Ale review: Red Baron (Mr Grundy’s Brewery)

I found this in my favourite Nottingham pub this weekend. This Derbyshire-brewed dark red coloured bitter is a decoy – this tastes like a hefty stout in disguise, with a rich chocolaty scent… Continue reading

Bar Review: The Dovetail EC1V

With all the continental chic of a European beer hall, but all the cosiness of a London hidden-away pub, the Dovetail is a special place. There’s Tin-Tin pictures on the tiled walls, homely… Continue reading

Beer Review: Hell Yes (Camden Town brewery)

Not all wheat beer is too sweet to be refreshing and taste alcoholic. Fact. For me, many are. Camden Town ‘Hell Yes’ wheat bear is an exception. There’s a delightfully bitter aftertaste to… Continue reading

Gin review: Few Spirits Barrel Gin

I first came across Few Spirits at an event hosted by whiskey stone supplier Teroforma in Shoreditch in mid 2013. They had a few whiskeys for sampling, including a delicious Rye. Then they… Continue reading

Wine review – Coteaux des Baronnies

My Rhone phase continues with Coteaux des Baronnies – actually located to the edge of the Rhone valley, and often overlooked because of its neighbour. This is a great choice if you’re looking… Continue reading

bar review: the cooperage SE10

Finding a great bar on your doorstep is wonderful. And that’s exactly what happened to me tonight The Cooperage is in a converted wine cellar. The lighting is intimate, but not too dark.… Continue reading

Cocktail recipe: Frothy Espresso Martini

I’ve never actually made an Espresso Martini before today, but given that I skipped dessert at lunch, it seemed like the perfect substitute. I followed the Diffords Guide recipe that suggested shaking 2… Continue reading

ale review: Shamblemoose Amber Rye #5

This is one of the best ales I’ve had of late. A hint of liquorice on the nose and an initial palate exploding with full flavoured spice, finishing with a deep and smoky taste.… Continue reading

ALE REVIEW: Honey Spice IPA at The Wilmington EC1R

This beer from the trusty Sharps brewery creeps up on you. Firstly, it’s not so pale; it has a translucent darkish amber hue. It smells of nothing at all, tastes refreshingly sweet without… Continue reading

Diary of a bar-fly: Ordering off-menu

At times, off-menu ordering in a swanky bar can feel a little like ordering chips in a Michelin-starred restaurant. When there’s a tempting list of cocktails as long as my arm, I often… Continue reading