Chin!Chin!Its time for gin!

Just in time for World Gin Day I’d like to raise a glass of ‘mother’s ruin’ to Emma Bishop and Nicola Yapp aka The Little Gin Company.

The Little Gin Company montage

Emma and Nicola have been trialling gins together for many years, but it wasn’t until this year that they decided to create their own mobile bar for their favourite tipple.

As well as serving a thoughtfully chosen range of gins, mixers and garnishes, their business The Little Gin Company operates from a lovingly converted horse trailer.

The Little Gin Company at Fargo Village

The trailer of choice was a Rice horse trailer due to its retro style, as that fitted with the overall vision for the brand. The girls set themselves a total budget of £4,000 to get the business from concept to launch, which included converting the trailer, becoming personal alcohol licence holders, completing a trailer driving test and stock purchases.

For their first outing, Emma and Nicola debuted The Little Gin Company in their home town of Stratford upon Avon.  By partnering with Scoff, they joined the street food traders in a Friday night party alongside the river. The evening was a great success and they haven’t looked back.

Emma and Nicola say “We want to bring you a unique twist on the classic G&T experience”.

Here are some of their favourite tipples:

Cotswold dry gin with grapefruit juice

Cotswold Dry Gin with Pink Grapefruit Juice, Tonic & Slice of Lemon

The London Dry style Gin from Cotswolds Distillery is delectable blend of their pure wheat spirit, along with nine carefully-considered botanicals. The result is a classic well-balanced juniper-led gin with crisp citrus and spice. Botanicals include Cotswolds lavender, grapefruit, cardamom, bay leaf, lime and black pepper.

Monkey 47 Gin, Tonic & Chunky Orange Garnish

An unusual gin from the Black Forest in Germany, Monkey 47 contains a unique ingredient. No, not that! Cranberries! The 47 comes from the number of botanicals that go into this unique gin, and the fact it’s bottled at a healthy 47%.

Sir Robin of Locksley Gin, Elderflower Cordial, Tonic & Slice of Lime

This small batch, hand raised gin, is a smooth and truly delicious affair. A multi-purpose sipping gin that falls somewhere between a London Dry style and an Old Tom. For a distinctively unique gin, Sir Robin of Locksley is a blend of traditional botanicals, infused with the more delicate notes of elderflower, dandelion and pink grapefruit.

Sipsmith’s Sloe Gin, Bitter Lemon Tonic & Slice of Lemon

First, Sipsmith distil the award-winning London Dry Gin in their copper still. Then it is left to rest on wild sloe berries, hand-picked in the autumn. The result is a truly handmade sloe gin that is subtle, complex and bursting with flavours such as cassis and soft cherry hints.

The Little Gin Company logo

You can find The Little Gin Company next week at Sarehole Mill’s street food and folk festival on 21 June. They are also available for private hire, weddings, corporate events  -basically any excuse for a party!  @thelittleginco

Scoff launches ‘streetfood upon avon’

In just over a week the lucky residents of Stratford upon Avon will be tucking into a street food feast, courtesy of Scoff Street Food.

This new Friday night event promises great food (natch) a real ale double decker bus, a cocktail toting ice ceam van along with some live music to start the weekend.

Held at the Stratford upon Avon Rowing Club, on the banks of the River Avon overlooking the RSC, from 5 – 9pm starting 27th February.

This is the lineup for February and March:

Scoff Street Food Stratford Rowing Club menu

Thursdays in Rugby just got tastier

By working with the retail group 1st Thursdays and Scoff Street Food, I am delighted to announce that Rugby will hold its first evening street food market on Thursday 5 March.

AliveAfter5

Hungry shoppers can tuck into speciality chicken and lamb dishes, feast on gourmet hotdogs, enjoy guilt free vegan snacks , relish gourmet toasties and sink into freshly made waffles piled with sweet treats.

The Hungry Toad burrito

Fans of Tex Mex food should head over to The Hungry Toad for their signature dish. Free range chicken, fried in buttermilk and their secret coating, served with choice of toppings and homemade hot sauce, honey and lemon, seasame seed or blue cheese dressing.

Savanna Grill bunny chow

Savanna Grill specialises in South African street food, and their dishes for the night include the mighty meat feast Bunny chow – a lamb curry served inside a hollowed out loaf of bread and homemade biltong – air-dried beef marinated in coriander and spices.

