As the population of London swells during the Olympics period, so can Olympics visitors’ bellies and food knowledge — with an experience that goes well beyond eating out: a memorable, educational and inspiring gastrotour.
I am organising a selection of three unique London food tours including Covent Garden, Portobello, and Borough Market, each one loaded with generous food and drink tastings.
All of my gastrotours are a unique opportunity to join me personally for an insider’s view of London’s vibrant culinary hotspots. I’ve specially designed each day to be bursting at the seams with exclusive food and wine tastings and encounters with passionate foodies and producers: a chance to discover new tastes, rediscover old ones, and to acquire knowledge about food and drink through all your senses. My aim is to offer an unforgettable gourmet experience, as we sample a multitude of culinary treasures over three hours, in this truly cosmopolitan food-lover’s paradise.
Selected dates during The Olympics are listed, and can be bought here: www.celiabrooksbrown.com Private groups of up to 12 people and personal tours for 1 or 2 guests can also be arranged through Celia.
Portobello Road Gastrotour (July 24, July 24, August 7 2012) £60 per person
Portobello Road is known as one of the funkiest street markets in London, but few are aware of the inspiring culinary secrets peppered throughout this famous neighborhood. As a former Notting Hill resident, I am armed with all the local foodie knowledge and will let you in on the scene of fabulous food shops and restaurants, introducing you to some trendy and eclectic destinations. You’ll taste your way around the area, with tapas, fine hams, cheeses and olives, and samples from artisan market stalls. You’ll be unearthing culinary treasures including spices, Moroccan pastries and a cheese and wine-matching experience at the best local vintner. The day concludes with a special tasting and demonstration in the kitchen of a unique chocolate boutique.
Covent Garden Gastrotour (July 26, August 2, August 9 2012) £60 per person
Sumptuous Ladurée macaroons kick off a morning of sipping and supping the delights of the Covent Garden area. I will escort you through the tourist mayhem to uncover the neighbourhood’s true foodie gems, where you’ll be treated to coffee and morning goodies, British artisan cheeses, a unique Italian wine tasting, wild-foraged “cicchette” (Italian for tapas), and more. Bombay Beach-style snacks and a quirky ice cream experience complete this varied and colourful foodie day out, all peppered with stories of Covent Garden’s rich history.
A Taste of Borough Market (July 20, August 3, August 10 2012) £70 per person
Join Celia to discover the secrets and delights of London’s most renowned food market. Explore the huge range of exceptional British and international produce available and learn all the fascinating facts about the Market’s rich history. As a passionate food expert, Celia will show you the best that Borough has to offer and lavish you with bespoke tastings of the unique foods and wines on offer here. You will taste an array of treats, including rare breed meats, charcuterie, fine cheeses from Britain and beyond, French creamery delicacies, gourmet salts and spices, homemde Turkish meze and baklava, plus many more, whilst hearing the stories behind the creation of these fabulous artisan foods. A tutored wine tasting is also included, as well as a sampling session at the luxurious Roast Restaurant.
Marylebone gastrotour (Private groups only) £60 per person
Marylebone Village is currently experiencing a gastronomic renaissance and here’s your chance to get inside it through day of specially arranged tastings. The tour includes samples from a wonderful cheese emporium, an award-winning butcher and a sumptuous chocolate shop, plus a fascinating Japanese knife-skills demonstration. It concludes with a comprehensive Spanish food and wine experience at a sleek Spanish food and culture restaurant.
Celia Brooks Brown : www.celiabrooksbrown.com
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