Every month I pick my favourite events, restaurant openings and products from across the UK. I want you to enjoy food and drink, events and exciting pop-ups from all across the country. We're all foodies regardless of postcode! This month includes Glasgow Vegan Food Festival, grabbing your bib in Lyme Regis, coffee straight to your door and some excellent pop-ups in the north and south.
TAKE YOUR MAMA FOR AFTERNOON TEA AT BRIDGE OF ORCHY HOTEL
Experience Highland hospitality at its best in the iconic Bridge of Orchy Hotel near Glencoe this Mother’s Day and throughout March with a new ‘Orchy’ Afternoon Tea experience. Recently appointed Head Chef and former BBC MasterChef – The Professionals contestant, David Hetherington, has made it his mission to create a foodie haven in the West Highlands. The Bridge of Orchy’s new Afternoon Tea includes a glass of Prosecco, a selection of sandwiches, freshly baked scones, French macarons, billionaire’s shortbread and lemon meringue tart, as well as Gin & beetroot cured seatrout and cucumber pickle, and chef’s renowned haggis & black pudding scotch eggs. Take your mum, take your friends, or just take yourself.
GRAB A BIB AT HIX OYSTER & FISH HOUSE - 23 MARCH
Mark Hix and the team at HIX Oyster & Fish House kick off their new series of events this spring. First up is Buckets and Bibs taking place on 23rd March at 7pm. Mark Hix MBE teams up once more with Nigel Bloxham of Weymouth’s Crab House Café for the first event of the year.
Guests will sit at long dining tables to enjoy their sharing-style feast of local mackerel and Dorset cock crab. Much like the famous Food Rocks supper club, after enjoying crab soup, Cobb-smoked mackerel pate with pickled seaweed and Lyme Bay mackerel ceviche, guests will don their bibs, grab a rock and begin to smash into their tasty crab, which is served simply with mayonnaise and freshly baked bread. Mark and Nigel will be on hand to assist and answer any questions throughout the evening with a Q&A held during the evening.
Tickets for the events are available now from www.hixrestaurants.co.uk/whats-on
EAT THERMIDOR CROQUETTES AT POMELO
The highly acclaimed modern British restaurant Lupins, owned by top chefs Natasha Cooke and Lucy Pedder, is to open sister site Pomelo in Goods Way, King’s Cross this March.
The new eatery, serving unique modern British tapas, will form part of all day dining venue The Courtyard in Goods Way, also home to new live music venue Lafayette, by Mumford & Sons star Ben Lovett.
Pop in and try the crab thermidor croquettes – a take on Lupins’ two signature dishes, cavelo nero croquettes and Cornish crab thermidor and their hugely popular cornmeal spring onions with chipotle mayonnaise.
GRAB A VDOG AT GLASGOW VEGAN FESTIVAL - SAT 28 MARCH
Glasgow Vegan Festival provides an all-immersive vegan experience for everyone, whether you’re vegan-curious, veggie, vegan or just love to try new food. Head there to try traditional favourites like VFish and Chips and Vdogs (tasty vegan hotdogs). There will be over 80 fantastic stalls, world food caterers, exciting cookery demos, inspirational talks, interactive workshops, yoga and children’s activities running from 10.30am – 4.30pm each day at Hampden Park, Letherby Drive, Glasgow, G42 9BA.
GET KISS THE HIPPO COFFEE STRAIGHT TO YOUR DOOR
Known for their innovative, sustainable approach to coffee, independent coffee roaster, Kiss the Hippo are delighted to announce the launch of their coffee subscription service, Kiss the Hippo at Home. Available for pre-order now, customers that sign up for Kiss the Hippo at Home between 3rd and 31st March will be in the running to win a three-month coffee subscription as well as extra treats on their first delivery. And who doesn't love treats?
Customers can order their very own customised bags of coffee delivered directly to their door every week. Roasted carbon neutral, you will be able to choose from three options:
Single Origin: An ever-changing selection of single-origin coffees that rotate depending on seasonality
George Street Blend: Organic certified seasonal espresso blend – fruit-forward, chocolatey and sweet
Donna Blend: A classic, seasonal espresso featuring more traditional notes of dark chocolate and molasses
For more information visit www.kissthehippo.com/subscriptions
HEAD TO STOCKPORT FOR THE TWO COUNTIES SUPPER CLUB - 21 MAR
The boys kick off their debut supper club at R Noone and Son in Stockport this month. Chefs Jason McCrellis and Michael Wilkinson host an evening which will include a welcome cocktail, a three-course meal and wine. This is your chance to try high-end cooking without the price tag. The intimate night is only sitting a few tables, so grab them quick, and then you'll always be able to say you were there at their debut.
DRINK VERMOUTH & SHERRY AT VERMUT
Cardiff welcomes a new bar, specialising in the sale of Spanish sherry, wines from Montilla-Moriles and vermouth.
Modelled on the small, casual late-night venues found in cities like Madrid, the cosy bar - named Vermut - holds a maximum of 30 covers, with punters encouraged to pop in, perch on bar stools and enjoy a relaxing drink and a chat.
Don't worry, they have something to line your tummy. A limited menu of ‘para picar’ (things to pick at) have been specifically designed to complement the drinks list, along with a range of sharing platters of cured meats, charcuterie and Spanish cheeses.
HAVE FUN WITH YOUR FOOD AT LOOSE CANNONS SUPPER CLUB
From the team that brought you Ode to the British Showman and Back To The Future, For Starters now bring you their monthly supper club.
Scott Perkins and David Kulesza are 'Loose Cannons' with no theme or boundaries they bring to you an 8 course monthly changing tasting menu, that will bring you a social fine dining experience without the stuffiness and the price tag. Expect the unexpected, as the chefs cook your meal in front of you with plenty of interaction, music and participation. To top it all off bespoke cocktail and wines have been paired to compliment the flavours, sensation and experiences of your evening.
The Loose Cannons will be taking up residency at The owl and hitchhiker every last Wednesday and Thursday of each month starting on the 25th/26th of March and the Peoples park tavern on the last Friday of each of month starting on April 24th.
Chatting Food Contributor: Ellen Pope
Self-confessed potty mouth, mother of guinea pig and eater of 99.9% of food (don't bring me marzipan and tell me it is food). Ellen is the founder and Editor of Chatting Food Magazine and on a one-woman mission to talk food at everyone. Usually found tweeting, eating, sleeping, repeating.