The SLMan Food & Drink List


From Michelin-worthy BBQ boxes to a beef and oyster club from one of the UK’s most respected chefs, these are the best new food and drink launches out there...

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Tom Kerridge’s butcher shop and pub in Marlow has created three ‘best of British’ BBQ boxes for summer. Each one is filled with top-quality produce from free-range native breeds sourced from HG Walter and Dovecote Park. Choose between Bronze (£35), Silver (£55) and Gold (£85), with the entry-level option getting you four Cumberland sausages, four beef burgers, four chicken skewers, four Hovis burger buns and a bottle of Tom Kerridge Chipotle BBQ Sauce. Orders placed before 3pm at Wednesday will be delivered nationwide on Friday, ready for the weekend.


THE COOKBOOK: Charcuterie: Slow Down, Salt, Dry and Cure – From Scratch by Tim Hayward

In his new book, food writer and FT critic Tim Hayward takes the home cook through the basics of preserving and curing. He covers the principles of charcuterie and the importance of salinity, temperature and time, as well as all the classic techniques of curing and salting, drying and preserving. Thanks to clear step-by-step instructions and photography, explanations of what works and why, and fool-proof recipes, readers will learn how to make everything from pâté and pastrami to smoked bacon, salt beef and confit duck. Ideal for anyone looking to learn something new – and tasty – over the summer.


THE EVENT: Richard Corrigan’s Beef & Oyster Club

Richard Corrigan is the ebullient Irish chef you might have seen on Great British Menu. He also runs three classic London restaurants. At one of them – Bentley’s in Mayfair – he’s celebrating two terrific ingredients at a new monthly Beef & Oyster Club. Menus will change but could include the likes of a selection of hot and cold oysters from the British Isles followed by crab cakes and roast sirloin of Irish Hereford beef with all the trimmings, then raspberry bakewell tart with praline ice-cream and petits fours. The four courses are served in the upstairs grill and include a welcome aperitif. Taking place on the first Sunday of every month, this is a great alternative to a traditional Sunday lunch.


THE GLUTEN-FREE LAUNCH: Beavertown Critical Mass

In response to Beavertown Brewery fans clamouring for a gluten-free option, the brewery has launched Critical Mass. Packaged in the brand’s signature illustrated cans, the 4.7% IPA has been dry hopped, creating fruity flavours such as grapefruit, passionfruit and white grape, making it the ideal accompaniment for sunny days and warmer nights. Whether you’re gluten intolerant, looking to cut back on your gluten intake or just want something on hand for guests, this is a great one to have stocked in the fridge.


THE MEAL KIT: Dishoom Lamb & Chicken Kit

Just in time for summer, two new grill kits have landed on Dishoom’s online store. Delivering generous weekend meals for two, the kits require little effort and showcase some of the group’s best-loved grills. The Lamb & Chicken Grill Kit (£45) includes four spicy lamb chops marinated in warm dark spices, ginger, garlic and lime; two murgh malai chicken thighs steeped in garlic, ginger, coriander stems and a little cream; Dishoom’s signature house black daal, kachumber, naans and a side of coriander-mint chutney. A veggie version comes with paneer and soya-and-pineapple kebabs.


THE SPIRIT: Dewar’s Japanese Smooth

Scotch producer Dewar’s has launched the latest batch of whisky in its popular cask series. The Japanese Smooth edition features a blend of cinnamon, sandalwood and floral notes with a long and slightly dry finish. A rich and full-bodied eight-year-old blended scotch is finished in Japanese mizunara oak casks for six months, creating an approachable and smooth whisky with a difference. As well as tasting great on its own, it adds a punchy note to cocktails such as a Japanese highball, old fashioned or whisky sour.


THE RESTAURANT: Roti King, Battersea

In 2014, Sugen Gopal’s Roti King opened its doors with no signage and no real menus, just an incredible, authentic product. Following a rave review in the Guardian the same year, it became a must-visit destination for foodies. Now, the Malaysian restaurant has launched a second site, this time at Battersea Power Station. The menu features all the Roti King classics, including roti canai and kari, mee goreng mamak, laksa and beef rendang. When it comes to drinks, southeast Asian beer and canned wines are on offer and, unlike at the Euston original, tables can be booked in advance.

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THE CONDIMENT: Banhoek Chilli Oil

Created in South Africa’s Western Cape winelands in small batches, Banhoek Chilli Oil has landed in the UK. It’s made using canola oil – which doesn’t overpower other flavours like olive oil can – to deliver a balanced, bold flavour of sun-ripened bird’s eye chillies. The chillies are filtered out of the oil after infusion to ensure just the right hit of heat. An ideal accompaniment to salads, eggs and Asian dishes.


THE ALTERNATIVE MEAT BOX: Coombe Farm Organic Rose Veal Box

Looking for something a little different to serve guests at a BBQ? Somerset’s award-winning Coombe Farm has started selling a 25-strong range of organic rose veal. Making use of male dairy calves, who are fed a diet of whole organic milk, grass and protein-rich cake, the veal is highly nutritious meat with a fine-grained, smooth texture that’s more tender and leaner than beef. The range includes escalopes, osso bucco, mince and roasting joints, and all tasting boxes come with suggested recipes.


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