Bread Ahead Doughnut Making Workshop
Last Friday, Bruce Gillingham Pollard's Tracey Pollard and Millie Wilson, along with five of our clients, descended on Borough Market's Bread Ahead Bakery, on a mission to learn the secrets to making Bread Ahead's legendary doughnuts.
The course welcomes bakers of all abilities, and is designed to take students through the complete experience of making doughnuts from start to finish. As the dough needs 24 hours to rise, the course is arranged retrospectively; first focusing on how to shape and fry the doughnuts, as well as how to create the delicious jam, salted caramel and vanilla custard fillings; mixing and kneading the dough is then covered in the latter half of the class.
With society's growing interest in artisan food, and eagerness to learn new skills, a cookery class at Bread Ahead's Bakery in Borough market is the perfect way to spend a Friday afternoon. Every minute of the class was as fun as it was informative, and our team left not only with plenty of new skills, but also each took home a box of freshly made doughnuts, raw dough to make more at home, and a bag of home-made honeycomb...needless to say the evidence didn't last long!
For more information visit https://www.breadahead.com/product/doughnut-workshop
Brigadiers opens in Bloomberg Arcade
Inside the city’s largest new restaurant development, The Bloomberg Arcade, the latest entrant Brigadiers opened its doors yesterday.
They join an array of exciting ‘new to the city’ operators to the development, including Koya City, Bleecker Burger, Vinoteca, Caravan, Ahi Poke, Homeslice, Etke and A Wong which opens later this year.
Brigadiers becomes the tenth concept from JKS Restaurants who’s unrivalled portfolio includes Trishna, Gymkhana, Hoppers, Kitchen Table, Bubbledogs, Lyle’s, BAO, XU and Sabor.
The restaurant is an Indian barbecue and beer tavern inspired by the army mess bars of India, where military regiments go to eat, drink and socialise. It is their biggest venue to date, with 140-covers (plus a 40-cover terrace). Together with designer Brady Williams, and inspired by the Sethi's grandfather; an original Brigadier, and his 4th Gurkha Rifles ‘brigade’, they've transformed the restaurant into a warren of rooms - all serving different purposes.
The Dining Room – servers as the main dining area
The Tap Room - standing room only at the back of The Dining Room
Blighters - the main bar, where booth seating is more the order of the day, as well as a central circular bar if you want to grab a stool for a pint or cocktail
As well as the main two areas, there are a number of private rooms, all suiting a slightly different need:
The Pot Luck Room - the main private dining room at the front of the restaurant with its own entrance
The Bidi room - a smaller private dining room at the back
The Kukri Room - where the table can be changed into a card table once the meal's done
The Pool Room – at the centre of the operation, it can be hired out and offers two screens for sports, a pool table, whisky vending machine and a fast-pour self-serving beer machine!
The menu centres around methods of Indian barbecue: tandoors, charcoal grills, rotisseries, wood ovens and classic Indian smokers. We were lucky enough to test drive the menu and a few of our favourite dishes include;
• Masala Chicken Skins
• Cocktail Ox Cheek Vindaloo Samosas
• Original BBQ Butter Chicken Wings
• Goat tikki bun kebabs
• Dry Tandoori Masala Beef Rib Eye Steak
• Sikandari Kid Goat Shoulder
There are also 30 different beers, including JKS’ own specially commissioned session pale ale beer called 4th Rifles (a tropical citrus-y session pale ale) brewed in collaboration with the Thornbridge Brewery — which is delicious!
There is also a devilishly large selection of whisky. On-tap cocktails will include nitro espresso martini, and a “cask handpulled” Buffalo Trace old fashioned.
There will be live sport shown in selected areas of the restaurant, which will definitely help drive new business to the city, especially on the quieter times during the weekend.
Bruce Gillingham Pollard acts for the Landlord Bloomberg on all of the restaurant lettings.