Interview with Takamaka Rum’s Bernard d’Offay

Sated sat down with Bernard d’Offay, co-owner of Takamaka Rum, to find out what makes this rum from the Seychelles different to anything else we’ve tried.  How did you come to start Takamaka? My brother, myself and my dad started Takamaka Rum in 2002. Both my parents are from the Seychelles but my brother and I…

Burleighs Gin Pink Edition Review

“Do not judge a gin by its bottle”. This is what we at Sated HQ had to keep repeating to ourselves when confronted with the outrageously coloured Burleighs Gin Pink Edition. Whilst we found the matte, baby pink frontage hard to stomach, we were happily surprised by its contents. Burleighs’ gins are distilled in the Charnwood…

Old Fashioned Week 2017 Announced

We’ve made our way around The Whisky Show, survived Cocktail Week and had our brief dalliance with Tequila & Mezcal Fest, but there is more to come! Introducing, Old Fashioned Week – a celebration of the Louisville classic cocktail that returns to the UK for its second year. Sated was lucky enough to go to…

Best Bars in London – World’s 50 Best Bars Awards 2017

Last night, the World’s 50 Best Bars Awards 2017 had those in the bar world at the edges of their seats (or more literally, sneakily watching the action live on their phones whilst working a shift). In an exciting turn of events, The Savoy’s American Bar knocked The Dead Rabbit in New York off of…

Arthur Hooper’s Review

We first came across home product design company, Buster + Punch, a number of years ago when they had just moved into their “long-term pop-up” (as it was then described) showrooms in The Hop Exchange in London Bridge. We’re not usually the types to get overly excited about light switches and bulbs, but these guys…

A Guide to London Cocktail Week 2017

One of our taste buds’ Darlings and our livers’ greatest trials, London Cocktail Week, returns to the capital for its eighth year, with many old favourites and a few new tricks up its liquor-sodden sleeve. For cocktail lovers who have so far managed to miraculously avoid this week of discovery, or those veterans who need…

Best Bars at London Cocktail Week 2017

Phew! Well this took a while! We at Sated have come up with an area guide to the Best Bars at London Cocktail Week 2017 so that you don’t miss out on some fantastic goings-ons. Squirreled away in there are some sneaky previews of the cocktails you will be sampling. To find out about the…

Best Events at London Cocktail Week 2017

With so many events taking place, it’s hard to figure out which to go to. Luckily for you, we at Sated have created a cheat-sheet guide to the Best Events at London Cocktail Week 2017. To find out about the Best Bars at London Cocktail Week 2017, read our events guide here, and you can find…

Belgian Spirits Company

When we imagine the antics of the average 15-year-old boy – not that this is something that takes up much of our time – we do not envisage them planting 150 grape vines in their parents’ garden and making fruit wines, however, this is precisely what the teenage Pieter-Jan Frooninckx did. Now, at the age…

PJ Gin Review

Created by the young and ambitious flavour genius, Pieter-Jan Frooninckx, the eponymously named PJ Gin is a new brand developed under the Belgium Spirits Company that employs a methodical process, 13 years in the making, to create a range that is clean, smooth and true to its ingredients. For more information about the process, read…

Havn Gin Review

We at Sated love our gins. I mean, we love them. If you don’t believe us, just take a look at our ‘To Drink’ section, which reads like the receipt at an out-of-the-way gin bar. However, we can safely say that in our tireless trials of the globe’s best gins, Havn Gin has surpassed all…

Jay Rayner and Ravinder Bhogal team up for charity

On 8th October, Chef Patron, Ravinder Bhogal (previously of Michelin-starred Trishna, Le Café Anglais and Mark Hix), and renowned food critic Jay Rayner will join forces to create a feast in aid of Action Against Hunger’s Love Food Give Food campaign. ‘The Cook & The Critic’ event will take place at Ravinder’s restaurant, Jikoni, in…

