Balmain wine bar and restaurant The Cottage recently launched its 2014 winter menu to a group of 150 locals, friends, media and celebrities.
Guests were greeted by laid back tunes from pop rock musician Dom Cotton and tasters and delicious cocktails from the new winter menu.
Head chef Ellen Young created a menu that included roasted cauliflower with pulled lamb shoulder, raisins and vinaigrette, maple and cider beef brisket with celeriac crisp and horseradish cream, arancini of tomato, smoked mozzarella and parmesan, mushrooms stuffed with barley, dried fruit, herbs and chevre, and Yellowfin tuna tartare with beetroot relish, apple, pickled fennel and dukkah. There was also a ready supply of freshly shucked oysters served at the oyster bar.
Drinks included a Speyside Sour that consisted of Glenfiddich 12 year and ginger liqueur lengthened with lemon juice, honey water and finished with orange bitters, The Slow Cuban, a twist on the mojito that included Plymouth sloe gin shaken with pressed mint and lime and charged with soda and the Lemon and Basil Gimlet consisting of Citron vodka and limoncello shaken with fresh basil, lemon and lime.
To finish off the evening The Cottage crew showcased their extensive selection of cheeses from the UK, France, Spain and Italy.