Taste of London Winter 2014, Tobacco Dock

IMG_8874Last weekend, the pair of us made our way to Tobacco Dock in Greenwich for the Taste of London Winter festival.

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We’d visited the summer festival in Regent’s Park earlier this year and had had such a brilliant time we knew we’d be making it a regular thing! Getting to try dishes from some of London’s hottest restaurants all in one day? Casually bumping into celebrity chefs like Raymond Blanc and Michel Roux? Yes, twice a year please. This time we’d managed to convince some of our friends and family to come down too, though to be honest it didn’t take much convincing!

We arrived at Tobacco Dock bright and early, ready to eat everything in sight and immediately we were blown away with the venue – 2 floors of exposed brick vaults, open air walkways, a pirate ship (I kid you not!), and an abundance of Christmas trees and pretty lights… you couldn’t help but feel festive!

We started the day by having a look around the numerous exhibition stands… somehow starting with the room full of alcohol producers. Start as you mean to go on I guess.

IMG_1055IMG_1056IMG_1021 IMG_1048Strawberry Gin from Fresha.

IMG_1027IMG_1013 IMG_1022Apple butter?! Made with apples, dates and pears… no added sugar, dairy/gluten/nut free. Nom.

IMG_1030White truffles.

IMG_1051Black Garlic from Balsajo – slow cooked for 4 weeks. Tasted like balsamic vinegar. Naturally we bought some.

IMG_1057 IMG_1064 IMG_1066 IMG_1068 IMG_1071 IMG_9015IMG_1080Malaysian coconut & pandan spread! Seriously gutted they’d run out! 😦

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After grazing on all the free samples from the exhibitors we realised we should probably try some of the dishes provided by the restaurants. Our first stop, Emberyard.

IMG_8887At the summer festival we’d tried the Iberico Pork Rib from their sister restaurant, Saltyard, and we enjoyed it so much we had to have it again! Oh, and try their Truffled Mac and Cheese.

IMG_1096Truffled Mac and Cheese.

IMG_1099Iberico Pork Rib with Quince Glaze and Squash Puree.

IMG_1105 IMG_1109BBQ Pork Belly in Steamed Buns with Peanut Soy from Kurobuta. We could have had a large plate full of these bad boys! So tasty!

IMG_1117IMG_9020Hot spiced ciders HAD to happen.

IMG_1127 IMG_1134 IMG_1137IMG_9021The Ultimate Burger from Jamie Oliver’s Barbecoa. Dat secret sauce doe.

IMG_1146 IMG_1150 IMG_1154 IMG_1156 IMG_1160 IMG_1162 IMG_1164 IMG_1167 IMG_1170 IMG_1173Then for our last savoury dish we tried the icon dish from The Truscot Arms – Partridge in a Peartree (pine-roasted partridge breast, poached pears, chestnuts, smoked mash and partridge jus). This was just Christmas on a plate. Absolutely stunning!

IMG_1181And finally, for dessert we headed to Andina. Peruvian Picarones – pumpkin doughnuts with purple maize honey. There were not nearly enough of these. Pumpkin should just be in everything.

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Full of food, cider and festive cheer… we then headed off to Southbank Christmas Market for more food, cider and festive cheer.

Like I said, start as you mean to go on.

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