Sophie’s Steakhouse to open new venue in Soho

Sophie’s Steakhouse has been bringing a taste of New York’s famed meat cuts to Londoners for over a decade, and now it is expanding with an impressive new Soho location. After fifteen years running a hugely successful Chelsea location serving up some of the finest steaks in London, Sophie’s Steakhouse owners, Sophie Bathgate and Rupert…

Inigo to open in Soho

Inigo – a grab n’ go sushi kiosk with a difference – will open in Soho on 11th October. Created by Australian entrepreneurs Jeremy Bliss and Charlie Hall, of CODE Hospitality, Inigo will bring the Japanese-inspired sushi hand roll to Great Windmill Street. Inigo hand rolls combine what you would expect from a standard futomaki roll with the…

Villa Mama’s to open in Chelsea

With its first restaurant making a name for itself in Bahrain, the second site of Villa Mama’s will open in Chelsea this September. Bahrain’s Villa Mama’s was founded in 2011 by chef and restaurateur, Roaya Sahel. Driven by a passion instilled in her from a childhood spent cooking at home with her mother and grandmother,…

Gin Festival 2017

Celebrating its fourth year, Gin Festival 2017 brought a greater variety of gins, events and bars to Tobacco Docks this August. Established in 2013 by husband and wife team, Jym and Marie Harris, the event was born of a desire to give lovers of the Juniper Goddess access to brands they would never normally hear…

Paxton Chocolate’s Marbled Chocolate Thins Review

Stylish, chic and multi-sensory – Paxton Chocolate’s Marbled Chocolate Thins are so much more than mere sweets. Sated samples the new Summer flavours and delivers its verdict. Paxton Chocolate was founded in December 2012 by Caitlin Paxton, who with a background in fashion design and architecture, decided to instead follow in the footsteps of her…

Number 90 Bar & Kitchen Review

Number 90 Bar & Kitchen is a well-known and much-loved, canal-side venue in Hackney Wick, offering fantastic food made from locally sourced produce; an expansive drink menu – including an array of exciting cocktails and, as you might expect, a strong range of craft beers; art and music events; and phenomenal service. Aware that it…

Fudge Kitchen’s Mixology Confection Review

Fudge isn’t product we would usually consider gourmet, refined or adult. Saccharine by nature and often presented in huge blocks at County Fairs and Village Market Stalls, it’s not a confectionary that we thought we would ever have cause to promote on Sated. However, Fudge Kitchen’s Mixology Confection has given us something to shout about….

The Lakes Gin Explorer Edition Review

The Lakes Gin Explorer Edition reached the top of the world, literally speaking, when Alan Chambers MBE decided to bring it with him to the North Pole, giving new meaning to the serving suggestion “To be drunk chill or on ice”. Initially launched in the Summer of 2016 as a limited edition by The Lakes…

The Lakes Distillery

Last month, The Lake District was awarded UNESCO World Heritage status, placing it alongside the likes of Arizona’s Grand Canyon, the Great Wall of China and Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Most will know the region for its picturesque scenery, numerous trekking routes and the impact it has had on some of the UK’s most canonical…

La Fromagerie’s third site to open in Bloomsbury

Cheese lovers rejoice! La Fromagerie’s third site is slated to open in Bloomsbury on Wednesday 27th September 2017. Established in 1991, La Fromagerie is now well known for its shops and cafes in Marylebone and Highbury, a thriving online retail shop, as well as supplying cheese to some of the best chefs and restaurants in…

Treatment Suite at Canary Riverside Plaza

Ever push your chair away from your desk, stretch your arms up in the air and go “I could really do with a massage”? Not just us? Didn’t think so. Whilst there are many little massage parlours dotted about the capital that it Is possible to duck into for a quick lunchtime massage, from our…

La Hechicera Fine Aged Rum

We at Sated were lucky enough to attend a rare foray into the making of premium Colombian spirit, La Hechicera Fine Aged Rum, at 68 & Boston. Third generation rum-maker and brand co-founder, Miguel Riascos, took us through the company’s riveting history and hosted an unusual masterclass where we were encouraged to sample 96% extra…

