Archive | November, 2016

Two Cocktails Created in The Savoy

Two Cocktails Created in The Savoy

Posted on 25 November 2016 by Chris Ford

Its been a long week, Im sure like me you are all looking forward to some downtime and relaxation over the weekend so thought this would be the perfect time to share with you two cocktails I had the pleasure of sampling at Londons famous Savoy hotel in their Beaufort Bar.

Using Jack Daniels newly released Single Barrel Rye whiskey head bartender Kyle Wilkinson created two bespoke cocktails for the bar and I can also share those with you here.

Jack Black

Jack Daniels cocktail


50 ml Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Rye

12.5 ml Mr Black coffee

12.5 ml Punt e Mes

5 ml liquorice syrup

1 dash of Absinthe



Combine all ingredients with ice and stir, strain into a cocktail glass, garnish with a cherry.


150 In The Making



40 ml JD Rye

15 ml Cocchi Americano

15 ml Fixed Apricot Cordial

5 ml Fino Sherry

2 dashes of Oak infused Angustora bitters


Shake all with ice and fine strain into sherry glass, no garnish.


Cocktails available at Beaufort Bar in The Savoy Hotel, London


£19 Jack Black

£19 150 In The Making


Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Rye

Stockist: Jack Daniel’s store

RRP: £44.99


If after an expensive Black Friday The Savoy bar seems a bit of a wallet stretch why not grab a bottle of Jack Daniels Single Barrel Rye and try these out, I know I will be.

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Jackson & Rye , City Branch – Review

Jackson & Rye , City Branch – Review

Posted on 24 November 2016 by Chris Ford

I seem to be on a bit of a steak obsession at the moment, but luckily so is London, it seems.

So I was delighted to be invited to sample the new City branch of Jackson & Rye, located a short walk from Bank station and a brisk walk from our Moorgate offices this just seemed like it was meant to be.

As I entered Jackson & Rye I felt like I had been transported back in time, like I was in Godfather era New York with the dimly lit muted palate of the decor and Americana playing in the back ground. I could tell even without eating a bite I was in for a bit of a treat.

As the charming server asked if we wanted drinks to start I enquired who brews their house IPA, she didn’t know…  (‘Oh no, not a good start,’ was my first thought. My second was ‘am I turning into a beer snob?’) But the server promised she’d find out straight away and I was impressed with the effort. The answer? Bavarian craft brewer And Union, and it tasted delicious!

For our starters I went for a favourite, buffalo wings, Kate went for the tuna tartare.

Buffalo wings @jacksonrye_ city branch

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The wings were a bit of surprise. Firstly there was a massive amount of them for a starter (no complaints from greedy me though) and the other surprise was they came breaded, which isn’t something I have encountered before but they tasted great.

Kate’s tuna was fresh and full of flavour and actually left me slightly jealous. It’s a reminder to be more adventurous in my menu choices next time, as amazing as the wings were!

For our main course I chose the New York strip steak, a cut I have always heard about but rarely seen on a menu. As a steak lover I had to try it and I’m so so glad I did. Each bite was one mouth-watering delight after another a much welcome change from my usual choice of rib-eye (which was on the menu too).

Kate opted for the king prawn linguine, which she raved about. I tried a bite and I’m not a massive prawn fan and even I was won over. It was seasoned perfectly and lightly sauced in a beautiful garlicy broth.

New York Strip @jacksonrye_ #steak

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We were reaching the stage where more food seemed a struggle but once furnished with the desert menu we both waivered. I went for the melting Chocolate Sundae which was everything you can possible imagine it could be – pure chocolate indulgence.  Kate went for the lighter option of a desert cocktail in the form of a peanut butter martini, which was delicious. She had some very jealous friends when she posted a picture of it on Facebook.

Jackson & Rye quite simply is everything I have been looking for in a restaurant, even the toilets are cool (you get to them in a lift!) I shall return very soon. That rib eye is next on my hit list!

Jackson & Rye

30 Old Jewry, London EC2R 8EB

020 3597 5153

Nearest Tube :  Cannon Street




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Posted on 14 November 2016 by Chris Ford

The king of stand-up comedy is back with a brand new live show, BILLY CONNOLLY:  HIGH HORSE TOUR LIVE.

This is Billy’s first live tour DVD in six years, and just in time for a Christmas gift, judging by this clip I certainly fancy picking up a copy!


BILLY CONNOLLY: HIGH HORSE TOUR LIVE is out now on Blu-Ray , DVD and digital formats

click here to buy from Amazon


index launch 70% off Menswear sale

Posted on 14 November 2016 by Chris Ford

Monday mornings can be bleak,  just when we were getting used to relaxing over the weekend here we are back behind the desk many of us call home throughout the week. But let me bring you a little light to brighten your Monday afternoon as I have just found out a rather good sale is going on with the guys over at


If you don’t know what do well a simple explication is you sign up for the site (for free) and then are given access to huge savings on big brand items with new brand sales constantly being added, although stocks on a lot of items are limited so Ive found it always pays to get in there quickly.


There are some fantastic brands up for grabs but the one that really caught my eye (and made me want to mention the site) is currently they have Turnbull & Asser shirts up for grabs at an amazing price of £77, these shirts normally retail in their Jermyn Street store for £185 which always made them a once in a while treat for me but at this price I have just bought two! Ask anyone that knows their stuff Turnbull & Asser are the best out there.


