October 5, 2011

This is supposed to be a Leicestershire food blog so maybe this post is ultra vires, but then I’ve always thought of Somerstown and the rest of the area around St Pancras as “our” bit of London, so maybe this is relevent after all.

Thanks to my erstwhile colleague Marina O’Loughlin (I’m stretching it a bit here, she reviews restaurants for Metro in London, I used to review for Metro in Leicester. There’s a difference) – for alerting me to the creation of Eat.St just round the back of St Pancras station – a “micro-market” of the best and most interesting street food traders in the capital. Launching on Thursday and Friday this week, early traders include Ribman, who promises baby back pork ribs in hot, homemade marinade either on the bone on off the bone in  a “roll” (this is the local word for cob – quaint eh?). Also paella from Jamon Jamon and Bhangra Burger  – offering among other things a lamb burger with curry in a warm flatbread wrap.

It all sounds ideal for those times when you’re travelling back from t’smoke and you really feel you could do better than a pasty or sandwich from M&S.  So, you fancy I’ve-got-a-10am-meeting-in-Westminster types, let us know your reaction if you are able to check it out (this means you, Alex Stutz).


Great Food

July 23, 2010

I started this blog mainly because I just wanted to keep writing about food, and local restaurants in particular.  I’d spent five enjoyable years doing proper independent  reviews for Metro, and when that finished I was frustrated there was not better media coverage of  the local food scene. There was the defiantly non-specialist reviews in the Leicester Mercury, the blatant  advertorials in a couple of rather vacuous style mags and the equally ad-grab reviews in the county set mags. A rather dull Midlands glossy called The Foodie occasionally gets over to Leicestershire.

So hurray for the newly-launched bi-monthly Great Food Leicestershire and Rutland, a glossy magazine that does what it says in the tin. Coming straight outta Melton Mowbray it’s a commerical proposition but one that does seem to be driven by a genuine passion for the area and for good food. The first issue has news of local events and products, features such as a farmshop map, and articles on  producers such as Nigel Moon at Whissendine Mill and local produce including stilton, bread from the Hambleton  bakery (which you will have read about on this blog of course) and local beers.  Local towns and villages are profiled for eating and drinking options, local chefs such as Danny Jimminson from the Hammer and Pincers and Adi Sinha from Memsaab contribute articles and recipes and there’s reviews of other places familar to readers of this blog  – including the Collyweston  Slater. Sure the reviews are all positive, but  they do give the impression at least of being genuine recommendations rather quid pro qu0 for adverts.

The articles are generally short and sweet, there’s a refreshing lack of pretention or ponciness and the photography and layout are good quality. Overall, it’s a terrific start and congratulations to editor Matthew Wright.  You can find out more at their website  and if you are quick you may be able to get a free copy of the July/August issue. If you do contact them, you might like to mention this blog.

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