What’s On: November

Embrace all things autumnal this month and try one of the country’s finest and funnest events. From truffle feasts and foodie talks to festive markets and marvellous masterclasses, there’s a whole host of treats to try this November.

Good Things’ Thai Supper Club
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We’ve hosting an exclusive Thai supper club in partnership with Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts and Best at Travel this November – and you’re invited to join the feasting. The event will take place on Thursday 24th November at the glorious Gilgamesh restaurant in Camden – and will feature a special Thailand-inspired menu served by chef Mark Read.

Mark recently visited the Angsana Laguna resort in Phuket to learn more about the superb cuisine on offer – and guests attending the meal can sample a range of traditional and tasty Thai dishes. To find out more about his travels and Angsana Laguna, pick up a copy of Good Things’ November/December issue – out soon!

When: 24th November 2016
Times: 7pm
Where: Camden Market, The Stables Market, Chalk Farm Rd, London NW1 8AH
How much: £50 per person. To book your seat, click here.

Dine and drink at the Covent Garden Hotel 

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Join the Covent Garden Hotel in London for a duo of intimate evenings hosted by winemakers from both New Zealand and Tuscany this autumn. Each night will feature a delicious four or five-course meal paired with exceptional wines, handpicked and introduced by individual winemakers. Both delicious and informative, the dinners are ideal if you enjoy hand-crafted wines in the luxurious surroundings of Covent Garden Hotel’s beautiful private dining rooms. Click here to discover more.

Date: Monday 7th November
Times: 7pm
Where: 10 Monmouth Street, London, WC2H 9HB
Price: £55 per person. Click here to book or phone 020 7806 1007

Visit Taste of London: The Festive Edition

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Taste of London: The Festive Edition is set to return to Tobacco Dock this November for two days of endless festive feasting – and we’re giving away ten pairs of tickets to the edible action.

Taking place from 17 – 20 November, visit the festival to sample signature small-plate dishes from the city’s most exciting restaurants, try your hand at interactive masterclasses and indulge with a range of complimentary activities. What’s more, you can watch your favourite chefs cook up a storm and fill your stockings to the brim with gifts for your nearest and dearest. Whatever your preference, there’s something for everyone to enjoy for the ultimate festive experience.

Plus, we’re giving you the chance to win tickets to the fun. Click here to enter.

When: 17 – 20 November
Where: Tobacco Quay, Wapping Ln, London E1W 2DA
Price: Tickets start from £15. Click here to book.
Times: 17 November, 6pm – 10.30pm. 18 November, 11am – 4.30pm & 6pm – 10.30pm. 19 November, 11am – 4.30pm & 6pm – 10.30pm. 20 November

Tuck into a truffle and wine dinner at Polpo
Polpo’s Executive Chef, Jason Wass, will be cooking up a truffle feast for one night only this November – alongside truffle connoisseur Ben Milne who’ll be guiding guests through their delicious meal.

Polpo will be serving their taster dishes – all with a white and black truffle theme, as well as a whole suckling pig for the main. Hungry guests can expect the delights of cured halibut, venison wrapped hens’ eggs, truffle mayo black trumpet pappardelle, white truffle apricot & sage stuffed suckling pig and plenty more.  Each dish will be paired with wines picked by wine expert Tom Harrow from Piedmont, Umbria and the Marche regions of Italy. We can guarantee you a great night, excellent company and a satisfied palate! –

Date: 8 November
Where: Ape & Bird, 142 Shaftesbury Avenue, Soho, London WC2H
Times: 6.45pm
Tickets: £85 per person. Click here to book. 

Step into the wilderness with Social Pantry

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This November, Social Pantry invites guests to “Step into the Wilderness” for a magical evening of autumnal feasting at Habitat’s Platform Gallery. The space will be transformed into a wonderland for a seasonal feast – which is guaranteed to kick Bonfire Night off with a bang.

Diners can enjoy a 6-course menu at Habitat’s Platform Gallery –  inspired by the flavours of the wild with a focus on local, seasonal produce. Classic flavours will dominate with starters of Sweet Potato Gnocchi, Basil and Sage Pesto and Dried Swiss Chard Crisp, whilst mains will feature Pan Seared Bream with Tonnato, Roasted Tomatoes and Gremolata, served alongside a sharing Roasted Pumpkin Salad.  To finish, those with a sweet tooth can enjoy warm cinnamon doughnuts with toffee apple and ‘Toast Your Own’ rosewater marshmallows for a refined take on Bonfire Night classics. Guests are invited to bring their tipple of choice and are encouraged to pre-order through official drinks partner Humble Grape who will conveniently deliver their bottle straight to the venue.

