Meat feasts, Diwali dishes and more hot toddies than you can shake a cinnamon stick at. Here are all the best foodie events in London from Friday 13 November
We maybe not be quite fully, officially into the festive season yet but that doesn't mean you can't warm up with a whole lot of eating, drinking and merrymaking.
Here are all the best foodie happenings to get your chops round in London this week, starting from NOW. Friday 13 just became your lucky day.
Eat, drink and be merry at London's first mulled wine festival
Because obviously Christmas itself isn't enough reason to knock back a glass of something hot, spicy and alcoholic, this week sees London host its first dedicated mulled wine festival.
Coinciding with the switching-on of the Covent Garden lights, the three-day festival will ladle out mulled wine, mulled cider, mulled mead, mulled ice-cream, mulled pops, mulled candy, mulled jelly shots and mince pies, as well as music, entertainment and proper food – should you be needing something more substantial than cinnamon sticks and orange slices.
Don't mull it over, just go.
12-9pm, until Saturday 14 November. Entry free with a check-in with Yelp, or a £10 charity donation.
Keep it simple at Zelman Meats
We've got no beef with the concept behind Zelman Meats, the new launch from the folks behind Burger & Lobster, Beast and Rex & Mariano. Because it is beef – and only beef. No menu, just perfectly cooked meat, lovely wine and cocktails.
There are also bargain steak sandwiches for the hungry Soho lunch crowd, and a good old-fashioned meat raffle. Carnivores, form an orderly queue.
2 St Anne's Court, London W1F 0ZA. Visit zelmanmeats.com
Watch a finger-lickin' food fight at Berber & Q v Chick 'n' Sours
Everybody needs good neighbours. Haggerston locals have two very good ones in the shape of Middle Eastern grill house Berber & Q and boozy fried chicken joint Chick 'n' Sours – and for two nights this month you won't even have to choose between them, as the teams go head-to-head in the ultimate meaty mash-up.
At the first showdown on Monday, Chick 'n' Sours chef Carl Clarke will hijack Berber & Q with a menu featuring crispy chicken skin, schmaltz, smoked curds and pickled pomegranate, Szechuan-style coal-roasted sweet potato and smoked mangalitsa pork belly rib with Korean barbecue sauce, collard greens, kimchi and bacon, topped off with deep-fried brioche, white miso ice-cream and butterscotch salted peanut brittle. And you should probably visit Chick 'n' Sours for the rematch on Monday 23 November too, just to be fair.
7pm, Monday 16 November. Tickets £39.50 including a welcome drink, snack and three courses. Book here before Sunday 15 November.
Cosy up in a winter woodland
Probably the closest you'll get to Narnia within the M25, The Tree House at Skylounge opens on Monday.
An enchanted woodland nestled where you'd least expect it, at the top of the city's DoubleTree by Hilton hotel, The Tree House will serve up hot and cold spiced toddies, plum and rum old fashioneds and truffle mac and cheese among other treats, while you watch after-dark London light up beneath you. It has "date night" written all over it.
7 Pepys Street, London EC3N 4AF. Visit the website for more information.
Eat like Marie Antoinette at Truc Vert
There was so much more to Marie Antoinette's court than just cake, and to prove it, Mayfair bistro Truc Vert is hosting a night of food and theatre inspired by the legendary queen. You'll sip champagne and tuck into three courses of French fare while actors play out scenes from her life around you. Just don't lose your head.
7pm, Saturday 14 November. Tickets £20 for admission, food not included. Book here. Sale of tickets ends on the day of the performance.
Dine out (or in) for Diwali
The main event was on Wednesday but there's still time to celebrate the festival of lights.
Swot up with our foodie's guide to Diwali and create your own Indian feast at home, or make a beeline for your nearest branch of Dishoom where you can tuck into a Diwali special of shaam savera, a veggie classic of spinach and paneer koftas in a creamy makhni gravy, until Sunday.
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