of the local to be had at The Grafton pub in Kentish Town this weekend. They’re hosting a beer festival with a difference: almost all the beers are brewed in London. Hackney Brewery, Twickenham Fine Ales, Redemption in Tottenham and Sambrook’s in Battersea are all among the patriotic pints on offer. Visit the pub’s website for more information and to buy tickets, which are £5 per session.
For beer from further afield, Kennington Park at the other end of the Northern Line is the place to be, as London Oktoberfest kicks off its annual ten day session tomorrow. Live music and German fare accompany the wheat beers, lagers and ales on offer. Who needs to go to Munich, anyway? All the information is on the official website here.
New restaurant openings this week include Bo Lang in Kensington which serves up creative dim sum both traditional and improvised; sharing plate-oriented Berners Tavern in Fitzrovia, the latest opening from Pollen Street Social chef and one-time Gordon Ramsay protege, Jason Atherton; and Dip N Flip in Battersea, which specialises in French-style meat sandwiches which you dip in gravy. This week has also seen the announcement by popular Spanish restaurant and deli group, Brindisa that they aim to be opening a new branch in Brixton.
Until next week, happy eating, drinking and exploring all that London has to offer.