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Wowcher Dines A La Française @ Café des Amis, Covent Garden


Vin. Soup du jour. Jus d’orange. Essentially we’re just listing liquids in French, but if you’re already salivating as you swill an imaginary glass, eyes closed, then you’re as captivated by a throaty continental accent as I am. How a language can make a humble glass of OJ sound like the drink of a king, I’ll never know, but I decided to try some classic French cuisine for myself at Café des Amis in Covent Garden… Read more

Wowcher’s Guide To Back To University Essentials


Whether it’s your first year of university or you’re returning for another year of spaghetti hoop breakfasts and Fruit Loop dinners, we’ve got everything you need to be the ultimate student. Here is the Wowcher guide to everything UNI-d:  Read more

Wowcher Does Coattails and Cocktails @ Good Godfrey’s, The Waldorf Hilton


Nestled on a tree-lined thoroughfare in the heart of London’s theatre district, Good Godfrey’s at The Waldorf Hilton is the perfect place to take shelter from an unexpected mid-August downpour – a fitting scene for an evening of divinely indulgent cocktails and delightful nibbles. Despite the name conjuring up images of Basil Fawlty desperately trying to decipher the ingredients of a salad, The Waldorf Hilton is not a place for flustered or frantic minds. The chirpy man wearing coattails and a bowler hat will happily take your worries off you at the door, never to be seen again.

The 1920s-inspired bar awash with marble table tops and prohibition-style furnishings is full of historic splendour, something prevalent in every fine detail, even in the delicate descriptions dotted throughout the cocktail menu.

With classic concoctions dating back as far as 1862 and names such as ‘Corpse Reviver #2’, deciding which cocktail to have may be the trickiest decision I’ve had to make since switching my broadband provider. Luckily there are snacks to keep my partner entertained. Whilst she knocks back the sundried tomatoes and nibbles on an artichoke, I stumble across Godfrey’s Cobbler…one of the most famous cocktails of the 1880s and the first cocktail served with a straw. Served with a trio of berries and a triangle of chocolate, this Byhrr wine-based aperitif mixed with Mozart Dry chocolate liqueur was nothing short of exstrawdinary. Touches of vanilla and fresh lemon made it extremely tricky not to guzzle this tasty tail down in one.

Cocktail number two was Corpse Reviver #2 – presumably Corpse Reviver #1 was not hugely successful. Created by Harry Craddock at the American Bar, he used to say “four of these taken in swift succession will revive the corpse again”. The blend of gin, Cointreau, Lillet Blanc, fresh lemon juice and Absinthe did just that. You know what they say, ‘absinthe makes the heart grow fonder’ and my post-work corpse greatly appreciated the expertly-crafted concoction.
Other cocktails tried and tested:
Tango Essence (Martin Millers Gin, Mandarin Napoleon liqueur, home-made forest tea, fresh lemon juice, vanilla sugar and a dash of rose water)
Green Aldwych (Calvados apple brandy, vanilla and green tea syrup, fresh lemon juice and a touch of apple juice, finished with Champagne)
Red Samba – A Good Godfrey’s Special (we can’t remember what was in it but it was delicious!)

Needless to say, when we bid adieu to our bowler-hatted friend, our worries were nowhere to be seen. Perhaps they were under a pile of coats, lost down a prohibition sofa or dispatched along with the fourth cocktail. We weren’t fussed. The rain had stopped and the 1920s were drawing to a close. Thankfully the doors to the Golden Age reopen at 8am!

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Wowcher Does Deena Kakaya’s Vegetarian Cookery Class

Give us a fancy food gadget and something strange happens: optimism bubbles, eyes glaze and suddenly even the most challenging of culinary creations seems nothing more than child’s play. Blanching? No problem. Fricassee? Idiot-proof. Steep? Hit me. And yet before you can say al dente, you’ve flambéed your worktop, blitzed your apron and swapped sugar for salt in your gluten-free, vegan-friendly, zero carb cake mix. So this week we decided to ditch the space-age processors for a back-to-basics cookery class…  Read more

Time for Tea? The Wowcher Guide to National Afternoon Tea Week!

“Come, let us have some tea and continue to talk about happy things”

Hoorah! It’s that time of year again! No, it’s nothing to do with the football, it’s the big one, the week of the year bound to make us British folk a little bit giddy – it’s National Afternoon Tea Week! It’s thought the tradition was founded back in the Victorian era by the Duchess of Bedford as a way of filling the void between meals (no telly back then, you see). And of course, what better way to keep one entertained in the afternoons than indulging in delicious treats, tiny sandwiches and tea?

