Sweet Blood Pudding Gelato at Gelupo
We love this left field creation from Gelupo - it’s such a welcome change from all the ‘stop your heart’ burgers around at this time of year. This outlandish scoop is a chilled twist on an Italian classic, sanguinaccio sausage (a sweet salame of chocolate, pig’s blood, pine nuts and pistachios). Yes, it is real pig’s blood in there.
Gelupo, 7 Archer Street, W1D 7AU. Available: 31 October.
Very Hot Stuff at Randy’s Wing Bar
We love this Halloween collaboration between Randy’s Wing Bar and World of Zing. 'Terrifries' are Randy’s chips dusted with Naga Ghost chilli powder and 'Wing Reapers' are chicken wings given serious bite with the addition of Carolina Reapers (the world’s hottest chilli). Ouch.
Randy's Wing Bar, Canalside, 28 East Bay Lane E15 2GW. Available: 29 October.
Pumpkin Oreo Shake at The Diner
It’s all pumpkin, pumpkin, pumpkin at this time of year. Get your dose of the sweet vegetable in this shake which is made with pumpkin pie (what about the pastry?!), vanilla ice cream and crushed Oreos. It’s also served ‘lantern style’ which means it has a candle on the top. Duh.
The Diner, see website for locations. Available: 28 - 31 October
Cocktail Flight at Zetter Townhouse
Zetter Townhouse Marylebone will be serving a special flight of three ‘ghoulishly good’ cocktails in its sumptuous cocktail lounge, which will be decorated for the occasion with a display of, erm, withering flowers. We’re going to trust them on that one. From 28 - 31 October get three cocktails for £30, from a choice of four, including the Nosferatini (Beefeater gin, martini dry, blood); Death in the Afternoon (Absinthe, sugar, champagne); the Silver Bullet (Beefeater gin, kummel) and Corpse Revived #2 (Beefeater gin, lemon, lillet blanc, triple sec, absinthe).
Zetter Townhouse, 28-30 Seymour Street, W1H 7JB. Available: 28 - 31 October
Brain burgers seem to be all the rage right now. Try one at Meatup, where the Halloween special contains a burger along with a slice of fried lamb’s brain, Red Leicester cheese and pickles. At St. John it’s a classier effort – fried brain with sliced white cabbage and spiky sauce gribiche.
Meatup, 350 Old York Road, SW18 1SS. Available: 28 - 29 October
St. John Bread & Wine, Spitalfields Arts Market, 94-96 Commercial Street, E1 6LZ. Available: on bar menu until further notice.
Balthoween at Balthazar
There will be a three-day Halloween extravaganza at Balthazar restaurant and bar with an official party on 30 October (it’s not a ticketed event so you’ll need to book a table). Legendary barman Brian Silva has come up with a Corpse Reviver No. 2 cocktail to join his existing gruesome cocktails Blood and Sand, and Off with her Head. There’s also a dessert – the witches hat parfait, which is a praline parfait on hazelnut sponge with a chocolate cremeux grave and pistachio soil. Of course.
Balthazar, 4-6 Russell Street, WC2B 5HZ. Available: 29 - 31 October
Charity Boo-ritos at Chipotle
Chipotle is raising money for charity this Halloween. Dress up in your best Halloween costume on 31 October and claim a free £2 burrito, burrito bowl, salad or tacos. All profits will go to Action Against Hunger, with a minimum pledge of £10K.
Chipotle, see website for locations. Available: 31 October
Black Banquet at The Museum of Brands
On 28 October, Adam Rawson will cook a 7-course feast at The Museum of Brands, with every course featuring black foods. Expect dishes like aged beef with mushroom, Marmite caramel and black quinoa and milk ice cream, preserved lemon and black olive. The feast will take place in the actual museum, too, surrounded by quirky exhibits. Tickets can be purchased via Grub Club.