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SEEN Reviews: Mead Mondays – Gosnells’ Bottled Poetry

Regular readers of SEEN will know that we need no second bidding to visit Swan, Shakespeare’s Globe. It’s on bustling Bankside, there are stunning views of the River, and the convivial atmosphere of the Swan never fails to seduce. What’s not to love?

Regular readers of SEEN will know that we need no second bidding to visit Swan, Shakespeare’s Globe. It’s on bustling Bankside, there are stunning views of the River, and the convivial atmosphere of the Swan never fails to seduce. What’s not to love?

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Thus it was that SEEN entered the Snug, there to sample the delights of Gosnells Mead. You will remember that Mead Mondays are a forthcoming event at this venue, in which the story of this historic drink is brought bang up-to-date, reinventing it for the 21st century.

We kicked off with a choice of cocktails. SEEN had a Peckham Lemonade – Gosnells Mead is made in Peckham – which was concocted from London Dry Gin, Gosnells Mead, lemon juice and honey. This was delightfully sweet and refreshing, a true taste of late summer. Then we experimented with a glass of pure mead and 5 different tastes: sweet, salty, bitter, sour and umami, noting how the mead paired with each flavour sensation. SEEN is pleased to note that mead went very well with the hearty umami flavour, cutting through it but also complementing it.

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Then we tried it with mead-inspired bar snacks – and this was truly a revelation. Spiced mead chicken wings; spiced cauliflour with a spiced mead dip; and mead bread crisps with young sheep cheese and thyme honey were all scrumptious, rich and very luxurious, but the outstanding snack was the mustard and mead-glazed pork belly chunks. The mead cut through the fat and complemented the taste of the pork perfectly, just as it did with the umami taste.

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The thing with mead is that you’re not just drinking, you’re also reconnecting with an ancient tradition. We drank Gosnells London Mead, which was pure, sweet and very light. We also tried Gosnells Hopped Mead, which had more depth and complexity, but they were equally delicious. The Bard himself would definitely approve. SEEN recommends that you get ahead of the mead curve with one of Gosnells’ excellent interactive workshops this autumn.

www.swanlondon.co.uk

020 7928 9444

Swan, Shakespeare’s Globe
21 New Globe Walk
Bankside
London
SE1 9DT

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