Tuesday, 8 July 2014

64 Degrees and Chilli Pickle Make The Top 100

Now in their seventh year, the NationalRestaurant Awards are recognised as the definitive
awards for the UK’s diverse and burgeoning restaurant industry, and marks the largest gathering of top chefs and restaurateurs in Britain. 

The awards eschew the elitism of other industry accolades; this year’s list in particular sees neighbourhood bistros and tapas bars sit alongside respected and refined dining rooms, and recognises established chefs as well as fresh young talent. 

The winners represent a thoroughly diverse selection of restaurants and are truly national; any restaurant in any location across the United Kingdom is eligible for inclusion in the list, with judges each casting seven votes for their best dining experiences from both within and outside their ‘home’ region over the last year.

Indian restaurant GYMKHANA took the top award for this year and was named National Restaurant of the Year at this years Restaurant magazine’s annual National Restaurant Awards. 

The winners were announced in June at a ceremony which was held at The Hurlingham Club in London. 

Here are the full list of winners at the National Restaurant Awards where 64 Degrees features at number 36 and the Chilli Pickle features at number 55:

1 Gymkhana
2 The Clove Club
3 The Ledbury
4 The Hand & Flowers
5 Pollen Street Social
6 The Sportsman
7 Hedone
8 L’Enclume
9 Dinner by Heston Blumenthal
10 The Square
11 Restaurant Sat Bains
12 Midsummer House
13 Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons 14 The Walnut Tree
15 Kitchen Table
16 The Waterside Inn
17 Chiltern Firehouse
18 The Fat Duck
19 Restaurant Nathan Outlaw
20 Restaurant Andrew Fairlie
21 Le Gavroche
22 Koya
23 The Hardwick
24 The Dairy
25 Hibiscus
26 Restaurant Story
27 Casamia
28 Grain Store
29 Brasserie Chavot
30 Mayfields
31 Bocca di Lupo
32 The Kitchin
33 The River Café
34 St John
35 Quo Vadis
36 64 Degrees
37 The Quality Chop House
38 José
39 Sticky Walnut
40 Goodman Mayfair
41 Sushi Tetsu
42 The Seahorse Restaurant
43 Social Eating House
44 The Royal Oak Paley Street
45 Galvin at Windows
46 Berners Tavern
47 Barrafina
48 HKK
49 Marcus
50 Tyddyn Llan
51 Restaurant Martin Wishart
52 The French
53 Merchants Tavern
54 Ynyshir Hall
55 The Chilli Pickle
56 Andre Garrett at Cliveden House
57 Hawksmoor Air Street
58 Paul Ainsworth at Number 6
59 Restaurant Gordon Ramsay
60 10 Greek Street
61 Ember Yard
62 Simpsons
63 Ondine Edinburgh
64 Koffmanns
65 L’Anima
66 Manchester House
67 40 Maltby Street
68 Le Champignon Sauvage
69 Alyn Williams at The Westbury
70 PittCue
71 Drake’s
72 Loves Restaurant
73 The Pig
74 The Elephant
75 The Ethicurean
76 Shu
77 The Goods Shed
78 The Pipe & Glass Inn
79 Hutong
80 MeatLiquor
81 Restaurant Mark Greenaway
82 Flinty Red
83 Chez Bruce
84 The Hinds Head
85 The Star Inn
86 La Trompette
87 Bar Boulud
88 Timberyard
89 Cafe Murano
90 Toasted
91 The Wolseley
92 Newman Street Tavern
93 Aumbry
94 Moro
95 Monachyle Mhor Hotel
96 The Kingham Plough 97 The Greenhouse 98 La Petite Maison
99 Gauthier Soho
100 Umu

For more information about the National Restaurant Awards, have a look at their website.

