25th January, 2019




Bistrotheque’s Private Dining Room in East London will provide the stunning venue, on 3rd March, for the first ever Magic Brunch. This new fundraiser is supporting Magic Breakfast, a charity that started in East London and which provides healthy breakfasts to children who arrive at school too hungry or malnourished to learn.


An outstanding brunch menu will be curated for the day with signature dishes from Bistrotheque, Foxlow, Som Saa and Gunpowder London.


A special brunch cocktail menu will be provided by local specialists Three Sheets (named one of the World’s 50 Best Bars), including a ‘Karmosa’ using Karma Cola’s Summer Orangeade drink. The Bread Station will be providing bread and pastries, while baking expert and TV presenter, Juliet Sear, will be whipping up a show-stopping, breakfast-themed cake for the occasion.


There will also be raffle prizes, a live auction, entertainment from pop playing pianist Xavior and DJ Chewy Chewerson, making for an unmissable Sunday afternoon of eating, drinking and enjoyment.


One ticket for Magic Brunch costs £45 and includes food and three drinks for each Magic Brunch guest.  A £20 optional donation on top of that will give a hungry child a healthy breakfast and wrap-around support from Magic Breakfast every school day for a year.


Carmel McConnell MBE, founder of Magic Breakfast, said: “With at least half a million children in the UK arriving at school each day too hungry to learn, funds are urgently needed to enable the charity to reach as many of them as we can with a nutritious breakfast to fuel their bodies and minds. Magic Brunch is going to be an amazing event, hosted by truly generous and caring people. Magic Breakfast sends so many thanks to Bistrotheque, Foxlow, Som Saa, Gunpowder London, Three Sheets and the fabulous Juliet Sear”.


Tickets are available now, via the Magic Breakfast website: https://www.magicbreakfast.com/Event/magic-brunch




Notes to Editors


Magic Brunch details

Start: 3rd March, 2019 at 1pm

End: 3rd March, 2019 at 5pm

Location: Bistrotheque, 23-27 Wadeson Street, London, E2 9DR

Contact: Natalia Ribbe, Restaurant Fundraiser, Magic Breakfast.

Email: [email protected]


French toast, strawberry jam, fromage frais - Bistrotheque  (Allergens: gluten, dairy and eggs).

Spice-roasted cauliflower (ve) chickpeas, wilted spinach and curried aubergine sauce - Foxlow  (Allergens: mustard, sulphur, may contain traces of nuts).

Gunpowder Poha (v) – flattened rice, chillies, potato, coriander - Gunpowder London  (Allergens: mustard, may contain traces of nuts).

Son in law eggs - Kai loug kuey - deep fried crispy eggs with tamarind dressing – Som Saa  (Allergens: egg and fish). NB: For those who don’t eat fish, a gluten free vegetarian sauce is available on request, with prior notice.

About Magic Breakfast

•             Magic Breakfast is a registered charity (England and Wales: 1102510; Scotland: SC048202) providing healthy breakfasts to over 40,300 UK children every school day as essential fuel for learning. A hungry child cannot concentrate and will miss out on the most important lessons, taught in the morning, if not given anything to eat.

•             There are 480 Magic Breakfast partner schools - primary, secondary, SEN schools and Pupil Referral Units – over 180 of which are in London. Independent research shows that disadvantaged pupils in schools providing Magic Breakfasts get a boost to their educational attainment. For Y2 pupils, this is an average of 2 months extra progress in reading, writing and maths per year.*

•             Carmel McConnell MBE founded Magic Breakfast after she interviewed five headteachers in Hackney who all told her the same thing, that the biggest barrier to them being able to teach was hunger among their pupils. Shocked to hear this was happening on the doorstep of a global financial centre, Carmel started buying and delivering breakfast food to these five schools. This was in 2001, but as demand for her help continued to grow Carmel re-mortgaged her house, then founded Magic Breakfast in 2003 to continue the charity’s mission to end hunger as a barrier to education everywhere.

•             In March 2018 Magic Breakfast, in partnership with Family Action, was chosen by the Department for Education to deliver the new National School Breakfast Programme to over 1,770 schools in England. The programme runs until March 2020.


About Bistrotheque

•             Opened in 2004 by Pablo Flack and David Waddington, Bistrotheque occupies 6000 sq ft of unmarked warehouse down a back street between Hackney and Bethnal Green. Serving dinner seven nights a week, brunch at weekends and on bank holidays, the menu is a mix of classic and seasonal dishes all under the watchful eye of Executive Chef Blaine Duffy.

•             Pablo & David met in Shoreditch during the mid-1990’s, where David followed Pablo as General Manager of the Bricklayers Arms, a pub often credited as helping to establish the East End social scene. By 2004 they had found, developed and opened Bistrotheque, which quickly became a favourite of the creative East End scene. Its approach is to offer uncomplicated good food, drink and service with common sense and good taste.

•             In 2006 Bistrotheque were the first people to put the words pop-up and restaurant together, this led to 4 major temporary projects: The Reindeer, FLASH, Studio East Dining and King’s Cross Filling Station/Shrimpy’s. In 2013 they created Hoi Polloi for Ace Hotel London in Shoreditch.

