The warm asparagus salad was tender and delicious accompanied by a creamy yogurt emulsion. Next came tender jersey royals with red crab and Cornwall river sea trout with delicious celeriac purée.
We reached the halfway point and forged on bravely, fueled by delicious non-alcoholic cocktails with enormous watermelon slices, which were somewhat festive. Next to the table was venison with avocado sheets, Welsh lamb pancetta and delicious, ever so slightly crispy Gloucestershire pork belly which our rather lovely waiter informed us was everyone’s favourite.
Being something of a sweet tooth, I’d had the intriguing ‘edible chocolate soil’ on my mind since skimming through the menu right at the start and the delicious crumble of chocolate and strawberries followed by subtle pear sorbet was perfection. We may have sampled every type of meat and fish under the sun, but the real highlight for me was the abundance of unusual and delicate accompaniments in the form of avocado mouse, celeriac purée and rhubarb coleslaw, which pulled the other flavours back from the brink of seeming slightly over-rich.
We had a cheeky peek into the club area afterwards, which was still being set up and were regaled with tales of Rihanna and Jay-Z filling the place with their entourage(s). It certainly had that vibe: full of plush white sofas, and buckets simply crying out for champagne and ice. Being tucked away underground it felt like a hide out, a far cry from the streets of Soho just above. We waddled out full and happy, having gorged ourselves on food niceties from around the country. Definitely a lovely spring treat if you like your food fancy.
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