If there’s one thing Paul Hollywood knows how to do apart from having a ready-made celebrity name, it’s make bread. From bloomers to malt loaves, this series aims to draw you away from the readymade offerings at your supermarket bakery and teach you how to make them yourself. Like a potter at his wheel, Paul has a knack of making it all look incredibly easy, but the persistent feeling lingers that it’s probably anything but.
For the aspiring breadmaker, this is as comprehensive a how-to guide as you’re likely to get, but if you have no intention of making Paul’s creations yourself or simply don't have the time, then you’re essentially just watching a guy make amazing bread and giving yourself hunger pains in the process. It’s hard not to admire his undoubted skill and passion, but it’s even harder not to just buy that 80p baguette instead.
The Clerk & Well
This good-looking gastropub on Clerkenwell Road also has a few rooms upstairs so if you get sloshed and can't face the trek home, they'll put you up, space permitting. There's quite a selection to drink, too. Beers on draught include Longhorn IPA, Grolsch Blond, Doom Bar, Kirin Ichiban and a number of guest ales, while wines – most of which are available by the glass – are equally spread between the old world and new world. Cocktails also feature, as do summer sharing jugs of Pimm's, sangria and alcoholic iced teas. Food is pan-Asian, so expect dishes ranging from tom yum soup and seared Thai beef salad to chilli salt squid, chicken gyoza, wasabi tempura prawns and steamed sea bass with choy sum, shiitake mushrooms and soy. There's also a local delivery option, so we presume that means upstairs, too.
Venue says: “Scrumptious pan-Asian in Clerkenwell. Enjoy for dinner a main meal with choice of small glass of wine or pint of beer for £10!”