Gone are the days of whisky being associated with cowboys, grandfathers and after-dinner cigars. New and innovative global distilleries are changing the way we drink the amber nectar and what used to be known as a man’s drink is shedding more than just the aforementioned stereotypes with around a third of today’s UK whisky drinkers being female.
With more choice than ever before it’s an exciting time for the connoisseur and no better time for the adamant non whisky drinkers amongst us to get involved. Japanese whisky has been outdoing Scotch at all the major awards shows for a good decade now so with that being old news, it’s time to see what else is on offer.
Mackmyra Swedish Whiskey was founded in the late 90’s by 8 Swedish friends on a skiing trip. Each friend had taken a bottle of single malt on the trip and the question inevitably arose – why isn’t there a Swedish whisky? Ten years later, in 2008, the First Edition was released. Aged in handcrafted Swedish oak barrels, their range of single malt whiskeys are unlike any other we’ve tried. Delicious and complex yet totally approachable and appealing to multiple palates. Their eye catching packaging looks the part too and that’s never a bad thing!
We are delighted that Alex Johnson from Sweden’s award winning and largest whisky distillery will be joining us on Saturday 7th October from 7pm to talk and taste us through 6 exciting products from the range and share the story of Mackmyra.
If an evening of whisky tasting sounds a little daunting, worry not as there will be a feast of Smørrebrød (fancy open sandwiches to you and me!) to enjoy included in your ticket price. There will also be a bar open after the event until 10.30pm serving wine, beer and soft drinks as well as a selection of the Mackmyra range.
Date: Saturday 7th October
Time: 7pm – 9.30pm (with a bar service running until 10.30pm)
Location: The ARC, Hawksfield
Ticket price: £15pp
** Tickets available here >>> BOOK NOW! **
It’s the perfect opportunity to try something new but equally a great introduction to whiskey for those not so familiar. Did you know, a measure of whiskey contains more antioxidants than a glass of fresh orange juice? No, us neither but sounds like a great excuse to get involved!
As with our other events we will be arranging a return taxi between Padstow and Hawkfield so be sure to let us know your requirements at time of booking.
The much anticipated Flight Club #8 Loire is happening on Friday 4th August at The ARC, Hawksfield at a cost of only £30 per person!
As a huge and graciously received thank you for all their hard work, we sent Kate and Harriet off to France to personally source the wines for this event. If you’ve seen either of them since, you’ll know that they had way too much fun for a ‘work’ trip!
But, does what happen in Loire stay in Loire? Of course not! They’re going to tell you all about their adventures whilst tasting the fantastic wines they chose to bring home. Accompanied by a casual canape supper this informal tasting is guaranteed to raise a few smiles (or nervous giggles from K & H – both self-confessed non-public speakers!)
You may be forgiven for thinking the Loire is all about Sauvignon Blanc with familiar names such as Sancerre and Pouilly Fume. But with the resurgence of Muscadet, incredibly lush Chenin Blanc and vastly understated Cabernet Franc, there is so much to discover.
Tickets are only £30 per person so BOOK NOW to join us on Friday 4th August from 7pm at The ARC, Hawksfield. Don’t forget, if you’re coming from Padstow let us know and we’ll arrange return taxi transport for you.
Read below for a little insight in to their trip…
Us girls, we went on a trip to France
Being more specific, we went to Nantes
Sent to Loire on a quest for great wine
Technically ‘work’ but we had a fab time
Thoroughly spoilt for the whole of our stay
We were plied with great food and Muscadet
Thinking we knew this particular grape
48 on one list surprised even Kate!
The weather was fair and warm in Loire
And particularly good for some terroir
But really not so in the case of Goulaine
Where the moat was bone dry, they really need rain!
