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17th November 2014

Royal Oak Paley Street hosts Beer & Food Evening – Michelin-starred food and award-winning beers make great bedfellows  

The Royal Oak Paley Street hosted a gourmet extravaganza earlier this week [11 November 2014] with a five course meal matched with 10 beers, mainly from Chiswick brewer Fuller, Smith & Turner. Around 60 people packed out the pub’s dining area to be led through two beers per course by Fuller’s head brewer, John Keeling. Each beer was selected to accompany a range of exquisite dishes from the pub’s Michelin-starred chef, Michael Chapman.

From canapés of rabbit and oyster, through smoked eel, beer chicken and Montgomery Cheddar, to malt cake and caramel ice-cream, diners were encouraged to try both beers with each course and decide for themselves which one was their best match.

John Keeling said: “There are no right answers. I might be an expert in brewing but when it comes to taste, I am only an expert on my own palate.  Beers can complement or contrast a dish – and in any room, you will never get a unanimous answer as to which beer is the best match with a particular food.”

Nick Parkinson, licensee of the Royal Oak, said: “It was a fantastic evening and everyone was having a great time discussing and debating the merits of stout with smoked eel, Jerusalem artichoke with a beer recipe from 1966, and Belgian raspberry beer with malt cake.

“Michael produced an amazing menu for the night – showing off his culinary skills with food that not only tasted delicious, but was served up as a work of art on the plate.  We were delighted to retain our Michelin star recently and this was a great way to celebrate. We will definitely be hosting another beer and food dinner soon.”

A full copy of the menu is attached.



  1. Tables laid for the Beer & Food Evening at the Royal Oak, Paley Street
  2. A gorgeous malt cake dessert matched with two great beers

Higher resolution versions of these and other photos are available. For photos or further information or to attend the event please contact the press office:

Georgina Wald                                 020 8996 2198                       

Joanne Steward                               020 8996 2135                       


Notes to Editor

Fuller, Smith and Turner P.L.C. is an independent traditional family brewer founded in 1845 and is based at the historic Griffin Brewery in Chiswick, London, where brewing has taken place continuously since 1654. The Company runs 181 Managed Pubs and Hotels and 205 Tenanted pubs, with a focus on outstanding cask ale, great wine, exemplary service and delicious fresh, home-cooked food. The Company also has 641 boutique bedrooms in its Managed estate and owns a 51% share of The Stable, a craft cider and pizza restaurant business.  Fuller’s pub estate stretches from Brighton to Birmingham and from Portishead to the Greenwich Peninsula, including 168 locations within the M25.


The Fuller’s Beer Company brews a portfolio of premium beers including London Pride, ESB, Organic Honey Dew and Frontier Craft Lager. In June 2013, the Company acquired Cornish Orchards, a craft cider maker producing a range of award-winning ciders and premium soft drinks. Fuller’s is also the UK distributor for Sierra Nevada, the premier US craft beer.

Georgina Wald
Corporate Communications Manager

Fuller, Smith & Turner P.L.C. Griffin Brewery, Chiswick Lane South, London, W4 2QB
Telephone 020 8996 2000