Everything seems to be a pop-up these days. Restaurants, shops, bars, gardens, ice rinks… Like living in real life snapchat. Blink and you miss it. The cities are full of them, the country less so. But the demand is there and Jonny Jeffery, the man behind Jonny Does Dinner
, knows it.
After an illustrious London restaurant career and one of the central figures in the early days of Lyme’s Hix Fish and Oyster House and latterly Burton Bradstock’s Seaside Boarding House, Jonny has scooped up all his skills and created a unique traveling dining experience like no other in the south west.
This September he celebrates a year of dinners by throwing one in the polytunnel at Shillingford Organics, renowned for their organic farming and veg boxes. It will epitomise farm to fork. He and his business partner, Fan Cave, are constantly on the search for quirky and unlikely venues to create what they call ‘gourmet hedonism in magical and extraordinary venues’. They aren’t exaggerating. In the last year they have entertained in Fagins Architectural Salvage Yard, Trill Farm’s polytunnel, a Wheelwright’s workshop and Edge Barton Manor in Devon (not open to the public) amongst others. On 8th
August they take the bandstand in Sidmouth’s Connaught Gardens for the first time. Rumours the band will be there to strike up are unfounded.
As a lucky dinner guest of Jonny’s in the past, his approach to seasonality, provenance of ingredients and exquisite surroundings are exactly what you want from a culinary night out. He and Fan have that innate ability to look after their guests with individual care and witty anecdotes. From the cocktails and canapes to the four delicious courses (a recent menu included Indian spiced roast partridge with kale and squash) and the groaning local cheeseboard, their style versus content are equally matched. I think it’s what the snapchat generation call a 360 degree approach. www.jonnydoesdinner.com
Prices start from £38 pp. BYO.