We headed to Ruby & Pickles' vegan supper club on November 6th.
Indian-inspired supperclub that pops up at venues across London with different themes per event.
We were jumping with excitement when we heard that veggie vegan supper club series Ruby & Pickles were having their first fully vegan event that we couldn’t wait to get along. The fact that it was an afternoon tea – well, that was just the (vegan) icing on the cake. Previous events have included tapas, a Mediterranean feast and a more traditional thali style meal but with all of the chef’s trademark contemporary twists.
After a string of sold-out events at The Joker pub in Angel, their next stop was Regent’s Canal by Victoria Park on The Floating Showroom canal boat. The boat in itself is truly magical. Decorated with bunting and filled with candles and quirky crockery, it seats a cosy 12 around one big table. Stepping in from the autumn chill to a cosy boat was a lovely way to spend a Sunday. Greeted with a glass of Prosecco or elderflower fizz on arrival, everyone got to know each other quickly and soon the boat was full of laughter.
Accompanied by live music from singer Sophie Burrows, we enjoyed an abundant afternoon tea full of wonders we didn’t even know were possible! Traditional elements of afternoon tea were kept alive with finger sandwiches and scones, but instead of cucumber and salmon the sandwiches were packed with a spiced pea Bombay filling. The scones were infused with cardamom and served with spiced apple and plum jam and clotted cream so thick and creamy it was hard to believe it was vegan. Instead of English tea, traditional Indian chai was served by the unlimited teapot, as well as coffee for caffeine fans. Tandoori vegetables and green lentil pate wraps, kachori (deep-fried lentil-filled tangy balls) and ondwa (courgette cakes topped with sesame seeds) were the other savoury delights on offer. Instead of their usual monthly pickle, the meal was served with a mild yet tangy tomato chutney that we could have happily eaten with a spoon (no judging!). The sweet treats too were out of this world. The aforementioned scones were accompanied by gold-dusted spiced carrot cakes and raw gluten-free brownies so deliciously rich and chewy that those not in the know would be none the wiser. By the end of the two hours every single cake and sandwich stand was empty and people were putting in requests for future styles of events!
One of the best things about Ruby & Pickles is that they are opening people’s eyes to creative, appealing cooking. Most of their guests to-date haven’t even been veggie or vegan - they just appreciate really well-made, inventive but traditional cooking. It’s no wonder every event so far has sold out.
Their next event sees them pop up in south London for the first time for an autumnal feast bursting with seasonable vegetables and flavours - all with an Indian twist. Most dishes at the event will be vegan, or otherwise will have a vegan alternative.
We can’t wait to see where else they pop up in London!
Various locations - the next event is at The Pigeon Hole in Camberwell on Saturday 26th November.
Tickets are £25 for three courses plus sides and available via Edible Experiences.