Date: Friday 4 November
Where: 170A Lavender Hill, London SW11 5TG
Times: 6.30 – 10pm
Tickets: £50 per person. Click here for more.

Celebrate Hoppers 1st birthday with a Sri Lankan feast

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Award-winning 
Sri Lankan restaurant Hoppers in Soho will toast their first birthday with a day of traditional home-style Sri Lankan feasting. Guests are invited to visit to be transported to the warmer climes of Sri Lanka – with the restaurant set to be adorned with an abundance of hanging jungle tropical plants, banana leaves and lanterns. 

There will be four sittings from lunch through to dinner, with a set menu of exclusive short eats and small dishes served family style. Guests can  dine on off-menu specials – including Venison Kothu Roti, and a choice of either Beef Shortrib & Parsnip Rolls, or Banana Blossom Rolls both served with SL hot sauce. A selection of dishes including; Syrian Christian Beef Pickle; Savoy Cabbage Poriyal; Ceylon Cashew Nut Avial; Masala Fried Mackerel; Green Peppercorn Guinea Fowl Kari; Fried Papad and a Yoghurt Chilli will also be available, all served on a traditional style platter with a choice of either Masala Oothappam or Egg Hopper to rip or dip into. A Jaffna Roasted Lamb Shank with Rasa, Coconut Rice and Pumpkin Raitawill form the main event for all to tuck into and share. 

Since opening last October,  Hoppers has received accolades such as a five-star review from Fay Maschler in the Evening Standard, and the ‘BMW Square Meal Restaurant of the Year Award’ in April, followed by the ‘Tatler Restaurant of the Year’ in May. Hoppers was also named ‘Best New Restaurant’ at the London Evening Standard Restaurant Awards this June, and most recently received a coveted Michelin Bib Gourmand. 

Date: Sunday 6 November
Where: 49 Frith St, London W1D 4SG
Times: The event will feature two sittings at lunch (12pm, and 2.30pm) and two sittings at dinner (5.30pm, and 8pm).
Tickets: £39 per person. Click here to book.

Bowood Hotel’s Christmas extravaganza

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The Marchioness of Lansdowne’s festive shopping celebration will play to the splendour of Robert Adam’s Orangery at Bowood House this month. F
rom Wednesday 23 until Friday 25 November, guests are invited to visit for a three day Christmas Extravaganza festival. In gearing up for the festive frenzy in the month ahead, these offers present the perfect retreat to combine relaxed shopping and pampering within the 2,000 acre estate where the Lansdowne family has celebrated Christmas since 1754.

During the three-day event, shoppers will have the chance to seek out upscale items from a wealth of gift stalls spreading out from the House Restaurant, through to the Sculpture Gallery and on into the Orangery. The surrounding Robert Adam architecture and display of paintings, sculptures and tapestries bring incomparable panache to Bowood House’s colonnaded ‘pop-up’ shopping arcade.  Cashmere, jewellery, scented candles, festive decorations, wrapping paper and ribbon, indulgent foodie treats, handmade toys, imaginative stocking fillers and Library bookshop are among the many choices set to inspire the Christmas shopper seeking to enjoy the whole process. A Christmas Café will also be open throughout the festivities. 

Date: Wednesday 23 – Friday 25 November.
Time: Wednesday 23: 4-8pm. Thursday 24 & Friday 25: 10am – 3pm.
Where: Bowood House & GardensCalne, Wiltshire SN11 0LZ.
Tickets: From £6 per person. For those looking to stay overnight at the nearby Bowood Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort, admission to the Extravaganza, dinner (food only), breakfast, a spa treatment, use of spa facilities and a gift wrapping masterclass (from 5.30pm-6.30pm). To make a hotel reservation, click here or email resort@bowood.org.

Sip on sherry at Bar Pepito 

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To coincide with the National Sherry Week (7-13 November 2016), Bar Pepito is launching a series of sherry tasting and pairing events, starting with ‘An introduction to different sherry styles and perfect Christmas food matching.’ Tucked away across the courtyard from Camino Kings Cross, Bar Pepito is an intimate Andalusian bodega specialising in an extensive range of sherry. Attendees can enjoy a welcome sherry cocktail followed by five sherries, matched with festive tapas from Camino Head Chef Nacho del Campo and a goodie bag to take home.

