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The Dorchester exclusive Old Tom Gin

dorchester old tom ginDorchester Collection’s iconic British London hotel, The Dorchester, has revived the historical recipe for ‘Old Tom’ gin to create a new blend. Perfected by the hotel’s legendary bar manager and expert alchemist Giuliano Morandin, the gin has been distilled exclusively for The Bar at The Dorchester by The City of London Distillery, and will be available about now.

This is the second time Giuliano has re-introduced Old Tom Gin to the UK drinks market, the first being in 2006 after a 30 year absence.

Each bottle of The Dorchester Old Tom gin features a black wax seal and a hand signed label with its bespoke batch number authenticating it as an original. The gin, which will be available in 220 litre batches to ensure that the quality of the flavour is maintained, is available to purchase by the glass or 700ml/500ml/25ml bottles at The Bar at The Dorchester. Giuliano and his team have been closely involved in tailoring the blend, enhancing its taste with a special balance of botanicals such as juniper, coriander, angelica root, orris root, cassia bark, cardamom and fresh lemon and orange peel.

There are many tales which recount how Old Tom Gin purportedly got its name, many of which revolve around the unusual and secret dispensing methods used by London gin houses in the 18th century, all of which involved the imagery of a tom cat.

To celebrate the launch, Giuliano has created the Old Tom Cobbler cocktail, the perfect summer drink including ingredients such as coriander, fresh lemongrass, elderflower and Old Tom Gin. This cocktail will be on offer alongside the Ramos Fizz and iconic Martinez which inspired Giuliano to revive the production of the gin.

Giuliano has been leading the team at The Bar at The Dorchester for 30 years and is highly regarded amongst leading drink connoisseurs. Throughout his career Giuliano has achieved a number of accolades within the industry and named amongst the world’s best bartenders. Commenting on the introduction of The Dorchester Old Tom gin, Giuliano said;

“This is an extremely exciting time for my team, the hotel and I. We have been working hard to make this new take on the original 18th century recipe stand next to other leading gins, and we welcome London’s bar cognoscenti to come and experience the result. The Dorchester Old Tom gin reflects the style and history of the hotel whilst encompassing a modern fusion of flavours.”

Giuliano and his team will also offer private and bespoke Cocktail Master Classes showcasing the techniques and flavours used to compliment The Dorchester Old Tom Gin within the new signature cocktails. Cocktail Master Classes can be booked for individuals or private parties of up to ten guests, subject to availability. For more information or to make a reservation, please contact +44 (0) 20 7629 8888 or email restaurants.tdl@dorchestercollection.com

A 700ml bottle of The Dorchester Old Tom Gin is priced at £65 and is available at The Bar at The Dorchester or by visiting shop.dorchestercollection.com .Signature cocktails including the Old Tom Cobbler start from £16.


Ocados Paleo shop

ocado paleoOcado, the online supermarket, has noticed a rise in Brits adopting the Paleo or ‘caveman’ diet, with sales of grass-fed meat up 73% YOY. Searches for unadulterated fish like organic salmon are up 58%; even the humble onion is in demand if it’s organic, with searches up 86% the last four weeks. To cater for demand, Ocado created a one-stop Paleo shop making it convenient for enthusiasts to get clean living essentials delivered to their kitchen table in handy one-hour slots.

Followed by celebrities and athletes such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Jason Statham, Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Aniston and Freddie Flintoff, the Paleo diet is a modern nutritional plan based on the diet of Palaeolithic humans (cavemen). It’s ‘eating clean’ or consuming unprocessed foods and consists mainly of fish, grass-fed meat, organic eggs, vegetables, fruit, and nuts.

More than just weight-loss, the premise of Paleo is that human genetics have barely changed since the end of the Paleolithic era, when cereals and grains first appeared in our diets. By consuming foods we’re more adept at digesting, experts and enthusiasts report higher energy levels, increased defences against chronic illness and improved organ and heart health.

Ocado has partnered with Paleo expert Joy Skipper, author of new book The Paleo Diet Made Easy, to create the aisle so shoppers can browse for inspiring new recipe ideas and rest assured that all of their choices adhered to Paleo nutritional guidelines.

Joy Skipper said:

“Switching to the Paleo way of eating is very simple and once you start to cut out the foods your body finds hard to recognise, you will hopefully feel vitality and energy so you won’t want to go back to the way you were eating before. Ocado’s Paleo aisle is the perfect place to shop – all your Paleo essentials all in one place. With one-hour delivery slots, there’s no need to wait in all day to have your Paleo foods delivered – enjoy your day and know that great food is on its way to you, when you choose.”

Browse the new aisle now: www.ocado.com/Paleo

Yutaka Yuzu Citrus Seasoning

yuzuYutaka’s Yuzu Citrus Seasoning is the perfect way to access the flavour of the elusive Japanese fruit, the yuzu. Deliciously tart with floral aromas, the tangy citrus seasoning tastes like a hybrid of a lemon, mandarin and grapefruit and has won two Great Taste Award stars.

A favourite of Nigel Slater and Jamie Oliver, yuzu juice has the versatility of a lemon (and 3 times the vitamin C) and adds an exotic splash of flavour to savoury and sweet dishes alike, including salads, noodles, marinades for meat and fish, desserts and even cocktails.

The Yutaka brand was first launched in 1995 and is the leading Japanese range in 16 countries across the globe. The exciting range includes sauces, sushi ingredients, soups, rice, noodles and “easy to use” meal kits – allowing the ardent foodie to create healthy, flavoursome and attractive Japanese cuisine at home.

