NOBLE ROT - SEX, DRUGS AND PINOT NOIR!
Noble Rot. My dream restaurant. Located on Bloomsbury’s historic Lambs Conduit Street, Noble Rot Restaurant & Wine Bar has been a wine bar since 1973, and was originally built in 1700. Chefs Stephen Harris and Paul Weaver from the Michelin-starred The Sportsman in Whitstable oversee a menu of fine Harris-style cooking; expect to find oysters, cold cuts, bread and olives in the front bar, with an expanded restaurant menu in the back. The wine list ranges from deliciously undervalued wines by the glass to hard-to-find gems from the worlds leading winemakers; expect to find mature bottles from legendary domaines like Jean-Louis Chave, Armand Rousseau, Château Latour, Château Rayas and Domaine Tempier at reasonable prices.
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TUNES TO CHILL OUT TO THIS SPRING
The hotel that I recently returned from in Goa, India played music into the gardens and pool from sunrise to sunset, every day. The music seeped into the 14 bedrooms and cast a relaxed, friendly mood over the whole place. It was glorious. Run by an ex-bollywood actor and cult film fanatic, his choice of music reminded me of musical heroes that I don’t listen to nearly enough.
Here are a list of classics that my trigger a little nostalgia in you too:
Nora Jones, I Don’t Know Why, LISTEN
Eric Clapton, River Of Tears, LISTEN
Dire Straights, Sultans Of Swing, LISTEN
Procol Harum, Whiter shade of grey, LISTEN
Queen, Another One Bites The Dust, LISTEN
Crémant! Champagne for weekdaYS
If you adore Champagne as much as I do but find it a little, say pretentious, to drink it at the drop of a hat, chuck a couple of bottles of Crémant in the fridge to satiate your craving for midweek fizz.
Crémant is the name the French give to fizz made outside Champagne and you can get delicious bottles from Burgundy, the Loir Valley and Alsace for around £10.
You’ll discover something quite special while saving your proper bottles for the more memorable occasions.
CRÉMENT DESSERT! INSPIRED RECIPE BELOW
Sharing an inspired recipe for Pear Rosemary Crémant Jelly which is brilliant for a birthday dinner as a delicious dessert.
self-help that might actually be helpful
12 Rules For Life. Like many, I feel overwhelmed by advice. Constantly pulled from pillar to post on how to feel, how to eat, how long to sleep for, who to value, what to eat, even what position I should sleep in… It’s too much. I found some clarity in this intelligent book, written by the acclaimed clinical phycologist Jordan Peterson. Peterson can take the most difficult ideas and make them entertaining. This may be why his YouTube videos have had 35m views. He is fast becoming the closest that academia has to a rock star.
When I hit a crossroad or difficult situation, I think about Peterson’s 12 rules. It’s a brilliant place to start, so enlighten yourself, then pass the book onto a friend.
I hope that you’ve enjoyed my May musings.
More next month,