Sated Christmas Gift Guide 2017

It’s nearly Christmas! When the f**k did that happen?! You’ve still got to buy presents for the family, the colleagues you actually like and those friends who keep getting you heartfelt gifts so that you are now forced to reciprocate. Don’t panic – we’ve got your back with a selection of unique gifts that the…

Durham Gin Review

The spirits industry is known for being somewhat male dominated. Whilst Masterblenders and Distillers are no longer solely silvering men, the fact that a 28-year-old female chemist has been bringing her own brand of classic gin to the cobbled streets of Durham is still an slightly exciting oddity. Sated catches up with Head Distiller of…

Whisky-Me

We admit that when we think of a whisky subscription, we see wooden boxes cradling clear, glass bottles stamped with Serif-lettered labels, making their way to greying patriarchs who will cluck at the named distilleries and laud the various vintages. That stops now. Whisky-Me is the brand new, unpretentious and accessible monthly delivery service from…

“Into the Wild” with The Botanist Gin and Sager + Wilde

As whisky “peat-freaks”, Islay holds a special place in our hearts. However, the single malt Mecca is also home to one of our favoured gins – The Botanist. This London Cocktail Week saw The Botanist gin pair up with Sager + Wild for a series of “Into the Wild” dinners inspired by the Hebridean Island’s…

The Trading House’s Christmas Menu Review

Christmas is round the corner and it’s time to start eating like it. In a truly daring escapade, Sated battles the mania of Bank at rush hour to preview The Trading House’s Christmas Menu. Contained in a Grade-II-listed building, The Trading House is a restaurant-bar exhibiting all sorts of knick-knacks and peculiarities, from taxidermy and…

Win a Pair of Tickets to The Spirit Show 2017

Sated is offering our lovely booze-hound readers the chance to Win a Pair of Tickets to The Spirit Show 2017. Returning to the Business Design Centre 1st – 2nd December, The Spirit Show will showcase the very best spirits from around the world. These will include the usual suspects (whisky, gin, rum, vodka, and what…

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…

Cub Restaurant Review

Those of you who read Sated on a regular basis know that we are not exactly coy about our gastronomic crush on the Mr Lyan brand and all that comes about under it. Whenever we hear of something new from the team – whether it be the crowning of Dandelyan as World’s Best Cocktail Bar;…

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…

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…

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…

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 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…

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…

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…

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…

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…