Back in February, I experienced the fabulous dining experience Gingerline which if you don't know, creates the most unique themed dining events based around a secret. The theme and location is not revealed until the evening, however you are given clues to dress accordingly. I've wanted to go to a Gingerline event for quite a while and couldn't miss the chance to get a ticket this time round! Tickets for Gingerline Jubilee cost £60, quite reasonable when you are receiving a a gourmet four course dinner, a full on themed event and a cocktail on arrival.
The dress code clue I received in my email was 'pastels'and decided to go full on head to toe in pastels! Unfortunately I forgot to take a photo of my pastel outfit; which consisted of a lemon fluffly turtle neck, pink and grey checked smart trousers and baby pink and holographic brogues. I actually looked like a golfer in my checked pants haha.
Walking through a back door off an alley way which seemed to lead to a house, I entered the building and was pleasantly surprised to find out the theme of the evening. Me and Nathan have been guessing for months what the theme could be and we guessed correctly! The Lost Gardens of Gingerline was an exciting theme with the warehouse decked out fully in to a garden party. Actors welcomed us with their 'well spoken' accents and full pastel get up, handing out glasses and pouring cocktails from a watering can.
The Lost Gardens of Gingerline was made up of five sections of dining areas, each within a different part of the garden. We were seated upstairs in the 'Tree house' next to the window, where we could see other dining sections of the garden. We were sat on a table with four other diners who made the evening as wonderful as the event.
Once we were seated and settled, the lights went out and a voice boomed welcoming us formally to the Gingerline Jubilee Gardens. We were given a fictional back story on the history of the gardens and the family who once owned this wonderful garden.
Picnic basket full of suprises
First up on the menu was a 'picnic basket full of surprises', this consisted of salmon and mustard ice cream with pickled dill, caramelised onion muffins with thyme icing and bags of spiced popcorn. The picnic basket of starters were a great idea for the garden theme and the food was delicious! I adored the savoury flavours in the unusual setting of sweet foods. The caramelised onion muffin was my favourite as the thyme icing gave the muffin a small powerful punch. I could eat one of those muffins right now!
Salmon & mustard ice cream with pickled dill
The salmon and mustard ice cream had a smooth consistency, just like a mousse in a cone topped with dill, probably my least favourite of the three but still good. The spiced popcorn was the perfect snack, especially if you like the flavoured varieties by companies such as as Propercorn.
Caramelised onion muffin with thyme icing
After the picnic basket, the lights dimmed and we were introduced to our next course. Next up we received a second course of Boating Pond Soup. This course was intriguing as it consisted of iron bark pumpkin veloute, with smoked haddock, parmesan and curry caramel oil. The flavours in this soup dish were rich with wonderful chunks of the smoked haddock and small powerful blobs of the oil, carrying the distinctive taste of both caramel and curry. I could have easily eaten another bowl.
Boating Pond Soup
Winter garden vegetable duck ragout
We were treated to a performance from the actors just before our main course arrived, a mini ceremony that welcomed our feathered friends the ducks. We squawked and flapped our arms like birds, which was quite fun! Our dessert promptly arrived afterwards, which was probably my favourite course as I have such a sweet tooth! The Bee Tamer course consisted of: burnt honey parfait, poached pear, butterscotch granola and honey syrup cake. I adore honey so I was absolutely loving this dessert course! Every bite of each element of this course tasted like heaven. The honey was prominent throughout, with added extras like the slight burnt taste of the parfait, the crunch and toffee taste of the granola and the firm texture and juiciness of the pear. I will be trying to recreate this at home!
Overall I can't recommend Gingerline enough, I will be booking to experience future events and look forward to the next one. Anyone who loves dining on gourmet food with exciting flavour combinations, unusual settings, fun atmosphere and exciting cocktail options would love Gingerline. It's definitely not for the boring among us.
Keep your eyes peeled for the next Gingerline event, it's too much fun not to attend! For more information check out the website, where you can also see photos of past events.