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already big fans of Mark Hix so an invitation to an intimate dinner hosted by the man himself was very welcome news indeed. Taking place at the Tramshed, in a secret apartment at the back of the restaurant known as the library (due to the amount of cookbooks on display) the four course dinner was hosted in partnership with Merlet Cognac.

Taking a seat at the 12 seat kitchen counter, each course was introduced to explain the pairing between the cognac-based cocktails and each dish. We started with a delish shellfish soup which was accompanied by a suitably sharp cocktail, the ‘Grapes of Wrath’ (Merlet euax de vie Cognac, Fino sherry, Picpoul, lime and white grapes).

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Next was the rich duck’s liver with picked gooseberries, paired with our fav, the ‘Apply Ever After’ (Merlet Brother’s Blend, Pineau de charentes, and apple honey) which was followed by the food highlight of the night, braised rabbit with mushrooms and bacon and served with ‘The Sound of the Cassis’ (Brother’s Blend infused with earl grey and Merlet crème de cassis). The only cognac served neat was a Merlet Saint Sauvant, which came a dessert of drop scones with blackberries and cream.

If you like Mark Hix and fancy learning more about cognac, keep an eye out for future events….Certainly beats eating at the same restaurant as EVERYONE else.

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