FOOD&DRINK London Lite Wednesday, 22 July 2009 21 Wellequipped BBQ skewers WITH the BBQ season in full swing, you need to invest in some Fire Wire flexible BBQ skewers that allow twice as much food on the grill at any one time. The stainless steel skewers can be used at the marinading stage which means you only have to handle the food once. Dishwasher safe, they come with a lifetime guarantee against rust. Fire Wire BBQ skewers, 9.95 for two plus 1.62 postage, Litebites Foodanddrinknews AsuresignthatKingsCrossisontheup YORK Way may be useful for transport links but is hardly seductive for destination dining. But theres no more convincing sign of the Crosss regeneration than this vibrant new pub/dining room/cocktail bar. Upstairs, check out the Black Dog cocktail bar boasts battered Seventies designer furniture, groovy junk shop lamps and a spacious roof terrace. While downstairs, the gastropub diner boasts some well-considered touches. Theres a daily changing menu using seasonal ingredients and locally Mapped out: great food and a groovy atmosphere at The Fellow put Kings Cross on the map when it comes to dining sourced British produce, while head chef Nick Leonard not only bakes his own bread, but also makes his own sausages, charcuterie and ice cream. The wine list is impressive for a pub, too, with more than 50 old world wines and some choice new world highlights, as well as 24 wines by the glass. Starters were pleasant, though not show-stoppers. The date declared a salt beef, green bean and shallot salad (6) nice but not flavoursome. My crab toast (6.70) had an authentic shellfish taste, although the presentation wasnt perfect. On to the mains and a lovely pan-seared trout came on a crunchy, summery bed of baby spinach, crayfish and lemon salad (12.25). Fillet of bream came with an equally notable and successful combination of creamy cauliflower pure, salty samphire and a zesty tomato and shallot dressing (14). Stuffed full of home-made bread, we split a crisp English apple tart (5.75) and waddled off contentedly for the station. A case of hail-Fellow-well-met. LARUSHKA IVAN-ZADEH THE FELLOW 24 York Way, N1, 020 7833 4395 Three courses for two with wine plus pre-dinner cocktail, 95 The best bar none FANCY sipping cocktails at an award-winning bar? Then head to the chic Artesian Bar at The Langham Hotel. Designed by David Collins, it was named best classic hotel bar by a team of mystery researchers from the Zephyr Gin Hotel Bar Awards, who scoured the country to find the finest hotel watering holes. Artesian Bar, The Langham, 1c Portland Place, Regent St W1, 020 7636 1000 Now we are one! HAPPY first birthday, Benitos Hat! The Mexican cantina is celebrating its first year in business so get down there next Tuesday for Coronas and burritos at 1 a pop. Theyre expecting a big crowd so are open until 11.30pm to squeeze everybody in. Cocktails are two for one from 5-7pm for the rest of the month. Benitos Hat, 56 Goodge St W1, 020 7637 3732 Get bowled over A BLISSFUL summer of bowling beckons as boutique bowling alley, All Star Lanes, extends its brilliant eat, drink and bowl promo until 11 September. Available Sunday to Friday, the deal gets you a cocktail, a bowling session and a two- course dinner of American diner fare, all for just 25. Branches are in Bayswater, Holborn and Brick Lane. Peruvian passion EVER on the look out for a new food fix, this weekend were going Peruvian at the Vibe Bars Pure Peru festival. The event runs from tomorrow until 26 July but the big day is Sunday when, if its anything like last year, it will be a riot of colour, live music, Cusquea beer, Pisco sours and fresh ceviche. Vibe Bar, The Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane E1, 020 7247 3479 Toss it on the BBQ BARBECUE seasons in full swing at the Water Poet in Spitalfields, where the sausages are sizzling daily from 3pm (and from noon at the weekend). This Sunday theres a bigger treat in store in the shape of a whole roast hog plus burgers, spicy harissa chicken and roasted veggies. Prices from 4.25. The Water Poet, 9-11 Folgate St E1, 020 7426 0495 HILARY ARMSTRONG WITH TREEHOUSES, CABANAS, FOUNTAINS AND GOOD FOOD freshestof flavours.Setamongthesmart houses of Barnsbury, the Georgian walled garden makes for an elegant lunch venue and boasts the poshest pub barbie menu in town with spatchcock poussin (13), pork belly (14) and wild sea bass (16). 10 Thornhill Road, N1 (020 7607 7450, Jug of Pimms: 18. Pint of Lager: 3.30. Sunlight: noon till 9pm. Countryfte:TheEagle THE expansive lawn surrounded by covered swing-set tables has a jolly feel thats reminiscent of a posh country house. The menu inside includes a delicious slow-roast pork belly with shallot and apple tart and cauliflower cream (12.50). The venue also offers traditional picnics complete with old-school hampers, blankets and a delightfully old-fashioned menu including Gloucester ham, potted crab, pints of prawns, sausage rolls, pork pies and trifle galore (hamper for two people, 30, including a jug of Pimms or a bottle of the house r e d o r white).The onlythings missing a r e t h e Morris dancers and the maypole. 215 Askew Road, W12 (020 8746 0046, theeagle) Jug of Pimms: 17.50. Pint of lager: 3.10. Sunlight: noon till 9pm. Balearic cool:TheStag PAMPAS grasses, palms and cabanas dotthenewgardenatHampsteadsStag. Thecabana-stylebooths,decoratedwith vintage lighting and Art Deco mirrors, cater for groups of six to eight people and have their own heating systems. The tasty menu offers up childhood favourites such as bangers and mash and home-made macaroni cheese with spinach or bacon (both 9.50). Drinkers are encouraged to add mint leaves to their mojitos from the assorted pots of herbs. For a romantic evening, bag one of the love seats hidden by tall grasses and enjoy the breezy Mediterranean vibe deux. 67 Fleet Road, NW3 (020 7722 2646, Jug of Pimms: 14. Pint of lager: 3.30. Sunlight: noon to 9pm. Frenchchteau: TheAvalon ENJOYrotisseriepigletandapplesauce in a bap (6.50) at this newly landscaped sanctuary in Clapham. With table-top parasols, a stone fountain, ornate jardi- nieres (thats posh plant pots to you and me) and tumbling pansies, the pubs outsidespacelooks likeascaled-down, version of the gardens at Ver- sailles. There are plenty of different seating areas, including some beautiful armchairs in a secluded spot by the fountain -- perfect for a secret rendezvous. 16 Balham Hill, SW12 (020 8675 8613, Jug of Pimms: 16. Pint of lager: 3.40. Sunlight: noon till 6pm. Park life: The Britannia VICTORIA PARKS Britannia has undergone a much-needed makeover and its now the perfect venue from which to enjoy one of east Londons biggest green spaces. The Garden Grill Menu offers a great choice from Angus beef burgers (9.95) to grilled mackerel (11.50) served up with chunky chips or couscous. This summer The Britannia has teamed up with the British Film Institute to screen weird and wonderful British movies by the light of the moon on an outdoor screen. 360 Victoria Park Road, E9 (020 8533 0040, thebritannia Jug of Pimms: 15. Pint of lager: 3.20. Sunlight: noon till 8pm. BBQ skewers WITH season in full swing, you need to invest in some Fire Wire exible BBQ skewersfl that allow twice as much food on the grill at any one time. 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