Gingerline Review – The Secret Supper Club

Feb 04

Gingerline Express secret supper club, London

Gingerline is one of the secretest of secret supper clubs. So secret, you’re only told the location of your clandestine culinary evening via text message an hour before doors open. All you are told, is that the venue will be somewhere along the Ginger Line – the Overground tube network that as of December 2012, now links Clapham and Whitechapel to make it an orbital line around London.

The secret foodie evenings are heavily themed and the magic maintained through the first rule of Gingerline: You don’t talk about Gingerline. Well, diners are allowed to talk about all the fun they had, but you’re asked upon arrival not to post any pictures on social media or give too much away. Everything is in the surprise.

So, without giving too much away, after receiving a text an hour before we were due to arrive, we made our way to said Overground station, and to the stripey gates via covert instructions. After confirming our names were on the list, we were ushered through an Alice in Wonderland-sized door and the magic began.

When you walk into the dining hall, a sloe gin and tonic is thrust into your hand, with a blackberry bobbing in the bubbles. We looked around in awe of the room, that had been completely transformed into a dream world. The attention to detail is amazing – there’s things hanging from the walls and ceilings, the tables are adorned with beautiful art and your illustrated souvenir menu is waiting for you at your seat.

Performers make their way around the tables all evening, interacting with diners between courses. If you answer their questions correctly, you’ll be whisked off to other secret rooms for more fun.

When dinner comes, each dish ties in with the theme (which I won’t mention, as the winter season is still running for a few more months). Expect cured fish, foraged leaves and classic British flavour combinations.

Gingerline is a great night out and the secrecy makes it all the more special.

It’s £50 per head, which includes a cocktail on arrival. Drinks are very reasonable with bottles of wine priced at £14 and cocktails £5-£6.50.

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