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Archives: January 2017


First Newsletter of 2017

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Follow the link below for our latest Newsletter

  • Review some of the #bestrestaurants listed in 2016

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  • Follow us on #Facebook to enter the Valentines “Win Dinner on Us”

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  • Want to now where some Top Chefs like to eat.

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All this and Lady FT’s favourite Cookbooks here: Fab Tabs Newsletter



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The 2017 Annual Scotch Egg Challenge

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Now in it’s sixth year, the Scotch Egg Challenge has a serious following not only of Bar Snack enthusiasts, but some of the UK’s top chefs have put reputations on the line in the past. The 2017 event will take place at The Canonbury in Islington on 8 February and Favourite Tables will be popping along with our crack team of reporters and our world famous Scotch Egg sampling equipment, Lady FT….


Chefs taking part will include defending champion and last years winner, Calum Franklin of the Holborn Dining Rooms as well as Robin Gill from The Dairy and chef’s from the Drapers Arms.


Neil Rankin from Temper (who is on the judging panel for the Great Sausage Roll #RollOff) and Tom Anglesea from The Laughing Heart have also been confirmed. You can expect entries from a number of other restaurants and pubs across London and the UK.

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Judges for the event will include Fay Maschler from the Evening Standard, Ben Chapman of Smoking Goat and Kiln and Bob Granleese of the Guardian. Master of Ceremonies and compered will be Joe Warwick.


The closing date for applications had been extended to 7 January 2017 but we understand is now closed. You can get further information about this event by getting in touch with Kerrianne at guinea@youngs.co.uk for more details.

The Scotch Egg Challenge 2017 will take place on 8 February 2016 at The Canonbury, 21 Canonbury Pl, London N1 2NS

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East End “Pie and Mash” comes to Cambridge

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Head Chef at the  Cambridge Chop House Chef Andrew Skipper, known as ‘Skip’ to friends will be opening Skip’s Pop Up Pie Shop in the upper shop part of the Kings’ Parade site whilst the main restaurant (downstairs) is being refurbished.



Running from the 9th till the 13th of January and serving traditional East London style Pie, Mash and Liquor (or gravy for those who are not aficionados of the parsley and eel stock “liquor” sauce)

Skip who grew up in Ely but lived in East London for three or four years, used to once or twice a month on days off visit pie ‘n’ mash shops, his favourite was Manze’s.

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Established in 1902 Manze’s is now world famous and a favourite with the likes of David Beckham and also boasts some famous visitors/helpers including Chef Heston Blumenthal


The Cambridge Chop House is part of Cambscuisine, a group of independent restaurants in and around Cambridge, which includes the Smokeworks, the Millworks and the St John’s Chop House.

Executive Head Chef, Sanyi Kiliti, said: “When Andrew spoke to me about his ideas for the pie shop, I immediately thought it was brilliant and perfect for Cambridge during the colder January period”. He added “everyone loves comfort food, and you never know, if it goes well we might even consider opening a permanent pie shop!”


The Steak and Ale pies will be made using a local real ale from the Milton brewery at Waterbeach just 6 miles from the restaurant.


Chicken and Mushroom pie as well as Sausage and Mash will be on offer along with some fine wines by the glass and a selection of local real ales such as Justinian from the Milton Brewery.



No bookings, just turn up!


Skip’s Pop Up Pie Shop will be at The Cambridge Chop House, 1 King’s Parade, CB2 1SJ from January 9 to 13, 10 am to 10 pm.

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