We arrived at the Chateau where we met Pierre-Jean
What a character he was, Mr Sauvion
From 4 generations of wine ‘creators’
He referred to himself as a ‘pleasure maker’
His vineyard awaited, he called it his garden
He filled us with facts but avoided the jargon
Then on to the ‘house’ to taste lots of wine
Full of excitement for what we may find
There was plenty of choice amongst the wines
But we thought long and hard, overlooking the vines
Melon de Bourgogne or lush Chenin Blanc
Or Harriet’s favourite Cabernet Franc?
We made our decisions throughout the trip
And nearly missing the flight was the only blip
Over all, the trip was a huge success
So join us at Flight Club and be our guests
Prior to headlining the stage at Port Eliot Festival in July, alongside the likes of Nathan Outlaw and Gizzi Erskine, Katy Davidson ‘The Oyster Lady’ will be joining us at The Arc, Hawksfield on Sunday 16th July for a lazy afternoon of Oysters and Wine from 2pm.
Those that attended our Champagne Flight Club last year will know just how passionate Katy is about her work. For those less familiar with the oyster evangelist, she has converted thousands of oyster doubters at festivals and events around the world and is a leading expert in her field. Katy is currently working on her first recipe book dedicated solely to oysters and setting up the inaugural London Oyster Week to raise awareness of oysters and raise funds for oyster education and restoration projects.
Between 2-4pm, Katy will be taking you through a “hands on” masterclass in the art of oyster shucking and passing on her top tips for maximising the pleasure of eating them. There will be plenty to go round so a great opportunity to enjoy them in both their classic fresh state with clever accompaniments during ‘class’ and cooked on the BBQ too, following the main event. We will, of course, be picking out some suitable wines to match these racy little bivalves throughout the afternoon.
As well as learning all about shucking and eating Oysters, you will be taught how to make (and drink!) Katy’s favourite ‘Shipwrecked Mary’ cocktail to pair with the shellfish delicacy and get to take home your shucking knife to show off your new skills to family and friends.
The Arc will be closed to the public throughout the masterclass but will reopen again once the main event has finished at 4pm. Katy will then be running an Oyster BBQ (OPEN TO ALL) with the ARC serving wines by the glass to enjoy alongside.
Spaces for the masterclass are limited to 16 so book early to avoid disappointment.
Priced at just £60pp, tickets are available via Katy here >>> **BOOK NOW** Spaces can also be reserved in person at the ARC, Hawksfield (cash only).
Ticket price includes: Hands on Masterclass, Wine Tasting flight, ½ dozen oysters per person, Shipwrecked Mary cocktail, Shucking Knife, Q&A with The Oyster Lady
*A % of all profits goes towards oyster education and restoration efforts.
After the huge success of last year’s summer event at Padstow Kitchen Garden, Ross Geach and his team at Trerethern Farm are hosting BinTwo once again. This year Barry Horne will be at the helm of the Big Green Egg, creating a delicious, casual lunch which should be by no means underestimated! Barry will be using an abundance of the freshest ingredients from the farm and other local suppliers to which we’ll match some suitably summery wines from the BinTwo shelves for you to enjoy.
For those of you not familiar with Barry’s impressive resume, he has worked at some of the top restaurant in Cornwall including Fifteen, Rick Steins Seafood Restaurant & Seafood School and Paul Ainsworth’s Rojanos in the Square, as well as heading up Rafferty’s in St Merryn. Barry has also hosted a number of Wildfire Banquets under his private chef alias, specialising in wild and foraged ingredients.
Before lunch, Ross will be giving a guided tour of the garden and polytunnels offering gardening tips & advice and an insight into his brainchild which is Padstow Kitchen Garden. During a successful chef career, and whilst heading a Rick Stein restaurant in Padstow, Ross discovered the type of fresh, local produce a chef truly desired. He combined this with his experience of being a 6th generation farmer and everything his grandfather taught him on the farm and started to grow outstanding produce which can be seen on menus and tasted at a number of fine dining restaurant throughout Cornwall. Ross’ passion clearly hasn’t weaned as he is busier than ever at the farm, plus regular appearances on Radio Cornwall’s Gardenline and a monthly column in the Sunday Telegraph, the man’s got stamina!
