Depending on who you choose to believe it could be the first day of summer, but for us it's certainly still 
Spring and whilst last week's Spring forth! took place in wobbly weather, it was followed by a weekend of sunshine and the evening didn't fail all those who braved the rain and wind to make it down Cambridge Heath road for the dinner and after party. 
It was the first EVER dinner Tea Thyme, a florist-café off Mare Street, also the first ever party in their flower warehouse...and it really worked out.  We commemorated the arrival of our new kitten with an eponymous cocktail “The Rupee Daisy” a wonderful fizzy affair of Rhubarb puree, home made sloe gin and Cava. This helped wash down the delectable canapés of rabbit liver parfait with onion jam and mustard leaf and beetroot, goats cheese and mint. There’s a lot to be said for Rabbit’s liver by the way, easily the equal of chicken liver, it's rich and tasty without being overpowering.

Our Spring Veg patch was a real favourite on the night. Rich Jerusalem artichoke and truffle puree covered with my own version of edible soil, young tasty radishes, turnips and a tempura quails egg.  Garnished with micro leaves and edible flowers and a little spray of rose vinegar.  I was slightly nervous about the dish, but all the plates came back licked 100% clean!
The after party was already in full swing by the time we finished up across the road, we made it over in time to catch The Dead Victorians, who are… AMAZING. If you get a chance to see them, DO! If not, have listen their tracks here. Katy came up with some great cocktails for the night too, with a perfect elderflower mojito and a fennel infused gin fizz with rhubarb syrup. Brilliantly British stuff!  The cocktails will be available to try again at the Old Boys Club this Friday & Saturday night.  More details...

Since then Olive was working with the tweat up team on their BBQ bonanza Ribstock, which despite the rain was pretty amazing – ribs galore and gallons of hot sauce. Her favorite ribs were from Red dog saloon down the road in Hoxton.  She says they were also her first ribs off the day, so may be slightly biased.  Her fingers were beyond sticky and face beyond mucky by the end of the devouring! 
Also the cocktails from Milk and Honey were fantastic. It all took place in St. Anne’s church yard in Soho over looked by soon to open members club Century, which is the new place from the Rushmore group, the chaps behind Tweat up and Soho stalwarts The Player, Milk and Honey.

Then coming up this week is Land of Kings – which if you don’t live in Dalston (doesn’t everyone?) is a festival set about the Kingsland road in various bars and venues. We’re back in our second home The old boys club, Boleyn Road doing cocktails and English Tapas for the more discerning trendy revellers. We’ll be upstairs from 8.30PM til 4AM on Friday and Saturday, and its free to get in, so do come and see us and have a bite with some chums.  
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