Tuesday, 15 November 2011
Cheese, Beer, Toast
Thursday 27th October. Drizzle and wet leaves on shiny pavements. A Cheese and Beer Tasting evening at Toast, Notting Hill branch. Inside, warm and dry and welcoming, a contrast to the night outside. Light from beeswax candles, flickering. Cheese supplied by Trethowans Dairy , including their own, delicious, and award winning Gorwydd Caerphilly. Bread from St John, spiced fig jam, Toast's own. Beer from London's own Kernel Brewery. I'm usually not a beer drinker, but these beers persuade me, so varied, so complex, one has after-notes of chocolate, another smells of grapefruit, and just like that, I'm converted. And all around us, Toast's beautiful, beautiful clothes, which I lust after every time one of their wonderfully styled catalogues drops through my letterbox, but which are even nicer when you can touch the soft wools, the sumptuous velvets.