The nights are drawing in and we’re searching out winter warmers…
With the temperatures plummeting this weekend, a hot drink is the perfect way to thaw out those chilly hands. Picture the scene: it’s Saturday morning, it’s cold and dark outside and all you want to do is curl up in front of Netflix with a warm, winter spiced coffee and a blanket. But it’s a ten minute walk to the local take away coffee shop and that means – god forbid – getting up.
CRU Kafe use only the best high altitude, organic and fair-trade coffee, resulting in a blend unlike any other. The unique grounds are then packaged inside eco-friendly Nespresso compatible pods and delivered direct to customers’ doors. That’s step one covered. To add a little festive charm, CRU Kafe have developed a delicious spiced pumpkin latte that you can put together from the comfort of your own home. Find the recipe here: http://crukafe.tumblr.com/post/100741497822/cru-spiced-pumpkin-latte .
Brighten any train journey with a hot sandwich from KIOSK, King’s Cross. From a classic Salt Beef Reuben on black rye to Pork Belly and Stuffing in a soft white roll, each generous sandwich is a treat for any traveller. Team with a rich Monmouth coffee for ultimate sustenance on a wintery journey! www.kingscrosskiosk.com
French comfort food is in a class of its own, and where better to indulge than Blanchette in Soho? At this beloved bistro, diners can enjoy cheese beignets, baked Saint-Marcelin, plum rum baba and creative small plates in a cosy ambience guaranteed to keep the cold out. www.blanchettesoho.co.uk
Nothing says winter comfort food quite like a big bowl of hearty ramen, so if you’re looking for something to warm you up as the weather gets colder look no further than Bone Daddies. With a range of the Japanese broths, including the flavourful Tonkotsu which boasts a rich 20 hour pork bone base as well as the seafood based Kimchee ramen and a mushroom ramen for vegetarians, Bone Daddies is the perfect place to shelter from the cold. www.bonedaddies.com
Jason Atherton’s Little Social is the perfect choice for those that love a winter comfort food classic. The Cottage pie “Bourguignon” with smoked Alsace bacon, Champignons de Paris and caramelised onions is a luxurious and warming twist on a British classic designed for two to escape the cold and share together. www.littlesocial.co.uk
This winter, Northern Chinese restaurant Hutong will be offering a whole goose served with butterfly buns and three special sauces: roast goose gravy, black pepper sauce and home-made plum sauce. Marinated for 12 hours using traditional Chinese spices, including Sichuan pepper, dry chilli, Tianjin-Chinese pickles, star anise, ginger and onion, the goose boasts a sensational flavour and aroma. The goose will be carved table side and beautifully presented for guests to enjoy. This limited edition dish is available from 30th November – 30th December and priced at £95, it serves a minimum of 5 people and must be pre-ordered when a restaurant reservation is made for dinner. To book a table, please call 020 3011 1257, or alternatively please email firstname.lastname@example.org
For the ultimate comfort dish this winter, Big Easy’s warm and gooey Iron Skillet Smores Fondue is the perfect indulgence. Served in a retro tin alongside a generous helping of Graham crackers for dipping, the oozing marshmallow and chocolatey goodness will banish any winter blues. This dish comes with a warning though, sticky faces and fingers guaranteed! www.bigeasy.co.uk
Indulge in James Martin’s Baked Double Chocolate Pudding
When it comes to comfort food, chocolate always wins. Make that chocolate cake with a gooey chocolate centre and you’ve got the perfect recipe to cheer yourself up on a bleak November night. Forget bowls my friends – we’re eating this one straight out of the dish. Find the recipe online at www.mibusinessmag.com/2015/10/12/james-martins-baked-double-chocolate-pudding-recipe/.
The wonderful James Martin will be appearing at BBC Good Food Winter Show, Birmingham NEC on the 26th-29th November. Tickets are still available to buy here: www.theticketfactory.com/gfsb/online/
When we think of winter comforts we think of traditional festive treats – and boy, do we have the treats for you. With the Christmas season now upon us, The Bertinet Bakery have re-introduced their critically acclaimed mince pies, Christmas puddings and stollen slices.
Bertinet mince pies are made from a rich, buttery shortcrust pastry and filled with delicious mincemeat infused with brandy, topped with frangipane and flaked almonds and packaged in a beautiful handcrafted wooden box, containing 12 mince pies and finished with bakers’ string. The traditional Christmas puddings are made by hand to a family recipe and stuffed full of raisins, sultanas, currants, almonds, candied fruit, Guinness, rum and much more! The puddings are presented in a china pudding basin and wrapped in muslin. If that doesn’t sound like the ultimate comfort food, we don’t know what does. All are available to buy online at www.bertinet.com or at The Bertinet Bakery.
The Pointer is excited to introduce Suckling Pig as a brand new special to its menu. From their very own Pointer Farm, the rare breed middle white pig will be available as a dish to share for up to 10 people or on an individual basis, priced at £25 per person. Accompanied by creamed potatoes, apple sauce and farm greens, this special dish is slow cooked overnight and served on platters in the middle of the table – and is sure to become a signature for The Pointer. www.thepointerbrill.co.uk/
German Gymnasium, the newest dining destination in King’s Cross offers a wealth of comforting dishes such as beef goulash (pictured), sausages and schnitzels plus strudel and sachertorte for a sweet treat. www.germangymnasium.com