Date: Wednesday 9 November
Time: 6.30pm
Where: Bar Pepito, 3 Varnishers Yard, Regent Quarter, N1 9FD
Tickets: £35 per person. To book your place, email kingscross@camino.uk.com

Experience an exclusive sake master class with Tokimeite
Tokimeite, the contemporary Japanese dining destination in the heart of Mayfair, will take on the complex, sophisticated flavours of sake on 10 November 2016 as its own expert sommelier and premium Japanese brewery, Tosatsuru pair up to host an exclusive evening dedicated to the delicious complexities of sake.

Set to the unique aesthetic of world-renowned Michelin-starred Kyoto chef, Yoshihiro Murata and acclaimed designer Yasumichi Morita’s Tokimeite, the evening will fuse a truly authentic taste of Japan with a unique selection of beautiful sake wines, imported directly from their homeland. Making the event one not to be missed, the Tosatsuru brewery owner will travel from Japan specifically to share his knowledge and appreciation of sake along with select examples of his wines.

Diners at the one-night-only master class will enjoy a tasting menu prepared by Executive Head Chef, Hayashi. Each course has been carefully designed to pair perfectly with a selection of sharp and mineral sakes.  Dishes include squid and wasabi stem arranged in wasabi sauce, slow-cooked scallop and apple with black truffles, premium sashimi wagyu beef grilled on magnolia leaf with gingko nuts flavoured in hoba-miso. Accompanying this curated menu of signature Tokimeite dishes will be a hand-picked selection of sake’s served both hot and cold. Awash with intricate notes, flavour variations, groups and vintages, Tokimeite’s sake master class is an exclusive experience for diners keen to better understand the subtle etiquette and complex flavours of Japan’s national drink.

Date: Thursday 10 November
Where: 23 Conduit St, London W1S 2XS
Tickets: £120 per person. To book, phone 020 3826 4411 or email reservations@tokimeite.com.

Try Amedei Tuscany tasting sessions 

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Amedei Tuscany
is a staple on chocolate menus created by top chefs and is often closely linked to working with Tuscan olive oil. The quality of the Amedei cocoa beans is always and uniquely the best, as they are ethically sourced, and singled out for their aroma and flavours. As a way to introduce people to this exquisite chocolate and to treat people to its delicious products, Amedei are running a series of chocolate tastings in the run-up to Christmas at a number of top London locations: 

Tasting sessions
5th November, Fortnum & Mason: 2 – 6 pm
6th November, Selfridges: 2 – 6 pm
11th November, Harvey Nichols: 2 – 6 pm
25th November, Harvey Nichols: 2 – 6 pm
26th November, Fortnum & Mason: 2 – 6 pm
27th November, Selfridges: 2 – 6 pm
10th December, Harvey Nichols: 2 – 6 pm

Watch Live at Zedel’s foodie fun
Grace Dent & Russell Norman In Conversation
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Visit Brasserie Zedel for an an evening with award-winning restauranter Russell Norman and London Evening Standard critic Grace Dent as they chat all things food related. 

Date: 30 November
Date: 7pm
Where: 20 Sherwood St, London W1F 7ED
Tickets: £30 per person. Click here to book.

Jay Rayner 10 (Food) Commandments

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Taking place on the 9th and 10th December, join award winning restaurant critic and Masterchef judge Jay Rayner in this audio-visual romp as he sets out to provide hilarious guidance on the very best way to eat now. 

Date: 9 & 10 December
Times: 7pm
Where: 20 Sherwood St, London W1F 7ED
Tickets: £20 per person. Click here to book.

Try Searcy’s One New Change cocktail masterclass
Searcy’s One New Change have joined forces with Cocchi, the award-winning producer of vermouth and aperitivo wines from Turin, to create an exciting evening of Itailan cocktails and vermouth tasting. The masterclass will be guided by the engaging brand ambassador, who’ll take guests on a journey through the origins and rich history of vermouth – as well as some of Italy’s classic cocktails.

Le Notti Torino spritzes will be served on arrival, followed by a tasting of three different Cocchi vermouth. To accompany the tippeles, guests can enjoy a selection of delicious antipasti of Italian cheeses and charcuterie. 

Date: Tuesday 15 November
Time: 6.30 – 8.30pm
Price: £19.50 per person. Book your place here.

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