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Sunday 26 May 2013

The Lazy Fox - Fabulous Feast - London Whisky Fest

Just a few little mentions today ahead of some bigger posts from this weekend's adventures in Haggerston with Sister Em and Al, and round London with the Paris edition team.

Wednesday 22nd - Natalie, Libby and I squeezed in a quick pre-Star Trek trip to The Lazy Fox pub behind Fulham Broadway station.  The website doesn't give much away but this the second London pub from the Robot Pub Group, the other being The Thirsty Bear (order from iPads and pour pints at your table) which I mentioned here a while ago.  The Lazy Fox's innovative feature is the Wall of Beer.

You get a tab card which you slot in above the beer you want before you start pouring away.  Downside: pay for what you spill.  Upside: try lots of different beers and have as much as you want, when you want!  Thankfully The Lazy Fox is not offering the likes Carling and Magners, but is instead going for really tasty craft beers.  When I was there they had Anchor Steam, Harviestoun Schiehallion and Brooklyn Lager.  The American beers were very reasonably priced compared to what I have paid for them around London.  Get yourself down there whilst it is still relatively unknown and affordable!

Saturday 18th May - Two festivals to mention - you may have to wait until next year now if you want to go yourself!  In the afternoon I wandered over to St. John's Hill with Wandsworth local Rosie to visit the Fabulous Feast street festival (the culmination a week of foodie events at cafes, bars and restarants on St.John's Hill).  Alongside your usual cake stands there was also 'Make your own Mojitos', Bloody Mary mixing tables, and a brilliant stall outside Powder Keg Diplomacy.  They were giving away generous portions of their new dry ice cream with jam dessert, and hosting a beer and meat pairing workshop, on the same table.  Powder Keg Diplomacy is the jewel in St. John's Hill's crown, and was one of the earliest places that Team List visited - read more here.

Later on in the evening, I made my way over to Shoreditch for London Whisky Fest at Village Underground for my friend Lee's birthday.  You could choose to go from 5-9 or from 7-9.  I opted for the shorter session, but Lee, Jane and EJ started early at 5, and had clearly had a few whiskies by the time I got there.  Once you have paid entry (between £15-£25 - incredibly cheap!), you can go round sampling as many as you like, including 2 "under the counter" expensive whiskies.  There were also interesting whisky cocktails from Salt Bar in one corner, flanked by street food vendors.  More whisky fans arrived late from Lords (Sam, Mark, Henry, and Rich) but definitely got their money's worth.  Henry was worth sticking near for lines like "it screams of an oaked American Chardonnay".  Our favourites were Kilchoman, Talisker, Chicibu and the interesting range from Compass Box (Hedonism and Peat Monster in particular).  Keep an eye out for the next one and make sure you get yourself a ticket - a must for whisky fans!  

Well I couldn't not take a photo - note the tube trains on the roof
Yes, I know it isn't whisky
Compass Box range - Hedonism and Peat Monster on show
We ended the evening at Crown and Shuttle, Shoreditch's best new pub - read about my last visit here.  It doesn't get much better than Twin Peaks beer from Sierra Nevada and Thornbridge.  More posts coming soon!

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