If shirts don’t float your boat there are also plenty of other brands with some amazing deals on the site with a further sale going on live on the 17th this week be sure to look out for that lineup, I know after my shirt result I have my mouse poised and I suggest you do to

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A Weekend In the South of France

Posted on 04 November 2016 by Chris Ford

One of the most magnificent European locations for a holiday is the South of France. It has everything a tourist wants; from panoramic landscapes, canyons, rivers, medieval towns, to numerous vineyards and hilltop villages. You’ll experience traditional recipes in a completely different and new ways. In cooking terms, you’ll primarily benefit from cheese, truffles, nougat, olives, numerous herbs, and one of the World’s finest wines.

South of France


First Stop

Your journey begins when you arrive in Paris. Paris represents romance with its beautifully lit streets, romantic mythology, and historic buildings, which all together brand it the “City of Love”. You can enjoy your first night exploring the city’s oldest streets and embracing the beauty of the city’s gardens and it’s markets. The aroma of freshly baked baguettes and croissants is just heavenly in Paris. You could then take a train ride to the fascinating city of Avignon, where you can settle one of the many beautiful hotels in the Provencal countryside.


Apart from having the big-city, fast-life beauty, France is also a paradise for outdoor activities such as canoeing, hiking, kayaking, rock climbing, and golden beaches. The fascinating lifestyle of France extends across the vast avenues of Paris, the gorgeous beaches and the open land.
Embrace the cultured atmosphere of a candlelit dinner, while enjoying the calm waters of the river. Your romantic weekend getaway in the South of France will be filled with captivating memories.


From Paris, there are several options when it comes to the means of transport – which mostly depend on how much of your budget you plan to devote to this. Public transportation is very well developed and organized (France has one of the best, fastest train systems in the world), but if you are of those valuing luxury, quality travel, it might be worth looking into one of the car rental companies. A good example of one would be, where you can even hire luxury convertible cars to take you through the beautiful coast.


The city of Aix-en-Provence is recognized for the beauty of its old town and famous Mirabeau Square. Enjoy the captivating fountains, live café terraces, and charming shops. Visit the International celebration of Opera, the water festival and dance, and modern dance festival. Located in the centre of the old town the Hotel Du Globe, a charming choice for you to stay. You can dine in the heart of Aix-en-Provence, Le Bastide du Cours restaurant, which offers a very warm, relaxed setting. Its imaginative cuisine caters flavours from different parts of the world.



One of the most charming parts of nice is Vieux Nice. Filled with picturesque houses and shops, you’ll spend a great deal of time exploring the fascinating Cours Saleya; a flower and fruit market that will definitely catch your attention. There are many hotels in the city for you to choose. Some of the hotels include Negresco, Hyatt Regency, Le Meridien, Hotel La Perouse, and many more. Situated on the top of Le Meridien Hotel, dine at La terrasse and enjoy the view of the sea and mountains. There are elegant dishes such as chicken braised in thyme, and French cassoulet for you to enjoy.

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Rye Whiskey


Posted on 04 November 2016 by Chris Ford

Rye whiskey seems to currently be the new big thing in Whiskey  and  Jack Daniel’s, who are celebrating the 150th anniversary of their Lynchburg distillery this year, have added a second offering to their already fantastic Single Barrel collection. Rye completes the distillery’s journey into rye whiskies, following limited release batches of Rested Rye in 2014 and Un-aged Rye in 2012, allowing fans to taste the maturing rye over time.

Rye Whiskey

Not just any Jack Daniel’s barrel is granted the status of Single Barrel. Only one out of every 100 barrels is set aside by the Jack Daniel’s Master Tasting Panel to mature in the highest reaches of its barrelhouses. These areas of the barrelhouse present dramatic temperature changes, creating a truly unique whiskey.


What is Rye Whiskey?

As one of the earliest forms of American whiskey, rye, known as the flavor grain, is the whiskey of choice for many top bartenders across the globe – contributing to the reemerging trend for the liquid.

This new edition to the Jack Daniel’s family is the first new grain bill in 150 years (since Old No. 7), joining Single Barrel Standard, this is certainly firmly placed on my Christmas list!

to Buy some Single Barrel Rye head over to

Rye Whiskey

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Hofmeister returns to the UK!

Posted on 01 November 2016 by Chris Ford

Craft beer is big right now and so is nostalgia so why not combine them both and really give the people what they want?

Ok that’s a bit cynical but the guys behind the relaunch of retro beer brand Hofmeister make no secret of attempting to play on peoples nostalgic memories in the hope of selling their new re brewed version of the classic Hofmeister brand.


The Beer Itself

To be fair for all the marketing involved the brand has actually put a solid effort in when it comes to the beer itself

Working with a fourth generation family-owned brewery nestled on the edge of Ebersberger Forest,Germany Hofmeister’s new recipe is as Bavarian as it can be, using only pure mineral water from the brewery’s own well, locally grown barley malted in the brewery’s own Malthouse and hops from the world-famous neighbouring Hallertau region.


This commitment to traditional Bavarian brewing means that Hofmeister complies with the 500 year old German Beer Purity Law, the ‘Reinheitsgebot’. This law, adopted in Bavaria in 1516, limits the Helles lager recipe to three ingredients: water, barley and hops.

But how does the beer taste?  Well its actually really rather nice, a very smooth refreshing Helles lager that is a pleasure to drink.

Where can I get it?

Hofmeister will start to be available nationwide in pubs and bars from November 2016.

to follow what the brand is up to you can follow them on Twitter  @hofmeister_beer

and also shortly will Hofmeister will be available to buy via Amazon UK direct to your home … so watch this space.

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