It’s the most wonderful time of the year… to eat and drink your way around London this winter! Here are 9 seasonal specials available for a limited time only – get them whilst they’re hot!
Pastaio: Brussels Sprouts Gnocchi; Goose, Duck and Turkey Ragù and Mulled Wine Slushy
This festive period, Pastaio diners can enjoy a full menu of Christmas-inspired treats at both sites, with highlights including a mulled wine-flavoured Prosecco slushie, a brussels sprouts, chestnut and pancetta gnocchi and a goose, duck and turkey ragù, slow-cooked in red wine and aromatic spices, served with handmade pappardelle. Available at Pastaio Soho and Westfield.
Butchies: Sweet Baby Cheesus Burger
Christmas arrived early in November when Butchies, London’s premier fried chicken specialist introduced their Christmas special, the Sweet Baby Cheesus, featuring Butchies fried chicken with deep fried brie, cranberry sauce and their house-made hot chilli honey exclusive to the Christmas special. The burger is available until 31st December at Butchies Shoreditch, Victoria, Fulham and Clapham as well as on Deliveroo.
Available from 16th Nov – 31st Dec
Honest Burger: The Christmas & The Vegan Christmas
To celebrate this year’s festivities, Honest Burgers have launched not one but two specials, The Christmas and The Vegan Christmas. Best enjoyed with the new Winter Spiced Mule cocktail, the Christmas features Honest beef, smoked bacon, deep-fried camembert, cranberry sauce and rocket, alongside Honest’s signature rosemary-salted fries, while the vegan Christmas boasts a plant-based burger, THIS Isn’t Bacon, double Applewood Vegan cheese, shoestring fries, cranberry sauce and rocket.
Available from 30th Nov – 24th Dec
The Princess of Shoreditch: Christmas Pudding Soufflé
Over at The Princess of Shoreditch, chef Ruth Hansom will be serving up a festive version of her signature soufflé, incorporating the rich and fruity flavours of a classic Christmas pudding as well as a minced pie fondant to complete the upstairs tasting menu.
The Proof: Festive puddings
Hackney-based pudding delivery specialists, The Proof, are offering some brand new Christmas puddings and bakes for 2021, including Christmas pudding profiteroles filled with Baileys cream, Christmas Yule Logs (alongside a special East London version with their ‘shag cake’ twist), panettone bread and butter pudding, a festive winter pavlova made with mulled wine, orange and pomegranate, orange crumble mince pies, a profiterole ‘wreath’ to make at home, and a boozy espresso martini tiramisu, all delivered straight to your door! Nationwide delivery is available for a selection of products. The festive range goes live on their website for pre-orders.
Luca: Festive cocktails
Clerkenwell neighbourhood restaurant Luca have introduced a selection of winter cocktails to the menu for the festive season. The Cafe Irlandese, inspired by the winter warming classic the Irish Coffee mixes Vecchia Romagna brandy with coffee, double cream and branca menta. Also on the menu is the Wintergroni, a seasonal twist on Italy’s iconic aperitif with Malfy blood orange gin, Amaro Montenegro, sweet vermouth and Pino Mugo liqueur making for the perfect Christmas cocktail. Cheers!
The Beaumont: The Mob Toddy at Le Magritte
The Mob Toddy is Beaumont’s version of a Hot Toddy, inspired by characters from the 1920s to which Le Magritte pays homage. Containing Maker’s Mark bourbon, Amaro Nonnino, Maple Syrup, lemon juice, cloves, citrus peel (tangerine, lemon, orange, grapefruit), coffee beans, D.R. Harris Pick-Me-Up Bitter and topped with hot water. A drink the likes of Hemingway and Fitzgerald would have enjoyed.
Garage Wine Sale at Specialist Cellar
On 11th December, Specialist Cellars, the New World wine specialists in Pop Brixton, will welcome guests to their annual Garage Sale. The ultimate wine tasting event, the Garage Sale brings together premium wines and festive vibes to kick off the festive season. A highlight of the Christmas calendar, the Garage Sale will offer exclusive discounts on a diverse selection of wines, providing the perfect opportunity to stock up for the Christmas period, and the chance to sample over 40 from the collection.
£10pp – tickets HERE
Vinegar Yard’s Winter Transformation
London Bridge’s drinking and dining garden Vinegar Yard has unveiled its warm and cosy site transformation for winter, complete with a canopy covering the whole site, festive lighting, cosy heaters, and outdoor cabins. Overlooked by The Shard, Vinegar Yard is open for small and large bookings and walk-ins and is the perfect spot for lively drinks and food from a top selection of street food traders including Bad Boys Pizza, Baba G’s, Nanny Bill’s and more. Also available are Vinegar Yard’s Winter Igloos to book exclusively for the whole evening.
Let us know your favourites from the list!
Season’s Greetings from the My London Times team!