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Wine & Food Killers: Peruvian-Spiced Salmon with Green Sauce and Tomato Salad and Offbeat Wines Watchtower 2020

Claire Bullen England Natural wine Natural Wine Killers Offbeat Wine Rose wine

Wine & Food Killers: Peruvian-Spiced Salmon with Green Sauce and Tomato Salad and Offbeat Wines Watchtower 2020

I love the food cravings that sneakily overtake you – the ones that crawl out of your subconscious unbidden. Most mysterious are the sudden desires for dishes that you haven’t thought about for years. All it takes is a minor change in temperament, a flicker of childhood memory or a phantom scent on the breeze, and that long-ago slice of cheesecake or baked pasta dish or pumpkin curry is conjured up once again. That’s how this recipe came to be. It’s been more than a decade since I last ate Peruvian roast chicken. As a university student in New York...

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Fundamentals #98: Newtown Park x Verdant Emerging From The Mist Double IPA

Bristol Double IPA Fundamentals IPA Matthew Curtis Newtown Park

Fundamentals #98: Newtown Park x Verdant Emerging From The Mist Double IPA

A few years ago I attended a cheese tasting hosted by the ebullient Ned Palmer, author of A Cheesemonger’s History of the British Isles. It consisted of a selection of artisanal British cheeses, each deftly paired with a matching beer. The tasting first introduced me to what has become one of my favourite cheeses, Stichelton. This cheese is similar to Stilton in the way it’s made, except it uses unpasteurised milk, meaning it cannot call itself by that name. Its hallmark characteristics are a juicy flavour, held up by a light acidity, and a biscuity note that becomes more pronounced...

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Our FAQs for these FAQed-up times

COVID-19 HB&B News

Our FAQs for these FAQed-up times

This is an ongoing post detailing the current situation for us as things develop. Please keep checking back in as things change over the coming weeks and months. If you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to drop us a line. (Updated 15/07/2021) Hatch service abides - please wear masks at the window: The rapidly rising case rates across the country means that we will be continuing hatch service at both shops for the foreseeable, despite restrictions being relaxed on Monday 19th. This is to protect both you and our team, most of whom have not yet had the chance to be offered...

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The Beer Lover's Table: Spiced Brownie Cookies and Oud Beersel Oude Kriek Vieille

Belgium Claire Bullen Kriek Lambic Oud Beersel

The Beer Lover's Table: Spiced Brownie Cookies and Oud Beersel Oude Kriek Vieille

Maybe you’ve noticed. The cherry trees that seem to march along every London street, the ones that emerged in pom-poms of blossoms a month or two back, have begun to fruit. Most of the cherries are still firm and green, but a few are starting to redden and blush. I keep mental tallies of when they’re likely to ripen, so I can steal some when no one is looking. Cherry season is the reason humans were put on this Earth, probably. And while other produce tends to take a starring role in summer’s bumper crop – your tomatoes, your strawberries –...

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Fundamentals #97 — Brasserie Dupont Saison Dupont

Belgium Brasserie Dupont Fundamentals Matthew Curtis Saison

Fundamentals #97 — Brasserie Dupont Saison Dupont

What can I possibly say about Saison Dupont that hasn’t been said a thousand times before? This is a beer of special magnificence. One that has inspired countless journeys into deeper explorations of the beverage, as well as an entire genre of beer styles. Chances are if you’ve ever tried a beer that says “rustic” or “farmhouse” on the label, you can likely trace its inspiration back to Saison Dupont in some shape or form. This is also the beer that properly introduced the word “saison” to the modern drinkers’ lexicon. The term comes from the French word for “season” and...

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