As if the idyllic location and just the promise of fine food and wine wasn’t enough to tempt you, the menu is shaping up to look something like this…
Canapés in the tunnel followed by a selection of breads with Big Green Egg smoked butter and accompanying summer radishes, the tastiest and prettiest Padstow Kitchen Garden Salad you ever did see and a fresh local fish dish with fennel puree and chargrilled baby leeks. All will be finished off with fresh, seasonal tartlets, smiley faces and full bellies all round. Bliss!
Saturday 17th June 2017
12noon – 4pm (ish)
Padstow Kitchen Garden, Trerethern Farm, PL28 8LE
Ticket price of £55pp to include welcome drink, Padstow Kitchen Garden tour, lunch, 5 accompanying wines and a PKG goodie bag to take away.
There’s only space for 16 lucky guests so BOOK NOW to avoid disappointment.
You can see what we got up to last year here>>> http://www.bintwo.com/thank-padstow-kitchen-garden-vegging-reviewed/
Sushi lovers in Cornwall will be distinctly aware of the lack of availability of the Japanese delicacy in restaurants around the county. Crazy really as we have access to some of the finest fish in the world which lends itself perfectly to the dish. Saying that, not all sushi must contain fish so the delectable little rice rolls can be suited to all tastes. Better still, it’s so easy to make at home, with a little know how, that crossing the border in search of an umami Asian feast is a thing of the past.
For our very first event to be held at The Arc, Hawksfield, we’re super excited to be teaming up with Naoko Kashiwagi (Naoko’s Kitchen), Japanese cookery teacher extraordinaire, and the highly knowledgeable Russell Jackson from Marussia Beverages to host a Sushi and Sake Masterclass on Saturday 20th May.
Naoko, originally from Tokyo, has a real passion for the Japanese cookery art form and the history and tradition that comes with it. She will share her skills and techniques that have been handed down through generations whilst using the finest of Cornish produce to take you on a journey of discovery about her native cuisine.
The masterclass will include a little history about the origins of both Sushi and Sake and how they are enjoyed in today’s modern culture, a hands on demonstration from Naoko where you will learn how to make (and eat!) your own Sushi (1 Fish, 1 Veggie), four different styles of premium Sake, Japanese tapas, two complimenting wines AND dessert. Phew! We’ll then have the bar open for drinks afterwards where you will have the opportunity to chat to both Naoko and Russell with any unanswered questions you may have and enjoy another glass of your favourite tipple from the evening.
Thanks to some incredibly generous support from Russell and Marussia Beverages for this event, we are able to offer you a really fantastic selection of premium Sakes from their Akashi-Tai range and keep the ticket price to a very modest £60pp.
Saturday 20th May 2017
7pm – 10.30pm
The Arc, Hawksfield, PL27 7LR
Tickets for this event are very limited so BOOK NOW to avoid missing out.
Please note: food contains dairy.
On Friday 5th May we will be hosting a Wild Bake pop-up at Hawksfield where you can indulge in both pizza AND wine either with us in our social hub or to take-away to enjoy in the comfort of your own home.
A selection of wines will be available by the glass and bottle to accompany a menu of delicious wood fired pizzas. If you fancy just pizza or just wine that’s fine too. All are welcome and tables will be available on a first come, first served basis.
Ladies, it sure is fun to share a good laugh but did you know it can actually improve your health? The age old saying of ‘laughter is the best medicine’ comes from an abundance of research proving that not only is laughter a powerful antidote to stress and pain but it also boosts the immune system and cardiovascular health too.
Laughter is also an incredible tool for encouraging social bonding. It’s proven to help you release your inhibitions, let go of defensiveness and express your true feelings. So whether the health benefits sound appealing or you’re just up for a good old giggle and meeting new friends, this is one for you.