•             Bistrotheque projects have won 2 Yellow Pencils, a RIBA Small Project Award, Time Out Local Favourite, Tatler Best Room and the London Restaurant Festival Award for Innovation.


About Som Saa

•             Andy Oliver & Mark Dobbie are the co-head chefs of Som Saa, located in Spitalfields, near London’s Brick Lane. They met in London in 2009 at the Michelin starred Nahm restaurant under the tutelage of the legendary David Thompson and since then have continued to deepen their understanding of Thai food and culture. Andy went on to work at Bo.Lan in Bangkok, Nahm London and then at the Begging Bowl in Peckham. Mark meanwhile rose to become head chef at Pok Pok in New York and was instrumental in them winning a Michelin star in 2014.

•             Every year Andy Oliver and Mark Dobbie take trips to Thailand. As well as spending some time in Bangkok - sourcing equipment and ingredients and eating street food - these stints tend to involve getting out to the Thai countryside, where some of Thailand's most exciting and varied dishes can be found.


About Gunpowder London

•           Gunpowder is a home-style Indian kitchen located in Spitalfields and Tower Bridge. The menu takes influence from family recipes collected by Founder Harneet Baweja and Executive Chef, Nirmal Save, with the menu recreating the vibrant flavour and confident spicing that both love about home-cooked Indian food. 


About Foxlow

•             Foxlow is a small group of restaurants, located in Balham, Clerkenwell and Soho in London, created by the friends who founded Hawksmoor and some of the many like-minded people they have met along the way. Inspired by the kind of neighbourhood restaurant they love to have around the corner, the menu revolves around the best seasonal produce from British farmers and fishermen, with occasional indulgences as well as super-healthy everyday fare.

•             Foxlow uses the freshest produce from the best of British farmers and fishermen. Steaks from grass-fed cattle reared on small farms, fried and roast chicken from James Coleman and the award-winning Merrifield Farm, simply grilled South Coast fish and seafood, along with plenty of seasonal salads, sides and puddings.

•             As well as Foxlow’s favourite wines from around the world, there’s a regularly changing list of seasonal cocktails and craft beer from London’s best microbreweries.


About Juliet Sear

•             Juliet is one of the UK's leading cakeologists and food stylists; regularly appearing on TV, in magazines, vlogs, blogs, social media campaigns and radio. Over the years she has made edible creations for thousands of people, including many celebrities such as Sir Ian McKellen, Bryan Adams, Prince Harry and Kate Moss.

•             Comfortable both in front and behind the camera, Juliet has built a reputation for creativity, innovation and making impressive and challenging cakes accessible to the average baker. Her no-nonsense, down to earth approach makes her creations accessible as well as highly entertaining.

•             She is a regular presenter on ITV's This Morning show and, for the second-year running, she designed and created the edible animated characters for Channel 4's Great British Bake Off for their TV, social and print media advertising campaigns.

•             Juliet writes and styles sweet and savoury features for food magazines such as BBC Good Food, and her work is regularly featured in the press including the Daily Telegraph and Hello.

•             She also works with major International brands such as the BBC, Cadbury, Dr Oteker, Kitchen Aid and Marc Jacobs and was previously the UK Ambassador for Cake Boss. In fact, Buddy Valastro, the Cake Boss, wrote the forward to her bestselling third book Cakeology.

www.JulietSear.co.uk | Insta: @JulietSear | Twitter @JulietSear_

About Three Sheets

•             In September 2016, two brothers Noel and Max Venning opened Three Sheets; a neighbourhood cocktail bar Kingsland Road. The 25-seater space has a rotating menu of 9 cocktails, with beers and wines changing regularly.

•             The main focus is the cocktail menu. Utilising seasonal ingredients and modern techniques the brothers aim to produce exceptional drinks without the fuss. The 9-drink menu rotates weekly, with drinks divided into One, Two or Three sheets, based on Alcohol content and Flavour Profile. Signature Drinks include the ‘French 75’– Gin, Clarified Lemon, Verjus, Orange Flower and Moscato, which is carbonated and bottled - and the Shiso Miso – a savoury take on an Old Fashioned, where a bespoke ceramic cup is filled with Japanese Whisky that has been infused with Miso Paste and Shiso Leaf – A savoury take on an Old Fashioned.

•             Noel and Max Venning came from Manchester, looking to bring the friendly essence of a neighbourhood cocktail bar to London. In Manchester Noel was managing Crazy Pedro’s, after running Trof and the Deaf Institute.

•             Max worked for 5 years alongside Tony Congilaro as Operations Manager at the internationally renowned Drink Factory. During his time Max travelled extensively to consult on international projects and give talks at science and drinks conventions. His primary role in London was overseeing the internationally recognised 69 Colebrooke Row, and launching the award-winning Bar Termini. Max’s previous experience includes stints at Socio Rehab, launching Almost Famous Burgers in Manchester, as well as a period at Rick’s Cocktail Bar in Edinburgh

•             Awards: Worlds 50 Best Bars 2018; 10th Time Out Best Bars in London 2018; 71st Worlds 50 Best Bars 2017; Top 10 Best Bar in the World 2018; Top 4 Best New Bar Tales of the Cocktail 2017.


Contact: [email protected] | Noe[email protected] | 07718 137193 | Insta: @threesheetslondon