Author: Rosie Jenkinson

Sumptuous Socialising at Matfen Hall

Matfen Hall has revealed a £250,000 refurbishment of its East Wing, making it a go-to venue for weddings and events. Socialising just got swanky at Matfen Hall. The leading Northumberland venue is putting the L into luxe after unveiling a complete refurbishment of its East Wing. The transformation, managed by North East interior designers and architects, Space ID, combines modern touches with the historic features of the Great Hall, Sir Edwards’ Bar and Terrace Room – as the venue embarks on its next chapter. Bernard Bloodworth, managing director of Matfen Hall, said: “We wanted to create an air of...

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Gin Profile: Hoxton Gin

Inspired by Hoxton, East London, Hoxton Gin’s bold and unwavering attitude reflects that of the creative centre of London. A neighbourhood which boasts a mixture of artists, writers and rock stars mixing seamlessly with supermodels, fashion designers and entrepreneurs cross pollinating ideas and changing the way everyone else does things; Hoxton Gin echoes this “anything can happen” attitude and redefines the traditional perception of gin. TASTING NOTES: Botanicals include: juniper; gunpowder tea; rosehip; bergamot; grapefruit; orris; liquorice; camomile; elderflower and hibiscus sugar. There is less the focus in the mouth with juniper as other flavours come into play, in...

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Gin Profile: Mayfield Gin

Mayfield Sussex Hop Gin is a diabolically delectable gin recipe of eight natural botanicals. Juniper berries are the signature botanical, followed by Sussex hop, orange peel, lemon peel, coriander, angelica, orris and liquorice. Each botanical is micro distilled in a copper pot still, then brought together to create a unique personality. It’s created by James Rackham, founder of artisanal spirits company, Emporia Brands, who uses wild, Sussex hop growing from hedgerows to give an amazing citrus and hop character to the gin. TASTING NOTES: Zesty lime and orange citrus, pine fresh juniper, cracked black pepper, parma violets from the...

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Veteran Vegan Gaz Oakley

He’s got more than 191k Instagram followers; 18k Facebook likes and 330k+ YouTube subscribers. Rosie Jenkinson chatted to 25-year-old Gaz Oakley (aka Avant Garde Vegan) who’s wowing the web with his vegan cooking – and has recently released his debut cookbook. Many people might just see Gaz as a home-taught cook with a flair for the camera, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. “When I left school at 16 I became a fulltime chef and worked my way around some of Cardiff’s nicest restaurants, learning as much as I could,” explains Gaz. “I wanted to go to...

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Sriracha ‘Meatballs’ with Noodles & Grilled Vegetables by Gaz Oakley

These punchy little “meatballs” are so delicious. Sriracha is one of my all-time favourite sauces – the spicy tanginess it adds to this dish is just perfect. Make sure you get some nice charring on the grilled vegetables as it adds lots of flavour. SERVES 4 Ingredients For the meatballs: 1 x 300-g (10-oz) firm block of tofu, water drained and excess water removed 3 spring onions, very finely sliced 3 garlic cloves, crushed 1 small red chilli, finely chopped handful of coriander, chopped 1 tbsp Egg Replacement (see recipe below) 4 tbsp buckwheat flour 2 tbsp sesame oil...

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Robert Graves from Harvey Nichols shares his Top Gins

Looking for the best G&Ts? In this four-part feature we chat to the gin industry experts who share with us their top six gin recommendations, with the third instalment featuring Robert Graves, Head of Buying, Food and Beverage at Harvey Nichols.   Manchester Raspberry Gin, £39.95 The Raspberry Gin has a citrus lead on the palate with a sweet, bitterness of dandelion and burdock root coming through – which are the two unique botanicals used.   Crazy Gin, £45 The world’s first Clear Lassi Gin. This is a true British/ Indian Gin combining modern English gin producing techniques with Indian...

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Gin Profile: Poetic License Distillery

Sunderland-based Poetic License Distillery is famed for its Northern Dry and Old Tom Gins, as well as its The Rarities range – featuring fabulous flavours – and it’s just launched liqueurs, too. TASTING NOTES: This Blackcurrant & Ginger Gin Liqueur from Poetic License combines Old Tom Gin with a sweet berry flavour from blackcurrants and warming spice from ginger to create a delicious, fruity drink. PERFECT SERVE: Serve it with a premium tonic and a garnish of sliced root ginger, or try your hand at this cocktail. INGREDIENTS: Double shot of B&G liqueur Single shot of rye whiskey/bourbon Shot/half...

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Gin Profile: Newcastle Gin

Newcastle Gin is an exceptionally well-balanced gin with bold notes of juniper and hibiscus, fading to a fresh rose and citrus finish. TASTING NOTES: It takes over 72 hours to create this floral, light gin using a combination of age-old distilling techniques and botanicals which include juniper, orange peel, rose petal, and sumac, as well as Newcastle City Water to take the new-make spirit to a hearty 43%. PERFECT SERVE: Pair Newcastle Gin with FeverTree tonic and garnish with juniper berries and a sprinkling of rose petals. WHERE TO BUY: newcastlegin.co.uk Image by Sean Elliott...

