July 4th 2012
Last night I took Audrey to a book launch – Rachel Howard’s Secret London: Unusual Bars and Restaurants.
In keeping with the unusual theme, the launch was held in the café at the Garden Museum, a deconsecrated church (St. Mary’s) and burial place of John Tradescant (credited as being, “The first great gardener and plant-hunter in British history”). One would imagine that the museum is in fact still a church and aside from a small sign on the door it’s not signposted.
The launch was very well attended by an informal and very friendly group of people,
some of whom I know from the St. John restaurant in Smithfield (including Rachel’s partner Angelos).
I thought the food presentation was absolutely brilliant, reminding me of weekly organic veg box deliveries in the UK.
The food sensation of the evening was the delicious oven warmed camembert, containing little pieces of garlic and rosemary. The most popular dipping food for the cheese, was a hot baby potato, but the celery, carrots, crisps and radishes were almost as divine when dripping camembert. I will definitely be making this at home!
In keeping with the garden theme, there were rustic vine tomatoes on wooden boards
and wonderfully light scones – little cream teas with strawberry jam, cream and a fresh strawberry on top.
I must confess to forgetting to try the chocolate and pistachios – I did mean to, but the camembert kept calling me back – the next thing I knew, it was all over and we were standing outside…
Sorrel Ferguson did a amazing job with the food (above with Venetian TV historian, Francesco da Mosto).
The Garden Café is in: The Garden Museum, Lambeth Palace Road, SE1 7LB
… the café is vegetarian and I loved the food!