As the nights draw in our favourite restaurants have turned their attention to the most creative occasion on the seasonal calendar; Halloween! From devilish desserts, to creepy cocktails and even a pop-up pumpkin patch, they’ve got it all covered.
Trick or treat? This year Tom’s Kitchen is celebrating Halloween with a creative dessert which is as tasty as it is terrifying. A white chocolate and pumpkin mousse coated in dark chocolate will be served with an orange macaroon and vanilla whipped cream. The spooktacular masterpiece will be available from 26th to 31st October at Tom’s Kitchen Chelsea, Canary Wharf and Birmingham, priced at £7.50. https://tomskitchen.co.uk/
Pumpkin Bao Buns from Mr Bao
This year for Halloween, the clever chaps at Mr Bao, Peckham, have created miniature orange pumpkins, complete with green stalks, out of bao dough. The sweet treat is packed full of roasted pumpkin and raisins and will be available on the 31st October. https://www.mrbao.co.uk/
Pumpkin Soup & Black Pizza at Radici
Get into the spirit of Halloween with a steaming bowl of Chef Francesco Mazzei’s pumpkin and sage soup at Radici. Alternatively, daring diners will not be disappointed with their spooky black pizza topped with roast pumpkin, fiordilatte mozzarella, cavolo nero and toasted pumpkin seeds – perfect for those #Halloween snaps. The soup is priced at £9.50 and the pizza is available for £15.50. https://www.radici.uk/
Hallowamazing fun at M
Throughout October at M Threadneedle Street, M DEN is being transformed into a spooktacular feast for the eyes in collaboration with renowned street artist Rich Simmons and his Skullerfly exhibition. Inspired by the artwork Executive Chef Mike Reid has created an amazing complementary four-course Halloween menu available on request for just two tables per night.
Meanwhile at M Victoria the infamous M Doggy Brunch is back for a Halloween special. On Saturday 27th October the Halloween Hounds Party will comprise a ‘cook for your dog’ masterclass, followed by lunch from M’s ‘Six Legs – Dine with your Dog menu’. If this wasn’t enough, guests and their four-legged friends will also be invited to participate in a Pooch Pumpkin Hunt and a canine Halloween fancy dress competition in the ‘Haunted Hound House’ with a percentage of proceeds donated to Battersea Dogs Home.
Finally, on the 31st itself M Threadneedle Street will be throwing another of its notorious Halloween parties complete with Don Julio cocktails, gruesome body-part decorations, Humanimals, and a devilish DJ with immersive performers to keep the crowds entertained all evening. Tickets for M’s Hallowamazing party are available here with a special discount for DEN members.
Terror at 20 Stories
As the clocks turn back on 28th October things are getting spooky at 20 Stories Manchester in the build-up to Halloween. Guests to the exclusive Blackout Dinner are invited to dine in the dark, with just candlelight and the glow of the Manchester skyline to guide them through a magical 4-course menu from Chef Director Aiden Byrne.
On Hallows’ Eve itself, the venue will be turning the lights back on for a themed party complete with live music playing some spooky covers, and a terrifying terrace transformation with a giant pumpkin patch! From 22nd October until 1st November a special Halloween cocktail, Killing Me Sloe-ly will be available from the bar containing Sloe gin, Solerno blood orange liqueur, apple liqueur, black walnut bitters, blood orange puree and vanilla foam with dehydrated raspberry powder.
Pumpkin Tart, Maple and Pecan Crumble
Planning a Halloween party but struggling for menu inspiration? This pumpkin tart with maple and pecan crumble is the perfect twist on a classic pumpkin pie, sure to impress guests whilst using up leftover pulp from carving. The recipe comes courtesy of Steve Groves, Head Chef of Roux at Parliament Square and is a delicious sweet treat to complete any Halloween feast.
All Star Lanes goes Stranger Things for Halloween
All Star Lanes are going sci-fi this year for Halloween, with a Stranger Things themed menu. From October 10th to 4th November, get on your bikes and pedal over to any of their venues (Holborn, Brick Lane, White City, Stratford or Manchester) and enjoy some very special dishes including The Stranger Pin, Terror Tots, The Shadow shake, The Upside-Down Cocktail and The Eleven, With a special Halloween package – a Halloween burger, side, dessert shake, cocktail and a game of bowling from £30pp.*
*£30 available at White City, Stratford and Manchester / £35 available at Holborn and Brick Lane.
Chilling cocktails at Blind Spot, St Martins Lane
Celebrate Halloween in style with cocktails at the hidden speakeasy, Blind Spot at St Martins Lane. Available from 26th-31st October, limited-edition serves include the Hocus Pocus of Grey Goose La Poire pear vodka, pumpkin seed milk, violet liqueur, lime, orange bitters and orange juice and the Casper Survivor including Bacardi Carta Blanca rum, vanilla, melon, double cream, chilli chocolate. All priced at £13, these aren’t to be missed over the spooky-season. www.stmartinslane.london
Pumpkin parcels at Margot
For a sophisticated start to Halloween celebrations the Ravioli di zucca e ricotta at Italian favourite, Margot in Covent Garden is the perfect solution. Delicate pasta parcels filled with silky pumpkin and ricotta and served with sage butter, toasted hazelnuts and Grana Padano shavings – what could be more devilishly delicious? www.margotrestaurant.com
Exclusive cocktail at Bluebird Café, White City
Bluebird Café at White City are honouring Halloween with a spectacular cocktail, both delicious and perfect for an Instagram moment. The Widow Blood is made up of Monkey 47, homemade pomegranate reduction and fernet branca, and releases an eerie spoke on arrival to especially celebrate the scary-season. Priced at £11, don’t miss this whilst it’s served from 24th-31st October. https://bluebirdcafe.co.uk/whats-on-white-city/
Halloween Party at Sanderson
Sanderson hotel is hosting a black and yellow themed evening in honour of the most supernatural night of the year. With a DJ set, ominous décor and an eerie ambience, the party will be perfect for making the most of Hallow’s Eve. Guests will enjoy a complimentary Veuve Clicquot cocktail on arrival, included in the £20 ticket which can be purchased at the link below. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sandersons-spooktacular-black-yellow-soiree-tickets-50856822124
Day of the Dead Party at Big Easy, Kings Road
It’s that time of year again… Big Easy are honouring their Mexican heritage and are celebrating the Mexican event of the year in style – Day of the Dead is taking place at Big Easy from October 31st to November 2nd, they’re going the whole fajita and putting on a special Mexican sharing feast for £22.50pp. On the 31st, there will be a Mariarchi band, special Big Easy piñatas (with special prizes to be won) and happy hour all night long. Don’t miss out on the best party the Kings Road has to offer!
The Santa Poción Cocktail at The Lost Alpaca, Lima Floral
In the words of Willy Wonka ‘candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker’ and what better way to celebrate Halloween than with the Santa Poción cocktail at The Lost Alpaca Bar in Lima Floral. The gin-based cocktail provides the perfect balance of sweet and spice with pumpkin, agave and Tabasco. RRP £11