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Published June 13th 2015
A soulful night of food and music
I was invited to the recent birthday bash of Miss Peaches in Newtown for a night of cocktails, canapés and blues music to celebrate them turning 2. This bar and soul food kitchen, above the Marlborough Hotel, is themed around American beverages and cuisine from the South, in particular New Orleans.
Entering from the side on Missenden Road and up the spiral stairs, you come upon a bright sign of the establishment with images inside the letters of Southern landmarks. Reaching the top, you enter into this funky joint with its evening ambience of lights, brick interior, laid back lounges, and you immediately feel relaxed.
Then comes the craft beers and cocktails, canapés and some soulful music from DJ's and Pat Capocci and The Brassholes to further relax you. I loved this band and the tunes they belted out on their brass instruments. All of this took me back to New Orleans and brought back memories of my visit to this wonderful city on the Mississippi River.
My husband loved the Abita craft beers on offer, first trying Purple Haze (a fruity beer), Golden (lager with American malt) and the stronger Jockamo (takes its name from the Mardi Gras Indians of New Orleans). The beverage menu is extensive with over 40 craft beers to choose from, a lot from Louisiana but also with others from California, Oregon, Massachusetts and other states. Apart from beer, they also serve wine, highballs, sodas, and my favourite, cocktails. I tried a few of the gin and watermelon cocktails, which were light and to my liking, following them up with the stronger White Rum and Homemade Ginger Beer cocktail.
The canapés consisted of Wedge salad with tomato, avocado, blue vein cheese and red onion; crab and corn fritters; eggplant and polenta hush puppies; balls of fried chicken; and baby pork spare ribs. Whilst the food overall was enjoyable, I was expecting it to be tastier. Their regular menu includes a range of fries and potato gems with maple bacon ketchup, sliders, fried fish, butter-poached prawns, smoked turkey and sweet pie.
The music had several people up dancing and swinging to blues, RNB and rock and roll, 50's and 60's style. In the back room they had their regular Thursday night rock and roll dance school on with rockabilly bands.
A good night was had but if I was to visit again I would probably eat elsewhere and then go to Miss Peaches for drinks, music and atmosphere. For these things, I give it a thumbs up.