The Taste of London food festival in Regents Park has been on my radar for some time now, so when Menabrea the Italian beer company kindly invited the Gentlemen’s Luncheon Club to visit, we jumped at the chance.
The Taste of London festival
The Taste festival has grown steadily in popularity over the years, making its name by showcasing celebrity chefs, London restaurants, offering a variety of master classes and by creating a foodie-village from hundreds of artisan producers and “premium brands” to provide a bounty of tastes and experiences.
Menabrea the Italian beer and beer cheese
With such a foodie nirvana on offer, it took will-power to walk past the many stalls on my way to the Menabrea tent, but I knew if I got distracted on-route it could jeopardise the whole visit. And being a bit of a beer-connoisseur (and self-confessed beer snob), I was keen to try Menabrea.
From reading up beforehand I learned; the beer has been produced in Italy since 1846 making it the oldest continually producing brewery in that country. But even more impressive are the ingredients; the barley is from Champagne in France, the hops are from Bavaria in Germany and the water flows naturally from “pure Alpine glaciers,” I ask you is there any better combination?
Suffice to say, Menabrea tastes fantastic. It’s crisp, flavoursome with a really nice and subtle rounding of hops. What made the experience even better was the selection of cold meats, goat and beer-cheeses to complement this fine Italian beer.
Converted to Taste and Menabrea
After such a lovely experience, I can quite honestly say I’m now a convert to both the Taste of London festival and Menabrea Beer. So much so, Menabrea has now been added to my select, pantheon of preferred (and actively sought out) beers, and as for the Taste festival; this really is a ‘must’ for any London foodie. I for one will be booking my tickets for the festival edition on the 19th to 22nd November.