Top 5 Covid-Safe Gastro Experiences

Emily May

Gastronomes and restaurant lovers can finally breathe a sigh of relief that their favourite eateries are beginning to open once more—albeit with a side order of social distancing. But your local pubs and restaurants aren’t the only options on the menu for a post-lockdown feast. For something a bit different, why not try out one the fun, foodie experiences from our handy guide to the best corona-safe gastro events popping up across the UK this summer. We know you want to…

Dancehall Brunch, London
1980’s New York inspired eatery Huckster London in Paddington is inviting you to get your groove on at dancehall brunches that are running from now until December. Promising a day of COVID-safe partying, the venue has scheduled sittings from 1pm – 5pm, and will be serving up two-course brunches for you to enjoy while playing the very best dancehall hits to get you in the summer mood. Also, don’t miss out on their bottomless rum punch which will be sure to get your feet tapping. Warning! In the interests of coronavirus safety, only bookings of up to 6 people will be accepted. This means you will only be able to buy tickets 6 for a group and each group will have to stay at their allocated table. Also, good vibes allowed only.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Foraging Courses, Various Locations
Ever fancied foraging for fungi? Want to know how to identify edible flowers, fruits and mushrooms in your local area? If so, why not take part in a foraging course near you. Wild Food UK have just reopened their courses post-corona, with walks taking place all across the country. During a roughly 2.5-hour ramble through parklands and woodlands, you will learn the foraging code and the Countryside Act, as well as how to identify different plants, flowers, fruits and mushrooms that you find along the way. You will also be able to try some homemade snacks such as hogweed and wild garlic soup, elderflower champagne, and fruit leathers, all of which will have been made using wild ingredients.
  Gastronomic experiences aren’t just about food, they’re also about il vino! And what better tipple to enjoy as temperatures rise than a glass of bubbly? One of London’s premier rooftop bars and pizza restaurants, the Skylark Garden is opening its doors for weekends throughout August and September and inviting visitors to enjoy a refreshing glass of Veuve Clicquot as they gaze out onto a stunning view of the West London skyline. Booking is essential, so head over to their Eventbrite page now to secure your spot and your complimentary glass of fizz. God knows we need it after what 2020 has thrown at us so far!


Image credit: Skylark Rooftop Bar via Facebook

River Cottage Feasts, Devon
Well known from the popular television series Escape to River Cottage, celebrity chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s Devon abode is not only available to enjoy via a screen. You can actually visit yourself for a heart-warming socially distant supper in its beautiful rural surroundings. Throughout August and September the venue is offering field feasts (be quick to book these as they are filling up quickly), summer picnics, and “Wandering Wednesdays,” where you can explore the idyllic farm and enjoy an organic pizza fired in their woodfired oven as well as veg from the garden, delicious salads, homemade ice cream, organic wines, beer, cider, and kombucha. If you don’t think you can make it down during the summer, don’t panic! River Cottage will continue to host feasts in their 18th Century barn into October as the temperature begins to drop.

Meatopia at Home, Online
If you’re still dubious about heading outside for your foodie fun, Meatopia at Home is the festival for you… unless you’re a vegetarian of course! Now over ten years old, Meatopia is a food festival that prides itself on using good quality, sustainable meat from animals that are raised naturally and have lived good, cruelty-free lives. According to their website, “In the hands of our truly great chefs, Meatopia is a fitting finale, paying them the utmost respect.” Due to coronavirus restrictions, this year’s festival is set to take place online between the 4th and 6th September. Tune in via Instagram for a jam-packed programme of live-streamed events including cook-a-longs, cutting room-style demos, musical interludes and much, much more!



 

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