MasterChef duo bring Billy and Jack’s Supper Club to Southbank Centre

MasterChef duo Billy & Jack, finalists who met on the 2016 BBC cooking show, bring their sell-out Billy and Jack’s Supper Club to the top floor of Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall for Summertime 30th July – 28th August 2017. This will be the first supper club to take up residence in Southbank Centre’s stunning St Paul’s Pavilion…

Digby Fine English Sparkling Wine’s 4th Birthday Celebrations

Last week, we at Sated had the pleasure of attending the birthday party of a “rather precocious, slightly tipsy 4-year-old”* – the multi-award-winning Digby Fine English Sparkling Wine company, at Contemporary Applied Arts Gallery in Southwark. The evening comprised a Blending Salon hosted by Digby co-founder, the gregarious Trevor Clough, followed by a romp through their…

Hendrick’s Summertime Garden at Worship Street Whistling Shop

Any London-dwelling cocktail lover worth their salt will have heard of Worship Street Whistling Shop – a low-lit, subterranean bar filled with wingback leather armchairs, moody Chesterfields and Victoriana that is known for its inventive take on mixology and love affair with gin. However, the old favourite is about to get even better. For the Summer,…

Boisdale Jamaica Garden Terrace

Until the end of August, Boisdale restaurant, an iconic Scottish institution in the heart of London, will play host to a “Little Jamaica”, bringing vitality and good vibes to Canary Wharf. Sated popped on down to the launch on a beautiful Summer’s eve to see what was what. Reminiscent of the palm fringed beaches of…

Tom of Finland Vodka

The Pride season is upon us once more, with Pride in London this weekend and many more marches, events, talks and parties planned over the coming months. With this in mind, Spirit of Tom has created Tom of Finland Vodka that embodies the tenacity, strength and passion of the original LGBTQIA+ movement. Inspired by the pioneering…

Hoppers is launching its second site

Following on from the phenomenal success of the first Soho venue, Hoppers is launching its second site in St Christopher’s Place this Autumn. The concept of hoppers was unfamiliar to most Londoners prior to October 2015. Those with familial ties to Sri Lanka or Tamil Nadu may have had fond memories of aunties swirling the pale…

Conker Spirit Dorset Dry Gin Review

We don’t know about you but we’ve been reading all sorts of studies lately that suggest that drinking gin helps alleviate the symptoms of hay fever! Whilst we at Sated don’t usually suffer from such things, we thought it best to be pre-emptive in such matters and give the curious new Conker Spirit Dorset Dry…

Disappearing Dining Club: Tasting Menu with Côtes du Rhône Wines

Earlier this week, Côtes du Rhône teamed up with Disappearing Dining Club to host a delectable six-course tasting menu with Rhône Valley wine pairings at DDC’s newest brick and mortar premises, Studio DDC in Hoxton. Never the types to pass up the opportunity to learn more about wine, we slogged through the rain to get…

Mr Lyan and Silo chef to launch new London restaurant, Cub

World-renowned mixologist, Ryan Chetiyawardana (a.k.a. Mr Lyan) has teamed up with chef Doug McMaster to open a new restaurant, Cub, on the former site of his pioneering cocktail bar, White Lyan. The venue is set to blur the boundaries between food and drink by approaching them as a united entity and presenting guests with the…

Craft Gin Club or Sparkling Wine Club?

If the first half of 2017 has taught us anything, it’s that few things in life are certain. Perhaps that’s why, in these ambiguous times, we at Sated are looking for something strong (in alcohol content) and stable (in service). Enter, the UK’s number one gin subscription club – Craft Gin Club. Every month, members…

Ketel One Brunch at Paradise Garage

Day-drinking has become not only acceptable but celebrated with Boozy Brunches popping up left, right and centre all over London. Whilst most offer the expected and easily top-up-able Prosecco or Bloody Mary’s, Paradise Garage – in collaboration with Ketel One Vodka and London Food Month – has gone a different route with a carefully crafted…

Marcello Tully at Kinloch Lodge

Nestled at the foot of a mountain and facing an expansive loch on the exquisite Isle of Skye sits Kinloch Lodge. Once the hunting lodge for nearby Armadale Castle, the 17th century building remains in the possession of Lord and Lady Macdonald, who have seen fit to convert it into a cosy 14-guestroom boutique hotel….

