Searcys launch Seaside in the Sky: A six-week pop-up at the top of the Gherkin
Let’s face it, summer screams for sea. And British summers lately have been hotter and drier than ever before. The team at Searcys came up with the idea of bringing a few seaside vibes – and flavours – to one of the most exclusive restaurants in town, taking inspiration from Britain’s great waterfronts such as West Wittering beach.
Think candy-coloured beach huts, deckchairs, blue skies, and a fishing boat – all at the lofty heights of one of the most iconic buildings in England’s capital for six weeks starting on 24th July. On hand to create the most sumptuous summer menu will be chef Barry Tonks. Last year, he conceived the French Riviera-themed menu but for 2017 – in line with the current political climate – his attentions will take a patriotic focus, on the seasonal offerings from farms and producers across England’s bountiful landscape. Signature dishes include fresh seafood, gourmet fish and chips, 35-day-aged beef Wellington, pork pie, and a selection of British cheese and charcuterie.
It’s not only a celebration of British food but also wine – specifically the bubbles coming from Nyetimber’s vineyards; guests will be able to raise a toast accompanied by the panoramic views from the Beach Hut bar or Coastline pop-up restaurant. If you are into Instagram – and it’s very likely you are – then this will be one of the highlights of your feed.
The English winery have made available a special allocation of Nyetimber Classic Cuvee Jeroboams and vintage Magnums. Guests to the Coastline restaurant will be welcomed with a trolley and invited to enjoy Nyetimber’s collection of celebrated sparkling wines, expertly paired with the finest seafood and London’s most breathtaking view.
Seaside in the Sky has also partnered with Plymouth Gin – the oldest working gin distillery in England – to cover for the needs of those favouring a cocktail over a glass of wine. The distillery’s historic bar, the Refectory, is believed to be the room where the Pilgrim Fathers spent their last night before setting sail on the Mayflower for the New World. The team at the Gherkin has taken the inspiration of these voyages to create a selection of drinks: from a classic Plymouth Gin martini and gimlet through to a summer glass reflecting the flavours and ingredients of the trading routes explored by vessels departing from Plymouth harbour.
While the iconic rooftop restaurant is commonly only open to members, this exciting six-week pop-up will be welcoming the public for lunch and dinner sittings – an experience that promises impeccable service, an immersive setting, mouthwatering food and – of course – unforgettable views.
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Seaside in the Sky is at the Gherkin, The Gherkin, 30 St Mary Axe, London, EC3A 8EP, from 24th July until 1st September 2017. To book a table call 020 7071 5025 or visit here.