The Vegan Grind House

Putting a healthy twist on junk food, The Vegan Grindhouse has their own take on the classic American Philly Cheesesteak. Their version is a freshly baked sub roll filled with marinated seitan steak strips, mushrooms, onions and jalapenos, topped with their homemade nacho cheese sauce.

The Jabberwocky scotch egg toastie

After eight months of research, The Jabberwocky is premiering a new gourmet toastie. The Scotch Egg toastie is full of free range egg, covered in cheese and with sausage meat from a local butcher.

Big Daddies Diner

Gourmet hot dog fans will remember ‘The Edna’ from Big Daddies Diner’s previous visit to Rugby Food Festival.  This is an all beef dog in brioche bun served with lashings of homemade beef chili, dressed with cheese and homemade jalepeno relish. Not for the fainthearted!

Shakeypix Images

Those with a sweet tooth won’t be left out. For dessert The Bournville Waffle Company will be serving Rocky Road waffles with marshmallows, chocolate chip cookies, chocolate chunks with freshly whipped cream and chocolate sauce from their pretty, pastel converted ice cream van.

For the chair of the 1st Thursdays team Simon Ainley, it was an easy decision to locate the street food market on Jubilee Gardens.  He says “Right in the heart of the town centre we have this lovely triangle of grass, trees and benches in which to soak up the delicious tastes and aromas of our street food chefs. It is an underused public space that we are delighted to be able to make the most of for our late night shopping extravaganza.”

From 5 – 8pm visitors can eat alfresco and relax under gazebos in Jubilee Gardens to the soothing sounds of local musicians Ben Watts, Kate and the Moon Cats, Becki and The Dove and The Rattletones.

Appetites will also be sated by shopping for locally produced cheese, pickles and other deli delights inside the Clock Towers and savouring hot dogs and burgers crafted from locally reared pork by the Red Banger outside Rugby Tap.

Rugby’s 1st street food night

I’m counting down the next six weeks until Thursday 5th March when Rugby’s first night time street food market launches!

The Jabberwocky Birmingham Post

Working with the lovely Flic and Barny, from Scoff and The Jabberwocky, we are lining up a tasty array of traders to give the town centre a boost in the evening.

AliveAfter5

This is all part of a new initiative by local retailers to generate fans for the town’s businesses and bring the town alive after 5pm with special promotions and entertainment.  Held on the first Thursday of the month, the town centre will be buzzing with shops and businesses remaining open until 8pm. Shoppers can enjoy some retail therapy, catch up on appointments without taking time off work during the day, or just soak up the party atmosphere as a night out.

Rugby Real Bread scones

There will be plenty of gourmet treats to take home too. A mini artisan market of delicious local produce will be set up in the Clock Towers. A range of stallholders will be selling freshly made bread and pastries, speciality cheese, preserves packed with seasonal fruit and vegetables, exquisite handmade chocolates and flavoursome cooking sauces.

Red Banger

Over the next few weeks, we will be announcing which street food traders and local food businesses are taking part – like The Red Banger from Southam who use pork reared on their farm in the sausages – so keep checking the blog for updates and come along!

Whats on this weekend

What are you doing this weekend? Here are some idea that might tempt you to eat and shop local.

Chamberlains pan-fried scallops tapas

Chamberlains Birmingham

This is the fourth year that the award-winning fish and chip shop is offering a weekend of tapas from £4.99. How many chippies in Birmingham could you try Artic char, yellowfin sole and soft shell crab?
Sweet As chocolate cake by Karen Massey

Sweet As Leamington Spa

Two excuses to eat cake this weekend in Leamington, it is the fifth birthday for the lovely Sweet As team on Saturday and their shop has had a makeover.

Spectacular Goat pizza

Fargo Village Coventry

Spectacular Goat, Canoodle and 63 Islands will be serving tasty fresh food at Fargo Village this weekend.

Bourneville Waffle Company

Autumn Market The Bond, Digbeth

Seasonal markets are returning to The Bond for a one day urban festival with local artists, artisan food producers, street food, bar and music. New for this event are a cocktail masterclass by The Shack revolution for £17 and an afternoon tea for £16 per person. From 12 – 6pm.