These days, there’s a pop-up to suit every occasion and any craving. Perhaps your fancy is tickled by a dessert tasting menu, a Persian supper club or perchance an evening supping cocktails with owls? In London, there’s a pop-up for that.
At the Holborn, as much as we exalt the time-honoured British tradition of eccentric buffoonery, we had a hankering for a simpler, richer evening celebrating quality produce, novelty animal companion optional. We were delighted to find the monthly pop-up from acclaimed Venison-savants Wild Game Co ticks all our boxes, an altogether more British affair bringing a taste of the Highlands to Clerkenwell.
In collaboration with Workshop Coffee, the independent hotspot for caffeine-loving Holbornites on Clerkenwell Road, Wild Game Co founder Andy Waugh and head chef Greg Ballard showcase the best of seasonal Scottish Highland produce in an inventive eight course tasting menu. Wild venison chateaubriand, seasonal game and Scottish wild salmon are paired with locally grown, seasonal vegetables and foraged herbs for a dynamic monthly menu that truly celebrates the best of British produce. To complement the intense flavours of the wild game, a creative cocktail menu featuring acclaimed Scottish tipples infused with wild herbs, nettles and berries is available throughout the evening.
To finish with a flourish, Wild Game Co will be sending off all diners into the night in style with goody bag boozy enough to see you through to Gin O’clock. Gifts include samples of Vintage Balblair Whisky, Caorunn Gin, a pack of Workshop Coffee beans, homemade Scottish tablet and a voucher for free sides at the Wild Game Co’s eponymous Charlotte Street restaurant. Och aye indeed.
The pop-up is named after a wild stretch of road running through the Highland estates where founder Andy grew up, a craggy, mountainous landscape home to roaming herds of Red Deer, Wild Boar and Highland Cattle. Andy’s family own the Ardgay Game company, a renowned butchery working in partnership with estates across the Highlands to source the highest quality Venison and Game. In line with his family’s ethos for locally sourced, high quality produce, all ingredients used in the Struie Road kitchen are sourced from Highland producers.
In a bid to bring the family’s produce to new customers, Andy started the Wild Game Co in 2010. Since then, the group has been voted one of the Evening Standards Top 5 Places to Eat Game in London, the winner of the Young British Foodies Street Food Award 2012-2013, and the winner of the signature burger awards at the 2015 National Burger Awards.
This laddie is serious about the provenance of his meat, so much so that if you ask him, he’ll even give you the family history of your slab of steaming venison. He says ‘Our meat is not just wild or from somewhere up North, we can tell you exactly who shot it and from which estate in the Highlands’.
Andy, we like your style. We’re in. Now to practice our jig…
The Struie Road pop-up runs monthly, with the next event scheduled for 29th May 2015, with further events scheduled for June 26th, July 24th, August 21st, September 25th, October 30th, November 27th.
Tickets cost £49 per person including complimentary cocktail on arrival at 7.30pm and boozy goody bag.
For further event details and ticket sales, check out http://www.designmynight.com/london/whats-on/food-drink/struie-road
Words by Rebecca Magnus