All the above information has been kindly provided by the National Restaurant Awards. For further press enquiries about the awards contact gemma@gemmabell.com

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Brighton restaurants claim Best in Britain Awards

Brighton’s Indian Summer has been named among the best Indian restaurants in the country, alongside London Michelin-starred eateries in this year’s Best in Britain Awards (BIBA), organised by the Federation of Specialist Restaurants and judged by Mood Food magazine.

"Indian Summer has already been named as one of the top 100 Indian restaurants by the Cobra Good Curry Guide, so to be on an even shorter list in such exalted company as Michelin-starred venues like Tamarind,  Benares and Quilion is a fantastic recognition," said Indian Summer co owner Minesh Agnihotri.

The Best in Britain Awards originated in 1999 to support the growth and development of ever higher standards in the ethnic restaurant sector, giving annual recognition to those restaurants Mood Food magazine feels to be “exceptional”, according to its editor Peter Grove.

Also on this year’s top 50 list are TV chef Cyrus Todiwala’s Cafe Spice Namaste, Vivek Singh’s Cinnamon Club, the ornate La Porte des Indes, Cinnamon Club, Gymkhana, Bombay Brasserie and The Ambrette.

Indian Summer edged out several other famous Indian eateries, including London’s Chor Bizarre, Eriki, Gaylord and Veeraswamy, which received ‘High Recommended’ accolades.

Full details on the awards at: www.fedrest.com/awards2014.htm

On Saturday 26th July Indian Summer will be hosting a  masquerade for EPIC charity providing palliative car for terminally ill cancer patients, with live music from the EPIC 80s band, “the south coast’s finest ‘80s tribute band”, Indian Summer street food, cocktail bar, ice cream stall, masked photos, charity auction and raffle. The event promises to have some amazing auction and raffle prizes.

The black tie & ball gown masked event will be held at the Brighton & Hove Sixth Form College (BHASVIC) from 7.30pm until midnight.  Tickets cost £18, which includes a welcome drink.

Tickets available direct from the restaurant and the Indian Summer website:

New Summer Menus unveiled at Graze

Graze, Western Road’s leading modern British restaurant, is looking to bring a taste of seasonal sunshine to Brighton & Hove this July by unveiling a quartet of exciting new menus packed full of vibrancy, imagination and meticulous preparation.

Graze new ‘Short Menu’, serving at lunch times and midweek evenings, will contain two starters, mains and desserts. Mains will include Suckling pig, Jersey Royals, girolles and fresh peas, and Fillet of Pollock, buttered samphire, pickled mushrooms, clams and clam and cider sauce. 

Head Chef Adrian Hawkins cures suckling pig in brine for six hours and cooks sous vide for a further 12. Pig skin is cooked for 16 hours sous vide at 83°C before hydrating to make the most amazingly light pork scratchings. Hawkins will also serve seasonal, sustainable Pollock to which is added a wonderful supporting cast including a sauce of clams and fiercely heated cider combined with fennel, apple, shallots and pine. Clams are flashed in the hot broth and plunged straight into iced water before pickling.

Graze’s seven course Tasting Menu includes Fillet of Stone Bass, cucumber, seaweed dumplings and sea vegetables. (Sustainable) Stone Bass, also known wreckfish thanks to its love of sunken ships, has flesh a little firmer than Sea Bass. Hawkins adds cucumber which has been pickled, compressed and vac-packed to intensify flavour and colouring; Nori seaweed dumplings using lemon zest, capers, tarragon and chervil; and foraged sea vegetables such as rock samphire, sea purslane and sea asper.

Graze’s seven course Vegetarian Tasting Menu includes an amazing Carrot Panna Cotta (pictured), walnut and fennel granola, carrots and star anise. Hawkins takes four kg of carrots and shallots, to produces four litres of carrot juice. The juice is hung in muslin for 24 hours and to the resultant liquid Japanese vegetarian setting agent agar-agar is added. Agar-agar has a melting point of 84°C allowing the panna cotta to be served warm. To the walnut and fennel granola Hawkins adds a fascinating coalition of caramelised yoghurt and liquorice, molasses and star anise.

