Kombucha is the new cider and as such has gone mainstream, and your gut is heaving with good bacteria. Goat meat is back on the menu with a vengeance - terribly ethical, and will soon be nestling next to the lamb at the supermarket - so what’s next to entertain your taste buds?
Yes, the vol-au-vent is staging a revival, alongside the stuffed egg, and a schnitzel. If you don’t remember them from the first time around then you are in for a treat. Beg your mother for her old 70’s cookbooks, revel in the glorious technicolour photographs, and start to look at pineapples in a whole new light.
If you want to be instantly transported back, start queuing now for Gloria Trattoria in Shoreditch where you can fill your insta feed with delicious carbonara and patterned carpet.
Forget the savouries and the hunks of meat and move straight over to the pudding. The Cafe Royal are hot onto this trend where from 12.00 - 4.00 you can indulge in ‘Sweet Bites’ at Cakes & Bubbles - strawberry and milk ice cream sandwich, cheesecake ( but not as you know it), and a trolley filled with sparkling wine. Whipped in Covent Garden also specialised in baked, whipped and frozen cheesecake - to take away. Created by Alice Churchill, who formally worked her magic at Le Gavroche as chef and patissier.
So two trends in one, as cheesecake was on every menu back in the day.
British Rum is starting to cause a stir. The Caribbean stuff still has the edge but small British independents have begun to make their way into the market. There is Morvenna, which is made on the North Cornish Coast by the Cornish Distilling Company and The English Spirit Distillery is distilling rum from a 19th-century barn in Essex, so look out for ‘Old Salt’ to give a kick to the daiquiris.
Written by our 'Head of Most Things', author of two excellent books with another on the way... Clare Hastings.