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Top 5 Gins From Newcastle’s The Gin Bar

27-year-old Michael Bottomley is bar manager at Newcastle’s The Gin Bar. He shares his top 5 gins:   1. Hepple Gin Serve it up as a Simonside Special with Marlish Distiller’s Choice tonic water and lemon zest for garnish.   2. Whitley Neill Gin Use a classic Fentimans tonic and garnish it with fresh orange and a sprig of rosemary.   3. Whitley Neill Rhubarb and Ginger Gin This gin is great for making mojitos and lovely to serve with ginger ale rather than a tonic. Garnish with a fresh stalk of rhubarb and a slice of ginger.  ...

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Derwent Manor

A £2.5million refurbishment and a chef that’s worked in five-star hotels around the world. Derwent Manor Hotel is pulling out the ‘big guns’ to wow guests.   Step inside the newly refurbished Derwent Manor Hotel and you’ll be dazzled. It’s now a jewel in the crown of the Northumberland hotel scene after a multi-millionpound refurbishment. “We’ve got a new bar, restaurant – the kitchen is new and there’s a fabulous woodfired pizza oven – its all open plan,” says Leanne Elliott-Ramsey, manager at the venue. Swanky suites, with giant bathtubs and beds to unwind in, overlook rolling fields out...

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Gin Profile: Hepple Gin

On the juniper-dotted hills at Hepple in Northumberland you’ll find Hepple Gin by the Moorland Spirit Company. TASTING NOTES: It’s no wonder this gin is so popular with its underlying notes of raspberry, blackcurrant and Douglas fir and scent of fresh green apple, bright grapefruit and spicy juniper. It’s sophisticated and vibrant with bursts of flavour. PERFECT SERVE: Fill a high ball glass with ice, add a slice or twist of lemon, pour a 50ml measure of Hepple gin into the glass and top up with a high-quality, light tonic. Gently stir and drink up. WHERE TO BUY: thewhiskyexchange.com...

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Elderflower Spritz Royale

When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle told the nation they were opting for a lemon and elderflower cake, we thought of gin, instantly. This gin: The Lakes Elderflower Gin Liqueur. And The Lakes Distillery have come up with a right Royal concoction for you to try out at home. TASTING NOTES: Fresh and fruity, with elderflower, juniper berries and hints of coriander. PERFECT SERVE: To make an Elderflower Spritz Royale you’ll need: 75ml English Sparkling Wine 50ml The Lakes Elderflower Gin Liqueur 25ml Soda Water Fresh mint sprigs Lemon slices Cucumber slices Cubed ice Balloon Glass METHOD: Fill the...

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Back to Basics with Valentine Warner

Chef Valentine Warner says Britain should go back to basics, cooking with nature’s natural larder. Savour’s Rosie Jenkinson chats to the revered chef about his back-to-nature approach. “We live in this very sanitised, health and safety conscious world,” says Valentine Warner, who’s passionate about people connecting with nature. “I understand it but it is very far away from any idea of sustaining yourself and being joyful about food. “While we have clean and abundant food we have lost that link with nature. All you need to do is go to France, Italy or Spain and people are still very...

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Apple Garden Gin Cocktail

“This apple garden cocktail uses a stunning foraged botanical Scottish gin. It has natural affinity with red apple – hence the name. We have more than 250 gins in the bar and have always aimed to stock the very best Scottish varieties. We love the guys at Caorunn, and the Speyside area of Scotland is simply one of the most amazing areas in the UK for scenery, as well as gin, so it was a natural fit for us.” – James Sutherland at 56 North, Edinburgh. INGREDIENTS 50ml (2fl oz) Caorunn Gin 1 tsp finely grated lemon zest 3–4...

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Food Review: The Ivy St Helen’s Square, York

Special dining without the special price tag is what Katie Beaumont found at The Ivy Collection in St Helen’s Square, York. You don’t have to fork out in York for London level dining. The world-famous Ivy in London, which attracts celebrities and artists like moths to a flame, has branched out around the country. The Ivy Collection of restaurants, brasseries and cafes has sprouted up at a number of select locations with York’s former Blacks store in St Helen’s Square opening its doors as a 120-seat restaurant at Christmas – with a surprisingly affordable menu. In the heart of...

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Robin Winterschladen from Fenwick Food Hall shares his Top Gins

Looking for the best G&Ts? In this four-part feature we chat to the gin industry experts who share with us their top six gin recommendations, with the second instalment featuring Robin Winterschladen, the Wine & Spirits Buyer for Fenwick Food Hall.   Durham Gin, £27.50 Serve with a premium tonic and garnish with a slice of nectarine.   Hepple Gin, £36.55 Try a Hepple Martini by mixing 60ml Hepple Gin with 6ml Dry Vermouth, then garnish with a twist of lemon.   Poetic License Old Tom Gin, £34.95 Serve with premium ginger ale and garnish with a slice of...

