On Friday night I got to check out London’s latest pop up dining experience – Elliot’s In The Park.
Taking place at Vicky Park’s lakeside Pavilion Café, this Friday night supper club is a chance for the owners to showcase a finer side of their dining before Elliot’s restaurant opens in Borough Market in October.
We were treated to glasses of bubbly and canapés, while overlooking the picturesque lakeside setting complete with water fountain and fluffy ducklings, before being shown to our seats at communal tables.
Each week chef Isaac McHale will create a different five-course menu using seasonal and locally-sourced ingredients. Fruit and vegetables are bought from Chegworth Valley Farm in Kent, rare breed meats come from The Ginger Pig butchers up the road, and herbs are grown right on the pavilion’s porch. A different wine to match each dish is chosen by local wine store Bottle Apostle.
We started with a vibrant plate of asparagus with mussels in tarragon sauce and orange edible flowers. Cornish mackerel with Celtic mustard and dill-pickled cucumbers came next, followed by a main course of shoulder of Old Spot pork with broccoli and spring onions.
Then, interestingly, not one but two desserts. The first, which our waitress confirmed was more of an amuse-bouche, was an inventive goat’s milk foam with blackberry jam and Belgian speculoos (sweet-spiced biscuits).
Lastly, we finished with English strawberries with sour cream and elderflower and a deliciously creamy flat white from Square Mile, and given a jar of homemade cherry jam to take home.
The whole event felt fabulously local, community spirited and unique and I now can’t wait to visit Elliot’s restaurant when it opens in Autumn.
Elliot’s In The Park dinners are on Friday nights only and booking up fast but if you want to bag one of the few remaining seats call the Pavilion Café on +44 (0)20 8980 0030 between 8am and 5pm.