Blanchette Brick Lane and Callooh Callay collaborate for exclusive one-week only cocktail pairing menu

Blanchette East interior

North African-influenced French bistro, Blanchette Brick Lane, has teamed up with East End neighbour and award-winning bar, Callooh Callay, for an exclusive cocktail pairing menu. Available for one week only from Monday 4th – Saturday 9th June, the bespoke menu will be served at Belle Époque-inspired Blanchette Brick Lane.

Named after the famous exclamation in Lewis Carroll’s classic nonsense poem ‘Jabberwocky’, iconic London cocktail bar Callooh Callay opened on Rivington Street, Shoreditch, in 2008, and is still recognised world over for its creative drinks menus and bar tender alumni. Blanchette Brick Lane, meanwhile, joined the Shoreditch community in 2016, owned by the three Alary brothers and fondly named after their mother. Both brands encompass the same ethos of serving good quality, inventive food and drink in a relaxed yet vibrant setting.

This ethos will be brought together by a special pairing menu, which will feature a selection of eight innovative cocktails developed by the Callooh Callay team to thoughtfully match eight dishes by Blanchette’s Chef Director, Tam Storrar. The suggested pairing for Blanchette’s signature Frogs legs with bois boudran (£6), for instance, will be the Blackcurrant Channing (£14), a refreshing mix of Blackcurrant eau de vie and wild blackberry liqueur topped with champagne. Meanwhile the Rosita (£11), a cocktail of mezcal, cherry juice, hibiscus, blood orange and lime juice, will draw upon the Northern African flavours in Storrar’s Merguez sausage roll with harissa mayonnaise (£6).

For diners looking for the full pairing experience, a tasting menu will be available for £65 consisting of five courses with matching drinks. The pairings have been selected from the wider menu to provide a perfect overview of Callooh Callay and Blanchette’s offering, from aperitif through to digestif. Roasted beetroots, marinated feta, hazelnut and honey filo pastry, for instance, will be served alongside the Aged Vieux Carre, a mix of Peated scotch, bourbon, sweet vermouth, cognac and Benedictine, whilst Duck breast with tarragon jus and pickled peach will be served with a Plum Blossom Fizz of whiskey, plum wine, rosa vermouth, lemon juice, egg white and soda. To finish, a Baked chocolate pot with salted caramel sauce will be paired with a nod to Blanchette’s French roots – a dessert wine of Pineau Des Charentes Vieux Blanc.

The full pairing and tasting menus will be available exclusively at Blanchette Brick Lane from 4th – 9th June, 17.30 – 23.00. Cocktail prices range from £9 – £12, with individual dishes priced between £6 and £15.50.

Blanchette Brick Lane is delighted to welcome Callooh Callay in this exploration of some of the very best of East London’s thriving food and drink scene.


Address: 204 Brick Lane, E1 6SA
Phone number: 020 7729 7939
Website: www.blanchettebricklane.co.uk

For further press information please contact Claudia Light at Sauce Communications on claudia@saucecommunications.com or 0208 600 3600

About Blanchette Brick Lane:
Blanchette Brick Lane opened in August 2016, founded by brothers Maxime, Yannis and Malik Alary along with Chef Director, Tam Storrar. Lovingly named after the brothers’ mother, the new restaurant celebrates everything that guests have come to love about the Soho original but with a few distinct variations. The modern French menu incorporates more Southern French and North African influences with spices from the regions, while the décor is inspired by the Parisian Belle Époque era combined with the distinctive urban feel of East London.

About Callooh Callay:
With its name inspired by the classic Lewis Carroll poem ‘Jabberwocky’ and famous for its secret entrance ‘through the looking glass’ to the back room, iconic London cocktail bar Callooh Callay is located on Rivington Street, Shoreditch. Founder and drinks aficionado, Richard Wynne opened the bar in November 2008, and now, almost 10 years later, Callooh Callay is still recognised the world over for its creative drinks menus and bar tender alumni, remaining a firm fixture on The World’s 50 Best Bars list.

The upstairs bar, which doubles as a 30 person capacity private hire space, often plays host to various drinks brands, who partner with the team at Callooh Callay to host month-long ‘experiential’ installations. Recent collaborations have seen Monkey Shoulder, Ketel One and Bombay Sapphire take over the intimate first-floor bar.

Callooh Callay’s ‘serious nonsense’ ethos, which underpins Wynne’s vision for the bar, sees the quality of drinks taken seriously, yet served in a relaxed, fun and unpretentious bar environment. Almost a decade later, the bar remains as popular and respected today with bartenders and cocktail lovers alike, as it was when it first opened. A true testament of time, much like its poem namesake.