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Bottling Poetry: Gosnells London Mead at the Swan, Shakespeare’s Globe

You’d be forgiven for thinking that London is awash in gin-based cocktails this summer, but fear not, mead - that historic drink - is making a well-deserved comeback. As the Bard himself said in act 2, scene 3 of Othello: ‘Good wine is a good familiar creature, if it be well used.’ SEEN certainly hopes to put this to the test at Swan, Shakespeare's Globe this September when the famous restaurant and bar will partner with Gosnells London Mead to launch Mead Mondays - a series of fun, interactive talks on the increasingly popular honey-based drink, to be held on every second Monday of the month, until November.

You’d be forgiven for thinking that London is awash in gin-based cocktails this summer, but fear not, mead – that historic drink – is making a well-deserved comeback. As the Bard himself said in act 2, scene 3 of Othello: ‘Good wine is a good familiar creature, if it be well used.’ SEEN certainly hopes to put this to the test at Swan, Shakespeare’s Globe this September when the famous restaurant and bar will partner with Gosnells London Mead to launch Mead Mondays – a series of fun, interactive talks on the increasingly popular honey-based drink, to be held on every second Monday of the month, until November. Gosnells employ traditional brewing methods, blending citrus blossom honey with water to create a new style of mead – drier and lower in alcohol – thus creating a mead for the 21st century.

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Shakespeare referenced this ancient drink in his works Love’s Labour’s Lost and The Merry Wives of Windsor, and so mead is the focus of each event, and the star ingredient in a bar menu and cocktail list specially created for the series. Hosted by Tom Gosnell, (founder of London’s first mead brewery in Peckham), Mead Mondays will commence at 7.30pm with a 30-minute talk, followed by a Q&A. With each event covering a brief history of mead, the interactive monthly topics will include:
Mead and Food Pairing (12th September) – a session on the best dishes to pair with mead, followed by a tasting.
Mead Cocktail Masterclass (10th October) – a class on how to use mead in cocktails with guests invited to make their own.
Mead and Honey (14th November) – a masterclass and tasting on the different types of honey that can be used in making mead.

During and after the talks, guests can enjoy the mead-inspired bar menu with dishes including; Spiced Mead Chicken Wings, Mustard and Mead Glazed Pork Belly Chunks, Spiced Cauliflower with Spiced Mead Dip, and Mead Bread Crisps with Young Sheep Cheese and Thyme Honey.

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Swan’s head mixologist has collaborated with the team at Gosnells to create a concise list of cocktails featuring Gosnells Original Mead. These include Honey and Spice – with sugar, lime, rum and mead; Peckham Lemonade – with lemon juice, honey syrup, gin and mead (this is the one SEEN’s looking forward to); Tequila Meadow Bird – blackberry pureé, reposado tequila and mead; and Pear Mule – with pear pureé, lemon, vodka and mead.
The bar menu and cocktail list will also be available during Mead Monday sessions, and daily throughout the autumn.

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The Mead Monday events will be held in the Snug, complete with sofas and armchairs as well as more traditional tables and banquette seating with sliding glass and copper screens separating Mead Monday guests from the bar.
Guests are encouraged to book their complimentary place in advance, with walk-ins also accepted (subject to availability).

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Close to both London Bridge and Blackfriars stations, Swan, Shakespeare’s Globe features a large open plan bar downstairs, and restaurant upstairs, furnished in simple and comfortable elegance. The venue showcases the best of classic British dishes, with a contemporary twist. Situated on Bankside, overlooking the River Thames, this all-day restaurant, bar and private events space boasts unrivalled views across St Paul’s Cathedral and the City of London. This part of London is steeped in Shakespearean associations so it seems only right that a drink from those days enjoys a revival. SEEN will report back.

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All Cocktails: £9.50
Snacks:
Cauliflower & Curry Dip: £4.00
Chicken Wings: £5.00
Pork Belly: £6.50
The Wigmore Cheese Board: £10.50

www.swanlondon.co.uk

www.gosnells.co.uk

Swan at Shakespeare’s Globe
21 New Globe Walk
Bankside
London
SE1 9DT
0207 928 9444

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