Charred mackerel at Brunswick House

Five things we’ve eaten out this week

The latest cocktails and restaurant dishes we’ve tried and loved this week.  From a light mackerel starter to a dangerously moreish bread at Jamie Oliver’s Barbecoa, we highlight these menu must orders.

1. Charred mackerel with corn, chilli and lime at Brunswick House. A beautifully light starter, the mackerel is just seared, its oiliness nicely balanced by the subtle chilli kick and citrus tang.

2. Thyme Out, a gorgeous gin cocktail served in a mini glass teapot at Scarfes, the elegantly cosy bar in the Rosewood Hotel. Continue reading

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Brixton Flavours

In London this weekend and likely to wake up with a sore head and an empty stomach on Sunday morning? Head south. Aimed at both locals and visitors, Brixton Flavours is a community-run food festival taking place in one of South London’s most food-focused ‘hoods this Sunday. Wristbands cost £15 and, once you’ve strapped yours on, you’ll get over 20 free food samples plus £15 in Brixton pounds to spend in participating restaurants and pop-ups (including Brindisa, Carioca, Etta’s, Fish Wings & Tings Ichiban to name but a few). Brazilian, Mexican, Japanese, French, Italian, Caribbean, Modern British – whatever your food itch is you’ll find it almost certain to be scratched here.

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Autumn events for carnivores

Visit one of these three carnivore-friendly food events this weekend and you’re sure to top up your iron levels:

On Saturday, Lincoln Castle sees the Lincolnshire Sausage Festival set up shop, in celebration of the local banger. Get stuck in to one of Ribs n Bibs’ corn dogs or stock up on everything from Fen Farm‘s venison sausages to Redhill Farm‘s Lincolnshire chipolatas.

Saturday also sees the start of Rye’s Wild Boar Week. The focus is on game as well as boar, with restaurants throughout the town offering menus replete with mallard, partridge, pheasant, rabbit and venison. To find out which ones are taking part – and details of encompassing wildlife walks, food markets and tours, click here.

On Sunday it’s Bristol’s turn to stoke up the grills as Love Food Festival returns to the Paintworks for a one-day autumn food fest. With mulled cider, cheese and chutneys up for grabs – as well as the chance to press your own apple juice – there’s plenty on offer for veggies too but the meaty street food always pulls in the crowds, from Burger Theory burgers (pictured) to Rib Street’s ribs via pulled pork and jerk chicken.

Chicken laksa

Five Asian soup recipes

We have pulled together five fragrant Asian soups to add some zingy flavours to your lunchtimes. Prawn ramen, heat-packed Laksa, creamy carrot with added fragrance of lemongrass, spicy tom yum soup and a hearty meatball broth; we have enough recipes for every day of the week with plenty of variety.

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