We’ve teamed up with the lovely Katie White from The Best Medicine in Falmouth to bring you a night of Laughter Yoga, bubbles and a bit of down time with like-minded ladies. Founded in India in 1995 by Dr Madan Kataria, Laughter Yoga is the name given to a series of exercises that encourage laughter through playful activities and group interaction.
“When we force laughter we’re releasing the same endorphins as we would if genuinely laughing at something funny. At first we’re tricking our bodies into feeling good and through the practice of some simple techniques, real laughter is likely to emerge which can be contagious and sometimes difficult to stop” – Katie White
The evening will begin with a 45 minute Laughter Yoga workshop with Katie, followed by a glass of fizz. The bar will then be open until around 9.30pm to give you plenty of opportunity to regain composure and enjoy another glass or two of something delicious. We’ll also have a selection of your favourite bottles available to take away.
Ticket price includes Katie’s workshop and a glass of fizz. At just £15pp BOOK NOW to make sure you get the last laugh!
For those that have joined us previously (and for those that wish they had) we’re pleased as punch to announce that Marc Ramage from Southwestern Distillery is joining us once again for an evening of entertainment and delicious cocktails.
Cocktail night ‘part three’ is sure to feature the brand new Tarquin’s Cornish Crocus Gin, made with Cornish Saffron, Rose & Pistachio. There will also be a good kick of Seadog, a drop of fizz, a fruity little number and something more classical for the traditionalist within you.
Marc is a master of the Boston shaker and very charming with it. So you are sure to be entertained as he takes you through a journey of cocktails using the fantastic range of spirits handcrafted by Tarquin Leadbetter. We sometimes still can’t quite believe it all happens just 5 mile’s away!
Your ticket price includes an arrival cocktail, tasters of a wide range of Marc’s clever concoctions and then a second cocktail once you’ve sampled the master’s handiwork. You’ll find it hard to choose but fear not, the bar will be open after the masterclass with Marc as your cocktail host for the evening.
This event will be held in BinTwo Padstow on Saturday 25th March from 7pm with only 20 tickets available.
Tickets £15pp – BOOK NOW to avoid disappointment
We’re very excited that Ross Geach from Padstow Kitchen Garden will be hosting our next lunch event on Saturday 11th June! A light, casual lunch featuring the hake cooked en papillote cooked on Ross’s brand new Big Green Eggs, the freshest of fresh vegetables, some suitably dainty summery wines all served in an idyllic setting with stunning views of the Camel Estuary AND a Padstow Kitchen Garden goodie bag…all for £45 per person. What’s not to like?
Just 16 lucky guests will meet at noon for a welcome cocktail followed by a tour of the vegetable patches while drinking in the views. I don’t know how Ross gets anything done – look at his happy little face…
Ross will pass on a few tips for budding gardeners before moving on to the poly tunnels where he’ll prepare a tray of fresh-picked vegetables for you to try with maybe a cucumber gazpacho taster in poly tunnel. You’ve not tasted cucumber until you’ve tasted…you know where I’m going with this.
We’ll then move to Ross’s wooden cabin for lunch or eat outside if the weather is kind. The menu will depend on what vegetables are at their peak but if you think in terms of a picnicky style lunch featuring hake or cod en papillote served with a range of different vegetable dishes (grilled, marinaded veg, chargrilled baby leeks and courgettes with mustard vinaigrette etc.) followed by a lemon and verbena posset or perhaps a cheesecake – then you won’t be far wide of the mark.
We’ll be selecting a line up of cracking summer whites for you to sample – either running a tasting table outside if the weather’s kind or matching the tasters to your courses inside if the weather lets us down.
For those who aren’t familiar with Padstow Kitchen Garden, it’s Ross’s brain child. He was formerly a chef at Rick Stein’s for ten years – and is now Padstow’s very own rock ‘n’ roll gardener. The Geach family has worked Trerethern Farm in Padstow for over 150 years and Ross has always been a keen budding farmer learning how to grow veg from his grandfather.