So in honour of perhaps our greatest tradition and export, we’ve brought you our guide to the best spots up and down the country to celebrate National Afternoon Tea Week…

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Wowcher Does Baku, Knightsbridge

Image courtesy of Evelyn Rose Worman

In the search for deliciousness we decided to pay a visit to the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence-winning Baku restaurant in Knightsbridge. We certainly weren’t disappointed by what we found…

Azeri cuisine. I’ll be honest, up until last week I’d never heard of it. Yet here was a dinner menu promising some pretty punchy flavours: starters of yoghurt-spiced quail breast and scallops with cauliflower and cumin puree, mains of West Country beef tikka and steamed Cornish sea bass, plus curious dishes like seasonal baked gutab nuzzled against sweet pickled sour cream. That was enough. Next stop I was on a bus heading straight to the source – alas, not via Heathrow Terminal 5, but to London’s trendy SW1. Read more

Wowcher’s Guide To Brilliant BBQ-ing!

Ah, summer. The season of sun-kissed skin, briefly requited love and infinite barbecues. But much like falling in love, only downright fools rush into hosting barbecues. However simple the idea of ‘mixing meat with fire’ may seem, an impromptu barbecue could end in disaster. Picture a singed lawn, food-poisoned friends, children choking on charred hot dogs and flustered neighbours flapping wet towels over the ashen remains of their fence. To prevent such catastrophic scenes from spoiling your summer, we’ve compiled a guide to hosting a seamless barbecue that’s sizzling for all the right reasons.

With six handy pockets for storing utensils, salt, pepper and more, the 7-piece BBQ tool and apron set ensures you’re fully prepared with all right equipment at the ready

With six handy pockets for storing utensils, salt, pepper and more, the 7-piece BBQ tool and apron set ensures you’re fully prepared with all the right equipment at the ready

Equipment
There’s nothing worse than turning up at a barbecue and waiting hours for the host to get their, er, kit together, so ensure you’re fully prepared with all the right equipment at the ready. This seven-piece BBQ tool and apron set features six handy pockets for storing utensils, salt, pepper and more. Fasten the apron around your waist, so when that first burger reaches sizzling point, you can whip out the spatula from your groin and flamboyantly flip it to your first carnivorous guest. Better yet, the lockable wheels on this charcoal barbecue will ensure no burger or sausage can escape the spindly clutches of your utensils or the doughy arms of your buns.  Read more

Wowcher Does Waldorf Hilton Hotel’s Afternoon Tea

Mention the term ‘afternoon tea’ and sweet fancies come to mind; floral doilies, clinking cups and moreish nibbles wheeled on squeaking dessert trolleys. Think again, dahling. Nowadays humble tearooms have evolved into stylish hotspots. Asian fusion, gluten-free, decadent dining and cosy abodes litter London, offering both a unique and customised afternoon tea experience. And as you may expect, choosing between them is difficult. So to help whisk you through the ever-popular pick-me-up, I went to visit the Waldorf Hilton Hotel in Covent Garden to see how the British tradition is done best.  Read more

Wowcher Does Trapeze Bar, Shoreditch

When Wowcher runs great food and drink deals at exciting venues around the UK, we really love to get to know the places personally. My mission, whether or not I chose to accept it, was to find a small group of friends and enjoy a huge sharing cocktail and food platter at the delightfully intriguing Trapeze Bar in East London. Located close to the hipster hub of Shoreditch, Trapeze Bar presents itself as an intriguing cross between a nightclub and a circus tent, with the ceiling adorned with hanging trapeze bars. It describes itself as ‘bathed in faded circus glamour’ and it’s this nod to the faded glory of the travelling circus which lends Trapeze much of its unique charm. Read more

Wowcher Does Zucchero’s World Buffet

They say less is more, but with a chance to try out Leicester’s premiere buffet venue I wasn’t sure I agreed. Upon approach to the city-centre venue, I was experiencing a mix of emotions – hunger and excitement being key. I was also feeling slightly apprehensive – with Zucchero’s range of freshly cooked world cuisine, how could I physically try it all? I was unsure quite how to play things… Should I begin by dishing up a plate of cultural starters – prawn crackers, spring rolls, poppadoms, samosas, nachos, salad and more? Or serve myself according to region – an Italian plate followed by an Indian plate, and a Chinese plate to finish?  Read more