26.3.15

WIN DINNER & DRINKS AT BURY COURT

I've got a real treat for you today.... Earlier this week I popped down to the newly refurbished Balls Brothers venue - Bury Court, next to Liverpool Street, to sample their new food and cocktail menu, and they've very kindly given me a meal and drinks for 4 people to win on my blog - just enter below using the Rafflecopter widget. You can gain up to 3 entries by following the instructions below. Let me tempt you by telling you about our visit there and the delicious cocktails and food we tried.

Bury Court is right at the foot of The Gherkin building in The City. Despite its location there was quite a mix of people in there when we went on a Tuesday evening - not just the suits you'd expect, but groups of girls drinking cocktails, couples and mates out for a bite to eat. Bury Court has a great cocktail menu so we were convinced to try a few of these. I didn't know until now that Balls Brothers was born in the 19th century and started life as the Old George Public House on Bethnal Green Road, not far from the Bury Court site. They became renowned for the quality of port, brandy and sherry they served and the business grew into speciality booze shops that were known for their top quality produce. It's with this in mind that the new cocktail menu was created. If you really want, you can have a mojito or a Bloody Mary at Bury Court, but it was these old fashioned cocktails inspired by the spirits that The Balls Brothers built their empire on that had me interested.

We started with Shaky Pete's Ginger Brew, made from Beefeater gin, London Pride, lemon and gingery syrup. I think this was my favourite of the 3 we tried - it was light but fiery from the ginger, and I don't think I've tried a cocktail made with ale before, though I definitely would again. Next up was a Sherry Cobler, made with Hidalgo Amontillado Napoleon (a fino sherry), Smooth Ambler Old Scout 7 year Bourbon, Cointreau, gomme and orange bitters. It's an old drink that was said to be the most popular mixed drink of the 19th century and is apparently the reason the straw was invented, as previous mixed drinks had all been served in short glasses, whereas this is served in a long glass. It's strong and boozy, and not one for the faint hearted. While I enjoyed it, it was my least preferred of the 3 we tried. Both drinks look similar in colour, but tasted very different - Shaky Pete on the left; Sherry Cobler on the right.
 
 
Our 3rd cocktail was another winner - the Brandy Sangaree, made with Courvoisier VS Exclusive, Dows Fine Ruby Port, Marashino and gomme. It's served with a huge block of ice to keep the drink cool, tastes sweet and fruity, and dates back to the 1700s.


Bury Court also has a fine selection of whisky, gin and fortified wines, serving over 15 types of each, and accompanying the lists of them in the drinks menu with lovely drawings to illustrate where each brand sits on the taste map.

After all these cocktails it was definitely time for food. Hugo skipped the starter to save room for pudding, but I prefer savoury dishes so chose the pate of crab, chives, lemon and crème fraiche, served with a fennel and apple salad. What I was served was delicious, though not quite what I'd read on the menu. No fennel and apple, but salad leaves instead, the crab was fresh and tasty, and didn't need much else to accompany it other than the crunchy slices of toasted bread.


For mains I went for braised pig cheeks and sautéed scallops with mash, savoy cabbage and an apple cider sauce. So rich and decadent, the scallops went really well with the super tender pig cheek and the very more-ish sauce brought the whole thing together.


Hugo's main was the beef burger - always a good test of a venue's menu. The burger was juicy and delicious, topped with melted cheese and bacon, and served with crispy chips and a really punchy homemade bloody mary salsa, which I would buy in bottles to take home if it was possible!


I didn't fancy pudding but Hugo ordered the warm chocolate brownie and I tried a little bit. It tasted almost like a dense soufflé and was wonderful with the melting ice cream that was served on top of it - though neither of us are fans of red berry sauce, so worked our way around that.


I was impressed with Bury Court. It's affordable - mains range from £11-16.50 and there are more unusual dishes on the menu than just fish and chips and burgers, those these are available too. The cocktails are innovative and interesting, and being so close to Liverpool Street station it's a great after-work meeting spot. So if you want to try it out, enter the competition below to win a 3 course meal and drinks for 4 people. Just be aware that you'll need to use the prize, if you win, on a weekday, as they're not open at weekends. The prize is valid for 3 months from and you can use it for either lunch or dinner. The competition closes in one week - good luck!!


