From jellied eels to a side of locusts, Amy Moore guides groups through individual eateries within London and surrounding areas.
THE BIG RED PIZZA BUS
The BIG RED Pizza Bus has been parked on the edge of Greenwich since 2011, with a ‘drive in dine’ vibe envisioned by former sculptor John Cierach. The BIG RED Pizza Bus has been artistically transformed from an unused double decker bus into a well-rounded pizza restaurant. Fans of authentic Italian cuisine should look no further, with delicious artisan pizzas served alongside fresh handmade egg pasta and a diverse range of mixing sauces cooked by the chef.
Modern menu highlights include while-you-wait home roasted peanuts, garlic bread with cheese and honey to start or keep it simple with a big red (v). Shadowing its passion for the sustainable, the Theatre Truck sits alongside offering a quirky, cinematic experience.
Private hire is available for a variety of functions, such as large corporate events and/or small parties. Whole bus hire or part bus hire allows complete flexibility. The BIG RED Pizza Bus plans to extend to a full delivery service in 2015. Bookings of 12 people or more should be made directly on 0203 4908346. For more information visit www.bigredpizza.co.uk
GODDARDS AT GREENWICH
Goddards at Greenwich stands prominently on the corner of King William Walk, near to the more multicultural influence of Greenwich Market. Goddards serves traditional British pie mash and liquor fare that can be traced back to the 1800s. Eel Pie Houses as they were originally known, would serve the popular pastry puffs stuffed with slippery suckers sourced from the River Thames. Open daily from 1000hrs to 1900hrs, Goddards is a comforting, family-run business than can seat up to 100 people within its petit restaurant, spread across a ground floor and first floor setting. The first floor can accommodate up to 75 diners at any one time. Menu highlights include jellied eels and stewed eels for groups daring enough to try. To make a reservation call 020 8305 9612. For more information visit www.goddardsatgreenwich.co.uk
Not for the faint hearted, Archipelago Restaurant serves the sort of exotic dishes you’d expect to see on ITVs infamous I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here. Menu highlights include crocodile, wildebeest and kangaroo accompanied by some more conventional classics such as chicken and fish. Archipelago Restaurant creatively combines culinary influences from around the globe, with optional side ingredients such as chilli and garlic locusts and crickets or a meal worm faux caviar. Contrary to these odd concoctions, all Archipelago’s ingredients are organically sourced. Guests to the Archipelago Restaurant can choose between a luxury a la carte menu and a standard seated lunch menu. Group bookings of 10 or more will have to order from a specialised Group Booking Menu. Groups of over 22 people are advised to hire the private dining area, which can accommodate approximately 20-50+ guests. To make a reservation call 0207 383 3346. For more information visit www.archipelago-restaurant.co.uk
GORDON RAMSAY//PLANE FOOD
The aptly named Plane Food Restaurant is located on the departure side of Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport. Gordon Ramsay’s oddly placed Plane Food is an uncanny venue for pre-flight dining. Plane Food offers express menus for regular jetsetters with convenient picnic packages to take on board should it be required. Guests that have a little more time on their hands could dine seated whilst overlooking the runway through a front glass elevation. Plane Food is both flexible and accommodating, with areas available to reserve for pre-flight drinks, business meetings or celebratory lunches. Group reservations are available for parties of 13 people or more with a specialised menu available. For exclusive use, Plane Food is perfect for private parties and launch events with the capacity for up to 80 guests seated. To book call group bookings on 0207 592 1372, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.gordonramsay.com/planefood
Diners boarding a plane overseas could sample flavours closer to home with Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips, which is set to open in spring 2015 at The LINQ Promenade in Las Vegas. British cuisine in a more extravagant style, Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips will feature traditional fish and chip fare alongside bangers and mash, chicken planks and a hearty seafood chowder. Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips will accompany the award-winning chef’s three restaurants on the Strip.
DANS LE NOIR
Dans Le Noir is a wholly sensory culinary experience where large parties are invited to dine in darkness. Blind guides lead diners through the somewhat unconventional setting, which can comfortably accommodate 60 people at a time. Dans Le Noir is located in Clerkenwell near Holborn and offers a truly unique form of dinner theatre – ideal for groups who wish to be entertained. Dans Le Noir is segregated into three different areas including a spacious bar area and lit lounge, a large dining room shrouded in darkness and an anteroom allowing the immediate covering of darkness. Once seated, guests will be served a selection of natural and/or organic dishes, with four surprise menus to choose from. Each menu is refreshed through the seasons to cater to all tastes. Dans Le Noir mirrors as a convenient conference space for corporate events and/or team building exercises. To make a reservation call 020 7253 1100 or email email@example.com. For more information visit www.london.danslenoir.com
Pop Up Cocktail Menu At The Savoy
The Beaufort Bar at The Savoy is renowned for its vivid art deco appeal and creative styling of scrummy cocktails – having recently launched a spectacular menu in the form of a limited edition pop-up book. There are only 1,000 copies printed, purchasable at £50 for a numbered edition.
The fascinating product is the brainchild of award-winning Head Bartender Chris Moore, and features beautifully hand-drawn and intricately cut illustrations carefully crafted by Joe Wilson. Combining traditional and contemporary techniques etched with ink and pencil and digital colour, each page illustrates the defining characteristics of the drink whilst detailing the inspiration behind its unique flavour and design. Each concoction has a more international flare, boasting further inspiration from famous faces traced through iconic eras. Guests flicking through will be taken on an emotive journey through the spectrum – from light spirits to more spicy notes. Menu highlights include the Impressionist – a cocktail dedicated to Claude Monet – served with a smoking rose and a fruity flavour infused by strawberries. For more information visit www.fairmont.com/savoy-london/dining/beaufortbar