The Yutaka Yuzu Citrus Seasoning is available in Sainsbury’s priced at £2.99 for a 100ml bottle.

Magnum, Cornetto and Mini Milk chocolate eggs

New for Easter 2014: Magnum, Cornetto and Mini Milk chocolate eggsNew for Easter 2014: Magnum, Cornetto and Mini Milk chocolate eggs: Chocolate lovers are in for an egg-cellent treat as Magnum, Cornetto and Mini Milk launch chocolate Easter egg versions of their ice creams for the first time. These delicious chocolate Easter eggs taste and look just like the iconic ice creams something completely new this Spring!

There is no ice cream involved, so freezing isn’t required. The only thing melting will be your friends’ and loved ones’ taste buds as they enjoy the irresistibly smooth chocolate in all three gift packs.

Indulgent Magnum Easter Egg for someone special £8
A thick milk chocolate egg made from delicious Magnum chocolate, together with three indulgent Magnum chocolate bars. Each bar contains three, bite sized Magnum portions, the perfect gift for pleasure seekers.

The crack of fine chocolate, encasing the delicious, silky smooth vanilla truffle centre, creates the iconic rich Magnum taste. Made using Magnum Rainforest Alliance certified cocoa, delicately flavoured with Madagascan vanilla.
The delicious chocolate Magnum Easter Eggs, have the same great Magnum taste, without the ice cream!

Cornetto Easter Egg that the family will go nuts for £8
A delicious thick, premium milk chocolate egg, together with four delicious Cornetto vanilla chocolatey cones, a totally new and exciting gift for Easter, there is no way that you will be sharing!

Each cone is made using the famous crispy, chocolaty coated Cornetto wafer, encasing a lusciously light whipped, creamy chocolatey centre, the Cornetto chocolate, is delicious from the very first to last bite. Topped with toasted hazelnuts sprinkles and milk chocolate drops, it makes a delightfully light tasting treat with the same iconic Cornetto taste, but without the ice cream!

Mini Milk Easter Eggs a great little treat £6
A delicious Mini Milk chocolate Easter Egg and four Mini Milk chocolate lollipops all packaged up in a Mini Milk Ice cream van, something new this Easter!

The treat sized Mini Milk chocolate lollies each have 30% of the RDA of calcium, and are 94 calories. Each lolly has a whipped centre, encased in a smooth shell, which will melt the taste buds with each bite.

The Food Shop At The Shops At Dartington

the_food_shopSouth Devon is a hub of food and drink producers, enthusiasts and aficionados. It’s bursting at the seams with wonderful, local produce which offers the ultimate taste sensation. Reflecting this, the spectacular newly positioned and tripled in size The Food Shop At The Shops At Dartington will officially launch on Saturday 15th March. The launch promises to be a fun packed, gastronomic day out for all the family with lively demonstrations, entertainers, live music and an opportunity to meet some of the producers and their products!

The Food Shop At The Shops At Dartington will provide inspiration whether planning a healthy, wholesome supper or looking to impress for a special occasion. Everything required will be under one roof making the food shopping experience an entirely different, much more pleasurable, one.

Packed full of homemade cakes and puddings, artisan fresh breads, pastries and pies, premium locally sourced meats, regional ales, ciders and wines, tasty cheeses and tempting treats, this new food shop will showcase the very best of produce from both the local region as well as the wider West Country. On the official launch day, visitors will be treated to tastings from popular producers including Lyme Bay winery, Blueberry Brothers, Wonky Kitchen, South Devon Chilli Farm, Mrs G’s Ravishing Relishes, Tom’s Pies and Partridge Farm meats and many more.
Award winning local chef, Matt Buzzo from The Waterside Bistro in Totnes, says: “I live in Dartington and have always been a great fan of the shops here. As a board member of Food & Drink Devon sourcing local produce has always been of the highest importance to me. It will be fantastic to have ‘The Food Shop’ on my doorstep!”

Passionate about supporting Devon food and drink producers The Shops at Dartington holds a regular, popular food producers’ market, Love Food Dartington. Supported by Food & Drink Devon, and held on the last Sunday of every month, these bustling markets showcase a brilliant line up of local producers. There are also Dartington’s two on-site cafés, The Venus Company and Cranks, serving delicious, handmade dishes to try. So, make sure you keep the date of the next market free – Sunday 30th March.

Saturday 31st May and Sunday 1st June sees the return of the much anticipated, free The Shops at Dartington Food Fair. Now in its fourth year, with Taste of the West as one of the sponsors, it is gaining a name for itself in food lovers’ calendars far and wide. With over 50 of the region’s best food and drink producers exhibiting including Tom’s Pies and the popular Ashridge cider bar, art and crafts stalls, entertainment from local bands and children’s activities including the new ‘Bake a Pasty Competition’, clay pot making and bookable adventures like the tree walk with Dynamic Adventures, there really is something for everyone. Further information can be found at (www.dartingtonfoodfair.org).

The Shops at Dartington are owned by the Dartington Hall Trust, an independent charitable organisation, trading ethically and sustainably as a social enterprise in order to help support the Trust’s activities in Social Justice, Sustainability and the Arts.

As well as the exciting new food shop there’s a unique selection of shops to explore, making it a must visit destination for locals and tourists alike. Browse the exquisite craft and pottery collections, stylish women’s and men’s fashion, kitchen and homeware and unusual gifts and furnishings, including upcycled and UK made furniture.

For further information about The Shops at Dartington please visit www.dartington.org or take a look at Eat UP! Dartington’s very own food blog bursting with producer stories, news, delicious recipes and fabulous competitions (www.eatupdevon.com).