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Giggling Squid spreads tentacles to Sevenoaks

Giggling Squid spreads tentacles to Sevenoaks


Giggling Squid, the ‘Thai Tapas’ restaurant chain, is to open in Sevenoaks on 5th August, creating 20 new jobs. The new 100-seater, split-level restaurant, which Giggling Squid has refurbished at a cost of £250,000, is located in a former church on Dorset Street, on the site formerly occupied by Strada restaurant. The latest addition takes the group into double figures. The Sevenoaks launch will be followed by another in Maidstone during the autumn.

The company is also set to exchange contracts on two further properties in the next few weeks. It is in advanced negotiations on several additional sites across southern England and expects to open at least 8 more openings in the coming 12 months.

Giggling Squid currently operates vnues in Brighton, Hove, Crawley, Tunbridge Wells, Henley-on-Thames, Reigate, Stratford-upon-Avon, Marlow and Horsham. Its most recent opening, Horsham, has weekly sales averaging between £25,000 and £30,000.

Meals are freshly prepared in the kitchen from scratch, and its healthy tapas menu, had proved universally popular, especially at lunchtime with office workers, “yummy mummies and “ladies who lunch.”

The lunch menu offers a choice of six Tapas-style ‘tasting sets' that allow diners to sample several of different dishes in at a single sitting, costing between £8.00 and £10.50 with 16 individual dishes priced under £4.00. “Big” dishes with rice cost £6.50 to £7.95. “Combi” meals with starters are priced between £6.00 and £7.25.

The evening menu is more extensive with over 50 dishes available. The ever popular Thai Green Chicken Curry is £8.95.


Historic East End Pub Scoops CAMRA Award - with female appeal

Historic East End Pub Scoops CAMRA Award - with female appeal


The Dispensary Pub & Dinning Room at Aldgate East has been named CAMRA’s East London Pub of the Year, largely because of its appeal to female beer drinkers – despite its links with “Jack the Ripper”.

With period features dating back to when it was the ‘Eastern Dispensary’ hospital for poor East Enders in the 1870s, now updated with contemporary furnishings and subtle shades of Farrow & Ball paintwork, The Dispensary is especially popular with a loyal female clientele. A cast iron spiral stair case leads to a gallery seating area overlooking the main bar. Original artworks in the pub were painted by the pub’s patisserie chef, Charly Webber.

The pub’s appeal to female drinkers endures, despite its historic links with “Jack the Ripper”. One of the prime suspects in the unsolved serial killings was Queen Victoria’s surgeon, Sir John Williams, who practiced medicine in the building located a few hundred yards from where most of the murders took place.

Eschewing the more usual spritzers, insipid Pinot Griggios and bland Chardonnays consumed by many female drinkers in other City and East End watering holes, The Dispensary serves a high proportion female real ale drinkers attracted by its welcoming ambience and wide selection of craft beers.

Glass for glass, beer is less calorific than wine and rich in fibre, iron, minerals and vitamins.


Three Degrees of Hot Chilli Pepper Chocolate

Three Degrees of Hot Chilli Pepper Chocolate


Fudge Kitchen has added Chocolate Chilli to its gluten-free Drinking Fudge 11-strong range, with three levels of heat - mild Habanero, medium smoky Chipotleand, its hot Scotch Bonnet.

With other flavours including Classic Chocolate to Moreish Mint to Tangy Orange and Sea Salted Caramel, Drinking Fudge can also be mixed with syrups and toppings as an indulgent alternative to hot chocolate and coffees or blended with cold milk, fruit, ice cream or crushed ice to create frappés and smoothies.

Fudge Kitchen is available in individual sachets and gift packages


Indian Summer in Britain's Top 50

Indian Summer in Britain's Top 50


Brighton’s Indian Summer has been named among the best Indian restaurants in the country, alongside London's Michelin-starred eateries Tamarind, Benares and Quilion in this year’s Best in Britain Awards (BIBA), organised by the Federation of Specialist Restaurants and judged by Mood Food magazine.

The Best in Britain Awards originated in 1999 to support the growth and development of ever higher standards in the ethnic restaurant sector, giving annual recognition to those restaurants Mood Food magazine feels to be “exceptional”, according to its editor Peter Grove.

Also on this year’s top 50 list are TV chef Cyrus Todiwala’s Cafe Spice Namaste, Vivek Singh’s Cinnamon Club, the ornate La Porte des Indes, Cinnamon Club, Gymkhana, Bombay Brasserie and The Ambrette.

Indian Summer edged out several other famous Indian eateries, including London’s Chor Bizarre, Eriki, Gaylord and Veeraswamy, which received ‘High Recommended’ accolades.


Would you like a tattoo with that?

Would you like a tattoo with that?


Inspired by the culinary delights encountered on extensive Far Eastern travels, Jason Freedman, chef patron of The Minnis Bar & Restaurant in Birchington, is to host a special Asian Street Food night on 27th June.

An exotic buffet-style dinner costing £13.95 a head including complimentary drink will be served on from 7.00pm on Friday 27th June.

The extensive array of dishes will feature: Fresh Chicken Sate with Peanuts, Indonesian Nasi Goreng with Fried Eggs, Home Made Spiced Spring Rolls, Grilled Pork Skewers, Papaya & Lime Salad, Salted Beef with Chilli & Tamarind, Crispy Soft Shell Crab, Aromatic Prawn Curry, Roast Duck & Egg Noodle Soup, Local Asparagus with Stir Fried Prawns, Stir Fried Crispy Pork with Broccoli, Steamed Mussels with Chilli & Basil Deep Fried Cured Pork Ribs, Japanese Chicken Ramen, Karaage Chicken with Teriyaki Sauce, Salmon, Prawn & Crab Fishcakes, Green Pea Rice and Vegetable Fried Noodles.

Chef Freedman's penchant for the East is not confined to food. Four years ago he endured 140 hours of excruciating pain in a Herne Bay tattoo parlour to gain a full-length Samuri style design favoured by ‘Yazuka’ Japanese mafia, tattooed across his back, shoulders, arms, buttocks and legs.

Further themed nights with Japanese and Italian dishes are planned.


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