Tomorrow is Apple Day at Fortnum and Mason, celebrating the British apple and calling attention to its dwindling numbers – Britain has almost two-thirds fewer apple orchards than back in 1970. A-peeling events include a free apple masterclass hosted by Clippy’s Apples at the department store’s First Floor Demonstration Kitchen at 2pm. Learn how to make apple and damson cheese, crab apple jelly with duck breast and star anise and an apple and thyme tart tatin with lavender and lemon crème chantilly.
On Sunday, fruit enthusiasts might want to mosey over to Borough Market which will be open for its very own sixth annual Apple Day event. In the Jubilee Market from 12pm until 4pm, producers will be on hand to share their apple knowledge and creations including limited edition Apple Day preserves, pies and juices.
To introduce its punters to new head chef Adrian Southall, The Water Poet pub at Spitalfields is offering two lunch meals for the price of one until 17 November. Visit the pub’s website for a peek at the menu and to print out the promotional 2fer flyer.
Whitechapel Gallery Dining Room has been running a monthly feasting night where groups of six or more can tuck into a special menu devised by consultant chef Angela Hartnett and the gallery’s head chef Emma Duggan. The event focuses on a different meat each month. Last month was chicken and this month’s was beef. Londonist tagged along last night to the October feast and was pleased with presentation and portions. £45 per person granted diners dishes such as bread and oil, olives and artichoke hearts and whipped goats curd and roast garlic crostini for nibbles, rare roast rib of Longhorn beef with Dauphinoise potato, cavolo nero with shallot butter, thyme jus and horseradish cream for mains and a gorgeous and simple baked vanilla rice pudding (with British cheese available for £2.50) for our afters. The next feast night is 16 November with Roast Haunch of Royal Park Venison as the featured meat.
The Rockwell bar and restaurant at the Trafalgar Hotel is turning ten years old. To mark the occasion, bar manager Antonio Vigorito has reworked his cocktail menu to feature the caloric content of each drink with the help of nutritionists Susie Willsher and Kyla Williams. Their selection includes a “saintly” Minty Healer (73 calories, with fresh cranberries and blackberries, £9), the “sinful” Lemon Camellia (95 calorie champagne cocktail with lemongrass, £14) and the “wickedly good” Eye Candy (270 calorie cocktail featuring mango juice and passion fruit, £12).