Are you partial to a wee dram? We’re offering one whisky fan and 11 of their friends a unique whisky blending experience courtesy of scotch whisky producers Chivas Regal.
The winner will be invited to Asian restaurant Bam-Bou, where Chivas Regal has taken over one of the exclusive private dining rooms, the Blue Room. Here, you’ll receive welcome cocktails on arrival, a fusion banqueting menu courtesy of Bam-Bou, and an exclusive insight into the secrets and history of Chivas Regal from a brand expert over the course of the evening. After dinner, indulge in whisky flights and take the opportunity to blend your very own personal bottle of scotch to take home. Plus, whoever crafts the best blend on the night will get to take home a bottle of Chivas Regal 18 year old whisky.
Please drink responsibly. For more information visit Drinkaware.co.uk.
Villandry - Great Portland Street
Villandry’s marbled pâtisserie counter – crammed with temptations such as salted caramel and walnut tarts, blackberry éclairs and chocolate mousses – deservedly takes centre stage at this self-proclaimed ‘grand café’. The venue has several distinct areas. The café overlooking Great Portland Street is the buzziest, even on a Saturday evening. Behind it, the refurbished central bar strikes a rather imposing note, thanks to a formidable shade of red, while the more formal dining room on the Bolsover Street side is, by contrast, a model of understatement. It’s not often you find a restaurant where diners are happy to eat alone, but this is one such place, owing to the unshowy, affordable menu and the chance to sit unhurried and unjudged by easy-going staff. The menu covers all bases: burgers, salads, steaks, plenty of fish and seafood, and weekend brunch. Duck confit was tender and moist, and plum crumble a deliciously fruity concoction topped with chantilly cream. Villandry seems genuinely happy to accommodate your whims, whether that’s a simple quiche in the restaurant or takeaway chocolates from the compact grocery area. It seems they’ve thought of everything: come summer, there’s a juice bar and a counter serving frozen yoghurt and ice-cream.