DETAILS for Downstairs at Blacks: pop-up dinners

Hello street foodies,

Here is all the info for the pop-up dinners I’m coordinating at Blacks club in Soho. The first one went down a storm last Saturday and we’re taking bookings for street foodies The Green Goat Food this Saturday.

See some of you there.



You think you know Soho… but have you ever eaten underground at Blacks?

Over the summer the kitchen at Blacks will bring in some of London’s best freelance chefs to cook up a storm from its tiny kitchen. If you choose to join them, you’ll turn off your phone, tip toe downstairs, drink some punch and venture towards the restaurant. Once inside, in keeping with Blacks’ tradition, there must be no tweeting, calling or texting until you come up for air.

INFO: Blacks is a members club housed in a Georgian townhouse in Soho. The dining room’s original panelling is studded with original Hogarth prints and the house is lit by candles and open fires. Entry is via the basement…


Sat 4 August, Ravinder Bhogal (@cookinboots). Author of the award winning book Cook in Boots, her pop-ups with Mark Hix, Meza and The Dispensary have all been sell outs.

Menu teaser: Papaya salad prawn crackers; prawn Scotch egg, prawn cracker crust, banana ketchup; coconut, lime, mango trifle with tapioca custard (more to be released)

Sat 11 August, Claude Compton & Jan Louis Smith (@greengoatfood). Claude (Ex-Club Gascon and Petersham Nurseries) and Jan (Ex-Urban Caprice and Le Table D’Aligne, France). The boys behind Green Goat Food street food wagon serving up seriously sustainable food in exciting & innovative ways… Expect the unexpected!

Menu teaser: Portreath line-caught mackerel with forgotten beetroot and tomato concoctions; Orange blossom yoghurt panna cotta with blackberry moss and honeycomb (FULL MENU HERE)

Saturday 18 August, Carl Clarke (@ccdiscobistro) Aka #PunkChef, one half of the recent rooftop sell-out @GodSaveTheClam, last year’s Rock Lobsta and The English Launderette.

Menu: Popped millet and devilled pig skin; rose hip “toast & jam”; muntjac and elderberries, dried pig’s blood (info here)

WHAT YOU GET: Welcome punch served by two 18th century wenches, 3-course lunch/dinner (service will be staggered in groups of 20, separate organic wine list also available), entrance to one of Soho’s best-kept secrets

TICKETS: Lunch £42 (1pm for 1.30pm start) OR dinner £48 (7.30pm for 8pm start)

Tel 020 7734 5399/email (have payment details ready)

67 Dean Street, W1D. Twitter @BlacksSoho

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