Archive | March, 2016

April will now be called ‘Shaveril!

April will now be called ‘Shaveril!

Posted on 30 March 2016 by Chris Ford

What is Shaveril?

Mental health charity MIND  want you and all your bearded brethren to dust off that old razor, push your boundaries, and do the unthinkable (for a good cause) – shave off your beard for charity.

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Shaveril is simple: during the month of April, just shave your beard. Then post a before and after picture or video to Twitter, Instagram or Facebook with the hashtag #shaveril. Then the fun begins. Nominate a friend to either do the same or donate to Mind using the text code or online link. Feel free, of course, to do both.


What else is going on?

To make some noise, on Thursday April 14th, there will be a free pop-up barbers at The Hoxton, Shoreditch. Consumers can head down from 17:00 to have their beards shaved by professional East London barbers. There will also be complimentary food and drinks available.

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From 1st until 31st April all bearded brethren will be able to book in at Thy Barbers, at The Bike Shed in Shoreditch, for a full wet beard shave. If customers quote Shaveril upon booking, Thy will donate all the proceeds to Mind.



Donate at or text SHAV68 with the amount £5, £10 or £20 to 70070

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Underground Supper Club with Woodford Reserve

Underground Supper Club with Woodford Reserve

Posted on 24 March 2016 by Chris Ford

Originally named The Basement Galley Supper Club, then trainee-lawyer, Tom Fothergill, and his flatmate, chef, Alex Cooper, set out to bring friends and strangers alike together over dinners in their flat in Brixton, London.


One day they were on the Victoria line when it occurred to them the face-to-face seating arrangement was situated perfectly to insert a table and serve dinner!  Realising no-one was currently doing anything like that they sought out the location of a old 1969 London Underground carriage based in Walthamstow, London where they now host their rather special dinner parties.


I was kindly invited by Woodford Reserve – the club’s current sponsors – to come down and experience dinner in the tube carriage. And how could I say no?


On arrival we were kindly furnished with a Old Fashioned cocktail made with Woodford Reserve and as always it was an excellent refreshing way to kick things off and spark some conversation amongst the table.

Chef Alex Cooper is a graduate of the Le Cordon Bleu School, Paris, training under some of France’s top chefs so my food expectations were fairly high and I wasn’t disappointed


Our first dish was natural yoghurt brittle & whipped – Fennel: porter pickled & roasted with mint


Followed quickly by Caramelised grapefruit, roasted hazelnuts, camomile syrup, cured salmon, dill. I wasn’t sure if I would like this one, but the slightly charred grapefruit worked so well with the generous serving of salmon.


Then came the main event, we were served a stunning lentil & mushroom ragout, braised rabbit leg, toasted brioche, caper mayonnaise.  I haven’t had rabbit in years and wouldn’t be something I would normally order but this was absolutely delicious and has totally changed my mind.


And for desert we had this beautifully refreshing and flavour packed Smoked mascarpone ice cream, sugared pumpernickel & almond crumble, Pimms gel, fresh raspberries

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After all that gorgeous food we sat back and had a chat with our new table friends and I ordered a Woodford Reserve, I mean it would be rude not to wouldn’t it?

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The Underground Supper Club is a regular event with a constantly changing menu. I’m told these dinners do book up fairly quickly so it may pay to book ahead as many upcoming dinners are already sold out but I can assure you the experience is well worth it.

To book head over to


For more information on Woodford Reserve head to



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If Carlsberg Did Chocolate Bars….

Posted on 18 March 2016 by Chris Ford

This Easter, Carlsberg will be cracking open the complimentary beers at the Old Truman Brewery for its biggest stunt yet – If Carlsberg Did Chocolate Bars.


The exact details of event are being kept top secret and will only be revealed on the day. However, Carlsberg is promising an out of the ordinary experience for those attending.


This bar is the latest stunt in the If Carlsberg Did series and follows on from the beer-dispensing poster last year that dispensed ice-cold beer to crowds in Shoreditch. Once again, Carlsberg is offering a unique experience for any lucky Londoners who head down to the event at Brick Lane.


The Chocolate Bar promises not to disappoint, as Carlsberg wishes beer lovers a very Hoppy Easter!


Members of the public are encouraged to come down to the grand unveiling at 12pm and enjoy the experience, whilst those not able to attend can follow @CarlsbergUK on March 23rd for live news from the event, and for other ways to get involved.

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Posted on 16 March 2016 by Chris Ford

This Sunday 20th March, collectables guru Gary “Gazza” Ashburn will kick off his show – ‘Football Collectables’. The show, which will air on at 3pm and then 11pm, will give fans the opportunity to get their hands on memorabilia from some of football’s all-time greatest teams!


Items for sale on the show include; a multi-signed England Replica Playing Shirt, a multi-signed Chelsea FC Replica Playing Shirt, a Harry Kane Personally Signed Football Boot, a Diego Costa Personally Signed Football Boot, and a multi-signed Manchester City Framed & Mounted Team Photo.


To celebrate the show, Hochanda is offering YOU the chance to win a shirt personally signed by the players of your chosen premiership football team, which will be accompanied with a certificate of authenticity and a lifetime guarantee.


Entering the competition is easy! Just reply in this article’s comments at the bottom of this page with the name of your favourite premiership football team.  A winner will be picked at random (we wont judge your team choice!)  and selected on the 24th of March by the Gentlemen’s Goods team.


To learn more about Hochanda and its collectables shows, tune in to Sky 663, Freeview 39, Freesat 817 or stream live in HD at


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