The NEST pop-ups | Hackney’s restaurant NEST hits the road with summer series of pop-up’s across the UK
This summer, Luke Wasserman, Toby Neill and Johnnie Crowe, the team behind popular Hackney restaurant NEST and the recently opened restaurant FENN in Fulham, will celebrate seasonal British dining by launching a summer series of pop-up restaurants in rural locations across the UK.
Great idea for city restaurants? A paid team building in another surrounding? Might work for other restaurants as well and it’s great inspiration to work with local produce, who knows what you might take back to your menu in the city. We have seen a lot of initiatives of chefs working together to create food festivals, trading places or joining a team of chefs cooking in each other’s restaurants (The Grand Gelinaz Shuffle), but in this case the whole teams goes on an adventure in the summer. Inspiration for their guests to get to know the restaurant and for the team to have fun and get to know more about the local produce!
About the idea of the summer series of the NEST pop-ups
Co-founder Toby says: “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!”
ROOKS NEST SUPPER CLUB | 16th & 17th July 2021 | Lunch & Dinner | Rooks Nest Farm, Somerset
Bringing their creative and produce-driven cooking to a number of beautiful locations across the UK, the first in the series will see the NEST team collaborate with award winning food writer 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 banquet style feast in the farm’s converted barn, with a menu inspired by the ‘one animal’ ethos of NEST and the fresh produce from the surrounding farm and local suppliers.
THE GARDEN MENU | 20th-25th July 2021 | Lunch & Dinner | The Old Rectory Gardens, Sudborough, Northamptonshire
The next stop will take the team to the quintessentially English village of Sudborough, Northamptonshire at the tranquil 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, available for lunch and dinner from 20th to 24th July.
THE BOATHOUSE | 17th-29th August | Lunch & Dinner | Trearddur Bay, Anglesey, Wales
Anglesey will be the location for NEST’s Boathouse Dinner in the secluded Trearddur Bay, running from 17th to 29th August. The two week pop-up restaurant will celebrate regional produce from around the North Welsh coast, housed in a stunning boathouse on the water 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. For lunch, a more casual a la carte menu, featuring seafood platters and NEST’s signature buttermilk fried chicken, will be served in the Boathouse or on the sea-front terrace.
HOUGHTON 2021 | 12th-15th August 2021 | Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner | Houghton Festival, Houghton Hall & Gardens, Norfolk
Finally, NEST will be taking on the UK festival season and popping up at Norfolk’s Houghton Festival. Festival goers will be able to soothe their sore heads at the floating restaurant on Houghton Lake with a number of breakfast specials and morning cocktails offering the perfect start to the day. For those looking for something a little more refined to eat over the weekend, 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.
Website: The NEST pop-ups