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Mar

28

Pamper your pooch at M Restaurants

Here at Square Meal, we always get asked for recommendations for dog-friendly pubs and restaurants - this is Britain, where dogs are man's best friend, after all.

This Easter, M Restaurant is taking the concept of being dog-friendly to the next level by hosting a 'pedigree pooch brunch party', complete with a canine Easter egg hunt, a behaviourist on hand to give training advice, and an artist to paint pets' ‘paw-traits’. Owners can enjoy a two-course meal (with a doggy bag for the pooches) during which they can meet like-minded dog lovers.

The event takes place on Saturday 28 March, and costs £25 (one dog per owner, please). To book, call M Restaurant on 020 3327 7770.

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M Restaurants

Mar

27

Italian wines at The Cinnamon Club's Wine & Spice dinner

Westminster big hitter The Cinnamon Club is on a mission to prove that spicy food can be a great match with top-quality wines. This Friday, the restaurant will prove its point with a boutique wine dinner combining exquisite, delicately spiced modern-Indian food and Italian wines from the north and north-east of the country.

Guests can enjoy a canapé and drinks reception from 6.30pm, followed by a four-course dinner, with each dish paired with an Italian wine. Dishes on the specially curated menu include grilled king scallops with dried shrimp and ginger raita (paired with a lightly perfumed 2010 Simon di Brazzan Malvasia from Friuli), and cardamom cheesecake with quince chutney (paired with a juicy, floral 2004 Picolit from Aquila del Torre).

Tickets cost £90, excluding service charge. To book, visit The Cinnamon Club's booking page.

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The Cinnamon Club

Mar

28

Pamper your pooch at M Restaurants

Here at Square Meal, we always get asked for recommendations for dog-friendly pubs and restaurants - this is Britain, where dogs are man's best friend, after all.

This Easter, M Restaurant is taking the concept of being dog-friendly to the next level by hosting a 'pedigree pooch brunch party', complete with a canine Easter egg hunt, a behaviourist on hand to give training advice, and an artist to paint pets' ‘paw-traits’. Owners can enjoy a two-course meal (with a doggy bag for the pooches) during which they can meet like-minded dog lovers.

The event takes place on Saturday 28 March, and costs £25 (one dog per owner, please). To book, call M Restaurant on 020 3327 7770.

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M Restaurants

Mar

29

Dishoom's Holi Celebration

Last year, when Indian mini-chain Dishoom announced the date of its annual Holi festival - a joyful and fun-filled tradition where Hindus celebrate the arrival of spring by throwing brightly coloured powder at each other - tickets sold out in just one day. So put 9 March in your diary if you want to buy tickets for this year’s event, as that morning at 9.30am the tickets will be released.

This year’s festival - which will take place on 29 March from 2-4.30pm opposite Dishoom King’s Cross (on Lewis Cubitt Square, just off Stable Street) - promises to be more fun than ever, with street-food traders such as Pizza Pilgrims, Horn OK Please, Rotli Crew and Lily Vanilli setting up shop alongside the powder party, plus complimentary Indian soft drinks, sweets and lively music, and plenty of other activities. The event will end with a traditional - and colourful - Holi powder fight. Here’s how it went down last year.

Tickets cost £15 for adults and £8 for children, including entry, powder, sweets and soft drinks. Book tickets via dishoom.com/holi from 9.30am on 9 March.

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Lewis Cubitt Square (opposite Dishoom King's Cross)

Apr

2

Craft100 festival

Did you give up booze for Lent and are looking for a way to leap happily off the wagon in style this Easter Bank Holiday? Then the Craft100 festival, taking place at Craft Beer Co. in Clapham, might be your ticket to a particularly memorable long weekend.

The pub is hosting the largest beer festival of its kind from 2-5 April, featuring 80 cask ales from some of the UK’s finest independent breweries, as well as 20 keg beers. These include hand-made craft beers from the likes of Scandinavian brands Evil Twin and Dugges, and beers from London-based breweries such as Kernel and Beavertown. Plus, the Liberty Cheesesteak Company will be on hand with its hit Philly cheesesteak sandwiches - perfect for soaking up all that beer.

Entry to the event is free and there is no need to book. There are no tokens; all you need to do is buy a commemorative glass, then start sampling the beers. Happy Easter!

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Craft Beer Co. Covent Garden

May

3

Wine Tasting at New Zealand House

Bob Campbell MW is probably New Zealand's most well-known wine buff and critic - the Down Under equivalent of Jancis Robinson. This May, he will host an intimate wine masterclass featuring some of his country's top wines, with food by fellow New Zealander Anna Hansen's The Modern Pantry. The one-day course will showcase all that is great about this beautiful country.

The course covers the history of winemaking, with a focus on modern techniques that encourage sustainable viticulture and organic winemaking, plus developments that have increased the profile of New Zealand wines, such as the screw-top revolution. Guests will be able to sample new vintages and regional styles, including a Kalex Riesling from Central Otago, the 1994 Dog Point Section, from Marlborough, a Coopers Creek Sauvignon Blanc from Hawke’s Bay, and many more. The course includes a light lunch from The Modern Pantry.

There are only 45 places available on this course, which takes place on Sunday 3 May from 10am-4.30pm. Tickets cost £150 and can be booked via The New Zealand Wine Cellar.

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New Zealand House
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