This summer, Luke Wasserman, Toby Neill and Johnnie Crowe, the team behind the Hackney restaurant NEST and the recently opened FENN in Fulham, will celebrate seasonal British dining by launching a summer series of pop-up restaurants in rural locations across the UK.
The team will first collaborate with William Sitwell for a supper club at Rooks Nest Farm in Somerset. Running over two nights on 16th and 17th July, guests will be served a feast in the farm’s converted barn, with a menu inspired by the ‘one animal’ ethos of NEST and the produce from the surrounding farm and local suppliers.
The next stop will be the village of Sudborough, Northamptonshire, at the Old Rectory Gardens. The multiple course set menu will explore the flavours, colours and aromas of this beautiful English garden, as well as celebrating fresh British seafood. Dishes available will include flamed torched mackerel with cucumber, elderflower and dill and sustainably reared meat such as local pork cooked three ways with pickled courgette puree.
Anglesey will be the location for NEST’s Boathouse Dinner in the secluded Trearddur Bay in August. The two-week pop-up restaurant will celebrate regional produce from around the North Welsh coast, housed in a boathouse on the waters edge. For dinner, a set menu will be served celebrating the best of all things British – seasonal vegetables, foraged ingredients, fresh seafood and sustainably reared meat. Guests can expect dishes including crab salad with fennel, confit potato and pickled lemon, and salt marsh lamb with sea herbs, potatoes and seaweed pickled cabbage.
Finally, NEST will be popping up at Norfolk’s Houghton Festival. A set menu will be available for lunch and dinner featuring smoked trout pate, slow braised pork belly with pickled slaw, burnt apple and charred cabbage and finishing with a Houghton Mess, NEST’s take on the classic summer dessert.
Co-founder Toby said: “NEST began life as a pop-up series in 2017, so we’re excited to continue bringing a taste of what we do at our London restaurants to unique locations across the UK this summer.
“For us it’s all about highlighting the amazing produce available in this country and showcasing what we do at NEST to people that wouldn’t normally get a chance to visit us in London. These incredible settings simply help provide the perfect backdrop!”
More information on dates and tickets on the restaurant’s website.