A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of photographing the new menu and venue for Dram and Smoke’s latest pop-up project in Hackney Wick. It’s located in the awesome Swan Wharf situated smack bang alongside the Olympic Stadium (and the old Big Breakfast house!). I was very excited about this shoot as I grew up in Scotland as a kid and remember fondly my Gran’s Scotch Broth and my mums Stovies. On Wednesday, I finally got time off to go and experience the evening for myself and, my God, it was worth the wait! These guys certainly know how to do a pop-up.
Arriving at the old sofa warehouse we were handed a sweet and delicious Monkey Shoulder and apple cocktail, which went down a treat. We played various games in the bar area which some of my party took a little too seriously (me!) before heading into the the large dining area nextdoor. I love Nick and Paul’s idea of communal eating as we got to know our neighbours and settled in for the 5 course menu.
I really can’t fault the menu. It’s hard to pick a favourite but the Potted Duck with Tattie Scone and Marmalade was an unexpected gem. I could have quite happily eaten that all evening and for breakfast the following morning. The Salt Baked Lamb Shoulder was something special. It was great to get everyone involed in breaking the salt and carving together. Thankfully there was plenty to go round the hungry diners at our table. In fact we went back for seconds and thirds. I should also mention the tasty Lemon Hot Toddy Tart which was the ideal way to round off a top notch dinner.
After we’d filled our bellies, we went back into the bar to drink more cocktails and play games until the wee small hours of the morning!
This is a pop-up not to be missed but you better get in there quick as it finishes on 16th May.
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