The ‘Ultimate’ Pub Experience in London with Tom Kerridge:
Fortunately, it was a sunny Friday afternoon and I “just had to” skip work early to get along to this event, as I did not have the one year in advance booking time available, to get a table at Tom Kerridge’s two Michelin starred pub, the Hand & Flowers in Marlow. Upon arrival I was warmly welcomed and shown into the Beer Garden at The Crabtree Pub in Hammersmith, which is owned by Greene King.
There in front of me was the man himself, Tom Kerridge, celebrity chef cooking away on the Greene King IPA designed and built “Hoppodrome”, “pop up” cooking and sound station.
This event was designed as part of Greene King IPA’s “To the Pub Campaign”, which aims to champion British pubs and “capturing the individual spirit, sense of community and authentic moments that take place in pubs every day” and to also highlight the selection of Greene King IPA Beers, available.
The two Michelin starred chef produced a series of his signature dishes in small batches which then came served up in handy boxes. Tom cooked and served at the “Hoppodrome” in the middle of all the ongoing festivities. You can really tell that Tom loves being behind the grill, he managed to take some time off for photos, but return to the grill to carry on cooking, each time. No stand in Commis Chef for Tom!
The Pulled Beef Brisket in milk buns was delightful, the Pork Green Chilli had a great depth of flavour and heat, while the mushroom risotto was smooth and creamy. My favourites though were the mackerel burgers which were a revelation.
All in all the food beautifully complemented the Greene King IPA ales on offer, my favourite being East Coast IPA.
The mix of great food, free flowing ale and music was quite intoxicating. The evening was really very enjoyable and I just wish my local pub could host such events every weekend. That does though seem as likely as Namibia wining the Rugby World Cup, unfortunately.
Thank You to Greene King IPA ales and also to Tom Kerridge for a fabulous event, great food and excellent beer.