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Gin Profile: Steel River Gin

“I was born and raised on a steel river.” Chris Rea’s famous song is just one of the inspirations behind Jay Byers’s new Steel River Gin. The Teesside entrepreneur has launched two gins. Both feature 265 limited edition, first-release bottles. “The gin is based on the two loves of my life: Teesside, where I was born and raised and will be opening a gin distillery, and Granada, Andalucia, where I also have a home and have sourced some big flavours for the gin.”   TASTING NOTES: Steel River ‘Stainsby Girl’ Edition has a wonderful, fresh aroma of watermelon, juniper...

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Bees Knees Gin Cocktail by Warner Edwards

Warner Edwards Honeybee Gin is floral, zesty and infused with honey for a luscious sweet finish. Join in its mission to save the bees and pollinate hedgerows by growing your own bee sanctuary with the wildflower seeds that come with each bottle. The Botanical Garden Range of gins is inspired by the love and dedication of Tom’s mother. The herbaceous plants foraged from her garden, now converted into The Distillery’s Botanical Garden, are used to craft pioneering recipes, which have been perfected in this exclusive release. Try this Bees Knees cocktail recipe: INGREDIENTS 50ml Warner Edwards Honeybee Gin 2...

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Beef Ribs with Succotash & Bourbon BBQ Sauce by James Martin

Short ribs are taken from the top of the rib joint and are sometimes known as ‘Jacob’s ladder’. They need to be cooked for at least a couple of hours to soften, then coated in sauce, before being baked or barbecued. The meat should just fall apart. The idea for this dish came from Black’s Barbecue restaurant in Austin. Serves 4 Ingredients 2kg beef ribs 1 head of celery, halved 1 onion, halved 2 carrots small bunch of flat-leaf parsley For the bourbon BBQ sauce: 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 onions, sliced 15cm piece fresh root ginger, peeled and...

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Chef Profile: James Martin

With the keys to a Corvette, and a No1 rule to never eat anything bigger than his head, British chef and TV presenter James Martin set off on a coast to coast USA adventure in search on the best American recipes. “So why America? What can Americans teach us when it comes to food? Sure, everyone thinks of Italy and France – and now Japan – as culinary centres, but America, really? You would be wrong, very wrong, to think that America comes way down the pecking order when it comes to the quality of their food. Forget pretzels...

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Mexican Mussels by James Martin

This dish is almost like a Mexican Moules Marinières, flavoured with coriander and lime. The tequila needs to be burnt off before cooking the mussels otherwise it will be too strong. This idea for this came to me after meeting chef Johnny Hernandez, who made one of the most amazing dishes that I had ever seen. It involved a ı2-foot pit of charcoal, a metal coffin on a chain and a cow’s head roasted for ı2 hours… and my god it tasted so good. These mussels are a little bit easier to prepare. Serves 4 Ingredients 1 tablespoon butter...

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From Passion To Product: Masons Yorkshire Gin

When Karl Mason posted a Facebook status about his Friday night gin and tonic, he didn’t realise it would be the catalyst for creating Yorkshire’s first gin. Savour’s Rosie Jenkinson chats to husbandand-wife team Karl and Cathy Mason, owners of Masons Gin, about their gin journey.   “Gin and Tonic Friday?” A simple question that Karl sent to his wife Cathy after a hard day’s work. Little did he know it would lay the foundation for their gin empire. “I got home, the gin was already poured and I took a picture and put in on Facebook. Friends started...

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The Staiths Food Market

The popular Staiths Food Market is back for its third year on Saturday 12th May with the usual mix of local artisan food producers and world street food plus an exciting musical accompaniment from none other than Royal Northern Sinfonia who are based along the river at landmark music venue, Sage Gateshead. Staged on the river tyne at the Dunston Staiths, one of Europe’s largest wooden structures, this monthly food market has an enviable location, a mere 15 minutes walk from Newcastle’s bustling Quayside on the well known Keelman’s Way cycle route, and provides visitors with a tranquil setting...

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Gin Profile: Alnwick Gin

Alnwick Gin is a small batch, handcrafted gin made in the rural heart of Northumberland, by the Northumberland Spirit Company. Not only does it produce a premium gin, but there’s a range of natural, fruit flavoured liqueurs. TASTING NOTES: Alnwick Gin is expertly infused with Northumberland-foraged botanicals and exotic spices. It’s smooth, crisp and has a sweet, smoky finish. PERFECT SERVE: Enjoy Alnwick Gin with a premium Indian tonic, a herbal tonic or a rose lemonade. The Rhubarb and Strawberry liqueur should be served with Champagne, Prosecco or paired with a ginger ale. WHERE TO BUY:...

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