 

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57 comments

  1. I'd take my three best girls. We live all over the country so don't get to see each other that much so it would be a really nice treat!!

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    1. That would be such a nice treat! Good luck in the competition!!

      Rosie xx

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  2. The pig cheeks and scallops look incredible! I'd take my boyfriend and a few friends I think - we're all gin cocktail fans.

    Erin xx

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    1. The cheek and scallop was definitely my favourite dish - good luck in the competition :) A brilliant place for gin fans!

      Rosie xx

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  3. Yum yum! Me the Mrs my best mate and his wife.

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  4. Hello Rosie! Scallops look delicious! Do you keep your inspirations in one place? To read more go to http://www.igaberry.com/ Have a lovely day, Iga x

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  5. Think I'd have to take Rosie with me, and my best pal and his wife, Scoob and Mimi

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  6. Oh my god that looks GOOOOOOD! I'm not who I'd take yet, friends I haven't seen in a while, that looks like the right sort of place for this!

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  7. If I'm lucky, I'd find a date and find another lucky couple and make it a double date...

    Most awkward date ever but, free food. I wouldn't tell the date that though, obviously.

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  8. I think it would have to be a delicious double date!

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  9. Father in law and his new wife :)

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  10. Linda Harrickie27 March 2015 at 05:56

    My son!

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  11. I would share it with my boyfriend. We love visiting London and are always looking for new places to eat

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  12. My amazing Hubby its our wedding anniversary soon so this would be perfect xx

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  13. My fiancé, as we haven't celebrated our engagement due to money, kids etc......it would be special x

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  14. This looks lovely, I like a cheeky gin so Shaky Pete's Ginger Brew would appeal. The pig cheeks and scallops look wonderful Lucy x

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  15. I'd share this great prize with my wife and children

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  16. I would share it with my Husband who I love very much, he works very hard to keep the Family and home together and it would be lovely if I could give a little something back in return to say Thank you

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  17. I'd take my partner and two friends! x

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  18. I'd take my best friends for a girly night of great food, drinks and company!

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  19. I would share with my partner who has been so considerate since my dad moved in with us, he deserves a night of spoilation !

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  20. gotta be the wife if she found out i took the gf jeeeeeeeeez

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  21. Ahh would have to be my hubby - he would love it!

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  22. Food looks amazing especially that burger

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    1. forgot to say Hubbys favourite burgers so would take him, cheers Mia

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  23. I would take my girlie friends ..

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  24. I would pass it on to my mate who has recently moved to London; this would be a great treat for him and his mates who don't have a lot of spare cash at present

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  25. I would have to take my best mate

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  26. I'd show my mates your photo of that brownie and let them fight it out! (entered on my blueyonder email)

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  27. I work close by to Liverpool Street so it would be lovely to share with my favourite girly colleagues

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  28. I would take my boss who is a good laugh and my team mates. @jessky922 on Twitter!

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  29. My friend who lives near London

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  30. I'd take my husband, daughter and son-in-law

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  32. Jo30 March 2015 at 09:29
    Oh my the pig cheeks with scallops look amazing I would love for my hubby to try it as a treat, and bring along two of our best friends too! ;)

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  33. friends in London

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  34. I'd take my husband and his parents

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  35. I would share it with my three best friends

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  36. I would take my hubby and my inlaws as they rarely go out for a meal. I know they would love the experience.

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  37. I would share this prize with my wife and two daughters.

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  38. I'd take my boyfriend and two housemates - they love their food and drink! :)

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  39. If I'm lucky enough to win I would have to take my husband and two good local friends.... Babysitter numbers at the ready!

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  40. I would take my bridesmaids :) be a good giggle

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  41. Oh my goodness what an amazing prize! I would without doubt have to take my 3 best girlfriends so that we could enjoy a gossip and catch up....... and maybe a cocktail.

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  42. I'd take my boyfriend and some friends - those cocktails sound delicious!

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  43. Would take some of the girls. Yum

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  44. I would take my sister @chiarapinto as we have been having stressful, hectic weeks at our hospitals working very long shifts. Would also take our parents as they are celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary. Would be amazing if we won!

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  45. I would take my friends - I'm starting a new job in London in a few weeks and this would make the perfect after-work meet! X

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  46. With my Mum & Daughter, we're travelling to london soon :D xx

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