Uniting food producers and tastemakers, pushing the boundaries of flavour at London’s Borough Yards
Laphroaig Single Malt Scotch Whisky is proud to unveil The Laphroaig Market in collaboration with Michelin-starred chef Tom Aikens. Open Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd April in Borough Yards, London, the market will be a celebration of some of London’s most interesting culinary pioneers who are pushing the boundaries of flavour today. For over 200 years, Laphroaig’s unmistakable whisky has been a direct reflection of its origin; from the salty seawater and ocean breeze to the earthy smokiness that comes from the malted barley cold-smoked by traditional kilns fuelled by peat. Inspired by Islay, the island home of Laphroaig, Tom Aikens will prepare and serve six totally unique dishes to order, bringing to the fore the flavours of salt, fire and peat – the three elements that make Laphroaig whisky unmatched in quality and flavour. The market will also feature food producers who have been selected for their shared passion for seasonal ingredients and perseverance for unparalleled flavour. One confirmed partner is family-run greengrocer Turnips who has been a fixture in the London food and restaurant scene for over 30 years, with a wide range of other food producers to be revealed soon. With tickets available from £25, the three-day market will offer the public a unique interactive experience of being able to handpick the freshest market ingredients and then take them to be cooked over an open fire in front of their eyes by Tom Aikens and his team. Each dish has been designed by Tom exclusively for The Laphroaig Market, toevoke Islay’s salty seawater combined with the earthy smokiness of peat and malted barley, as well as to demonstrate the extraordinary flavours that can be created from unrivalled produce and exceptional cookery. Dishes on offer include: Lobster Roll with sudachi, spiced mayo, nori, fried cabbage and cicely, Steak Rib Eye with Laphroaig 10 year old shallot sauce, grilled onion and pink purslane, as well as Cold Smoked & Charred Cabbage with fermented grains and gremolata. Moreover, each dish will be served with a bespoke Laphroaig cocktail or dram from the dedicated Laphroaig bar to bring out the flavours of salt, fire and peat. Tom Aikens said: "Throughout my life, I have been inspired and influenced by many different people and places, times and travels; finding different flavours and techniques to bring about a new dimension to food. Discovery and dedication to creating something truly memorable is something I, Laphroaig and the incredible food producers at The Laphroaig Market all share. We can’t wait to share what will be an unforgettable food and whisky experience." Where: Borough Yards, Stoney St, London, SE1 9AD When: Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd April 2023, 12.00 – 20:00 Tickets to The Laphroaig Market with Tom Aikens at Borough Yards will be available from Design My Night, with each ticket costing £25 and entitling the holder to a sample of one of six main dishes and a Laphroaig cocktail.