The Blues Kitchen, Camden High Street, London | a truly soulful experience

For a truly soulful experience, head to The Blues Kitchen in Camden for their hugely popular week long Blue’s Festival taking place on Sunday 29th May until Sunday 5th June.

The Blues Kitchen will kick-off each evening with a stellar line-up of rhythm and blues talent, served alongside a menu of soul food and a fantastic collection of American whiskies, bourbons and ryes. There’s even the chance to learn how to play the harmonica and to swing dance.

Drop in to the festival to hear a whole host of emerging and established music talent including Mud Morganfield (the son of the legendary Muddy Waters), Mark Flanegan (widely known as Jools Holland’s guitarist and has played with Paul Weller, Amy Winehouse and Eric Clapton), Ian Siegal (award-winning blues artists) and Jack Rabbit Slim (the UK’s top Rockabilly outfit) amongst many others. On the final day (Sunday 5th June), a selection of the festival’s top performers will return for The Sunday Blues Jam and Festival Closing Party.

Hit the Blues Kitchen any evening during the Festival and experience a real taste of the Deep South with their taster paddle. As well as featuring a paddle of six rye whiskies including the full-bodied Pikesville Supreme Rye Whiskey and the aptly named Jacquin’s Rock and Rye infused with rock candy and oranges, there’s a finger-licking sharing plate for two, piled high with sweet potato wedges, buffalo wings, BBQ ribs, padron peppers, delicious homemade chilli, dips and tortilla chips (£12 per person).

Bespoke cocktails inspired by the evening’s line-up will be on offer throughout the festival. Try the ‘Mudslide’ (Mud Morganfield), the distinctive ‘Split Hog’ (The Groundhogs) or the refreshing ‘Hillbilly Rock’ (Jack Rabbit Slim).

For those looking for a great deal, head to The Blues Kitchen early doors and enjoy a starter, main and any cocktail for just £10 per person between 6 – 8pm. Typical dishes include Cajun blackened shrimp, seafood jambalaya and their famous New Orleans gumbo – a generous dish of chicken, smoked sausage, sweet potato, tomato, beans and pepper, topped with a grilled king prawn and served with Cajun rice.
And for those looking to pick up a new skill, there’s a free harmonica lesson at 4.30pm on the May Bank Holiday with professional teacher Captain Bliss. Or why not get your 50’s swing on by treating yourself to a Blues & Swing Dance session by Swing Patrol on Saturday 4th June at 4.30pm.

Forget portaloos and those muddy wellies this year, and come and sample the very best in live blues and soul food in the heart of Camden.

The Blues Kitchen, 111-113 Camden High Street, London, NW1 7JN. T: 020 7387 5277

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