Uniquely Ross has blended his experience as a chef with years of study and experimentation to produce vegetables that are simply stunning quality. With a TV appearance under his belt and a regular column in the Sunday Telegraph, Ross has clearly hit on a winning formula and we were delighted when he agreed to host a wine club event.
Whilst I’ve always been a fan of Ross’s work, the light bulb moment when I decided to ask him about hosting an event came to me in the Seafood Restaurant. Mary and I were having a rare work-free and child-free lunch and my main came with a side order of Ross’s veg. I can’t remember what that dish was but the carrots…Oh My Goodness the carrots! They were so extraordinarily sweet that I asked how they’d been cooked. “Just steamed” was the answer from the kitchen. Look…I know what you’re thinking…”steady on Mike – it was just a carrot” and of course you’re right. But I’ve never tasted one that was so good that it became the centrepiece of the meal. Over the top? Well you’ll just have to come along to our event and decide for yourself.
So, as we look forward to easing into the summer months with lighter foods, salads and outdoor eating in mind, we’ll be exploring what flavours can be achieved with fresh, high-quality, carefully grown vegetables and which wines will help take those flavours to the “next level” (I’ve clearly been watching too much Masterchef).
Spaces are limited to 16 so please email to book your spaces without delay! firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you to those of you who came to our second cocktail night here at Bintwo on Friday 11th March, another great night led by Marc Ramage from South Western Distillery, heaps of fun with gin and fizz being enjoyed by all.
Cocktail night ‘part two’ featured ‘The Sea Dog’ Tarquin’s Navy Strength Gin, Cornish Pastis and plenty of fizz. This, mixed with Marc’s magic gave us creative and tasty ideas for summertime entertaining, lots of ways of pimping up a glass of Prosecco and possibly some makings of a sore head.
For those of you who like to mix it up, here are Marc’s recipes. He kicked off the night making a variation of a French 75, A Cornish Garden 57, and superb it was too.
18.75ml Tarquin’s Seadog Gin
12.5ml Lemon Juice
6.25ml Elderflower Liqueur
Champagne (Camel Valley Brut is delicious with this recipe).
Pour all the ingredients into a champagne flute then top up with Camel Valley Brut, garnish with a Lemon Twist.
Clementine & Rosemary Mimosa
Inspired by Cornish Autumn evenings, this cocktail has a warming kick.
6.25ml Tarquin’s Seadog Gin
6.25ml Rosemary Syrup (made with equal measures of sugar and hot water and several sprigs of rosemary, let the Rosemary infuse, cool, strain and bottle).
6.25ml Clementine Juice
6.25ml Lime Juice
Pour all the ingredients into a champagne flute then top up with your fizz of choice, garnish with a little fresh Rosemary.
Death in the Afternoon
A cocktail invented by Ernest Hemingway who was partial to a drop of Absinthe. Marc uses Tarquin’s Cornish Pastis as an Absinthe substitute and slightly smaller measures than Mr Hemingway would have approved of!
6.25ml Tarquin’s Cornish Pastis
12.5ml Lemon Juice
6.25ml Sugar Syrup
Top up with Sparkling Wine.
Pour all the ingredients into a champagne flute then top up with your fizz of choice. Dangerously refreshing!
A Millionaires Martini
An awesome party drink.
25ml Tarquin’s Seadog Gin
12.5ml Dry Vermouth
In a shaker add the Gin and Vermouth and a little ice, shake then pour into martini glass, top up with Sparkling wine and garnish with an olive.
Cornish Kir Royale
A sure-fire crowd pleaser and so easy to make.
12.5ml Tarquin’s Gin
Dash of Cassis
Pour all the ingredients into a champagne flute then top up with your fizz of choice.
Lemon Drop ‘Ginojito’
Marc’s fabulous zingy variation on a ‘Mojito’.
12.5ml Tarquin’s Seadog Gin
Handful of Mint
2 teaspoons Sugar
In a glass add the lime, mint, mint and sugar and muddle. Then add the gin and top up with fizz, garnish with a sprig of mint.