London Food & Drink News: 3 May 2012

There’s a new London based cheesecake maker, the English Cheesecake Company. Londonist tried (via couriered delivery) ECC’s “Notting Thrill” cake. Filled with “a huge slab of chewy chocolate brownie topped with more chunks of brownie, toasted pecan and liquid caramel on a chocolate cookie crust” it was a bit rich to say the least. But we think that was the point. If that sounds like your kind of slice, the Notting Thrill costs £26 and serves 12.

René Redzepi, head chef at three times annointed World’s Best Restaurant” Noma in Copenhagen, has announced plans to unveil “A Taste of Noma at Claridge’s” as he joins forces with Claridge’s hotel this summer to mark the celebrations of the London Olympics 2012. A Taste of Noma at Claridge’s will be available for both lunch and dinner in Claridge’s Ballroom from 28 July to 6 August 2012. René Redzepi will be in attendance every day together with his team of chefs from Noma. Tickets go on sale Wednesday 9 May. The five course menu will be priced at £195 per person. For further information and to register your interest: www.claridges.co.uk/atasteofnoma

In more “World’s Best” news, Fine Dining Lovers reports that famed el Bulli chef, Ferran Adrià plans to open a new venue next year in London.

Draft House is adding to its portfolio of specialist beer pubs. Tuesday 8 May sees the opening of a Draft House at 21 Lordship Lane in East Dulwich. Later this summer, the pub group will take a leap across the Thames with a first location north of the river. It’s an impressive place to land too: Fitzrovia, in the former Northumberland Arms at the corner of Goodge and Charlotte Streets.

The Rib Room Bar & Restaurant an array of interactive “Ginbilee” masterclasses with Bombay Sapphire’s expert mixologist, Sam Carter. Available on Saturday 12, 19 and 26 May from 2.30pm to 5pm, an intimate gathering of 10 12 gin lovers “can spend the afternoon in The Rib Room learning to make five unique G&Ts specially. To reserve a place on the ‘Ginbilee’ masterclass please call 020 7858 7250 or email reservations@theribroom.co.uk.

Photo/Chris Osburn 

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