Announcing National Calvados Week!


From 14th to 20th October, Britain is going Calvados Crazy!

Bars, restaurants, wine merchants and supermarkets will all be offering a taste of the spirit of Normandy. There will be competitions, prizes, tastings, cocktail presentations, and cookery recipes all using the magical Spirit of Normandy – Calvados!

First of all what is Calvados?

Calvados is a brandy made solely from cider apples grown in Normandy. Everything begins in the orchard where the apples are picked, crushed and the juice is made into cider. Then it’s the turn of the distiller to take over and transform cider into the unique Spirit of Normandy called Calvados. The cider is distilled (sometimes twice) in traditional pot or column stills and then the spirit is aged in oak barrels. Interaction between the wood of the barrels and the air turns the spirit into a smooth, complex and delightful brandy, with the unique taste of apples that can be sipped on its own or made into long drinks, cocktails or in cooking: Calvados is fantastic for gravy or sauces with pork, for making apple cake and desserts like the famous ‘Tarte Tatin’ and for accompanying soft Normandy cheese.

Quick & Easy Cocktails to make at home:


50ml Calvados poured over ice cubes.

Top up with cloudy apple juice and garnish with apple slice.

For further easy cocktails to make at home, visit:

Bia Bistrot, Edinburgh

Early initial participants for National Calvados Week:

National retailers will be making special offers on Calvados in September and October 2013:

Waitrose stores – 20% off Père Magloire VSOP Calvados 11th Sept. to 8th October 2013

Wine Rack stores – in-store tastings throughout the week – discount prices all week on Fine, VSOP, XO & 20 year Old Pays d’Auge

Gerry’s Wine & Spirits, 74 Old Compton Street , London W1 Tel: 020 7734 2053 ‎ – in store tastings throughout the week

Gerry’s Wine & Spirits, Leeds at 22 New Briggate LS1 6NU Tel: 0113 244 6200. E: – in store tastings throughout the week.

Corks Out: Alderley Edge; Chester ; Heswall; Stockton Heath; Timperley;

Edencroft Fine Wines, 8 Hospital Street , Nantwich, Cheshire . CW5 5RJ Tel: 01270-629975

Oxford Wine Company Cirencester; Standlake Oxon & Tetbury – 01865 301144

Sheffield: The Dram Shop; Mitchell’s Wine Merchants;

London bars & restaurants:

Gordon Ramsey’s Bread Street Kitchen, 10 Bread Street EC4M 9AJ – special tutored tasting of Calvados -15th October 2013.

Rivoli Bar at The Ritz, 150 Piccadilly W1: Luis Simões, Head Barman and his colleagues will have a superb selection of unique Calvados cocktails to offer:

Two unique cocktails by Luis Simoes:

‘Cloak & Dagger’:

50ml Calvados Père Magloire XO
20ml Chestnut liqueur
10ml China Martini
10ml home-made spicy syrup
2 drops of chocolate syrup

‘Sparkle & Shine’:

15ml Calvados Père Magloire 12 y.o.
15ml Champagne with a splash of cider
2 drops of vanilla extract

Royal Exchange Bar & Restaurant, EC3V 3DG: special cocktails throughout National Calvados Week.

Skylon Bar & Restaurant, Royal Festival Hall, SE1 8XX: special Calvados cocktails throughout National Calvados Week.

Baranis Bar, 115 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1PP Tel: 020 7242 8373 Special Calvados Cocktails throughout the week

Brasserie Zédel, 20 Sherwood St, London W1F 7ED, Tel: 0207 734 4888 Calvados menu with food pairing throughout the week.

Buena Vista Café Clapham North, 19 Landor Rd, London SW9 9RT Tel: 020 7326 0280 Seven different Calvados Cocktails throughout the week

Café Boheme Soho , 13 Old Compton Street London , W1D 5JQ Tel: 0207 734 0623 Special Calvados Cocktails throughout the week

Cigalon Restaurant, 115 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1PP Tel: 020 7242 8373 Special Calvados Cocktails throughout the week

Coq d’Argent, 1 Poultry, London EC2R 8EJ, Tel: 0207 395 5000 Special Calvados menu – Monday 14th October 2013.

French House Soho , 49 Dean Street, London W1D 5BG Tel: 020 7437 2799 Special Calvados dinner & tastings throughout the week

London Cocktail Club, 224a Shaftesbury Ave , London WC2H 8EB 020 7580 1960 Special Calvados Cocktails throughout the week

Lost Angel Cocktail Bar, Battersea, 339 Battersea Park Rd, London SW11 4LS Tel: 020 7622 2112 Special Calvados Cocktails throughout the week

Lost & Co Cocktail Bar, Putney, 160 Putney High St, London, Greater London SW15 1RT Tel: 020 8780 2235 Special Calvados Cocktails throughout the week

Lost Society Restaurant & Bar, Clapham, 697 Wandsworth Rd, London SW8 3JF Tel: 020 7652 6526 Special Calvados Cocktails throughout the week

Mango Tree Cocktail Bar & Restaurant, 46 Grosvenor Place, London SW1X 7EQ Tel: 0207 823 1888 Special Calvados cocktail & XO Calvados digestif offer.

Mint Leaf Lounge Cocktail Bar & Restaurant, 12 Angel Court, Lothbury, Bank EC2R 7HB Tel: 0207 600 0992 Special Calvados Cocktail menu throughout the week


Social Eating House, 58 Poland Street London W1F 7NR Tel: 0207 993 3251 Special Calvados cocktails throughout National Calvados Week



Bia Bistro, 19 Colinton Rd Edinburgh, Midlothian EH10 5DP. 0131 452 8453

Daily Specials with a dram of Calvados 15th-19thOctober 2013 + Special Calvados Dinner 7.30pm Wednesday 16th October 2013.

Restaurant at The Bonham – 35 Drumsheugh Gardens , Edinburgh EH3 7RN. Tel: 0131 274 7444

Head chef Maciej Szymik and his team are offering a special Calvados dinner Friday 18th October 2013

Iris – the new restaurant at 47a Thistle Street EH2 1DY

Tel: 0131 220 2111 will be serving Calvados dishes on the menu throughout National Calvados Week.

La Garrigue 31 Jeffrey Street Edinburgh EH1 1DH T: 0131 557 3032 Special Calvados dinner on Monday 14th October 2013.


Booly Mardy’s Bar, 28 Vinicombe Street , Glasgow G12 8BE , David Smillie and colleagues will have a special selection of Calvados cocktails:

‘MS Dos’ – one of David Smillie’s specials:

40ml Calvados Père Magloire 12 y.o.
20ml Cocchi Torino
10ml Cinzano Bianco
3 drops of orange liquer
3 drops of Peychaud


Hotel Pelirocco, 10 Regency Square, Brighton., East Sussex BN1 2FG Tel: 01273 327055 Special Calvados cocktails throughout National Calvados Week


Crafthouse Restaurant Angelica Restaurant, Level 6 Trinity Leeds 70 Boar Lane , Leeds , LS1 6HW . Tel: 0113 897 0099 Special Calvados cocktails throughout National Calvados Week

Crafthouse Restaurant, Level 5 Trinity Leeds 70 Boar Lane, Leeds, LS1 6HW. Tel: 0113 897 0444 French Tapas style dishes to match Calvados


Lola’s Cocktail Lounge, 17 Tariff St, Northern Quarter, Manchester M1 2EJ Tel: 0161 228 7813

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