A bevy of producers from around the world are flying into London this week ahead of the much-anticipated London Restaurant Festival (LRF). As the festival’s first-ever wine partner, Enotria&Coe is thrilled to be hosting eight producers and winemakers who’ll be showcasing at bespoke food and wine events around the capital this week.
The month-long festival of eating and drinking, gives punters the chance to experience premium food and wine and learn more from passionate producers at the forefront of the winemaking game.
As we head into the first week of the festival, we’ve picked out a selection of trade and customer events that we’re most looking forward to.
London’s Longest Lunch
Various locations, Saturday 1st October, 11am–5.30pm
A new addition on the 2016 LRF calendar, this is an epic lunch in every sense of the word. Over six hours, producers from Skillogalee, Colterenzio, Thelema and BFW will host two groups of 62 diners for a six-course food extravaganza. The lunch will be split between two different locations – Embassy Gardens and Wardian London – with guests transported between the venues by Thames Clipper.
Consumer Pop-Up Tasting
Andaz Studio, Tuesday 4th October, 6.30-8pm
Get up close and personal with wine-producers from South Africa to Italy at this intimate pop-up event. Consumers can try an eclectic group of wines from Thelema, BFW, Skillogalee, Kooyong Carrick, Il Poggione and Colterenzio. Plus, at just £15 a pop, a ticket to this one-off event is fantastic value.
Purchase tickets for the Consumer Pop-Up tasting here.
Exclusively for the month of October, a selection of Enotria&Coe’s producers will host the wine-loving public in a range of leading restaurants across London. With hundreds of restaurants to choose from, the Festival Menus give you the chance to indulge your taste buds in great value, bespoke menus designed exclusively for LRF. With 15 Festival Menus coming up this week, here are a couple we’re getting excited about.
Kooyong at Coq d’Argent
Thursday 6th October
Hailing from Australia’s Mornington Peninsula, Kooyong has crafted a reputation for producing some of the best examples of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in the country. The boutique producer’s vineyard is spilt into five parcels of land in distinct areas, and it’s these differences which influence the flavours of the wines from each site. At the one-off event, a selection of delightful Kooyong wines will be showcased in the magnificent rooftop setting of Coq d’Argent. With views across The Square Mile, the fine-dining hotspot is well known for their classic French cuisine with a contemporary touch.
Thelema at London Steakhouse Company
Friday 7th October
Cabernet may be its trump card, but the origins of Thelema owe more to the wines of Burgundy than Bordeaux. Indeed, it was a bottle of Puligny-Montrachet that lured Gyles Webb away from accountancy in Durban to winemaking in Stellenbosch. For one night only, this South African producer will showcase at the esteemed Marco Pierre White’s London Steakhouse Company. As the name suggests, top-quality steaks are a highlight on the menu at this characterful venue complete with a stylish dining room and contemporary cocktail bar.
Restaurant-Hopping Revolutionary Winemakers
Soho & Fitzrovia, Saturday 8th October, 12–5pm
If it’s variety you’re after, a themed Restaurant-Hopping tour might be just your ticket. This week’s tour – themed Revolutionary Winemakers – hops between five restaurants throughout Soho, where guests will delight in a series of tasting plates paired with complementary wines. Enotria&Co producers will be on hand at each of the five locations to explain the food and wine match, and offer insights into how their products are made. Below is a list of restaurant and wine producer matches for the upcoming Soho tour:
- Skillogalee – Picture
- Il Poggione – Smoking Goat
- Thelema – Blacklock
- Colterenzio – Talli Joe
- Crasto – Newman Arms
Find out more about the Enotria&Coe's events at London Restaurant Festival, here.