An Evening with John Buckwell

In November we hosted ‘an evening with John Buckwell,’ a 3 course meal accompanied by wines and a butchery demonstration by the award winning butcher himself. It sold out within hours of being advertised and the waiting list just kept growing so we decided to bring it back for another night this January 30th.

A spectacle of an evening, seeing first hand the dissection of a lamb, understanding  the different cuts of meat you can get from one lamb and how Mr Buckwell presents the meat ready for you to cook.

The meal consisted of a Mezze of tasters, 3 different style sausages and mini pork belly. The main was wild mushroom & tarragon stuffed saddle of lamb, which was divine! To finish off the evening we ended with a chocolate and amaretto stack with chantilly cream.

Onto the good stuff, the wines of the evening. Welcome drink of our favourite sparkling the Janz Brut from Tasmanina. Followed by the Domaine Saint Rose Marin Blanc Marsanne/Roussane blend which went fabulously with the meaty starters having a richer complexity. Then for the show stopper, we finally opened the Solomon of Ontanon Crianza Rioja. A Solomon consists of 18 litres, 24 bottles and having had it for a while we were nervous it may have gone past its best but it hadn’t! Rich and luscious fruit flavours, with a good body that stood well next to the lamb dish.

After the mains we held a meat auction, where our customers could bid on the meat cuts that John Buckwell had prepared from his demonstration earlier on in the evening. There was a huge buzz in the room and allowed people to take away an edible souvenir from the evening. We then raffled a Double Magnum of Rose and auctioned some wines to finish off the night. All in all we made over £500 for our Charity!

It was a great evening that everyone enjoyed and we cannot thank Mr Buckwell enough for coming and enlightening us in the world of butchery.

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Portuguse Wine Tasting Supper

Our 2018 Tasting Suppers are in full swing now, starting off last week with our Portuguese evening!

Last Tuesday we had the Portuguse wine buyer Chris and Nigel from Liberty Wines over to enlighten us with what Portugal has to offer.
These are definitely wines to look out for on the shelves as they are becoming ever more popular and showing us that there are more wines to come out of Portugal then just Port.

We began with the Casa Ferreirinha Planalto Douro Branco, a nice light aperitif style wine to kick start the evening. The starter came out of Grilled Butterfly Sardines which was paired with a richer style wine the Morgadio da Torre Alvarinho. This wine went well with the grilled saltiness of the Sardines and really stayed strong  and did not loose any of its fruit flavours.


The Main was a piri style poussin with wild rice, this was paired with Herdade do Peso Trinca Bolotas red wine. The flavours were harmonious bringing out both the spice in the poussin and the wine. This was definitely the favourite of the evening I think!cjicken

To finish the night we paired the Sandeman Tawny Port (chilled) with a classic Chocolate Salami with Chantilly Cream. Do not be put off by the name of this dessert, delicious chocolate round slices with amaretto and nuts, with Chantilly cream sandwiched between two slices,  absolutely divine.

It is safe to say it went off a hit and Chris had all the knowledge to bring these Portuguese wines to life and give us a great understanding of the variety of wines and history that Portugal has to offer.

The next is on Tuesday 21st February, South African Wine Tasting Supper with Louis Boutinot, call abarbistro on 02392 811585 to book your place. (tickets non-refundable).portugues

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Liberty & Boutinot Portfolio Tasting


What would be much better then spending your day surrounded by wine? Well being able to sample every single one of them and that is what I have been able to experience two times this week at the annual autumn portfolios for our suppliers.

We were invited up first on Tuesday to our Liberty portfolio wine tasting at the Oval Cricket Ground. The room was filled with excitable wine enthusiasts ready to find the next best thing for their store or restaurant! We wasted no time and headed over to the first sparkling and made our way through the fizz, whites and rose before stopping for a spot of lunch provided by Liberty Wines. Then no time to waste getting back  upstairs to sample the reds and find those winter warmers we are all looking for.

The fun didn’t stop there as only two days later on Thursday we shot back up to London to our Boutinot Autumn tasting, this time at Foyles Bookshop on Charing Cross Road. A much more intimate affair with a selection of limited parcels, new wines, best offers and new producers.

We found some great new wines that will be making an appearance on our wine list shortly. From Greek and Hungarian wines to great value chardonnays and syrah’s, we think we have successfully covered some good ground to accommodate everyone’s taste buds!

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