Graze Set Price Menu consists of five starters, six mains and four desserts – including Strawberry Ice Cream, basil and black pepper. On a bed of fresh strawberries sits a spherical strawberry sorbet encased in a black pepper parfait, encased in a basil gel and served with strawberry and basil meringues.

Graze is open Tuesday to Saturday 12-2, Sunday 12.30 until 3.30 for lunch and Tuesday to Saturday 6.30-9.30 for dinner. 

The new Graze Menus are on offer right now.

What are you doing this Summer?

This summer somewhereto_ and Pop-Up Brighton are taking over Circus Street the old abandoned market to bring a creative festival. 

summer of somewhereto_ is nationwide campaign happening all over the country in July to bring the best of creativity from 16-25's in unusual spaces. 

In Brighton they are changing the huge space of Circus Street into a creative 3 day festival (25-27th July) with artwork from all kind of artists, performances and workshops with a themed pop-up food area.

Pop-Up Brighton are looking for someone aged 16-25 to run a pop-up cafe or food stall for 3 days. 

It's completely free to have a stall and take part just go to - http://www.popupbrighton.com/#!open-submission/cub3 

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Stanmer House Beer and Music Festival

This July Stanmer House brings to you their American Independence Day Beer and Music Festival from the 4th – 6th July.

Stanmer House is a beautiful Grade 1 listed 18th Century Manor set in 5000 acres of stunning parkland
which is unique for its Brighton location.  Set in the heart of Sussex Countryside, yet only minutes from the bustling city centre, nestled between the sea and the Downs just 10 minutes from Brighton. Steeped in history, the house has been beautifully restored and encompasses stylish and contemporary designs while retaining the original splendour of the house.

The fantastic restaurant spreads across three decorative rooms in the house with views opening out on to the perfectly mown lawns.  Open 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, guests are welcome to come and relax by one of the open fires with a coffee, meet friends for a drink in the house bar or celebrate a family occasion in the private dining room.  The food is cooked by the in-house team of award winning chefs using locally sourced quality ingredients.  The wine is interesting and quaffable and the ales will be highly favourable and well kept.

Following on from the success of last year’s Pride and Prejudice beer and music festival, Stanmer House are proud to be hosting a weekend full of beer, music, good food and fun for all the family.  The free event is open to one and all, dogs too if they’re part of the family.  The event is part of a series of beer festivals run across the Whiting and Hammond sites throughout the summer.  

Grab a copy of W&H’s Gastro magazine from Stanmer House for all the listings.

The festival opens on Friday evening when you’re welcomed through the “saloon doors” where you can expect to find 30 real ales and ciders showcasing some fantastic local breweries from across Sussex with some real treats to tantalise the taste buds.  Tasting notes will be available to guide everyone through the selection, for the connoisseur to the novice alike. Not forgetting those who prefer their drinks a little fruitier there will be a summery Pimms bar.

To accompany the many beverages on offer visitors can tuck into the delights from the BBQ with classics like burgers and sausages and for the more adventurous there will some special treats from the Stanmer House smokery.  If you’ve seen Stanmer House at the Brighton and Hove food festival then you’ll be pleased to see their hugely popular sausage rolls and scotch eggs a plenty at the beer festival with a dedicated food stall offering guests a selection of homemade goods.

To get the toes tapping a great selection of live bands will play across the whole weekend highlighting   There’ll also be entertainment for the kids too so everyone should be kept happy while the sun shines and the beers flow freely.
some great local talent including the Stanmer House Band.

Visitors are more than welcome to explore the house and grounds.  Celebrate everything that is great about the British country pub at Stanmer House.

Parking is available on first come first served basis, but the best thing to do is catch the bus.  The number 25 runs to the bottom of the park which is a 15 minute walk through lovely countryside up to the house and the 78 runs right past the house on Saturday and Sundays.  

Further details on the event will be available on the website www.stanmerhouse.co.uk