Wednesday, 16 May 2012


So if I said the words 'Hens party' what would immediately spring to mind? Would large packs of drunken ladies in matching shirts, feather boas stumbling around town in the middle of the night pop out at you? Yep : me too. So was I nervous about hosting a private brunch club hens party? Nope not at all, bring it on. 

16 lovely, stylish cultured ladies ( and not an L plate in sight ) from around the UK and as far away as Melbourne all come together for brunch at the start of a Hen do for Josie, who is getting married in just a couple of weeks. We created 6 bespoke dishes with a 'Wedding Theme' and served them along with a welcoming Gin and Juice and plenty of prosecco bought along by the ladies. Needless to say, it was a riot. Plenty of laughter and tears as we took a more leisurely approach to serving the courses interspersed with the girls playing Mr & Mrs and as an added bonus playing with our six baby kittens who have recently appeared after adopting a stray cat. 'Best hen do ever, you even have kittens!' was one memorable reply. 

I'm pleased to say it seemed everyone had a great time and we were happy to have such enthusiastic attendees throughout the day. Heres the menu we created for Josies Hens Brunch...

Breakfast at Tiffanys

Raspberry Pan au Chocolate

The Rules of Egg-gagement
Eggs two ways

This amazing contribution came from our foody friend and guest chef James. A surprise soft boiled quails egg on panchetta and crunchy toast was revealed beneath the egg shell jacket. And baked eggs 'en cocotte' with asparagus and creme fraiche.  So creamy and delicious.

A Nice Day for a White Wedding
Grilled White Peaches with Almond Mint Pesto

Ok so finding ripe white peach were harder than we thought! So some traditional peaches were promptly drafted in.  Regardless, grilled peaches and a punchy almond mint pesto and a little dollop of marscapone cheese hit the spot. 

My Best Hens Wedding
Marinated Poussin with Pomegranate and Mint Cous Cous

One of our favourites which we featured at our previous Middle East London brunch club. Pouissin marinated in yoghurt, pomegranate molassas, lemon juice and ras el hanout spices. Grilled on the BBQ and served with a roast vegetable cous cous this dish was a welcome hearty dish to set up and soak up what we supposed was a marginally heavy afternoon of drinking. 

Something Blue
Blue Cheese Ice cream, Walnut, Pear, Grapes and Filo

Our 'mock' cheese board course as a lead in to dessert -  blue cheese ice cream with caramelised filo crackers, semi-frozen grapes and walnut. Being an underground supper club we always try and push people's boundaries beyond what they would normally eat. Certainly the savoury blue cheese icecream was the most challenging of the lot - but we got some good feedback. Just not to everyone's taste ;) You either a love or a hate blue cheese but I think this was subtle enough to surprise even the skeptics.

Indecent Proposal
Cheesecake on a Million Dollar Caramel Shortbread Base

Okay so regardless of the fact this was a more 'elegant' take on a Hens party the chief organising hens asked that we create a little naughtiness with the cake course. Whilst Nicks original suggestion of hiring Butlers in the Buff was strongly rebuffed by both myself and the party organisers I was requested to make the dessert in the shape of a gentleman's privates. Playing on the 'indecent proposal' movie idea we devised a millionaires short bread base (covered in caramel and chocolate) and then topped with a vanilla cheesecake. Needless to say this caused much hilarity, raucous laughter and flash photography when Nick presented it to the hen at the end of the meal.

So that was yet another original brunch menu and sadly one of our last brunches probably for the next month or so but in 4 weeks time we are hosting a super duper supper club for 40 people and the theme, HIP HOP SUPPER CLUB.

Building on our wildly popular Hip Hop Brunch series - we're taking it supper-side. We've got a sweet new converted pub / art gallery crib (EC1) and have partnered with some serious gourmet playas to bring you a gastronomic event like no other in the capital.
Expect a complimentary gin & juice on arrival, sit down four course dinner to blow your mind partnered with vintage 90s hip hop tunes, interactive entertainment and the opportunity to kick on and dance with a licensed bar until the wee hours. 
On the food side of things we're collaborating with the amazingly talented Douglas Santi. The guy has cheffed in renowned three star michelain kitchens as has worked in and led kitchens all around the world including Brazil, France, U.S, UK and Italy bringing an amazingly varied set of influences into his food. We are humbled that Douglas is such a great fan and supporter of the supper club scene and is partnering with the Gourmet Lovers crew to bust out some seriously awesome food for this event. 
Suggested donation of £45 for an indulgent amuse bouche + three course dinner. It's BYO wine but there is also a licensed cash bar available to keep you lubricated until 2am. 
Get your tickets here! Do iiiiit! 


Josie Cahill said...

Thank you so much for such a wonderful brunch. We had such a brilliant, memorable time and you were the perfect hosts.
Josie x

Em. x. said...

This looks really amazing. I bet the girls had a wonderful time.

Well done.

(I LOVE the kittens got a comment mention too. x.)

Nick P said...

Thanks Josie - we had lots of fun with this one. Trust the rest of your hens party was suitably boozy? Best of luck with your wedding! xx

Nick P said...

@ EM its been much too long my lovely. We must do brunch again soon! Hope you are well. xx

ferdiesfoodlab said...

That menu looks like a lot of fun!! :) Oh yes it does!!!

Ellie said...

The brunch surpassed all our expectations for my big sister's hen do. You guys were wonderful, as was the food, venue and KITTENS!! x

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