London Food Month

This June, London Evening Standard and Diageo World Class Drinks have paired up to deliver London Food Month – a celebration of gastronomy in Kensington Gardens, featuring pop-up food stands and bars, as well as over 400 events across the capital. Sated meandered on down to the opening of the Night Market to see what…

Nobu Shoreditch to open in July

This July, Nobu Shoreditch, the latest addition to the world-renowned Japanese restaurant empire and hotel group will open within the new Nobu Hotel Shoreditch, located just off of Great Eastern Street. The 240-seat restaurant will lie at the heart of the building, span almost the entire footprint of the hotel and provide an exciting new…

The Napoleon Hotel & Bars

We at Sated love a new concept, but even we were somewhat baffled by the announcement that the storied pair behind Worship Street Whistling Shop and Black Rock had decided to open London’s smallest grand hotel, encompassing one guestroom and – wait for it – three bars. Our interest peaked, we decided to head on…

Best Cocktail Bars in Paris

Paris is synonymous with wine. It figuratively flows through the streets and any Parisian comes with the assumed responsibility of knowing all about its many marvels. However, whilst behind the curve a little for a capital European city, Paris is finally waking up to the endless possibilities that inventive mixology has to offer. And so,…

The Blind Pig

When we found out that one of our favourite London bars – Jason Atherton’s The Blind Pig – was launching its first new cocktail list since the speakeasy opened in 2013, we were a little more than a tad excited. However, once we learnt that the menu had been inspired by classic children’s literature, including…

Café des Abattoirs, Paris

With food trends going the way of vegetarianism, veganism and [insert protein or sugar group]-free inconvenience, it is a refreshing change of pace to come across a venue that unabashedly describes itself as a “meat restaurant”. Fittingly named after a slaughterhouse, Café des Abattoirs, Paris, is a nostalgic godsend to the carnivores amongst our number….

Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel

Interior Designer, Inge Moore, and her London-based design studio, Muza Lab, has recently completed the refurbishment of 48 guestrooms and suites in one of the world’s most iconic hotels – Cape Town’s Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel. The design intent was to recreate the original spirit of the grand hotel, which first opened its doors in 1899,…

Interview: Pritesh Mody, World of Zing

World of Zing is the UK’s first ‘Contemporary Food & Drink Emporium’, trading in spices, sauces, ready-made cocktails and much more. Their team ranges from chefs to street foodies and mixologists, all set on creating inspiring ranges of produce and ingredients that add a touch of ‘Zing’ to their customers’ culinary lives.  Sated sits down…

Best New Bars and Restaurants in Bethnal Green

A few years ago, Bethnal Green was a little-known stop on the Central line, beyond the lights and sounds of bustling Liverpool but not quite in that “not really London” zone which starts around Stratford. The inimitable E. Pellicci and White Horse Kebab House (boasting its ranking as one of the ‘Top 5 Kebabs in…

Soho Whisky Club

I belong to a whisky club. Now, prejudicial creatures as we humans are, the reader of such an assertation might well presume that I am an older aged, white of hair English gentleman, probably from a wealthy background, whose proclivities for the finer things in life have resulted in the onset of gout and a…

Interview: George Keeble, Soho Whisky Club

Gone are the days when Private Members’ Bars were reserved for society’s elite, privileged and frankly quite annoying. Sated catches up with George Keeble, Soho Whisky Club’s inimitable General Manager, to find out what sets this venue apart from the plethora of other tipple houses around London. First things first, let’s talk numbers: how much…